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article imageOp-Ed: Manitoba snowmobilers enjoy extended season

By Ken Hanly     Mar 29, 2013 in Lifestyle
Winnipeg - Manitoba snowobilers are enjoying an extended season with most trails still open in the province as cool weather and late snow makes conditions in many areas still suitable for snowmobiling.
Ken Lucko, executive director of Snoman Inc. a provincial snowmobiler's association was enthusiastic about the season:“[It’s] absolutely fantastic. We have our first snowfall that stayed Nov. 10.”
The season this year has been 19 weeks more than triple last year's season. In 2012 trails were open for a mere six weeks. There are approximately 12,000 kilometres of snowmobile trails in Manitoba. The season was a break for sports dealers as well.
Don Rogers of Winnipeg Sport and Leisure said that sales usually sag by March but not this year. Rogers said :“At the start of the year everyone was a little skeptical. We got early snow. The snow stayed. It just snowballed for us,"
As the snow begins to melt so does the ice on rivers, and lakes and in swamps. Ken Lucko warned people to stay off rivers, lakes, and swamps as the ice thins. There have already been several derbies including one for antique snowmobiles.
The many trails are kept groomed. Snoman has maps of all the trails in the province and shows whether they are open.
As of now (March 29) they are all at least partially open and most are fully open. Snoman also provides news about snowmobiling. For example, recently it reported that two snowmobilers had damaged a cross-country ski trail in Grand Beach provincial park. The snowmobiles leave dangerous ruts. Snoman also sells a yearly snopass that helps pay for the costs of signing and grooming trails.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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