PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION • ASSOCIATION DE MOTONEIGES DE L'ÎLE-DU-PRINCE-ÉDOUARD


President's Report

             As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, it only means one thing, the BEST season of the year is getting close!!! For us snowmobilers it is a sad day when the final snow disappears in late March or early April and then we have to endure those long hot days of summer, and start to get the blood flowing faster as we slowly creep through September and October. Once November hits things really start to ramp up as we patiently wait for the farmers to finish there fall soybean and potato harvest as well having them do there fall plowing. Once that is complete we are good to go, trimming, marking, signing trails as they slowly begin to take shape even without the snow on the ground.  It is now late November and as I drive throughout the country side I see all the bright red stakes neatly placed where the groomer will soon be working and I can almost see that perfectly groomed trail just ahead of me.  “Somebody wake me up quick!!!”

     But before we can get to the fun part of snowmobiling there is lots of work to do and we here at the PEISA have been busy since we last traveled on that freshly groomed trail. I was not sure I would have any volunteers left after the eventful winter of 2015. With over 540 cm of snow and storm after storm it did leave both people and equipment tired out. But after a few months off here we go again.  Good news from a permit standpoint is that we are able to hold permit costs the same as they have been for past two seasons even after record breaking snow grooming hours from all groomers. Our very successful vintage program which allows older sleds (1997 and older this year) to purchase a much lower cost permit until Dec 31st is back.

     There will be a fresh new map available this season as there has been a few additions and changes in our trail system and many new businesses are looking to become part of our very successful partnership. These should be ready for distribution in nearly December and I ask all snowmobilers to support those who support you.

       There is some new legislation coming from government concerning permit violations, but at press time it has not been passed in the house but please be advised if you want to ride PEISA trails this season without a trail pass it is going to cost a significant more if you get caught. Speaking of that we are also pleased to announce that the Provincial Government Conservation Department will once again be working very closely with our very own PEISA Volunteer Warden Program to continue to monitor trails.

      Speaking of legislation and government we have a new premier of the province since the snow left us. His name is Wade MacLaughlan and he pointed out many times throughout his campaign how he traveled the Island by car, snowshoe, and SNOWMOBILE.  He has indicated a willingness to go again for a ride and we hope to make that happen for him this winter. Also on the theme of government we have been working very closely with the transportation department for close to a year now on redoing and resigning another 20 year lease for the Prince Edward Island Snowmobile Association.  We should have this completed in the very near future and this bodes well for snowmobiling moving forward.

     One of the more exciting things to take place at the PEISA this summer was the creation of the Prince Edward Island Snowmobile Hall of Fame. It has been established for the first time this year and since we do not have a building we call our own the inductee’s recognition plaques will be set up at various popular snowmobile destinations as well as at each of the dealers. It was a very difficult task to come up with the original inductee’s, but after much discussion it was agreed to bring forward four very worthy recipients.  They are the late Richard Bernard, co-founder and driving force behind formation of the Wellington Sno-Riders and president from 1989 to his sudden passing in 2010. Murray MacPherson was also inducted and he was one of original members of the PEISA. He has served as vice-president and president for several terms as well as a term as president of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations.  The third member elected is Gerry Martin from Tignish.  Gerry first came onto the PEISA board in 1991 and he was elected president from 1995 till 2002. Gerry was the driving force in bring forward a proposal to allow the newly abandoned CN Island wide rail system become the main section of our trail system, now known as the Confederation Trail. The final nominee is George Webster, one of the best known Island racers and promotors of PEI snowmobiling. George once raced against the late Formula One racing star Gilles Villeneuve at an oval track in Quebec.  George also served as PEISA president for several years before entering politics. The award ceremony was recently held at the KASA annual dinner draw and the entire idea has been well received by the PEI snowmobiling community.  Congratulations to all four very worthy recipients!!!

     With winter just around the corner now I just want to personally thank all those who give their volunteer time to help make snowmobiling on PEI such a great experience. So everyone please remember to “Ride Safe Today so you can Ride Again Tomorrow”.

 

Dale Hickox

President of the Prince Edward Island Snowmobile Association

     

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PO Box 277
Winsloe PE C1E-1Z2
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