Muskoka Sno-Bombers Inc.

The heart of snowmobiling in Muskoka.

Club Newsletter – Fall 2017

 
President’s Message:

Don’t fear the cold….. Embrace it!  Snowmobiling has been a passionate pastime in Bracebridge for over 60 years.    The Muskoka Sno-Bombers is a not for profit volunteer club based out of Bracebridge, ON.  We are a member club of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and are dedicated to the development, maintenance and longevity of organized snowmobiling in Muskoka and Ontario.​ 

As residents of a small community we understand the impact that snowmobiling has in keeping the place we love vibrant and viable.  We work diligently with local businesses and landowners to maintain positive relationships and encourage tourism and industry in our towns.  The excitement of snowmobiling in Muskoka is something contagious.  Second to none is the thrill and sense of adventure that snowmobilers get to experience.  The impact on the places we live is immense and the result of a well-organized system is evident.

Our season begins in the fall.  When the leaves start to turn, we go to work prepping the system for the season to come.  The Muskoka Sno-Bombers build and manage over 100 km of trail in the Bracebridge and surrounding areas.  We reach out towards Port Carling, Port Sydney and Raymond.  Our trail stewards assess and prioritize the work to be completed before snowfall.  From the bridges and construction of new trails, to servicing equipment, we see to it that all the components of a good riding experience are up to the task and ready for you.  Once complete we patiently wait for what comes next…. Snow!

Snowmobiling is very much a family and social activity.  This is even more the case when we dedicate our time.  The comradery and lifelong friendships that are developed through a group of people that share a passion are very unique. They last all through the summer months until we once again have a chance to enjoy the sport we all love together.  If you haven’t had a chance to get out on a snowmobile, you should seek out the experience.  If you are a rider or someone passion about your home town, donate some time to your local snowmobile club.  The memories and accomplishments will last a lifetime. 

Kevin Alexander

President

Muskoka Sno-Bombers

 
My Favourite Ride

by Steve Brooks


 
Morning is my favourite time on our local trail network: the air is cool and calm, frost is on the trees, and the sun is just making an appearance over the horizon. Animals are out in search of breakfast, and the groomer is thawing in the shop after a night’s work. Trails have had a chance to set overnight, and everyone else is still in bed, or at least getting ready to ride.
 

Conditions allowing, I leave my house in Bracebridge just before sunrise and head north on the D trail. C102D takes me out to Milford Bay, and on to Lake Muskoka. I usually skirt the outside of Tondern Island and head down between Birch Island and Eileen Gowan Island, getting off the lake at Indian Head Harbour. Using Trail 32, I link up with the D trail and head south through town and back to my house. Sled put away and a quick shower, I’m in the office by 8:30 AM with an awesome start to the day.

Early morning is a great time to take advantage of freshly groomed trails with no traffic, while getting a quick ride in before work.


Club Administration and Governance


Current Board of Directors:
President                 Kevin Alexander  president@sno-bombers.com
Vice President         Brian Olafson
Secretary                Janet Selby     msb.secretary@gmail.com
Treasurer                Willie Buffett    msb.treasurer@outlook.com
Director                   Ross Campbell

Director                   Bob Taylor

Director                   Ian Pyper
 

Upcoming Sno-Bomber Meetings:

Thurs Nov 16, 2017
7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Thurs Dec 21, 2017
7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Thurs Jan 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Thurs Feb 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Thurs Mar 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Thurs Apr 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Board Meeting


Thurs May 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Annual General Meeting

All meetings will be held at the OFSC District 7 Office located at 67 Armstrong Street in Bracebridge. (beside Muskoka Lumber)
Club members are welcome to attend Board meetings and may participate in discussion (but members do not vote on matters before the Board).
Members are encouraged to attend the AGM.
Please mark your calendars and join us if you can.

The following positions will be coming up for Election at the 2018 AGM in May:

President
Role Currently Held By-Kevin Alexander

Vice President
Role Currently Held By-Brian Olafson

Director (Trails Stewards)
Role Currently Held By-Ian Pyper

Director (Volunteers)
Role Currently Held By-Bob Taylor

 
Trail Update

A number of projects and improvements have been executed during the season including the connection of the south end of 3 mile lake through trail 33.  


Community Involvement

The Muskoka Sno-Bombers are involved many social activities and fundraisers throughout the year.  We are deeply seated in the community.  Where there is opportunity for a presence in the place we live, the Sno-Bombers are there!

The Sno-Bombers are host to fundraisers over the off season to ensure our high standard for our trails can be maintained.  The down time is also used to network and build relationships with landowners and our communities.  Most importantly we spend time with our families and each other.

2017 Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser Update

This year on September 1st, we once again, held our golf tournament at the South Muskoka Golf and Curling Club. The course was in great shape and we were well taken care of by the staff. Everyone had a great day.

We raised over $8000 that will go towards the Bomber expenses and this money is significant to the club. The money is used to maintain the Bomber trails and our club-owned equipment. It is also used to purchase new equipment when needed. While some of the cost of maintaining our trails is covered by the sale of Trail Permits, some if it is not so we must rely on our own fundraising.

We would like to thank all those our came out to participate as well as the volunteers and of course our long list of sponsors. We have posted a list of the sponsors on our website here:

http://www.sno-bombers.com/sponsors.html

We would like to encourage all riders to support our sponsors whenever possible.

Please save the date and plan to participate in our

2018 Golf Tournament which will be held on
August 31 2018
at South Muskoka Golf & Curling Club.


Annual Bracebridge Fire and Ice Festival

We assist in the now famous Fire and Ice Festival in Bracebridge.  The focal point of the event is the conversion of the main street in to a tube run.  The Sno-Bombers donate their time and equipment to its construction.  Watching the large snow grooming machines turn asphalt in to a tube hill is quite a sight to see.  The thousands of adults and children  slide down it during one day event and they always leave smiling.

Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Course

Muskoka Sno-Bombers is pleased to offer this course in Bracebridge!
For students over 12 years of age.
Students must attend one full day of training and pass a written test.
Driver Training Course Fee is $40.00

Thursday December 28, 2017

Friday December 29, 2017

Saturday January 20, 2018             all courses run from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday January 27,2018

Location:      

Sno-Bombers Grooming Shed
19 Lilac Lane,
Bracebridge, Ontario

Email  Donna at msb.safetycourse@gmail.com to register or for more information.

The Ministry of Transportation will issue licenses to successful students.



Volunteering with the Sno-Bombers

There are lots of ways you can help your local club to keep the trails in good shape.

If you can help in any way, please contact our volunteer coordinator,

Bob Taylor at robert.taylor7419@gmail.com

Remember students, you can start your volunteer hours in the summer

after you graduate from Grade 8!