When Quesnel city councillor Ron Paull came into a Nov. 23 meeting, he was fresh from snowmobile trails.
He’s not the only one trying to find fresh snow, as the Wells Snowmobile Club has begun grooming trails.
Bryan Lepine is a director of the club. He said COVID-19 didn’t play a big role in 2020’s operations.
“The ridership looked like a normal amount,” Lepine said. “Maybe there was a little bit less people coming from further distances away, but then again, maybe there were more people headed out just to do stuff recreationally… A lot more people bought snowmobiles as well, just like all recreation vehicles, there was a big increase.”
Trail maintenance is an ongoing process, even in the early season.
“We are excited to try out our new deep snow compactor bar attachment that we purchased this year through a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust,” he said.
“Even when there’s no snow there is always something going on from trail maintenance and firewood to administrative tasks like insurance and permitting.”
The Wells Snowmobile Club grooms 75 km of trails, split between three alpine trails and an old logging road trails. Lepine said once enough snow is down, the goal is to make trails rideable for riders of all ages.
Adventurous riders are itching to hit the mountain after a long summer without, even if it means bumps and bruises to their machines.
“It’s a little bit of a rougher ride, and it can be a little bit dangerous at times, there will just be a strip of snow covering a rock,” Lepine said.
In the meeting, councillor Paull quipped that the person who most encouraged him to get out on the trails early was his mechanic.
Snow passes for the trails are available at the Jack ‘o’ Clubs General store. Avalanche and trail updates are available at www.snowmobilewells.com.
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