With the addition of more snow in the area, avid snowmobilers are hitting the trails.
“Every snowmobiler is getting excited to hit the groomed trails and meet friends and family at the warm-up shelters,” said Angela Scheller of Ketchen, treasurer of the Preeceville-based Rough Rider Snowmobile Club.
Before all of this can happen the trails need to be cleared, shelters need to get stocked full of wood and trail signs need to be put up, Scheller explained. With 282 kilometres of groomed trails through the Porcupine Forest, across open fields and along some ditches, and with only very few members, there is a lot of work to be done.
“The Rough Rider Snowmobile Club is looking for anyone who is willing to donate a few hours of their time to help us get a start to the snowmobile season,” she said. “The more volunteers that we get to help the club the better our trails and shelters can be.
“All of this may sound intimidating but with a little help from everyone who enjoys the trails, it can be fun,” she said.
Most of the trails have been signed with the exception of the trail north of Reserve and west of Endeavour, she said. This is due to a lack of sufficient snow and landowners’ permission.
The members of the executive committee of the Rough Riders are: Jamin Englot, president; Scott Scheller, vice-president; Becky Scheller, secretary, and Angela Scheller, treasurer. Jamin Englot is the groomer with assistance from Kellen Mac, a new club member.