Updated - Friday Oct. 31st 4:00 P.M.
Weather - Windy and cold this evening
Snow overnight last night for inland Algoma. This included areas north of Searchmont, Ranger Lake and Gong Lake.
As of 8 p.m. radar Thursday tonight, heavy snow was falling in the Gong Lake area north of Ranger Lake.
GONG LAKE RADAR - 8 PM Thursday
Searchmont this morning. Photo compliments of Searchmont Community Centre
Searchmont - Friday Oct. 31st
Elliot Lake This morning. Photo compliments of Elliot Lake Airport
Elliot Lake Airport - Friday Oct. 31st
Northland Station This morning. Photo compliments of Marko Koskenoja
Northland Station - Friday Oct. 31st
Whitefish This morning. Photo compliments of Brent MacPherson
Whitefish - Friday Oct. 31st
Oct. 29th Meeting - From Karen Donnelly
Here are the highlights of last night's meeting.
OCT 29th MEETING
- The tourism loop signs have arrived. The new loop is on the new map and will require volunteers to help with putting these 20 signs up.
- There is a Driver Training course scheduled in Echo Bay on November 22nd. Please call 705 248-1166 to register.
- Earlybird permit sales are ONLINE only at this time and the earlybird pricing of $180 for Seasonal Passes ends on November 1st. Seasonal and Classic Permits become available for sale locally on November 2nd, at the Clubhouse. The price starting November 2nd is $210 for Seasonals and remain at $140 for the Classics until December 1st.
- The Clubhouse Office is now open for the 2014 / 15 season. Thursday Oct. 30th is the first day back. The Office hours throughout the Winter Season are Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
- The Sault Trailblazers welcomes Greg Long as the new Groomer Director for the 2014/15 season. Thank you Greg. Also, thank you to all the volunteers who signed up to help Greg when Groomer issuses arise.
Last year, there were 10 Groomer Breakdowns during the entire season, one of which was 4 am in the morning.
- There will be a crew working on the Groomers in the Clubhouse garage this Saturday. Please let John Breckenridge or Greg Long know if you can assist. (705) 971-6538 or (705) 257-1846
- Signage - The new signs have arrived! Old Goulais Bay Road to the Four Corners has been signed - thanks to Shawn, Kevin and Val.
- Trailblazette - Shawn is looking for interesting stories, tidbits, info, ideas etc. If you have anything - please email Shawn Greenwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday November 22nd - we will be building a float for the Santa Parade in conjunction with the Rotary Club. Volunteers will be needed. Please contact Karen.email@example.com to get on the volunteer list.
OCT 29th MEETING - Photo 2
** UPDATED ** Driver Training - Echo Bay
The correct phone # for Echo Bay Driver Training is 705 248-1166. Please ask for Cindy. The next regional Driver Training session is November 22nd in Echo Bay and is being hosted by the Echo Bay Snow Falcons. For more information, please call (705) 248-1166 to register.
Mashagama Trail - Brushing
A crew is currently brushing the Mashagama Trail. This trail runs from the Domtar Road across to Seabrook Lake which connects with the Chapleau F Trail.
Assistance is always welcome in the Trailblazers Shop on Old Garden River Road. Groomers are being prepared for the 2014 / 15 season and volunteers with mechanical skills are needed. If you wish to help, please contact John Breckenridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Clubhouse at 705 759-0023 and leave a message.
Volunteers - Truly Treasured !
4689. That's how many NON-PAID, volunteer hours it took in the 2013 / 14 season to provide groomed trails for the Sault Ste. Marie catchment area. Grooming time is not included in the 4689 hours. The Sault Trailblazers is a non-profit organization run by NON-PAID volunteers from the community and region. The work demand for the upcoming 2014 / 2015 season will be no different from last year, so If you are a snowmobiler in the Sault or area, please come and join us at the next Trailblazers meeting on Wednesday Oct. 29th, 7 p.m. at Gino's Family Restaurant and learn more about the club and the many social activities that take place throughout the winter months. This is an opportunity to meet wonderful new friends whom all share the enjoyable interest of snowmobiling and the outdoors of Northern Ontario.
Signage Day - Summary
Oct 18th's signage day must have been a very busy day for most sledders because only one couple showed up to help. Signage is important and if we haven’t completed it before the snow arrives we cannot legally open the trails until all signage is installed AND approved by the District Trails Master. So, stay tuned for the next opportunity to help get ready for a great snowmobile season. The club needs your support.
Special thanks to Kevin and Val for coming out and helping on Saturday. We managed to get the Old Goulais Bay Road from the Garbage Dump to Four Corners signed and ready. If you know of any sections of trails that are missing signs, please give us a email or poke on Facebook or a twitter message. Shawn Greenwood email@example.com.
Heyden Trail Repairs
Dan See and John Breckenridge worked to repair a part of the Heyden-to-4 Corners Trail system. Culverts were put back in place and 2 loads to gravel, kindly donated by Pioneer Construction, were brought in to fill a major washout. Dan graciously donated his double-axle haulage trailer and 4 x 4'd his way into the the bush to fill the washout.
BushNET - Live Trail Camera
Dan Kachur worked in the Heyden area to bring BushNET aka BlazerNET one step closer to being up-and-running live. The solar panel is up and the camera is live in beta mode. Final logistics are being worked out for the installation of a high-gain antenna.
BlazerNET - Trail Camera Project
Heyden - Fuel
Will Heyden be getting fuel again? Not to start rumours, but, there's work going on at the former Esso Station on the corner of highway 17 and the Searchmont Highway. This could be welcome news!
A new addition for riders for 2014 / 15 is MountainView Lodge. Located on the Searchmont highway at Northland, this very picturesque lodge will be open for both food and accommodations. Brennan and crew have a trail available that comes in from the Ranger Lake road at the Glendale / ACR tracks intersection. They can be reached at 705 781-3329.
Blueberry Hill Motel - Goulais
Blueberry Hill will be open for business as usual this winter. They offer room rentals, campsites and their property as a Staging location. Breakfast is included with room rentals. Please feel free to contact Diane and Staff for more information. They are available at 705 649 5631.
TSSA - Townhall Meeting - SSM Delta
The CEO of TSSA is coming to the Sault and will be hosting a Townhall meeting at the Delta on Wednesday November 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please visit TSSA.ORG to see the announcement on the website and email ' firstname.lastname@example.org ' to get on the invite list.
One More Gas Station Closed
Goulais River is unfortunately down to 2 fuel stations. Regretfully, the Goulais River General Store, located on highway 552 west recently closed, therefore no more fuel. However, Goulais River Country Store on Highway 17 and Timberland also on Highway 17 have fuel.
The club has been informed that Halfway Haven will not be open this winter, therefore, no groomed trail on the top section of the Ranger N/W and Powerline. The Whitman / Domtar trails will be groomed and not affected.
3rd Meeting of Season - Wed. Nov. 12th
The Club will be holding the 3rd general meeting of the season on Wednesday November 12th at 7 p.m at Gino's Family Restaurant. Everyone is welcome and is open
to the general public.
Club Christmas Party - Wed. Dec. 10th
This year's upcoming Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday December 10th and will be held at Gino's Family Restaurant. Start time is 6 p.m. There will be a choice of three meals this year and all include unlimited salad and bread. Menu selection includes: #1. Chicken Parm with roast potatoes and vegetable OR #2. 1/2 rack ribs with penne OR #3. Veal Scaloppini with spaghetti. Tickets can be purchased at the next meeting or by contacting Karen Donnelly at Karen.Donnelly@Sympatico.ca. Price is $20 for members, $25 for non members. We will be doing the gift exchange again this year and gifts are limited to $10. One gift per person attending.
As the 2015 Snowmobile Season is approaching, I would like to say hello to all our existing and new members.
Permits are now on sale online as of Oct 1st. Please make sure that when you apply to select District 13 and the club where you plan on riding this season.
We are a Not-for-Profit Volunteer organization. Without the help of all our volunteers, contractors and land owners, we would not be able to operate and provide groomed trails.
The Club Directors and Volunteers have been very busy getting prepared for this season, any help would be appreciated.
We hope to see you at our next general meeting. Please check this website for dates and don’t forget to pass the word along to your friends.
John Breckenridge - Ride Legal, Ride Safe & Enjoy our Trails
2015 Season permits are now on sale via the OFSC website. Cost is $180 (+ $.7.50 Processing Fee) until November 1st. Price goes up
after November 1st to $210 (+ $7.50 Processing Fee). Please click on the image at the top of this page to purchase.
Trailblazette Newsletter - Oct 2014
For your enjoyable reading pleasure, the first edition of the Trailblazette for 2015 is now available for download from this website and is located in the News and Info section. A huge thank you to Shawn Greenwood for taking the lead in preparing another great edition of the newsletter. Readers always look forward to the Trailblazette. Very much appreciated Shawn.
Roxy's Lakeside Grill - Haviland
Once the trails are open, Roxy's is offering 10% off any meal to snowmobilers. Roxy's is also offering their parking lot this winter as a Staging area for those who wish to launch from Haviland. Fuel is also available 2 doors over from Roxy's. For more information, please contact Dave, Roxanne and Staff at 705 649-5912.
Shuttle Service - Catalina Motel
Catalina Motel, in Sault Ste. Marie, is once again offering snowmobile train tour packages and shuttle service to and from the staging area. Catalina Motel also provides International Sled Shuttle service into and out of United States via International Bridge. For additonal information, please contact Dean at (705) 945-9260.
Good News! Searchmont now has a store. No fuel at this time though.
Black Creek Outfitters
Black Creek Outiftters, located in the Aubrey Falls area, will be ready for another winter of snowmobiling. They will offer light lunches, fuel, accomodations and December specials on cabin rentals. Black Creek Outfitters will also be grooming the OFSC trails in their region. For more information visit www.blackcreekoutfitters.ca or call 705 841-2555 and chat with Jean, Don and Donnie.
Please call the Clubhouse at 705 759-0023 to get your name on the list for Driver Training, leave a message if you are not able to reach the staff. Our first training course date will be announced this fall.
Fuel Availability - October 2014
Fuel is available in Goulais, Haviland, Black Creek, Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Echo Bay and Bruce Mines. There is no fuel available in Heyden or Searchmont at this time. Please plan your trips with fuel availability in-mind.
Goulais to Searchmont is 36 kms (22.5 miles). Searchmont to Black Creek Outfitters is 150 kms (94 miles), Therefore, Goulais to Black Creek Outfitters is 186 kms (116.5 miles), Please plan your trips with fuel supply and availability in-mind.
Join the Club
Are you interesting in joining the club.
The fee is $10 per year per family. Please email us: email@example.com or come out to the next meeting on Wed. Oct 29th at Gino's Family Restaurant at 7 pm.