A small group of about 20 snowmobile enthusiasts gathered at Eagle Point Resort last night to form a club involving one of their favourite pastimes.
The meeting began with attendees introducing themselves to other members of the group, as well as sharing what they would like to see come out of the endeavour. Some of the most popular ideas raised were mapping, maintaining and developing established trails in the area, building warm up shacks and encouraging events such as family rides. The group also discussed how they should move forward with the endeavour and ultimately six people volunteered to begin work on certain aspects of creating a club.
“We narrowed down to a smaller committee to start deciding the future of where we want to go and what avenues we want to fulfill,” said Matthew Klassen, who is part of the smaller group. “There’s a lot of decisions to be made, so we’ll start from there, carry on and see where it takes us.”
The potential impact of bringing an increased number of tourists in the tri-communities during the winter months was also brought up by attendees. Klassen noted the impact of forming a club could be substantial as an increase in visitors would boost the economy as they spend money at local businesses. He also added local residents would also benefit from having the trails relaibly mapped on a GPS device.
“The tourism industry is slow in general right now, but I think it’s starting to pick up,” Klassen said. “Especially in the wintertime, I think we need to take advantage of the opportunities like this to promote more tourism and use some of the great aspects we do have to offer in La Ronge.”
There was a time in the past when there was a snowmobile club in La Ronge, but it has been many years since it’s been active. According to former member Wade Mohr, the previous club has close to $4,000 in the bank, as well as a four-foot wide trail groomer and a diamond drag.
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