Good Season For Atikokan Sno Ho Snowmobile Club
by Scott A. Sumner
" Next year will be our 50th Anniversary of the club." smiles Kim Cross President of the Atikokan Sno Ho Snowmobile Club. In her day job Kim is an accountant at the Atikokan Hospital.
“ The Sno Ho’s club is going well. We got some new volunteers, including groomer operators and our permit sales are up. On the other hand our grooming equipment is getting old, a BR 180, and we are having a harder time keeping it running, " said Kim Cross. “ The online permit sale helped us. If you bought by November 1st it was $180 so it helped. It was convenient for people to buy online. We also have more trail patrol going on as well which has helped.” The Atikokan club had 150 permits sales this year while last year 120 permit sales.
“ The Atikokan economy is getting better as we have new industry with RenTec which will produce wood pellets, the Ontario Power Generation conversion and the old Sapawe Mill has been purchased by Resolute doing a $50 million renovation." said Cross
There is a snowmobile summit to be held March 18 and 19 this year in Sault Ste Marie put on by the Northern Ontario Tourism that KIm Cross will attend. " We will have a session called Lets Talk so club representatives will be going and talking about snowmobile tourism,” said Cross. " We went to the AGM of the OFSC in December and there was lots of changes in funding the clubs which helped.”