Sioux- Hudson Area Will Hold Special Snowarama Event!
by Mike Starratt
I believe we have something special up here in the Sioux- Hudson area when it comes to Snowarama. We had a great turnout last year with 32 riders with trail and lake riding up Lac Seul to one of the lodges on the Lac Seul First Nation for a lunch, picture taking, and a visit to a large sand bank. I've been able to get both trail permit members of the OFSC and non-permit holders (riders without permits) together to enjoy a ride up Lac Seul and raise money for a great cause.
The ride begins in Sioux Lookout at the OPTA (Objibway Power Toboggan Assoc.) club house where we meet and registration is held. From there we ride the "A" trail west between Sioux Lookout and Hudson to the Eastside Cafe, where we pick up the non-permit riders and the Lac Seul Police service. We then drive through Hudson and get on to Lac Seul, head through French Man's head to Kejick Bay and White Fish Bay (all part of Lac Seul Band #28), enjoying the sights of nature and beauty of Lac Seul along the way. Once at White Fish, Mahkwa Lodge puts on a great meal for all participants. The food is all donated by our local grocery store Johhny's Fresh Mart. We then return to Hudson after some picture taking, drop off the non OFSC riders and continue back on awesome groomed "A" trail to the OPTA club house for the the wrap -up in Sioux Lookout. One change this year, to spark more interest, is that I was able to get Arctic Cat dealer Railside Sports and Marine Joe Presta from Dryden and Ski-doo dealer Mike Smith from Lakeside Marina in Red Lake to come and join the ride and bring along their new 2013 sleds. So, if your in the area, mark off Jan 26, and meet us at 9:00 at the OPTA club house at 108 Abram Lake Road. I would also like to mention the many people and businesses that help out; Tracey Ellek, Mascotto's Marina, Sioux -Per Auto Parts, Mahkwa Lodge, Trucking, Johnny's Fresh Mart, Eastside Cafe, Lac Seul police service, Lakeside Marina Ltd, Railside Sports & Marine, Sioux Lookout Rotary, OPTA, Robin's donuts, and Lac Seul Floating Lodges.
33rd Annual Dryden Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids
Dryden Snowmobiliers will hit the trails February 9th for the 33rd Annual Dryden Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids. Dryden Power Toboggan Club is thrilled to support Easter Seals Ontario in this family-oriented and community spirit event, which allows us to promote snowmobiling in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Taking place on Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs groomed trails, this event encourages winter enthusiasts to raise funds to support children and youth with physical disabilities. This year’s event will take place at the Dryden Flying Club located at Olson’s Landing at 11:00 am for registration, followed by a ride from 12 to 2. We are pleased to have the Dryden Rotary Club as our partners for this year’s event. NEW THIS YEAR, for Dryden Snowarama participants only: With every $50.00 in pledges you collect, you will receive a ballot to win a 50” Plasma tv donated by our local sponsors. Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids would not be a success without the support of the snowmobiling community. We hope to see you on the trials on February 9th.
Snowmobilers from across Ontario are revving up their engines for the annual Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids events taking place across Ontario. This unique fundraising experience combines thrilling snowmobile riding with an opportunity for snowmobile clubs and snowmobilers to join in the camaraderie of family activities to help children and youth with physical disabilities. Taking place on OFSC trails, Snowarama challenges winter enthusiasts in communities all over Ontario to raise donations for Easter Seals. Whipper Billy Watson originally conceived the event in 1975 and so far OFSC clubs have helped raise more than $16.3 million in over 20 communities. Donations to Snowarama directly assist financing for vital mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and communication devices and summer camp. Easter Seals owns and operates two fully accessible camp properties and is recognized as an industry leader in providing specialized camping experiences for kids with physical disabilities. For more information, and to register for Snowarama, please visit our website at www.snowarama.org
Atikokan Sno-Ho Snowmobile Club Ready For a Great 2013 Snowarama Event!
by Twila Smitsnuk 30+ year Snowarama Participant/Volunteer Atikokan Sno-Ho Club Director
"The Atikokan Sno-Ho Snowmobile Club Incorporated is proud to be partners with Easter Seals and the Atikokan Kiwanis Club for the past 35 years, in the Atikokan Snowarama. Our role has been primarily to provide a safe trail for the event, but our clubhouse is also used for the registration and the trail head for the event.
Our trail route has varied over the years, the original route was primarily over lakes with small portions of portages and trail. Some of the local riders still prefer to use these routes for a bit of adventure as they are unmaintained and unmarked. The current trail is nearly 100% trail riding, which is marked with signage to meet the standards of the OFSC and is packed and groomed to provide a safe and comfortable ride for all participants. The trail is approximately 100 kms return trip, fuel is available at Browns' Clearwater West Lodge, as well as lunch provided by the volunteers from the Atikokan Kiwanis Club.
Our club volunteers work very hard to ensure the trail always provides a wonderful experience for all the riders who participate, whether novice or seasoned. Upon return to Atikokan the Legion Ladies Auxiliary provide a tasty turkey dinner to all participants. Dancing finishes the event off once the revealing of the amount of funds raised for the Snowarama. A big "Thank You" is owed to all the volunteers of Easter Seals, Atikokan Kiwanis and our Club who make Atikokan's Snowarama one of the most popular and highest fund raising events in Ontario. Riders of all ages, 2 years old to 72 years young, from all around Northwestern Ontario, participate in the Atikokan Snowarama event and we would like to say THANK YOU to them all, on behalf of the organizers and the children and families who benefit from the funds raised."