Media Releases for winter of 2012 / 2013

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June 2013

MTN SNOW EQUIPMENT & DISTRICT ONE S.A BETTER TRAILS CONTEST 2012-2013

Partnering with MTN Snow Equipment for this contest, D1 secured a cash value credit of $2500 to reward increase trail grooming frequency for last season. The first place prize of $1200, second place prize of $800 and a third place prize of $500 was awarded to the three clubs with the greatest increase in grooming frequency.

The contest was very simple and the $1200/$800/$500 in vouchers can be used at MTN Snow Equipment to offset the cost of parts for groomers; such as cleats, belting, tires and sprockets.

The winners are Kemptville S.C $1200, Riverside S.C $800 and Eastern Ontario S.C $500.

By increasing grooming passes throughout the season, members and trail visitors were even more impressed with the great product that was being produced by the clubs.

A big thank you goes out to MTN for their support to organized snowmobiling and making "better trails" and to view more information on the products and services offered by MTN Snow Equipment go to www.mtnequipment.com or email info@mtnequipment.com or call 1-877-686-7669


Kemptville S. C Receiving their $1200 voucher


Riverside S.C receiving their $800 voucher


Eastern S.C receiving their $500 voucher


Dec 2012

Draw Winner

The winner for the "More Snow Days" draw of two Yamaha snowmobiles and an enclosed Triton Trailer is Yves Seguin of St Isdore Ontario. Winning ticket # 07168.
Raffle license # M656088.



Tom Irwin of Irwin Supply and Yves Seguin winner of the sleds and trailer, left to right

Dec 20 2012

CHOKO YOUNG GUN CONTEST

Firstly, what a delight it was to meet the three "young gun" winners from our District 1 over the last few weeks. It was easy to see why these young men were chosen. The energy, enthusiasm and their confidence stood out right away upon meeting them. The pride and eagerness they showed in their work for the sport is wonderful to see. The contest with District 1 and Choko was long overdo .These young volunteers are our future. They bring to the sport of snowmobiling perseverance, enthusiasm, eagerness, strength and above all a keen desire to make our club's trails safer, smoother and more fun for everyone. How proud I was to present all three young volunteers with their Choko snowmobile jackets.

A big thank you to District 1 and Choko for their generosity and the many "young gun" volunteers who entered. Congratulations to:
Sam Mainville-Seaway Valley S.A.
Cole Veinotte-Riverside S.A.
Josh Switzer- Carleton Regional S.A.


From left to right: Sam Mainville Seaway Valley S.A receiving his Choko jacket, Cole Veinotte Riverside S.C receiving his Choko jacket, Josh Switzer Carleton Regional S.C receiving his Choko jacket

Some permit buyers asked about refunds or discounts...

When the past winter wasn't as good as predicted, some snowmobilers asked about permit refunds or discounts. Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits are official government instruments that do not belong to the OFSC. We are the authorized sales agent. As such, we are not authorized to approve the permit fee or offer refunds, discounts or incentives, only to sell permits. We do, however, keep all permit sales revenue to fund OFSC snowmobilng; no permit revenue goes to the government.

Ontario Snowmobile Trail Permits provide the purchaser with the privilege of accessing any available OFSC Prescribed Trails during the year of issue, but make no promise of having every trail open or even of having trails available close to home. There is certainly no guarantee that it will snow everywhere.

Like any other provincial licence or registration you purchase, the full permit fee applies regardless of what use you get out of it. If you buy a fishing licence and don't catch any fish, do you get a refund or any discount next time? If you pay for your drivers licence and something happens to you or your car so you can't drive that year, do you get any money back or any discount next time you renew?

The OFSC and its clubs appreciate that some riders felt short changed last winter (and so did our club volunteers, who are snowmobilers too), but we can't control Mother Nature. All we can do is get the whole system ready again for next fall at considerable expense and then make as many trails available for snowmobilers to ride as snow allows.



What about permit revenue from last winter?

As mandated by their not for profit status, OFSC clubs invest the permit revenue they receive back into their club and trail operations. While it's true that a club may have less operational expense if there's poor snow in their area one season, any revenue goes to cover their ongoing costs, including additional expenses in a good snow year.

Regardless of snow conditions, every club has many ongoing and pre-season expenses. First, each club pays a minimum of $80.27 (and many pay much more) from each permit sold to the OFSC for redistribution to other clubs and for provincial operations, including almost $30 from every permit for trail insurance. Then, clubs spend a large portion of their share of permit revenue getting ready for the coming winter - up front expenses like paying for signs and stakes; trail, bridge and culvert repairs or replacement; plus ongoing expenses like groomer payments, repairs and insurance - or buying a new groomer. Many clubs even pay for pre-season fill-ups of their fuel storage tanks.

With the cost of provincial trail operations running from $18 to $22 million per year, and the total revenue from each season's permits only covering $10 to $14 million of those expenses, there is never "extra" permit revenue in the system.



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