Please Note: GAS AVAILABLE AT – Russell, Binscarth, Rossburn, Olha, Birtle, Inglis, WayWay, Oakburn, St. Lazare.
FOOD – Birtle, Russell, Inglis, Binscarth, Angusville, Rossburn, St. Lazare, Asessippi Ski Area.
HOTELS – Russell Inn Hotel 204-773-2186, Little Village Inn Guest House 204-565-2585, Weather Vane Inn (during week) 204-564-2340, Rossburn Hotel 204-859-2561, Prairie Lake Lodge (during week) 204-773-3335, Rossman Yurts 204-859-2885.
STAGING AREA: Russell Inn is the most popular one, most places are very accommodating, just check with owners.
If you wish someone to ride the trails with you, the President of Snoman loves an excuse to get out and ride. Call Alan at 204-847-2185 (Foxwarren).
Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club was formed and incorporated in July 1997. The group forming Snowtraxx were from the communities of Russell, Angusville, Rossburn, Binscarth, Inglis, and Solsgirth.
After much research by Jim & Cory Duncan, the Club purchased their first groomer in the summer of 1997 which was a used Trail Boss 100 and a used 8’ drag. Looking forward to expanding and keeping up with the Provincial requirements, in 1998 the club purchased a Bombardier 400, which Snowtraxx still uses today. Jim Duncan designed a new drag and the founding members along with new members all threw in a $1000.00 each to cover the cost of the new equipment and then proceeded to do all kinds of fund raising to cover all the expenses.
During the last 15 years, we have seen many changes in the Club.
In 2007–2008 the club was serving eighteen communities and working with an affiliate Club in Shoal Lake to oversee all the grooming and trail maintenance.
In 2009 – 2010 season Snowtraxx Club split and a club called Thunder & Ice was formed and is based out of Shoal Lake and serves communities to the south, west and east.
In 2013 Snowtraxx serves the following communities of Binscarth, Birtle, Foxwarren, St. Lazare, Russell, Inglis, Angusville, Asessippi Ski Area, Rossburn, Silverton, Waywayseecappo, Vista, Olha and Oakburn.
In 2009 Snowtraxxx opened additional 43 kilometers of trail for a to connect Olha to the trail system. Snowtraxx has a totals total of 375 Kilometers of Snoman designated trails. There are a total of 4 warm up shelters, two in the north area and two in the south.
Our trails connect many communities and provide some very scenic trails. The Snowtraxx trails connect to other Club trail systems at Shoal Lake, Roblin, Grandview, Sandy Lake and the Saskatchewan Trail system.
A large portion of the clubs funding comes from the sale of snopasses. All riders are required to have a valid Snopass to travel on the Snowtraxx trail system. (There is a reciprocating agreement between Manitoba & Saskatchewan). A Snopass can now be purchased from any MPI outlet.
In 2011 the club purchased a second groomer, a 2001 BR 400 with a 10ft drag. With two groomers in operation the clubs will be able to better service our communities and ensure our trail system is always in good shape.
In 2013 the club has 52 members and Snowtraxx is always looking for new members and volunteers willing to help with trail maintenance and signing. Aside from all the work associated with the grooming and signing of the trails, we also organize social activities like trails rides for our members, wiener roast at the Emergency Shelters and a year end ride and dinner.
This season we have had snowmobilers from as far away as China on our trails.
A local newspaper describe our trails as “marked, mapped and maintained by a dedicated group of hometown volunteers, trails capture the breathtaking beauty and awe inspiring immensity of winter, and provide great fun for safe riders who drive with care and control”.
Linda Butler, Secretary
Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club