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Sault Trailblazers work overtime for Snowarama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   by: Staff



Recent snow squalls ensure great conditions for snowmobilers
With less than two weeks before Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids, volunteers from the Sault Trailblazers have been working overtime to maintain OFSC snowmobile trails for the big event.

With recent weather creating the best snowmobiling conditions the Sault has seen in years, Snowarama 2014 promises to be the family friendly event of the season.

“If you haven't come out to Snowarama you have no idea how much fun you are missing out on. I personally find it a great way to get out and see all the fantastic trails that the Trailblazers snowmobile club has laid out for us and it's all at no charge if you raise the minimum pledge amount. Don't worry about coming alone because there are always lots of friendly people to ride with. You are never alone on the Snowarama trail!” comments Landon Odom, Snowarama Committee Chairperson.

Snowarama is a unique fundraising experience that combines thrilling snowmobiling 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, the event challenges winter enthusiasts in communities all over Ontario to raise donations for Easter Seals Ontario.

Over the past 40 years communities all over Ontario have raised over $16.3 million while enjoying the outdoors.

Participants are encouraged to collect pledges before the event and anyone who raises more than $150 will receive:

  • Trail pass for the day
  • Breakfast at Gino’s Family Restaurant
  • Lunch & gas top-up (max. of $25) at Searchmont Resort
  • Prizes for lucky participants donated by Construction Equipment Co., Dynatype Motorsports, Joe’s Sports and Surplus, North Shore Sports & Auto, Premier Powersports and Rivercity Motorsports (all prizes valued over $200)

This full day family-friendly event is for all ages.

Children 12 and under can eat for free and ride with their parents for only an additional fundraised amount of $20 per child (in addition to the $150 amount).

Registration is at Gino’s Family Restaurant February 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Pledge forms can be downloaded here or picked up at the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie office.

Fundraising can also be done online. Register at

About Easter Seals

For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Thanks to its generous donors, Easter Seals continues to offer programs to allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment.

Easter Seals helps by providing financial assistance for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden.

The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has been assisting Easter Seals Ontario since 1923.

Together we make a difference for kids in the community who need our help.

For more information or to donate, visit


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shju 1/29/2014 1:20:08 PM Report

Went for a ride last week, the trails were garbage. They had groomed out to the airport and to heyden.
rfmarket 1/29/2014 2:19:14 PM Report

Hi shju,

Don't worry, the trails will be in great shape by the time Snowarama rolls around. They did a lot of work this weekend so they are probably in better condition since the last time you were out.

The Trailblazers that maintain the trails are all volunteers. They could use an extra hand if you are willing to help out! Sometimes it can be tough to maintain all those trails from the Sault to Searchmont but they are working hard to get the job done.

If you are interested in Easter Seals events in the Sault check out the Rotary club facebook page for the latest updates.
Nunavut 1/29/2014 3:26:00 PM Report

Soon all us snowmachine owners, even those that never use the groomed trails will be paying for that sport when the OFSC finshes lobbying the government to raise the snowmachine and ATV license plate sticker fees and getting that extra money to go to the trails many of us don't need or want to pay.

Nice to see the local club do the charity thing, but behind the scenes they are wanting to take a lot more money from innocent snowmachine owners and taxpayers.
6 fan 1/29/2014 8:43:09 PM Report

Nunavut can't wait for that to happen it's about time
Nunavut 1/30/2014 7:42:37 AM Report

And then you 6fan are an example of the seflishness of the OFSC trail sport riders. Expecting others to pay for your elite sport.
If OFSC gets its way it and gets northern ontario to start having to pay more for our MTO license plates and then uses that money to subsidize the trail riders trail permits... is ludicrous thnking . In other words those of us with old snowmachines that only want them for rural road or lake riding at cottage would be paying for your elite sport.
rfmarket 1/30/2014 9:52:24 AM Report

Hi everyone,

I don't know much about the politics behind snowmachining here in Canada.

What I can tell you is that all the money from Snowarama goes to Easter Seals Ontario. If you raise $150 worth of pledges you get a free trail pass for the day of the event, plus some other free stuff.

There are over 60 local families with kids who have severe disabilities. These families can expect to pay an additional $10, 000 - $40, 000 per year in expenses to pay for things like wheelchairs, physiotherapy, traveling to see medical specialists. Its a huge added cost that Easter Seals helps out with.

If you enjoy snowmachining you should give Snowarama a shot. There will also be prizes donated by Construction Equipment, Dynatype, Joe’s Sports and Surplus, NSA, Riverscity Motor Sports and Premier Powersports.

Everyone I've talked to that has participated in the past has really enjoyed it.
icemantbi 1/30/2014 11:32:52 AM Report

Sorry if I am hijacking the comment section here, but since it's talking about snowmobiles, does anyone know a place in town where you could rent one out, or a place that lets you get started out? I would love to get into snowmobiling, but obviously would like to try it out first.
Bad Dawg 1/30/2014 12:55:28 PM Report

I suggest you talk to friends and neighbors , as most are good people and would find a machine you could use on one of their upcoming trail rides. I was deep into sledding (had the matching suit, helmet and sled) until it got really expensive and couldn't justify spending the 1000-1500 family dollars on myself just for a season.

*kids are older now and would rather go Jeeping than sledding anyday!!
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