Rick Peiffer and his eight-year-old son Aiden were in the parking lot of Pidges Car Care on Industrial Park Crescent, gearing up for the 45th annual Sault Ste. Marie Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids Saturday morning.
It’s Peiffer’s second year taking part in the event, which takes snowmobile riders along 160 kilometres of groomed trails.
He figures conditions are going to be good for this year’s ride.
“Lots of nice fresh snow, the bush looks really nice from the all ice on all the branches, and the trees hanging down and everything,” Peiffer told SooToday after helping his son strap on his snowmobile helmet. “It looks beautiful out in the bush right now.”
Snowarama chair Landon Odom says the trailblazers were working around the clock last night to ensure a smooth ride for the estimated 80-plus riders during the annual fundraiser.
“Things are going to be super today,” he said. “We’ve been having tons of snow all winter, we haven’t really had a thaw like we’ve had some years, and the trails were just groomed again last night.”
Donations to Snowarama help Easter Seals provide help for children living with physical disabilities by raising money for essential mobility equipment and opportunities to attend fully accessible summer camps.
“It’s super important for Easter Seals,” said Odom.“This is one of their main events that’s held in Sault Ste. Marie.”
Snowarama events across Ontario have raised nearly $18 million dollars to date for children with physical disabilities.