(Barrie, ON – November 25, 2013) - The early onset of winter in many parts of Ontario is great news for snowmobiling tourism and the $1 billion economic impact generated by snowmobile trails in this province every winter. According to the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), business as usual on OFSC Prescribed Trails for the upcoming season just got better during Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Ontario Week, November 24 to 30, thanks to the early advent of sub-zero temperatures. The dropping mercury is putting a deep frost into the ground and freezing up ponds and swampy areas to make trails more accessible and durable for a longer snowmobiling season.
Volunteers from more than 200 community-based, not for profit snowmobile clubs are busy making final preparations to get over 30,000 kilometres of OFSC Prescribed Trails ready for snowmobiling. These local and regional snowmobile trails are being marked and signed on the ground, and are already shown on the published 2014 OFSC Provincial Trail Guide, 16 OFSC District Guides and online on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide, so snowmobilers can look forward to exciting adventures on OFSC trails throughout the province.
Typically, annual trail preparations include area clubs accommodating localized changes within the OFSC snowmobile trail network with solutions that work best within their home communities. Such changes can respond to many re-occurring variables such as storm and flood damage, highway or utility construction, logging operations, different land uses, and many other periodic factors. At this date, the vast majority of OFSC clubs are not reporting any issues that would have a major impact on their trails or on the provincial snowmobile trail network for the coming season. Throughout the season, snowmobilers can check the status of all OFSC Prescribed Trails on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide at www.ofsc.on.ca.
“With over 30,000 kilometres of trails, it’s normal for any given snowmobiling season to include some trail displacements, re-locations, re-routes and detours as our system continues to evolve,“ said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy. “Despite these variables, OFSC clubs have been delivering great trails to snowmobilers for almost 50 years and that is happening again for the upcoming 2014 season.”
The OFSC invites all Ontario snowmobilers to enjoy OFSCC Prescribed Trails this winter and to save money off the regular, post-December 1 permit fees by purchasing their 2014 Seasonal or Classic Permit online on or before December 1 at www.ofsc.on.ca.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is a volunteer led not-for-profit association, which through strong leadership, provides a wide range of quality programs and services to, and on behalf of, its member organizations. Our provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connects Ontario communities providing responsible riding experiences that are safe, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable.