Press Release –
$3 Million Goes Into OntarioTrail Improvements
A taste of winter has arrived in many parts of the province and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) officially kicks off its 2008/09 season with Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week, November 24 – 30. However, no OFSC trails are open for riding yet and the OFSC warns riders that conditions are not safe for sledding this week.
The big news for Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week is that, thanks to support from the McGuinty Government, the OFSC is unveiling almost $3 million of trail and infrastructure improvements this season.
These upgrades will significantly enhance the snowmobiling tourism experience and make it even easier and more enjoyable to go ride in Ontario.
The $3M trail improvements are very timely, because the OFSC Go Snowmobiling Campaign and Ontario’s Go Ride promotion are poised to increase ridership this winter.
Not only will Ontarians do more riding here, but more American riders are also anticipated, due to post-election optimism, lower fuel costs and the return of more attractive exchange rates.
The OFSC notes that snowmobiling typically holds its own through economic downturns as evidenced by strong participation rates and permit sales in previous periods of uncertainty.
Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week heralds another good news story. Coming off a banner season last winter, snowmobiling is poised for a repeat, with permits fees unchanged, fuel prices falling and sled manufacturers offering many attractive incentives to buy snowmobiles.
Meanwhile, winter forecasts are also encouraging, predicting good snow conditions in most traditional Ontario snowbelt areas.
As its name implies, Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week is the cue for sledders to start making plans and preparing sleds and gear. Sled dealers and snowmobile clubs across Ontario are celebrating Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week with open houses and other special events.
Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week also marks the last week for purchasing full season Snowmobile Trail Permits at the pre-December 1st fee of $180.
The OFSC invites all Ontarians to connect with family, friends and nature by going snowmobiling this winter.
Get Ready to Go Snowmobiling Week is the ideal time to visit these key web sites to learn more and start planning your season: ofcs.on.ca and gorideinontario.ca.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to member clubs and volunteers, to establishing and maintaining quality snowmobile trails which are used in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, and to furthering the enjoyment of organized snowmobiling.