The Orangeville Snowmobile Club is located in District 4 in Southern Ontario.
We are a member of the Huronia Snowmobile Southern Zone and part of the B109 Trail System.
Our members are volunteers who help take care of over 125 kms of well marked trails.
From the left is Michael Schuetz, Orangeville Snowmobile Club Trail Captain, Michelle Sage Dufferin Wind Power Inc, Zen Slipenkyj, President of Orangeville Snowmobile Club and Grant Parkinson the clubs Groomer coordinator.
The Orangeville Snowmobile Club received a welcome surprise from Dufferin Wind Power Inc, in the form of a donation to help offset some of the costs of the shared trail through Dufferin County. Dufferin Wind Power will be running power from their wind farm to Orangeville and the least disruptive route is the former CP rail line that is now used as a snowmobile trail in the winter and an ATV trail (North of 89Hwy) in the summer. Zen Slipenkyj, President of Orangeville Snowmobile Club accepted the cheque, in front of their clubhouse, and said it would go to good use to improve our trail system. Each year we try and reduce the number of trails that have to run along roads or through ditches, and move them to private land but this is a difficult task. This year we were successful in moving one section of the B109 from Hwy 9 and onto farm land in the area. We are working hard to move the last piece for next season.
Although the weather has not cooperated with our local snowmobile clubs, for the last few seasons, the work of installing and removing trails has stayed the same. The club has also seen an increase in sign theft and damaged stakes with lack of snow, an unnecessary cost for the club to bear.
Often I hear the words, I paid for my permit why should I volunteer as well?
Most who have volunteered quickly learn that the reason we have a $250 permit is because of all the volunteers that work countless hours to insure we have a fantastic trail system in our province. In fact the $250, does not cover the costs with all the volunteer hours but thanks to the funds from the Provincial Government the annual costs are just covered.
But back to why should I volunteer, snowmobilers are a group that will give and help anyone. Have you ever stopped on the side of a trail and had every sled stop and make sure everything is OK before they go by? Well if you do need help they are all there to help. This goes further, not to just on the trail, as a few examples, I was installing a hardwood floor and without being asked, Mike shows up, with tools, and says do you need a hand? Wow now where else do you meet people like that? Many of us have been stuck, sometimes in the mud, but when a call goes out, these same volunteers, make sure the equipment that is needed, is there, and drop everything from Grocery shopping to Christmas dinner to help out.
Orangeville and District is very lucky to have a core group of over 20 volunteers, who are willing to help anyone who appreciates the sport we all love.
We do not have a clique, everyone's welcome, and their thoughts listened to, and the group steers the ship. We all have fun, and any tongue and cheek comments are meant to instill laughter as we all truly care for and support each other.
Recently we have seen more couples and family’s involved, and the the ages range from 16 to 70 but yet we all work as one unit.
Everyone is welcome to come out to any meeting, and observe then step up and volunteer, I can tell you that you will get back much more than you put in!
The 15th Annual Pray for Snow dance provided a fun night out for all who attended. If you have any photos, please send us an email and we'll be happy to post them
It is with Great Sadness that I need to advise everyone of the passing of Charlie Carr.
Charlie has not only been an active member of our club for more years than many of us can remember, but Charlie was our head driving instructor. Charlie trained hundreds of children in the safe operation of a snowmobile, and never lost his positive attitude towards the youth.
Charlie trained all three of my children, as well as many of your children, over the last 15 years with a true interest in making them into both safe snowmobilers and future members for our club. Charlie had such a passion for his position, we have all suffered a huge loss with his departure.
Over the last year, Charlie made sure we had additional staff, and that driver training could continue smoothly, for our club, as his health was beginning to suffer.
Charlie will be missed by us all.
All monthly club meetings will be at the Anglers and Hunters on County Rd 16, just east of Blind Line, at 8pm, third Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome! Call 519-341-5277 for details
Click here to see all the great photos from the first ever performance of the Orangeville Snowmobile Club Precision Team.
Thanks to everyone who participated and to all those who came out to watch.
If you have some photos you'd like to share, please email them to: email@example.com
On December 28th, 2009 the Olympic torch passed through Orangeville and the town had a celebration to beat all celebrations. The Orangeville Snowmobile Club's Precision Riding Team, tool part in the celebration. Although our part was only a few minutes it shows how valued our group is in the community.
To practice for the event the team has been using ATV’s until we have enough snow to switch to sleds.
Click here for the article published by the Orangeville Citizen on Sept 3, 2009
The following location is available to be used as a staging area:
Mono Plaza - Hwy 10 North of Hockley Road
Please park between Rona and Ken Young Aluminium. Trail starts across the street by Coffee Time.