Steve Elliott and I attend a gala event last weekend in Mississauga. The annual Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) AGM. The event started Friday at noon and ended Saturday night about 10:30 ish. I will use what Steve wrote and the intrepid snowmobiler below
Its official folks, The new vision for snowmobiling in Ontario was passed this weekend at the OFSC Annual General Meeting, Our club representativesBob Hogg and Steve Elliott attended to represent your interests in this critical decision. The vote passed with 70% support.
Big News for Ontario Snowmobiling!
OFSC snowmobile clubs made a historic culture shift this morning at their 2016 Annual General Meeting. Their decision to approve the implementation of an ambitious and innovative new plan called “More On The Snow” over the next two or three years helps secure a successful future for organized trail riding in Ontario. It also sets a bold new direction for delivering great trails that will be the envy of many other snowmobile organizations in North America and a template many will emulate in years to come.
A multi-layered and integrated plan, More On The Snow will maximize effective and efficient use of permit dollars and improve rider experience by moving management of grooming operations from clubs to OFSC districts (reduced in number from the current 16 to 12), with clubs working collaboratively to plan and deliver grooming for their entire region rather than independently within individual club boundaries as is now the case. This new coordinated approach will streamline grooming as shared equipment goes wherever needed in each region, making for more seamlessly smooth trails and helping to assure more regular grooming even when a machine breaks down.
More On The Snow will also use permit dollars more effectively, saving money by moving management of groomer fleet operations to the provincial level where the ongoing purchase, replacement and allocation of these $250,000 + machines will be planned and delivered centrally (rather than piecemeal by individual clubs) thereby assuring that the entire fleet is being continually evaluated, monitored and updated with new equipment. This will improve rider experience with better and more consistent grooming capability (with fewer breakdowns) everywhere. Central fleet management will reduce costs by taking maximum advantage of bulk buying opportunities and new options such as short term rentals, leasing and equipment sharing, and by reducing costly repairs on aging machines.
Finally, More On The Snow improves rider experience by building stronger clubs and reducing volunteer workload in club administration and paperwork, enabling volunteers to focus more on delivering great trails and club social activities.
Two years in the planning, More On The Snow builds on an OFSC permit revenue redistribution decision several years ago that among other things now allocates more grooming dollars each season to regions with more snow. The many rider benefits of More On The Snow will not be seen overnight, but over the next several years should make Ontario an even better trail riding destination. Congratulations to OFSC clubs for having the vision and commitment to approve More On The Snow!