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Season likely a non-starter for local snowmobile trails

The Thunder Bay Adventure Trail Snowmobile Club said there is little chance of being able to open any of trails due a lack of snow.

THUNDER BAY – Time is quickly running out for snow trails to open at all this season.

A representative from the Thunder Bay Adventure Trail Snowmobile Club said there is little chance of opening any trails due a lack of snow.

“We need 18 inches of snow before we can even start grooming so we're really quickly losing our hope that we'll get some trails open this year,” said Adrian Tessier, club president.

“There's nothing really in the long range forecast. Our hope would be that we could get enough snow to get some trails open this year but I'm not a betting man, so we're not going to bet on it.”

Tessier added that he’s very thankful for how understanding members have been about the whole season.

“We're quite fortunate the people who bought passes, they live here. They know the snow conditions, they understand what it takes to open trails,” he said. “We haven't got any calls from anybody that is upset and wants their money back, so we're really appreciative of that.”

The season hasn’t officially been cancelled as the club intends to take it day-by-day, but Tessier said with the amount of snow needed, they are not holding their breath.

“We talked about this just the other day. We're virtually to the point any time now where even if we get snow, we're not going to bother,” he said.

Part of the problem, Tessier said, is the club could end up damaging the equipment if there's not enough snow to cover rocks and logs.

Justin Hardy

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Justin Hardy is a reporter born and raised in the Northwest.
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