Early bird sales better than last year: snowmobile federation

Paul Hutchings
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A Deer Lake snowmobiler goes for a ride Friday afternoon. — Star photo by Paul Hutchings

DEER LAKE  Although the numbers are still being tallied, Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation executive director Gloria Knowlton said the figures from the early bird sales of trail passes have surpassed last year.

“We’re still figuring it out but last year (early bird) sales were up 20 per cent over the previous year and I can say that so far this year we’ve sold even more,” she said. “We will have official numbers (in the next few weeks).”

Early bird sales were extended to just before Christmas last month, and that, along with the early snowfall most areas experienced, has helped spur on trail passes. Knowlton said she just returned from a snowmobile trip near Bonne Bay and said while on a run she hit a rock and was flipped off her machine. The base, she said, needs to be packed down a little harder.

“And it will be as the groomers get out there,” she said. “But for now in some areas we’re seeing very soft snow and it can be dangerous.”

Police will be enforcing the trails once again this year, as some riders still go out without trail passes on their machines.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, Bonne Bay

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