Sled trails closing for another season

Timmins snowmobile trails will close for this season effective Wednesday.

Timmins snowmobile trails will close for this season effective Wednesday. TD

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Timmins snowmobile trails will close for this season effective Wednesday.

The Timmins Snowmobile Club, which is a member of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), issued a release on Monday advising of the closure.

The trails will be listed as “unavailable” (Red) on the OFSC Interactive Trail Guide at www.ofsc.on.ca, because area clubs have stopped regular grooming operations and signs and stakes are being removed and gates and fences closed,” the Timmins club stated in a release.

In the meantime, Gilbert Fortin, spokesman for the Timmins club, suggested snowmobilers may want to put away their machines now.

“Snowmobilers are also advised that rapidly deteriorating snow and ice conditions due to spring thaw make snowmobiling extremely hazardous anywhere. Roads and road crossings are now generally bare and the ice on all waterways is melted, melting or unstable,” Fortin said in a release.

“The only safe and sensible course of action for snowmobilers is to put away their sleds until next winter.

“The risks of trying that ‘one last ride’ are simply too high now that spring thaw has commenced.”

Fortin also reminded sledders that an “OFSC snowmobile trail on private land reported as ‘Unavailable’ means that access to that trail is also prohibited for any other users or persons for all other seasons, without the specific prior permission of the landowner.”

Fortin thank all of the landowners who have allowed the use of their property for an OFSC snowmobile trail this winter.

“We also appreciate the support of the many snowmobilers who bought trail permits to help pay their share of the cost of trail operations for the 2018/2019 past season for which lasted more than 16 wonderful weeks — one of the second longest seasons in the past decade.”

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