Tuesday, November 17, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“It makes us very proud. Hard and steady work is what it was.”
- Vern Pedersen  
- on the award won by the   
Crow Snow Riders   


It’s official –– the Crow Snow Riders are one of the best snowmobile clubs in Alberta, and local area trails receive some of the best grooming you can find anywhere.
The club attended the Edmonton Snow Show in late October, and received special recognition from the Alberta Snowmobile Association at the event. The club won the award for Club of the Year for the southern Alberta region, which includes everything from Calgary south.
In addition, Pass resident Joe Trotz, who grooms trails for the Crow Snow Riders, received the Groomer of the Year award for the entire province of Alberta.
“It makes us proud,” says Vern Pedersen, President of the club. “Hard and steady work is what it was. Everybody’s busy nowadays. Finding the time to enhance the sport we all enjoy does us a lot of good. It makes us feel very good.”
Pedersen says that the club is fortunate to have Joe Trotz as their groomer, as he works day and night on the trails and puts in extra work for which he does not charge the club. As president of the Kananaskis Rodeo Association, Trotz is well known to local volunteers as a hard worker.
“We’ve noticed over the last few years that the trails have been really good for us,” says Pedersen. He says that Trotz’s work on the trails has made them safer for everyone.
The Crow Snow Riders have a lot of things on the go these days, working to promote the Pass as a snowmobiling destination and to improve the local trail system.
There are 1200 km of trails in the area, and the club works alongside the Quad Squad, SRD, the Pincher Creek club, and many other user groups to keep the trails in good shape.
The club is working to secure grants for further trail improvements, including redeveloping trails that have been overgrown. In addition, they are fundraising and saving money to purchase a new trail groomer.
They recently received a helping hand for this goal, as the Crowsnest Pass Ski Society presented the Crow Snow Riders with a $7500 donation toward the groomer.
The club is hosting the 2010 Alberta Snowmobile Association Jamboree this winter, an event that will bring hundreds of snowmobilers from across western Canada into the community.
“It’s a big undertaking for the club,” says Pedersen.
The event will include professionally sanctioned snowmobile racing at Knowles Flats up McGillivray Road, which will be open to the public. Local riders will also be able to sign up to take part.
... for the full story, see the November 17 issue of the Pass Herald.
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