ABOUT THE WHITECOURT TRAILBLAZERS


The Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club is a not-for-profit group registered under the Societies Act in Alberta founded in 1979. As one of the largest snowmobile Clubs in Alberta, the Trailblazers are made up of a group of dedicated volunteer members who donate their time to promote the sport of organized snowmobiling in Alberta.

Whitecourt is the official Snowmobile Capital of Alberta.

The Whitecourt Trailblazers currently maintains 485kms of trail system in the Whitecourt area (in partnership with Alberta Parks & Environment), including portions of the The Great Canadian Trail System (formerly Trans-Canada Trail System) and The Golden Triangle Trail System.

BECOME A TRAILBLAZERS MEMBER

Joining the Trailblazers is easy. When purchasing an Trail Pass from a Whitecourt Trailblazers member or a supporting Whitecourt business, your Whitecourt Trailblazers membership is included. An annual A.S.A. Membership Trail Pass is $90/season (or $80 if purchased before January 1 of each year). Day Passes are also available for $25/day. Youth Passes available for $40/season prior to Jan 1 and after $45/season

Why you should join:

  • You’ll be joining a community of individuals who love the sport
  • You’ll be part of a social club that gives back to the community
  • You’ll be supporting local trail maintenance and grooming
  • You’ll be meeting new riders and making new friends

TRAILBLAZERS' EXECUTIVE

President

Jordan Forseille

Vice-President

Jeff Brooks

Past President

Roxanne Brown

Treasurer

Shirley Picard

Memberships

Elaine Gunderson

Safety

Denis Blain

Facilities & Structures

Robin Sebo

Industry Liaison

Ray Hilts

Publicity/Secretary

Cindy Brooks

Trail Boss North East

Doug Hay

Trail Boss North West

David MacLeod

Trail Boss South

Dave Bilau

TRAILBLAZERS' TIMELINE

The Trailblazers Club is a very active club and is proud of its many accomplishments. For more information on the club history, visit our History Book.

2024

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2023

Fun Ride – Cancelled – Lack of snow

Rally Postponed. Cancelled Event. Virtual Rally – Pics taken to enter to win a prize. Virtual Ride Held as we were a part of The Golden Triangle Iron Sledder Challenge.

AGM Held. Bylaws Revised. New Executive

Alberta Snowmobile ATV and Offroad Show held in October. Nominations – Snowmobiler of the Year – Jeff Brooks. We also received N/W Zone Club of the year.

2022

Fun Ride – January 2022 – Over 75 riders joined the group – rode the south side starting at the Forest Interpretive Centre, Goodwin Lake to Summit Cabin, up Manweiller, Bessie and Summit Trails.

Annual Family Rally – Held 2 routes, 2 days. Online registration started due to COVID restrictions. Also held in-person registration at Westward Community Centre Gazebo and Eagle River Staging. No social other than weiner roast at the Westward Centre both days. Great riding. Epic snow. People loved the 2 routes. Very quiet at the cabins – no checkpoints. COVID Restrictions have really changed the rally. Staging at Eagle River Casino for the north route. Over $6000 in prizes. All but a couple were gift cards so that we could mail them out. Online Sled Raffle drawn on Sunday at Westward Gazebo. Very successful weekend considering the pandemic played havoc on ridership. We had over 350 riders over the 2 days. 100 kids participated in the weekend. We tried many new things this weekend, overall it streamlined many of the activities. Everyone missed the socializing the most.

Golden Triangle Iron Sledder Challenge – 2nd Year. Riders participated in 4/4 Rally events. Cash money available and medals awarded.

Volunteered at the Casino in St. Albert. Great fundraiser

AGM held in September. Bylaws revised.

1st General Meeting held in October since March 2020.

2nd Online Sled Raffle – 2 sleds to be given away at the 2023 Rally. 2023 MXZ and Summit X Turbo

Alberta Snowmobile ATV and Offroad Show held in October. No nominations for awards were given.

Season Opener – Boston Pizza

Family Xmas Party – Eagle River Staging Area

2021

2nd Online Raffle with a sled deck. To be drawn at Rally. Rally cancelled. Held online and winner announced at scheduled draw time at the cancelled Rally.

VIP/Media Ride – Cancelled due to COVID 19

Annual Family Rally – Cancelled due to COVID 19

No General Meetings held since March 2020 due to the COVID Pandemic.

ASPS Event Cancelled due to COVID 19. Online ASA Awards presented. Congratulations to Dan Guenette who was awarded the Louise Sherren Lifetime Achievement Award.

AGM Held at Eagle River Staging Area – September, 2021

Held an Online Sled Raffle from October to February, 2022. Very successful way to fundraise.

Participated in the Halloween Trunk or Treat – October 31, 2021

Gundy Trail to Letter K Closed due to industry work for the season – November to April, 2022

Xmas Social – Boston Pizza and Xmas Family Party – Eagle River Staging Area

No General Meetings held in 2021 due to the COVID Pandemic.

2020

Annual VIP & Media Ride had 50+ participants with windup at the Eagle River Casino afterwards.

3 day 40th Anniversary Sled Invasion planned for Club over Family Day Weekend. Guinness World Record Attempt at 650 snowmobiles. The current record older – US at 1047. The record is not broken. Over 900 participants in 2 day Rally, 2 Free Octane Addictions Freestyle Events downtown mainstreet of Whitecourt. Freestyle Events sponsored by community sponsors. Partnered with Food Bank to encourage donations to their group. Performing Arts hosted a community concert. Over 5000 participants in the weekend events.

Golden Triangle Snow Rush Event is hosted. 45 Riders, 125 participants at the evening celebration and over $30,000 raised in the fight against addiction.

COVID 19 Pandemic threatens season, however with record snowfall this year, riders rode into April. Meetings, Events and Fundraisers are looking different. Club is attempting to make the best of the situation on a monthly basis. Online Zoom meetings, Online fundraising, no ASPS Event in the fall. Awards are presented online through the ASA Zoom Meetings.

ASPS Event Cancelled due to COVID 19

ASA Excellence Awards:

Whitecourt Trailblazers, Zone Club of the Year award (for work on the 40th Anniversary Sled Invasion)

Dave Newbury, Groomer Operator of the Year

First Online Raffle 50/50 – very successful

No General Meetings held since March 2020 due to the COVID Pandemic.

2019-

2020

40th Anniversary Celebration. Volunteers are recognized weekly for their contributions to the Whitecourt Trailblazers as well as to the community.

2019

Annual VIP & Media Ride had 65 people attend. Rode to the Carson Cabin with an evening mixer at the Eagle

Annual Family Snowmobile Rally was well attended with another cold year of -25 temperatures. About 550 Riders. Canadian Tire was once again a major prize sponsor

Snow Rush Event: Golden Triangle Rally. Partenered with Teen Challenge in teh fight against addiction. 27 riders. 65 people attended charity dinner. Raised $35,000

OHS issue came foward from the government. Brought uncertainty to the club. All ‘High Risk’ tasks to be contracted out.

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Platinum – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Gold – Area You Would Like Most To Ride in the Future in Alberta

ASA Excellence Awards:

Elaine Gunderson (long time volunteer), Louise Sherren Lifetime Achievement Award

Aaron & Chrissy Munro (Adrenaline Powersports), Dealership of the Year

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Platinum – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Platinum – Area You Would Like Most To Ride in the Future in Alberta

Trailblazers participate in Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade with truck, trailer and Snow Cat

Snow Cat is sunk in Sakwatamau River. Replacement Cat is purchased in summer of 2020 with insurance funds and funds that are set aside annually for replacement snowcats.

Cindy Brooks has a snowmobile accident on the trails involving other Club Members. Emergency Crews (RCMP, Fire Department and Ambulance are all involved). A review of the accident and protocols prompts the Club to join forces with the Emergency Groups to form a committee to look at practices/protocols regarding accidents. Group looking into purchasing emergency equipment, reviewing recoveries of accident victims in our area.

2018

Annual VIP & Media Ride had 3 Ministers attend – Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Economics. 50 Riders with Eagle River Casino Celebration – 75 people attended

Annual Family Rally was well attended despite -25c weather. 650 Riders. Canadian Tire was a major prize

Golden Triangle Adventure 350 – 40 Riders participated. Riders could ride from any of the three locations- Whitecourt, Swan Hills and Fox Creek. Weather was -25c but we received about 12″ of snow throughout the weekend – great riding!

Summit Cabin repairs – porch roof re-built and attached

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Gold – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Silver – ADRENALINE POWERSPORTS – Favourite Snowmobile Dealer in Alberta

2017

VIP & Media Ride cancelled due to lack of snow.

Great Canadian 150 Family Rally scheduled for February 18 & 19 cancelled due to lack of snow. Raffle of 2 sleds – Polaris & Ski-Doo

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Platinum – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Most Challenging Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Adrenaline Powersports - Favourite Snowmobile Dealer in Alberta

Avalanche Canada Back Country Workshop hosted by the Trailblazers

Participated in the Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade and won “Favorite Non-Profit Organization”

2016

VIP & Media Ride takes place January 29, 2016 – 54 participants to the Summit Cabin

Family Rally scheduled for February 13 & 14 cancelled due to lack of snow. Raffle of 2 sleds – Polaris & Ski-Doo

Despite a low snow year, tremendous support with trail pass sales. 436 season passes, 176 day passes

Summit wood shed tinned and outhouse moved at Carson Cabin

ASA Excellence Awards:

Cyril Lanctot, Louise Sherren Lifetime Achievement Award

Bailey Hearn, Outstanding Youth Contribution Award

Dan Guenette & Family, Outstanding Family Contribution Award

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Gold – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Snowmobiling in Western Canada

2015

VIP & Media Ride takes place January 30, 2015 – Over 100 participants to the Carson Cabin

5-day event World Snowmobile Invasion takes place February 11-15. Read more

Record for 2014/2015 trail pass sales. 693 season passes, 854 day passes

Need for Executive Assistant – Cindy Brooks hired

Developed Bessie Creek Trail and Shiningbank Look-Out with outhouse and benches

ASA Excellence Awards:

Don Price, Outstanding Groomer Operator

Dan Guenette & Family, Outstanding Family Contribution Award

NW Zone – Club of the Year

ASA Outstanding Club of the Year

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Gold – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

2014

VIP & Media Ride takes place January 29, 2014

Family Rally takes place February 15 & 16. Record number of sledders – 850. Raffle of 2 sleds – Polaris & Ski-Doo

Ladies Cancer Ride takes place February 24 & 25. Ladies ride from Athabasca to Tumbler Ridge and Trailblazers members participated Swan Hills to Whitecourt and Whitecourt to Fox Creek legs. Close to $5000 was raised

Committee for World Snowmobile Invasion expanded to include a Trailblazers and community committee

ASA Excellence Awards: Ken Linford, Outstanding Snowmobiler

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Bronze – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Bronze – Snowmobiling Area You Would Like Most to Ride in the Future Alberta

Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Bronze – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta

Bronze – Favourite Scenic Riding in Alberta

2013

Annual Family Sled Rally attracts 715 sledders

New record for trail pass sales. 540 season passes, 621 day passes

Committee formed to begin planning of the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion consisting of Town/County & Trailblazer Representatives. Event Planner – Cindy Brooks hired

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Bronze – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Gold – Snowmobiling Area You Would Like Most to Ride in the Future Alberta

Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

2012

Alex Manweiler recognized at ASA awards with Sherren Lifetime Achievement

Summit Cabin burns to ground along with woodshed and outhouse

New Summit Cabin opens after many volunteer hours of work led by Jeff Brooks

Club purchases 2nd groomer and drag

SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:

Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta

Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta

Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta

2011

Jordan Linford recognized at ASA awards for Outstanding Youth Contribution

2010

Trailblazers awarded ‘Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Excellence Award for Tourism Promotion'

Trailblazers develop and relocate 127km of trail. Trail system now totals 420km. New trails include Groat Creek Canyon Trail, Goodwin Lake Trail and Manweiler Trail. Look-outs established on trail system – Athabasca Look-out, Goodwin Lake Look-out, Groat Creek Canyon Look-out

2009

Trailblazers host their fourth ASA Jamboree along with Sled Invasion – record number of sleds in attendance (900) and record back-flip achieved (Sam Rogers, 117ft)

2007

Trailblazers lose trail boss Dale Gunderson in a tragic accident on the trails

Trailblazers build new cabin and rest area in Virginia Hills known as the Gundy Rest Area

2005

Trailblazers celebrate 25th Anniversary

Town of Whitecourt officially registers Whitecourt as ‘Snowmobile Capital of Alberta’

2004

Trailblazers build log cabin on Athabasca Loop and relocate old shelter to Groat Creek Trail

Trailblazers awarded ‘ASA Outstanding Snowmobile Club of the Year’

2003

Trailblazers purchase groomer

2000

Trailblazers host their third ASA Jamboree

1995

Silver Summit trail system opens

1994

Golden Triangle trail system opens

1993

Trailblazers take over operation of Eagle River Recreation area and trail system

1989

Trailblazers host their second ASA Jamboree

1986

Trailblazers awarded ‘Ski-Doo New Generation Club of Canada’ from Bombardier

1985

Whitecourt recognized as Snowmobile Capital of Alberta

1984

Trailblazers host their first ASA Jamboree

1983

Trailblazers awarded ‘ASA Club of the Year’

1982

Alberta Forest Service develops Eagle River Recreation area with 83km of trails

1981

Trailblazers affiliated with the ASA (Alberta Snowmobile Association)

1979

Whitecourt Trailblazers Club established

Latest News // All News

Eagle River Group Campground CLOSED this Season!

Our club would like to announce that our Eagle River Group Campground will be closed for this coming summer season! But with that... we are very excited for some incredible updates to come, and we can not wait to re-open for the 2025 Camping Season!  We're very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused anyone.

Thank-you to all of our Volunteers, Sponsors& Donators

Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you! To all of our Volunteers, Sponsors and Donators for the 2023/2024 season! Thank-you to everyone who supports our club year after year with the purchase of their trail passes AND tickets to our sled raffle as well. We truly appreciate you and cannot wait until next year.

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