Manweiler Trail was officially opened on February 01, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 VIP & Media Ride. The Club decided that the 2011 VIP & Media Ride would showcase portions of the new trail system developed in 2010 through the NTC Trail Development Program through grants from the Federal and Provincial Governments. The 2011 Ride took VIP and Media to the Summit Warm-Up Shelter where the Manweiler Trail begins. The Club therefore took the opportunity to officially “open” the trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Alex Manweiler was a founding member of the Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club in 1979. He attended the first ever meeting and has been heavily involved ever since. During his 33 years of active volunteerism with the Club, Alex has served on the Club executive for a number of years holding many positions. He also served as an executive on the Alberta Snowmobile Association board for several years.
At 73 years old, Alex still volunteers approximately +1000 hours a year and has done so since his retirement several years ago. In addition, he is also currently the lead groomer operator. He enjoys the camaraderie and the volunteer work that gets him outdoors and keeps him much younger than his birth certificate would suggest.
The Club executive decided that it was very appropriate to celebrate Alex’s accomplishments and tireless volunteerism with the Club by naming a Trail after him in recognition of his efforts. The trail in question, was chosen after some discussion with the Club executive and Alex himself. The Manweiler trail starts at the Summit Warm-up Shelter, located approximately 22 Miles / 35 kms south of Whitecourt on the Silver Summit Trail. The Manweiler Trail departs the Summit Warm-Up Shelter heading north through the East Windfall area, crossing the Athabasca River and Highway #43 and ending at the Gundy Rest Area and Warm-Up Shelter and is approximately 38 Miles / 60 kms long. The Gundy Rest Area and Warm-Up Shelter is located approximately 36 Miles / 54 kms west of Whitecourt on the Golden Triangle Trail / TransCanada Snowmobile Trail towards Fox Creek.
The Gundy Rest Area and Warm-up Shelter has tremendous significance to Alex Manweiler. Dale Gunderson passed away on January 14, 2007. Alex and Dale were best friends who shared a passion for snowmobiling and volunteering. They enjoyed working together for the Trailblazers Club and you could usually find them together on many days doing various tasks for the Trailblazers. The Manweiler Trial ending at the Gundy Rest Area and Warm-Up Shelter brings these two best friends together again.