Thanks to everyone who showed up at our new groomer barn/clubhouse on Saturday for the cookout! It turned out to be a very successful event with several new members signing up, raffle tickets & trail maps sold and generous donations to the barn and trail funds. Thanks also to the many club members who groomed the trails and volunteered their time to prepare for the day.
Trails have been groomed and are in as good of a condition as they can be for the snow conditions. They are certainly rideable, but be careful as there are thin spots, some rocks and stumps. There will also be some icy conditions as things freeze up overnight. Don't forget our cookout at the groomer barn tomorrow (1/25). This looks to be the best of riding for the weekend as rain is predicted for later Saturday evening. Store by and have a burger or hot dog!
After the snow this weekend the groomers were out flattening out the trails yesterday afternoon. With the cold temperatures overnight they set up pretty well. The trails are in relatively good shape, but watch out for the occasional rock or stump in the trail. Some areas may also be icy due to these single digit and below zero temperatures. More snow is in the forecast for the weekend. There is some ice on the bays in Sebago, but that just happened over the weekend. The lake is not safe! We plan to be out grooming again on Friday before our cookout at the groomer barn on Saturday. Think snow and ride safe!
When: Saturday 1/25, 11-4
What: Cookout (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Hot Chocolate and more!
Where: Standish Sno-Seekers Groomer Barn/Clubhouse
(We are right off the trail next to Johnson field)
Fundraiser: All donations go to support the club equipment and trail maintenance.
Please attend tonights meeting at 6pm, Standish Town Hall. There is a lot to discuss including the new groomer barn/clubhouse, trail maintenance fundraising activities, and upcoming events. See you all there!
A message from Standish Sno-Seeker's club president;
Did you know one of the biggest ways to support your local snowmobile club and help keep your local trails in the best shape possible, Is to register your snowmobile every year? It’s true! A portion of all registration goes back into a fund to support your local clubs. If you enjoy riding and enjoy what we get to do in the outdoors. Then do these three things.
1- register your snowmobile.
2- join your local club.
3- thank a land owner.
It’s that simple.
ps: Club memberships, trail maps, raffle tickets and trail maintenance donations can all be purchased online at www.standishsnoseekers.com.
The Standish snowmobile trails have been decent since the last snowstorm and cold weather over the past week. It looks like the weather will not be cooperating this weekend with temps in the 40's and 50's and rain on Sunday. Please be careful if you ride at all and be on the lookout for thin spots and water bars. Sebago Lake is not frozen at all and the smaller ponds should not be considered safe, Let's all do a little snow dance for next week!
Photo below shows a little tree clearing from the trail last weekend.
With about 10 inches of fresh snow this week the trail maintenance team was out grooming many of the main trails today. Please use extreme caution as these are early season conditions with thin cover, water, slush and ice in some locations. It looks like there is another storm heading our way for the weekend, lets hope it is a complete snow event! Don't forget to visit our website store to get your new trail maps, memberships and raffle tickets. See you on the trails!
Picture from today 1/2/20
I wanted to share this information from the Maine Snowmobile Association website as a reminder to all riders on our trails. Please respect the land we ride on so that we can maintain landowner permissions!
TO OUR RIDERS:
Over 95% of Maine's snowmobile trails are on private property. Since Maine landowners have a valued history of sharing access to their land with responsible recreationists, private land ownership is a very good thing for Maine snowmobilers. When snowmobile club members seek permission to establish a snowmobile trail, they're generally dealing with landowners who are their neighbors, employers, relatives. This means that Maine snowmobilers have a great responsibility to the landowners. These folks are trusting all of us to treat their property with respect. Stay on the marked trails and do not leave any litter behind.
Landowner permission for snowmobiles has been given for the marked trails. Riding off the trail system or using the trails for purposes other than snowmobiling requires asking for the landowners' permission. Ask first, rather than being asked to leave.
Many large landowners who allow snowmobile trail access in Maine are involved with the logging and pulp and paper industries. Their heavy equipment and logging trucks often are working in the same areas where snowmobilers travel. Never snowmobile on plowed roads and monitor trail condition reports for trail closures and reroutes due to logging operations.
Additional landowners are small woodlot owners and farmers. Their land is also their livelihood. Please stay on the marked trail or you may damage their ability to earn a living, and end recreational access to their valuable property.
Everyone who enjoys snowmobiling in Maine is depending on you to act responsibly on the trails.
Check it out, just in time for the season! Below are some before and after pictures of the new Standish Sno-Seekers Groomer Barn / Clubhouse. A lot of work by many volunteers and very generous donations of time and materials by local contractors and building & supply stores helped to get this building ready to store our grooming and trail maintenance equipment. Please visit the 'About' webpage and see the list of those who donated to this project. We are still looking to insulate the walls and ceiling and find a permanent heat source. Please contact the club if you can help, thanks!