A ribbon of snow-covered trail winds through the forest and out of sight. It’s a local trail, designated for snowmobiles. Our guide begins with safety tips. He supplies us with helmets and helps us start the snowmobiles we’ve rented from him. The morning sun reaches through the forest where it can, casting light randomly across the trail. An hour into our journey, we stop for the first of two planned breaks. We rest beside a fire, with snacks and drinks prepared in advance by our guide for an additional fee. The charming snap of wood in the fire pit provides a warmth of its own, as the hot flame curls and licks at the crisp air. The sun has now risen above the treetops. We remove the first of three layers we’ve been advised to wear, as the temperature rises ever so slightly. It’s an hour and a half into this 3-4 hour tour, and we’re already filled with a sense of satisfaction, each of us taken by the authenticity of the boundless wilderness that surrounds.
Meet Fort McMurray's Snowmobiling club - the McMurray Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Association
As Northern dwellers winter is our longest season and exploring the incredible Boreal forest that surrounds us on a sled is a true adventure in a winter wonderland. The McMurray Sno~Drifters maintain some of the best groomed trails in all of Alberta and once you’ve ridden them, that’s it, you’re hooked for life! That first flake of snow that you see in the fall gets your heart thumping as you softly sing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” You know that a pristine paradise is waiting for you and if you are lucky enough you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife such as a caribou or moose while out on your ride. Call some friends, pack a few hot dogs and a thermos as while riding on these groomed trails, the Sno~Drifters have warm-up locations for your convenience as well as washroom facilities. Take some time to enjoy the scenery, the season, and some friendship.
The McMurray Sno-Drifters is a non profit Association that was formed in the early 1980′s and is comprised of Volunteers. We provide safe and educational winter recreation for individuals and families within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. We also provide education about snowmobiling that includes information about existing by-laws, safe sledding practices, maps of the trail systems and trail safety. Through our efforts and that of our sponsors and advertisers, the public enjoys sledding on well maintained and groomed trails that are signed for safety and are very user friendly. These efforts promote and increase the usage of the trails while also protecting the environment as users stay on the trails and do not ride on undisturbed natural habitats, private property or forested areas.
Membership is readily available as with the purchase of your trail pass, you automatically become a member. Trail passes that are purchased here locally are usable and recognized for any trail system in Alberta.
We are also affiliated with the Alberta Snow Mobile Association (ASA) and promote and attend snow mobile rallies that are held at different locations all throughout Alberta. These events draw hundreds of sledding participants that definitely benefits Alberta’s winter tourism industry and hospitality industries. We gather for the love of the sport, socializing, camaraderie, hospitality and of course sledding on amazing groomed trails all throughout Alberta. The Host Clubs of the ASA Jamborees always rally together to make these events memorable, fun and adventurous. You really need to experience these for yourselves as there are always local members traveling yearly for these Jamborees.
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Watch the Snodrifters Video that won them the 2016 Jamboree!! Great Job!