$822.50 to the 50 / 50 Winner!
A big congratulations to Grant from Grand Praire. He is the winner of this seasons Sled Blue River 50/50 draw.
Thank you all for such a great season! Everyone did their best to ensure our staff and our community stayed safe.
In addition to fund raising efforts such as the 5050, we collect trail fees (price determined by the Government) to fund operations ensuring access trails, staffing, insurance, and all the other costs involved in operating snowmobile club. However, the trail fees and fund raising alone do not cover all costs. To help bridge this fiscal gap we must thank and support our generous sponsors.
With the sponsorship support and the tireless efforts of our volunteer board we are able to ensure the riding areas in Blue River are open and well maintained. We appreciate any efforts by our riders to support the sponsors. Their dedication is outstanding and they indeed deserve our business.
Logging on Red Sands has been delayed for a few days so we are fully open through to Sunday. The road will be graded Monday morning.
If anything changes we will update social media and the website.
BRPPS Zone Update
We are sad to announce that we will be losing access to our Red Sands riding zone February 18, 2021. The road will be graded for logging activities. As we were not able to find a safe and viable solution, the area will be closed for the remainder of the season.
The parking lot at Red Sands will remain open and riders will still access our North Blue zones from there. Please remember to check in with the booth attendant for the latest safety or zone information prior to heading up the trail. Initially the booth will remain at Red Sands but we may move to a more convenient location on the North Blue road. We will update that information as we are able.
This is difficult news for BRPPS and our membership/riders. However, this is the nature of the business and we will continue to advocate for new zones and improved access to our current areas.
We sincerely thank you for your support during this season.
Thank you all for the support during this difficult season. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for respecting our staff and following the guidelines laid forth by the Government to keep us all safe. Everything has gone really well and our team couldn’t be happier.
We have secured our permitting for the Foam Bridge. This is indeed good news. Now we just need a little more snow in the valley to have enough to install the bridge.
Logging continues on White River. We are hoping to have it back by the end of the month and will indeed update things as we are able. For now it remains closed.
BRPPS intends to begin operations Friday November 27, 2020. We will be opening our Finn Creek staging area and Red Sands staging area. It is early season conditions but things are shaping up for a solid start!
Here is what you need to know…
- Booths will be open 7:30 to 1:00 – We need your support!
- One person at the booth at a time
- If possible, have one person pay for your entire crew
- If using cash please try and have exact change (cell coverage for digital payments is not always available at Finn)
- Toilets located beside the booths are for staff only
- Stay current on the latest BC PHO guidelines BC PHO Orders
- Maintain a 2 meter buffer zone when possible
- Be respectful of local businesses and their COVID protocols
- Wash your hands often
Due to logging activities White River is closed until approximately January 1, 2021
Our partners in BC Recreation Sites and Trails have made the decision to close/limit use of the parks and recreation areas in BC. As the mandate includes day use areas that have ticket booths our season has come to an abrupt end.
The link to the alert is included below. It is a disappointment but we are supportive of the governments direction and most importantly the safety of our team and our riders.
It is your choice to continue to use the trails. However, we have ceased grooming operations and as we will not be on site, we strongly recommend you continue to check weather and avalanche conditions before heading into the mountains.
We had an incredible season thanks to you and all our incredible sponsors. We encourage you to continue checking our website when in need of anything from tires to accommodation, from HVAC to Health Care and support those that ensure the success of our not for profit business.
Once again we thank you for your support over the year and hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.
Thank you to all folks that purchased a ticket to help support Sled Blue River. Total pot for February was $410 with @205 going to the lucky winner. If this is your ticket email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grading of the Finn Creek FSR will begin February 24, 2020. We have been working hard with our groomer team and a crew of volunteers to build a new route “the connector” off the Foam Creek trail. This trail will allow continued access to Salmon and Ground Hog. The trail will be well signed and we will have information at the booth and on our website shortly.
Links to articles that will provide more background information are included below.
If you have questions or comments after reading the article we suggest you direct them to the following:
February 17, 2020
A short while ago we were informed that there will be winter logging activity at Finn Creek. To access the logging area the contractors will be grading the road we use to access Salmon and Ground Hog. We may lose the use of the road as early as February 24, 2020 and it is likely the road will not reopen this season.
However, working closely with our partners in the government, board of directors and our grooming team we have established an alternate access to the zones. We are still working out the exact details on the route but are confident it will be set by the start date for the logging. We will be posting more information on the website and social media in the coming days. All access will begin via the Foam Creek trail and the booth attendants will be able to answer any an all questions regarding the route.
We are certainly disappointed that the recreational tourism industry, which is vital to the economics of Blue River, was not given more consideration when this decision was made. We have been in constant communication with the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation, local government and higher level provincial governments to help them understand the impact to our sport and our community. You will see articles in the local papers and BRPPS has a meeting with the Ministry of Tourism in the coming weeks.
We will do our best to ensure all riders are informed as the situation develops. If you have any specific questions please feel free to write to: email@example.com