For the second consecutive year, the start of the snowmobiling season is eagerly anticipated. Indeed, the lack of snow is testing the patience of snowmobilers.
A Globalized Trend
As of writing this, Monts Valin is the only destination offering approximately 200 km of groomed trails. The conditions are average, and it’s understandable that, with heavy traffic, trail conditions deteriorate rapidly.
Apart from a few rare sections, the rest of the network is completely closed.
This lack of snow does not only affect Quebec. In fact, all of eastern North America is experiencing the same situation. We therefore cannot rely on neighboring provinces or states to start our snowmobile season. So we have no choice but to wait.
Unprecedented Situation in more than 20 years
It is, so to speak, unprecedented since a large part of the province has no snow on the ground as of December 29.
Furthermore, long-term forecasts are not very encouraging. Most weather models do not suggest more than 10 cm or 15 cm for the next week. This will not be sufficient for clubs to prepare their trail bases and open them. Fortunately, when the time comes, we will be able to follow on the FCMQ interactive map (iMotoneige)
So, the situation is expected to last until the second half of January.
Slowdown in the Industry
Already, in recent months, there has been a noticeable slowdown in the snowmobiling industry. Spring orders last year experienced a decrease of between 30% and 40%.
Moreover, dealership showrooms were deserted by many enthusiasts. To stimulate sales, specials on the 2024 clothing lines appeared as early as late November. This is very unusual.
Unfortunately, the lack of snow only accentuates this slowdown. We need the snow to finally arrive so we can enjoy the start of the snowmobiling season
Snowmobile Tourist Season
For now, it is not time to sound the alarm regarding the winter tourist season. Indeed, year in and year out, snowmobiling tourists begin to arrive in Quebec only from the third week of January to take advantage of the best snow conditions.
So, we still have three weeks ahead of us for winter to finally arrive. Long-term weather forecasts are likely to change, and we may get an earlier arrival of some good snowfalls.
The Clubs Are Ready
The clubs are ready to welcome the snow. Volunteers are eagerly waiting for it to finalize trail preparation. Of course, marking and signage installation are completed for the majority of clubs.
Machinery maintenance is also done. Everything is on standby, waiting for Mother Nature to switch to winter mode.
In the Meantime
Until then, we invite you to check out our articles on SledMagazine.com as well as our video clips on our YouTube channel.
Here are some very interesting links:
- Youtube channel
- Unique Quebec Snowmobile Trail Infrastructures
- Racing History Set to Repeat Itself at Woodstock, NB
- New Brunswick, a province to discover with your snowmobile