Sled Dealer Sponsors Valemount Snowhost Program | Mountain Sledder
Loyal customers and staff of Martin Motor Sports frequent the backcountry terrain surrounding Valemount, BC. According to Curtis Anderson, Division Manager, it was only natural that the dealership support the Valemount area Snowhost program, a passionate, two-sledder crew that works with snowmobilers on the subjects of “respecting boundaries, minimizing impact and being safe in the backcountry.”
The Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) is the key facilitator of the Snowhost Program, which employs experienced snowmobilers to liaise with the local enthusiastic snowmobiling population. Since the inception of the program in 2004, the Snowhosts have assumed responsibility for trail maintenance, hazard abatement, and maintenance of both the cabins and the Mountain Caribou closures in Valemount’s most popular riding areas, including Westridge, Clemina, Allen, and Chappell Creek. The Snowhosts have also taken an active role in educating snowmobilers on environmental stewardship and avalanche awareness.
In 2012-2013 Martin Motor Sports began to tangibly support the program by contributing financial aid toward usage of the 2013 and 2014 VARDA Ski-Doo snowmobiles. With the cost of sleds and fuel an all too familiar expense, VARDA’s Curtis Pawliuk calls the partnership with Martin’s “integral to our success.” The donation of the funds toward a sled has been “huge boost to morale and the program itself.”
Having such visible sledders in area on Martin Motor Sport’s flagship Ski-Doo XM’s is a win for the Snowhosts, VARDA, Martin’s and area sledders. According to Anderson, their “ongoing visibility is key as they can be found riding and visiting with numerous different groups on any given day.” As any ingrained sledder would realize, “the Snowhosts’ presence is a constant reminder to everyone that we are privileged to enjoy the backcountry freedom we do.”
To learn more about the Snowhost program, visit VARDA’s website.