MINISTIK TRAIL SYSTEM is
(As of February 19, 2016)
For the season.
It will reopen on December 1, 2016 IF we receive 6" of snow.
(Alberta Environmental Sustainable Resource Department AESRD controls the
gates - not Tri-County)
(I will post the gates are open the minute I hear from AESRD in
This is an Alberta Snowmobile Association Trail and
therefore requires an ASA Trail Pass
For TCSC memberships and ASA Trail Pass locations - go to our website
LOCATIONS to purchase
2015/16 TCSC MEMBERSHIPS & ASA TRAIL PASS - click here
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:
We have ridden and cleared all the fallen trees on the
trails this past November
Be careful as a new tree may have fallen overnight.
Please stay on the treed trails and out of the meadows
It is illegal to cut or create new trails and ASRD has requested that
TCSC as trail stewards, close all illegal trails inside of Ministik
Lake/ice surfaces all belong to Canadian Oceans & Fisheries and
Department of Transport and are deemed transportation hi-ways and you are
allowed to public ice surfaces on rivers/lakes.
Please stage at the proper locations on Parking Lot #2 (West), Parking
Lot #33 (north) and Access #22 (East) all other access is considered illegal
by ASRD and will request TCSC to close the Illegal Trail.
We have asked ASRD to assist TCSC to have the Counties clear the
Parking Lots to prevent everyone from being stuck.
The land trails are open but please stay off the
LAKES/ICE until we have had time to drill the ice depth and put up Trail Lake
markers across the lakes
If the ice is a minimum of 4 deep this weekend then we
will keep drilling the ice for depth and placing trail lake markers across the
If there are no lake markers then do not cross the lakes,
until the lake markers go up.
If crossing the Lakes/ice please stay to the shoreline
Watch for dark colored snow and do not go near it
usually means the water under the snow has melted the snow changing its color
If you smell rotten eggs do not go on the ice the smell
is from springs and spring cause the ice to melt thin or even to no ice. Stay
off that lake.
If you see a very dark or blue circle in the snow or ice
stay away this is a methane bubbler which is constant bubble
coming from the lake bottom that carry warmer water upwards and melts a hole
in the ice due to constant bubbles it may never freeze over or will have
very thin ice cover.
Most all shorelines in Ministik have large rocks on the shoreline
When leaving the treed trail onto the lakes or from the lakes onto
treed trails - drive slow and watch for rocks
There are many islands on the lakes and they also have rocky shorelines
so be careful
Most lakes have ice heaves somewhere the ice solidifies and as it gets
colder the ice expands pushing up shorelines or the ice will crack and one
section will push up onto the other section as high as 3 in the air.
Do not race across a lake until you have safely drive from one end to
the other then turn around and ride back down your own track thats the
only way to know what is under the snow. If you hit an ice ridge you will
damage your machine and yourself.
Ice heaves change and grow and it is impossible to mark them all so
it is up to you to drive safely.
TCSC has spent over $100,000.00 to purchase a snowmobile
trail groomer and over $5,000.00/yr maintaining these trails, for your trail
The groomer costs about $1,000.00 per day grooming and
takes 2 days to do all 102km or about $2,000 per complete grooming.
A groomed trail can take 300 to 400 sleds before grooming
again it takes 2 quads or UTVS to destroy the trail surface to the point it
needs grooming again.
When grooming starts (Around Dec 15) there is to be NO
QUADS/UTVs on the snowmobile trail. They can park in the parking lots and
access the lakes but not on the snowmobile trails stop any quads you see on
the trail and advise then they are on a Snowmobile only trail.
Alberta Off Hi-way dropped out of the Board of Directors
for Ministik and therefore there is NO Representation for quads/utvs in
If we already have snow by December 1 we might just get 3
full months and sledding until the end of February. SO let it snow
Where can I buy a
TCSC Membership and an Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA ) Trail Pass
Also to purchase your snowmobiling gifts/items from "Our Corporate Sponsors"
After all they are the Corporations who's contributions help keep TCSC
operations, rides, trail maintenance and events going.
So lets support the companies that support us...
Check out the Photo Gallery
click for more info
Wow - 100km of excellent groomed trails
Thanks to the new groomer and volunteer
operators - see
Tri-County Snowmobile Club Groomer Program
We NEED YOUR HELP so please check with your employer / company to see if they
will be a Corporate Sponsor
and support the grooming program in Ministik.
Call Brian at 780-437-4706 for more info or