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Gullyrider last won the day on September 17 2018

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    Hill and Gully Riders (Québec Version"

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    Mayo, Québec
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    2012 Ski-Doo MX-Z 800

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  1. It's probably worthwhile considering that Ontario, whose trail network and membership numbers are quite similar to Québec, have sold their trail passes exclusively online for about five years now. Anyway, at this point in time, our kitchen table would normally our be covered in the Club paperwork that our secretary had gathered up by travelling all over the country (at his own expence, I might add). My wife (the club treasurer) would be going out of her mind counting and recounting upwards of sixty grand in small bills (while trying to calculate the applicable taxes) and I'd be trying to input the data from 400 poorly written pass slips filled out in gas bars, dealerships and dépanneurs. Instead, this year we've simply received semi-weekly emails detailing just how much money was directly deposited into our bank account (with taxes already calculated), and I have access to a database where the info has already been entered. And ... to top it off ... our club is 27 members to the good over last year. If we had a bottle of champagne ... we'd pop it! I guess Molson's Ex will do ...
  2. I'd have to say that this is one of the more lucid explanations out there regarding the online purchase of Québec trail permits ... and it's in English!!
  3. Hi Mike ... I confirmed with the FCMQ this afternoon that the language switching back and forth is indeed a bug. Hopefully, they'll get it straightened out. In the meantime, folks have to keep clicking on English in the upper right hand corner whenever it happens. As for plate, you were correct. It's simply the field where you enter your registration number. Of course, in Québec we have plates .... it's just you can never get to police officers to agree where it should be mounted (side tunnel? snowflap?). I guess it depends on the phase of the moon ....
  4. Hi Folks ... I've been receiving complaints from some of my club's members that, even after choosing "English" as the language of transaction for the online purchasing of trail passes, the process keeps reverting to French at each step. I can't remember this happening while using the system myself, but I was wondering if any of our English speaking friends have been encountering this annoyance. On a positive note, I ordered mine on a Sunday afternoon and the pass was in my mailbox on Thursday. Of course, I'm a Québec resident so I guess that helps!
  5. The amount of behind-the-scenes-volunteer-discouraging hassle this initiative saves is mind-boggling and I would be happy to enumerate the problems solved ... but only because I'm a fast typist! Suffice to say that vast amounts of mind-numbing paperwork, needless running around (often at personal expence), flouting of FCMQ rules ("illegal" selling of trail permits at discounted prices for cash), and commissions paid to permit vendors will be eliminated. Volunteer labour and permit monies are better expended on actual trail maintenance. Speaking as a club president married to the club treasurer I can frankly and enthusiastically say .... we can't wait!!
  6. You're welcome! On a historical note, the birch surrounding the placard was cut almost 50 years ago by John Roos and his son Clinton (extreme right in photo), who was a little gaffer at the time. Before the first generation of Gully Riders built our current clubhouse, the placard hung above the piano in the club's unofficial residence, the dearly departed Long Lake Lodge. Luckily, by the time the Lodge succumbed to fire (sniff ...), the sign had already been moved to it's new home. When something uses the term "autoneige", you know it's old!
  7. Thanks CNC and Eastmark. In Québec, before the club membership more or less morphed into a "trail pass" (it's still a club membership, by the way), we used to have a Family Membership. However, so many people were gaming the system (it's amazing how many 45 year old "dependants" we had) that things changed and the card/sticker became associated with a unique machine. I know it is expensive when you own multiple machines, but administrating it otherwise would be a nightmare. It's worse for our nearby Ontario members who often put both Ontario and Québec stickers on their machines. Dual province stickers were tried and failed, and any proposal that results in lower club revenues just won't fly. By the way, I just checked out the distribution of snowmobile registration fees and, on a Quebec registration costing $94.60 annually, $40.00 is remitted to the FCMQ for distribution to member clubs. As far as membership numbers go, our club's numbers have never been higher. And provincially, it has risen by 5% per year for the past several years and now tops 100,000. However, as far as members who actually realize that they're part of a volunteer organization goes (many pass buyers don't even realize that they are, by default, members of a club), generally the picture is not as rosy. That being said, we're remarkably lucky in our club. As you can see from the attached, we have a good mix of young and old on our Board, and we're pretty successful when it comes to conscripting non-board members to help out with routine trail maintenance and special projects. Things are going great at the moment ... I hope it lasts!
  8. There actually is no difference in the price paid by residents and non-residents. This past season, everyone paid $325 for a season pass if they bought before December 9th. Afterwards, the full season pass rose to $400. Antique sleds (twenty years and older) cost $240 with no pre-season discount. Trail passes sold on the trail were $575 (the price was set that high as a deterrent to sledders taking the chance that they wouldn't get caught). Daily, three-day and weekly passes were also available, and the prices are shown on the FCMQ's website. $42.60 of the season pass was the cost of the $1,000,000 in civil liability that was part and parcel of each trail pass sold. Canadian residents who could show proof of being otherwise insured were eligible for a refund of that amount. I'm not sure if our U.S. neighbours were similarly eligible for that refund, but I can check. The Québec government contributes relatively (and surprisingly) little new money directly into the trail network. Québec residents pay a fairly hefty annual sled registration fee (up around $80.00 per sled) and the government remits a portion of that (around $20? ...again I'd have to check) back to clubs through the intermediary of the FCMQ. However the Québec government work closely with the regional tourism promotion offices who in turn work with the FCMQ. A portion of these offices' budgets are underwritten by the provincial and federal governments. The Federal Government has also stepped up significantly with regional government grants and twice now has contributed over $10 millions dollars towards the purchase of groomers and the improvement of trail infrastructure across the country The Québec and municipal governments also help enforce the mandatory purchase of trail pass/membership cards (the two are synonymous) for people using the trail network. As everyone here knows, club membership is mandatory for anyone using the trail network, and this is enforced mercilessly! The philosophy here is "if you want to play, you have to pay". And, apart from a few whiners on facebook and a couple of forums (not this one!!), everyone seems to agree with that. Just my three cents worth ...
  9. As my buddy Rick always says ..... "snowmobiling didn't turn out to be the paying proposition that I thought it would be ...."!
  10. You don't have to go too far north to find snow cover! I'm only a 20 minute drive north of the Masson-Cumberland ferry, and this is what our place looks like at 9:30 this morning ... at a whopping -9 degrees C.!
  11. We rode through there about three weeks ago and it was awful then. It was the only time my 850 overheated all winter, and the aroma of melting slides wafted through the air. I can't imagine how bad it could be now ....
  12. For pure luxury, hospitality and outstanding value, my recent stays at Le Bannik in Duhamel Ouest, and Hotel Lac Carling north of Lachute immediately spring to mind. We were also very well used at Motel La Bell'Villa in Senneterre recently, as well as at Motel Villa Mon Repos in La Sarre (though trail access to the latter would be a bit of an issue once the weather warms up .... quite a bit of sidewalk running to the trailhead).
  13. Our group of six stayed there this past Saturday evening, and parked two trucks and trailers there for the previous six days. The rooms were very comfortable and well-appointed, and the service unfailingly courteous and accommodating. Both our Saturday evening meal, and our Sunday morning breakfast buffet, were generous, tasty and reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with this establishment.
  14. The word is, the woman who bought it bit off more than she can chew. The building itself might be a tear-down, and she's running into all kinds of municipal government related issues that didn't affect the previous owners because they were grandfathered. We hope that she has deep pockets because we really miss that place (I've been heading over there since I was a teenager and the hotel was actually across the street where the parking lot is now. As for the trails, we had the full of our collective arses trying to recover from that 40+ cm storm. Our Pisten Bully had to run around drag-less to accomplish anything, and, though the John Deere/Gilbert set-up managed to make it's run from our Clubhouse at Lac La Blanche to the TQ 43 in Papineau-Labelle, Wednesday evening, it took him 10 hrs instead of 6. The driver who next headed out with the tractor Saturday night reported back Sunday morning that it was a nightmare to drag, especially on the corners. The nice hard base that we had is now buried, and the new snow is not setting up. Of course, our drivers are encountering the same brain-dead, inconsiderate morons who are continually, needlessly and stupidly hammering their throttles and tearing up the ribbon that we have worked so hard to put down. Forget about eco-freaks and tree-huggers .... once again we are our own worst enemies, and I see no improvement on the horizon (morning rant ...i feel better now!).
  15. Our party of seven stayed there for the first time one night several weeks ago. The welcome was warm and inviting, and the rooms were clean, and very comfortable. Little amenities like Keurig coffee makers in the room (with actual ceramic mugs and utensils) and complimentary water and soft drinks in the room bar fridge make all the difference. The nearby gas station/dépanneur doubles as a liquor outlet, and the restaurant, with a very good meal selection, is about a ten minute walk down the road. Our cost was just under $100 each, including supper and breakfast at the restaurant, but not including room or meal service tips. You can't go wrong with this establishment, and it we'll definitely be back.