• Snowmobile Sunset

    Snowmobile Sunset

  • Berry Hill February 2017

    Berry Hill February 2017

  • Berry Hill February 2017

    Berry Hill February 2017

  • Tartan Rapids at Prosperous Lake

    Tartan Rapids at Prosperous Lake

  • Cliffs of Blanchette Island

    Cliffs of Blanchette Island

  • Shore of Great Slave Lake

    Shore of Great Slave Lake

  • 2017 Making Trax

    2017 Making Trax

  • 2017 Making Trax

    2017 Making Trax


December 12th – Trail Report

1) A dog walker dropped through to her knee last weekend on Range Lake just south of Parker Park and near shore.  This was likely overflow but still be attentive as the lake is shallow.

2) The city has a curtain installed under the causeway to Latham Island.   Its intention is to assist in freezing the ice but the water levels dropped so it has become a barricade.  The City is going to haul snow down to the curtain and bank up both sides to make it passable. 

3) There weak ice on Banting Lake at the North East corner of the big island at the north end of the lake.  Trails are open but rough.

4) There is open water hole if you are traveling by snowmobile, walking or skiing towards Burwash but it is at the Burwash end just before you start the Burwash-Hay Lake trail

Keep the trail reports coming in!


For those interested we’ll be putting out another (smaller) load of gravel this Saturday.  We’d appreciate your help with sled/toboggan, quad/trailer or simply a shovel.  The plan is to have gravel dropped off along Deh Cho boulevard at the road crossing.  At 10:00am we will haul it in towards the airport fence to fix some of that trail. 

A huge thank you to those that were out last Saturday spreading 2 loads of gravel.  The Range Lake airport fence trail will be much better for grooming this year and the big rock off Hordal is much easier to pass.   

Your board will be meeting this Thursday to set some dates for events this year.  Let us know if there’s anything specific you would like or if you’d like to host something.  We’re in this together.

Trail Maintenance

On December 9th a group of GSSA Members got together and completed some maintenance along the airport fence trail which included laying down several loads of gravel to smooth things out.

While GSSA Members provided the “sweat equity” for this project,  the gravel and materials used for this Trail Maintenance was purchased with funds from a grant received from the City of Yellowknife

There will be another work party on Saturday December 15th starting at 10:00am from the snowmobile crossing at Deh Cho Boulevard to lay another load of gravel along the Airport Fence Trail if you would like to help out!


Safety Hazard

Safety Hazard!!

Please be careful going under the McKeekan Causeway (bridge to old town) there is a huge metal piece blocking the entrance/Exit

We have contacted the City of Yellowknife and this is the “Curtain” that they put in every fall to slow down the current and allow ice to form under the Causeway.  Unfortunately the water level has dropped since it was installed in October and left it exposed,  the city is going to haul snow down there and ramp up both sides to make it passable (December 13th Update)


Trail Report – December 1


Watch for thin ice; keep eye on speedometer

Chance of flurries. I keep reading this from the weather forecast at Environment Canada and for once pray they are wrong. Most of our smaller lakes have sufficient ice for snowmobiling so now we need a record dump of snow – not just flurries – to improve the trail conditions. Despite the lack of snow your Great Slave Snowmobile Association has been busy.

Ice testing for the city has finished and results are available on the City’s website (see “resources” tab). The Frame Lake walking trail has been constructed for the season. We’ve been moving gravel to improve some city trails making it easier to groom.

Trail maintenance will continue throughout the season, so watch for us. We will begin grooming the trails within city limits as soon as snow conditions improve. For those new to snowmobiling in this area there are speed limits within the municipal boundaries.

The speed limit is 30 km/h within the built up area and generally speaking is within the area of Highway 3 and the Yellowknife Access Highway, west to the Highway 3 and Old airport Road, south along Old Airport Road and also along the east boundary of the airport to Kam Lake Industrial area, the Industrial area to the west shore of Kam Lake, east to the south side of Con Mine to Great Slave Lake, north to the north end of Latham Island including Mosher and Joliffe Islands, then west to the north end of Fault Lake and along the west side of Giant Road to the Highway 3 – Yellowknife Access Highway intersection.

The area outside the built up area, but within the city limits is 70 km/h. Therefore the speed limit on Kam Lake and Long Lake is 70 km/h as is the west half of Yellowknife Bay and the north portion of Back Bay.

Snowmobiles are prohibited on the roads within the downtown business district, parks and playgrounds, the cemetery, nature preserves and ball diamonds as well as the greens at the golf course.

Trail reports are provided by snowmobilers. The trail from Ingraham to Walsh Lake is open, as is Walsh to Prosperous. 
Ice is strong at the southern reaches of Walsh. Please be aware the water levels are low, so watch out for rocks and stumps in areas you may not expect.

For more tips on snowmobiling the association’s Trailriders website or visit our Facebook page. It is best not to travel alone. When travelling in a group, spread out to avoid collisions, on the trails and on the lakes. And most important, keep praying for more snow.

The trail report is published weekly in the Weekender. If you have any information regarding trail conditions please send them to michael.arbuckle@hotmail.com for inclusion in the weekly article.

Thank you

GPS Training by YKSAR

Yellowknife Search & Rescue has graciously offered to provide some GPS training for our members and for Yellowknife Search & Rescue. 

Dates vary depending on what level of training you are interested in.  Training for GSSA will occur on Dec 4, 5, 7 & 10.  On Dec 4th or 5th Tom will go through Basic GPS use, Dec 7th will cover the planning aspect of trail riding and Dec 10th will be a field session where you can test your skills on the ground.  If you know how to use a GPS I suggest Dec 7th and 10th.  

Please visit the training section of yksar.com for more details.  

If you have a GPS please bring it along.  It’s great to have one but essential to know how to use it.  Your trail logs will be helpful to the club in updating our map for next year.


Trail Report – November 27, 2017

Good evening,

We finished up the ice testing this past Saturday.  All areas tested within the city have 6 inches or more.  Thank you to those who participated.  This is one of the few sources of revenue our club has.  The ice conditions outside of town are also improving but be careful where water might be flowing such as creeks and rivers.  I also recommend staying away from the reeds because these areas often have thin ice due to the biological activity under the ice.  

Club volunteers also put out the walking trail across Frame Lake on Saturday.  Pylons are up so we’ll start grooming as soon as there is enough snow.  

Thanks to Bruce Hewlko who was out with RTL this weekend spreading gravel over various trails within city limits.  They worked on the Old Ski Club trail in Niven and the road crossing near Coronation Drive.  We’re well into the $5000 grant the city gave us to work on trails.  More will follow soon including a request for your time to help haul, by toboggan, some gravel to more difficult areas.  

I am looking for some info on the current trail conditions for this Friday’s Yellowknifer article.  If you’ve been out please email me at michael_arbuckle@hotmail.com.  I need to submit the article tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

If you are interested in grooming the local trails this winter also email me.  I know there is little snow out there but I’m still praying for 4 feet by Christmas.  It would be good to get the schedule made and offer some hands on training for those with no experience.


Michael Arbuckle

GSSA President

Trail Maintenance Sunday October 15th

There will be a work party on Sunday October 15th to cut a new trail by the Snowboard Hill Parking lot

if you are wanting to volunteer please meet at the Snowboard Hill Parking Lot at 10:00am

GSSA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Great Slave Snowmobile Association Annual General Meeting
Thursday November 2nd, 7:30pm at Northern United Place

Polartech Open House

Polartech is having an open house Saturday October 14th from 11:00am to 4:00pm

the association will have a table set up to sell and renew memberships as well as discuss club events
if you would like to volunteer some time contact Bruce or Kate

Newsletter – September 31, 2017