• 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


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

Bullmoose-Ruth Winter Road Update March 28

Please see attached Bullmoose-Ruth Winter Road bulletin for March 28, 2017 and note the nighttime travel restriction effective 10:00 pm March 29, 2017.


Making Trax Rally!!

Hi all – as many of you know this Saturday is our Making Trax Snowmobile Rally. The Rally is our major fund raiser for the year. The money raised goes to the AVENS centre in support of their facilities and also to Yellowknife Search and Rescue. Both very worthy causes. A small portion stays with us to be used for trail maintenance and grooming.

There are 2 parts to the event. First is the Snowmobile Rally. For the $10 registration fee you receive one Card Hand. You can buy additional card hands for $10/hand. You will pick 1 card per hand at registration, there will be 3 stops along the ride and you will pick one card per hand at each stop. The 5th card will be drawn upon return to the Long Lake Beach Kitchen. While the Card Hands are being counted Chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee are available as part of your registration fee. Along the ride there will be door prizes presented – approximate 26 prizes will be given out. There will be 10 prizes for the rally consisting of a ice fishing package from Canadian Tire, toboggan, snowmobile suites, jackets. Gift certificates, Fuel, Portable jump start, coffee maker, etc.

The second part of the rally is the Silent Auction. The business community has been very generous and prizes for the silent auction include airline tickets, passes to city facilities, paintings, prints, Glasses, luggage, speakers, spring tune-up gift certificate, make-up kit and many more. Remember this is a Silent Auction to raise money for 2 very worthy causes, loosen up the credit card.

I have estimated that the total prize value is in excess of $15,000 and there are at least 60 prizes to be won on the ride or purchased at the silent auction.

The rally will be held at the Long Lake Beach Kitchen which is on the east side of the beach NOT at the boat launch. Trailers and trucks can be parking at the parking lot off Hwy 3 opposite from the airport. Access to the boat launch area will be marked. Snowmobile access can be made by crossing Hwy 3 adjacent to the Fred Henne main entrance – be very cautious when crossing the road.

The trail ride is about 40km and the trail was in good condition and remember this is a leisurely ride not a race. Hopefully the weather will be good and you can enjoy the day.

Bruce Hewlko, President
Great Slave Snowmobile Association

OverFlow Warnings!

Overflow is raising its ugly head through the snow again. Heavy snow on the lakes forces water up through the cracks.

Here are a couple of emails sent in by riders over the last few days…..

On Sunday I was on a small lake east of Walsh Lake with myself and another guy. I had my Skidoo Renegade and he had a Skidoo GSX, I have a big paddle on my track and he had a small paddle on his track. I was leading and when I hit the overflow I hit the throttle and skipped through it, he did not. We pushed pulled, said a few words we may should not have and went nowhere. The water mixes with snow, made a fairly solid block and the small sled cannot push its way through it. What we ended up doing was to run back and forth on the trail with the Renegade which mixed the snow and water and turned it into water. With the GSX pushing only water it was relatively easy to get out. When making the trail of water do not go slow, keep the throttle on. We were in a foot of snow and 5” of water.

Was out to Blatchford yesterday with a group. Left Reid campground by sled and went out. Lots of overflow about halfway up to the lodge and it just kept going. There was open water as well off of the tree marked trails on the lakes. Figured you should know. Very dangerous and rough after the halfway mark and on to Blatchford.

Overflow reported on JenneJohn

Hi Bruce

Just a heads up to your riders that JenneJohn Lake has overflow when you are heading south to the Defeat lake portage. I have heard reports of overflow towards Reid on JenneJohn as well.

Saturday March 25 Powerline Ride

Mervin Penny is going to run the Powerline loop this Saturday. He is going to meet at the Long Lake boat Launch at 10 and depart shortly thereafter.

This is the same route that we will be taking for the Making Trax Snowmobile Rally on April 1. More info on the Rally to come on Sunday or Monday but the Prizes for the Rally (10), the Silent Auction has about 20 items up for bid and there are about 26 door prizes to be awarded on the ride.

The odds of not winning something are slim. I would estimate the total value of prizes and silent auction items at a conservative $10,000, probably more.

Enjoy the weekend and ride carefully.

Bruce Hewlko, President