For an activity revolving around volunteer work and club membership, maintaining snowmobile trails with a groomer does not come cheap.
(Ken) Something like that will cost in the range of $240,000.
Ken Theriault has been President of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club for 4 years, a club that will now maintain their 50 miles of trails with a 2019 Prinoth Groomer.
(Ken) We need to make sure that the equipment is running and so when people know that we're taking care of the trails, we have the right equipment, they expect a lot from us and we do provide.
(George) It's a learning curve for all of us. We're all on the same page. There's not one better than the other.
Trail Master George Morneault is speaking to his certified grooming operators, many of whom put hours in with the new machine before the season even began.
(George) I think my favorite part is the cruise control. You set it on cruise control, and you can do the speed you want, you go uphill, downhill, goes the same speed.
(Ken) This is hydrostatic, it runs with hydraulics and is very smooth. It has a cruise control, and everything is interlocked. It is safely, a safety endorsed kind of machine, for sure.
To afford such a machine, the club traded in their previous groomer and applied for a grant through the state.
(Ken) It was our turn, and if we turned it down, we were gone. We're history. We accepted it. And this is why we're here with this new piece of machinery.
With flat trails comes quicker riding speeds and more responsibility, so past president of the club Mike Guerrette has a simple message.
(Mike) If you ride, ride smart.
Anthony Macari, NewsSource 8.