View Full Version : Think a trail permit will be worth it this year?

12-03-2007, 01:30 PM
I remember last year the trails did not open until mid January.It looks like it may be a early start this year though. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

12-03-2007, 02:10 PM
I know that my sons all bought thiers. Looks like we might actually get some riding in this year, unlike last.

I still think that locals should have gotten a bit of a break on the price this year since the trails were only open for what 3 maybe 4 weeks last year.
Of course nothing like that would ever happen!

12-04-2007, 12:30 AM
ill definately be buying one soon

12-04-2007, 08:22 AM
You do realize that you missed the lower price???

Mine all bought there's on Sat before the price went up.

12-04-2007, 09:09 AM
I know I did, waiting til after christmas this year.

12-04-2007, 09:54 AM
Always a few for sale at the lower price, people blow up their sleds before they even stick them on, or buy them in anticipation of getting a sled but can't find a decent one for a decent price.
The people in this town are out to lunch on their used sled pricing.

12-04-2007, 10:26 AM
It was something like $180 and now it is around $230 give or take a few dollars.

12-04-2007, 09:56 PM
we wont be buying this year. after last year buying 2 of them, and we got only 4 weekends. we just arent made of money. have to wait till the rivers and lakes freeze.

12-04-2007, 10:22 PM
I think its crazy they should have family deals. We will need 3 this year and 4 next year talk about expensive!

12-05-2007, 09:54 AM
We did the three last year. $540. then my oldest bought one after the fact. This year we said NOPE not gonna do it. My two younger boys bought thier own, and my oldest bought one for himself.

12-05-2007, 11:30 AM
What I though was dumb was they got rid of the $35 day pass. Now all the offer is a $90 3 day and a $120 7 day pass. Whats the difference between a 3 day pass for $90 and a day pass for $30?

12-05-2007, 11:36 AM
They get $60 bucks more out of you right on the spot.

Have you ever taken your machine across the river and rode the american trails?

Excellent trail system, and the permits are $25.00 a year.

12-05-2007, 11:42 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Lance</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What I though was dumb was they got rid of the $35 day pass. Now all the offer is a $90 3 day and a $120 7 day pass. Whats the difference between a 3 day pass for $90 and a day pass for $30? </div></div>

So they can gouge you $90 for a one or two day ride, if you just have one day or a weekend..

12-05-2007, 12:13 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JB</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Lance</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What I though was dumb was they got rid of the $35 day pass. Now all the offer is a $90 3 day and a $120 7 day pass. Whats the difference between a 3 day pass for $90 and a day pass for $30? </div></div>

So they can gouge you $90 for a one or two day ride, if you just have one day or a weekend.. </div></div>

I think if I rode all day long I would be staying home for the next 2 days once I had my fill. They should bring back the one day pass.

12-05-2007, 01:11 PM
I agree, but I don't think you'll see it happen.

12-18-2007, 12:24 AM
The full ticket is the way to go this year.

12-18-2007, 04:18 AM
yea this year is worth it more worth than the last 4 years or so..... but you gotta make sure you are out there every weekend at least......... depends on what you think YOU feel is worth it.....

we used to go to Elliot Lake, Hilton Beach, Richards Landing, Heyden, Batchewana, Wawa, Trout Lake, Goulais, Drummond Island, Echo Bay, Gros Cap, Thessalon, Blind River, Garden River,........ that's when WE thought it was worth it..... but hey who can make plans EVERY weekend to go to those places.... the laundry and dishes sure do pile up lol

hey that sounds like the song "I've been everywhere Man......" lol

12-18-2007, 04:21 AM
oh yea and when we travelled, we travelled in packs and spent tons of money where ever we went....... not a 'poor' man's sport by no means........

bottom line, get your money's worth

01-01-2008, 01:45 PM
windy, it sure sounds like a ton of fun!

01-08-2008, 11:15 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Ultra54</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The full ticket is the way to go this year. </div></div>

Looks like another busted season,trail have not open yet (Jan8 with rain) and will not for awhile by the looks of things. I think this will be my last year of buying a permit.

01-08-2008, 03:04 PM
It's looking pretty grim out there right now. We weren't going to buy a permit, but our son bought us one for christmas -- so now we've got one. We'll have to make use of it as soon as we get some darn snow.
I got nice new ski pants and a new modular helmet for christmas so I'm looking forward to getting out there.

01-08-2008, 04:28 PM
We are gonna get dumped on yet, it's coming!!

01-08-2008, 05:12 PM
I'm waiting but none too patiently

01-08-2008, 06:11 PM
Just think of all the fuel you are saving @ $5.25 a gallon, that is if you burn regular gas.. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

01-08-2008, 08:09 PM
Ya got a point there! With the price of gas right now yeap, ok I'm glad we're gettin rain. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

01-09-2008, 10:54 AM
I remember the good ole days when I used to go and fill my 5 gal. can for $2.00 and ski-doo all weekend!

01-09-2008, 11:09 AM
No kidding, we filled our machine at the Esso at Heyden a couple of weeks ago, and it cost nearly $30 bucks.

Normally I have cans from across the river, but my husband thought we should take the cans to camp and fill the machine before we left. Wow!
The price's make snowmobiling a rich mans sport, with the cost of Insurance, permits, equipment! Oh well, it makes the winter go by faster for me at least.

01-09-2008, 11:12 AM
If we have a normal winter at least /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
I just sold my sled a month or so ago and am going to buy a quad next summer.
Between the cost of gas, trail pass, insurance and more gas to haul it with my 4x4 on a trailer, and to watch the road salt eat everything on the way.. it's just not worth it to me any more.
Same old trails get boring too!
I have two new Arctic Cat modular helmets that I may sell, will think about that!

01-09-2008, 11:35 AM
Hey let me know about the helmets, JB. My husband bought me one for Christmas and I LOVE it. I might be interested in picking up one for him. He really needs it more than me since I'm usually a passenger.

01-09-2008, 01:12 PM
LOL, the hubby just bought a older sled for him and my daughter to [censored] around on in the yard.. and LOL hes thinkng he should not of as now we have no snow but we had lots on friday when he took it home : )

01-10-2008, 10:30 AM
Not to worry HP the snow will come. Just be thankful you don't have $180 tied up in a trail permit.

JB - I'm serious about the helmet, if you decide to get rid of one, please keep me in mind.

01-11-2008, 08:58 AM
Fire up the sleds!, we got about 20 cm. last night and it's still coming down /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

01-11-2008, 09:23 AM
Yay I woke up to a lovely white backyard this morning, and a driveway so full that I need the snowblower to get out!

I'm hoping it continues ALL day and that we can get out tonight for a while.

My son's are all pleased too! My oldest bought a brand new sled this year and this weather has been KILLING him.

01-11-2008, 09:28 AM
I bet, he must be itchin to get going!

Definitely snowblower time today..

Glad for my 4x4 on days like this, they don't plow the roads half the time until late afternoon as they are busy on 17.

01-11-2008, 01:09 PM
MY hubbys suspension on the sled was a little friged up.. so hes been workng on getting it back!!!!! but hes itching to.. we live kind country city ma so we never get trail pass anyways!!

01-11-2008, 02:09 PM
We live in the Heyden area and we were not going to buy a permit this year after the disaster last year was. However our oldest having bought a brand new machine wanted us to have one so he bought us one for christmas,supposedly so we can ride with him. (Like we could ever keep up) /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

We can ride for miles and miles in our neighbourhood with out ever hitting a groomed trail, but our boy thought we needed one.

Hopefully we'll get out for a ride tonight. I guess we'll see what happens.

01-12-2008, 11:50 AM
Well, did you go and burn up a little snow last night?? /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

01-12-2008, 12:20 PM
Nope, my husband wanted to wait till the trails have been groomed.
We're talking about this afternoon perhaps, on the local trails not the groomed ones.

01-15-2008, 10:15 AM
Must have got out and put a few miles on em' by now??

01-15-2008, 10:43 AM
A few, but we didn't hit the groomed trails.
I was hoping to do the Heyden to the Zone trip, but there was a warning about the flats. My son said it was like mudbogging so we didn't venture out that way.

We did some local trails between lakes in this area and visited with friends. Hopefully this weekend we'll do some real riding.

PS I talked to my son about the helmets, he's going to talk to his friends - who ride cats and let me know.

01-18-2008, 09:58 AM
whoo hooo, looks like we might just get out tonight!
Yeah, I'm hoping at least!

01-20-2008, 10:23 AM
hey ma, it was a mudbog in there! daughter buried the front end pretty good. (this was a few weeks ago)

01-21-2008, 02:27 PM
Should make for some sweet trails now with all this fluff!

01-21-2008, 05:17 PM
Yes it is worth it.

01-27-2008, 08:05 PM
We put probably 150 miles on our machine this weekend. The trails were awesome and surprisingly few people on them.

03-13-2008, 12:08 PM
Well I went for my first trail ride that required a permit. I staged off at the end of peoples road and did the 90mile Search mount loop. Did it on one tank of gas,I could not believe it.

I did alot of sledding around Wawa and 38 road but those rides did not require a trail pass.

03-13-2008, 12:45 PM
We've ridden nearly every weekend. Its been a good way to get through this winter.

I have to say the trails have been excellent this year. I've found that there really aren't many others out on them.

03-13-2008, 01:41 PM
We did too, It was a Saturday on a nice sunny day on the march break and there still was not many people on the trails.

I guess the high trail pass prices are affecting the sport.

Lower prices and more people joining might be a strategy for OFSC to try.

I had fun but at $230 I doubt I will buy another trail permit.

03-13-2008, 05:14 PM
Of course they are $180 prior to Dec. 1st, but I assume you already knew that.

03-13-2008, 06:15 PM
I have alot of friends with sled but there not interested in $200 trail permits.

If they had $35 day pass they might get into it,so would many others.

Thats another thing they could try out. If I can get out 3 times a winter on the groomed trails I would be lucky.