Well mainted and groomed for perfect snowmobil
Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in North America. Well maintained and groomed trails to ride are key to this popularity. A bulk of the trail maintenance is provided by independent snowmobile clubs. These clubs depend on volunteers and private land owners for their everyday function and existence. Volunteers provide trail maintenance (summer and winter), fundraising efforts for local clubs as well as facilitation of tourism and enthusiasm within the community.
Private land owners provide permission and access for snowmobilers and snowmobile clubs to build trails and ride through their land. It truly is a community effort for the vast majority of snowmobile clubs and yet, some individuals stand out as they go above and beyond to provide safe, and fun trails for snowmobilers to ride.
Alan Dugas who owns a cabin and a piece of land in Jackman, a township located in northern Maine, provides assistance to the local Jackman snowmobile club. He is the perfect example of an individual whose efforts greatly impact an entire snowmobile community.
Dugas is the owner of the Royal River Boatyard and Boat Repair in Yarmouth on Maine’s Atlantic coast but in his free time, he is in Jackman dedicating countless hours to grooming and maintenance work on roughly 40 miles (65 km) of trails. He operates a Tier 4 PistenBully 400 Trail and an older TrailBully with help from his family and neighbor, Randolph Petrin, who owns the Long Pond Camps and Guide Services next door.
Dugas operates entirely as a volunteer, receiving insurance and fuel from the local snowmobile club, The Border Riders, where he sits as Vice President. He devotes a great deal of personal energy and finances to his trails because he “loves to groom and make smooth locatrails for a lot of people to enjoy.” He says “I like being outside, doing trail work and signing trails. I like to make new trails and build bridges.
I am someone who likes to make things happen, I am proud of what we do for the Town of Jackman and the Border Rider’s Sportsman Club.” Dugas’ selfless nature and strong work ethic are exemplary. Randolph Petrin, also a volunteer, shares Mr. Dugas’ passion for the sport. He loves working hard to provide a good surface for snowmobilers to ride on.
Relying on their new PistenBully 400 Trail 4F and the older PistenBully Trail between them roughly 40 miles of trail are groomed on a nightly basis. Alan Dugas worked with the PistenBully New England Branch to install a custom blade on his 400 Trail 4F to allow narrow passage through his trails. His two favorite features of the 400 Trail are the machine’s blade functions and the smooth, responsive steering control. He says enthusiastically, “We love our PistenBully groomers!”