Williams Lake Powder Kings president Mark Snowball (right) and WLPK vice-president Rick Seibert show off the new sign installed at the Yank’s Peak safety cabin.

Williams Lake Powder Kings president Mark Snowball (right) and WLPK vice-president Rick Seibert show off the new sign installed at the Yank’s Peak safety cabin.

Trail work, cabin upgrades and more done by Powder Kings

It was a busy, productive spring and summer for the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club.

It was a busy, productive spring and summer for the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club who, with the help of funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust and Recreation Sites and Trails BC, made several upgrades to the trails, amenities and safety cabin at Yank’s Peak.

“It started with Mark (Snowball, WLPK president), myself and Maureen Lee Straza in the spring when we started to write for the grant application and were approved mid June with help from both the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District for writing letters of support,” WLPK director Laurie Snowball said.

The NDIT funding was applicable for Yank’s Peak safety cabin upgrades, trail enhancements, construction of a new early and late season parking lot and expansion of the main parking lot at Yank’s Peak.

In mid August, the WLPK got to work with the help of several businesses and volunteers on major upgrades to the safety cabin.

Since the safety cabin is only accessible by air during the summer, Tom Arduini of Arduini Helicopters flew in all the volunteers and contractors, plus 2,400 pounds of cabin materials.

“It was just phenomenal,” Laurie said. “From the moment we got there and had all the supplies flown in, everybody was working together.”

Paul Pinette of United Floors installed new flooring, Gilbert Quesnelle and Mack Oler of Giblet Construction completed a new railing, front door, outhouse roof upgrade and floor repairs, Markey Mechanical supplied a new wood stove, while volunteers Dawn and Kevin Unruh, Dan Schiller, Dave Herrling, Michael and Matthew Karcher, Rick Seibert, Barry Wilson, Mark, Laurie, Nathan and Maryclaire Snowball painted the outside walls and helped out where they were needed.

Near the end of August, Ron Benisch of RB Backhoe Service expanded the main parking lot.

“What we’re finding is the more popular Yank’s Peak becomes, the busier the parking lot is,” Laurie said. “It needed to be sized up. He brought in 150 dump truck loads of fill to do the parking lot.”

Benisch then brushed and widened what’s known as the Short Cut Trail in September, and built a new early and late season parking lot.

“There’s no snow at the main parking lot early in the season, so this will be a big help,” Laurie said.

But of utmost importance, Laurie said, was the brushing and widening of the Hampton Trail. It is part of the Gold Rush Trail, which hadn’t seen any work done in several years.

“He brushed it right to the tree line, which will now allow us to groom the Hampton Trail,” Laurie said.

This past weekend the WLPK were back at it again, delivering new benches for the Safety Cabin donated by Jim Anderson of Canadian Tire, replacing a window at no cost by Econo Glass, putting up a new reflective sign at the safety cabin and dropping off first aid supplies.

“We only got as far as Stop Sign Ridge because there was 18 inches of snow which didn’t allow us to go any farther. Snow this early is shaping up to be a good start for our sledding season,” Laurie said. “So we decided to really sign up the Hampton Trail and made it really accessible for the upcoming season. All the leftover supplies we left with our awesome, resident grooming chief Jeff Garten to take up at a later date.”

Laurie thanked Desi Cheverie from Recreation Sites and Trails BC, the NDIT and all the contractors and volunteers for making the work possible.

Now, as the snowmobiling season nears, the WLPK are hosting a Snow ‘n’ Shine on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re doing it a little differently this year because we want to be able to have our club members show off their machines, along with all the snowmobile dealers there and truck dealerships, too.

“We would like to encourage all snowmobilers to become members of the WLPK, because none of these projects would have been possible without our local WLPK club,” Laurie said. “Come on out and sign up for your 2016/2017 membership.  There will be a barbecue, bucket draws and door prizes.”

On Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. the WLPK will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting at the Laughing Loon beginning at 1 p.m.

Laurie said the WLPK also plan to host upwards of 10 organized events during the 2016/2017 season.

“We’ve got a full year of grooming and activities ahead of us and now we’re ready for it,” Laurie said.

To keep up to date on upcoming events being hosted by the WLPK follow them on Facebook by searching Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
5 more deaths, 131 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

Those 18-years and older in high-transmission neighbourhoods can register for the vaccine

(File photo)
High-visibility arrest in Williams Lake nets BB gun, mistaken for assault rifle

RCMP thought the man was carrying an M16 assault-style rifle

letters
LETTER: Improvements needed at Scout Island

The City can do better managing their responsibilities

More than 14,800 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered at clinics in Williams Lake, Alexis Creek, Big Lake, Horsefly, West Chilcotin, 100 Mile House and Clinton as of Friday, May 7. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
6,000-plus people vaccinated for COVID-19 in Williams Lake, and in 100 Mile House

Interior Health Authority provide the numbers up to May 7, 2021

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Reasonable decision making can go a long way

We’re all at fault, but today I’ll pick on politicians

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets’ Nate Thompson (11) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Monday, May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Vancouver Canucks see NHL playoff hopes dashed despite 3-1 win over Winnipeg

Montreal Canadiens earn final North Division post-season spot

The B.C. legislature went from 85 seats to 87 before the 2017 election, causing a reorganization with curved rows and new desks squeezed in at the back. The next electoral boundary review could see another six seats added. (Black Press files)
B.C. election law could add six seats, remove rural protection

North, Kootenays could lose seats as cities gain more

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of an Indigenous woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation wants ‘massive change’ after its 3rd police shooting in less than a year

Nuu-chah-nulth woman recovering from gunshot wounds in weekend incident near Ucluelet

Nurse Gurinder Rai, left, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Maria Yule at a Fraser Health drive-thru vaccination site, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The site is open for vaccinations 11 hours per day to those who have pre-booked an appointment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID vaccine bookings to open for adults 40+, or 18+ in hotspots, across B.C.

Only people who have registered will get their alert to book

Dr. Victoria Lee, CEO of Fraser Health, hosts an update on efforts to contain B.C.’s COVID-19 transmission in Surrey and the Fraser Valley and protect hospitals in the Lower Mainland, May 6, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate slowing, 20 more people die

Deaths include two people in their 40s, two in their 50s

Most Read