While many of those driving their vehicles appreciate the lack of snowy streets, as do those who have to plan budgets for snow removal, there are other entities who would rather see a different situation. This would be the avid riders in the Estevan Snowmobile Club.
"Well, I know I've got my snowmobile season booked, I'm going up to Hudson Bay February 1st to March 15th," said President Dave Heir, "Because who knows what is going to happen down here. Last year was no snow, so I hope January brings us some, but it doesn't look good."
"It takes the morale and puts it into the basement. People are always looking forward to having great trails, to right from home or the shop...and getting all the way up to Kenosee and all points in Saskatchewan, if you have good trails."
He noted that there's also a bit of an economical impact. A recent bylaw put in place by the City of Estevan allows for more snowmobile access to hotels and gas stations. However, the lack of snow means customers are scarce.
The local Club doesn't have any big trips organized, but events are still on the schedule in conjunction with several other groups.
"We have a derby planned for February...in conjunction with the Lampman guys. Then have another do planned for March...it's a fundraiser where we get the Exhibition Hall, we've got a band coming down, it's going to be a big party. That'll go on, regardless, but we're hoping to have a ride before evening party...we'll just play it by ear. Hopefully some snow comes."