Snowmobile officials in Muskoka are hopeful for a better riding season.

Officials with District 7 of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs are already preparing the trail grooming machines for this season. District 7 Vice President Larry Horton says he’s happy to see the winter forecast is looking promising.

Last season, the snowmobile trails in Muskoka were closed for a majority of the winter because of warmer than usual temperatures causing dangerous riding conditions. Horton says it was a difficult time for riders and the OFSC.

Horton is hopeful this won’t put a bad taste in the mouths of riders that would usually come into Muskoka over the winter. He says the snowmobile season is not just important to the OFSC, but to local businesses in Muskoka.

Horton says there’s no word on when the trails will officially open this season. But, with colder than usual temperatures and lots of snow in the December forecast, Horton is hopeful riders could be hitting the trails by Christmas.

Once the trails open this year, you can keep up to date with local trail conditions here.