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2010 John Albert & Ed Dutcher NYSSA Snowmobiler of the Year

Rick Pugh ~ More Forum Photos on pages 6 & 7 ~ OCSA Super Raffle Winners page 20

The Official Publication of the New York State Snowmobile Association

April, 2010 The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the election of 2010—2011 Officers, held at the 2010 NYSSA Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 18:


Gary Broderick

New York Snowmobiler Online


Vice President Jason Kowalczyk

Anne O’Dell, Editor


Roger McCabe


Ginny Ivison

NYSSA Annual Meeting & Forum 2010 NYSSA’s educational Forum and Annual Meeting was held April 16-18 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Liverpool, New York. Nearly 700 delegates, presenters, vendors, staff and guests attended this annual event. This year’s Forum was perhaps the smoothest running event of previous Forums and annual meetings. In large part the relative calm in Forum 2010 can be attributed to the use of, an online registration system. This system enabled Forum attendees to register, select courses, indicate meal choices, and even pay online. This in turn enabled planners to determine room assignments and meal counts based on expected attendance. A Chainsaw Safety class was held on Friday, with the classroom portion held at the Forum (Continued on page 3)

Inside this issue:

Cover Photo:

NYSSA Annual Meeting & Forum 2010


Executive Director’s Report

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President’s Message


News from OPRHP


GM Corner: New this year!


2010 OCSA Super Raffle Winners!


Cover Photo: Rick Pugh, Penn Mountain Snow Riders, accepts the 2010 Snowmobiler of the Year Award from new President Gary Broderick (l) and Events & Promotions Committee Chair Gerry Ivison at the 2010 Forum Award Luncheon, April 17, 2010. Photo courtesy Jim MacFarland, NYS OPRHP.

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hotel and the field work a short distance away at the Hopkins Road County Park. The NYS Groomer Operator & Safety Training course, offered by experts from the Salisbury Ridge Runners, was well attended. Friday evening was the annual social event sponsored by Franklin-Case and United Dealer Services. DJ Fast Eddie, , also known as the hardworking snowmobiler Ed Zalar of Allegany County. Eddie returned Saturday evening to entertain everyone once again. Eighteen educational sessions were held throughout the day on Saturday, including two presentations by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation’s Snowmobile Unit. Sessions continued throughout the day on Saturday, divided into three “tracks”: Safety and Trails, Club Operations, and Public Affairs.

Mark Lester addresses attendees. Photo by Jim MacFarland, NYS OPRHP.

At the lunch banquet NYSSA recognized and honored its Legislator of the Year, Senator Daniel Aubertine. Also in attendance at the noontime banquet were Assembly Members William Magee and William A. Barclay. Mark Lester of Supertrax Magazine gave an inspirational talk about the snowmobile industry and where it is headed.

The annual NYSSA Awards were presented at Saturday’s Award Luncheon: Snowmobile Family of the Year

no submissions

John Albert/Ed Dutcher Most Valuable Snowmobiler

Rick Pugh, Penn Mountain Snow Riders

Club of the Year

Salisbury Ridge Runners

Groomer of the Year

Paul Kauffman, Brantingham Snomads

Groomer of the Year

John Beggs, Trailbusters Snowmobile Club

Dealer of the Year

Hebeler Sales & Service, Pendleton, NY

NYS Senator John A. DeFrancisco was presented NYSSA’s Senator Bill Sears Legislator of the Year Award for his work on our behalf. The Senator’s keynote address at the Dinner Banquet was met with much enthusiasm and applause! The President’s Award was shared by Virginia and Jim Jennings for their many years of dedication to improving the sport of snowmobiling. NY Snowmobilers again stepped up in supporting our Charities of Choice: Easter Seals, the Pink Ribbon Riders, and the USO (Support our Troops). A Chinese Auction of gift baskets and unique items donated by member clubs raised $1,118 each for the USO and Pink Ribbon Riders—more than double last years’ donation. A 50-50 raffle raised $884 for our Easter Seals (and $884 to the winner!) - again a greater amount than last year! Our members are clearly dedicated to helping with local, state, Mike Fischer and constituents from Senator DeFrancisco’s and world wide needs. Thank you to all the clubs who donated district congratulate the Senator on his award. Photo by not only to our three charities of choice, but to their local needs. Jim MacFarland, NYS OPRHP. (Continued on page 4)

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The 2009 Super Raffle winners were drawn Saturday – The complete winners list is in this issue, and is posted prominently at . Thank you to all who sold tickets for this important fundraiser; and to our sponsors for their continued support! The Long Island Sno-Seekers, a non-trail producing club located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, announced three cash donations to trail-producing clubs: $800 to Southern Tug Hill; $600 to Folsom Trail Blazers; and $600 to Colden Trail Riders. The Tawaeri Taqui Trailblazers, a non-trail producing club of 155 members located in Ulster County also announced three cash donations: $250 each to Penn Mountain, Trackside Blazers, Southern Tug Hill, Hamden Hill, and Central Catskill Trail Blazers. Members of Tawaeri selected these clubs based on the quality of the trails they enjoyed during their club trips throughout New York State. Attendees were able to wander through the NYSSA Expo and visit displays both from Clubs across the state and snowmobile industry vendors. This year, the first NYSSA Antique Snowmobile Show was held in conjunction with the Forum. Trophies were awarded in five categories: Oldest Original Sled (1969 and older) Scott Bullock (Waterville, NY) - 1963 Fox Trac Model 140 Oldest Restored Sled (1969 and older) Stanley Jones (Boonville, NY) - 1964 Husky Model 200 Most Original Condition Sled (1970 -1990) John Curtis (Homer, NY) - 1989 Polaris Indy 650 Most Unique Sled (All sleds eligible) Joe Clark (Canada) - 1973 Alouette Super 340

Photo by Jane Chaddock

Super Show Sled (All sleds eligible) built beyond show room— ”show me the bling” Phil Mayka (Camillus, NY) - 1973 Ski-Doo TNT 249

A plaque was awarded to the entrant that traveled the furthest to display their machines: Joe Clark (Canada). During the Annual Meeting on Sunday, the NYSSA By-Laws committee chair Jason Kowalzck presented nine by-law revisions for approval by the voting delegates. These revisions were crafted at the request of the BOD with support from our Professional Parlimentarian, Steve Anderson. Two proposals that caused the greatest debate and discussion, and that were subsequently rejected by the Delegates present, centered on the use of private information of members by the Board of Directors and a proposal to adjust the member to voting delegate ratio. Clubs should contact their District Director for further information on bylaws. 

Approved: 2010-01, makes minor wording changes throughout the Bylaws document.

Approved: 2010-02, more wording changes & clarifications.

Approved: 2010-03, changes to Director and Committee Sections.

Approved: 2010-04, changes to Membership, Article II Section 4. (Continued on page 5)

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Approved: 2010-05, sets out Dues structure, Article VI Section 1 and Article XIII Section 2.

Approved: 2010-06, adds Membership category for Military Honorary Member, Article VI Section 1.

Rejected: 2010-07, changes to Article VI regarding use of Personal Information.

Rejected: 2010-08, changes to Article XIII, Section 2, changing the delegate ratio for voting.

Approved: 2010-09, deletes Article VI Section 3, due to approval of 2010-05.

Jason Kowalcyzk, By-laws Committee Chair (and later newly-elected Vice President), led the By-laws discussion at the Annual Meeting. Photo by Gary Broderick

Elections were held on Sunday. The 410 voting delegates present elected Gary J. Broderick to the office of President for 2010-2011. Jason Kowalczyk was nominated from the floor for Vice-President, and defeated candidate John Occhino for that position. Roger McCabe was re-elected (unopposed) to the office of Treasurer. Virginia (“Ginny”) Ivison was re-elected Secretary. Each year, the Forum is put together by NYSSA Staff and Volunteers, who spend hundreds of hours in planning months in advance. This year Debbie Perkins led this effort, and did a great job. Thank you to all who participated in creating this spectacular Annual Event!

The Allstate Sled & new President Gary Broderick. The NYSSA Expo was once again very popular with attendees. Thank you to Expo Exhibitors, who helped to support this event. Photo by Anne O’Dell

Photo by Jane Chaddock

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2 0 1 0 Registration was a breeze in 2010!

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Scott Bullock and John Kress announced the winners in five categories at the first NYSSA Antique Snowmobile Show, held during the Forum. Photo by Anne O’Dell

University of Buffalo’s turbodiesel entry in the SAE Clean Sled Challenge drew a lot of attention at the NYSSA Expo.

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DJ Fast

Eddie ge ts

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Chainsaw Safety class. Photos by Jane Chaddock

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Executive Director Report by Dave Perkins, Executive Director 518—796-0897 Directors and Directors -at-Large At the May Board meeting at Drivers Village north of Syracuse up to three individuals will be elected to serve as Director at Large. Application forms for Director at Large must be received at the NYSSA office by April 30th. Each District needs to be represented to the Board by a Director. Clubs must certify that person selected to serve as their District Director. This has to be done annually, starting with the May Board meeting. Insurance Reporting Clubs must file a report with our insurance agent whenever there is an accident on a snowmobile trail. There will be a new insurance report form to use instead of the OPRHP civilian accident report form that has appeared in the past. It is expected that soon clubs will be able to secure insurance certificates for the 2010-2011 season. Additional Funding for 2009-2010 As announced at the January Board meeting, an additional $500,000 of trails fund money will be made available to clubs for the 2009-2010 season. No firm decision has been reached as to how this additional funding will be distributed. It is possible that clubs will need to show adequate trail documentation above and beyond amounts dictated by the 0910 trail grant award. Clubs are encouraged to Phase III documentation of trails fund expenses of all allowable work done during the season. Adirondack Park Snowmobiling The public comment period for the Jessup River WF has ended. Meetings are expected soon with DEC, APA, and the environmental groups to discuss issues that could complete work on this UMP. DEC expects to make its initial presentation to the APA on the Jessup River UMP at the Agency‟s May meeting. Other UMP‟s expected to be acted upon soon are the Moose River Plains WF, Wilcox Lake WF, Lake George WF, and Ferris Lake WF. It is imperative that Adirondack Park clubs be in contact with their forester to provide input into the designation of Class I and Class II trails. Clubs are asked to notify NYSSA when meetings are being held with their forester. The lawsuit brought by the Adirondack Council against the DEC and APA is expected to be heard in Albany County Court in early June. NYSSA will be providing information to the Court in support of State‟s action in approving the Guidance document last November. GPS/GIS of Trails Last year NYS OPRHP announced that all funded trails must be located by GPS data that is then converted into GIS shapefiles. Any club with funded trail that produced GIS shapefiles NOT based on GPS data collection MUST do the actual in-the-field GPS data collection instead of hand-drawn shapefiles. All funded trails must be done by the end of the 2010-2011 snowmobile season. In addition, all club trails that are covered by the statewide liability policy MUST also be located by GPS data collection. Shapefiles of club trails need to be sent to NYSSA. (Continued on page 9)

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NYS OPRHP allows clubs to claim the cost of purchasing an approved GPS unit along with approved mapping software as an allowable expense in Phase III documentation. In addition, time spent doing this work for funded trails is also an allowable expense in Phase III documentation. NYSSA is developing a program to reimburse clubs some time costs associated with GPS data collection and GIS conversions of non-funded club trails. Chainsaw Certification For anyone to operate a chainsaw on state lands as part of a club‟s AANR with the DEC, each individual must obtain a certificate that he/she has completed the Game of Logging I or a similar course approved by DEC. IN ADDITION, each individual must complete training in first aid, CPR, and blood-borne pathogens. STEP Program - Help wanted! The STEP program is in dire need of volunteers that want to take part in an effort to achieve consistent signing on our snowmobile trails. Anyone interested needs to contact NYSSA. Information on classes this fall will be on the website sometime during August. There are adequate numbers of trained Advisors in central and western NY. There is a serious shortage of trained Advisors in eastern and northern NY. Any county that may be interested in setting up a Satellite STEP Signage program in their county should contact NYSSA for information. At this point, there are 12 counties participating in Satellite programs. Forum 2011 The 2011 Forum will be held at the same location as this year‟s Forum – the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Liverpool. The dates for next year‟s Forum will be April 15, 16, and 17. Bids will be going out soon to determine the location of Forum 2012. Bulk Sign Order The 2010 Bulk Sign Order program has started. Order forms were distributed at the Forum. There are two forms. One is for signs made with reflective beading. The other is for signs made with full reflective sheeting. The deadline for this year‟s bulk sign order form is July 24th, 2010. There is information on the program and graphics for most signs in the order form. These order forms are in the online magazine and posted on the website. New signs for this year‟s program include a sign for emergency information. This sign will have space for write in 911 address locations, useful at road crossings. It will also have space to write in GPS coordinates for specific locations, useful at trail junctions. The purpose of this information is to aid anyone in need of location information during an emergency or anyone responding to an emergency situation. Allegany Park Draft Master Plan OPRHP has created a revised Draft Master Plan for the Allegany State Park. The Plan may be viewed online at Public hearings will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:00PM in the Auditorium of Salamanca High School, 50 Iroquois Dr., Salamanca, NY 14779 and Thursday May 13, 2010 at 7:00PM at the Buffalo and Erie County Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203. The deadline for public comments to be received is May 28th, 2010. It is important to note there are provisions critical to snowmobiling in Allegany State Park.

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President’s Message by Gary Broderick

Please Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside the Ride at All Times… ….at least that‟s what it feels like from my view. The NYSSA Spring Forum is over, the Annual Business Meeting is done and it‟s time to start our new year. We have lots of things that need to be done. We need to address the Trail Fund and our Governors‟ (several of them) feeling that it‟s their piggy bank to take from whenever they want. We need to address Privacy Policy, Employees/new hires, etc. Before we go there, I want to take a few sentences to thank some people: Mike Fischer – Mike gave up a lot for the 2 years he was president of NYSSA. He gave up a lot of time with his wife and sons, a lot of time with his club, time from his job (that which pays the bills) and his personal time. Mike led us through the sweep in 2008 and our response to the sweep this year. He helped shape and modernize the organization to be better prepared to respond to issues as they arise. He has served NYSSA and you, the members well. If you see him, please take the time to thank him. Jim Jennings – Jim was our first Executive Director and has been part of turning this „Mom and Pop‟ organization into the Not-For-Profit Corporation it is today. Jim‟s steady hand and involvement in all things snowmobile have put NYSSA in the position where other state organizations look to us to set the precedence in snowmobiling matters. Jim has an immense amount of corporate knowledge and luckily, we will be able to continue tapping into this information. Jim was awarded the 2010 President‟s Award in recognition for his body of work over the years. Virginia Jennings, (Jim‟s wife) also received a separate President‟s Award for the immense amount of sacrifice she and the family suffered during Jim‟s years as Executive Director. Debbie Perkins – Debbie is the person behind the NYSSA Forum. For years she has managed the Forum from planning through execution. The Forum is a huge endeavor and takes months and months of planning; then proper management of the execution. Debbie has made this look easy, but has decided that this was her last. So if anyone is interested in helping out, we are always willing to welcome volunteers! Debbie also managed the Events and Promotions Committee for many years-NYSSA‟s largest and busiest of committees. We will miss her expertise and her „can-do‟ attitude! There are lots of others that deserve out thanks also, but nowhere near enough room for me to list them all. So, what do we have on our plate?

Debbie Perkins.

The Budget Sweep – Our lobbyist, Capital Group is watching the reconciliation process closely. The Assembly and Senate versions of the budget have all sweep language removed. These versions are being reconciled with the Governor‟s proposed budget. We will address whatever comes out once the reconciliation process is completed. Trail Funding – We currently have an Ad Hoc Committee that will continue its work on building a proposal to address protecting the trail fund. This committee is also exploring State-to-state reciprocity along with Sportsmen and Vintage Registrations. Employee hiring – Our Executive Director, Dave Perkins, has advised us of his retirement date in May 2011. Our priority is to hire an Executive Director. Once we accomplish this, Dave plans to step back into the Trail Coordinator position (he‟s currently filling both jobs). Our next priority will be to hire a Trail Coordinator (Full Time) or two part time Trail Coordinators (East and West) that Dave can train before he retires. If you are interested in these positions, please forward a résumé to the office detailing your experience and the position you are interested in.

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Communications- Improving communications will always be a goal of NYSSA and it will always be a moving target. We are moving forward with a partnership with Supertrax Magazine. Based on discussions with their staff, we hope to put a NYSSA informational „tip-in‟ insert into at least one issue of their magazine this year to be sent to all NYSSA Members. Our eventual goal is to publish a hardcopy of the New York Snowmobiler Magazine to better reach our entire membership. These are some of the more important items on our agenda. We will continue all the other programs we are involved with. As always, we can use your help. Board of Director Meetings are open to all members (see the schedule of events for dates and locations). We can always use your expertise to make NYSSA better for our members. There is a Chinese blessing (and curse) that goes something like „May you live in interesting times‟. We most certainly do. I look forward to serving you this year as your President, as I enjoyed the last four years as your Vice-President. Please feel free to send me your ideas. Our job is to make NYSSA a better organization which is more responsive to you, our members. We need your input and help to make that happen. I hope you have a safe spring and summer, that you had a wonderful winter filled with many miles and memories and, as in all things, just like snowmobiling: Keep the Rubber Side Down. Keep your arms and hands inside the ride-should be a fun year!

On the Web!

Feeling left out? Couldn’t make it to the 2010 Forum? The Forum Notebook, a 220-page binder jam packed with information highlighting this season’s snowmobiling efforts, is given to each attendee. NYSSA has made the Forum Notebook from this and previous years available on its website, in the members-only section.

Coming soon are handouts from the presentations that were given, where the Speaker has given us permission to include them. If you don’t already have an account at, you must create one. That also means you must be a current member (for the 2010-2011 season). Join your club today online at — and you’ll have your voucher for the upcoming season! Then go to and create your account.

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News from NYS OPRHP Contributed by Stephen C. Lewis, Director of Snowmobiling * 518 - 474 - 0446

Photos of an OPRHP bridge replacement over the Mettawee River in Granville, Washington County. This is an OPRHPfunded Capital project, no Snowmobile Trail Funds were utilized. The 140-foot span replaces the hazardous D&H RR bridge which had been closed for several years due to undermined abutments and deteriorated supports. Total project cost was $400,000. This is the main snowmobile trail which links NY and Vermont trails. The Villages, Towns and County have been very supportive of snowmobiling and have entered into an agreement to maintain the OPRHP-owned multi-use recreation trail corridor. Photo Provided.

I would like to express my appreciation and say Thank You to all the attendees at this yearâ€&#x;s Forum, especially those that attended the OPRHP presentations. I hope the information provided was informative and helpful. Your questions and comments are so very much appreciated as they provide much-needed input toward improving our administration of the Trail Fund! The Forum book this year contained the Parks annual report and included a survey seeking everyone's opinion about what issues you would focus your attention on if you were the Director of Snowmobiling. If you did not attend the Forum, go to the Parks website ( and download/print the Report. The report will be located under Recreation/Snowmobile/Documents (it will be posted shortly). The survey is on the last page of the report. Please take the time to provide your thoughts. If you do not want to mail it to me, give it to your NYSSA District Director, I see them every month at the NYSSA Board of Directors meeting. With the reimbursement documentation being completed for the 2009/10 season and the Phase 1 application for trails underway soon, I'd like to take a moment to clarify our need for the collection of trails data using GPS/GIS. The level of trail location accuracy has to keep pace with the needs of our Police, Fire and Ambulance services. These rescue/service providers are asking

to get better information on how to reach snowmobiler's in trouble. Can you imagine the panic of a dispatcher who has pinged a cell phone 911 call to see the location as being nowhere near a road or even recognizable feature to relay to a search team. So many of our trails are that remote. Now imagine your panic if a loved one is in trouble and can't tell someone where they are. With GPS units being so readily available in cell phones, navigation systems and even cameras, it is time that we provide the best and most accurate trail location information possible. With this in mind, you will see in this years Phase 1 application that all trail location information MUST be provided in the GPS/GIS format. We are making it mandatory that all trails funded through the Trail Fund grant program must be GPS'ed by June 30, 2012 to continue receiving funding. The NYSSA website contains the instructions for completing the GPS trail data collection process. The expense of purchasing a GPS unit and the software is an allowable expense for reimbursement. Did you know that in Cattaraugus County, when there is a snowmobile trail that crosses a highway, you can receive a warning of pending snowmobile traffic on your cars Tom Tom, Garmin or other GPS devises. If you are planning a snowmobiling trip to Cattaraugus Co. go to their website to download the crossing information located at We are looking to provide the same service to all Counties in New York. NYS DOT is using this information to improve the accuracy of the highway snowmobile crossing signs. Just another way the GPS trail information can be utilized. Oh and how about those local maps you purchase, shouldn't we be providing an accurate map? Enjoy the summer and before you know it we will be prepping the sleds for the 2010/11 season.

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GM Corner: “New this year!” by Anne O’Dell, NYSSA General Manager 888-624-3849 x 103 The NYSSA Office New this year: with the retirement of our Executive Director, Jim Jennings, the time has come to relocate the NYSSA Office, located in Long Lake for many years. Prior to Long Lake, the “Office” was located at the home of Mary Brusoe, in Whitesboro, NY. Until such time as a permanent Executive Director is hired and a new office location determined, office information will be as follows: 

Our mailing address will remain PO Box 612, Long Lake, NY 12847-0612.

The primary phone number is 888-624-3849. New this year: For general questions, dial x 101; to reach Dave Perkins, dial x 102; Anne O‟Dell, x 103; Jim Jennings, x 104. Our new phone system enables quicker contact!

New this year: Our fax number is now 888-317-2441. Faxes are received electronically.

Email NYSSA at

All phone numbers beginning with the 518 area code will be out of service on May 31, 2010.

The physical office location will be closed on May 31, 2010. Physical office assets (furniture, etc) will be sold or placed in storage. Office records, supplies and other materials will be placed in storage.

Insurance Certificates NYSSA‟s insurance policy has been renewed for the 2010-2011 season, and is again in effect for one full year. According to our agent, Butch Franklin, you do not have to get a certificate for a Landowner to be an additional insured - all landowners are automatically covered as “additionally insured” as long as there is a written or verbal agreement for the trail to pass over their land. This applies to all landowners - municipalities, private, etc. The certificate need only be provided as a courtesy, for example if the landowner requests it. Insurance Certificates for the 2010-2011 season may be produced online beginning April 29. Go to, login to the member menu, and go to „Trails Program‟, then „Insurance‟, then „Create Request‟. New this year: You may renew certificates that you entered last season by selecting „Display All‟ -- instructions are on the web page. If you have difficulty logging in to the NYSSA Website, please contact the NYSSA Office at 888-624-3849 x 103. Insurance questions may be directed to the Franklin Case Agency, Jenna Miliano, 908-806-2531, x 112. Club Letters of Understanding New this year: instead of mailing paper “Letters of Understanding” to each Club, the Membership Committee has implemented an electronic version, via the Online Membership System. Your Club Membership Administrator (CMA) may access this by logging in as usual (in the same way they do to enter memberships). Information is filled in online, and the document is printed for signature by the Club President. It is then mailed to the NYSSA Office. According to Bylaw change 2010-04, approved by Delegates present at the NYSSA Annual Meeting on April 18, the LOU is to be signed annually by May 1, each year. 2010-2011 Vouchers 2010-2011 Memberships and registration vouchers are available via the NYSSA Online Membership System. Please encourage your members to join early this fall, and register their sleds as soon as possible after receiving their renewals (usually around the end of August). The sooner the registrations are in, the more money flows into the Trail Fund, and the more money there is for distribution to Clubs. Help with the Online Membership System is available by emailing or calling 888-624-3849 x 103.

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Salisbury Ridge Runners




Quackenbush’s Longview Wilderness Lodge 2 night stay & $100 NYSSA Cash


Charlie’s Inn & Junction Campground

Taylor Henderson



Byrnecliff Resort & Conference Center 2 night stay weeknight & $100 NYSSA Cash

Bill Burleson Port Allegany, PA

Enchanted Mtns Border Riders


Headwaters Motor Lodge 2 night stay sun-thurs for 2 & $100 NYSSA Cash

James Thompson

Albert Onderko

Tawaeri Taqui Trailblazers Newcomb


Adam Yang Vernon, NY

Patty Zeller Edwards, NY

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Sponsor & Prize Description

Winner Bob Whittaker, Ilion, NY

Selling Club


Castle Sales Co., Inc - 2010 Castle X Incline Jacket


Cattaraugus County Fed./George E. Couell - $200 Cash


DDS Motor Sports - $200 Gift Certificate

Robert Casey, Camden, NY

TC Riders


Erie County Federation of SC - $200 Cash

Kiri Fox, W. Monroe, NY



Ful-Mont Sno Travelers - $200 Cash


Herkimer Cty Snowmobile Trail & Trade Assn -$200 Cash


Hudon’s Sled Salvage - $200 Gift Certificate

Charles Stahl, Little Falls, NY

Penn Mountain


Onondaga County Snowmobile Assn - $200 Cash

Albert Zierak, Amsterdam, NY

Ful-Mont Sno Travelers


Oswego County Snowmobile Assn - $200 Cash

Kim Chapman, St. Johnsville, NY

Salisbury Ridge Runners


Penn Mountain Snow Riders - $200 Cash

Vince Trenchard, Williamson, NY

Williamson Driftriders


Sno-Rats Snowmobile Club - $200 Cash

Don Higgens, Glenville, NY


Southern Tier Snowmobile Trails Assn - $200 Cash

George Aversano, Slate Hill, NY



Tekrider - $200 Freestyle Tekvest

Tony Warrington, Johnsburg, NY



Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club - $200 Cash


Wyoming County Snowmobile Federation - $200 Cash

Rick Conyne, Mayfield, NY

Ful-Mont Sno Travelers


Hebeler’s Arctic Cat/Skidoo Sales - $150 Gift Certificate

Peter Tamburro, Oneida, NY

Penn Mountain


Fuccillo Automotive Group - $100 Service Gift Certificate

Jen Brady, Heuvelton, NY



Fuccillo Automotive Group - $100 Service Gift Certificate

Michele Guay, Holley, NY

Oatka Valley


Marcellus Sales, Inc - $100 Gift Certificate

Chris Jurek, Perry NY

Oatka Valley


Marcellus Sales, Inc - $100 Gift Certificate

Jess Hunter, Groton, NY


Niagara County Snowmobile Federation - $100 Cash


Oneida County Area Snowmobile Association - $100 Cash


Shawnee Sno Chiefs - $100 Cash

Doug Cleveland, Ontario, NY

Sleds of Stafford


The Trailer Connection - $100 Gift Certificate

William Wilbur, Mexico, NY

Mexico Trail Riders


Washington County Assn of Snowmobile Clubs $100 Cash


Sled $100 Cash

48 - two $50 Gift Certificates

49 - $50 Gift Certificate

Sarah Armstrong, Remsen, NY

50 - $50 Gift Certificate

Rick Ohl, Hudson, NY

Bob & Sherry Becker, Downsville NY

Dave Turner, Churchville, NY Jonathan Seitzinger, Wyoming PA

Jeff Shark

Stratford Snowdrifters Delaware Valley RR

Hilton Sno-Flyers Salisbury Ridge Runners


Penn Mountain

Fingerlakes TRC

Tommy Vullo, Cattaraugus, NY

Southern Tier

Joe Vullo, Hamburg, NY

Southern Tier

James Klem, Ontario, NY Rich Nosctl, Newburgh, NY Crystal Seymour, Harrisville, NY

Webster Ridge Runners Delaware Valley RR Long Pond Sno Sled Club WRR Salisbury Ridge Runners

Winners drawn April 17, 2010 Contact NYSSA: PO Box 612, Long Lake, NY 12847-0612 * EMAIL - TOLL FREE: (888) 624-3849 * FAX: (888) 317-2441 *

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NYSSA CHARITIES PAGE NYSSA encourages its individual members and its Clubs to support the following charitable organizations:

Pink Ribbon Riders The Pink Ribbon Riders mission is to promote awareness of breast cancer in the motor sports industry for both men and women while raising

funds for those in need.

Easter Seals Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for over 85 years.


The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreationtype services to our men and women in uniform.

Safety Question

A) The state government B) The landowner C) The International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association

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Safety Question Answer: B

Snowmobile Trails exist only with the permission of

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NYSSA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS Use the instructions below to receive discounts from the companies listed below

Exclusive for members of NYSSA-You can save up to 30% a year on snowmobile insurance with a special offer from Nationwide. Whether you have a perfect driving record, or a lapse in coverage, Nationwide is on your side. For more information call 1-866-447-SNOW (7669) or click http:// Allstate offers extensive discounts - up to 40%. Such as Good Rider Discount, Multiple Vehicle Discount, Transfer Discount, Multiple Policy Discount and Safety Course Discount. Stop by and receive a quote from your local agent today. Allstate is a Membership Card Sponsor only. NYSSA members save 15% off at over 5,000 participating Choice hotels worldwide! Call 800.258.2847-mention NYSSA ID# 00803214 or go to to book online. Discount subject to availability at participating hotels and is not for use in conjunction with any other discount, offer or promotional rate. Advance reservations are required. Join the Choice Privileges Program for even more benefits! Save up to 15% on your rental car needs-call 1-800-654-2200 (members only hotline) or to reserve. Use code ‘CDP#1708788’ when reserving.

SnowTrails TV is a touring and destination TV show on PBS. SnowTrails TV is offering NYSSA members-buy 2 DVDs from any season and get the third one free to complete the 10 show season series. Visit for ordering/program information.

Impact Global Industries the maker of the C.S.S. (Communication Safety System), an LED light system used to replace the unsafe outdated handsignals, is exclusively offering 10% off to NYSSA members. Discount orders must be placed by phone, toll free at 1-866-560-6365.

Exclusive discounts for NYSSA members from T-Mobile. Get FREE or deeply discounted equipment (phones/Blackberrys/PDAs) and waived activation fees ($35 per line) when you sign up for new service with TMobile. Please contact Eric Sarafin at 516-707-1758 or email Sled Insure offers NYSSA members an additional 5% discount on their snowmobile insurance premium! Other discounts also available, such as Multiple Sled Discounts and Safety Course Discounts. We can write your coverage the same day and fax or email your NYS Insurance ID Cards immediately! Call us at 1-800-562-6036 or visit us at Makovic Homes offers a free Stainless Steel Appliance Package Upgrade to any NYSSA Member purchasing a Modular or Manufactured Home from Makovic Homes. Must provide proof of current membership. Visit our Model Center at 411 State Rt. 17B, Monticello, NY 12701, call us at 845-796-4663 or e-mail us! See you on the Trails!

NYSSA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS Use the instructions below to receive discounts from the companies listed below

NYSSA Members: Book any two consecutive nights lodging at the Big Moose Inn and Restaurant and receive a third contiguous night free. You will also receive a discount card good for 10% off on all meals, drinks, gift shop items and any future stay. Cannot be used for any other promotional pricing or package deals. Free night limited to Sunday-Thursday. Excludes New Year's Eve and the Sunday before Martin Luther King's birthday. Must be booked by telephone: 888-9244666: The Big Moose Inn and Restaurant ( 1510 Big Moose Road, Eagle Bay, N.Y. 13331

NYSSA WINTER SPECIAL: Use this 10% OFF COUPON FOR ROOM, FOOD OR DRINKS. Stay at this lake front resort and conference center and receive 10% off everything! (NYSSA Membership Number and Promotional Code NYSSA0809 required) Book one of our Jacuzzi suites—or call and ask about other Room Discounts or seasonal rentals. North Woods Inn Resort, 4920 NYS CRT 28, Fourth Lake, Old Forge, NY 13420 ( Call for reservations: 315-369-6777 (Clip and Use this coupon!)

NYSSA members save 20% on overnight lodging Sun-Thurs (excluding holidays), December through April at The Loft in Raquette Lake, in the Central Adirondack Region. Fireplace-sauna-heated garage for sled storage & repair. No permit required for Raquette/Long/Indian Lakes/Newcomb/Tupper trails. For description/rates/photos visit Water’s Edge Inn: SAVE 20% OFF ANY ROOM OR SUITE SUNDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS! Rest assured at Water’s Edge Inn, located lakeside directly across from Water Safari, Snowmobile Trails 1&5 and Enchanted Premium Gas! (NYSSA Membership Number/Card required for discount, not to be combined with any other offer/discount, limit 1 offer per reservation, excludes holiday/event weeks) Water’s Edge Inn, 3188 St. Rte. 28, Old Forge, NY 13420. Call for Reservations (315) 369-2484. Old Forge Camping Resort: STAY 2 NIGHTS, GET THE 3RD NIGHT FREE! Offer good weekdays and weekends. Drive your sled right to your door! Direct access to Snowmobile Trail 5 and Premium Gas. (NYSSA Membership Number/Card required for discount, not to be combined with any other offer or discount, limit one offer per reservation, must be used for 3 consecutive nights) Old Forge Camping Resort, 3347 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420. For Reservations: 1-800-CAMPING.

The Rocky Acres Inn invites NYSSA Members to enjoy our facilities and receive 10% off your entire stay, year round! The Inn is located on Trout Brook Rd. in Schroon Lake with easy access to trails to local restaurants and Olmstedville/Minerva. Reservations required along with your NYSSA Membership Number. For more information, go to or call us at 518-532-9709. HD Adirondack Chairs by Aaron Fischer: NYSSA Members will receive 15% off the purchase of one/20% off for 2 or more pieces of hand made heavy duty ADK style outdoor furniture. Many styles available and can be custom made to your dimensions in any type of wood you desire. Delivered to most NY towns for a small fee, you can pick-up or shipping can be arranged. The key word is heavy duty-these will be around for years to come. For more information, please call Aaron-315-897-0457 or visit:

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NYSSA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS Use the instructions below to receive discounts from the companies listed below The Tumble Inn invites NYSSA Members to enjoy 15% off regular prices ($95-$115) at our bed, breakfast and beyond. Private baths with clawfoot tubs, modern showers and electric fireplaces. The comfortable guest living room features a fieldstone fireplace, cable TV, DVD player, games, reading materials, snacks and homemade cookies. An outdoor hot tub takes off the chill with robes and slippers provided. Close to miles of trails. Includes an elegantly served "no lunch" breakfast. Call 518-351-5020 or 518-532-7605 for information/reservations.

Save up to 15% on Bonvoyage Snow Adventures. Quebec snowmobile adventures. A Bonvoyage trip is not merely a trip, but an unparalleled adventure experience. Our tours are the direct result of nearly 30 years of exploring Quebec, looking for the provinces best groomed trails, most scenic areas and truly unique places to stay. Dog sledding and a visit to the Ice Hotel can add to the experience. For reservations, go to or call us at (860) 796-9055-NYSSA Membership Number required at time of reservation. Charlie’s Inn-we have specials for snowmobilers! 10% off all rooms Sunday thru Thursday (with your NYSSA Membership Card), come and enjoy, the HOT SPOT in the Adirondack Mountains! Where the trails are groomed all the time. Charlie’s Inn has great food and a full bar. We’re located at 44 Junction Road, Lake Clear (Right on Corridor Trail #7), N.Y. 12945. Call at 518-891-9858 and don’t forget to check us out on the web at ! Come on out to the Junction Campground and join the fun. NYSSA Members get 10% off the regular campground price from June-Sept. by showing their Membership card. The Junction Campground is located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. It's a quiet, secluded campground with 24 full hook up sites and 12 tent sites. Full restaurant and lounge on premises, hot showers, electric, cable, wireless internet, Laundromat, dump station, picnic tables and play area. Hiking and biking trails are nearby and the swimming location is just 1/4 mile away! We Exclusive offer for NYSSA members only! Get Three (3) years of Supertrax, the world's #1 snowmobile magazine, for the incredible price of $9.99! Simply call 1-800-905-8729 (toll free) and mention the subscription code "NYSSAP" or visit the subscription page on and enter the code "NYSSAP" to get Supertrax for Three (3) years for $9.99 (a $22.99 value). **Offer valid for one name per address and is for NYSSA members only. The Bear in the Tree B&B invites NYSSA members to enjoy a 15% discount off the regular room rate ($85-$115) while riding some of the best groomed trails in the Adirondack Park. We’re located on State Rt. 8 in the Town of Morehouse, with direct access to the Corridor 4 trail. NYSSA membership number required at time of booking. For reservations call (315) 826-5614. For more information go to THERE IS ALWAYS SNOW IN MOREHOUSE! KMT Service Parts Inc is excited about being able to offer discounts to NYSSA members. We were involved with the Ski Doo Race Team in 1967 and love the sport! We sell one of the best enclosed trailers available and offer a 20% Discount off the published retail price to NYSSA Members. All trailer orders will be processed through KMT and can be picked up at the factory or we can arrange shipping. We have all kinds of parts including tires, wheels, jacks, wheel chocks, aluminum products such as helmet cabinets, gas can holders and shelving and much more! Visit us at: 315-697-2441 CALL TODAY! Contact NYSSA: PO Box 612, Long Lake, NY 12847-0612 * EMAIL - TOLL FREE: (888) 624-3849 * FAX: (888) 317-2441 *

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NYSSA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS Use the instructions below to receive discounts from the companies listed below The Ponderosa House Rental in beautiful Allegany County, NY offers NYSSA members 10% off your entire stay, year round. If you are looking to hit the trails or for a quiet relaxing weekend, The Ponderosa is the spot! Situated on 5 acres of peace and quiet in Belmont, NY (West Almond); surrounded by thousands of acres in Phillips Creek State Forest, just down the road from the Southern Tier Snow Riders trails and Palmers Pond! This house features 2 bedrooms downstairs with double beds and a room upstairs with 6 beds! Enjoy a fully stocked kitchen and oil heat to keep you warm after a long ride on the trails. Rates: from $300 to $600 per week. Weekend rates also available. Don’t forgetbook early for hunting season/holidays. Please visit or call Ray @ 716-418-0768 for more info. NYSSA has teamed up with to bring you the all new NYSSA VisaŽ Platinum Rewards Card. For qualifying members, this card will feature no annual fee, a competitive low interest rate, rewards points, 100% fraud protection, emergency cash disbursement and card replacement, auto rental and accident insurance, and many other benefits. You can select one of our 5 custom NYSSA images or upload your own picture for a truly unique design. Click here to get started!

From the consumer to the professional athlete, Whiplash will help you support the sport you love by investing in your club/association. For every purchase that a consumer or professional athlete makes and designates your club or association as a recipient, Whiplash will donate 5% of the purchase to your club or association! Whiplash is dedicated to helping organizations such as yours develop the sport through education, safety. responsibility and fun. All you have to do is go to, add item(s) to your cart and at checkout, select your club name from the drop-down list and complete the purchase. That's it! Checks will be sent to clubs/associations quarterly! Check our website and our competitive prices!

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As the unified voice for NY Snowmobiling, NYSSA works year-round to promote the sport and protect the trails needed for winter enjoyment. NYSSA is recognized and accepted in Albany, across the state, and nationally as the organization that represents the rights and needs of New York’s snowmobilers.

Season 2010-2011 NY Snowmobiler Publication Dates: N E W Y O R K S T A T E S N OW M OB I L E ASSOCIATION

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May 18, 2010

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December 14, 2010

August 17, 2010

January 18, 2011

September 21, 2010

February 15, 2011

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NYSSA Calendar of Events May 8, 2010

1st NYSSA BOD Meeting of the new calendar year

Driver’s Village 5885 East Circle Drive Cicero, NY 13039-8774

June 5, 2010


Location TBD

July 10, 2010


Location TBD

August 7, 2010


Driver’s Village, Cicero, NY

September 11, 2010


Drivers Village, Cicero, NY

October 1-3, 2010

Big East Powersports Show & NYSSA BOD Meeting

OnCenter, Syracuse

November 6, 2010


Location TBD

December 4, 2010


Location TBD

January 8, 2010


Driver’s Village, Cicero, NY

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