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CSA President Randy Miller

I hope everyone is in full snowmobiling swing as we are move into January. I am just getting into it after holiday obligations in Oklahoma and work commitments have limited my snowmobiling so far. That being said, I have a very eye opening experience that I would like to share that I hope will help everyone to be aware of the avalanche danger. I had just returned from Oklahoma on Dec. 31 about 13:30 and heard some radio communication on the Jackson County Sherriff radio frequency of an avalanche on Park View Mountain on the Jackson-Ground County line. Initial reports were unclear whether it was snowmobilers or skiers involved, but the companions on the scene had recovered the person without a pulse. At this point it was going to be a recovery mission and they had a helicopter dispatched from Grand County to determine the exact location which ended up just in

the Jackson County line. Grand County SAR responded initially and after the location determination, Jackson County SAR was also called at 15:30 to assist Grand County. I responded at that time with my truck half unpacked and we headed up to Willow Creek Pass for the recovery mission. We ended up snowmobiling a couple miles in to a snow shoe trail after which we donned our snow shoes for a grueling hike up the hill for another half mile (in two hours). It was surprising to me that the snow was only a foot or two

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In This Issue... 3 Executive Board Reports... CSA Contact Directory... 4 Land Use/Grooming...5 Scholarship...6 Membership Application...7 District and Club Reports... 7-16 Business Sponsors...17-19 Donations...20 News...20-22

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deep in places and that an avalanche had occurred. Initial findings for the accident were that three skiers were together and skiing in an avalanche chute with all of the right gear and training, but it was an unfortunate tragedy in a treacherous environment and one skier got caught. At the end of the recovery mission a debrief was held and I wanted to pass the following information that I learned from the experience. 1. If you have not taken an avalanche safety class yet, please do so. If you have taken one, take them as often as you can to refresh, learn and practice. 2. Avalanches can occur at virtually any depth so don’t be fooled by the lack of snow. Rely on the condition of the snow and other environmental factors. 3. Check conditions regularly and before you go out on the CAIC website. Also download the free app for your phone to make it handy. Thanks to all and I wish you safe and prosperous new year!

CSA Vice President

Legal Update

Things have been very busy on the land use and legal front over the last few months and I just wanted to give a quick update on some of the recent issues. CSA in partnership with COHVCO and the TPA appealed both the USFS San Juan and the BLM Tres Rios Field Office Plans. While there were some areas where summer and winter usage issues were different, such as the Molas Pass area, there was a significant areas where the concerns were the same. These areas would include the recent changes in the Service First Agreement between the agencies first expiring and the being renewed during the release of each plan, which would directly impact where appeals were going to the filed. The expiration and renewal of the agreement altered the responsible agency in several areas, but the public often was not aware of these changes and could easily send a valid appeal to the wrong agency in good faith. No provision was made in either appeal process to address appeals that were filed with the wrong agency in good faith. Recreational usage was also an issue that was again tragically undervalued in both the BLM and USFS portions of the plans. Often recreational usage was estimated in the RMP’s at 10% or less of what USFS research nationally indicates the average spend for that user group is. For several user groups the average spend for a particular user group was completely outside the range of spending found in the USFS national research. We are very concerned that this lays a terrible foundation for recreational usage in the planning areas over the life of the RMP’s. User conflicts was another area where all recreational usage was again poorly addressed if at all. Closures of areas was immediately adopted in attempts to mitigate user conflicts that might occur in the area. USFS research for the planning area overwhelmingly indicates that there are no user conflicts in the planning area, which is simply never addressed in the RMPs. In addition to conflicting with USFS research, closing an area where there are no conflicts between users can create conflicts. Again this is an issue that will become more of an issue over the anticipated 20 year life of the plan. Sage Grouse planning has been very active recently, and snowmobile usage of grouse habitat is now a concern as snowmobile usage in several areas around California Park outside Steamboat Lake have been mentioned in recent planning documents. CSA is frankly puzzled by this analysis as these are areas receive numerous feet of snow every year which buries the sage brush habitat the grouse depends on. These are areas that BLM admits have not been used by the Grouse for numerous decades. CPW has also just released new research that indicates 70-80% of sage grouse are killed by predation, which makes us wonder why that impact is simply never addressed in the listing decisions. CPW has also been granted an additional 45 days to create a Colorado Alternative for the management of the Grouse, as CPW will probably end up managing whatever standards are developed by BLM as BLM simply has no money to implement any portion of the Sage Grouse plan. CSA has been actively involved with CPW voicing our concerns about possible impacts to recreational usage from surface disturbance standards and other proposals in the BLM proposal and we are optimistic that recreational usage will be more fairly treated in the CPW alternative in comparison to the proposals from BLM.

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Colorado Snowmobile Association Contacts

Executive Officers

President - RANDY MILLER PO Box 395, Walden CO 80480 randy@npeng.com

970-723-3725 Vice President - Scott Jones 508 Ashford Dr, Longmont CO 80504 scott.jones46@yahoo.com

720-684-6912

SECRETARY - Karen Ball 14860 Rolling Hills Dr, Montrose, CO 81401 snokraz5@msn.com

970-240-4036

TREASURER - David Falk PO Box 406, Norwood CO 81423 dlfalk@centurytel.net

970-327-4786 Administrative Manager/Membership Jeanna Whipple 325 River Rock Dr, Johnstown CO 80534 CSA_admin@snowmobilecolo.com

970-587-0364 Snowmobile Program Administrator - Tom Metsa 13787 S Hwy 85, Littleton CO 80125

Clubs

Arrowhead Snowmobile Club Rich Ostrom PO Box 333, Cimarron CO 81220 970-862-8428 rostrom300@gmail.com

Buena Vista Snowmobile Club Dirk Peratt PO Box 3133, Buena Vista CO 81211 719-207-1592 dirk@therockdoc.net

Colorado Blizzards Mish Clancey 107 Redwing Ct, Mead CO 80542 303-651-2060 mishclancey@aol.com coloradoblizzards.com

Delta Snokrusers Donna Ankenbauer PO Box 464, Cedaredge CO 81413 970-856-3656 snokrusers@gmail.com

Flattoppers Tom Zancanella PO Box 1908, Glenwood Springs CO 81602 970-379-2926 taz@za.engineering.com www.flattoppers.com

Grand Lake Trail Groomers Cam Stone PO Box 1247, Grand Lake CO 80447 970-531-8872 trailgroomers@yahoo.com www.grandlaketrailgroomers.com

Gunnison county SnoTrackers Phil Chamberland 23501 Hwy 135, Crested Butte CO 81224 970-209-3715 pchamberland@hughes.net

MidValley Snowmobile Club Dave Mikulyuk 280 Fawn Dr, Carbondale CO 81623 970-963-1196 dmikulyuk@aol.com

LEADVILLE High Riders Snowmobile Club Clay Stewart 211 E 4th St, Leadville CO 80461 719-486-7311 stewartcn@earthlink.net

ghp0181@gmail.com silverthreaders.org

Mile-Hi Snowmobile Club Evan Miller PO Box 260368, Denver CO 80226 720-205-4761

Silverton Snowmobile Club Jim Lokey PO Box 571, Silverton CO 81433 970-387-5512

MT Sopris Rec Riders Eric Rudd PO Box 1035, Carbondale CO 81623 970-379-4263

Snow Country Explorers of the Upper Rio Grande Bob Kukuk PO Box 702, Crede CO 81130 719-658-2221 (H), 719-658-2362 (F)

qwsmev1@aol.com snowmobilecolo.com

eric@ruddconstruction.com www.mtsoprisrecriders.com

North Fork Snowmobile Club Wes Spore PO Box 472, Hotchkiss CO 81419 970-872-2167 wesandcarol@tds.net

North Park Snow Snakes Tootie Crowner PO Box 61, Walden CO 80480 970-723-8461 dmiller@resource-one.us

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, Inc Leeland Mischke 1066 Rangely Way, Craig CO 81625 970-620-6327 leelandmischke@aol.com northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org

Pikes Peak High Riders Ray Doble 17335 Herring Rd, Colorado Springs CO 80908 719-495-2316

Heart of the Rockies Snowmobile Club doblerm@msn.com Brad Craig www.pikespeakhighriders.com PO Box 241, Poncha Springs CO Rifle Snowmobile Club 81242 Carleton Hoffmeister 719-207-0287 PO Box 692, Rifle CO 81650 bradcraig_napa@hotmail.com 970-625-0134 High Country Snowmobile Club hoffy1@willowwisp.net Rich Holcraft Routt Powder Riders PO Box 2215, Frisco CO 80443 Ed Calhoun 970-547-1233 PO Box 770043, Steamboat Springs hlcrft@comcast.net CO 80487 www.summitsnowmobilers.com 970-819-7006 Holy Cross Powder Hounds Snowmobile ecalhoun55@gmail.com Club routtpowderriders.com Lance Trujillo S & W Adventure Riders, LLC PO Box 7116, Avon CO 81620 Jack Sheets 970-376-3856 2350 Stoneridge Dr, Colorado Springs lance@holycrosspowderhounds.com CO 80919 www.holycrosspowderhounds.com 719-593-0711 jacks@swadventureriders.org Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile swadventurerides.org Club Dennis Cavit San Juan Sledders PO Box 591, Lake City CO 81235 Roger Pennington 970-944-0191 164 Sandia Cir, Bayfield CO 81122 dcavit@centurytel.net 970-247-7907 lakecitysnowmobileclub.com

SilverThread Outdoor Recreation Club George Powell PO Box 343, South Fork CO 81154 719-873-5902

www.sanjuansledders.org

Sangre Snowrunners Dale Hoag PO Box 523, Westcliffe CO 81252 719-783-2729 swr@wmv-co.us

info@redmtmotelrvpk.com

kukuk@fone.net

South Fork Powder Busters Curtis Miller PO Box 454, South Fork CO 81154 719-873-0208 curt800@msn.com

Steamboat Lake Snow Club Mike Swinsick PO Box 756, Clark CO 80428 970-846-0814 casper62@yahoo.com

TrailBlazers Tom Mason PO Box 507, Grand Lake CO 80447 970-531-5812 autowrench2002@yahoo.com www.gltrailblazers.com

Tyler’s backcountry awareness Brian Lundstedt 1401 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins CO 80524 970-219-8869 info@tylersba.org tylersba.org

Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders Rich Jakino PO Box 3503, Montrose CO 81402 970-209-8900, 970-209-8930 richjakino@homail.com

West End Sledders Jacque McClellan PO Box 1443, Norwood CO 81423 970-865-2518

thomas.metsa@state.co.us

303-791-1957, ext 4132

District Representatives District 1 Rep - Steven Marlenee

steven.marlenee@tangledwebinnovations.com

970-227-7977 District 2 Rep - Ron Spencer 424 Russell St, Craig CO 81625 sspe263865@msn.com

970-824-6568 District 3 Rep - Dennis Lynton 11091 Wolff Way, Westminster CO 80031 dennislynton@gmail.com

303-253-7743 District 4 Rep - Stephen Burns hawkcreeklogistics@gmail.com

970-984-0797 District 5 Rep - LEE ROTH 642 E Loma Dr, Pueblo West CO 81007 lsa102002@yahoo.com

719-332-9671 District 6 Rep - vacant District 7 Rep - Lucia Lebon llebon05@gmail.com

970-862-8402 District 8 Rep - Steve Foster snomoman@aol.com

970-856-3642 District 9 Rep - william Hall will58y@netscape.net

970-759-2466

Committees

Right to Ride Chair - Curtis Miller PO Box 742, South Fork CO 81154 curt800@msn.com

719-873-0208 Land Use Chair -Janelle Kukuk 2889 USFS Rd 509, Creede CO 81130 kukuk@fone.net

719-658-2221 Raffle Chair - BILL REXFORD

mcricketred@aol.com

rexford.bill@gmail.com

www.snowskippers.com

himes.kate@gmail.com

970-481-0230 Western Slope Snowmobile Association/ Safety Chair - Ralph Stewart snowskippers 895 Van Dorn Dr, Craig CO 81625 Dale Hollingshead restewart@q.com PO Box 4964, Grand Junction CO 970-824-5353 81502 970-241-6829 Awards/Scholarship Chair - Katie Himes snowskippers@acsol.com PO Box 162, Mesa CO 81643 White River Snowmobile Club, Inc Troy Hilkey PO Box 1045, Meeker CO 81641 970-756-0717 thilkey@wrenergy.com

Wolf Creek Trailblazers Bob Tesman PO Box 3194, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 970-731-3366 rstesman@centurylink.net

970-270-4474 Grooming AND MAPPING Chair - Joe Tonso 941 School St, Craig CO 81625 jtonso@msn.com

970-824-5821 Charity chair - lancy Falk PO Box 406, Norwood CO 81423 horsecrazy.lancy1@gmail.com

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For such a good start to the snow year it ap- these members of staff cannot make decisions. view of what may be going on throughout the pears snowfall in our part of Colorado has come They can help package the issue, make sure Forest that is impacting the issue at the District to a screeching halt. It has all the i’s are dotted and t’s level. Consequently you can get a better read been nearly a month since we are crossed to move it, but if as to why, or if, you need to talk to the bigger have had measureable snow there needs to be a decision guns. At this point, however, I do caution that at our house and on the mait HAS TO GO to the District you be prudent as to how quickly you elevate a jority of our trails. The year Ranger. I always encourage problem. You don’t want to inadvertently create 2013 held such unexpected you work as much as possible a bigger problem by going over someone’s head events and it looks as though with the rec staff (or whatever unnecessarily. 2014 isn’t going to change If, and that is a big if, you still aren’t satisfied appropriate department you much. It will be interesting to need to) as you can before you can address your problem to the Regional see what happens next. you run to the Ranger, no one Office (we live in the Rocky Mountain Region or I have written on this subappreciates being stepped on Region 2 and the office is in Denver). If you are ject before but I think it is but know that it is important at this point I believe the best form of communiworth revisiting because so to your success to start in the cation is a letter or email. Again, you might find much of what each of us does it easier to work through things with staff but District Office. is problem resolution and it is When the District Ranger written communication is still the best first conimperative to know where to doesn’t appear interested or tact. Always copy the District office and Supervigo to start that process. I am capable of helping solve the sor’s office in your communication so everyone speaking specifically about problem (and I caution that knows what is going on. federal land agencies. In a reThe point to remember is to always work you make sure you have excent meeting I attended there hausted all options) then it from the bottom up, never go straight to the top. was some confusion and frusis appropriate to go to the I have always encouraged developing relationtration because some conSupervisor’s Office. Again, I ships with the local office and local employees cerned citizens were strugthink it is a good approach that understand the lay of the land, figuratively gling to find the right place to start with Forest Rec Staff and literally. It will be these people that will ulto go with issues that needed rather than go to the top im- timately help implement solutions and enforce addressed and I had a convermediately but at minimum the compliance so they need to be in on it from the sation with a local Forest Seravenue to follow is through beginning. By keeping the conflict/problem and vice employee about a similar the Forest Rec Manager/ ultimate solution as close to the ground as posproblem a few days later. This Planner. At this level there see ‘Land Use’ PAGE 7------------------> drove home how important it can be a more “30,000 foot” is to know where to start and how to progress. I want to interject a side note here as it perThe annual Grooming Clinic was held and hosted tains to problem resolution with land agencies. by Prinoth LLC in Grand Junction, CO., November 23, Many problems and conflicts can be minimized 2013 at the Prinoth-Leitner Poma Lift facility. and even mitigated before they are blown out of This year’s meeting was an advanced format with proportion if we take a list of possible solutions more emphasis on Maintenance and Snow Science addwith us when addressing problems. The people ed to last years format. Prinoth Rocky Mountain Region, on the ground with the Forest Service and BLM Regional Manager -Joe Clark and Sales Representative are very often inundated with complaints and conflicts and are expected to fix them without any ideas, guidance or details. I think it is fair to see ‘GROOMING’ PAGE 6------------------> say that no one really wants to take something like that on. If you identify a potential problem or are faced with a problem it is in your best interest to think it through, create some workable solutions, possibly do some leg work in advance to determine if these solutions create other problems or can be bought into by other users or parties to the conflict and then take your findings to the land managers. Now you are ready to hit the ground running and actually fix something rather than lollygag around trying to get started. Now who do you go to with your solutions? The Forest Service and BLM actually work very differently and it is important to recognize the difference so you know where to start. I’ll begin with the Forest Service. There are actually very few line officers (decision makers) in the Forest Service; they are, from the bottom up, the District Ranger, the Forest Supervisor, the Regional Forester and finally the Chief of the Forest Service. That’s it! So you need to be targeted in your approach to getting something done. However, this does not rule out the staff that works in each office. As recreationists most of us will work with the recreation staff to start with. The people that work your permit, that often work with travel management, that work a special event, etc., will most likely be part of the recreation staff. If you have a working relationship already established with someone on the rec staff they can guide you through the who and what if you need to move a problem up. If this relationship is built on mutual respect and a long history of conflict mitigation it won’t take long to get where you need to be. But you need to understand that

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Janelle Kukuk

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2014 Royal Collard Memorial Scholarship

The Colorado Snowmobile Associations will again be offering a scholarship to either a graduating high school senior or a person currently enrolled in college. This will be a $1,000 grant and will be given to the winner regardless of other grants or scholarships that the student may also receive. Requirements are as follows: 1. The applicant must be a member of a snowmobile association/ federation that is also a member of the Colorado Snowmobile Association. 2. The applicant must submit the completed application form. 3. The applicant must submit a resume detailing his/her involvement in snowmobiling as well as extra-curricular activities.

4. The applicant must include an essay (subject on the application form). The essay should be a minimum of 2 pages double-space and typed. Keep in mind that a well-researched, comprehensive essay will undoubtedly be significantly longer and we certainly encourage that. 5. The application must be RECEIVED by CSA on or before March 15, 2014. No late applications will be considered.

CSA Awards

Katie Himes

The winner of the Royal Collard Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the 2nd quarterly CSA meeting in April/May of 2014. The funding for this scholarship comes from the sale of raffle tickets for the CSA 50/50 Raffle held each year. The funding for the Western Chapter scholarship comes from the sale of belt buckles and donations received through-

2014 ROYAL COLLARD MEMORIAL APPLICATION FORM Applicant Name__________________________________________________ Mailing Address__________________________________________________ City____________________ State/Province__________ Postal Code______ State/Provincial Association/Federation______________________________ Member of what local Club?________________________________________ Graduated from what high school? __________________________________ Attending what college?___________________________________________ If already in college what year? ______ Age?___________ High School GPA___________ If applicable College GPA _____________  Have you attached a cover letter introducing yourself?  Have you attached a resume detailing your involvement in snowmobiling as well as extra-curricular school activities?  Have you attached an essay on the following subject (must be at least 2 pages, double-spaced and typed)? Essay topic: “From a snowmobiler's perspective, how does motorized recreational access impact your other recreational opportunities like hunting, fishing and camping?” Essays will be judged on depth of content, clarity, organization and persuasiveness.

out the year. An alternate will be picked if the winner should decide not to enroll in college. Send your application packet to Katie Himes, PO Box 162, Mesa, CO 81643 or email it, or any questions you have, to himes.kate@ gmail.com.

<--------------------- ‘gROOMING’ from page 5 Jim Larsen presented Safety Tips and Techniques 102. The clinic began with Safety measures for grooming with the tiller. Safe and Proper hose hook-up techniques were first and then the grooming aspect emphasizing depth of cut, cutter bar speed, and the need for having the tiller computer settings checked for speed and power curve once a year. All items were discussed with energy efficiency and safety as the final goal. The second part of the presentation placed emphasis on smart fuel use techniques to maximize fuel mileage, including proper use of the foot throttle, proper RPM range for engine, track speed, anti-stall of hydrostatic drives and Tricks of the Trade to attain the best possible groomed trails. The presentation finished out with Safety as Priority One. Jim and Joe finished up with two of the primary items necessary for grooming without problems. One: operator must know what every warning indicator light means and be able to take appropriate actions immediately. Two: the groomer operator must take ownership in the snowcat to operate at its most efficient and SAFE mode. Jim Larsen included “The Science of Snow” in his presentation. Jim showed the operators what was needed as far as snow content to groom a good trail. The clinic ended at noon. After a break for lunch, those who had maintenance, setup or grooming questions presented them to the audience for discussion, solutions and explanations. Forty-three groomers, representing seventeen grooming clubs and one USFS Representative, attended the clinic. All confirmed that they liked the information presented and came away with a different outlook on grooming and picked up a few new ideas to try on their trails. Attendees were presented with a diploma of successfully completing the 2013 CSA Operator Training in accordance with Prinoth guidelines. I hope that all of you who use the groomed trail system in Colorado appreciate the hard work and time that our grooming clubs put forth to provide you with the best trails in the West. When you meet or approach grooming vehicles, give the operator the benefit of the doubt as to whether he sees you or not. Slow down or stop until the operator pulls over or stops and motions you by. Thanks to all of you who respect our groomed trails and remember, the RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAIL IS YOURS, THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TRAIL IS MINE, so KEEP RIGHT!!! Help eliminate accidents on our groomed trail system. Hope to see you on the trails Joe Tonso – Grooming Chairman


www.snowmobilecolo.com <--------------------- ‘land use’ from page 5 sible you will help ensure that things will stay less complicated and easier for everyone to live with. The BLM has Field Officers, a State Director and a National Director. This breakdown of decision making gives the Field Officer a great deal of power and latitude. Each Field Office has recreation staff like a District Forest Service Office and, again, it is better to work through staff as much as possible to create the right framework to present the problem and solution to the Field Officer. From this point the process is very much the same, with one exception. Since the Field Officer answers only to the State Director it becomes more important to affect a solution at the Field Office level. Taking an unsolved problem to the State office becomes very difficult and the frustration you might encounter can stymie the success. I can’t emphasize enough that the groundwork you lay by developing solution options and working the system from the bottom up will go farther to create success than flying off the handle and taking a complaint right to the top. Put yourself into the shoes of the people you work with and remember that you aren’t the only one they are exposed to. Depending on the breadth of the issue they will be bombarded from all sides and will welcome the concept that someone is ready to get their hands dirty and fix something. Please ride safe.

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Hidden somewhere in each printed edition of the SnowScoop is a smaller version of the pictured probe. Each reader who locates the hidden probe, should send the page number and approximate location (example; page 6 on top of Yamaha ad), to contest@snowmobilecolo.com or mail to CSA Admin Manager, 325 River Rock Dr, Johnstown CO 80534. A winner of an avalanche probe will be drawn for each edition from entries correctly identifying the location of the hidden probe. Drawings will be held the last day of October, December, February and March. From all correct entries during the season, a grand prize winner will be drawn at the end of April. The grand prize winner will receive a BCA Avalanche Beacon. This contest is sponsored by the Colorado Snowmobile Association. Prizes provided by San Juan Sports of Creede CO.

Time sure flies one sled sea- Butte, CO, and will be an all-out showdown to see who is the best sledder son starts! I can’t believe that it’s in the West already 2014! Well, as we’ve been Mike DePalma asked me to remind everyone that these races aren’t blessed with a great early-season snowpack, I’m happy to report that just for the pro’s. There are amateur classes, and he expects many people my clubs are out riding, grooming, will have their ‘rookie’ season racing this year. This year’s racing circuit and teaching as planned! The Bliz- will also be a great place to watch some of your favorite pro’s, as at least zards are getting geared up for the one of the races has been added to the RMSHA circuit. President’s Day Weekend, where they’re going to Pinedale, Wyoming! About half of the active club is currently COLORADO SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION signed up for this ride. The Blizzards have been MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION (PLEASE PRINT) Date________ out quite a few times already as a club, and are looking to make 2014 their most active year. They have been fortunate enough to pick up a few mem__Individual $22 __Family $22 __Business $32 ____New Member ____Renewal bers, and have had some great discussions. Don’t forget, they meet on the SECOND TUESDAY OF Last Name__________________________________First Name______________________________________ EACH MONTH, at Johnson’s Corner, near LoveSpouse Last Name___________________________Spouse First Name________________________________ land, Colorado. Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness’s cooperation Total in Household_____ Number of Snowmobiles Owned_____ with Matt Entz of Mountain Skillz has been going Mailing Address__________________________________________City________________________________ really well, and TBA continues to expand their offerings. Right now, Brian is working with the AmeriState_______Zip____________Best Contact Phone________________________________________________ can Institute of Avalanche Research and Education Email__________________________________(for association use only) to create the Motorized Curriculum for Avalanche ********************************************************************************************************************************* Awareness Education. This is a very positive thing for TBA, as this standardized curriculum will be Business Name_____________________________________________________________________________ taught across America! “AIARE has been awesome Contact Person Last Name____________________________First Name________________________________ to work with, and has an endless supply of tools and knowledge that is helping to highlight TBA’s Mailing Address________________________________Physical Address________________________________ efforts to provide free avalanche awareness educaCity_____________________________________State________Zip___________________ tion” quips Brian Lundstedt of TBA. As many of you know, my season was cut short Business Phone___________________________Website____________________________________________ this year as I shattered my tibial plateau, snowmoEmail___________________________________(for association use only) biling in Wolf Creek. I am starting rehab in early January, and hope to be riding by April or May. If Snowmobile Dealer, what brand(s)______________________________________________________________ It has been very heartwarming to hear all of the ********************************************************************************************************************************** support I’ve gotten from the sled community, inSponsor (Who influenced you to join CSA)________________________________________________________ cluding Matt, Jon, and Brandon who helped me To buy new CSA Merchandise go to CSA’s website www.snowmobilecolo.com get my sled out of the backcountry, the group of strangers that helped me load my sled on my sledPlease consider contributing to the CSA “Right to Ride” Fund $________________ deck and to Bob, the owner of the Wolf Creek Ski Please consider contributing to the CSA SEEDS Fund $________________ Lodge, who helped me pack up my room so I could (Support, Education, Events, Development, Safety) return to Fort Collins to receive care. Thank-you all so much! Membership dues from above $________________ In other news, I’d really like to ask everyone for __Payment Enclosed __Bill my Credit Card Total $________________ support as RMSR (Rocky Mountain Snowmobile __Visa __Mastercard __Discover #_______________________________________________Exp Date_________ Racing) kicks off their inaugural season! Upcoming events include Security Code:________Name on Card_____________________________________________________ • Roost the Butte (Jan 18-19) Crested Butte, Signature______________________________________________ (credit card not valid without signature) CO, which will include Hill Cross, Oval, SnoCross, and Hill Drags, among other things PLEASE REMIT TO: CSA, 325 RIVER ROCK DR, JOHNSTOWN, CO 80534 970-587-0364 • Jolstad Motorsports Round 2 (Feb 15-16) FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Grand Lake, CO • Sled Silverton (Mar 1-2) Silverton, CO Amt Received$__________________ Check #__________ Date Received_______________ • The Ultimate Snowmobiler (Apr 10-13) Crested

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Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club

Jayne McCormick

Out with the old and in with the new, welcome to the year 2014! So far, winter has brought some darn good snow, and we have welcomed every inch of powder. NOWECOS has finally received our new groomer and so far, everyone has been more than pleased with it. Our club groomers have been out several different times, working on keeping our trails groomed for all who love to be in the great outdoors. Riding has been pretty amazing so far, and several of us in the club have had some pretty awesome days! We all still need to keep a watchful eye for stumps and rocks, but so far, we all have had good riding time. A couple of exciting NOWECOS sponsored activities coming up are: Avalanche Training: Friday, January 10, two classroom sessions are offered: 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 11, hands on training with avalanche beacons. Meet at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead at 9:30 a.m. NOWECOS Poker Run 2014: Date January 18, 2014. Join us for a fun-filled family day of snowmobiling! Registration is 9:30 a.m. – noon at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead.

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Card stations open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Awards banquet at 6 p.m. at the OP in Craig, Colorado. On a personal note, we did have out-of-state family come to visit over the holidays and we took them on the trails on Black Mountain. What a fun day! Our youngest rider was in kindergarten and two teenagers along with the parents. This was an amazing day for them, as no one had ever ridden in the mountains before. What a great way to promote tourism in the great state of Colorado! And as always, check us out on Facebook and northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org. We always welcome new members!

Family that rode for the first time in the mountains.

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Dennis Lynton

The 13th Annual Snowmobile for Life Poker Run hosted by The TrailBlazers Club and The Mile Hi Snowmobile Club is scheduled for February 8, 2014 in beautiful Grand Lake, Colorado and we are in need of more volunteers. Money raised will benefit Flight For Life. Please come out to Grand Lake for a weekend of fun and riding. Go to the link below to see what volunteer opportunities are available and sign up to help if you can. We cannot do this without the volunteers. www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4EA8A723AA8-13th

Thank you in advance for your help. Flight For Life® Colorado provides critical care transport with five helicopters (operating within a 120mile radius of our four Colorado operations bases), three ambulances and three airplanes. Equipped with the industry’s most current technology and experienced, knowledgeable team, we transport patients across several states in the Rocky Mountain Region and assist search and rescue agencies with specialized services including aerial search support and our Avalanche Deployment Program. Flight For Life® Colorado began in 1972 with a single Alouette III helicopter, based at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver and was the first hospital-based air ambulance program in the United States. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to be a regional air medical and critical care transport program responding to nine states in the Rocky Mountain Region. In every way, Flight For Life® Colorado is a community resource: Flight For Life® Colorado transports patients to the most appropriate hospital, operating within the Colorado trauma system rules for trauma patients. Our most frequent destination is The Children’s Hospital in Denver, but patients are also transported to several hospitals along the front range and the western slope. We assist many search and rescue agencies and offer specialized services to them including aerial search support and our avalanche rescue programs. Our transport capabilities include the specialty areas of neonatal, high risk obstetrical, intraaortic balloon pump and mountain rescue transports.


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High Country Snowmobile Club

CSA board members with Rich Holcroft, president HCSC, and Matt Entz, Boondockers.

Dave Campbell

Rifle Snowmobile Club

It has been awhile since the Rifle Club has had an article Snow Scoop, and I must apologize for that. It seems that life has the ability to just run away with you sometimes. But I am back and so is the Rifle Snowmobile Club. Well, the club hasn’t gone anywhere, and is still in full swing. The club has been very busy already this year with its annual Pig Roast and Swap Meet In November. The annual cook out put on by the Janicks at the snow cat shed the weekend after Thanksgiving, the December Christmas party at the Hoffmeister’s lovely home, and the New Year’s Eve dinner at the Coulter Lake Guest Ranch. And there is plenty more coming up. If you would like to get an idea of list of upcoming events check out the new web page for our club at www.rifle-snowmobile-club.com. It is a great site with more features being added. I hope everyone has had the chance to prepare for a great riding season the year. By this I mean did you check out your bearings on your trailer and grease them? Did you check out the wiring and lights on your trailer for your safety at night as well as others? How about your sleds? Are your belts in good shape? Always remember to physically feel the side width of your belts as well as visually. Did you know that if a belt

District 5 Mark D. Young

Greeting from the Pikes Peak High Riders. By the time you read this Christmas and New Years will be in the past but not forgotten. We have met several times this year to tell stories of the summer and see who got  a new sled. So we are ready for some snow and great rides. We schedule club rides every two weeks thru the season and

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Carolanne Powers

What an incredible start to the season we have had! With all of this early season snow, safety must be a priority. Unfortunately, the statistics are piled against us. Snowmobilers are the highest risk user group by activity and the state of Colorado takes the lead for most fatalities. Do you check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center before heading out for the day? avalanche.state.co.us. Have you taken an avalanche safety course? Do you do beacon checks at the trailhead and beacon practice at lunch? Can you identify avalanche terrain? Are you constantly making observations of the terrain and weather? What is your group’s level of accepted risk? Do you make conservative route finding decisions based on this information? Are these things you talk about every day you ride with you crew? These are the types of discussions that save lives – speak up! In November, we hosted our Annual Winter Kick-off Party/Fundraiser and raised some great money for our grooming program. We could not have done it without our incredible sponsors. A huge thank you goes out to Matt Entz and Boondockers, BCA, Silverthorne Powersports, Motobreck, Alpine Motor Sports, Power World and Steamboat Powersports. The party was such a hit, we even had some CSA celebrities in attendance! Great times had by all. Cheers to the New Year and bottomless powder!

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has a thin section on the width, that under hard acceleration there is the possibly of added stress and slippage in the clutch that can snap a crankshaft? Talking about clutches, did you clean and deglaze them with a Scotch Bright pad? These are just a few reminders to make you think about the preparing for riding this season. The ride starts at home and finishes when you get back home. Safety and maintenance keeps you alive, safe and healthy, ready to ride another day with us. The Rifle Snowmobile Club has been thinking about getting together with a different club in the state for a trail ride swap this year. One thought is for some members of our club to invite interested members of a different club to travel to Rifle one weekend and possibly stay the night with hosting families and go ride our trail system with us the following day. Then we would come to your town and stay with hosting families and ride your trail system the following weekend or vice-versa. If your club is interested in a trail ride swap please contact us through one of our club officers or email me (fly-fisher@q.com) That is all from the Rifle Snowmobile Club at this time. Keep it track side down, and have fun this winter.

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of course if someone is riding any other time we encourage them to post it on the web site and e-mail other members. If there is some good snow out there,  the more the merrier. We have already ridden  Cottonwood Pass. This is usually the first “shake down” ride so we can get some seat time and iron out any bugs. We had five riders on Dec. 21 and enjoyed a pretty good ride. Yes there was enough snow

to get stuck and most of us in and around Colorado on by. Hope to see you all more than once. Compared Springs and are looking for on the trail somewhere this to last year when the snow someone to ride with stop year. was pretty thin mid- December this year was much better. We  plan on riding Rabbit Ears, Snowy Range, Crested Butte (CSA Meeting), Chama, South Fork, and  Grand Lake this year. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at the Mason Jar Restaurant, 2925 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. If you live


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Jack Sheets

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S&W Adventure Riders

2014 Adventure Ride - Black Mesa Grand Mesa, Flattops, February 22 through March 1, 2014

First we want to say welcome to the year 2014, and to we hope that you are having a safe and fun start to the 2013/2014 Snowmobiling season in Colorado. It seems that it is off to a better start than the last few years in the way of snow... Due to the size of the lodges at Black Mesa and Electric Mountain and based on the room and cabin layouts, our full 2014 trip is full. We would have a few spots available for the last portion of the trip Grand Mesa, and Flattops. This would be Wednesday February 26 thru Saturday March 1st. If you are interested in joining us on the last portion of the trip, contact us jacks@swadventureriders.org. We have a total of 28 riders, including 5 couples that will be joining us this year. Besides the 3 organizers, Jack Sheets, Jack Welch, and Chuck Ramsey, we have riders from the following states and provinces: 18 - Colorado; 1 - IA; 1 – NE, 4 – NM. There are 4 from Canada; 2 - British Columbia; and 2 - Manitoba Canada. We want to say THANK YOU to the following clubs in Colorado that will be providing riders to ride with our group while we are in their portion of the state, North Fork Snowmobile Club, Delta SkoKrusers, Western Slope Snowmobile Assoc/Snowskippers; and the Flattoppers. Without the support of the clubs and snowmobilers in the areas that we ride who are willing to SHOWOFF the areas they ride in, and the friendships that are developed between the clubs, us and our riders we would not have the successful events that we have each year. We have picked up several new riders this year, as well as welcoming back some that have not ridden with us the last couple of years. The S&W Club had the winner of the 2013 CSA Raffle Grand Prize. John McNary from Texas. Best wishes for a safe 2013/2014 snowmobiling season.

2013 CSA Grand Prize winner

First – Congratulations to John McNary who was the Grand Prize winner for the 2013 CSA Raffle., of a new Arctic Cat Mountain sled. John lives Bedford Texas, and you may ask where someone in Texas would snowmobile? I have known John and his daughter Debby Hoover for many years and have had the opportunity to snowmobile with them many times. John has a cabin in the Elwood Pass, Platora area of Colorado, and this is south and west of South Fork. I think the one of the most memorable rides that John and Debby would remember was the CSA Border to Border ride that happened in

District 7 Lucia Lebon Greetings from District 7, I hope you had time to enjoy the holidays and get some snowmobile rides in. All Clubs in District 7 have been experiencing pretty good early season snow conditions. But for most of us, we haven’t seen much if any new snow since mid-December, and need to start our snow dances again! I had the opportunity to attend the Gunnison County Sno Trackers December business meeting. It was my pleasure to meet those in attendance and get to hear the plans for this year’s CSA Annual Convention. This year’s convention rides and events are going to be awesome! Don’t miss out on all the fun. For more information and to register, go to http://snotrackers.com/. Or contract Phil at 970-209-3715. Until the convention, think snow and be safe!

1997. Debby had called me a year or so before the Border to Border ride and indicated that she and her dad wanted to be a part of this ride. We put their names on the ride list. In January before the ride at the end of February, I received a panic phone call from Debby, with the indication that she had broken her arm, and that it would be in a cast during the trip, and could they still go on the trip. We talked about this for a while and decided that northern half of the trip would be the best for them to go on. They indicated that she could ride in a CAT Cutter that would be towed behind another snowmobile. So they decided that this would be OK, and they arrived in Buena Vista, CO on the last weekend in February for the start of the northern half of the Border to Border with a snowmobile and a Cat Cutter tow sled. The group was bussed to Walden and for the next week John and Debby rode with our group as we traversed the northern half of Colorado. There were several different riders that help in the towing process over the week. When we at in the Meeker area, their group was staying at Sleepy Cat Guest Lodge, the weather forecast for the trip from Meeker to Glenwood Springs was for SNOW, and required us to go over Blair Mountain. We made a decision that we would not take the Cat Cutter on this portion of the trip, so we made arrangements with the Rifle Snowmobile club, who was bringing in the rest of the group from Coulter Lake Lodge to take Debby and the Cat Cutter back with them to the trailhead at Rifle Gap and then transport it and Debby to Glenwood Springs and she would join up with the group. It was snowing very hard when the two groups met at Heiner Springs, we said goodbye to Debby and the Cat Cutter as she left with the Rifle Riders. That decision was a very good decision because the group went on to Blair Mountain, and encountered some severe snow and white out conditions, where to find our way across we had to be snowmobilers between the pole markers so we could find our way out. When we reached the Trail head at Transfer Trail in Glenwood Springs we called this part of the trip the Battle of Blair Mountain Debby and the Cat Cutter were reunited with the group, and John and Debby continued on the trip as we ended up in Taylor Park at the end of the Northern Trip. I know that both John and Debby have fond memories of this trip, even though Debby had to be towed across the northern half of Colorado. We have had the opportunity to ride with John many other times over the years. I am sure that many of the old time riders in northern Colorado from the clubs help on the northern portion of the Border to Border ride, and the riders in the South Fork area remember John and Debby, as they still come to Colorado to snowmobile. In talking to John he indicates that they will be out this year to snowmobile in Colorado on his NEW SLED. Congratulations to John.

South Fork Powder Busters

Bob Sundeen

Our Christmas party turned out really good – everyone had a great time! We started out the season with great snow that people enjoyed over the holiday weekend! We have been keeping everything groomed up – just need more snow as it comes to the New Year! This year has some difficulties taking extra maintenance and I want to thank Curtis Miller for devoting extra time that it takes to work on these cats! When you’re out there in the dark sometimes you don’t get a thank you! It was exciting this week – Matt Entz arranged for us to demo the Timberline Snowbikes. The distributor Toby Till brought three of these bikes and spent four days letting people ride them and I was lucky to ride one of them. If you get a chance they are another way to enjoy the snow! Going into the New Year, wish everyone the best. Keep thinking snow!!! Come join us our meeting the first Tuesday of every month at the Ute hotel in South Fork CO. Potluck is at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.

Lake City Snowmobile Club

Lucia Lebon

The Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile Club recently hosted a Club Ride and Hot Dog/Chili get together near Deer Lakes. After riding for three hours, club members and their guests were treated to hot chocolate, hot dogs and warm chili. All trails are in good shape, well groomed and marked. Our club will be hosting another hot dog ride and eat in January.


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Arrowhead Snowobile Club

On December 28, the Arrowhead Snowmobile Club sponsored their first event of the season, Holiday Parade of Lights and Chili Feast at the Inn at Arrowhead. It was a smashing success! The atmosphere was festive and a good time was had by all. The best decorated sleds were acknowledged with prizes given for the top three sleds. Winners were, Kay Fay, Mary Cockes and Jack Vigil. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to thank everyone that attended and especially the following: Event Coordinators: Lori Dean and Joanie Aufderheide; Tour Group Leaders: Mary and Doug Cockes, Gy and Debbie Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Lynn Alee and Joanie Aufderheide; Hosts: The Inn at Arrowhead owners Patrick and Jessie and their fantastic staff! We are looking forward to next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snowmobile club group event with Kevin Stilley, the AVFD Fire Chief, on January 25 at 10 a.m., meeting at the Arrowhead Firehouse: How to Use Your GPS for Emergencies. Our Club is happy to be sponsoring a group ride on the Alpine Plateau Trail, Friday, January 31st for the start of the CSA Annual Convention. On your way to Gunnison, stop by Arrowhead to snowmobile in some beautiful country! Organized rides by ability level will leave the Inn at Arrowhead at 1:00 pm. Come up early for lunch at the Inn before our ride. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our club at arrowheadsnowmobile@gmail.com. And to register for the CSA Convention go to snotrackers.com/ Our next meeting is scheduled for January 11, 4:30 p.m., at the Inn at Arrowhead. Hope to see many of you at the CSA Convention!

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Leslie Dustin

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Snow Country Explorers

We have good snow on most of our trail system here in the Creede area. We could use a lot more and are hoping for a good storm to come through to start the New Year off right. The club had two rides in December. The first was to Love Lake and Copper Ridge. It was interesting to ride this trail for the first time since the Papoose fire burned through the upper portion of this trail. The second ride was our holiday ride up on Bristol Head. It was exciting to have 13 riders, five of which were young people 18 years old or younger. Snow on all the parks leading to the final ascent is excellent. There is good riding off trail everywhere to see some spectacular views. We were able to ascend to the top of Bristol Head, but the snow is sparse on top. Riders should use caution when approaching the summit. There will be lots of riding in January. All rides and club events will be posted on the CSA web site calendar. For more information on any club event, please call Leslie Dustin at 719-658-0184 for more information. The Snow Country Explorers welcomes anyone interested in snowmobiling to join us at any of our events. Until next time, happy riding and be safe!

Love Lake Trail through the Papoose Burn Area.

Michael Kukuk riding some powder on Bristol Head.

Mallory Mann and Michael Kukuk on top of Bristol Head.


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Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders

Rich Jakino

Hello Everyone!! Well, here it is 2014 already and our club has a lot of anticipation for a great new year; both in membership and accomplishments. Our grooming got off to a great start in December. Dan Crane and Ron Carr groomed all of our trails on the Uncompahgre Plateau except for the transfer segment which didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough snow.

Club Christmas party.

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There was enough snow for a good base on the rest of the trails. Dale Gildon and Bobbie Burke groomed Owl Creek from Vista Point to The Big Cimarron Forest Service Boundary. There was enough snow for a good base. Jimmie Ray has not groomed the Little Cimarron yet due to poor snow conditions. Looking forward to more snow in January!! Our Club held our Annual Christmas party December 12 (the same night as the Broncos played San Diego) with a good attendance under the circumstances. Susie Mcgee prepared a turkey and ham (which was the best ham ever) and the members brought side dishes and desserts. All of the food was delicious and a lot of fun was had by everyone that attended. As always members brought food items to give to the food bank and toys to donate to the Toys For Tots program. 51.6 pounds of food and two big boxes of toys were donated by the club the next day. Our Club took on 500 tickets

First grooming trip on the Uncompahgre, December 2013. to sell for the C.S.A Snowmobile Raffle with the proceeds to be donated to local charities. All 500 tickets were sold by mid December. A big thank you to all of the members who put in their time to make that happen. Our snowmobile ride chairman Mark Hollingshead is putting together a very aggressive snowmobile ride schedule for this winter. We are having a ride a week until the snow goes away or until the people quit coming. This is going to be an excellent snowmobile season! THINK SNOW!!!!


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Western Slope “Snow Skippers”

Herb Else

Welcome new and old readers of CSA’s Snow Scoop. Our club is known as the Western Slope Snowmobile Assn., or “Snow Skippers.” We are located in Grand Junction, Colo., holding our monthly meetings at the Mesa County

Sheriff Posse Barn, corner of 25th and F½ rd, the second Tuesday of each month. We meet at 6:30 p.m. through the month of April. Our annual family membership dues are $40, with businesses paying $60. Our club’s goal is to promote responsible snowmobile

activities through a active ride schedule, providing a wide range of sledding opportunities for all levels of riders. Your club membership automatically makes you a membership in CSA, and their subscription newsletter the Snow Scoop. CSA works hard at local,

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June 11-14, 2014, the 46th International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) will be held at the Keystone Resort, located in beautiful Summit County, Colorado. This opportunity allows you to:  Meet and speak with national and international leaders for snowmobiling  Participate in informative workshops  Meet the “top” Colorado mountain riding celebrities  Key Note Speaker – involved with Fortune 500 companies in team and club development  Anticipated Workshop / Session focused on building female rider skills

The conference offers invaluable ideas that can be shared by the entire snowmobiling community. All of this is accomplished in a setting that offers fun, entertainment, good food, exceptional lodging and a unique “off-site” experience.

The White Hot, White Gold Opportunity Special Colorado Featured Day – Friday, June 13th, 2014 Friday will be featured “Groomer Day” and special Colorado featured workshops and sessions. This day also includes the Groomer’s Reception in the evening – a great way to come see all the grooming equipment and visit with the manufactures. This day will be available at a special rate to CSA and Colorado Residents. Friday Day Only Registration - CSA Members $125 per person Friday Day Only Registration - Colorado Residents (Non-CSA Members) $140 per person Additionally – we are offering CSA Members a special value full registration price for all 3 days and events th when you sign up before April 30 , 2014 of $235 per person. Registration available on the ISC Website: www.isc2014.com nd We will be at the Colorado Snowmobile Association Annual Convention in Gunnison, CO. on 31-Feb 2 with more information!

We are pleased to offer a variety of ways to showcase your organization at this important event. By sponsoring CSA as the host of this conference, you not only support our mission to help support and provide safe, organized and environmentally friendly snowmobiling; you will also be taking advantage of this rare opportunity to promote your goods and services to the international snowmobile community, right here in Colorado! This is an unique opportunity to promote the sport of snowmobiling tourism in Colorado. We are very excited to play host to the world of snowmobiling and the leaders that make it a great sport. We hope you will join us for this special opportunity as we roll out the red carpet for our state, national and international colleagues Michelle Jones (303) 406-1735 or mmechaleymarketing@gmail.com l for

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state, and national level to keep our public lands open to snowmobiling. This year we have started out with two big snow-falls that has created a great starting base. There was enough snow for our first club event, Dec. 14, to ride from Vega Res. to Electric Mt. Lodge for lunch. Approximately thirty-two riders had a great time and great food at Electric Mt. Lodge. Dave Bagg, our safari leader has a great ride schedule planned for us this year. Dec. 29 is a ride to the Burn from buzzard trailhead followed by a ride from Bonham trailhead on Jan. 5. Our club is very pleased to put on a “Backcountry Basics” riding clinic by Amber Holt on Jan 17, 18, 19, 2014. Amber is Arctic Cat’s professional riding instructor, and conducts their factor demo tours in the Western region. Backcountry Basics is uniquely fitted for anyone wanting to better their western riding skills in a short amount of time. Saturday, Feb. 1 we have a pre-super bowl ride to Powder Park. This ride leaves from Buzzard Creek and is considered an A+ ride. For the second year Dave has scheduled a overnight ride to Chama, New Mexico. February 7 is travel day, Feb. 8 and 9 riding, and Feb 10 return home. Our second overnight trip will be to Ripple Creek Pass, east of Meeker. We will be staying at the Blue Spruce motel in Meeker. One day we will ride on the Flat tops, south of Meeker. March 8 we plan to go to the Flat Tops from the West Elk trailhead. This time we will explore a different part of the Flat Tops, heading east towards Carbonate. Again this year we plan to sponsor a “Partners” ride for those young boys and girls who otherwise may never get to experience the beauty of Grand Mesa in the winter time. The smiles and laughs on their faces are truly priceless. We just received our 20132014 trail maps and will be distributing them after Christmas. The maps are now in color, making them much easier to read. Thank you to all of our advertisers who make this trail map possible and please do support them. Questions about the Snow Skippers can be directed to Quint Shear at qshear@optimum.net, 970-216-4925.


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Sherry Robley Cotton

North Fork Snowmobile Club

Happy New Year everyone!! We had a good early start for snow storms the latter part of November and early December but no major storms since then so everyone better get busy doing the Snow Dance thing. However, I have heard that our valley and surrounding mountains could get 4-10 inches New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day. I fly out of DIA for Florida on Saturday the 4th, so I am hoping for good travel weather next weekend to the airport and on the flight as well as my return flight later in the month. Our club has changed its meeting date to the third Monday of the month. This seemed to be a better date for members with school age children because of the conflict with activities on Thursdays. Hopefully that will help and more members can attend meetings. The meetings will still be at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. The meetings are located in the lodges’ dining room and for members that would prefer not going through the main entry can come thru the south west side door. The next meeting will be Monday, January 20, 2014, and every third Monday through April. If you are reading this but have not renewed your membership, you need to get it in ASAP as last season’s membership ended December 31. Our annual Christmas party was held December 7 at the home of Bill and Carla Allen. There were fewer members in attendance this year because of other activities on the same date. Dave and I were among those missing in action

but I heard everyone attending had a great time. We sure missed seeing everyone. The auction fundraiser was one of the best we have ever had. Big thanks to everyone who brought auction items and to those that generously participated. Thanks also to Bill and Carla for hosting again this year. The tremendous amount of preparation/decoration you do to make everything festive is greatly appreciated. The “You Are Here” signs were put out on Black Mesa a few weeks ago by Con Hirschfeld and Pat Gallob a few weeks ago and all the trail markers are in good shape for the season. The trails have all been groomed and are also in good shape except for needing more snow. The unofficial number of raffle tickets sold by the club is 386. Thank you to everyone that bought and sold tickets. This is a great fundraiser for clubs and everyone’s support is appreciated. I didn’t get a phone call so I guess I was not one of the lucky winners. Our 34th Annual Poker Run is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th on Electric Mountain. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stevens Gulch Trail Head. People traveling from a different direction to the lodge can purchase their hands at Electric Mountain Lodge. Hands will be drawn at the lodge and must be drawn no later than 1 p.m. with winners announced no later than 2 p.m. This event is a 50% payout. Participants do not have to

Silverton Snowmobile Club

Dean Des Palmes

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Snow? Yep, we have SNOW in Silverton. Our trails at the Molas Lake area are now marked and this year’s snowmobile season has begun. A huge thanks to all the folks who helped plant the hundreds and hundreds of poles which mark the multi-use trails that so many use. Please join us if you are in the area for our club events: Free Colorado State Parks Avalanche Awareness Class on January 11, 10 a.m. at Molas Lake Our State Parks Certified Snowmobile Safety Class for children ages 10-16 is on January 18 at Molas Lake Snowscape Snowmobile Parade and Bonfire Friday, February 7 Poker Run and Potluck Sunday, February 9 Club Fun Days, Poker Run and Potluck on Sunday, February 23 RMSR Races on March 1 and 2 We have more fun events planned and we will get the news out as we can firm up the events and dates. Take advantage of the free snowmobile safety courses that our great clubs in Colorado provide. You can pick up lots of good tips for safe riding. Remember that for every mile you ride in, it can take an hour to walk out if your sled breaks down or gets stuck. NEVER ride alone and let someone know where you are going and when you should be returning. Put some survival gear in your pack and always take a shovel. Riding smart and having fun go together well. Happy New Year and Happy Snowmobiling. Dean

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be present to win and more than one hand can be purchased. This event is open to the public and all snowmobiles should be registered. High Hand pays 30%, Low Hand pays 25%, Second High Hand pays 20%, Third High Hand pays 15% and Fourth High Hand pays 10%. The more hands we sell, the bigger the pot so “Come Play With Us And Bring A Friend”. Anyone needing additional information or wanting to volunteer to help with this event can contact Joe Webb, Poker Run Coordinator, at 970-250-2571 or email at joewebb2571@ hotmail.com . This is our biggest event of the season and volunteers are needed to make it a success. The S&W Adventure Riders will be coming to our area February 22-24 and have asked our club for guides. They will be riding on Black Mesa and Electric Mountain and will have an advanced riding group and a moderate riding group. Anyone interested in helping should contact President, Wes Spore, at 970872-2167. That is all the news I have for this edition. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday season and that you will all be blessed in the coming New Year. If you got a piece of coal in your stocking, keep it! It could become a scarce commodity if they keep closing down coal mines. Please keep all our military and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I am certainly grateful for all they do to protect us and our freedom.

Wolf Creek Trail Blazers

Jan O’Brien

The Wolf Creek Trail Blazers Snow Mobile Club will be hosting a Poker Run on February 15 during the Pagosa Springs Winter Fest on President’s Weekend. Come on over and join us for a fun day of snowmobiling and a chance to win great prizes. WCTB started the year by the celebrating the purchase of a brand new Piston Bully Groomer. Our previous groomer had spent much of last season in the repair shop. With the new groomer, we expect our trails to be in great shape this year! Come spend a day with our club and enjoy the trails with us. WCTB had our annual Christmas party on December 12 and we enjoyed some pleasant time together with friends and imbibed in some great food. We were very pleased to welcome several new members to our club. On December 12, Sid Hott, led a club run to Tucker Ponds area located on Wolf Creek Pass. As usual his club runs are not for the faint of heart but challenging and a lot of fun! From WCTB to you, Best Wishes for a safe and Happy New Year! Think snow!

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San Juan Sledders

Hi All, We have had three meetings so far this year with a mild turn out of club members. I think the lack of snow down here is the southwest corner of the state might have something to do with that. Our first club ride is coming up in Jan. and was suppose to be a ride/club meeting but I think we are going to wait till February to try that as we might not have enough snow at the trailheads with the warm weather and no new snow in the foreseeable future. Our club meetings are the second Thursday of each month and they are at the log cabin at the Durango Soaring Club Glider Park North of Durango on Hwy 550. The drive way is at the Mile Marker 27. We have pizza for everyone that wants to show up at 6 p.m. or the meeting starts at 7 p.m. It can be a little cool sometimes so dress warm. We have gotten a few trails groomed after finally getting the cat picked up in Grand Junction on the 11th of December. It was still in the shop when I got there and backed it out and loaded it on the truck. It cost us a little over $20,000 to get all the repairs and maintenance done on it. The initial estimate was $28,000 so they were able to cut that by some after getting on it and finding some things were not as bad as we thought. We have had a couple minor things like the stereo did not work and some dash lights out but otherwise it is running great and grooming a really fine looking trail behind it again. I will put it to the real test on the 2nd of January when I groom over Bolam Pass for the first time this year. I usually do not let the snow get deep up there because of the steep pulls and switchbacks but with the cat in GJ till the 11th, did not have a choice. Purgatory is claiming they have 3 ft of snow at the base so that should make it be five or six feet deep on top. Kurt Waldo is going to go with me and it is going to be a real treat to have someone along to help groom on this 20-plus hour groom. He is the only other groomer we have, to ever groom over Bolam Pass before besides those that go with me. I went out and groomed Beaver Meadows on Thursday, the 12th of December. I groomed across Ute Park Road to the First Notch Road which is the way we are suppose to ride in this year due to logging and the road being plowed from MP 2 - 6 this year. I then groomed down to the parking

lot for First Notch then back up past Devils Hole and to the main Beaver Meadows Rd, to the gate on that road and out to Baldy the back way. I cut out several trees and had to leave one large one across the trail in the trees on the way to Baldy but found a way around with the cat so will be able to ride in that way this winter. There was about two to three feet at that time in the trees. I then went back down the main road and walked the cat with the packing bar down on the part that is being plowed as it was snow packed at that time but with the last two weeks of warm weather I’ll bet the plowed part is muddy. Ute park road was thin so may not be able to access it that way either. First Notch Gate was not closed then and was thin down low but with the gate open you might be able to drive to the snow to unload that way at least. Beaver Meadows gate is closed due to logging. Travis groomed both Lemon and Vallectio and Marty and I got West Mancos groomed this last Friday night. The gate is closed and there are open spots in the road down low. I had called the Forest Service and asked for the gate to be opened at the parking lot and closed at Transfer Park. They went and checked it out on Monday before Christmas and said no. They were afraid people with big trailers would get up there and get stuck trying to turn around etc. Marty and Ed Williams groomed Missionary Ridge on Monday and found the conditions to be like all the other trails. There is two to three feet up high with the South facing parts of the road thin or a few bare spots. The trailheads are thin with bare spots the first few miles. That is about it from here. Be sure and get your dues in if you have not already done that. We need every member we can get. Your snowmobile registration and our club membership expires at the same time, September 30 of each year. The State Convention will be in Gunnison this year Jan. 31 - Feb. 2. Take a newbie shredding day is Feb. 15. This year CSA is hosting the International Snowmobile Congress. It is June 11 - 14, 2014, in Keystone. There will be people there from all over the world. You can go to www.ISC2014. com to find out more. I have been planning on holding a Snowmobile Safety Class in Jan but have not set the dates as of yet. I was hoping we would have some snow so I could hold the on snow portion at my house. I may try for February. So far no one has called me with names of kids or adults wanting to take the class. Dianne had some dates that the Silverton Snowmobile Club is holding a Snowmobile Safety Training Class as well as dates for an Avalanche Awareness Class that they are holding on Molas Pass in Jan. I am sure she has included them somewhere in our club newsletter. One final thing. We are not sure if we are going to be doing the Fun Days for People with Special Needs due to a lack of help putting on the event. We have hosted an average of about 60 or more clients and councilors each year now for 16 years but have been seeing dwindling numbers helping out and we cannot hold a quality event for these special people if we do not have help. We usually do this event in March so if you can plan to help out let us know and we can still plan on putting on a quality event. Marty has stated he will not be running for Club President in February so if there is any of you out there that would like to do this, which mostly consists of running the meetings once a month, coming up with some inventive ideas to get people to attend the meetings and join the club, oh and picking up the pizza for the club meetings, LOL. Let one of the club officers know you would like to throw your name in the hat. I think Treasurer may the other open position. We have two officers each year that are up for election. The other pair are Vice President and Secretary. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year. Till Next Time...Think Lots More Snow, Roger Pennington

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THE CITIZENS STATE BANK OF OURAY PO BOX A 970-318-8481

PAGOSA SPRINGS

WOLF CREEK SNOWMOBILE TOURS PO BOX 3505 214-601-8626

PAONIA

COLORADO SLEDSTYLE PO BOX 370 970-379-7799

coloradosledstyle.com

ROOP EXCAVATING

39585 LUND RD 970-234-0897

PITKIN

THE HIGHJACKER SNOWMOBILE JACK 13520 CR 76 970-641-4250

PUEBLO

DAVE SOLDN NISSAN

1810 TIERRA BERRVENDA 719-545-4145

ODF INC

PO BOX 3635 719-542-2353

RANGELY DUCO INC

3387 CR 102 970-629-2614

REDCLIFF

MANGO’S MOUNTAIN GRILL 166 EAGLE ST 970-827-9109

mangosmountaingrill.com

RIFLE

6 & 13 QUICK MART BOX 868 970-625-1467

ALPINE BANK RIFLE 100 E 4TH ST 970-625-9610

ALL SEASON ADVENTURES, INC 7345 HWY 50 W 719-530-0651

GUNDERMAN AUTO BODY PO BOX 259 719-539-9280

SANTA FE NM

AVALANCHE AIR

WESTERN TITLE SERVICES

COULTER LAKE GUEST RANCH, INC.

SILT

PO BOX 1238 970-379-4780 0080 CR 273 970-625-1473 coulterlake.com

GARFIELD STEEL & MACHINE INC 1815 AIRPORT RD 970-625-3551

HOFFMEISTER PAINTING, INC 0164 BOOMS PL 970-625-2120

KUERSTEN CONSTRUCTION LLC PO BOX 1530 970-625-8210

MOUNTAIN AIR MECHANICAL

601 W 2ND ST BLDG B 970-625-4352

RIFLE PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS 1014 ACESS RD 970-625-2041 SKIDOO

RIFLE TRUCK TRAILER & ARCTIC CAT PO BOX 961 970-625-8884 ARCTIC CAT

SWALLOW OIL COMPANY PO BOX 868 970-625-9051

THE PARTS HOUSE

1000 RAILROAD AVE 970-625-2000 partshousecarquest.com

SALIDA

A-1 AUTO SERVICE

445 W HWY 50 719-539-7251

3600 CERRILLOS RD 970-260-2611

CONSTRUCTION SURVEYS PO BOX 347 970-876-1949

FLATOPS ELECTRIC 3720 CR 214 970-876-5520

NATIVE AMERICAN CRANE PO BOX 539 970-876-5696

SILVER CLIFF

STANWOOD MOTOR SPORTS WEST 705 OHIO ST 719-783-2880

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SILVERTHORNE

SILVERTHORNE POWERSPORTS PO BOX 25779 970-513-1319 YAMAHA

SILVERTON BROWN BEAR CAFE PO BOX 550 970-387-5630

CANYON VIEW MOTEL PO BOX 729 970-387-5400

GRAND IMPERIAL HOTEL PO BOX 57 970-387-5527

ICE PIRATES BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES

PO BOX 233 970-247-3706, dgoicepirates.com

LIFT SERVICES

PO BOX 363 970-387-0700

LOLAS PLACE

PO BOX 588 970-387-5705

MAISEL EXCAVATION PO BOX 826 970-759-9291

RED MOUNTAIN CABINS, MOTEL, RV PARK & JEEP RENTAL

PO BOX 346 970-387-5512, redmtmotelrvpk.com

SAN JUAN BACKCOUNTRY PO BOX 427 903-288-6745

SAN JUAN SERVICES PO BOX 288 970-387-3462

SILVERTON LIQUORS PO BOX 176 970-387-5491

SILVERTON MOUNTAIN PO BOX 856 970-387-5706

SILVERTON TRADING POST PO BOX 407 970-387-5011

THE HARDROCK RESTAURANT PO BOX 417 970-387-5754

THE PICKLE BARREL PO BOX 196 970-387-5539

UNDERGROUND SPECIALTIES/SAN JUAN P&IT PO BOX 767 970-387-5243

SOUTH FORK

ALLINGTON INN & SUITES

0182 E FRONTAGE RD 719-873-5600 allingtoninn.com/southfork/

CENTURY 21 VALLEY REALTY PO BOX 999 719-873-5559

century21valleyrealty.com

DOCS OUTDOOR SPORTS PO BOX 1215 719-873-5151

HOLIDAY RV SOUTH

26076 W HWY 160 719-873-0145

LAZY BEAR CABINS PO BOX 608 719-873-1443

lazybearcabins.com

RAINBOW LODGE & GROCERY PO BOX 224 719-873-5545

TWIN PINES MOTORSPORTS INC PO BOX 966 719-873-2001

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ARCTIC CAT

UTE BLUFF LODGE

27680 US HWY 160 719-873-5595 uteblufflodge.com

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

AMERICAN CARPET & FLOOR PO BOX 881608 970-879-3282

CROSS SEVEN INC

32950 HWY 131 970-879-1774

EXTREME POWER SPORTS PO BOX 776389 970-879-9175 ARCTIC CAT

NORTHWESTERN SUPPLIES INC 39770 RCR 33 970-879-9235

RWR ENTERPRISES-COLORADO GROUP REALTY PO BOX 882500 970-870-8800

SteamboatCommercialProperties.com

SCHERER BUILDING CORPORATION PO BOX 880581 970-819-6768 sbc-us.com

SLEEPING GIANT ELECTRIC 1810 HUNTERS DR 970-846-5522

STATE FARM INSURANCE PO BOX 773957 970-879-1756 debbiearagon.com

STEAMBOAT ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOC.

940 CENTRAL PARK DR STE 190 970-879-4612

STEAMBOAT POWERSPORTS

2989 RIVERSIDE PLAZA 970-879-5138 POLARIS, SKIDOO, YAMAHA

STEAMBOAT SNOWMOBILE TOURS PO BOX 882805 970-879-6500

SUPERIOR CARPENTRY INC PO BOX 774003 970-871-7836

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TELLURIDE

PEAK CARPET CLEANING LLC PO BOX 4050 970-728-4277

TELLURIDE OUTSIDE

121W COLORADO AVE 970-728-3895 tellurideoutside.com

TELLURIDE SNOWMOBILE ADVENTURES LLC PO BOX 785 970 728 4475

telluridesnowmobile.net

TWIN LAKES

BLACK WOLF LODGING

250 REVA RIDGE 719-486-1830, blackwolflodging.com

TWIN LAKES GENERAL STORE

6451 E HWY 82 719-486-2196, twinlakesgs.com

WALDEN

ANTLERS INN/RIVER ROCK CAFE PO BOX 1007 970-723-4521

CLARK PEAK LLC

55278 HWY 14 970-723-8300

CORKLE OIL COMPANY PO BOX 278 970-723-4455

GOULETTE CONSTRUCTION PO BOX 1062 970-723-4958

MOOSE CREEK CAFE PO BOX 578 970-723-8272

NORTH PARK ENGINEERING & CONSULTING PO BOX 395 970-723-3725

NORTH PARK INN & SUITES PO BOX 55 970-723-4271

northparkinnandsuites.com

PARADISE LANES

PO BOX 1014 970-723-8616

RAY RANCH

21536 STATE HWY 14

STINTON ENTERPRISES PO BOX 62 970-819-6416

THE CABINS & GIFT SHOPS 55862 HWY 14 970-723-3750

THE POWDERHORN CABINS 35336 CR 21 970-723-4359

WYATT REDI MIX

PO BOX 1052 970-723-4471

WESTCLIFFE

NORDYKE SANITATION LLC PO BOX 29 719-783-2747

WICHITA KS

SKYDIVE EL DORADO, INC

1349 N CRESTLINE ST 316-648-2981

WINDSOR

AC/DC APPLIANCE SERVICE 11316 WELD CR 70 970-481-0230

WOODY CREEK

SUMMERS PROPERTIES WEST, INC PO BOX 590 970-379-0808


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Yellowstone Winter Use Update: Again This Winter, On December 15, Yellowstone Opened to Snowmobiles!

Jack Welch Special Projects Consultant, BlueRibbon Coalition Update on the 2013-2014 season. On December 15, 2013, the gates opened to another season of snowmobile access to Yellowstone National Park. This access will be regulated by the just completed Final Regulation to implement the Record of Decision (ROD). According to the Park Service, the ROD provides a frame work for more effectively managed access for snowmobiles and snowcoaches in Yellowstone National Park while minimizing impacts on visitors, air and sound quality, and wildlife. The final regulation will guide management of winter use in the Park and will implement the preferred alternative in the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Under the Record of Decision and Final Regulation the following will take place; The winter of 2013/2014 will be a transition year during which the park will allow motorized over-snow travel under the same conditions in place for the past four winters. Up to 318 commercially guided Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches will be allowed daily.  Starting in the 2014/2015 Winter Season the Park would permit up to 110 “transportation events” daily, initially defined as one snowcoach

or a group of up to 10 snowmobiles, averaging seven snowmobiles per group per season. Up to 50 transportation events may be groups of snowmobiles. Management by transportation events is an impact-centric approach designed to minimize the impact of oversnow vehicles (OSVs) on air quality, soundscapes, and wildlife rather than focusing solely on the number of vehicles allowed in the Park.  This new, practical approach to OSV management – “transportation events” – also provides greater flexibility for OSV commercial tour operators, rewards future OSV technological innovations, and reduces OSVcaused environmental impacts all while making the Park cleaner and quieter than previously authorized and allowing for increases in visitation.  Another important part of the Final Regulation is that four transportation events per day (one per gate) would be reserved for non-commercially guided snowmobile access and Sylvan Pass would continue to be operated in accordance with the Sylvan Pass Working Group Agreement. The non-commercially guide access will provide snowmobilers a change to visit their Park without hiring a commercial guide. BlueRibbon is proud of its important role in helping to develop the current management plan for Yellowstone Winter Use. For the most current information on the Yellowstone Winter Use Plan visit our dedicated website of www.saveyellowstonepark.com

CSA’s Valued Supporters! Donations from our valued supporters 3/1/13-12/31/13 Boondockers: $50-$499 GENERAL FUND DONATIONS:

A & E Diemoz Andy Meverden Bob Hansen Chris & Ginger Payne Dale & Margaret Anderson Dan Groustra Darryl Davis David & Penny Gobbo Don Hilkey Doug Moll Ed & Debby Tafoya Edward Bendelow Excalibur International Limo

RIGHT TO RIDE DONATIONS: Bruce & Sharon Holt Bryan McCarty Chris Tarr Curtis Miller

Floyd & Janet Keeble George Conrades George Kornreich George Preiser James and Linda Haselden James Parent Jasper Mangum Jeffrey & Heather Howard Larry Krug Leon and Chris Husman Leslie Nienaber Linda Gerrans Mark & Nora Bloomquist

Mark Bond Martin Cella Martin Custom Construction Michael Edwards Michael McCarron Mike Sizemore Morrill Griffith Phillip Munsch Ralph Hamilton Rich & Vicki Cook Richard & Shannon Sturtevant Richard Doucette Robert Davis

Robert Sims Rocky Gentry Rod Fraser Ron Baer Ross Dixon Sandra Scholz Sid Arola Skip Harutun Sun Sports Unlimited Thomas Davis Tom Oliver Tom Walz William Adams

Ed Calhoun Eric Renner Frank Shepherd Frank Smith

Gerrit & Rita Schneider Greg Gapter North Park SnowSnakes Russel Higgins

Sheri Lynton Tim Stroup

Jon Carter Leonard & Susan Verhoven Mark Buckland Martin Cella Ramsey Flower

Scott Dechant Scott Erchul Timoth & Shannon Smith

RIGHT TO RIDE AND GENERAL FUND DONATIONS: Andy Kelley & Judy Vanderleest Chuck Goetz David Dempsey Dennis Cavit Don Dustin

Doug Charlson Earnie & Carol Gianinetti Edward Lara Gary Guagenti Howard Vagneur

Highmarkers: $500-$1499 General Fund donations:

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POLARIS

RIGHT TO RIDE DONATIONS: Delta SnoKrusers

right to ride and general fund donations: Tom & Deb Weiland

Extreme Riders: $1500 or more RIGHT TO RIDE DONATIONS: Darren Jacobson

Mile Hi Snowmobile Club

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2013 Raffle Results Bill and Dianna Rexford

The 2013 raffle was held December 28, 2013 at Front Range Artic Cat in Ft. Collins. The winner of the Arctic Cat M8000 is John McNary from Bedford, TX. His winning ticket was sold by S & W Adventure Riders. The Artic Cat ZR120 was won by Eben Absire from Grand Junction, CO. His winning ticket was sold by Western Slope/Snowskippers. A total of 7,938 tickets were sold this year! Great job everyone! The top eight selling clubs were as follows (not counting dealer sales): 1. Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club sold 1,501 tickets, 2. Western Slope/ Snowskippers sold 583 tickets, 3. Colorado Blizzards sold 524, 4. Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders sold 500 tickets, and 5. Mile High Snowmobile Club sold 475 tickets, 6. Delta Snowskippers sold 446 tickets, 7. North Fork Snowmobile Club sold 388 tickets, and 8. High Country Snowmobile Club sold 376 tickets. New this year the Artic Cat dealers were given raffle tickets to sell with the credit from their sales going to the local clubs in their area. We did this in hopes of generating extra walk-in traffic for the participating dealers as a thank you for sponsoring the donation of the sleds. The dealers were also given posters to put in their showrooms. The clubs were emailed a poster file to print their own posters for their use as needed. At the time of this printing, we do not have a final split on the tickets. That information will be placed on the CSA website or sent by email blast. Note – if you have not given your current email information to CSA, you will not get an email blast. As a housekeeping note, when we were trying to get in touch with the clubs, we found out that the information provided to CSA for club contacts was inaccurate.

60 Sleds in 60 Days – The Polaris Sled-aDay Giveaway To kick-off the celebration of 60 years of Terrain Domination, Polaris is giving away 60 Sleds in 60 Days through “The Polaris Sled-a-Day Giveaway.” Polaris will give away 60 model year 2015 Polaris snowmobiles in 60 days to lucky riders who will enjoy the ultimate snowmobiling experience. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, consumers can visit Polaris snowmobile dealerships to enter for their chance to win a new 2015 snowmobile. Polaris will draw one winner’s name daily from Jan. 4, 2014, through March 4, 2014. The earlier you register, the more days you’ll be eligible to win. So register early in 2014 and good luck from Polaris – proudly celebrating 60 years of Terrain Domination.

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Polaris Industries Inc. Announces Organizational Changes

Organizational changes to further strengthen end-toend customer support and global growth goals Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) on January 3 announced that, effective immediately, it is merging its Polaris sales (this announcement has no impact on the Motorcycle sales force), sales operations, service, corporate marketing and interactive team into a unified global customer excellence team led by Tim Larson, vice president of Global Customer Excellence. The company also announced that Bill Fisher, vice president and chief information officer, will retire from Polaris at the end of 2014, necessitating leadership transitions within the company’s Information Services organization. These leadership changes are consistent with Polaris’ talent and succession plans that are designed to support the company’s growth goals and long-term strategy. Following Larson’s hiring in August 2013, a thorough evaluation of Polaris’ channels and customer-facing initiatives led to the decision to create a consolidated Global Customer Excellence unit. By unifying all Polaris sales, marketing and interactive operations under his leadership, the company is better able to provide more seamless experiences for customers and dealers, thereby driving greater satisfaction, sales and sustainable growth. “By combining Tim’s extensive background in delivering industryleading customer experiences with our dynamic, innovative leaders, we have created a unified team capable of delivering the premium end-to-end experience our customers expect,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and CEO.

This sales and marketing consolidation frees Mike Jonikas from those responsibilities, allowing him to focus his efforts on growing Polaris’ Snowmobile business unit and launching the company’s Slingshot product line, debuting in 2014. Jonikas will assume the title of vice president, Snow and Slingshot. Concurrent to these organizational changes, Polaris began the succession strategy for Fisher January 1, when Matt Emmerich assumed the role as CIO. As CIO, Emmerich will report to President and Chief Operating Officer Bennett Morgan and be responsible for all IT-related operational and infrastructure support activities across the global enterprise. Fisher will work through 2014 supporting the transition within the Information Services organization. He will also continue to spearhead the Interactive and Rider X Initiatives in 2014, while serving as integration leader for the recent Primordial acquisition. He has served as vice president and Chief Information Officer since November 2007, and has been CIO since July 1999. Fisher has also served as General Manager of Service overseeing all technical, dealer, and consumer service operations since 2005. He has played a critical role in helping to build the information services infrastructure that has helped contribute to Polaris’ growth during the last decade. Emmerich has been with Polaris since 2004. He started his career at Polaris as a project manager and quickly assumed greater responsibilities, including his most recent role as director of applications. In the last 10 years, he has contributed to major information services initiatives related to key acquisitions, facility expansions and infrastructure development.

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