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Wilderness Characteristics Inventory training: What every motorized user needs to know I recently invited to a Wilderness Characteristics Inventory training refresher class with the BLM, which proved to be eye opening in many respects. The class was one day of classroom work and one day of one site review of an area that was recently inventoried. This article is merely intended to highlight some

of the issues discussed as BLM already created manual 6310 to more completely outline this process. I am going to try and avoid simply repeating the manual. First, the response from land managers regarding a motorized organization representative attending the class was interesting but discussions quickly became very good. In a surprising turn of events, I was quickly labeled as “purist” when it came to Wilderness issues, which aligned me with several other user groups that often oppose motorized usage. That was a first for me. Understanding the process employed by the BLM in their inventory is important for the motorized community so we can target specific relevant information in an area that is proposed to have Wilderness Characteristics. By regulation, Wilderness suitability must be reviewed during planning so criticizing this portion of the plan probably would not be valuable. Some of the criteria for Wilderness Characteristics inventory have significant amounts of discretion in their application. Just to set the stage for this discussion, many of these factors and issues are analyzed in comparison to existing Wilderness areas that have been designated by Congress. While I am not sure is the best standard, as there are a lot of reasons that Congress has designated Wilderness areas, this is the standard that is being used. Basically if there is a Congressionally designated Wilderness next to a divided highway, a Wilderness

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Characteristics area could also exist in a similar area. There are three characteristics that are inventoried for any Wilderness Characteristics area and they are: 1. Size; 2. Naturalness; and 3. Solitude. I wanted to share some specifics on each of these factors. Size is probably the straightest forward of the criteria as anything less than 5,000 acres should not be considered, unless it is immediately adjacent to a Wilderness or Wilderness Study area. Then smaller areas can be included. The only issue to be addressed when size is reviewed is size is determined by looking into the unit for review and excluding factors outside the unit, which can lead to some odd boundaries and issues. I personally have trouble looking into a unit and then excluding usages that are clearly visible, such as mines or homes on an adjacent hillside simply because they are beyond the opposite boundary of the unit. There was extensive discussion of how to deal with sounds of usage coming in from outside the unit, such as trucks on adjacent roadways or trains in the area. There was no clear answer on those factors although there was agreement it would impact naturalness or solitude. I cannot explain why we would exclude factors outside the Wilderness Characteristics area that impair Wilderness but only looking in but this standard is not followed when areas outside improve Wilderness Characteristics. Just something to be aware of. Naturalness is the next criteria for inventory and standards involved in review of this factor is far from neat and clean in terms of roads, routes and usages of the area. Motorized roads are identified in the naturalness review if: 1. they are built by mechanical means; 2. regularly used; and 3: maintained on a periodic basis. Motorized trails are not reviewed for impacts to naturalness. Roads that are simply the result of usage are not sufficient for impacts to naturalness. There was a lot of latitude on regular usage and periodic maintenance, as these terms are very site specific and managers had a wide range of opinions on the time frames involved for each. Mechanized routes are an area where there is a lot of leeway in the inventory process as a mechanized route in an inventory area does not impact naturalness of

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the area under manual 6310 but rather impacts the solitude available in the area, even if the mechanized route is an improved bike path that is 10ft wide, mowed and graveled. I am not sure how to justify that distinction as the Wilderness Act clearly prohibits motorized and mechanized travel but this is how the inventory is conducted but it is another factor to be aware of. Naturalness was also impacted by routes in the area that might have been closed for some time, even if these routes were easily visible. In our field trip, there was an old rail grade, a large mine tailings pile and access road for a water right of way that were clearly visible. Again, these were issues where there was a large amount of discussion on how to inventory these factors as some saw these as factors impacting naturalness and others saw it impacting solitude. Rights of way that are motorized and only periodically or seasonally used were an issue discussed and appear to be an issue that is overlooked pretty commonly. If these rights of way fit the three criteria for a motorized route, they have to be included in the inventory. One major takeaway from reviewing this factor is that if the office has done travel management for the area, and already determined that a route is a road and not a trail, everyone pretty much agreed that the Wilderness Characteristics inventory should match the previous travel management decision. Solitude was the final factor to be reviewed and this seemed to be the catchall for the factors above that really did not fit into the criteria or. If there is a network of trails in an area that do not fit the road characteristics review in an area, the trail network would clearly impact the solitude of the area. Again I have to question if there is a 50 inch plus trail in the area that otherwise fills the three criteria for a road, why that trail would not impact solitude and naturalness. Snowmobile routes in a Wilderness Characteristics area were an issue addressed under the solitude factor in the inventory, although most managers admitted that they had never thought about a seasonal type of usage of the area. This was surprising given that most groomed snowmobile routes are permitted and have been subjected to NEPA review but could not be a seasonal road, especially when many roads see ‘WCI Training’ PAGE 5------------------>

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

720-684-6912 Vice President - Ed Calhoun ecalhoun55@gmail.com

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SECRETARY - Donna Batchelor dbatch4507@aol.com

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TREASURER - Katie Himes PO Box 162, Mesa CO 81643

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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 - Tony Zancanella PO Box 1870, Glenwood Springs CO 81602 awz@za-engineering.com

970-379-8184 District 5 Rep - Raymond Doble doblerm@msn.com

719-495-2316 District 6 Rep - J.R. Halvorsen 1971 Prospector Rd, Leadville CO 80461 crawfordsnow@gmail.com

563-880-7526 District 7 Rep - Robert Hernandez bobhernandez@mac.com

970-862-8211 District 8 Rep - Ken Simpson PO Box 1263, Cedaredge CO 81413 kenconne@yahoo.com

970-216-6486 District 9 Rep - william Hall will58y@netscape.net

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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 rexford.bill@gmail.com

970-481-0230 Safety Chair - Stanley Gale 2205 Douglas Mt Dr, Golden CO 80403 rockymsc@earthlink.net

303-279-0454 Awards/Scholarship Chair - Katie Himes PO Box 162, Mesa CO 81643 himes.kate@gmail.com

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

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Arrowhead Snowmobile Club Lucia Lebon 5 Hazel Lake Drive, Cimarron, CO 81220 970-209-4589 llebon05@gmail.com arrowhead1.org

Buena Vista SnowDRIFTERS Dirk Peratt PO Box 3133, Buena Vista CO 81211 719-207-1592 dirk@therockdo.net

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

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

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

awsmev1@aol.com Colorado Blizzards milehisnowmobileclub.com Carl Brunswig 2324 E. CR 36, Fort Collins, CO, MT Sopris Rec Riders 80528 Eric Rudd 970-231-3164 PO Box 1035, Carbondale CO 81623 ironwoodstorage@hotmail.com 970-379-4263 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 flattoppers.com

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

North Park Snow Snakes Debby Miller PO Box 61, Walden CO 80480 970-723-3725 dmiller@resource-one.us

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, Inc Grand Lake Trail Groomers Leeland Mischke Cam Stone 1066 Rangely Way, Craig, CO 81625 PO Box 1247, Grand Lake, CO 970-620-6327 80447 leelandmischke@aol.com 970-531-8872 Pikes Peak High Riders trailgroomers@yahoo.com Tim Schulte grandlaketrailgroomers.com 18270 Appaloosa Rd, Monument CO Gunnison county SnoWTrackers 80132, 719-554-3142 Phil Chamberland schulte_james@bah.com 23501 Hwy 135, Crested Butte CO pikespeakhighriders.com 81224 Rifle Snowmobile Club 970-209-3715 Carleton Hoffmeister pchamberland@hughes.net PO Box 692, Rifle CO 81650 Heart of the Rockies Snowmobile Club 970-625-0134 Brad Craig hoffy1@willowwisp.net PO Box 241, Poncha Springs CO www.rifle-snowmobile-club.com 81242 Routt Powder Riders 719-207-0287 Ed Calhoun bradcraig_napa@hotmail.com PO Box 770043, Steamboat Springs High Country Snowmobile Club CO 80477 Rich Holcraft 970-819-7006 PO Box 2215, Frisco CO 80443 ecalhoun55@gmail.com 970-389-3317 routtpowderriders.com hlcrft@comcast.net summitsnowmobilers.com

Holy Cross Powder Hounds Snowmobile Club Lance Trujillo PO Box 7116, Avon CO 81620 970-376-3856 lance@holycrosspowderhounds.com holycrosspowderhounds.com

Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile Club Dennis Cavit PO Box 591, Lake City CO 81235 970-944-0191 dcavit@centurytel.net facebook.com/lakecitywintertrails

SilverThread Outdoor Recreation Club Margie Patterson PO Box 343, South Fork CO 81154 719-873-5088 mrgim@verizon.net silverthreaders.org

Silverton Snowmobile Club Jim Lokey PO Box 571, Silverton CO 81433 970-387-5512 info@redmtmotelrvpk.com www.silvertonsnowmobileclub.org

Snow Country Explorers of the Upper Rio Grande Bob Kukuk PO Box 702, Crede CO 81130 719-658-2221 (H), 719-658-2362 (F) 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 Jim Stouffer PO Box 956, Clark CO 80428 970-846-6060 emailjims@aol.com

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

Western Slope Snowmobile Association/ snowskippers John Rizza PO Box 4964, Grand Junction, CO 81502, 970-846-3517 jrizman@hotmail.com

S & W Adventure Riders, LLC snowskippers.com Jack Welch 246 S Holman Way, Golden, CO White River Snowmobile Club, Inc 80401, 303-324-7185 Troy Hilkey jwelch@frii.com PO Box 1045, Meeker CO 81641 swadventureriders.org 970-756-0717 San Juan Sledders thilkey@wrenergy.com Roger Pennington Wolf Creek Trailblazers 164 Sandia Cir, Bayfield, CO 81122 Bob Tesman www.sanjuansledders.org PO Box 3194, Pagosa Springs CO Sangre Snowrunners 81147 Dale Hoag 970-731-3366 PO Box 523, Westcliffe CO 81252 rstesman@centurylink.net 719-783-2729 swr@wmv-co.us


www.snowmobilecolo.com <----------------- ‘WCI TRaining’ from page 3 are subject to seasonal closures. My concern grew when dispersed snowmobile recreation was raised as this appeared to be an issue that simply was never looked at for the area, as it was not a permanent type of usage. Given the lack of response on this issue, I would recommend that the snowmobile community be very engaged on this factor and issue.

Some of the land managers raised the usage of a Wilderness Characteristics area as a dispersed backcountry recreation area for all uses. Again this was an issue where there was a lot of discussion between the managers that basically concluded with the determination that this was not correct, which I would have to agree with. Given the application of Wilderness Act factors in the identifica-

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tion of these areas and the negative implications that have resulted from the Wilderness Study Area inventory. While many of us would welcome a backcountry motorized recreation area and experience, I really have to think there are better methods to be creating these types of areas that Wilderness Characteristics management. There simply has been too much negative fallout from the Wilderness

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Study area inventory that occurred in the late 1970’s to look at this type of management in my opinion. The final issue I want to address is that many land managers don’t personally visit all of the inventory areas, making input on these factors very important to the planning process. We should be providing this type of information in any comments we submit.

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Here are some highlights of this coming year’s Yellowstone NonCommercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for this winter season (2016-2017). First, each day during the coming winter season, there will be up to five snowmobiles in each of four Non-commercially Guided Transportation Snowmobile Events/trips, one from each of the four Yellowstone Park Gates. Second, you will be required to possess a non-commercial snowmobile access permit which would be awarded annually through an online lottery system. The lottery located at the www.recreation.gov website started on September 1 to determine the trip dates for Non-Commercially Guide Leaders wanting to visit Yellowstone this coming winter season (2016-2017). The lottery will remain open until September 30, 2016. After the lottery is finished and the initial trips are awarded (only one trip from the lottery) you can still sign up to lead a trip or a second trip at www.recreaction.gov on a first-come-first-served basis for the dates still available. Note these remaining dates will be available in mid October. Finally a total of only two trips allowed per season per non-commercial guide are allowed; the trips can last up to three days. Note starting last season (2015-2016) you will be charged $40 for each day of your permit: day permit $40, two day permit $80, three day permit $120. Third, each snowmobile operator will be required to have successfully completed the Yellowstone Snowmobile Safety Education Certification training course. The training course is available online. This course was developed with the help and sponsorship of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Program. This “No Cost” course is now available at website below: provalenslearning.com/yellowstone-snowmobile-education-certificate Fourth, you will be required to use only current Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles in your group. Note these required machines can be rented at location near the four gates. For the complete detailed information on the Non-Commercially Guided Access Program, please see the Yellowstone Park Service website at (www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/ngsap.htm) For additional information on the Yellowstone Winter Use issue and snowmobile community’s combined fifteen year effort to keep snowmobile access to Yellowstone in winter, visit our dedicated website www. saveyellowstonepark.com. Please remember one of our collective main efforts during the last SEIS Winter Planning process was to have a “Non-commercially Guided access program for entry into Yellowstone. We accomplished that and now is your chance to plan a trip into the Park without a commercial guide. Please consider signing up during the lottery period, which will run from September 1 until September 30, 2016. After the lottery is finished and the initial trips are awarded you can still sign up to lead a trip at www.recreaction.gov on a first-come-firstserved basis for the dates still available. A total of only two trips allowed per season. The open signup period will begin in early November 2016 for an opportunity to lead a non-commercially guided trip into the Yellowstone Park this season (2016-2017). Special Announcement: Visit the NEW BlueRibbon website: www. sharetrails.org

Snowmobile Community Looks Forward to a Great Winter Season Ed Klim, ISMA

The snowmobile manufacturers are looking forward to a strong sales year and great snowmobiling. New products at spring shows had a warm acceptance and advanced showings and open houses are touting excellent crowd interest and deposits on new sleds. This winter promises abundant reasonably priced fuel matched with a snowy winter, supported by a La Niña forecast for the snow belt across North America. According to weather forecasters, we can expect higher than normal snowfalls and “real winter” temperatures. This past year, the snowmobile industry worked through an El Nino winter, which brought warmer/moderate winter climate, and low snowfall. Yet, the manufacturers realized a 10% gain in sales over the last 5 years. The forecast for the upcoming winter season calls for copious amounts of snowfall, according to the experts. The winter forecast is welcome news for snowmobilers who are already preparing the trails, riding areas, and their snowmobiles. Work has begun on trails and riding areas across North America – which are always being improved with new signs, new bridges (if needed) and care and maintenance to the overall infrastructure. Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaigns are being planned and expanded as more snowmobile clubs and associations are helping introduce new riders and others to the sport each year. Visit the www.gosnowmobiling.org website to see the Go Snowmobiling / Take a Friend guide. Recent surveys highlight that snowmobilers are active outdoor enthusiasts participating in many activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, boating, etc. Sales for 2015-2016 in the US totaled 56,006 new snowmobiles, while snowmobile sales in Canada showed 44,431 new snowmobiles sold. Sales in Europe were steady at 20,000 new snowmobiles sold. Based on new economic impact data, snowmobilers generated more than $34 billion dollars in economic activity and supported record collection of tax revenue to local, state, and federal government agencies. Club and Association participation is increasing and supporting the snowmobiling infrastructure. Previously owned snowmobiles are increasing in market value. The supply of used snowmobiles continues to be relatively low but yet available to the many new snowmobilers interested in entering the sport with a proven, well maintained product. The sale of parts, garments, and accessories has been very strong as well as the sales of snowmobile related gear, trailers, etc. Record sales of pick-up trucks in the US and Canada point to a positive future for snowmobiling, since most pick-up truck owners are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy snowmobiling and outdoor winter recreation. Snowmobilers continue to purchase high-tech products for their use and enjoyment and are eagerly embracing new global positioning and communication equipment for their snowmobiles. Snowmobilers are very safety conscious and are improving their preparedness for a safe snowmobiling winter. A growing numbers of snowmobilers participate in mountain riding. With this continued increase in mountain riding, there is special emphasis on avalanche safety equipment (such as beacons, shovels, etc.) and participation in avalanche safety awareness classes. Snowmobile dealerships are well positioned to take advantage of the growth potential this year, and with the strong La Niña forecast, many can expect early snowfall that will last through the winter. Snowmobilers are excited about the upcoming winter. You are invited to like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling and tell your friends too! Share your enthusiasm and visit with us on our Go Snowmobiling website: www. gosnowmobiling.org


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Steven Marlenee Things in District One are starting to take the shape of another exciting season. The Blizzards are scheduled to have their first meeting. The Blizzards meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Johnson’s Corner, from 6-8 p.m., and most participants order some form of supper or a world famous cinnamon roll. On the plate for the Blizzards this year is the Denver Snow Show, Snowmobile Raffle, starting ride planning, looking ahead to the Christmas party and to the President’s Day ride. People are excited to get back into the snowmobiling season, and are looking forward to seeing friends. Last year, the Blizzards had a lot of success at meetings with the addition of a brief ‘report’ on something fun each month. One month, we talked about what we keep in our packs and how to survive. The next month, we learned how to navigate with GPS. It’s another added bonus of being a member of the Blizzards, for sure! The Snow Snakes have also been busy! Construction has started for their Groomer Shed/Pole Barn. After many years of saving money and with the added funds from events like club fundraisers and donations, the Snow Snakes were able to get the structure started. The groomer hut will have a gravel floor for now, but it will be insulated and heated with wood during events or groomer repairs. The building is on land donated to the club by Dean Singleton and is located where the Gould Schoolhouse used to be years ago, right in downtown Gould. Also, the Snow Snakes is hosting their annual trail work days will be on October 1 and 2 in Gould. We will plant to meet at 9 a.m. each day at our new Groomer shed located at 55348 Hwy 14 E (Highway 14 and JCR 21, near the Drifters/ Clark Peak Cabins). Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness is in full swing, continuing improvements on their new educational trailer. This trailer will certainly put Colorado at the forefront

www.snowmobilecolo.com of motorized avalanche education and will allow TBA to continue to provide state-wide classes and lower their overall expenses. Brian and crew will be traveling to Hay Days in Minnesota, just after Labor Day, and will start the Expo Circuit for the 2016-17 season. New for this season, TBA is adding SnowBike specific classes for avalanche education, and they would like to thank Toby Till at Rocky Mountain Snow MX for helping TBA get involved in this segment and for their dedication to the entire spectrum of motorized users. TBA will also be offering a AIRIE Level I Avalanche Education platform, developed over the last season, specifically to coincide with today’s high performance machine. The classes are a nice compliment to anyone that has already taken an intro course and focus on terrain choices and group management and planning and executing a ride. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for this year. Additionally, with the help of Chuck Ramsey, CSA Safety Coordinator, we are making a lot of progress with the Beacon Checkpoint

Project. The Beacon Checkpoint Project has been a lot of work this summer. We had to identify all of the trailheads in Colorado (it looks like there are 109 of them!) Then, we used avalanche fatality/accident data from CAIC to assign a risk number to each trailhead. Then, we used State Trails data to assign a use multiplier to each trailhead. Next, we individually assigned a committee multiplier to each trailhead. Finally, we used local input from each club (that responded to the email) to assign a local ranking multiplier. We then used each of the four multipliers and a formula to automatically rank each trailhead. Offer letters, by the time this goes to print, will have been sent out to the top-ranking trailheads. At the last CSA meeting, we decided to move forward with only six more signs this year, due to some electronics. We hope to have all six signs on the ground this fall. Additionally, we are working on a training program (a short flyer and a short video), both for users and for grooming clubs. I hope to have this done by Christmas (need some

snow to make the video!). The updated cost for beacon checkpoints will be $1,500, and sponsors are lining up! The Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo is also nearing. For me, it’s the perfect time to meet up with my “winter” friends. This year, we lost two large vendors, but we gained Polaris, and have had so much additional support from new vendors, that we’re out of room! I look forward to seeing what new products are coming to market, as well as the new vendors. I also want to thank all of the people that volunteered to help get this running. Finally, I want to thank the presenters, each of which have volunteered their time to help CSA members. Please make sure to attend a workshop, and show your support! As far as me, my season is again looking up. Over the last season, I was able to be a part of raising a couple thousand dollars towards the Right to Ride fund through my pictures. Already, I have a lot of trips planned, and am just waiting for snow. I hope to see you out there!

Colorado Blizzards Kasey Lauer

With summer heat dragging on, and snow falling in the mountains, we are all starting to get a little antsy for the season to begin. September 7 will be our first official meeting for this season, and we are all looking forward to getting things going. Moving forward to October, we have a trail clean-up scheduled for the 1st and 2nd. Also there will be many in attendance at Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo in Denver October 8-9. We are excited for this season to begin and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a good winter!


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Hidy-Ho from North Routt. The SLSC still has some unfinished business to address as the season that matters is just around the corner with the smell of fall in the air and the trees are starting to turn color in our neighborhood. Most importantly, after a lot of use and issues last season, the Pisten Bully is in need of some maintenance and servicing prior to going back to work on the trails. Another pending project is replacement of the contaminated flooring material in the “Cat House,” with fresh road base and a much needed under liner. Bad news; until recently, the club was in question about well over 100 trail marker poles at about ten dollars apiece. Do the math and that’s a lot of moola for a non-profit operation. Good news; club president Jim

Stouffer went on a recovery mission at late and found all but about 30 of those poles. Some were scattered along the trail from falling and getting buried in the snow, but most were in miss-placed stashes in various locations. The remaining MIA are up on Farwell Mountain in a said stash, which will be scoured for in the near future. Its time to put modern technology to work and GPS mark the trail pole stashes instead of relying on memory… Usually, there is an executive meeting held in September for the big dogs to get their ducks rowed out prior to the first open meeting for members, which will be held on the 18th of October. We hope to see some new active faces to show up and help with out with club functions and support the current core group of six to eight…it gets very difficult at times with limited numbers, so come on out and be a steward of a passion and your riding area. Stay tuned for the 2016/17 schedule of events and anything new in the grooming program for SLSC, to be determined at the first meeting. Ride hard and hang loose!


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District 3 S&W Adventure Riders Chuck Ramsey

2016 Adventure to South Fork and Creede Colorado S&W Adventure riders went to South Fork and Creede Colorado during the February 2016 ride. We started out at the Allington Inn and Suites in South Fork on February 20 with our annual opening dinner and first nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay. We had 30 riders total, from differing areas including; Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota and Alberta. We rode for three days out of South Fork and on the 24th we packed up and moved our riding gear to Blue Creek Lodge in the Wagon Wheel Gap. We rode four days to areas near Blue Creek Lodge which is nestled between South Fork and Creede, Colorado. On Sunday, February 28 we enjoyed a breakfast together as a group before heading home. We opened up this riding adventure with the first of many exceptional meals catered by The Old Firehouse. Charles and Brenda Maze sure do know how to put on a nice spread. On the morning of February 21, we all headed to the Park Creek Road trailhead and broke up into three groups. All groups found their way to the old mining town of Summitville, from here we found some excellent off trail riding out towards Elwood. Everyone made sure that they made it back in time to enjoy a great dinner provided by the Old Firehouse. The following morning we broke into our three groups and headed to the Beaver Creek trailhead. Due to exceptionally warm weather, a number of us had overheating issues challenging us to seek out snow in higher elevations. Once up to the higher elevation, the ice turned into snow and the fun began. On February 23 we met James Gallegos from the Wolf Creek Trailblazers at the Tucker Ponds trailhead, where he showed us some great areas to do both off trail powder riding in big meadows and boon-docking. One of the groups chose to go back to Beaver Creek trailhead to experience more adventure riding out of this area.


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On February 24 we moved all our gear from the Allington Inn to the Blue Creek Lodge. From here two of the three groups ventured to the Continental Reservoir and Bristol Head trailhead where we met the Snow Country Explorers (one group returned to the Beaver Creek trailhead). The snow was hard packed, but better snow was found in the trees and some meadows that had not been ridden in. We all made it to the Blue Creek lodge for food and a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep. We woke up bright and early to a fabulous breakfast before heading off to Beaver Creek and Continental/Bristol head trailheads for some more great riding. On the Saturday our three groups completely spilt apart and went in three different directions. The Philberns took a group back over to Tucker Ponds, another group went back to Beaver Creek while the third group went and rode out of the Spring Creek trail head. Upon returning to the Blue Creek lodge for another great night of food and fellowship, many riders expressed having a fun filled day of riding. On the last full day left of riding, Photos courtesy Diane Larsen

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there were quite a few tired people that headed home early. Those whom had some adventure left in them went back up to Spring Creek trailhead to meet up with Tom Carl from the Lake City Continental Divide club or headed back to the Beaver Creek trail system. Everyone had another great day of riding wrapping up this seasons ride with one last night at the Blue Creek Lodge. The Blue Creek Lodge is not only a nice place to stay, but has great food. All of our meals for the rest of the trip were created by the Philberns who own the Blue Creek Lodge. I suggest stopping in when driving by for a great meal. We had a wonderful time in both South Fork and Creede and look forward to the next time our travels bring us back to these wonderful areas in the state of Colorado. We enjoy meeting the people on our adventures and spending time with them as they showed us around their great riding areas. As always, we would like to thank the local clubs that helped out, as well as, the local businesses that supplied lodging food and snowmobile related gear. A special thanks goes out to the Kukuk family for all the work they did for getting the trails and parking areas ready for us. We also want to thank the local Arctic Cat dealer Curtis and Carla Sears at Twin Pines Motorsports for all of their helpful information.

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District 5 Pikes Peak High Riders

Mark D. Young

Well the new snowmobile season must be right around the corner. I got this email to write the Pikes Peak Highriders article for the first edition of the Snow Scoop. I got my Snow West magazine for the 2016-2017 season. There is snow on the top of Pikes Peak. The Rocky Mountain Snow Show is coming up next month. Of course there are several more months before we can actually ride but I’m sure everyone is looking forward to another good year if Mother Nature cooperates. The last time the club met was in April which was the last meeting of the 2015-2016 season. Officer elections were held and Trent Mattick is the new president. Trent moved to Colorado and joined PPHR a few years ago. We look forward to Trent representing PPHR this season. We also thanked Tim Schulte for his time and efforts he gave PPHR during his Presidency. Thank you again. Club membership is up and funds raised from the CSA raffle exceeded prior years by a large margin. We also discussed the Sangre Snow Runners. The other District 5 club grooms and takes care of trail maintenance for the Ophir Creek trail system. Les gave us an update of the groomer and trail maintenance. We all agreed if possible to arrange a day this fall to help with trail maintenance. Several members also expressed an interest in helping with the grooming and are planning to attend the grooming course in Grand Junction. District 5 Rep. Ray Doble gave an update on the continued efforts of CSA to coordinate trail maps, grooming, and maintenance from all the Colorado clubs. We look forward to these updates and improvements. That’s all for this edition. We are all looking forward to the Snow Show and getting out on the snow this year.

District 6 Michelle Gunsher

Highlights from Last Season The Buena Vista Snowdrifters enjoyed another fun-filled winter. Despite the early lack of snow our trails held up well and the riding was still fantastic all season long. Late in the season the snow finally came in earnest and provided great riding conditions into early May. We met snowmobilers from all across Colorado and several other states riding our scenic groomed trails as well as the many bowls, hills and woods that the San Isabel and Gunnison National Forests offer in the Cottonwood Can-

Bob Sundeen

Buena Vista Snowdrifters yon and St. Elmo areas just outside of Buena Vista. The club grooms 237 miles of trails an average of twice per week with two snow cats throughout the winter months in two different areas of Chaffee and Gunnison Counties. The first is Cottonwood Pass to Taylor Park, accessed from Cottonwood Pass Rd/Chaffee County Road 306. The second is St. Elmo/Tin Cup to Taylor Park and Hancock Loop accessed from Chaffee County Road 162. We also participated in the CSA Convention, which was held in our backyard at Mt. Princeton

Hot Springs in January. During the convention we hosted two rides each day which were well attended by riders from many clubs across the state. We did all of the grooming to prepare the trails for the scheduled rides. We’re looking forward to another season of fun and welcome riders of all abilities and ages to enjoy the wide variety of trails we maintain and the powder fields, hills and bowls that surround them. For further information about Buena Vista Snowdrifters contact Michelle Gunsher at mcg5659@yahoo.com.

District 7 South Fork Powder Busters

Wow, hard to believe that summer is almost over! We had the Endore race here about 350 guys participate. We really appreciate the Forest Service for making it happen! Well here it is September; you can feel the fall weather in the air. The leaves are starting to change! Hope everyone had a good summer but now it’s time to check the sled out, making sure everything works before the big snow storm!!!! Think Snow!!


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Snow Country Explorers

Snow has dusted the La Garita Mountains north of Creede already. I know Colorado can get snow any month of the year, but August 24 seems early to me. Here’s hoping that means we’ll have a big snow year! Our new grooming machine barely got out there last year so it really needs to be broken in big time this year. The club gathered at Santa Maria reservoir to kick off the season with the annual hamburger cookout hosted Annual hamburger cookout at Santa by Bob and Janelle Kukuk in early September. The eveMaria Reservoir. ning was filled with good food and great fellowship. A great chance for club members to catch up after a busy summer and for guests to get acquainted with the snowmobile club. Fall means it’s time to clean up our stretch of highway 149. Usually the weather does not disappoint, and we have a beautiful fall day. The reward for all the hard work is burgers and ice cream at Freemon’s Ranch afterwards. The Ellisons are great hosts and really know how to feed a crowd. The Snow Country Explorers meet once a month during the winter months and try to schedule a club ride  once a week. All of our events are posted on the CSA web site www.snowmobilecolo.com and everyone is welcome to attend any club event. After logging onto the site, just click on the “Creede” snowflake under events for information or call Leslie at 719-658-0184 for more information. Vicki and Jimmy Jeters clean up Highway

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Snow Mesa Trail last March.

Kukuks have a great place to host a cookout!

Think LOTS of snow!

District 8 Sherry Robley Cotten

What the heck happened to summer? The temperatures are dipping and everyone is scurrying around trying to get a jump on fall chores as we are hearing predictions of an early winter. Some mornings are already feeling like October instead of late August. The heavy snowfalls we had last winter produced better than average water for irrigation and the western slope’s spring and summer conditions were perfect for bountiful fruit and vegetable crops as well has hay. In fact, old timers were saying we hadn’t had a winter like the last one for over 20 years. I’m hoping we will have a nice Indian summer before winter arrives. I am way behind so need all the time I can get. I know a lot of you are either already in your hunting season or getting ready for one and some of you are canning as much of your bountiful harvests as you can, but it is also a good time to do some maintenance on your snow machines and make sure they are ready so you are not having to do it in a cold garage or worse, breaking down on the snow. Also, make sure your back packs are stocked and your winter gear located. I’m thinking I might need to lose a few pounds to fit into mine. All the wonderful fruit & vegetables I’ve been eating along with just a little junk food. The dinner we provided for the Elks’ Lodge on April 22 was sold out. Might I add it was delicious? Thanks to Barb Palmer for getting everything organized and ordering the meat and Janet Allen and Linda Wilson for cooking. Also, to all the other members who setup, did food prep, served, cleaned up and donated food or money. It was definitely a team effort.

North Fork Snowmobile Club Kathleen Starr organized an ATV/UTV ride for our club members that took place on July 31. Eight members showed up at the upper parking lot on Leroux Creek at 9 am. After waiting a half an hour for late comers that never showed, we took off for a round trip over Green Mountain. It was an overcast day with a threat of rain in the air. It was perfect as we weren’t too hot and the trail wasn’t dusty. On the way, we saw a nice herd of approximately 50 head of elk coming up out of a ravine. We had a couple of members that liked to brave all the mud puddles they encountered which resulted in them having to get winched out of one and they were a muddy mess. They were also highly entertaining. Along the way, the rain clouds rolled in and started raining just long enough for us to get our rain gear on, then it quit. The only downside to the trip was the barriers we encountered that had been put up to keep any vehicle larger than 50” wide off the trail. Our side-by-sides were 50 inches wide (I believe it is the smallest side-by-side you can get) but the barriers’ were also 50 inches wide or less which created a problem. These barriers need to be a minimum of 52” wide so the 50” wide side-bysides can get through. Just common sense don’t you think? Consequently, our machines got scraped up and yellow paint marks on them. (This is a problem that should be addressed by ATV/UTV organizations with the government agencies) We rolled into the parking lot around 5-5:30 p.m. in the afternoon and had driven approximately 29 miles. We were dusty and a little tired, but it was a great day. Hopefully the club members will continue try to do a few rides next summer. It keeps us in touch with each other and we

get to see some great county. It would be nice to do an overnighter. The 31st annual Rocky Mountain Snow Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 in Denver at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216, phone number 844-4267669. Go to cosnowmobileexpo.com to get information on lodging, workshop lineups, maps and to register for a swap meet space or booth space. The CSA website is info@snowmobilecolo.com. The CSA quarterly meeting is also held at the expo Saturday morning at 9 a.m. We don’t have our first club meeting until Monday, October 17 at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge therefore we haven’t discussed or scheduled the seasons’ club rides or other activities at this time. Wes Spore, President, will send out emails/newsletters to keep everyone updated. There was also discussion last year of starting the calling tree service again. Have a great fall, hunting season and Halloween. Get out there and enjoy what summer we have left. To our members that are dealing with health issues, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep our military in your heart, thoughts and prayers. Till next time.


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Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders

Rich Jakino

Hi everyone; Where did the summer go? Here we are with fall in the air and the first Snow Scoop coming out already. Our club had a good spring and summer as we are an ATV/snowmobile club that maintains 85 miles of ATV trails and grooms 95 miles of snowmobile trails in the winter. This summer we worked hard on a grant to replace our 1998 PB 300 that went down at the end of December last year and left us with only our little PB 100 to groom all our trails. We groom in three locations which meant a lot of hauling of the PB 100 to groom all of our trails. Thanks to the CSA Board, Tom Metsa, Gabby and the others that made it possible to replace our old PB 300 with a BR 350 from the Rifle Club. At this time all of the grant has been approved and final paperwork is on its way. We are having the BR 350 serviced at Prinoth in Grand Junction on its way to our grooming location on the Uncompahgre Plateau. We are looking forward to a much more productive grooming season this year. Sending our old PB 300 to its final resting place. THANKS EVERYONE!!!!

District 9 Dean Des Palmes

Silverton Snowmobile Club

For all who knew our wonderful Silverton Town Trail groomer, Bill Alsup, you will know what a huge loss his passing is for his family, the entire Town of Silverton, the Silverton Snowmobile Club, Silverton Skijoring and so many other events and organizations in town. Rest in Peace Bill, you will be greatly missed for a very long time. As I am writing this I am watching the liquid snow falling knowing it will freeze up one of these days. The skunk cabbage is starting to turn colors in the high country and the Aspens will soon follow. We have a new Vice President for our club this year. Thank you Kyle Mesich for stepping

up to help, I know you will learn well from our fantastic Club President, Jim Lokey. We welcome both you and Erick Loyer to our club’s future leadership. Our groomed trails are such a big part of our wonderful recreational area so it is good to know we have great people willing to step up and help keep the club going. Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer and fall seasons and that everyone is ready for some fun once the snow falls. Remember to be safe in the back country and on the trails. Our area has experienced far too many deaths and serious ATV accidents this year, most of them due to inexperience, lack of preparation and ignorance of back country safety.

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