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Tractor Show. This was held at the Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace. At the show, in an attempt to draw some attention, Charlie and Ron Durepo had put “wheel kits” on a couple of sleds and were driving them around the parking area. While they were doing that, pretty much jokingly, someone said, “We should do a snowmobile crossing of the Bridge.” Everyone laughed. Then, kind of looked at each other, and went, “Why not!” This was in late summer. But, it sounded like a good idea. So,
Charlie and the gang got busy. They talked to the people they needed to talk to. They got the Permits and stuff. They partnered up with the St. Ignace Visitor’s Bureau. And, within a few weeks, it looked like this was going to actually happen. But, Charlie, Marilyn, and the rest were a bit nervous. They were wondering if anyone was actually going to participate. Given the very short length of time they had to prepare. They were wondering if anybody had even heard about this. Then, the day of the 1st Annual Snowmobile the Mack came upon them. And, wonder of wonders, in a bit of pre-Christmas Magic, people actually did show up. About 65 sleds took place that first year. But, there were enough to call the idea a success. So, the event continued. Now, for the past few years, numbers have leveled off at about 100 sleds per
year. Now, that first year, the ride ended at a local eatery. But, they quickly outgrew that. Now, on a normal year, a nice lunch is held at the Little Bear Arena. So, they are basically back to the birth place of the Crossing. Also, five years in, they have gotten this pretty much down. What they do is get everyone gathered up under the Bridge, on the Mackinaw City side. Riders drive their sleds down, and leave them. Then, bring back the trucks, trailers, and whatevers to the Welcome Center. Then, the organizers have rides for them to get back to the land down under. There, everyone visits for a bit. And, prepares. Then, when everyone is ready, they head out. Single file, across the Bridge. Now, if you are worried that tried and true vintage sled may get tired and turn you blue, don’t. Most of the sleds make it across without issue. But, every year, a few need a bit of help, from the Trailer of Shame. (I think they just freeze up-afraid of heights.) So, they have that bit down as well. Then, after all is done, they all end up back at the Little Bear. As noted, normally, they have a nice lunch and then disburse. But, this year, with the Covid stuff, they might have to nix the lunch. Marilyn told me they are talking a sack lunch. Which, for me, does not make a lot of sense. Like, it’s OK to stand about and visit in the parking lot. But, we can’t go
to the point where half my clothes would qualify.) Also, sleds have to have “wheel kits” with wheels at least 2” wide wheels. So they don’t get stuck in the expansion cracks, on the Bridge. Next, driver have to be at least 12 years of age, with at least a Snowmobile Safety Certificate, or, if old enough, a Driver’s License. Also, passengers are allowed. Also, a parachute is… Naw… That was just me trying to be funny. But, if you have the extra spouse you… Naw, on that, too. About the Snowmobile Crossing of the Bridge, Charlie stated, “We inside and stay warm and eat and visit. But, we have to play the welcome everyone. This is a whole lot of fun. We have people hand we are dealt. So, it is what coming from all over Michigan, it is. and even other States. Also, this Anyway, if you want to come year, if you don’t have a wheel and wash something off that kit, we have a guy that is making bucket list. Or, do something that them. And, if you are a member you didn’t even think was on that of the Museum, then he will take list, give this a go. Just a lot of fun. A lot of old snowmobile stuff. the cost of your membership off the price of the kit. So, we invite Also, a few of the riders have anyone that is interested to get started to wear costumes. Like in hold of us, or the St. Ignace the Polar Plunge type costumes. Visitor’s Bureau, and sign up.” For example, if you are on the Now, the cost is $35. This Bridge, and see Big Bird, you don’t have to check your exhaust. includes lunch and fees. And, Not to many fumes. Just Rich Hotz. commemorative shirts will be Also, just FYI, give Rich a “thumbs available. Also, all money raised over and above the costs will go up” if you see him. He provides towards the Museum. “chicken on a stick” and other So, you can call the Musuem treats each year at the Museum’s at 906-477-6298 or find them annual Vintage Ride. For no online. Same with the St. Ignace charge. Real good guy. Next, there are a few rules. First, Visitor’s Bureau. Contacting them sleds have to be at least 25 years online would work the best for old, or older. (Good grief, getting them. •
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or several years, the laminated wooden bridge over the north branch of Stutt’s Creek, known as the Doty Trestle Bridge, was an integral link in the major east-west snowmobile corridor between the Soo and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. However, sometime in the late 1990s the USDA’s National Forest Service engineers examined the structure and determined the continuing deterioration was making it unsafe for vehicular passage, even for the weight of a snow machine. Because of this inspection report, the Munising District Ranger at that time called an emergency meeting with the Department of Natural Resources and the local grant sponsor to consider what should, or could, be done to keep the trail open. It was in mid-October of 2000 and the timeframe for establishing any reroutes was shrinking daily. The best proposal was to use the Chamberlain, a seasonal road, to bypass the structure and keep the trail intact. This was agreed to by all participants.
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Unfortunately, as is proper protocol for all federally managed public lands, the reroute was subject to NEPA guidelines and would require not only an environmental assessment but also an open forum with an opportunity for public comment by residents and other concerned citizens. Once this announcement was made public, organizations such as the Sierra Club and Wildlife International initiated a nationwide call to action in opposition of any such reroutes and demanded the trail be closed. They seemed determined to restrict where possible or eliminate access to all motorized recreational vehicles. During the comment period, several hundred written comments were received by the Hiawatha National Forest supervisor, with the majority opposed to using any forest roads as an alternative route for snowmobiles to get around the now condemned and barricaded Doty Bridge — even though the majority of locals were in favor. The major conflict arose between the state snowmo-
The original Trestle beneath the old temporary bridge.
bile program administrators and the district ranger over funding of the replacement bridge. Because the trail was primarily for snowmobile use, the program was agreeable to partial funding for a 20-ton capacity bridge. The district ranger was adamant that a replacement structure be equal to the original with an 80-ton capacity. On the snowmobile program’s side, paying for the much heavier bridge was thought to be a waste of snowmobile funds. The Forest Service believed the bridge should be capable of supporting emergency fire-suppressing equipment and maybe logging trucks and because a replacement was necessary anyway, it should be engineered per
the district ranger’s request. Hence, the stalemate. It was about this time that the Region 1 Representative for the Michigan Snowmobile Association called upon the director of Recreation, Wilderness and Heritage at Region 9 Headquarters for the National Forest Service in Milwaukee to intervene and assist with a solution. A temporary bridge was immediately placed across the stream atop the old one without any scheduled destruction of the bridge. This was around Nov. 1, 2000, and by that Thanksgiving, the temporary bridge was in place and the trail again opened for use. It was decided the temporary structure would remain in place no longer
Stabilizing the soil and setting the abutments.
Removal of the old pilings and deteriorated structure.
than seven years, and only until an agreement between the DNR and the NFS on funding could be reached and a replacement engineered and built. A great plan, but like so many other long-range goals, it was destined to fall through the bureaucratic cracks. Shortly after the temporary bridge was in place, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations hosted an snowmobile ride for the National Forest Service chief and other agency dignitaries from both the Washington, D.C. office and the Region 9 headquarters to “enlighten them” on the effects of snowmobiling on the local communities and gave them an opportunity to visit the Doty Bridge. The term “Enlightenment Ride” was given to this and several events in following years, not only in Michigan but also in other snow belt states as well — always with the purpose of showcasing snowmobiling partnerships between the snowmobilers and the NFS. The seven years came and went without any action and, somewhere
around 10 years, the temporary bridge was developing a sag rather than the bow it originally had. This caused a sight restriction between the east side and the west side and made crossing it a safety hazard. On Hiawatha National Forest’s West Zone, the Munising District Ranger was the primary contact. The previous ranger had been reassigned and new personnel took over those responsibilities, so a review of the bridge’s status placed it back on the priority list. Sometime shortly after the snowmobile season of 2019, the Munising District Ranger initiated another inspection of the bridge site and set the engineering process in motion as the first step in what would eventually result in the replacement. On March 21, 2019, engineering plans were presented to the DNR, the bid process initiated and the contracts written. Although the bridge is on Hiawatha National Forest land, the snowmobile trail itself is under the jurisdiction of the state, so it became a joint project to come up with the necessary funds
The new bridge is in and waiting to fill in the approaches and open up the trail.
Setting the new bridge in place.
to remove the temporary bridge and then the existing condemned bridge structure, to stabilize the ground on both sides of the stream and to get the abutments in place. Unfortunately, with each year of delay the cost increased dramatically and what was initially a $250,000 project turned into a $1 million-plus debacle with very little light at the end of the tunnel. Were it not for the perseverance of some very dedicated individuals in the state DNR, the NFS and a multitude of snowmobiling volunteers, the Doty Trestle Bridge project
may never have been completed. Thanks to those folks with the know-how to get things done, grants were acquired through the FHWA’s Recreational Trails Program, the Snowmobile Trails Improvement Fund and funding from any number of other agencies and sources. The Alger County SORVA (local grant sponsor) played a huge part in the process, working closely with the DNR Eastern UP Recreational Specialist and the NFS’s Munising District Ranger to see this project to a successful completion … and it only took 20 years! •
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’Twas the Snowmobiler’s Night Before Christmas: A New Translation of an Old Poem
BY STEPHEN KING
was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Translated: It was Christmas Eve … Things were pretty laid back. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Mice? Mama would never allow that. If she’d seen the mice, I would be a-stirring. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. Me and the wife and the kids had put some major mileage on the sleds that day. And, we were drying out the socks. In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Yeah, right. All we were thinking was dry footgear for tomorrow. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. All that riding had the kids plum tuckered right out. Sugar plums?
Yeah, right on that, too. More like playing on their phones with pizza and sodas on the side. And Mama in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. Mama in her jammies and me in my skivvies had just hopped in the rack for a little sack time. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Sounded like someone was makin’ off with the sleds! Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutter and threw up the sash. Mama wouldn’t budge. Told me to deal with it. So, I had to check it out. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of midday to objects below. Say what? The streetlights were on
and I could see what was up. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. No way, it was eight 120s all hitched together, draggin’ an old dude in a cutter. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Santa had upgraded to souped-up 120s! More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name! Santa gave the driver’s roster. “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! That was way back when. This time around the track it was: Now, Blair! Now Tucker! Now Michael! Now Levi! And, just to be politically correct: On, Karry! On, Victoria! And, can’t forget the Straight Line guys: So, on, Courtney! On, Bam Bam! “To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! “Now, dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!” Major tabletop! Hit them throttles and leap, boys and girls! Get this rig to the roof! As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, continued on page 16
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mount to the sky. So, up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas, too. Up, up, up the snowcrossers flew, with the shrieking cries of “straightliners don’t fly!” from the drag-racing duo. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. He was one happy old dude … for just falling down a smokestack. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
They made it! All those little sleds and the old guy with the huge backpack. They were on my roof! And, from the sounds of it, those little sleds were all tricked out with some major studs.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. Naw, not this dude. He had on some awesome riding leathers and carried one major backpack. And, when he stepped out of the fireplace, he didn’t have a speck on him. Talk about your Christmas magic.
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He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! The old dude never even made a sales pitch. Just left the goodies and lit out back up the chimney.
As I drew in my head and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. The old dude bounced out of the cutter when they hit and fell down the smokestack!
shape. Riding a sled is just like working out at the gym. Keeps you in good shape. And, from the look in his eye when he saw I was watching, I figured he wasn’t here to rip off the joint. Looked more like he was bringing samples of this year’s new snowmobile accessories. Helmets and goggles and jackets and gloves. Fog free with electric warmers, too. The good stuff.
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. Smelled like some pretty good weed. Think I might have caught a contact high. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. The dude was cool. And in good
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!” He hopped back in the cutter and the Christmas tree lights turned green. The draggers hit the throttle and the snowcrossers jumped and the whole bunch flew off with the old dude yellin’ out, “Merry Christmas to all you riders and a happy new sled to all you good boys and girls.” Merry Christmas and a happy, safe 2021! From all of us here at Michigan Snowmobiler magazine •
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he early snows that fell in late October got many snowmobiler’s thumbs twitching. Visions of adventures over snow-covered landscapes came just a bit sooner than usual but were exciting just the same. With more than a month to go before the snowmobile season officially begins, most avid snowmobilers have already completed the pre-season maintenance on their favorite sled and the trailer that will carry it to that first ride. A couple of items can be easily missed, however, and if not caught prior to that first outing, can turn an enjoyable adventure into an unfortunate and costly one. We always look at the mechanical elements and make sure all is in good operation. We’ve changed the spark plugs and drive belt; we’ve checked the oil reservoir and made sure that extra quart is in the rear compartment; and we’ve filled the tank with fresh high-octane fuel. We’ve even made sure the track is properly adjusted, there are no missing traction studs and the skis have brand new carbides installed. So, we’re ready to go, right? Not necessarily. A few other things should be checked, some
And So It Begins, What About the Cost? fairly visible and some maybe not. How many folks really know what the law says about legal snowmobile operation? There’s much more to it than just operating the sled. Yep, much more. And, occasionally, changes are made to the requirements that may be different from those of last year. Consider the registration process, for example. In Michigan, a snowmobile registration is valid for three years for just $30. The owner gets two copies of the registration certificate and two decals with specific instructions for placement on the snowmobile. It is also mandatory that a copy of the registration certificate be carried by the operator or at least by someone traveling with the operator of that snow machine. That regis-
tration must be available to a law enforcement official upon request; failure to do so is in violation of the law and can result in a citation. As mentioned, the decals must be placed exactly where required, but occasionally they might be destroyed, become dislodged from the sled or otherwise become illegible. Having a valid registration available to prove the snowmobile is legally registered may just prevent a citation. Reciprocity between the states — and even in most Canadian provinces — for snowmobiles are the same as for other vehicles, but the same cannot be said for insurance requirements or trail permits. So, when traveling out of state, check what is required in your destination state or prov-
ince. In the past several years, almost every state and Canadian province has established a requirement that every snow machine operated within their boundaries have a valid trail permit unless the machine remains on the owner’s own property. In Michigan, this is also the case, with the one exception being use of a snowmobile while ice fishing. For this activity, the operator may use a snowmobile for travel on the frozen water to and from the fishing site without purchase of a permit; however, the operator must be in possession of a valid fishing license and fishing paraphernalia and must obey other requirements as well. For example, the sled must be launched onto the ice in the same manner as continued on page 22
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a boat and operation on any land in the process without a valid trail permit may result in a violation. The cost of a trail permit varies widely, not only from state to state but also in most of the Canadian provinces. Research shows Michigan has one of the most equitable across the board. When the trail permit concept was first introduced in the early 1990s, it was adamantly opposed by both our neighboring states and by many communities near state lines within our own state for a couple of reasons. First, businesses that depended on revenue from snowmobilers that routinely crossed from one state to another felt their establishments could not survive should their customers be required to purchase a permit to ride legally in Michigan. Secondly, the snowmobilers themselves felt they were being forced to pay a tariff to ride in the state. In fact, the first trail permit proposal failed and was subject to a possible boycott by other state snowmobile associations and by many businesses in the state, mostly in the far western Upper Peninsula, which depended on customers primarily from Wisconsin and Minnesota for their livelihoods. Both proved to be wrong in the long run and the funding derived from trail permit sales went into the grooming program,
resulting in some of the best snowmobile trails in the nation. Unlike some other states and Canadian provinces, Michigan has but one trail permit and the cost for residents and non-residents is the same. This is considered one of the best values anywhere at an annual fee of just $48. Our immediate neighbors in Wisconsin, on the other hand, sell non-resident trail permits at a significantly higher price than what residents pay, and they have an even lower fee for members of their state snowmobile association, which is a strong incentive for snowmobilers to join. Many of the New England states use a two-tiered program that encourages snowmobilers to join their state associations. In a couple of states, it is mandatory. In New York, for example, these is no permit per se; however, the snowmobile must be registered in the state at $100 per year to be legal but is discounted to just $45 with membership in the state association. A few locations within the state require the state registration, but also require a local permit. In the Old Forge area in the towns of Webb and Inlet, a permit is required and sold at $80 until Nov. 15, then it goes to $100. This is also true to snowmobile legally in the Adirondacks.
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o, ho, ho, all of you happy snowmobilers. It is just about Christmas time. But, even more important than that, it is snowmobile season! Dec. 1 is the official start of the season in Michigan.
However, there is also that whole Christmas thing coming up. And, with that, there is that whole buying gifts thing. Now, when it comes to youngsters, there is no time like Christmas to get them into snowmobiling.
Kitty Cat took off like a January blizzard. That Kitty Cat blizzard began back in 1972. That year, Arctic Cat let that new little kitty out of the bag. It was designed for kids in the 5- to 10-year-old age group. So, it did not hit 100 mph, have carbide studs or ice picks on the track. Nope, it was totally designed with the safety of the little drivers in mind. First, it only had into the children’s sled a 60cc engine. So, not market, they did it in a a lot of big air jumps big way because they for this cat. And, just to already had an estabmake sure the little kitty lished network of dealers kiddies did not try for all over the Snow Belt any hot laps, the machine states. This gave them a had a governor on it. huge advantage. This allowed a top speed Let’s say we have this of about 8 mph. great idea for a sled. We Next, the track was build the thing, and it totally rubber and totally looks pretty good. Then enclosed under the sled what? We have to figure so, little hands and feet out how to sell it. Also, would not get caught in we have to figure out it. Also, there was nothing sharp to nick up the what to do if it breaks or a kid breaks one. We kids. Same with the skis. They were also made of need somebody to fix it. rubber with blunted front Arctic Cat, with its network of dealers, had all ends. So, no pointy bits. of that, which is why their So, running over your
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The equipment is the system. Then on to a safely marked througheasy part, but the people wonderful dinner includ- out our trail system. Our dining group was need to have that one ing the salad along with a steak and baked powell impressed with how weekend each year tato, and served right to the tables were set up as when all of our voluntable. your the double tables with teers and groomers get Snowmobilers from all chairs all the way around together at a local estabover the area as well as them aloud for communilishment. They let off a other parts of our state cation without being limlittle steam and have a ventured to Whitehall ited to just talking to a fine evening of food and that evening to partake couple of people. Our drink and fellowship. group included Randy The West Shore Snow- of this wonderful event. Brian made a point to Smith, Jamie Bishop as mobile council has been bring up the fact that well as Dan and Robin having a Spring fling many volunteers do Taylor and Phil and dance every year for as many different things. Cheryl Alvesteffer. And of long as I can remember. This year was no differ- Some volunteers do course our favorite girl ent, the only difference great things for the clubs Carla Buchan out on an this year was the venue, by obtaining the materi- evening dinner with us, the Spring fling for 2019 als that they need to re- since Tom was gone pair bridges or perhaps trout fishing. It was truly would brother be held atorthe Vet- did ple know of the standard sister not put in a drainage ditch. a great evening of food erans leave of Foreign wars black design, when they huge ruts in them. post on Colby street in Or one of many other and drink along with As noted, with the comfirsttocame theygreat pro- fellowship tasks that need hap- out, some Whitehall. pany behind them, the Kitty duced 50 red ones and 50 The evening began pen in order to keep our with family and friends.
Cat took off like a scared yellow ones. But, as I kind kitten. They just went gang- of hinted at, those you very busters. Saw them everyrarely see. where. Any kid that was Now, story time: Way any kid had one. back when, when I was However, to make sure about 9, Mom and Dad those little riders could get made that year’s Christmas the feel of a real sled, they totally special for me. In VELTMAN HARDWARE were designed like Arctic my Christmas stocking was 231-861-2442 Cat’s 1970 EXT race sleds. this little package. I didn’t those little drivers could think nothing tooPermits much •So, Snowmobile Parts • Service • Trail ride a sled that looked a about it. On lot thelike Hart-Montague Trail 4736 1stI St. - New Era, the ones that their Then, unwrapped it. MI heroes rode on the ice Found a key to a snowmobile! I think I lit up brighter ovals. than our Christmas tree. A The Kitty Cats were produced from 1972 until snowmobile! My own sled! Arctic Cat had that whole Could not have gotten any financial crisis thing back better. Still one of my favorite memories of my longin the early 1980s. So, 1981 was the last year for gone mom and dad. Now, this year, if you the original design. But, a are a mom or a dad, or few years later, Arctic Cat put them back into produc- a grandfather or grandtion. Then, years later, they mother, this may be the year to make that child’s evolved into the Min-Zs. memory of a lifetime. It will But, for collectors, those first years were the ones give them a good excuse they want. Personally, with to get off that couch, stop all the snowmobile shows that video game, and get I attend, I see little Kitty outside and have some Cats. real experiences. This is Also, while at the Top what most of us sledders of the Lake Snowmobile want for our kids — to Museum in Naubinway, have the same fun we have Charlie Vallier, a curator, had for so many years. noted that while most peoMerry Christmas to all. •
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ver about the past few years, one of the more interesting aspects of our sport has been the legal battle between AM Page 18 two giants — Arctic 1:58 AM Page 18 Cat and Ski-Doo (aka Bombardier Recreations Products or BRP). NOWMOBILER - The September, 2019 back fight started SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 in late 2011 when BRP went to court in Canada, alleging that Arctic Cat had infringed BY STEPHEN KING on its “pyramidal design.” BRP did this in Canada in damages. It also court basically granted of the aftermarket partbecause are(then a part Canadian of thethey aftermarket numbers Camso forbid Arctic Cat or any was that Arctic Cat company. numbers Camso (then Camplast) produced. of its Canadian dealers could no longer Thebusiness case then played Camplast) produced. same we try Those from selling, making or sell snowmobiles in Thoseout same business hnewe in the Canadian continue to of tryobjectives using any of the models Canada without paying objectives to 2015, nThis one ofguide the continue court. Infamily about The people that make Track USA run. Tony Vruwink seated on in question in Canada. Bombardier a royalty. guidebusiness family s. This today. ing a owned the the court ruledsnowmobile. in favor The people Back, that make Track USA run. Tony Vruwink seated on Kathy Vruwink, Ben Dahline Vruwink. course, Arctic Cat Theand suitBruce granted what business today. snowmobile.Of taking a owned Track USA knows USA. Back, Kathy Vruwink, Ben Dahline and Bruce Vruwink. of BRP. They agreed appealed, and the was about a 1% royalty Track USA knows swith USA.their tracks from the with three out of the business inSoon after the busileading snowmobile battle continued. on allThe sleds sold after their tracks from the track, trail riders, s.en withrace The business inSoon after the busileading snowmobile four suits BRP had evitably branched into rail andon tunnel race track, trail riders, ness started customer ars. Still playing theirexten-2014, which came mounhy on cross-country, evitably branched into ness started customer rail and tunnel extenbrought forth the ATV/UTV market demand led to home the de-court, sion for which moun-regarding Kathy this past Tracks under the lawsuit. This and utility (well and ontaincross-country, the ATV/UTV market demand led to the desion for which Tracks patent infringement. through which they revelopment of what has USA has become tain and utility (well he and summer BRP have been in busi- over 100 different through which they revelopment what has known USAwon has wide. becomewould world tail an ultimate variety become theofindustry over 100 different he busiThis battle then of its to the variety $2.8 ago. models) and they are wide. addition tail an ultimate become the another industry portion known world and they It arereached ars ago. models) continued. share their USA happy to case. A Canadian court million. to sharemajor their point in s USA happyanother now- knowledge with cusagain sided with the With that, and before, with cus- time, the e snow- knowledge The goalAtis that to the tomers. 2017. company and granted there was much talk in the tomers. The goal is to court’s rule linedgranted BRP it the win. Although they get the customer this would be the end they get the customer lined the right nown up with the win. That decision exact details were not of Arctic Cat. However, e known up with the right track/parts the first nding would have cost Artic tanding track/parts the first completely released, most of that talk seems around. ge, Cat about $2.8 million edge, time time around. what the Canadian to be just rumors.
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Winter and the Other Three Seasons BY JIM DUKE
sk any snowmobile enthusiast about their favorite time of year and the answer will, without any hesitation, be winter. In fact, ask that same question to a skier, snowboarder, musher and even the fishermen who prefer the thrill of catching their limit through a hole in the ice and the answer will undoubtedly be winter. But what about the other three seasons? What do these folks do for recreation when the temperature climb above freezing and the snows of winter have melted away? The answers might surprise you. Not long ago, but before the arrival of the coronavirus, I took an afternoon to visit with several of my friends and other acquaintances known to favor colder weather and asked all
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of them the same questions. The first: “What is your favorite season and why?” Of the nine folks at our little gathering, eight immediately said winter. Half said it was because of the solitude; the other half said they enjoyed the beauty of the snow glistening in the trees as they zipped along the trails on their snow machines. The one individual with a different opinion said although she tolerated winter because of her husband’s joy of it, she actually liked autumn best because of her memories from childhood. Her parents would take her apple picking and then make cider; her mom would bake fresh donuts; and they would sit on the porch and watch the colored leaves fall from the trees. She recalled they would ride their
bikes along the country road near their home and marvel at the beauty of the season. She quickly added, “But I like all the seasons!” When asked what solitude meant, a couple said it was the total quietness of a walk in the woods, something one could not imagine during any other time of the year. Another person said sitting on a frozen lake and anxiously watching the fishing line dangling through the hole. One individual stated, “Solitude cannot be achieved when in company with others … solitude is the oneness with nature, regardless of the season.” It was obvious that four of the group were avid snowmobilers, but my second question still required them to answer. I asked, “What activity, or activities, did they find most enjoyable in the winter
months?” As I expected, six of the nine said snowmobiling but what I didn’t expect were the answers of the other three. The young lady who enjoyed autumn most said although she liked to ride with her husband occasionally, she was just as happy on the ski slopes. The other two agreed that skiing was a fun pastime, but their passion was more toward ice fishing — but not just the fishing, it was getting to the remote inland lakes where there was no open access and no vehicles could go. It was the challenge of snowshoeing in and winter camping lakeside that appealed to them as well as what they both described as the “rustic primitive experience.” The lady who preferred skiing said she wanted continued on page 36 Arlene says she always enjoys biking along an autumn, leaf-covered pathway.
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almost as much as their winter ones; however, they were quick to point out that eating snow dust was much more pleasant that what was kicked up when riding the trails without snow. One of the younger folks said it wasn’t nearly as much fun riding back in the pack, but it was better than just sitting at home. One winter-loving fellow said another very popular pastime in the other seasons is golf — and it is just about as expensive as snowmobiling but not nearly as much fun. A couple people said they always enjoyed their pontoon boat, had even taken some overnight trips on it in years past and were thinking of doing it again. The lady said she enjoyed seeing different places along the shorelines and liked tying up to a dock at sunset wherever they happened to be. Asked if they would seek lodging during these excursions, both
said it depended on the weather; if it was nice, they just stayed on their boat, but during inclement weather they would usually try to find shelter ashore. So, there you have it — folks who enjoy winter recreation also enjoy summertime activities. The one lady loves fall best did say she tried staying indoors most of a recent winter season, but it seemed like she was wasting her life away by, in her words, “hibernating like a bear.” She eventually had to give it up and get outside again. She agreed it was more fun sharing a ride with her husband than staying home alone. The two ice fishermen said physical exertion, in moderation, was the key to a healthy and happy lifestyle, regardless of the season. Everyone gave a big thumbs up to that statement, and then we all went our separate ways. •
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includes “vehicle access.” It does not. It only guarantees access by foot. For example, if there is a lake or stream you want to go to to fish. You are allowed. However, if there is no road into that lake or stream, then, you have to walk. There is nothing in this agreement that allows BY STEPHEN KING people to use motorized n our October issue, my Land. And, a good part vehicles to access those fellow writer, Jim Duke of this land belongs to the areas. talked about logging. Logging Companies. There Now, quite often, in the He was a bit upset about is a really good chance U.P., there are vast tracts the fact that where logging that if you have ridden the of land that are owned by occurs, it makes a mess. Trails in the U.P., you have big companies. Most of As well, after they are ridden over Trails that them logging companies. done, they leave stumps cross their lands. On most of these lands, behind, sometimes right Now, on this, a good beside the Trail. Now, first off, I want to state that I have the utmost respect for Mr. Duke. He has a record in Snowmobiling that has earned him a spot in the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. And, I personally respect him for all that he has done for Snowmobiling. And, unlike our National counterparts, I believe that we can differ a bit on issues, while still supporting and wanting the best for Snowmobiling. Therefore, on this, while I have the greatest respect portion of the land is the landowners, do allow for Mr. Duke, I chose to called “CFA” land. This vehicles to access them. differ with him on this. is short for “Commercial On existing two track Rather than be critical of Forest Act.” This Program roads, and sometimes loggers, I feel we need to designates land that peoeven trails. However, they ple own that the State do what we can to supdo this out of good will. makes an agreement with. They are not required to port them. And, thank The land owner agrees to do this. them. The reason that I say this allow access to the land Now, as for snowmobilis that in the U.P., where in return for lower taxes. ing, I can say for a fact both Jim and I live and However, many people that in general, we are just ride, about 25-30% of the chose to misinterpret that a pain in the rear for logTrails are on Corporate to mean that this also gers. However, for some
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reason, the Loggers still tend to support us. On this, I recently talked with Jim Maeder. Jim is the current President of the Timbermen’s Association. One of the things Jim stated was, “Loggers really tend to support snowmobilers. Part of that is because a lot of loggers also ride. Many of us get off the job and head out on our sleds. So, the Trails are important to us, as well.” But, Jim also stated, “But, one thing a lot of snowmobilers don’t realize is that this is how we earn our living. A lot of snowmobilers are from the urban areas. They don’t realize how important the forest products industry is. One of the things that comes to mind is like this past spring, when everyone was hoarding toilet paper. We used to joke, “If you don’t like loggers, try using plastic toilet paper.” Jim said that jokingly. But, it is also true. A good many of the products we use comes from trees. Like, all of the varieties of paper. Like toilet paper. And, the paper in this magazine. Plus, for those of you that live in a house, the wooden 2X4s and other studs did not come from the plant down the street. They grew out in a forest. Then, a logger cut down that tree. It was transported, cut into boards, trucked to a store, and then sold to the builder. This involved a lot of people. A lot of people who
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through April 15th where same Thursday evening a four-inch snow base following the SAW meeting, but at the Kewadin exists. Prior to adjournment, Casino & Conference a question was asked Center with a reception why the SAW meeting to welcome manufacwas no longer held at turer representatives, the winter. This is due to The young growth, the the same location as the vendors, grant sponsors, a variety of reasons. But, new trees, all the plants, DNR personnel, and all groomer workshop? Althe usual one is that it is a and animals, and birds thelive though area the present other swampy and has facilto that there.interested paritycut was more ties.and The event activities, be when the groundthan is Jim I both noted, adequate, it was a huge “We including several frozen. don’t need to cut breakall inconvenience those theout sessions instruct For those areas, for signs trees. There is to nothing are put up. Precautions leaving few attending both who, wrong new with comers anda update are taken. Sometimes a areas, to preserve some through necessity or the experienced operatemporary reroute is done. the Old Growth areas. preference, hauled trail- oftors, and demos of the But, no matter how hard But, Old Growth areas ers to the event, which various equipment, that both the DNR and loggers are like a desert underrequired either unhook- would run through the neath. Very little grows work, there will always ing and leaving the weekend, again there. There is not much exbe places where logging unattended at one to ceeded expectations. eat for the animals. You istrailer happening during the facility while driving to Committee Chairman will see very few deer, or winter. the or hoping to other Donwildlife. Reed Theytook like the On other, this, logging is a find messy adequate parking podium to Young explain growth. for- the very business. Also,for newer have a and muchscheduling more there many people botharevehicle & trailer ests agenda diverse selection of life would that would love to see upon arrival. of activities that than Old Growth.” logging shut down. Just as From attendance at take place, and the hope Jim also pointthere are a lot ofit people this meeting, was obvi- Then, that everyone could find ed out, “A lot of people that would love to see ous that holding the time to attend the variare pointing at the West snowmobiling shut down. SAWpoint along with ousnow, breakout sessions, and all of They at things like the right groomer was those all forest of which hadis been fires. That recently cut workshop areas. an excellent to of assist good example bad the And, even as choice, a former but a planned since space was already forest grant sponsors For with all management. lumberjack, I will agree many they requirehave that a recently is available at cut thearea primary the decades, necessary and to ugly. It looks dev-both stopped facility, tototally have mentstheinlogging everything astated. what people the forest events But, in the same place stopped provide a fires. properly don’t see is that same This has allowed the fuelto acshould at least be con- groomed trail, how area, a few years later. to really build up. Like, sidered. The DNR facili- curately file the appropriBully on display, and Reps to answer ques- tator stated that previous ate continued on page 40for documents complaints that the Ke- reimbursements, and reThe SAW and DNR personnel present were introduced and a brief description of their responsibilities to the snowmobile program explained. Thefrom remainder made money that of the evening was deditree. cated socializing and Now,topersonally, I spent a good portion about networking, withofsponsor 30-40 years on the end of clubs meeting face-toa chain saw. I cutcontacts down face with DNR trees. Fiveareas or six hours for their and sura day. Five or six days rounding zones or hava week. This is what I ing some personal time did for a living. During to discuss that time, I peculiarities also did otherof their particular things, like own brands. a restauAs usual, the resort staff rant, own a flea market, was on hand toand provide fish commercial, other excellent serviceandwith things, like writing taking pictures. But, I also cut a lot of wood each year. Like, in the winter, when the restaurant slowed down, I would grab the saw and head to the bush. Now, when I talked to Jim, I told him a story about a job I was working on. We were cutting way back in the bush. The last two or three miles was on a road that we made. Not a real road. Also, this job could only be done in the winter, because the ground was to muddy to cross over in the summer.
Both Friday and Saturday were split between indoor and outdoor activities. The first round of breakout sessions, started after breakfast. After lunch, breakI recall, goingthe home, outs were at the end of repeated the day, so everyone hadmeeting an opporand quite often sleds. had signs up.one tunityWe to attend each Itofwas dead end. Ended them. Several attenat our There those was juston dees,job. mostly enough roomlist foreligible one vehithe current for cle. Meeting anything was equipment replacea pain. Still, a few times ments, were anxious to a week, I met sleds. Was getthrilled. outside and check not out theJim various brands of Now, also noted, tractors and other “A lot of snowmobilers grooming gear.that in also don’t know the several manyAmong areas, especially on State land, we have to shut down on December 1st. The Official start of Snowmobiling Season. It doesn’t matter if we are done with that job or not. Our contract says we cannot cut there after that date. This is fine, for snowmobilers. But, this is how we make a living.” Also, Jim is from Lower Michigan, the Land Down Under the Bridge. Me? I live on the Upper side of Life. Up here, like I alluded to in my story, a lot of places can only be cut in
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6 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 6 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 to meet with us. My oh’ to meet with us. My oh’ my, things have really my, things have really changed during these changed during these past two decades, past two decades, haven’t they? haven’t they? At the 2019 ACSA At the 2019 ACSA Fly-In the Michigan Fly-In the Michigan Snowmobile AssociaSnowmobile Association sent four deletion sent four delegates to attend the to attend the Morning meeting of the ACSA Board con- gates meetings and to gather Morning meeting of the ACSA Board con- meetings and to gather vened early Sunday morning. information to discuss vened early Sunday morning. information to discuss with our legislators ing congressional Representatives, and with legislators ing congressional Representatives, and duringour our visit to the committees or mem- even though many of during our visit to the committees or mem- even though many of Capital. With fourteen bers of Congress. At them were somewhat Capital. With fourteen bers of Congress. At them were somewhat Congressmen / the end of the day be- confused as to pur/ the end of the day be- confused as to pur- Congressmen and two Senafore anyone is ex- pose, most welcomed women and two Senafore anyone is ex- pose, most welcomed women tors, where possible, cused, we have our us with courteous in- tors, where cused, we have our us with courteous in- we met the possible, appointbriefings as to talking terest. In today’s socimet the appointbriefings as to talking terest. In today’s soci- we as a team, but points of interest and a ety most of our ments as a team, but points of interest and a ety most of our ments when the visits overreminder of issues legislators use the when the visits reminder of issues legislators use the lapped in time,overwe most important to state associations as in time, we most important to state associations as lapped went in groups of two. snowmobiling in every their primary source of in groups of two. snowmobiling in every their primary source of went This scheduling information when This snowbelt state. scheduling information when worked well snowbelt state. in order issues Tuesday, the final snowmobile well in order issues worked Tuesday, the final snowmobile for us to visit each and day of the event is arise. for us to visit each and day of the event is arise. office, either with For the past sev- every office, dedicated to “storming either with For the past sev- every dedicated to “storming a senior staff member the hill” to meet with eral years since 1999, a senior staff member the hill” to meet with eral years since 1999, or with the Congressour state’s Senators it is no longer much of or with the Congressour state’s Senators it is no longer much of men/women in person. and Congressmen or a chore to get appointin person. and Congressmen or a chore to get appoint- men/women We have always been women, or at the very ments, and in many We have always been women, or at the very ments, and in many welcomed in both Senleast, their knowledge- cases the ACSA office welcomed in Senleast, their knowledge- cases the ACSA office ator’s officesboth to meet, able office staff. Al- receives calls or e- ator’s offices to able office staff. Al- receives calls or e- albeit briefly, withmeet, them though it was difficult mails inquiring when briefly, with them though it was difficult mails inquiring when albeit personally. to do, Christine was “the snowmobilers” will to do, Christine was “the snowmobilers” will personally. It is most gratifying very successful in ac- be coming to the CapiIt is most gratifying very successful in ac- be coming to the Capi- that the majority of quiring appointments tal so Senators and the majority of quiring appointments tal so Senators and that federally with most of the offices Representatives can Michigan’s federally with most of the offices Representatives can Michigan’s elected officials are reof both Senators and try to adjust schedules of both Senators and try to adjust schedules elected officials are re-
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well as getting our trails Westshore Spring land owners satisfied as put in, in a safe manner. well as getting our trails Westshore Spring put in,Lead groomer driver Dinner Dance in a safe manner. Steve Bell was recogLead groomer driver Dinner Dance with a period of fellow- nized for the tireless efBy Andy Twork Steve Bell was recog-
ship time for stories and forts that he exerts each with a period of fellow- nized for the tireless eflaughs from the previous and every year in his You know when the ship time for stories and forts that he exerts each season. Whether it be many hours of grooming. snow begins to melt and laughs the previous and every year in his You know when the gettingfrom a groomer stuck He is still enjoying our the green grass starts to season. Whether it be many hours of grooming. snow begins to melt and or being broke down snowmobile trails even be a nuisance to the getting a groomer stuckor He is still enjoying our the green grass starts to perhaps having a fine though hes not able to point where you need to or being broke down or snowmobile even be a nuisance to the time out on a snowmobil- ride anymoretrails cut it every week, the perhaps having a fine though hes nothimself. able to point where you need to ing adventure, either on Whitehallhimself. and MonTrail Boss Brian Vanette awards Randy Ackersnowmobiling season is time out on a snowmobilride anymore cut it every week, the our trails on the West tague are towns that berg a kind a "Snowmobiler of the year over. adventure, either on Whitehall and MonBoss BrianofVanette awards Randy Ackersnowmobiling season is ing shore or on trails else- support snowmobiling as Trail award" for his efforts in the council this past The work for the seaour trails on the West tague are towns that berg a kind of a "Snowmobiler of the year over. where in our great state well as businesses and year sonThe is not over, preventaor on trails else- support snowmobiling as award" for his efforts in the council this past work for the sea- shore of Michigan. contractors that donate BYas STEPHEN KING tive maintenance has to where in our great state well businesses and year son is not over, preventaThese are the people Muskegon, Newaygo The ring leader, Brian contractors their time and be done on all thehas equipMichigan. thatmaterials. donate tive maintenance to ofVanett and Oceana county has from the many clubs that kicked off the As intime many ef- to Thesewith are motorcycles the people Muskegon, Newaygo ment and stored under The ring leader, what Brian istheir his in our continuing happening, but Ithe pledge aa few years ago, andcases materials. be done on month, all the equipform the West Shore trail system that they eveningkicked alongoff the with As forts of their employees from thethere many are clubspeople that and Oceana county has cover and for thetonext few in many the efeffort keep the Vanett snowmobilyou readers not tocases become what who wantbeto do of. ment stored under Snowmobile Council, can truly proud Oscar Reed by recognizin making sure that our a trail system that they form the West Shore months, resting, waiting along the with forts of their employees cover for the next few evening ing public updated what national media has become. I it isaway with requirement. and because of the themhelmet ingon theReed trail captains from trails are sure maintained Council, can truly bepproud of. for the upcoming seaOscar by recognizin making that ouras Snowmobile months, resting, waiting is happening in the snowmobile not try make yourand minds At this time, these proposals thethe different areaswill in our welltoare as keptup safe p are trail captains from son.the upcoming sea- ing trails maintained as and it is because of them for world, we are starting a new feafor you. Whether or not you chose only for people with a medical system. Then on to a safely marked throughson.The equipment is the the different areas in our well as kept safe and wonderful dinner includture — a legislative update. to support or go against any piece reason — verified by a doctor — out our trail system. easy but the people Thepart, equipment is the system. Then on to a safely marked throughing the salad along with Ouror dining group was be State Sen. Ed McBroom, R– dinner includof legislation any issue will that impedes their ability to wear a trail system. out our need to have one wonderful easy part, but thethat people a steak and baked powell impressed with how ing the salad along with weekend each year Waucedah, whoone chairs the Senate up to you.Our dining group was helmet. need to have that tato, andand served right to well the tables were set up as a steak baked poimpressed with how when all of our volunNatural Resources Committee, I am an “old school” reporter. I Another bill, HB 5551, deals with weekend each year yourand table. thetables double tato, served right to the weretables set up with as the teers get with when all ofgroomers ourtovolunhas and agreed speak us. Sen. believe it is my job to report the violation that occurs when your Snowmobilers from all the chairs all thetables way around your table. double with together atgroomers a local estabteers and get McBroom and his staffover will be area pro- asfrom news. make it way upcommunior take sides. registration decal or trail sticker is the well as Not them aloud Snowmobilers all chairs all the for around lishment.atThey off a together a locallet estabviding theand information about what However, fullaloud disclosure: Aslimsomeplaced incorrectly. The bill would other parts state cation without being the areaofasour well as them for communilittle steam lishment. They lethave off aa over is happening in Lansing regarding one who makes a living off the make it a fine of upTHIS to $150. ventured Whitehall ited towithout just talking to a parts to of our state cation being limVISIT IRONS AREA WINTER!!! fine evening of food little steam and haveand a other that evening to partake couple of people. Our ventured to Whitehall the trails, snowmobiling or any motorsports trail system, I will be Currently, this violation is a criminal ited to just talking to a drinkevening and fellowship. VISIT IRONS AREA THIS WINTER!!! fine of food and of this wonderful event. group included Randy that evening to partake couple of than people. other factors may affect the pro trails. Other that,Our it will be misdemeanor carrying stronger The West Shorethat Snowdrink and fellowship. Brian made a point to Smith, Jamie Bishop asor get penalties. this wonderful event. of group included Randy mobile council has been The West Shore Snowtrails and riding. I personally want up to you readers to respond bring up the fact that well as Dan and Robin Brian made a point to Smith, Jamie Bishop as having a Spring fling mobile council hasMcBroom been to thank Sen. and his involved with the issues. In addition, SB 0032 will change many up volunteers do well bring the fact that Taylor and and Phil and as Dan Robin dance every year for as having a Spring fling staff for their assistance. As someThis month, most of the bills, both the Recreational Passport requiremany different volunteersthings. do Taylor Cheryl Alvesteffer. and Phil And andof long asevery I canyear remember. dance for as many “H OME OF THETrailheads ANNUAL FLEA ROASTbecome & OX MARKET” oneyear once said, “An informed pubHouse Senate, thatAnd involve ments. would things. Some different volunteers do and Cheryl Alvesteffer. of course our favorite girl long I can remember. This as was no differ- many “H OME OF THE ANNUAL FLEA ROAST & OX MARKET” lic year is key todifference a democracy.” again about theongirl helmet authorized unlimited entry recrevolunteers do are great things for thetrails clubs course our favorite Carla Buchan out an This was no differ- Some ent, the only Blessing of the Sleds great things for the clubs by obtaining the materiCarla Buchan out on an evening dinner with us, Also, I will be giving a brief on law. Similar to what happened ation areas. of the Sleds ent, the only this year was difference the venue, Blessing @ Skinner Park - Irons, MI Jan. 4, 2020 materidinnerwas with gone us, alsobtaining that theythe need to re- evening since Tom was thefor venue, this the year Spring fling 2019 by @ Skinner Park Irons, MI 18, Jan.2020 4, 2020 Snow out-date Jan. they need to re- since Tom was gone pairthat bridges or perhaps trout fishing. It was truly the Spring flingatfor would be held the2019 Vet- als Snow date Jan.or 18, or perhaps fishing. It wasoftruly For trailout conditions up2020 coming put bridges in a drainage ditch. trout a great evening food would at the wars Vet- pair erans be ofheld Foreign For trail conditions or up coming put in a drainage ditch. a great evening of food Or one of many other and drink along with erans of Colby Foreign warsin events visit our web post on street Or one of many other and drink along with tasks that need to hapsome great fellowship events visit our web post on Colby street in Whitehall. @ironsarea.com tasks that need to hapsome great fellowship pen in order to keep our family and friends. with Whitehall. The evening began @ironsarea.com The evening began pen in order to keep our with family and friends.
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Also, with the passage of Prop 1 in the recent election, many of us are wondering exactly what that will mean for snowmobiling and trail usage. I contacted Paul AMERICA’S LARGEST TRAILER SECTION Yauk, head of the trails program. “This could allow for more funds being directed to the development Legend of trails in the program,” he said. Explorer Sen. McBroom made a similar comment, stating, “The ballot proposal to amend the Natural Resource Trust Fund was supported by more than 80% of voters. Passage will provide needed flexibility for recreational projects, while allowing use of oil and gas revenue for generations to come.” Michigan’s #1 Brand Again, I will refrain from any Best Built. Longest Lasting. other comment, either supporting or opposing these bills. However, 7 SNOWMOBILE TRAILER MODELS AVAILABLE ® ® that at this time, I must mention RENEGADE X-RS Lengths: 13’ – 32’ Widths: 7’, 7.5’ & 8.5’ the legislature is in its “lame Choppy trail, mode. bumpy terrain, duck” So,wild many of the corners – devour them all on the above bills may or may not be Renegade X-RS featuring the legislative term. newacted rMotion™upon X® rearthis & RAS™ X® front suspension. Pair it with “There are limited session days ® X-RS ® TRENEGADE RILA IL a powerful Rotax® Engine and T R A remaining in November and REV® Gen4 platform and you’re BEHIND Choppy trail, bumpy terrain, wild December of anything the 2020 legislative BEHIND ready to easily handle corners – devour them all on the NO ONE . the senator said. “Most theterm,” trail throws at you. X-RS featuring the NO Renegade ONE . new rMotion™ X® rear & RAS™ X® bills that will be voted on during front suspension. Pair it with ® Engine ®and a powerful Rotax® this time have more than likely RENEGADE X-RS REV® Gen4®platform and ® you’re RENEGADE X-RS already been introduced. If the ready to easily handle anything Choppy trail, bumpy wildat you. the trailterrain, throws legislation does not see action in corners – devour them all on the Renegade X-RS featuring the 2020, it may be reintroduced in new rMotion™ X® rear & RAS™ X® front suspension. Pair it with 2021. a powerful Rotax® Engine and REV® Gen4 platform and you’re “The Michigan House will ready to easily handle anything the trail throws at you. remain in Republican leadership following the election,” he continued, “so it is unlikely there will be swinging changes or reforms 989 -684 -9872 enacted. The House and Senate 3636 S. Huron St. | Bay City, MI 48706 www.stevenscycle.com Oversight Committees have been taking a closer look at election issues the past few weeks.” But, again, if you want to support or oppose these bills, I suggest getting in contact with your ® local legislator, either senator or representative. Go to our website, ® www.michsnowmag, for(BRP).more ® © 2020 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. All rights reserved. , TM and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affiliates. Products in the United States (U.S.) are distributed by BRP US Inc. Always ride responsibly and safely. ® updates and info. •
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nions and xpressed re strictly uthor and t the offie Associormation was preeetings of Directors not have n altered ng.
It? A is an he Michibile and on. It is a n almost d snowation and zed trail with adons but failed in pts to ition as a espected reational a familyphere. an Snow-
and Santa is checking his list and, mobile Association, of course, checking it which itself twice. has This proven year (2020) time and been time a again, has really rough sometimes through time for everyone and, a very as theyhostile say, we environare ment, be bothSo, a reliin thisto together. able and acceptable let’s get together and snowmobile. source of credible inforMSA pertaining held its yearly mation to the convention in Traverse sport of snowmobiling, Cityawith nearly and worthy ally 300 to other members attending. This motorized recreational year, theInawards were pursuits. the Off-Road plentiful —Presidents Vehicle sector, however, award, Club of the there appeared to be too Year, Dealer of the many obstacles, ofand Year, Snowmobiler quite frankly many the Year and, too of course, different types of vehiAlmost Snowmobiler cles into the of thelumped Year. A special ORV category for tothere award was given Bill toManson, ever be any sort honoring himof as International United compatibility, and some Stateswere Snowmobiler of types fairing much the Year. better than others, havA new board was ing already found a par-
ent organization as a shelter. WHY?? For quite some time there been discuselectedhas at breakfast sion about the combining on Sunday. President of efforts to improve and Fred Egeler said goals for next the season are cateto simplify various increase membership gories of motorized and to improve recreation and our the trail sevsystem. eral different vehicles Polaris Industries employed to achieve the announced a level of enjoyment, adsnowmobile that venture, and performdoubles the fun of the ance of each. Those with tremendously successful the authority to regulate Indy Lite — the New such activities onPorsche public Indy Lite GT. The lands, whether state or red-colored Lite GT federal, looking for is one ofwere the lightest appropriate guidance from those who participated, and what better organization than the snowmobile association to spearhead the project. Obviously, not all types of off-road vehicles would be compatible for use on the same trails, most of which were developed by the snowmobile community and are
Dan Hill of Greenville Michigan, makes a sharp turn.
A full house of more than 100 members and guest at the May 18th meeting to approve the change from MSA to MISORVA. machines in its class. and superior fuel groomed andwith maintained earmarked as multi-use, This coupled power economy. A suggested by snowmobile program retail meaning are availprovide by Polaris’ pricethey of $3,179 grant 340cc, sponsors able for by any other proven oil- during seems to use be affordable injected, twin-cylinder, for most. the winter months, approved motor vehifan cold engine with Ski-Doo specifically from Decem- cles. Asintroduced stated previdual 30mm carbs means the new 1991 ber 1st until midnight on ously, not allFormula types of the Lite GT provides Mach 1, powered March 31st of each year. off-road vehiclesby are exceptional performance 617cc Rotax engine During this time, it is con- acompatible when it that has been fine tuned sidered illegal to operate comes to sharing the to produce an optimum a wheeled vehicle 1991 formula on trails. RPM range of &,650 to Mach any of the 6500 1.plus Dirt Bikes for examas high as 8,600. Like miles of designated the ple,Ski-Doo have worked Formula out Plus a snowmobile trails. very acceptable coalition X, it features enhanced Outside of the spe- aerodynamics with the CycleinConservathe cab cific dates set aside ex- design, tion Corps, and the which underwent clusively for snowmobile wind-tunnel Jeeps, Full-size testing at Mud use and other than the Runners, Rock Canadianand National The where trails cross private Research CrawlersCouncil. all appear to be drag of the Formula X property, designated very satisfied with their is lower thanrecrewilderness, or other sen- models own individual sitive areas, most are ational endeavors, and
For information about snowmobiling in the Eastern U.P. area call: CEDARVILLE ........................906-297-3060
SAULT STE. MARIE ............800-MI-SAULT
DRUMMOND ISLAND ...........833-817-7851
GRAND MARAIS ...................906-250-7985
ST. IGNACE ...........................906-643-8717
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Bill Manson displays new fund raising calendar for MSA.
New MSA Board for 1990-91, Elza Inman, Treasurer, Dale Israel, Secretary, Fred Egeler, New President and Richard Krupp, Vice President.
that of any competing snowmobile. Rails to Trails in the Cadillac area is close to being a reality. The project is transforming the railroad to a recreational trail from the Grand Rapids area to Cadillac. Already 6 miles of rails have been pulled by the Department of Transportation to have trisection ready for the upcoming winter. Drummond Island
is popular as a very special, very accommodating spot for some of the best snowmobiling anywhere. Start the trip to the island with a ride on the Drummond Islander III, a 25-car auto ferry that takes you across the DeTour Channel. Once on the island, there are plenty of hotel rooms, resort cabins and beautiful lodges. Snow-covered trees
line many of the 120 miles of groomed trails. All are widened to 10 and 12 feet for a beautiful ride. Some of the most unrivaled features of Drummond Island snowmobiling are the two “ice bridges” to Ontario. Every tenth of a mile a tree marks the trail. A 13-mile one-way trip to St. Joe, Ontario, is a wonderful and very interesting ride through
the islands between Canada and Drummond Island. The 23-mile ride to Thessalon, Ontario, is longer but really is a “must-see.” Plan a trip as soon as the snow flies. The 14th annual world watercross race was held back in July on Memory Lake in Grantsburg with more than 10,000 fans gathered on the banks surrounding the lake. A record number of racers, 145, came from all over continued on page 46
Seney Snowmobile Association
Striving to provide you with safe and smooth trails.
Snowmobile Vets Ride - March 6th 2021 Motorcycle Vets Ride - June 5th 2021 Trail Maintenance - September 18th 2021 Meet at Groomer Barn in Seney
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their bright orange paint course the door prizes was also very easy to for both general attenpick out of the line-up. Al- dees and at least one for though not quite as con- grant sponsors only, the spicuous but equally as latter being the pole saw popular were the, the donated annually by blue New Holland, and V&V Insurance Agency the silver Prinoth Husky. located in Cresco, Iowa. Mogul Master, Arrow- V&V provides the insurhead, and Sno-Boss ance coverage for the snow (morerange snowmobile Dominatingcompactors the demo was program John to commonly known as the grant sponsors. Deere’s Big Green Machine. drags) were also on disOne of the primary above and beyond all exMichigan Snowmobile play. but by far the one concerns brought to light pectations and bepreviAssociation’s Office that attracted the most during theshould several Silveritwas City, Michigan applauded for their ef- opManagerattention took upon the Dubie ous events has been Fuel Available 906.885.5311 wing to snow safety, forts. erator I’m told that because six herself double to bring this on Property CALL DIRECT AND processor. more times than not, the public awareness and grant sponsors were SAVE 15% OFF RACK RATE
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from Parkingdue Lot to forced to cancel solicit contributions toProperty A Moyle Hospitality Large Trailor Parking weather, makpurchase a “survival kit” inclement hazardous for each groomer in the ing travel Saltwater Pool locaentire statewide fleet. from their Hotparticular Tub however, more She says the donations tions, Sauna began pouring in almost than one hundred and immediately with enough five individuals did regisfunds to kick-off the proj- ter and make the trip to ect, and at this work- the Kewadin Casino & shop, was able to Conference Center in present the bags to the Sault Ste. Marie, and thirty-two grant sponsors when the question was in attendance and is asked whether the event working on getting was beneficial and enough bags to outfit worthwhile, they anevery piece of equipment swered with a resoundbefore the start of the ing YES! 2019-20 season. Those responsible for organizing and overseeing this event have gone
boss, there is still the entire statewide fleet. danger of hypothermia of She says the donations freezing while waiting for began pouring in almost a rescue. A more dan- immediately with enough gerous scenario is if no funds to kick-off the projcontact is made and the ect, and at this workwas able to Snowmobilers find operator must try to shop, present the bags to the make his/herlots way of back snow and grant sponsors thirty-two out of the good wilderness riding on in attendance and is where contact can beIsland. Drummond working on getting achieved, but still vulnerable to the elements until enough bags to outfit every piece of equipment help comes. To overcome, or at before the start of the least minimize, this dan- 2019-20 season. Those responsible for gerous and possible deadly situation, the organizing and overseeing this event have gone
from their particular l tions, however, m than one hundred five individuals did re ter and make the tr the Kewadin Casin Conference Cente Sault Ste. Marie, when the question asked whether the e was beneficial worthwhile, they swered with a reso ing YES!
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the United States and Canada to this unique racing festival weekend event where they participated in Super Mod Drags, Mod Stock Drags, Novice Class and Sports Class. Something for everyone. Roger City held its 5th annual Snow Derby last February and it was a picture-perfect weekend. Power and speed were the watchwords for this event, and finesse and pure driving skill provide the framework
for perfect racing. Hundreds of speed fans, friends and pit crews for the drag racers line the red drag strip on Saturday. Hillman’s Flynt Schulze walked off with four class wins. Years back you could find racing every weekend somewhere in Michigan or close by in Wisconsin. So many different kinds of racing, even summer racing. Sadly, we don’t have that anymore. Times have really changed in the snowmobile world. •
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