Michigan Snowmobiler - September 2021

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ow the summer sure went fast and at Michigan ER - September, 2019 Snowmobiler and ORV we’ve been working year round to find new and exciting stories for our readers. Kinda hard to believe it’s already time to start talking sleds. Later in this issue – in my second official article – I’ll be describing a winter river ride that many of our friends and relatives have enjoyed. Just to get everyone dreaming of the next big change in season when the snow starts falling. I hope you enjoy hear-

ing of the St. Charles area and it inspires you to plan your own trip or helps you remember a past amazing experience. St. Charles is located in the middle of lower Michigan, just south of Saginaw. Local river rides can offer a nice one day ride option for those weekends when it’s tough to be away for 3 or more straight days and maybe the snow in your area isn’t ideal. For many of us, it’s fun to trailer the sleds to enjoy a ride outside


our home area trails. For Scott and I the trails of the Upper Peninsula is more of our usual option, but work schedules don’t always allow for the extra time away from home. So this year, be watching for coverage of events all across our state while we look forward to another trip across the Mighty Mac to enjoy the Northern most part of our favorite state. We are so fortunate to enjoy the Mackinac Bridge incident free that

it’s easy to forget all that it takes to maintain and protect Michigan’s own suspension bridge. So next time you’re crossing our Mighty Mac, take a second and mentally give credit to the Mackinac Bridge Authority. They make a very tough job look easy. Until next month,

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Dirt vs. Snow

ORV’s have legal use of trails most of the year.



veryone who knows me also knows I’m an avid snowmobile enthusiast and have been for more than four decades. I must admit, however, that in my younger years I did ride motorcycles and at one time owned a Honda three-wheeler with tires fatter than my big beer belly, which I rode in the abandoned quarries near my home downstate. As much fun as that was, I never developed the kind of passion for it that I have for snowmobiling. That being said, however, during the past couple of years I’ve been introduced to a more modern form of four-wheeling and have really enjoyed the experiences, but more so with the side-by-side UTV’s rather than the ATV type vehicles. I must confess that while riding on some of the same trails in the summertime as I do in winter months, the scen-

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ery is as much different as are the temperatures, but there are other differences as well. For example, during snowmobile season, there are no bugs, no mosquitos or black flies, and snow dust is much more tolerable than the dirty kind. Perhaps that is why I also enjoy the summer fun at a much slower pace than when I’m on my snow machine. Distancing isn’t much of a problem during snow season, and when riding with others is primarily governed by visibility whereas under similar conditions in the warmer months, remaining a significant distance behind the units ahead is governed not by visibility, but by breathability. Also, though possible to encounter a wet area occasionally during the winter months, it is not a question of if while four-wheeling, but when and where it might occur.


The few times I’ve been privileged to accompany friends in their side-byside UTV’s, on every trip we have found an abundance of water spots on the trails, some passible and some not. Which brings to mind one other similarity between ATV riders and snowmobilers. Almost every experienced snowmobiler has a tow strap in their sled, which is very useful if, and when, they get stuck or if their snow machine malfunctions. Almost every ATV and UTV has a winch attached for the same purposes. The major difference is how often one is required versus the other. I have personally witnessed ATV’s literally sink almost out of sight in what the rider assumed was a shallow puddle of water, and without that winch, would have been disabled for an undetermined amount of time. The one safety issue

that both the snow riders and the dirt riders have in common is, or should be, to never, repeat NEVER, go on any adventure alone! It is generally understood that if one stays on the designated trails other riders will eventually come along and will usually offer assistance. The question is, when?? Time of day, lack of food, water, fuel, map, a GPS, cell service, or even being unfamiliar with location can be a scary situation if out in the forest alone.


A single rider with a stuck snow machine is subject to many health issues, in fact too many to mention here other than the most severe. Over exertion by trying to dig it out could bring on a heart attack, or failure to properly dress for the freezing temperatures could lead to hyperthermia, both conditions could become deadly, and even

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the healthy individuals are, or can be, as much at risk! A basic rule taught in every snowmobile safety class is, or should be, the fact that a snowmobiler can ride further into the wilderness in just fifteen minutes than it takes to walk out in a day… keeping that in mind should be a primary concern of every winter enthusiast. The same can, and should be, easily applied for all seasons. In the warmer months of course, one doesn’t usually think of life-threatening situations that are prevalent during the winters, but there are a few things to be concerned about just the same. For example, wildlife is more abundant and more dangerous. Bears most generally come out of hibernation sometime in the early Spring with a hunger that is out of control, and the vast majority are not choosy about what they eat, or where they find it. And although wolves

rarely sleep through the winters, they are generally much more active when the temps are above the freezing mark and the snow has melted, making prey easier to detect and catch. In conversations with some of my longtime snowmobiling companions that have recently gave up the winter recreation for the warmer ones, they tell me it was not which was most enjoyable but rather which they could enjoy for the longest period of time, and quite honestly, the least expensive. A recent review of the latest snowmobile models has entry level sleds priced anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 and top of the line performance snow machines at, or very near, $20,000. As much as the prices have changes over the past several decades, the length of the season has not! With a good year, the snowmobilers may be able

to ride on the official opening day of December 1st, but that has been a rare occasion lately indeed. And regardless of how much snow is still on the ground come March 31st, the season officially ends, no more grooming of any trails is authorized, and leased private lands where trails cross becomes off-limits. But the snowmobilers haven’t had a good season for several years. At best the usual sixteen week season may provide adequate snow depths for only about half of that. On the flip side, however, in recent years as popularity of off-road use has increased, so has the infringement of wheeled vehicles onto the dedicated snowmobile trails before the season has officially ended, which has caused some serious conflicts between trail users. Not only do the wheeled vehicles cause irreparable damage to the trail sur-

face and a serious safety issue for the snowmobile riders, but they also create animosity among local residents, the trail sponsors, and the landowners by trespassing onto private properties, even though it wasn’t due to a fault by any of those themselves. With trespassing becoming a major issue lately, not only for snowmobilers but for all trail user groups, where do we place the blame?


If fault must be applied to that particular cause, the majority of those interviewed say it lies with the passage of Public Act 288 (PA 288) by the Michigan Legislature, and how it has been interpretated, or better yet, misinterpreted by the vast majority of those who seek greater freedom to wander in the woods via ORV without any period of restriction. Briefly, PA 288 was enactcontinued on page 10


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Groomer’s Ball

ed in 2016 and required the Department of Natural Resources to inventory and map all forest roads in all state forests within Michigan, as well as any others under DNR jurisdiction. As a result of that order, approximately 90% of state forest roads inventoried to date have been opened to ORV use, including many that are considered “seasonal”, are unplowed during the winter, and have been previously designated exclusively as a snowmobile trail. Whether it through confusion or just a blatant disregard, many ORV operators choose to ignore the part of the Act that pertains to “Roads Closed to ORV’s”, either

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due to necessary protection of a natural resource or because of user conflicts. The big rub comes, obviously, during the designated snowmobile season when thousands of dollars are expended to maintain and groom these roads / trails with the funding coming from the Snowmobile Program, only to have wheeled vehicles drive over them and leaving ruts that, in many cases, cannot be repaired and creates an unsafe condition for snowmobile riders. Visible posting of “NO WHEELED VEHICLES” signs at almost every possible entry to the snowmobile trails has not had a significant impact thus far. Likewise, private

property owners have said the posting of NO TRESPASSING signs has been a useless endeavor. This applies to snowmobilers as well, and complaints are constantly received, even with the “STAY ON TRAIL” signs clearly displayed at such locations. In order to develop a continuous snowmobile trail system it is sometimes necessary to cross privately owned properties, and is achieved through agreements between the landowners and the trail sponsors, sometimes by lease of an easement and for a specific period of time. The usual period begins

December first of each year and ends at midnight on the last day of March. Use of any trail on private property at any other time is considered trespassing and violators, when apprehended, can receive a citation and be fined. In summary, the number of avid snowmobilers continues to decrease, either due to excessive expense or the limited time to enjoy the season, sale of ORV’s continues to grow, and user conflicts will continue to be an issue not easily resolved. In a perfect society, users in each category would respect the seasons and not encroach on each other,


In order to develop a continuous snowmobile trail system it is sometimes necessary to cross privately owned properties, and is achieved through agreements between the landowners and the trail sponsors, sometimes by lease of an easement and for a specific period of time. but unless the authorities intervene with restrictions similar to those imposed during firearms hunting season where neither ORV or snowmobile may be operated on all public lands during daylight hours except at specific times, such problems will

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fter spectacular Spring and Summer seasons, Fall is on the horizon. Areas are starting to see a few leaves turning colors to red and orange. The Breezeway communities of East Jordan, Ellsworth and Atwood are getting ready for a fun, colorful and event-filled season for all to enjoy! The East Jordan Fall Fest will be

held on Friday , September 24th and Saturday , September 25th, at the East Jordan Tourist Park. This family-friendly festival will include music starting Friday evening 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM in the pavilion. Saturday finds a full day of music starting at noon to 11:00 PM, Children’s Activities from noon to 6:00 PM, Beer Tent and Food from noon to 11:00

PM and Early Trick or Treating in the Tourist Park campsites starting at 6:00 The Annual Fall Fest softball tournament organized by the East Jordan Fire Department will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. For more information on this festival, contact Rob Crick, City Parks and Recreation, at rcrick@

eastjordancity.org. To reserve a campsite for that weekend, call 231536-2561. The 13th Annual Breezeway Fall Color Cruises will be held on Saturday, September 25, Saturday, October 2 and Saturday, October 9. Pick up your goodie bags in Atwood on those dates from 10:00 AM to noon at Royal Farms in Atwood. continued on page 14

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ctually, racing snowmobiles on water is not a new idea, it began more than three decades ago and became so popular almost overnight that the International Watercross Association (IWA) was formed to establish some guidelines for fair and safe competition for racing snowmobiles over open bodies of water. Watercross racing has been an active form of warm weather snowmobile competition with the first official event held way back in 1977. Today it is as popular as the grass drags events and both such events have their own dedicated fans and followers. The International Watercross Association (IWA) has been an active supporter and participant if International Snowmobile Racing (ISR) since it’s in-

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TOP: Sleds roared with skies high and water churning as the races got underway. ABOVE: The Jeff Moyle Banner was prominently displayed at the entrance.

ception back in 1987. The ISR itself has been in existence for more than thirty years and, as a service organization, provides support to clubs and other organizations that engage in snowmobile racing events and activities of all sorts. ISR also works closely with the manufacturers for the latest in technical innovations and continues to


provide access to the most comprehensive insurance packages available for the safety of both participants and organizers. The event of interest this time was the 2nd Annual Jeff Moyle Memorial Watercross Races held at Lake Linden, Michigan over the weekend of July 30th – August 1st, 2021 with the racing action beginning

at 6:00pm Friday evening for a couple of hours and resuming at 10:00am on Saturday and again on Sunday. The event location was at the Lake Linden Village Campground. Friday evening’s activities included some warmup runs around the buoys and fun races by both locals and pros on the circuit and BJ Gariepy provided entertainment with his acoustical guitar. There was a pork dinner available from 5:00 until 7:30PM and plenty of socializing, since many of the fans had arrived a day or two earlier and were camping on-site. Saturday morning started off with some rain and windy conditions but that couldn’t dampen the spirits for those intent on making this event another huge success. Gates opened at 8:00AM and there was lots


of breakfast items available at the food vendor’s trailer. As is usually the norm for U P weather, the rain had ended and sunshine prevailed before the race time. The local radio station, the Rockin’ Eagle at 98.7 FM kept everyone informed of the racing activities throughout the day, as well as interesting tidbits of information about local attractions and which racers were about to take to the water. Promptly at 10AM, The National Anthem was presented while a boat with the Flag flying in the wind slowly proceeded along the shoreline, then a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace was played, followed by TAPS in tribute to all who have passed. This Watercross event is named in memory of Jeff A. Moyle,A lifelong resident and local businessman, who, at the age of just 30 years old, died in 2008 after being injured in a parasailing accident. He, like other members of the Moyle family, had been a member of IWA for years and had enjoyed

“water-skipping” most of his life, and growing up on Torch Lake just across from the Village Campgrounds, which offered the perfect medium for he and his brothers to practice and perfect their watercross racing skills. The event is hosted by the Lake Linden Fire Department which has two members that race, along with nine other individuals from the local area. According to one event official who remains anonymous said the fire department is always looking for ways to raise funds and one of the department volunteers who is also a watercross racer, thought it might be a good fundraiser. History has shown he was spot on with his suggestion. The weekend was filled with continuous racing over a total of eighty-seven separate races. This particular event had a varied itinerary where riders could run straightline, single lap drags or oval races of either three or four laps. There were multiple classes, including Pro Open & Pro Stock, Semi-Pro Open && Semi continued on page 18

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LEFT: ISC Co-Chairs Jeff Kracl (L) and Stan Stuthiet (R) offer opening remarks at first general session. RIGHT: The newly elected Executive Board for ACSA. They are (L-R) Dan Long (IL), President; Chris Willey (IA), Delegate-at-Large; Brian Erickson (SD), Delegate-at-Large; Christine Jourdain (MI), Executive Director; Scott Herzog (MT) Past President; Len Neisler (IN), Secretary/ Treasurer; and Bert Miller (WY), Vice President


fter the brief interruption in the annual scheduling of the International Snowmobile Congress and the cancellation of the 52nd event which would have taken place in Regina, Saskatchewan in early June of last year, the 2021 Congress (aka) ISC-53, under proper precautions concerning the continuing coronavirus pandemic, took place in the beautiful City of Omaha, in the midwestern state of Nebraska between Wednesday June 9th and Saturday June 12th. Although it was much smaller than delegations at previous ISC’s, Michigan

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did make a showing, and was an integral part of the daily meetings and other activities. For myself and daughter Karyn who is my constant traveling companion and a mainstay to keep me on track, we departed from her residence in Munising shortly after sun up on Monday the 7th of Congress week, making our way out of Michigan at the state line in Menominee, the southernmost point in the Upper Peninsula and into the great state of Wisconsin. Our pre-planned itinerary would have us traverse that state from northeast to southwest on US


Highway 151 and enter Iowa near Dubuque. Our intention was to drive to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and find suitable lodging for the night, find a nice restaurant for dinner, then get a good night’s sleep and an early start for our second day on the road, but upon arrival at that destination we found, due to the change in time zones, we still had a few hours of daylight and we really weren’t ready to call it a day yet, so we continued our drive a bit further and ended our first day just off Interstate 80 in the little town of Coralville, the same location where the 2010 ISC was held.

We were unable to find lodging at the same hotel of the 2010 event, there were plenty of other hotels in the immediate area and the one we chose provided all the amenities we needed including a good dinner, a well- stocked bar, and a nice sized room at a reasonable price. Since we had reduced the number of miles left on our trip by a few miles, we agreed that an early start as previously planned wasn’t necessary and we could take our time and enjoy a nice breakfast before we continued our journey on Tuesday. We didn’t have anywhere in particular in mind to stop, but we did take a short side trip and toured the Town of Urbandale and the smaller community of Waukee just to kill a bit of time, and a purchase a few items before we continued on to Omaha, found the hotel where this year’s Congress would be held, and where we had reservations for the next five days. Although we had arrived a day early, we were not the first on the scene by a long shot, and were greeted by many friends and acquaintances, most hailing from different states but all sharing the same passion for winter recreational activities. It was already shaping up to be a memorable experience. A few of us met in the dining area for dinner and catch up on everyone’s activities since we hadn’t had an opportunity to be together for more than a year, and other than the occasional Zoom or Go-To webinar meetings, hadn’t seen each other or even been able to communicate.

The headquarters hotel for the 2021 Congress was the Hilton-Omaha located in the downtown Old Market District.

LEFT: Nebraska State Senator Mike Flood officially welcomed snowmobilers with a brief history of the state. CENTER: Newly elected Trails Committee leaders are (L-R) Mark Hazzard (IL), Secretary; Karyn Hautamaki (MI), Chair; and Dave Newman (WI) ViceChair. RIGHT: The highlight of the Congress was the Saturday evening banquet & Awards Ceremony.

The sun was still fairly high in the sky when we decided to call it a night, and even though it was early, we were a bit tired and still functioning on eastern time rather than the central zone. Conversely, as Wednesday morning rolled around, we were up at our normal time and found it an hour earlier when we went looking for coffee and some breakfast, but also found several others doing the same. Registration wasn’t scheduled to open until 1:00PM so we had plenty of time to sit in the lounge and chat. The Trade Show was still getting set up, as was the Silent Auction, but we were still permitted to walk

around and check things out.


The host hotel was connected via skywalk to the CHI Health Center Complex where the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials were being held and although closed to the public, it was really great to see so many hopeful athletes arrive for the tryouts and witness the events via television. The first unofficial event of the Congress was the FOSPAC fundraiser, which took place from 3:00PM until 5:00PM and had the appearance of a combination scavenger hunt and poker run, all rolled up in a “pub-crawl which began

with teams being assigned or selected and registered prior to commencement. Pre-registered attendees received a traditional T-Shirt with logo and were treated to a wide selection of beverages and assorted snacks. Those latecomers could also receive the same considerations with the minimum contribution but were not guaranteed a T-shirt of proper size. Following closely on the heels of the FOSPAC event with barely enough time for dinner was the official Welcome Reception by the Nebraska State Snowmobile Association from 7PM until 10, complete with more beverages and plenty of hors d’oeuvres and

snacks. Needless to say it was a full day of activities, and great to see so many old friends and greet new ones. Thursday morning began with a full buffet breakfast promptly at 7:00AM followed by the Opening Ceremony with the presentation of flags and the national anthem. The Canadian flag was also displayed and anthem sang even though none of the provinces were present due to national restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Co-hosts Jeff Kracl and Stan Stutheit kicked off the program with housekeeping items and directions to the various meeting rooms we would

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be using, then introduced the program speaker, Nebraska State Senator Mike Flood who welcomed attendees and gave a description of the state’s governmental workings, a bit different from other states. After a brief break, committee meetings for the Mountain Area and Trails Area were held and topics of common interest for each were discussed. Since Michigan is primarily considered a trails state, most of the Michigan delegation attended that meeting. Although both are committees of the ACSA, elections for the position of Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary were held to cover the Leadership roles. Trails Area Chair for 2021 is Karyn Hautamaki (MI), Vice Chair is Dave Newman (WI) and Secretary is Mark Hazzard (IL). After a quick lunch break we attended the first of two ACSA meetings where, with the exception of two

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states, all snowbelt states were present. As one of four past presidents, I was at the table as a non-voting consultant and had an opportunity to discuss several outstanding issues along with the delegates prior to balloting. The first round of nominations resulted in Dan Long (IL) being the only member nominated for the office of President while Burt Miller (WY) and Dean Meakin (WA) were the first two candidates for the Vice President Post. Len Neisler (IN) was nominated for Secretary/Treasurer. There were several candidates for the two Delegate-at-Large positions with more being nominated during the second round. Nominations were suspended until the second meeting which took place on Saturday morning, and will be covered later. There was little time available between the adjournment of the ACSA meeting and the VIP Reception which took

place an hour prior to the off-site excursion. The VIP Reception is a fundraising activity with all proceeds going to the ACSA Legal Defense Fund. It provides the attendees an opportunity for a meet and greet, and become familiar with, the past presidents and those seeking support in their candidacy in the upcoming election of officers. The past presidents were most popular since they were keepers of the open bar where beverages were available. At five o’clock, we boarded a fleet of school buses for a short ride to the Henry Doorly Zoo for the off-site festivities. Upon arrival, we were given the option of a walking tour or a ride on a shuttle-tram, and considering the temperature was in the 90’s, not very many folks opted to walk.


After a ride around the zoo and getting brief peeks at

some of the exotic animals, we arrived at the fairly new Harper Event Center where we found a cash bar and plenty of tables where we could rest the weary bones and await the buffet dinner that would accompany this event. Busses were on hand to return us to the hotel whenever anyone wished to do so, but curators of the zoo had kept the aquarium open just for our event and many spent extra time to see the many species of fish and aquatic animals there as well. On Friday morning, after another well-orchestrated breakfast buffet, Mr. Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) took the podium for the annual state of the industry update. This is always an interesting and informative session that illustrates both the differences and the commonality between the United States, Canada, European, and Scandinavian councontinued on page 24



LEFT: ISMA President Ed Klim presents the State of the Industry update at the Friday morning session. RIGHT: Olympic Gold Medalist (Bobsled) Curt Tomasevicz was Saturday program’s Keynote speaker. continued from page 22

tries. After a short break, the rest of the morning was filled with informative and educational breakout sessions and after the brief lunch break, the afternoon was filled with Chapter meetings and a Groomer Roundtable. The first of the evening’s fun activities was the Groomer Reception from 5:00PM until 8:00PM where participants in a Scavenger Hunt could bring the winners some prizes, but the highlight of the evening was the fantastic buffet of finger foods such as burger or puller pork sliders, chicken sandwiches, and an amazing assortment of salads and side dishes, all courtesy of the Grooming Equipment Manufacturers and Dealerships. A cash bar made sure no one suffered from thirst. Members of the Iron Dog Brigade had to leave this event a bit earlier than other folks to attend their annual banquet where new members were initiated into the group and were referred to fondly as “Pups” Rounding out the evening’s events, the Iowa State Snowmobile As-

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sociation took charge of the Hospitality Room as the 2022 ISC hosts and in typical Iowa fashion, had a wide array of fun and games to introduce everyone of what may be expected as a part of next year’s Congress. Not only did they have more hors d’oeuvres, but also libations unique to their great state. It was nearing the midnight hour before the last of the partygoers headed back to their rooms. Saturday morning dawned earlier than most of the partygoers would have liked, but the agenda for the day was filled with necessary meetings and other activities to be completed and the breakfast was waiting at the appointed hour of 7:00AM. The keynote speaker for this final morning program was Curt Tomasevicz, Olympic Gold Medalist for Bobsledding and a Nebraska native. No one wanted to miss what he has to say about his years in the Olympic spotlight, the highs and lows of the sport, and of the intense training and preparation he went through to qualify for


the team. His presentation was definitely one of the highlights of the day. Shortly after the conclusion of the morning program, the second and final meeting of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations convened for completion of any unfinished business, second call for nomination of candidates, and the election of officers. Following proper protocol, nominations were opened for each post beginning with President and after three calls there were no additional candidates so a motion to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Dan Long (IL) nominated at the Thursday ACSA meeting. There were two candidates nominated for the office of Vice President, Bert Miller (WY) and Dean Meakin (WA). Ballots were collected and tallied with Bert Miller being elected. Only one candidate was nominated for Secretary/ Treasurer and Len Neisler (IN) was elected by a unanimous vote of confidence. There were several candidates nominated for the two positions of

Delegate-at-Large, and with ballots collected and tallied, The two successful candidates to serve as Delegates-at-Large were Chris Willey (IA) and Brian Erickson (SD). With the Executive Committee now elected, they assume their new positions on July 1st, 2021. While some had plenty of time for lunch, several other entities and agencies were pressed into meetings over the lunch break, including the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC), the International Snowmobile Tourism Council (ISTC) and the International Snowmobile Council Planning Committee, all of which would present a summary of their activities at the afternoon ISC Wrap Up Session.


With all business completed and reports submitted by the various entities that make up the International Snowmobile Council, ISC Co-Chairs Jeff Kracl and Stan Stutheit reminded all attendees of the schedule for the evening’s festivities beginning with the social

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hour at 5:30pm and that the Silent Auction’s closing bell would be at 6:15pm, prior to the banquet and awards presentations. It was a wonderful sitdown dinner of steak prepared to perfection and all the trimmings, and plenty of great conversation with snowmobiling enthusiasts from around the country. Breaking with the usual tradition of reserving tables for the Michigan delegation, we dispersed and shared tables with several other states, and being associate members of the South Dakota Snowmobile Association, my daughter and I were privileged to share a table with Duane Sutton, Past President of both the state association and of ACSA. The awards ceremony was considerably shorter this year since the first portion of the presentations is for the several Canadian awardees, however, listing those honored as ACSA award recipients began with the Youth Snowmobiler of the Year award presented to Alishya (A.J.) Kreuger of Wausau, Wisconsin. Also from Wisconsin was the Snowmobiler Dealer of the Year going to

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Ken’s Sports, Inc of Kaukauna, and the Snowmobile Family of the Year to Ed & Bonny Polich and Children, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The Snowmobile Club of the Tear also went to the red Arrow Snowmobile & ATV Club, of Townsend, Wisconsin. The most coveted and prestigious award is the ACSA Snowmobiler of the Year and was awarded this year to a most deserving person, and I’m truly proud to call him a very good friend as well, Mr. Brian Erickson, hailing from the great state of South Dakota. Brian was caught a bit off guard and was somewhat shocked when he saw his photos being displayed on the jumbotron screens, and even more when his parents showed up at their table, but he rallied back and humbly accepted the award, saying all he did was what any avid snowmobiler would do in bragging about his favorite winter recreation choices, and thanked his parents, his wife Tracy, and the South Dakota Snowmobile Association, without whom he couldn’t do what he truly loves to do. The final official event of


the evening was the unofficial gathering of the Thirsty Dogs with their initiation of new members beginning at 10:30PM and lasting well into the morning hours. This is a purely social group that raises money for charitable causes and is said to have more than five thousand members worldwide. It is usually set last on the itinerary as a place where attendees with early flights can socialize until time to head to the airport, but it is also one of the best attended events of the Congress since most folks are reluctant to see the event end. For those who did call it a night and retire at a reasonable hour, their sleep came to an abrupt awakening at 4:00AM when an unidentified individual leaving a wedding reception decided it would be fun to set off a fire alarm. We all were required to evacuate the building while fire officials did a quick inspection to determine it was a false alarm and allow us reentry. Many who had planned to get an early start to their trip back home said they might as well stay up and do so. As for my daughter and myself, we opted to avoid the confusion and

returned to our room and slept for a few more hours. Our return drive back home to Michigan was almost a retrace of our trip out to Nebraska, but we decided to take the less traveled route through the Amana Colonies with a stop for fuel, some snacks, and a few souvenir trinkets. We also did a “stop & shop” visit at Sequin’s House of Cheese in Marinette, Wisconsin for more gifts and goodies before continuing back into our home state. The final stop before arriving back home was in Escanaba for a quick lunch and to top off the fuel tank. All in all, this was one of the better road trips we’ve embarked on but then again, we may just feel that way because we finally could get out and about without the need to wear a mask or worry about the pandemic, and we’re already making plans for the 2022 International Snowmobile Congress which will be hosted by the Iowa State Snowmobile Association in Dubuque, Iowa. Would love to see our Michigan Snowmobiling friends there. •


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he Village of St. Charles is located in Saginaw County, approximately 20 miles southwest of Saginaw. Known as the gateway to the Shiawassee Flats it is abundant in outdoor recreation activities for all ages. St. Charles is a sportsperson’s paradise for those who enjoy the great outdoors, hunting, fishing,

and conditions are right, are an ideal time to take a trip down the Bay River all the way to Bay City and out to the Saginaw Bay. It is always a good idea though to check with the locals first on ice conditions as some years are better than others to enjoy this beautiful ride. The DNR boat launch is a

St. Charles Something for everyone all year-round

kayaking, boating, snowmobiling and ORVing all while giving you that small town charm. Spring, Summer and Fall you will see many people driving or pulling a trailer full of ORVs through town heading out for a fun ride. During Winter, it is nothing to see or hear a bunch of snowmobiles making their way to the Bad River. The Bad River is a 44.3-milelong river that begins near the City of Ithaca in Gratiot County and flows northeast into Saginaw County, through St. Charles before emptying into the Shiawassee River. And for those who enjoy river riding, St. Charles and its downtown is a great place to meet up with friends, have a meal and fuel up for the day. Late January and February, if the weather

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River Ride St. Charles to Bay City


primary drop off point, filled many weekends with trucks and trailers as riders race up and down between the bridges or take off for a ride to Saginaw. Later in the day many will ride their sleds up from the river, park and eat at the Bad River Bar and Grill, Tony’s or Subway and enjoy some warm drinks and delicious food. The Bad River Bar and Grill is a favorite among locals and once inside you will see it is decorated with snowmobile and motorcycle parts and memorabilia. Riders can drive their sleds right up to the side parking lot and come in and warm up and enjoy a hot meal before departing on their next leg

T of the ride. Tony’s “The Home of the Steak Sandwich” has been a long-time establishment in St. Charles and is open all day to start you off on your journey with a home cooked meal. The Alley Bar and Grill is just down a-ways from the river, but none the less has great service and delicious warm food to enjoy after a long day on the river. Have a break down and need some parts? Horger’s Automotive is located right by the river and has many parts in stock to get that sled running in continued on page 30

his picture makes me wish the snow was falling and the water ways were turning to deep ice! Won’t be long and this river run will be one more option for snowmobiling fun. As you can tell from the photo, not one of the sleds on this adventure is new or even nearly new, but well maintained. So this photo got us dreaming at the Michigan Snowmobile & ORV office that we should do a feature on good ideas for maintenance and attempting to prevent breakdowns on the trail. Just as a sneak hint, keep watching our instagram account and facebook page for more info from one of our new sponsors. But back to this amazing river ride. This group left from one of the rider’s back yards. But for most of us the St. Charles DNR office located at 225 E. Spruce Street very near to downtown St. Charles, MI is an equally great spot. The DNR lot has plenty of parking for vehicles with trailers and a nice spot to go from

shore to river using the boat ramp. Obviously, this group waited until the ice is at least 12 inches thick. And when river riding it’s always advisable to stay away from any objects in the water like buoys that can weaken ice. However, if you respect the water/ ice, this can be a great adventure to enjoy with your sled. Just like in this photo, our group made a few stops along the way. Most of the riders in this group, grew up along this river and they tend to stop in areas they know are a bit more shallow versus the deeper portions of the river. After leaving the St. Charles area it takes about 40 minutes to reach Saginaw, then another 40 minutes to reach Bay City, most of this entire ride offers many options for food, drinks and rest stops all along the ride. The river also changes names along the way. Our group started on the Bad River which changes into the Shiawassee River within about 6 miles of the DNR office. Then eventually continued on page 30


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turns into the Saginaw River. For this ride, Scott and I have the added bonus of being within 20 to 60 minutes from home for this trip. In the rare (hopefully) times a break down occurs we have family and friends that could easily pick up a wounded sled at several points along the route. Most of the stretch of M-13 between the Zilwaukee Bridge and Bay City runs close to the Saginaw River. If you haven’t visited this area along M-13 by car, boat or sled there are some very nice parks to stop in and enjoy year round. And, it doesn’t hurt to do a little ride planning if you have a river rider in your family in the event of those rare break downs. After going through Bay City and enjoying the many snowmobile friendly stops it’s just another few short minutes of riding to reach the mouth of the Saginaw Bay. And, once you reach the bay area, you won’t have to watch out quite so closely for all the ice fishermen we

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share this great Michigan water system with. Or if you like my brother and his friends, you’ve driven your ice fisherman special sled on certain areas along this same track for an attempt to catch a few walleyes… At the end of the day, as your venture back to the DNR office in St. Charles, make sure to stop at Bad River Bar and Grill, Tony’s (the Home of the Steak Sandwhich) or The Alley Bar and Grill for good food and a wide selection of beverages. Just make sure to have a designated driver if you enjoy an “adult” beverage or two or three… Whatever your choice of fun and your pick of stops along the trail with your sled – we just wanted to share this beautiful lower Michigan ride option with you. Hope you had fun imaging riding along with our friends. • And, if you would like to have Michigan Snowmobiler visit or do a feature article on your favorite Snowmobile or ORV club – Please reach out to us at publisher@faragoassoc.com. We love to hear from our readers


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no time. Plus St. Charles has not one, but two gas stations located right in town with easy access to the river and the highway for when it’s time to head home. Recently, the Village of St. Charles installed its new ORV signage throughout town showing riders where it is legal to ride through town on ORVs. The love of snowmobiles isn’t a new trend here in St. Charles. This community has strong ties to the sport with the Saints Snowmobile Club. Since the 1970s this organization has shared its passion of racing and in 2013 it brought back

the tradition of snowmobile races to St. Charles. The Saints as it is locally known is located on S. Fordney Road just outside the Village of St. Charles. These races are held in January and draw a large crowd. The even runs all-day that patrons and businesses alike look forward to. The next race is scheduled for January 22, 2022 weather permitting. At the “Racin’ with the Saints” you can expect to see: stock, super stock, mod stock, super mod, 50 plus, IFS, powder puff and youth classes throughout the day. Each class is then broken down even further



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wenty-nine years ago, 1991, in Novi, MI is where it all started for Michigan SNOWMOBILE USA Show & Sale. At the hour of 5 o’clock on that Friday afternoon the show floor opened to 4,210 eager snowmobile enthusiasts! What was first used as a liquor warehouse was transformed into what is now the World’s Largest Indoor Snowmobile Show & Sale event in the country. If you attended that show 29

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It’s all in the family, a show and sale that’s become the largest in the nation.

years ago you will remember the feeling of something great happening. Very quickly the show saw massive growth and needed to find a larger venue. Fortunately, the owners of the Novi Expo Hall also saw growth in their business, and in 2005 finished building the first-class Suburban Collection Showplace that is now home to the World’s Largest Indoor Snowmobile Show. How did it begin you might ask?


Well, Tom Anderson, owner and producer of the shows got his start in the snowmobile industry in a unique way. It started with the bedtime of his oldest child, Scott. Who ironically has worked for Tom along with his two siblings Lisa & Lori, for 30+ years. You see, as an infant Scott was just getting to sleep, when along came the neighbor on his 1965 and very noisy sled, racing through the

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Tom was invited to take a ride on a snowmobile in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. That was all it took to convert him. He was infected by what Edgar Hetten once said about snowmobiling, “it’s a disease with no cure.” SNOWMOBILE USA continued from page 33

That and the great people he came to know in the sport. He was hooked…!! Tom soon became enthralled with all things snowmobiling. With this fascination and years of riding came the creation of a snowmobile magazine called, The Hummer in 1973. He was, for the most part, a one-man show in the beginning wearing all the hats. From the photographer, writer, editor, salesperson, ad design, layout, he did it all. To sell his magazine, his wife, Bev, in tow with their children, would attend snowmobile races and small shows selling and promoting the magazine.

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It was soon chosen as the “official publication of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs” with a circulation of over 21,000. Then a light bulb went off. He wanted his very own show. With Tom’s gift of entrepreneurship, in 1983 the doors opened in Oconomowoc, WI to the very first SNOWMOBILE USA Show & Sale. It was attended by 3,160 snowmobile fans. The shows have been in many of the Midwest states, but the two anchors are Milwaukee, WI and Novi, Mi. The shows also offer Swap meets (Milwaukee only) and Safety Classes (both shows) and seminars


ranging in avalanche training to race school info. It is a place for snowmobilers to come see “all things snowmobiling, under one roof.” The shows took a hit last year, with both show hall facilities hosting hospitals for COVID-19 patients. After many attempts to locate a venue large enough to host both shows, and keeping safety as a priority for the customers, the displayers, and staff, it was the first time since 1983 that those beloved show doors did not open. That is not the case this year! The shows are back on and ready to fill that 200,000 square foot, 125+ exhibitors show floor in Milwaukee and 220,000 square foot, 155+ exhibitors showfloor in Novi. See 2022 sleds along with special prices and discounts on accessories, performance parts, belts, oil, decals, clothing accessories, resort packages, magazines, lodging, tours, trail maps, and the list goes on and on! Gather trip information from snowmobile resorts and destination locations from several Midwest and Western states, along with Canadian Provinces. They will be on hand to show off their trail systems and lodging facilities. SNOWMOBILE USA Show & Sale events offer unique insight to products and services you just can’t get from internet searches. When asked why people attend the shows, Tom said, “The show gives a wide range of snowmobile-oriented products

and services in front of thousands of dedicated customers, all within days’ time and in one building. Booth sizes range from 100 square feet all the way up to 4,000 square feet”! So, whether you are a consumer or want to display, check out www. snowmobileusa for more information. Snowmobile USA Show & Sale is your Snowmobile Superstore! On a closing question, when asked what the one thing is missing from the show, Tom said, “Quiet”. Once the doors open and the throngs of snowmobilers rush in, the floor is alive with the sounds of sales, reminiscing, laughter, and people enjoying the new season. I guess we just love the sounds that snowmobiling gives us. Both on and off trail. We can’t escape that sound, that smell and that love of the sport. Here’s to seeing you at SNOWMOBILE USA! It truly is your one-stop snowmobile superstore. Remember, this is a family friendly show. So, bring the kids! That stroller sure does make for a nice “shopping cart” at the end of the show. And don’t forget to check out the Mr.Snow booth for some free kids games! Snowmobile USA show hours Friday from 5-10, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-4. Admission is $12.00, children 12 and under free. Get a jump on the season with special deals and big savings at Snowmobile USA. Come to see, shop, and save at SNOWMOBILE USA Show & Sale! •


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TOP: Sylvia Newman, MISORVA’s First Lady, feels pretty small in that big chair. BOTTOM LEFT: Otter Lake Campground, located in Western Alger County on Buckhorn Road. BOTTOM RIGHT: The MISORVA banner tells folks the Association is here.

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t’s no secret that snowmobilers know how to have fun in the warmer months as well as when the landscapes are totally white with snow, but many folks wonder why they are always upbeat and optimistic about whatever recreational activity they may wish to enjoy? Statistics gathered by Ed Klim, President of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) indicates snowmobile enthusiasts enjoy a multitude of other recreational endeavors when their favorite season is still a few months away, including camping, boating, biking or hiking, and even backpacking into the woods for an opportunity to find a secluded spot for some quiet and

serious meditation. One of their favorite pastimes in the warmer months is still getting out on the trails, but with an ATV or a side-by-side off-road vehicle. As one enthusiast told me recently, the same landscape looks entirely different when there’s no snow covering it. So, with the pandemic restrictions eased and outside gathering capacities increased, the Michigan Snowmobile & ORV Association held their annual Campout and ORV rides the last weekend of June at the Otter Lake Campground in the Upper Peninsula’s Alger County. Although the turnout was not a large as in previous events those who did attend weren’t disappointed. Keith & Susan Churill,

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Randy dance every year for as The West Shore SnowIRONS AREA TOURIST many different things. Cheryl Alvesteffer. And of Brian made a point to Smith, Jamie Bishop as SORVA acted as host On Friday, the ride and two-tracks into thing is for sure, wherlong as I can remember. mobile council has been “HOME OF THE ANNUAL FLEA ROAST & OX MARKET” bring the fact that as Dan and Robin Someup volunteers do well course our the favorite girl of Chatham & hostess forno the event headed east and south Village ever it will be, it will be having a Spring fling This year was differASSOCIATION many volunteers do Taylor and where Phil and including the planning with a brief stop at the we had a planned a funof filled exciting dance every year for as great things for the clubs Carla Buchan out on an ent, the only difference many different things. Cheryl Alvesteffer. And of Blessing theand Sleds long asexecution I can remember. and of two by obtaining new Doty Trestle Bridge, lunch stop and some event. 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Side by Side Racing



cott and I have to admit to really enjoying the fun the local county fairs provide. We absolutely missed the Shiawassee County fair during covid and we were so relieved to hear they would be back again for 2021. To top it off they added a new event to their grand stand offering – a Side

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by Side (SxS) race! What a great way to enjoy a fast growing sport. The race was held on a gorgeous, only slightly humid Sunday night. The evening kicked off with the national anthem. At this county fairground, Old Glory flies above the main arena. Everyone stood, took a moment to pay tribute, and cheered


like crazy after the anthem because we knew the racing was about to start. The announcer from IDBrapThat racing introduced the first race, done in a grudge match style event. Two racers at a time until, one was determined to be the fastest of the class. The first heat featured the

900cc SxS class. Each pair of racers completed two laps on the dirt track of the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds. Within the first few minutes we saw at least a couple of SxS’s either on their sides or nearly on their lids on the curvy area just before the bowl. This didn’t stop our racers, as fellow racers and track

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support jumped to the rescue and by human power got the drivers back on 4 wheels. Kind of amazing to see most of these SxS’s complete the race after an event that would not be so nearly forgiving to our daily driving vehicles. If you have access to the Michigan Snowmobiler and ORV Instagram account or Facebook page, check out the video posted on this event to truly get an image of the race action. When you listen to the sounds in the background, it’s almost like being there. The night continued with the 1000cc heat, and then the 1000cc turbo SxS event. Lots of great fun and action to watch while enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. Scott and I enjoyed a Michigan Cola and lemonade, sold by the Corunna High School

Marching Band. This editor can’t pass up an opportunity to support a great cause like kids trying to raise enough funds to march at Disney. The race event had a surprise feature at the end, which included 4 SxS’s racing at a time. his race lasted from 4 to 5 laps and included all varieties on the course at once. What a blast to see the driving skill it took to coordinate 4 vehicles on a relatively short course. The folks from IDBrapThat, really gave us a great show for the value price of $10.00 per person grandstand entry. A truly fun for all ages family event. Keep an eye on the IDBrapThat.com website. They planned a couple of trail rides for October of this year and I’m sure will be back in 2022 to provide more racing fun. •


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The event is modeled after the celebrations that have been successful in Sweden. The imaginations of club members and dealers can create great, fun times to get people thinking about the upcoming snowmobiling season. The goal of the event is to have a fun way to gather snowmobilers to plan snowmobiling activities for the upcoming winter, and discuss trail expansion, backcountry access, club rides, maintenance, grooming issues and all things snowmobiles. The event will be supported with a social media ad campaign and promoted through communication by the manufacturers and dealers. ISMA is helping coordinate the activity and more information about the event can be

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A Long Thrilling Trip To Adventure ‘68 From Ironwood to the Soo in four days!


hat’s the aim of eight hearty Hiawathaland wintertime travelers who will attempt a rugged course across 400 miles Michigan’s wild, snow-covered upper peninsula, winding up at Sault Ste. Marie’s fun and frolic celebration dubbed “Adventure 68”.

Eight new snow machines led by a veteran trail boss will leave Ironwood in Gogebic County at 8 AM, Saturday, January 27, in an unprecedented trek that is already capturing the interest of Michigan’s world of snowmobiling. The safari-like adventure

will take the men through cut over wooded areas, up and down tree-covered climbs and over tangled streams, much of which is seen only from a distance by the cautious traveler. Big boss of the eight county push is Hiawathaland’s “Mr. Snowmobiler” Ray Frieberg, of Marquette --- a man who has practically conquered the wilds of the upper peninsula with both hands. If he gets lost in the forest, he battles the elements and enjoys giving his friends the details around a hot stove. With Ray on the icy jaunt will be seven members of

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be in homeland territory and expects no difficulty pushing on along winter-angry Superior into Alger County and to Munising for the second night’s rest. At Munising, Frieberg enlisted the help of Ted Belfry to chart the rugged terrain through Schoolcraft County and on to Newberry. Belfry is one of the big guns of the North American Snowmobile Championship races set this year for Munising, February 9-11. He’s a hard-working member of the United States Snowmobile Association. At Newberry, Ray Knauf, of Knauf Chevrolet, a Polaris snow machine dealer and spark plug in Luce County snow machine activities, has joined the charting process. Knauf helped the trail boss work out a route to Big Mac and the St. Ignace area. From the straits, the travelers will swing northeast through Chippewa County on their final push to the Soo.

Each member of the crew has tossed one hundred dollars into the trail-ride financial pot, but they anticipate some will be left for future rides. There are no other sponsors of the safari. The ride is by no means a publicity stunt, nor a machine maker’s advertising gimmick. Ray Frieberg and his men will chart a permanent snowmobile trail from Ironwood along the 400-mile sweep to the Sault, a route which they hope will receive active use by future snowmobilers. A finished map of the trail will find hundreds of uses by individuals as well as various state agencies. Trail boss Frieberg says they may not make the run in the allotted four days, but he is confident they will reach the Soo in less than a week. And hen it is all over, you will find him around a hot stove giving his friends a day by day rundown on his long, thrilling trip to Adventure ’68. •

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