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Hi All, Well we all are finally getting some good snow YAY! I have been looking at the Wrangler articles and following Facebook to keep up with all the activities all of your clubs have been up to. Wow looking at all the rides and activities you guys are doing it is hard to believe you all have anytime to be at home. Well that’s all good as long as we are having a lot of FUN! I was talking to Taylor the Bert Miller other day on the phone about your youth groups and we both have noticed more Facebook pictures of your youth groups and the rides you are planning. GREAT JOB! Let’s see some of those pictures of your youth groups in the Wrangler. I would like to remind you that when we get to Fun Days this year our youth groups need to vote on a name for WSSA’s youth group chapter. I hope this will be a lot of fun. Speaking of Fun Days I hope you have made your room reservations and you need to get your Fun Days registration filled out and sent in. Alpine should be a lot of FUN!!!! I also have noticed this year more Avalanche classes you are all hosting. Great job! These classes are a help to all those folks who love to play in the snow. I just attended the Cody club’s avalanche awareness class with the Teton Avalanche Center. What a great class Mike, Margo and Matt put on. It was also great to see our local Sheriff department as well as our Search and Rescue department take the class. Thank you to Wyoming State Trails for the grant to pay for these great classes, as well as your local sponsors in your towns that help. And remember your avalanche equipment will help save your life! See your local dealers for great deals and their expertise on all your safety equipment. Your dealers really do know their products! One last note: how are you all doing on your WSSA Raffle tickets? Great way to support WSSA and your local Club!!!! Oops… I lied the true last thing is let’s go out there and have FUN! “When in doubt power out” Thanks, Bert
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We hope everyone had a Great Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Santistevan The Club’s Christmas float turned out pretty nice. We were worried that we would look more like the scene from the Wizard of OZ with our little Who Ville flying off the trailer. If you have been to Casper during the windy season you know what I’m talking about. The wind died down just in time for the parade. Upcoming club events: 1/28/17 Take a Friend Snowmobiling 2/3/17 Night Ride 2/11/17 Poker Run
Happy winter to all you Wrangler readers out there from District 13 and the Snow Explorers/Altitude Off Road Club. Winter has finally hit here in the Upper Lanning Green River Basin. Like most of Wyoming we have District 13 Rep. had some wild temperature fluctuations, with thermometer readings ranging from -40 to +40 in just a matter of a few days. We currently have somewhere between two and three feet of snow here in Pinedale and much more in the mountains. It’s hard to tell how much for sure since we’ve had wind rearranging it for us. Needless to say riding conditions are supreme. While you are getting out there and enjoying this winter wonderland God has bestowed on us, I want to take this opportunity to urge you all to be extremely careful out there. We have recently had two incidents here in Sublette County where snowmobilers had to be rescued by search and rescue. Both incidents involved the groups spending nights out and occurred when our overnight temperatures had dropped well below zero. Fortunately all were successfully rescued. Both groups were able to build and sustain warming fires, without which to outcomes likely would have been tragically worse. Again I urge to be careful and be prepared in case you end up spending an unplanned night out in the “open stars motel”. A survival kit could be the difference between you returning safely to your family or them planning your funeral!!! One last note of caution, be aware of the avalanche conditions. As the snow continues to pile up, the avalanche danger increases with it. Take time before you head out to look at the avalanche forecast for your riding area. Back on the fun side, the Snow Explorers/Altitude Off Road Club has several events planned for the tail-end of January and on into February. On January 28 we are hosting XMR Circuit Vintage Sled Races; on the 4th we are hosting our 17th Annual One Lunger Vintage Sled Race; and on the 18th we are hosting a speed run event on Fremont Lake as part of the Pinedale Winter Carnival. Check out our website (www.pinedalesnowexplorers.com/wp/) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ Snow-Explorers-Altitude-Off-Road-Inc-196164957065685/) for more details on these events. Hope to see you there.
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Associates...10 Hello Fellow Snow Lovers, Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy some powder over the holidays. The snow here in Alpine is amazing! I still have raffle tickets for the Fun Days raffle. This is a great way to raise money for your club and it doesn’t cost you anything. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some. I’ve been busy updating memberships. We have a lot of new members this year and are excited to welcome you all. Don’t forget to support the businesses that support WSSA! Happy Riding, Holly Sinclair
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President: Bert Miller - (307) 899-3419, 4330 Pat O’Hara Mtn. Dr., Cody, WY 82414, email@example.com
Legislative Chairman: Bert Miller - (307) 899-3419 Historian: Vacant Safety Chairman: Lou Grunewald, Sr. - (307) 2349000, 1743 E. Yellowstone, Casper, WY 82601 Charity Chairperson: Brenda Miller - bnbnkids@ hotmail.com Scholarship Chairperson: Shannon Glandt - (307) 413-3950, firstname.lastname@example.org Awards: Mike Kelly - (307) 899-7342, 4238 Pat O’Hara Mtn. Dr., Cody, WY 82414, email@example.com
Vice President: Taylor Jones - (307) 350-4607, 927 Whitewater Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901 firstname.lastname@example.org www.snowmobilewyoming.org
District Representatives District #1 - Platte, Goshen, Laramie, Albany Counties: Justin Madden - (307) 360-7609, P.O. Box 2204, Laramie, WY 82073, maddenjustin17@gmail. com District #2 - Carbon County: VACANT District #3 - Teton, Uinta, Lincoln Counties: Amy Glasgow - (307) 413-6811, wssaamyg@ gmail.com
Secretary/Treasurer: Holly Sinclair - (307) 880-2625, P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002, email@example.com District #4 - Sheridan County: Rick Young - (307) 752-8444, P.O. Box 159, Dayton, WY 82836, firstname.lastname@example.org District #5 - Park, Big Horn Counties: Mike Kelly - (307) 899-7342, 4238 Pat O’Hara Mtn. Dr., Cody, WY 82414, email@example.com District #6 - Weston, Campbell Counties: Tony Niswender - (307) 660-8720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, firstname.lastname@example.org District #7 - Fremont County: Rocky Treese - (307) 851-3022, 14 Sunnyside Ave., Riverton, WY 82501, , email@example.com
Permits and general information: (307) 777-7477, Fax: (307) 777-6472
District #8 - Natrona, Converse Counties: Lou Grunewald, Sr. - (307) 234-9000, 1743 E. Yellowstone, Casper, WY 82601, rec-vee@ hotmail.com District #9 - Sweetwater, Uinta Counties: George Pryich - (307) 350-6759, 108 2nd St., Rock Springs, WY 82901, asp911@ymail. com District #10 - Johnson, Washakie Counties: Tony Niswender (307) 660-8720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, firstname.lastname@example.org
District #11 - Crook County: Tony Niswender - (307) 6608720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, email@example.com District #12 - Dubois and parts of Fremont Counties: John Lee - (307) 455-3200, P.O. Box 990, Dubois, WY 82513, firstname.lastname@example.org District #13 - Sublette County: Bill Lanning - (307) 3674795, P.O. Box 435, Pinedale, WY 82941, email@example.com
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Program Manager: Ron McKinney - Office: (307) 335-8229 ext 223,Cell: (307) 349-2886 Regional Supervisor: Josh Milek- Office: (307) 335-8229 ext 225, Cell: (307) 349-4778 Regional Supervisor: Forrest Kamminga - Office: (307) 335-8229 ext 225, Cell: (307) 212-2821
Wyoming Snowmobile Clubs
Bearlodge Snowmobile Club: P.O. Box 1085, Sundance, WY 82729 Big Horn Mountain Snomads: Todd Kautzman - P.O. Box 397, Sheridan, WY 82801, reurydr@ yahoo.com Big Horn Sno-Goers: Shawn Franzen - 1509 Cloudpeak Dr. Worland WY 82401, firstname.lastname@example.org Campbell County Sno-Goers - P.O. Box 5150, Gillette, WY 82717 Casper Snow Gypsies: Becky Thorne - P.O. Box 3301, Casper, WY 82602, caspersnowgypsies@ yahoo.com Cody Country Snowmobile Association:
Dustin Rosencrance - P.O. Box 1745, Cody, WY 82414, email@example.com Dubois Sno-Katters: fred Ziegler - P.O. Box 1064, Dubois, WY 82513, firstname.lastname@example.org Jackson Hole Snow Devils: Jeff Toolson - P.O. Box 4276, Jackson, WY 83001, www.snowdevils.org, email@example.com Lander Snowdrifters: Cal Anacker - P.O. Box 281, Lander, WY 82520, firstname.lastname@example.org Powder River Sno-Buffs: Ray Pearce - P.O. Box 754, Buffalo, WY 82834, email@example.com Riverton Sno-Goers - P.O. Box 2115, Riverton, WY 82501, firstname.lastname@example.org, sleddinthewinds.com
Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Club Ride - Jan. 21, Box Y Jackson Hole Snow Devils Club Ride/Gathering – Jan. 21, Aspen Hills Golf Course Sweetwater Snowpokes Avalanche Class – Jan. 27 Sweetwater Snowpokes Fun Run – Jan. 28 Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road XMR Circuit Vintage Sled Races – Jan. 28 Big Horn Sno-Goers Poker Run – Jan. 28, begins 9 a.m. at Baby Wagon Parking Lot and ends at Meadowlark with a Chili Feed Casper Snow Gypsies Take a Friend Snowmobiling - Jan. 28 Casper Snow Gypsies Night Ride - Feb. 3 Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road 17th Annual One Lunger Vintage Sled Race – Feb. 4 Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Club Meeting - Feb. 7, 5:30 Youth, 6:30 Entire Club
Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road: Patrick Ingram - P.O. Box 1124, Pinedale, WY 82941, email@example.com Snowy Range Snowmobile Club: Sunny Madden - P.O. Box 1930, Laramie, WY 82070, firstname.lastname@example.org Sour Doughs - 2087 Baldwin Creek Rd, Lander, WY 82520, email@example.com Sweetwater Snowpokes: Peter Leibee - P.O. Box 1731, Rock Springs, WY 82902, snowpokes@ yahoo.com Top of the Rockies: Robert Strobel - P.O. Box 3386, Alpine, WY 83128, firstname.lastname@example.org
Casper Snow Gypsies Poker Run - Feb. 11 Campbell County Sno-Goers Ride the Ridge – Feb. 11-12 from Deerhaven to Bearlodge Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Speed Run Event – Feb. 18 on Fremont Lake Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Club Ride - Feb. 25, Crooked Creek Cody Country Snowmobile Club Meeting – Wed., March 1 Fun Days – March 3-5, Alpine WSSA Meeting - March 5, Alpine Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Club Meeting - March 7, 5:30 Youth, 6:30 Entire Club Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Club Fun Run - March 18, Horse Creek Jackson Hole Snow Devils World Championship Hillclimb – March 2326
Jackson Hole Snow Devils
The Jackson Hole Snow Devils held their annual Christmas party at Togwotee Mountain Lodge on December 17. Ottobre As in the past, we held a raffle in which the members purchased raffle tickets, and raised over $1,400 for the Teton County Youth and Family Services organization here in Jackson, Wyoming. Also, proceeds from our silent auction and the auction of a coat donated by Jamie Hornung were given to a Snow Devils member that is facing a kidney transplant. This endeavor raised over $15,000 and speaks to the generosity and respect that all Snow Devils members have for each other. Thanks to everyone who participated in these amazing fund raisers! Of course, Santa Claus made an appearance as well and showered all of the Little Devils with gifts. The entire weekend was a huge success! Our monthly general membership meeting was held on Thursday, January 5. Plans were discussed for our January club ride/gathering which will be held in Star Valley at the Aspen Hills Golf Course on January 21. There will be lunch, games, sledding and riding for the kids. Also at the general meeting we were joined by members of the Shriners’ Club. We presented them with a check for $25,000 which was the proceeds we raised through last year’s raffle of a new snowmobile donated by ZBroz, as well as other prizes. Please check out our website at www.snowdevils.org for upcoming events, and for dates and details about the annual World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb in March 2017. The dates for the upcoming hillclimb are March 23-26. Happy New Year! jan
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GPS Tracking The Wyoming State Trails Program will be placing GPS transceivers on the trail grooming snow cats in the: South Big Horns, Snowy Range, Casper Mtn., Dubois/ Pinedale, and Togwotee areas. This data will provide real-time position and tracking data that will be provided to the snowmobile community through an interactive map. This interactive map will be located on our website http://wyotrails.state.wy.us/ and should be “live” by early December. You will be able to see which trails have been groomed in the past 12-24 hours, 2-3 days, and 5-7 days. The map will also show color gradient, snow depths across the state.
GEO-PDF Maps Another new service that is available to the snowmobile community is, GEO-PDF maps of the snowmobile trails. These will be available for download to your smartphone and when used with the PDF Maps App, you will be able to plot your position on the trail using the GPS capability of your smartphone, even when you are out of cell coverage. Stayed tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information and links to these services as they become available.
We had our first ride of the year; just a trail ride into the warming huts to double check them and make sure they were ready for the season. Washakie Co. Search and Rescue rode in before us and did some repairs on the stove pipes so kudos to them. We had more snow on the mountain that we were expecting but the
rocks were still making themselves know so no off trail riding on this trip. The club entered a float in the Worland Parade of Lights this year. Had a great turn out from club members to get the float ready and everyone had a great time, including Taz who sang to the fire truck behind the float. We didn’t win but will try again next year. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all the best in the New Year. Our annual poker run/chili feed will be January 28, starting point has not been determined but most likely will be the Baby Wagon parking lot at 9 a.m., the final stop will be Meadowlark resort for the free chili feed; but you are welcome to order off the menu and purchase drinks. I hope we will see you there. Happy Sledding!
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Big Horn Sno Goers
We are happy to report that old man winannuter has finally blessed us with a blanket of snow here in the Wind River Mountains. At our last meeting we were busy planning our annual club ride to the Box Y February 19-20, and the antique snowmobile show. Christmas gathering with the Riverton Sno-Goers was held December 17, and groomer maintenance went well, only minor tuning was necessary. We are happy to report that a few of our members were able to get up on the mountain to do some pre season clean up and clear out trees from Burnt Gulch to Spring Creek, and Fiddlers Lake to Gustov, with the help of the forest service. Trails such as Maxson Basin to the bridge, Christina Lake trail, and Pine Creek trail were completed as well. We were glad to get the big trees cleared out before it snowed. We received a good 8-16 inches of snow over Christmas, so a few of our members have been out breaking trail. A reminder that WSSA raffle tickets are out, and being sold, and Business/Associate Memberships are due at our next meeting. With luck our next article will include some stories, and photos of our upcoming adventures
Our first Vintage Snowmobile Show was held on December 17 at Bunning Freight Hall in downtown Rock Springs. Twenty-two machines were on display along with scrapbooks of the Snowpokes from the 1980s. Attendees were asked to vote for their favorite snowmobile. At the end of the day, about 170 votes were cast and the winner was Otis Leniger – the youngest person displaying his machine. Otis and the fellas from the Pinedale Snow Explorers joined in the fun with their vintage machines. Thank you to all who brought their machines, helped arrange the event, and helped that day. Abby Smith and Otis were the best raffle sellers ever! Watch for Otis in the One Lunger on February 4 in Pinedale! The SnowOtis Leniger pokes joined together again on December 18 to socialize in honor of the holidays. We enjoyed some great food! Thank you one and all for sharing your talents. Everyone has been riding and enjoying the snow in Horse Creek or Upper Green mountains. The Smith Family enjoyed a beautiful day while riding in the area of the R Trail during Christmas break. Abby’s dad, Arron, is somewhere in that powder! Until, that is, the big storm and wind hit and nobody can get to the mountains to enjoy the tremendous amounts of snow. Remember to prepare for any snowmobile ride: take extra gas, water, food, survival kit, communication device, etc. Prepare for the worst; then have a great time! Our Junior Snowpokes, inspired by the KAOS video, recently elected officers. They’re working on a logo, planning rides, and working on fundraising ideas. The Snowpokes are hosting an avalanche class on January 27 and our annual Fun Run on January 28. Checkout our Facebook page for more information and rides. Find our club’s events on the schedule in this issue of the Wrangler. Pete and Otis
Hello Snowmobiles!! Greetings from the southern Bighorns!! Well the snow is getting here, slowly but Niswender surely. It came a little too fast as the Powder River Sno-Buffs couldn’t find a truck to get the Web Creek safety shelter out of its summer home and into its winter home. They are working on a plan to get one in there. The Big Horn SnoGoers got theirs into Battle Park and Spring Creek. They also have a poker run planned for January 28 starting at the Baby Wagon parking lot at 9 a.m. and ending at Meadowlark with chili feed. The Campbell County Sno-Goers had a ride January 7 from Bearlodge down to Spanish Cave. They had a good turnout for that event. Their next event is what they call Ride the Ridge. Which is when they ride from Deerhaven to Bearlodge on February 11-12. And on a side note I got my sled back together and went out and rode for the first time since my accident. Been almost two years off the snow. Glad to get back to it! Can’t wait to see everyone at Fun Days. Look out Alpine were we come again!!
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Here we are, Christmas is past and the New Year has arrived. The snow is getting better and I hope everyone Grunewald is having a good time. We are 60 days away from Fun Days in Alpine. We need everyone to start putting together the scholarship and Access WY funds for the auction. A couple of hours on the street talking to businesses and people will generate dollars at almost every stop. $25, $50, $100 at a time will turn into a couple of thousand dollars real fast. Last Fun Days in Alpine, almost $20,000 was raised. I would love to see this year match that. Let’s all put a little effort into this and make a banner year for the scholarship and Access Wyoming. Looking forward to seeing all of you at Fun Days. Lou
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Cody Country Snowmobile Club
Well with the snow storm that hit most of Wyoming in December there is finally enough snow in the mountains in our area. Most of the rocks are finally getting covered up, unless of course the wind blows. The Cody club had a fairly busy month. Our Safety Shelter has been opened for the season. We hosted Avalanche training for all snow enthusiasts. We had about 45 people attend the Friday evening class. Then on Saturday about 30 people came up on the mountain to do the field day. We had beautiful weather and everyone had a great time. Lots of thanks to the folks from the Teton Avalanche Center as well as all of our Avalanche training sponsors: Roger’s Sport Center, Mountain Valley Motorsports, Metzler Construction, Denny Menholt Chevrolet Buick GMC, Marshall’s Autobody, Production Machine, and Wyoming State Trails. We also have our junctions and trails marked. So glad that our youth were able to join us and start learning our trails. It is always great to have extra people along to learn the trail system. It has also been great to get to know Jeremy Miller and Dustin Rosenthese young folks, what a great group cranse. of kids! Still doing the Snow Dance in the Cody area! Until next month, be safe out there and have fun. Avalanche Training - Performing a mock Michelle Young, Bert Miller, Ed Higbie and James Bales. search.
Loading trail markers – Levi Lamb and Trevor.
Avalanche Training – learning about our beacons.
Thank you to all of our Safety Shelter sponsors!!!
Levi Signor ready to hand tools up to the guys on the roof.
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Why do I need to join a club? Jay
The Dubois Sno-Katters utilize the months of October Slagowski and November to renew our current membership roster as well as to recruit new memberships. At the end of a short officers’ meeting in October, I was given my assigned list of past and future recruits. As the newly elected “rookie” president I started my travels in and around the Upper Wind River community introducing myself to people and businesses, beginning with the people and places that I knew would be a “sure thing”. These were our long-time supporters that are passionate about our sport and have been there for us year in and year out. Boom! Half of my list was finished with little to no effort on my part in selling our mission. Then I started with the new recruits. (time to get my poop in a group) Upon entering a long-time Dubois business that specializes in ATVs and UTVs, I was greeted by one of the owners, and we swapped a few hunting stories to break the proverbial ice. She instinctively knew I was not there to buy a side by side, so I cut to the chase and give her my best sales pitch on why they should buy a $50.00 associates membership. Her initial reply was, “Why do we need a membership in a snowmobile club?” I told her about our partnership with the WSSA and how important it is to have that group representing us through out all the travel management processes and modern day litigation that threaten our motorized sports. I showed her the current issue of the Wyoming Snowmobile Wrangler, and
where their business would be recognized. And lastly, I told her about our club’s annual scholarship program as well as our other community service projects that we have sponsored in past. We then moved right into a great conversation about economic impacts, youth interest and introduction programs, and a few more late hunting, fishing and trapping plans. In the end, my first new recruit bought in to our mission, and will be a great asset to our club. I had many other similar stories to tell of new memberships, most of which had never been asked to join up, and just a couple of “not right now” and only one “hell no”.
The point is, we need these memberships to help support our cause. You’re not out much to stop in and talk to new recruits. Where they come from may surprise you. We are very proud of our membership roster in tiny little Dubois. So be sure and let folks in your communities know about your clubs and what they stand for. New members can be as active as they want to be, or they can just be riders, it’s all good. Don’t forget to get the gear, get the forecasts, ride safe, and lastly, get a hand full! Happy Trails, Jay Slagowski, Dubois Sno- Katters