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WSSA Members, I hope everyone is still out there riding as much as possible; we have many more days left with the amount of snow in so many parts of the state! Thanks goes to the Top of the Rockies Club, the town of Alpine, and all others involved for putting on an outstanding Fun Days and providing delicious food. Taylor The club and town really pulled together Jones to make this a very fun and successful weekend. Every year WSSA Members from all around the state pull together to raise an incredible amount of money, have fun, and rekindle old friendships, and this year was no exception. We raised an amazing amount of money for our scholarship program, Access Wyoming, Wyoming Cares and Top of the Rockies, not to mention supporting the town of Alpine. All of the auctions were spirited and it looked like everyone had a great time, it also appeared some folks bid others up in jest and to help increase the bidding, some even donated back items they purchased. A huge thank you goes to Shannon Glandt for the tremendous amount of work she puts in on the scholarship program every year! Every event like this has untold heroes behind the scenes who work tirelessly and never seem to get the recognition they deserve, so if I don't mention you, know that your hard work was very much appreciated. All reports are that the rides were successful, however I did hear the trees may have won out in a couple of instances but no names will be shared by me. It was great to see so many youth in attendance and see the successes clubs are having in that arena. The youth are the future of our sport, and it seems as though they want to be involved and make decisions about their clubs, that is exactly how they will shape their future. Our meeting Sunday was a great meeting with lots of dialogue from the District Reps as well as from the floor. We had feedback from all ages and points of view, those conversations are what will make us successful in the future as we all have great insight and our individual experiences shape each and every one of us. Please keep the dialogue and lines of communication open! As most of you probably know by now the election was held and we have a new President and also a new Vice President. Amy Jenkins is your new Vice President. Amy brings a variety of knowledge and experience to the table as well as an infectious enthusiasm and I look forward to her using all of her attributes to move the WSSA forward in a positive direction. I am your new President and am very proud to be given that title; thank you for placing your trust in me and I am looking forward to the next two years. I am not a fan of talking about myself, so if you have any questions about me or just want to get to know me better, please feel free to contact me. I can tell you I have no plans to change the direction of the WSSA, our access and our youth will be the two topics on my mind the vast majority of the time. As my first official duty I had the pleasure of asking Holly Sinclair to stay on as Secretary/Treasurer. Holly is truly the glue that holds the WSSA together on so many different levels. Thank you Holly, for accepting and continuing to hold us together, you are the rock that Amy and I will need moving forward! I hope to see many of you at the Hillclimb in Jackson!
Wyoming Snowmobilers ROCK!!! By the time Fun Days was over on Sunday we raised $97,016.23 for charity and we had 9443 hours of volunteer time. Plus we also raised $7051 for Access Wyoming and gave out nine scholarships worth $14,000. Out of the 15 Wyoming clubs I received 12 reports by 8pm on the Friday night of our convention, which is 80%. Amazing! Really makes me proud to be a member of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association. I will be getting with the other three clubs in hopes of gathering their information as well before I have to turn our information in to the National Chair person. According to the International Snowmobile Association there are 1,981 clubs in the United States, Canada, and Russia that are involved in organized snowmobiling. Last year, with our help, $2,056,805.51 was raised and 214,254 hours were donated to charity. That was only 492 clubs who turned in their charity reports. Sadly that is only 24.8%. It would be so awesome if these numbers were higher this year. I will find out at the International Snowmobile Congress in June. Remember to keep track of your efforts from now until Fun Days again next year. Thank you all for your efforts. See you in the fall.
In This Issue
Hello Fellow Snow Lovers, What a wonderful Fun Days we had! I’m happy to announce that we raised some great money for Access Wyoming, Wyoming Cares and Our Scholarships. $7,051 was raised for Access Wyoming. $1,005 was raised for Wyoming Cares and $14,043 was raised for our scholarships! Thank you goes out to The Top of the Rockies for hosting Fun Days this Holly year and for all the volunteers that made it a great event. Sinclair I will be busy sending out checks to clubs for the funds you all raised through the raffle tickets. If you would like to know your total just shoot me an email. I will also be mailing out the visa cards to the winners. You all did great on the ticket sales. A total of $13,345 was raised! I’m looking forward to the Fall Meeting in Thermopolis on September 9 and the 2018 Fun Days in Casper March 2 through 4. Welcome aboard the adventure train to Taylor Jones our new President of WSSA and Amy Jenkins the new Vic President. Thank you to Bert Miller our outgoing President for such a wonderful job! I am proud to be a part of such a great group of people supporting our sport, our communities and our kids. Happy Riding
On The Cover
Photo courtesy Neal Henderson
2016 King of Kings Kyle Tapio makes a run up Snow King in Jackson during last year’s World Championship Hill Climb.
Board Reports...2-4 Directory/Schedule...4 Fun Days...6-9 District/Club Reports...5-15 Associates...14
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Hi folks, Wow what great fun we all had at Fun Days. Thank you to the Top of The Rockies club for doing such a great job and the town of Alpine for welcoming us. I would also like to thank all of you who participated and helped us raise money for all of our great causes. Jackson Bert Miller Snow Devils – great job in stepping up and pushing us to join you in the Scholarship/Access Wyoming fundraiser WOW $18,700 great job to all and I know 9 kids who will receive a scholarship are grateful too. Great banquet also guys, loved the food. What a great day of riding we had. My group drove up above Afton and unloaded to ride in about a foot of powder. Great blue bird day for riding. Thank you to State Trails for the great job of grooming, the trails where great! Also we met two great BT rangers one in the morning checking stickers and the other in the afternoon checking how our day went. Nice job and thank you. Sunday meeting: I would like to thank all the directors for a great meeting, plus thanks to the other club members who attended the meeting. Very good dialogue from all. Including a few younger members for their input. I am very proud to say I think our youth groups are taking form. Let’s keep this momentum going as we discussed our kids are the future leaders of our sport. Nice job WSSA clubs. Congratulation’s to our new officers. Taylor Jones President, Amy Jenkins Vice President also Holly Sinclair Secretary/Treasurer. I know WSSA is in good hands. Also special thanks to Shannon for her hard work as the scholarship chair person. As I have said I will be there to help you along the way in any way I can. I would also like to thank all of you WSSA members for your support over the last eight years. It has been a lot of fun and heart filled times I will remember for years to come. I look forward to seeing you on the trail or at the Jackson Hill Climb!
Thank you to the Top of the Rockies Club in Alpine for an amazing Fun Days! And thank you to all the wonderful clubs and club members who bid on the Schnapps Bottle in order to raise money for scholarships. Because of your efforts we were able to give scholarships to nine of our students for a total of $14,000! CONGRATULATIONS to: 1. Kendra Morrison (Jackson) - $3,000 2. Jaimie Lee (Dubois) - $2,500 3. Cameron Thorne (Casper) - $2,000 4. Tyler Thorne (Casper) - $1,750 5. Chelsey Peters (Jackson) - $1,500 6. Rio Spiker-Miller (Snowy Range) $1,250 7. Alec Arnold (Casper) - $1,000
8. Von LaFave (Casper) - $500 9. Bethany Jacobson (Big Horn Mtn. Snomads) - $500 Kendra Morrison’s first place scholarship paperwork will be sent to Western Chapter for the chance to win their $2,000 scholarship as well. There were four scholarships that were disqualified for not following the rules. I would like to stress again the importance of being involved and reviewing the scholarship essays prior to sending them to us. We want every kid to receive a scholarship and it is SO important to have parents, clubs and friends involved to make sure this happens! Congratulations again to all of our scholarship winners! See you next year!
President: Taylor Jones - (307) 350-4607, 927 Whitewater Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901 email@example.com Vice President: Amy Jenkins - (307) 654-8899, P.O. Box 1481, Jackson, WY 83001, 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: Justin Fritz - P.O. Box 14192, Jackson, WY 83002, email@example.com
Secretary/Treasurer: Holly Sinclair - (307) 880-2625, P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002, firstname.lastname@example.org
District #4 - Sheridan County: Rick Young - (307) 752-8444, P.O. Box 159, Dayton, WY 82836, email@example.com District #5 - Park, Big Horn Counties: Rob Marshall - (307) 257-7702, firstname.lastname@example.org District #6 - Weston, Campbell Counties: Tony Niswender - (307) 660-8720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, email@example.com District #7 - Fremont County: Rocky Treese - (307) 851-3022, 14 Sunnyside Ave., Riverton, WY 82501, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the web at: wyotrails.state.wy.us Barrett Building, 4th Floor, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002 Permits and general information: (307) 777-7477, Fax: (307) 777-6472
Top of the Rockies Club Rides - Every Saturday, 10 a.m., Leaving from Greys River Parking Lot Snow Explorers/Altitude OffRoad Club Fun Run - March 18, Horse Creek Jackson Hole Snow Devils World Championship Hillclimb – March 23-26 Casper Snow Gypsies Beach Party – April 1 Cody Country Snowmobile Club Meeting - Wed., April 5
Legislative Chairman: Bert Miller - (307) 8993419 Historian: Vacant Safety Chairman: Lou Grunewald, Sr. - (307) 234-9000, 1743 E. Yellowstone, Casper, WY 82601 Charity Chairperson: Brenda Miller - email@example.com Scholarship Chairperson: Shannon Glandt (307) 413-3950, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
District #11 - Crook County: Tony Niswender - (307) 6608720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, firstname.lastname@example.org District #12 - Dubois and parts of Fremont Counties: John Lee - (307) 455-3200, P.O. Box 990, Dubois, WY 82513, email@example.com District #13 - Sublette County: Bill Lanning - (307) 3674795, P.O. Box 435, Pinedale, WY 82941, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming State Trails Program 125 Sunflower St., P.O. Box 1429, Lander, WY 82520 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org Dubois Sno-Katters: Jay Slagowski - P.O. Box 1064, Dubois, WY 82513 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: 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: Brian Parks - 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
Jackson Hole Snow Devils
Well the snow pack this year on Snow King Ottobre Mountain promises an epic deep World Championship Hillclimb beginning March 23, 2017. Work by the Jackson Hole Devils is in full swing to get ready for the big event. Thanks to all of our sponsors – this wouldn’t happen without you! Several of our members attended the WSAA Fun Days in Alpine this year. As always, the Snow Devils were extremely generous during the many fundraisers at the event. We purchased the famous “Schnapps Bottle” for $10,000, along with a Polaris cooler, a case of Amsoil and a GoPro. All of these items will be raffled back at this year’s hillclimb for various charities. We are again holding a raffle to benefit Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. See our website for more information on the raffle prizes and how to get your tickets! Please check out our website at www.snowdevils.org for upcoming events, and for details about the annual World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb which starts Thursday, March 23, 2017. Don’t forget that the event will be live streamed again this year. Go to our website for a link to watch the event live! The snowpack looks great and we are ready for the best event ever! See you at the hillclimb! jan
WSSA Fun Days
Cody Country Snowmobile Association
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Jeremy Miller Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Jenya Lamb Snowmobile Family of the Year: The Lynn Lamb Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Madison Rosencranse Snowmobile Business of the Year: Rogerâ€™s Sport Center
Top of the Rockies
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Justin Fritz Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Tiphany Gayhart Snowmobile Family of the Year: Thoenig Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Samantha Thoenig Snowmobile Business of the Year: Flying Saddle Resort Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: George Burchrud
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Trent Slagowski Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Sandy Slagowski Snowmobile Family of the Year: Fred and Linda Ziegler Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Katelyn Suda Snowmobile Business of the Year: Stage Coach Motor Inn Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Joel Jensen
Jackson Hole Snow Devils
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Robert Moomey Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Nan Coover Snowmobile Family of the Year: Davis Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Stevie Taylor Snowmobile Business of the Year: Jackson Lumber Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: George Bratrude
Casper Snow Gypsies
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Phil Santistevan Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Lisa Herr Snowmobile Family of the Year: LaFave Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Jacel Holcomb Snowmobile Business of the Year: Rec-Vee Service and Supply Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Kent Wilkins
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Chase Hartje Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Tracy Gutsmiedl Snowmobile Family of the Year: Barta Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Connor Bean Snowmobile Business of the Year: Arrow Head Lodge Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Dennis Loomis
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Steve Waldrep Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Kristi Spriggs Snowmobile Family of the Year: Kristy Eckley and Kevin Neels Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: MK Waldrep Snowmobile Business of the Year: Rhoads Jewelry Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Cal Anacker
Pinedale Snow Explorers
Campbell County Sno-Goers
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Brian Parks Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Ashley Bledsoe Snowmobile Family of the Year: Smith Family: Aaron, Delaina and Abby Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Abby Smith Snowmobile Business of the Year: Rocky Mountain Powersports Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Tim Haberberger
*The Snowy Range club donated the funds for their awards back to Access Wyoming except for the youth award.
Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Cameron Olsen
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Bill Lanning Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Tesa Manning Snowmobile Family of the Year: Andersen Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Otis Leniger Snowmobile Business of the Year: The Den Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Dave Lankford
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Yuma Weeks Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Stephanie Melzer Snowmobile Family of the Year: Weeks Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Kyenne Weeks Snowmobile Business of the Year: Destination X Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Dennis Loomis
Male Snowmobiler of the Year: Brandon Treese Female Snowmobiler of the Year: Lesley Grace Treese Snowmobile Family of the Year: The Brandon Treese Family Youth Snowmobiler of the Year: Blake Byers Snowmobile Groomer of the Year: Bill Shipley
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WSSA Fun Days
WSSA Club of the Year - Cody Country Snowmobile Association: Levi Signor, Michelle Young, Rob Marshall, Jeremy Miller, Carol Higbie, Brenda Miller, Bert Miller and Ed Higbie; not pictured: Michelle Hoefke and Jaxon Signor.
Big Horn Snomads Male Snowmobiler of the Year - Chris Hartje.
Top of the Rockies Female Snowmobiler of the Year - Tiffany Gayhart and Male Snowmobiler of Riverton Snowmobile Family of the Year Dubois Snowmobile Family of the Year - Linda Dubois Male Snowmobiler of the Year Trent Slagowski. - Brandon Treese Family. and Fred Ziegler. the Year - Justin Fritz.
WSSAâ€™s new officers: Sec/ Treas. - Holly Sinclair, President - Taylor Jones, Past President - Bert Miller, Vice President - Amy Jenkins.
Pinedale Male Snowmobiler of the Year Bill Lanning.
WSSA Fun Days
Above: WSSA members enjoying Fun Days. Right:Ron McKinney awarding Lou Grunewald the Wyoming State Trails Pioneer Award. Lower Right: Cal Anacker receives the State Trails Snowmobiler of the Year Award.
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Riverton Male Snowmobiler of the Year Lander Groomer of the Year - Cal Anaker. Brandon Treese.
GPS Tracking Dubois Female Snowmobiler of the Year Sandy Slagowski.
Sweetwater Snowpokes Business of the Year - Rocky Mountain Powersports, Pete Leibee.
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 â€œliveâ€? 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.
Cody Male Snowmobiler of the Year - Jer- Sweetwater Snowpokes Male Snowmobiler of the Year - Brian Parks. emy Miller.
Stayed tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information and links to these services as they become available.
Cody Country Snowmobile Club
Last month I forgot to congratulate Ed Higbie for being nominated to Wyoming State Trails for the Pioneer award. Sorry about that. Now for Fun Days; congratulation goes to Cody for receiving the “Club of the Year” trophy. I know that we worked hard to make sure we had all of our bases covered but it still surprised me. Thanks to Top of the Rockies for hosting Fun Days this year. I believe that everyone had a great time. It is always good to see old friends and it is hard to believe that the snowmobile season is almost over. Congratulations to Cal Anacker from Lander for receiving the Wyoming State Trails and WSSA snowmobiler of the year award. Lou Ed Higbie enjoying the day riding down by Afton. Grunewald, congratulations to you as well for receiving the Pioneer award you are very deserving. By the time the Wrangler comes out the Cody club will have hosted our first “Kids day”. We invited anyone that wanted to bring their kids up to the cabin area of a couple of our club members and go sledding. We had hot dogs, hot chocolate, and s’mores for the kids (and the parents) to enjoy. We were able to haul the kids back up the hill on snowmobiles and everyone had a great time. Our final meeting of the season will be the first Wednesday in April. We will be holding our elections at that meeting. We will also be planning our spring highway Enjoying Hampton Happy Hour Friday night at the Meet and Greet. Inn-Race to the pool - Page 1 - Composite cleanup. Then I believe some of us will start thinking about the camping season, which seems weird to say when it is only March. Anyway, until next year please continue to be careful out there and Levi Signor “not so much…” (actually he had a good day) have a great summer.
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Angelina Everyone who rode over the mountain or drove to Alpine had a great Pryich time. Did you see the mountain goats on the highway? Bert Smith,
longtime member and a past president of the Snowpokes, and a past director of WSSA, arose at 2 a.m. on Sunday in Green River to attend the 8 a.m. meeting in Alpine. Thank you, Bert, for your passion for motorized recreation and dedication to the sport of snowmobiling. You are appreciated! Congratulations to the Sweetwater Snowpokes club award recipients: Brian Parks, male snowmobiler; Ashlee Bledsoe, female snowmobiler; Smith Family (Arron, Delaina and Abby), family; Abby Smith, youth; Tim Haberberger, groomer; Rocky Mountain Power Sports (Pete Leibee), business. The club thanks Pete Leibee for serving as president Heâ€™s done a great job bringing in new members and sparking interest in joining the club. Elections were held on March 7. Our new president is Brian Parks. The other officers and board remain the same for the next year. Thank you to all. Hope to see you at the 2018 Fun Days in Casper!
Greetings from the Upper Green River Basin! Lanning Looks like we are rapidly heading District 13 Rep. toward the end of another sledding season, although the way things look around here we should still have riding opportunities in much of the Wyoming Range, the Hoback Basin and Union Pass areas well into April and possibly into May. Heck, a Fourth of July ride might not be out the question in some isolated spots around the Basin. On March 2, SE/AO held their annual elections meeting. Congratulation to Clint Andersen, President; Robert Jaskolski, Vice-President; Kelly Andersen, Secretary; Kathy Raper, Treasurer; and new board members, Sandy Sletten and Charlie Raper. The last scheduled winter event for the SE/AO Club is a Fun Run on March 18 starting at the Horse Creek parking lot at 9 a.m. and ending at the Den Restaurant at Daniel Junction at 5 p.m. For those that weren't able to make to Fun Days in Alpine, you missed an awesome event. The Top of the Rockies club did an outstanding job of hosting the event. Congratulations to our 2017-18 WSSA officers, Taylor Jones, President; Amy Jenkins, Vice-President, and Holy Sinclair, Secretary/Treasurer. I want to give a big thank you to Bert Miller, who has done an outstanding job of leading and representing us, our sport, and Wyoming throughout his tenure as President. Thanks Bert!!! Hope you all have a great spring, summer and fall season.
Top of the Rockies
Thank you to the Top of the Rockies and their community for another wonderful Fun Days! Many thanks to those who led the rides; everyone had a great time and enjoyed the plentiful snow! Thank you to Susan for bringing home all riders of the intermediate group!! Congratulations to Lou and Cal for the awards conferred upon them by Wyoming State Trails. Congratulations to the successful scholarship applicants. Congratulations to the new WSSA officers Taylor Jones and Amy Jenkins. Our meeting was progressive and informative. Good to see other club members in attendance. Hope everyone returned home safely. See you in September for the fall meeting in Thermopolis.
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First and foremost, the Top of the Rockies Club would like to thank all of the clubs that made the long drive to Alpine last weekend for the WSSA Fun Days. We hope everyone had a good time with the above average temperatures. Without your support the event would not be a successful event. We hope your return trip was safe and the roads were dry. Secondly, we would like to thank the Flying Saddle Resort for hosting our meet and greet Friday and providing us with the all you can eat dinner buffet at the banquet Saturday night. Turkey, pork and the top sirloin roast were delicious. The Flying Saddle Resort has been a business member of WSSA for many years. I would personally like to thank all of the committee chairmen for all of their hard work. Amy Jenkins and Larissa Maine were responsible all of registrations. Justin Fritz was in charge of the rides. Kennis Lutz for publicity, and Bob Strobel for Arrangements. Of course, it would have not been possible without all the members of our club for the hours they put in to make it a successful event. Lastly, a big thanks to our sponsors. Without them we would not be able to host events like this. As part of the sponsorship, each sponsor is advertised on our website at www.ridealpine. com Check them out and use their service whenever possible. We look forward to hosting fun days again in a few years. In other news, we have club rides leaving the Greys River parking lot every Saturday at 10:00. The snow has been amazing and fun for all. Members of the club will be attending a Wyoming Public Lands Initiative meeting Wednesday March 8 at the Virginian Hotel in Jackson concerning the future of snowmobiling. There has been a push lately to convert some of the wilderness study areas in to new wilderness. This would restrict some the best public land from snowmobiling. We all need to keep involved to keep our access.
Snow Explorers/Altitude Off -Road
Special thanks from the Dubois Slagowski Sno-Katters to the Top of the Rockies Club for the great job they all did hosting Fun Days in Alpine! Our weekend was made up of great company, awesome food and libations, and some of the best country on earth to ride a snowmobile in. We only had one small mishap on the extreme ride when that dreaded “old ghost rider” jumped on an unsuspecting sled and took it head on into a tree late in the afternoon, but our unsuspecting rider was able to patch things up and ride out with a few bent parts, but no worse for the wear. With spring on its way in around the state, the warming temperatures begin to trigger feelings of dread and anxiety in knowing our favorite time of year is winding down. We begin to mope around and watch video clips of those epic days of the previous weeks that we wished would have never ended. The best we can all hope for is that the snow that we do have will hold up, and the very best case scenario will be that next “record” spring storm will move in and dump a couple more feet of powder to help keep us happy and content for another couple weeks. You just got to have faith! Remember to get the gear, get the forecast, get the training, and get a hand full!
Casper Snow Gypsies
Sounds like many parts Santistevan of the state have excellent snow pack this season unfortunately, Casper hasn’t been as lucky. But that has not stopped us from enjoying the snow we do have. The club hosted our Take a Friend Snowmobiling event. The kids were from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Pop in the Shop. We had a great turn out and the kids had a blast riding and riding and riding on as many snowmobiles as possible. We cooked hotdogs and served hot chocolate to warm them up when they were done. Many of the kids were already discussing amongst themselves about participating next year. We held our safety meeting on February 2. We did a refresher on trail safety prior to going on our club ride. Several members got together for a night ride on February 3, we ended up at the Powder House shelter and had dinner. February 11 we had another poker run; this time we raised money for a member of the club that had a sudden death in the family. Everyone was looking forward to our club ride this year over Presidents Day weekend. We rented the Ten Mile Inn lodge for the weekend. The weather was a little warm but it was a beautiful weekend to ride. We took a break and roasted hot dogs on the trail. There wasn’t a lot of fresh snow but there were a few people that managed to get stuck. Ray as usual managed to get thrown off a couple of times. We had 33 sleds and the only thing that got towed back was Phil’s truck. There was plenty to do in the evenings, playing foosball, pool, shuffle board or just catching up. Saturday night everyone decided to soak in the Hobo pools in Saratoga. This is why we join clubs…Good Times, Good Food and Good Company. Enjoy the rest of the winter.
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â€œYou've got about five hours before the storm gets here,â€? Cindy said. She went on Needham to explain that one forecast was calling for twenty inches, while another suggested nearly thirty. With breakfast done, and our sleds full of gas, we left the Box Y lodge and headed for the trails of the Wyoming Range. We figured it would be another day of deep powder and great scenery, but as we walked out into the morning, we found that the storm was already there. We rode through wind and driving snow on our way over Blind Bull Pass. We had ridden into the lodge the day before, battling similar conditions, but taking advantage of breaks to leave our marks on untouched hills and meadows of the uncrowded wilderness. The ride out, however, was all business. The flat light made travel slow, but our group kept going and arrived safely back in the parking lot for the trek back to Lander. JJ, a young Snow Drifter, found himself in a snow The Lander Snow Drifters have had quite a season. In addition to our club outing to the Box Y, drift! the club has been logging some miles in our local hills. The Snow Drifters have remained very active in working with State Trails to groom three trails. The weather has been wild, to say the least, and we have made every effort to keep those trails as rider-friendly as possible. The latest storm left nearly four feet of snow, followed up by another foot just a few days later. If you're planning that trip to Togwotee, think again - Lander has all the snow you need! Get out and ride, we'll see you in the mountains! And if you want to see more of what the Snow Drifters are up to, search for us online using #LanderSnowDrifters.
Cal and Jim took a break to plan the route.
Price climbed a hill to a scenic vista.
The Lander Snow Drifters blazing trail in the Wyoming Range.
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