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JANUARY 2019

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JEFF MOBERG PHOTO Taking advantage of the early snow near Sundance.

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diStRiCt RePReSentatiVeS District #1 - Platte, Goshen, Laramie, Albany Counties: Justin Madden - (307) 760-3167, P.O. Box 2204, Laramie, WY 82073, maddenjustin17@gmail.com District #2 - Carbon County: VACANT District #3 - Teton, Uinta, Lincoln Counties: Justin Fritz - (307) 413-5868, P.O. Box 3767, Alpine, WY 83128, justinfritzwl@yahoo. com

President: Taylor Jones - (307) 350-4607, 927 Whitewater Dr., Rock Springs, WY 82901 taylorelmwire@ yahoo.com Vice President: Amy Jenkins - (307) 413-6811, P.O. Box 1481, Jackson, WY 83001, wssaamy@gmail.com Secretary/Treasurer: Holly Sinclair - (307) 880-2625, P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002, wssaholly@gmail. com District #4 - Sheridan County: Rick Young - (307) 752-8444, P.O. Box 159, Dayton, WY 82836, mtnswin@hotmail.com District #5 - Park, Big Horn Counties: Brenda Miller - (307) 899-9491, 4330 Pat Ohara Mountain Dr., Cody, WY 82414, bmiller@codyregionalhealth.org District #6 - Weston, Campbell Counties: Tony Niswender - (307) 660-8720, 2501 Little Powder River Rd., Gillette, WY 82716, niswender@collinscom.net District #7 - Fremont County: Rocky Treese - (307) 856-7356, 14 Sunnyside Ave., Riverton, WY 82501, ltreese63@gmail.com

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

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Directory...3 board Reports...4 District Reports...4 Club Reports...5-8 Associates...7 aPPointeeS

Awards/Fundraising Chairperson: Holly Sinclair - (307) 8802625, wssaholly@gmail.com Charity Chairperson: Brenda Miller - bmiller@codyregionalhealth. org Historian: Michelle Buzalsky - mcatrider@gmail.com Safety Chairman: Lou Grunewald, Sr. - (307) 234-9000, rec-vee@ hotmail.com Scholarship Chairperson: Shannon Glandt - (307) 413-3950, shannonglandt@gmail.com District #8 - Natrona, Converse Counties: Lou Grunewald - (307) 234-9000, 1743 E. Yellowstone, Casper, WY 82601, rec-vee@hotmail.com District #9 - Sweetwater, Uinta Counties: George Pryich - (307) 382-2879, 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, niswender@collinscom.net

District #11 - Crook County: Jeff Moberg - (307) 283-3411, PO Box 400, Sundance, WY 82729, wrangler@sundancetimes. com District #12 - Dubois and parts of Fremont Counties: John Lee - (307) 455-3200, P.O. Box 990, Dubois, WY 82513, jolee@wyoming.com District #13 - Sublette County: Gary Neely - (307) 367-2742, P.O. Box 11, Pinedale, WY 82941, garyneely14@hotmail. com

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 307 Riders - P.O. Box 5150, Gillette, WY 82717 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, mfranzen@ bresnan.net Casper Snow Gypsies: Russ Galgarn - P.O. Box 3301, Casper, WY 82602, snowgypsies@gmail.com Cody Country Snowmobile Association: Dustin Rosencrance - P.O. Box 1745, Cody, WY 82414, codysnowmobileclub@hotmail.com

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Dubois Sno-Katters: Jay Slagowski - P.O. Box 1064, Dubois, WY 82513, jslagowski66@gmail.com Jackson Hole Snow Devils: Jeff Toolson - P.O. Box 4276, Jackson, WY 83001, www.snowdevils.org, mail@snowdevils.org Lander Snowdrifters: Charles Tanner - P.O. Box 281, Lander, WY 82520, landersnowdrifters@gmail. com Powder River Sno-Buffs: Layne Qualm - P.O. Box 754, Buffalo, WY 82834, powderriversnobuffs@ yahoo.com Riverton Sno-Goers: Kristi Eckley - P.O. Box 2115, Riverton, WY 82501, kdeckley@gmail.com, sleddinthewinds.com

Jeff Moberg Publisher/ Editor/Advertising

Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road: Clint Anderson - P.O. Box 2509, Pinedale, WY 82941, clinton3406@aol.com Snowy Range Snowmobile Club: Sunny Madden - P.O. Box 1930, Laramie, WY 82070, membership@srscwy.com Sour Doughs - 2087 Baldwin Creek Rd, Lander, WY 82520, danaf@wyoming.com Sweetwater Snowpokes: Brian Parks - P.O. Box 1731, Rock Springs, WY 82902, snowpokes@ yahoo.com Top of the Rockies: Justin Fritz - P.O. Box 3386, Alpine, WY 83128, ridealpine.com P.O. Box 400, Sundance, WY 82729 Phone (307) 283-3411 • Fax (307) 283-3332

eMail: wRanGleR@SundanCetiMeS.CoM Postmaster: Send any address changes to: Holly Sinclair, P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002

Stan Horning Prepress

COPYRIGHT © 2019 by Sundance Times, Inc. All rights reserved.


Secretary/ Treasurer

JAnUARy 2019 Hello WSSA members, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year filled with family, friends and some great rides. With the shortage of snow in some areas I hope you haven't been buying too many parts, I know some of us have contributed to the dealer tayloR cause. JoneS Please be very careful out there, it is a bad winter for avalanches and we have lost people in and out of our state. Please follow what you have learned in the various avalanche classes available to us all. Playing on that one hill isn't worth not going home alive, many people count on you so go home safe every time. We are beginning to prepare for Fun Days in Alpine and I know Top of the Rockies will put on another fun filled weekend. As you all know, our young adults are a focal point of the WSSA and we are in hopes each club will bring as many young adults as possible, they are our future and we look forward to including them in our events and the WSSA overall. We have placed Joey Clarke, President of the Junior Snowpokes, in the WSSA as a young adult representative and we would like to see a ride and some events for them to also enjoy and participate at Fun Days. I will have Joey contact each District Rep. to try and get a rough head count so activities can be planned out. This is new recently so it will be a work in progress but it only seems fitting that we have activities for them at Fun Days since we are raising money each year for scholarships and fighting for their access. In the future I hope to have more and more input from our Young adults, they are very smart and have great ideas. We are discussing having a booth at the Hillclimb in Jackson this year so please feel free to contact me if you would be willing to help fill some time and spread the word about the WSSA. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts on gourmand topics we are currently working on which include access, our strategic planning, a communications director and of course our young adults. Take care and be safe out there, Taylor Jones

Happy New Year! Please get your memberships in right away. Also get your award winner selection sheet into me as soon as possible. We have a great new design for this year’s awards plaques. I hope everyone is getting out there and enjoying the snow. If you haven’t registered holly for Fun Days please do S inClaiR so right away. The Top of the Rockies are very excited to host this year. You can go to https:// ridealpine.com/ to do register. Ride safe and have fun, Holly Sinclair

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get to Know your national Forest Team

HASLETT, MI, December 19, 2018: For many years the snowmobile manufacturers members of ISMA have financially supported the Friends of Snowmobiling groups, Friends of the US Forests, and the various Avalanche Centers within the US Forest Service. In addition to supporting the forest activities, we have encouraged snowmobilers to interact with staff members of the US Forests whenever possible. Most of us snowmobile on US Forest Service land and you are encouraged to stop by the USFS office while you are traversing the forests on your snowmobile. Members of the Forest Service welcome visitors and it is a great opportunity to develop friendships and offer your help to the FS team. If you join a Friends of the Forests group, the cost is minimal, and it puts you on the mailing list, so you may be contacted when the Forest Service has a review of the travel plans or management issues. You could also find yourself invited to events and outings at the Forest. The Friends of the Forest groups are active and often hold educational events on the Forest. I visit the US Forest Service offices in the winter but also in the spring and summer. This has kept me in contact with the key Forest Service personnel and we often can talk about land use issues and safety issues if necessary. In addition to supporting the Forest and Avalanche Training Centers, we also support the American Avalanche Association, the leader in avalanche safety training in the United States. If you are camping on National Forest Land or simply hiking through the area or fishing in one of their quiet secluded lakes, it’s always a good idea to say “hi” to the land managers and let them know that you are willing to help and expand on any public or private partnerships that are offered through their management teams.

2018-2019 INDIVIDUAL SNOWMOBILE CLUB CHARITY EFFORTS

You are being asked to keep track of your snowmobile club’s charity efforts from March 2018 through February 2019 and report on this form to your state charity coordinator so that everyone’s numbers can be compiled and sent to the international charity chairperson. Thank you for your cooperation. It is very important to get as complete and accurate data as possible.

******Remember to include the amount of money that your club donated to the WSSA Scholarship last year at Fun Days***** Note: Your form is due to the Charity Representative by 8pm on Friday night of Fun Days if you want it to count towards your points for “Club of the Year” (you can email it also to bnbnkids@gmail.com). Name of Club or Association Club Representative (Name and Club Title) Club Representative – Address (Street, City, State, Zip) Club Representative Phone & eMail

Total $ Amount Donated to Major/National Charities Total $ Amount Donated to Local Charities Total $ Amount Donated to all Charities Total Number of Volunteer Hours


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2019 WSSA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

WSSA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM 2019

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Please submit all questions and completed forms to: Shannon Glandt – shannonglandt@ gmail.com Applicant Name: The Wyoming State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) will again be offering scholarships to either graduMailing Address: ating high school seniors or persons currently enrolled in college full time (12 semester credits), either physically or online. Scholarships will be given to City: State / Province: Postal Code: the winners regardless of other grants or scholarships that the students may also receive. Requirements are as follows: State / Provincial Association/Federation: 1. The applicant or immediate family must be an active paying member of a club in the WSSA. That club must Member of what local Club? confirm the applicant or immediate family is in fact active. A letter of approval with a signature from the club President is required. Graduated from what high school? 2. The applicant must submit the completed application form. 3. The applicant must submit a cover letter. Attending what college? 4. The applicant must submit a resume detailing his/her involvement If already in college what year? Age? in snowmobiling as well as extracurricular activities. High School GPA: if applicable, College GPA: 5. The applicant must submit an essay (essay subject located on the application form). The essay MUST follow  Have you attached a cover letter introducing yourself? the format below to be accepted: a. Minimum of 2 pages – typed.  Have you attached a resume detailing your involvement in b. Double-spaced. c. Font – Times New Roman. snowmobiling as well as extra-curricular school activities? d. Font size – 12 point. e. Margins – set to 1 inch for all  Have you attached an essay on the following subject (must be at least margins (top, bottom, left side, 2 pages, double-spaced and typed)? right side). f. Page numbers (if included) should be .5 inch from the top of the page Essays will be judged on depth of content, clarity, organization and (not within the 1” margin). persuasiveness. g. A header (for example, the essay question) can be added 1 inch from the top of the 1st page, and then enter a double space and begin your essay. h. Do NOT include your name, OR the name of your club, school, town, business, etc…anywhere within the essay. For example you 2. All scholarship checks will be written directly nance, and the list goes on. Money does not grow should use “my local club”, “my high school”, to the college and not to the student ~ no excepon trees in the USA or CANADA. Even when we “my local riding area” and “my home town”, tions. find money to help our cause, we run into roadinstead of actual names. 3. The student ID#, college name and address blocks because of the origin of the items we are (NOTE: This information will be included within to send the scholarship check to, needs to be trying to buy. There must be a better way. your application/resume/cover letter where approvided to the WSSA Secretary by August 1st plicable, just not within the essay). of the current year OR within 30 days of enrollEssay Challenge: In the USA and CANADA, i. Do NOT use bold-faced type or other special ment. there is money available to support our needs in the settings. The 1st place winner of the WSSA scholarship snowmobile world. Finding it, qualifying it, and j. If work is cited please add an additional will have their essay sent to the Western Chapter of acquiring it is the beginning of your challenge. See ‘work-cited’ page at the end of the essay. This Snowmobile Associations Inc. for a chance to win List Below: information will NOT be counted as part of an additional $2,000 grant. 1. Where traditionally do the funds come from the 2-page minimum. for your local and State I Provincial snowmobile 6. The applicable documents must be received by needs? the WSSA Scholarship Chairman by February 2. What are the funds available to be used on? 1, 2019. Essay Topic: The cost of everything in winter 3. How do you petition for these funds? 7. Any entry that does not meet ALL of these recreation over the past ten years has skyrocketed. 4. Are there funds available that are not being requirements will be disqualified. NO EXCEP- Snowmobiling is an expensive sport when you petitioned for in your area? TIONS. take into consideration all things connected to it. Finally, can you share with us your thoughts and Additional rules: Groomers and all their attachments, the ones doing ideas of how to financially support our cause for the 1. Students must use the scholarship within one the grooming, a home for the groomer, Sno-Parks, next generation of snowmobilers? year of receiving it. plowing, administration, trail construction/mainte-

2019 ESSAY TOPIC


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Vintage Races – Jan. 25-26, Sheridan Big Horn Sno Goers Poker Run – Jan. 26, start at Baby Wagon Parking Lot and end at Meadowlark Lodge for a free chili dinner Top of the Rockies Alpine Jubilee Light Parade – Feb. 1 Top of the Rockies Casino Night – Feb. 2 Sweetwater Snowpokes Wyatt Shepherd Memorial Ride – Feb. 2, 9 a.m., Horse Creek Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Lander Snowdrifters Meeting – Feb. 7, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:45 p.m. meeting, Oxbow Sweetwater Snowpokes Avalanche Awareness Practical – Feb. 9, 9 a.m., Upper Green (RSVP Pryich) Pinedale Snow Explorers One Lunger 100 – Feb. 9 307 Riders Ride the Ridge – Feb. 16-17 from Deerhaven to Bearlodge Pinedale Snow Explorers Kids 120 Snow Cross Race – Feb. 17, in conjunction with Pinedale Winter Carnival Lander Snowdrifters Club Ride – Feb. 17-19, Joining Riverton in Pinedale, Contact Kristy Eckley Sweetwater Snowpokes Fun Run – Feb. 23, 9 a.m. start, Kendall Valley

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Lodge WSSA Fun Days – Mar. 1-3, Alpine WSSA Meeting – Mar. 3, Alpine Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Mar. 5, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Sweetwater Snowpokes Snowmobile Ride/Clinic – Mar. 9 Lander Snowdrifters Club Ride/Fish Fry – Mar. 9, Christina Lake, Contact Cal Anacker 349-2616 Lander Snowdrifters Meeting – Mar. 14, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:45 p.m. meeting, Oxbow Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Apr. 2, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Lander Snowdrifters Meeting – Apr. 11, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:45 p.m. meeting, Oxbow 307 Riders Hill Cross Race – Apr. 27, Meadowlark Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – May 7, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Jun. 4, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe (Annual Meeting – Election of Officers and one Director Position for 2019-2022 term) Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe Sweetwater Snowpokes Meeting – Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Santa Fe

Candace The Big Horn Sno Goers have been busy Richardson setting up huts; getting them stocked and

We have our annual Poker Run this month Jan. 26; starting at Baby Wagon Parking lot off Hwy 16 and ending at ready for the season. Meadowlark Lodge for a free Chili dinner. We truly hope We have placed beacons on all but one hut; but have plans you will join us. to get that accomplished hopefully this year. Stay safe and enjoy the ride!

POKER RUN AND CHILI FEED

Starts at Babywagon Parking Lot Free Chili Feed at Meadowlark Lodge JAN 26TH AT 9AM OPEN TO EVERYONE Sponsored by Big Horn Snogoers snowmobile/ATV club

bighornsnogoers@gmail.com Big Horn Sno Goers


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December for the club is a slow activity month. The only thing we had going this month was our Annual Christmas Party. And as always, the club had food and fun. But this time we had more fun than food. We had an Ugly Sweater contest that our President Russ Dalgarn won. Had our Pig Raffle drawing for which Lynn Beaslin and Shawn Reed each won half a pig. Several of our members tried their hand, or should we say mouth, at the Candy Cane pickup game. Santa Claus came for a visit and handed out presents to all the kids in attendance. The evening ended with our Dice Gift Exchange Game. For which Misty did an excellent job of showing the rules in her Ugly Elf Sweater. As the year comes to an end, it is time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. For the club it has been a year of change. Having a board full of newbies that have brought on new ideas. Upgrading our logo to something a little more modern. Finding out that our club was 50 years old. Can you believe that? 50 years old!!! WOW!!!! We hope that this coming year will bring on more good changes that will make our club last another 50 years or more. The Casper Snow Gypsies hope that everyone has had a fun and exciting 2018 and that 2019 brings on more fun and more excitement for everyone. “Days get shorter, nights get longer, snow gets deeper. Life gets better.� Snow On!!!!

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Clockwise from top left: betty grunewald and bonnie Jolovich, two of the longest running club members. Waiting to eat. Santa Claus has arrived. Candy cane game. Winner and runner up of the ugly sweater contest.

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goodbye 2018 and hello 2019. one of our youngest members, lily, sitting on Santa’s lap. Dice gift exchange game rules. Dice gift exchange game. getting instructions on the dice gift exchange game. Pig raffle winners.


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JANUARY 2019 The Top of the Rockies has had a very busy season so far. We got the Safety Shelter moved to Murphy Creek. It was a bit of a challenge being frozen in mud to the ground. But with teamwork and muscle we got the shelter out and moved to the seasonal location. Several members have stopped in throughout the season and found the shelter being used on a regular basis by folks of all ages and places that come to snowmobile in the Alpine Greys River area. The club is gearing up for the Annual Alpine Jubilee starting February 1 with a Light Parade and fireworks followed by Casino night on February 2. Decorate your ride and come join in the fun and festivities! The TOR also donates their time and energy in putting up snow blocks for the AWESOME snow sculptures that will also be judge during the Jubilee weekend. Lots going on in Alpine and TOR! The club is working on the WSSA Fun days too that will be held in Alpine. Please sign up on the website so we can get a head count. Visit us at ridealpine.com and click on Fun Days to register. Ride safe and enjoy!

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The check station.

New member night.

Above and Right: Thanksgiving.

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Above and Right: Thanksgiving.

The Top of the Rockies Snowmobile club located in Alpine is hosting the WSSA Fun Days this year on the weekend of March 1-3 in Alpine. We hope to see all snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiast from around the state there to join us in a fun filled weekend. The weekend starts on Friday evening, March 1, at the Flying Saddle Lodge with registration and a meet and greet. Saturday starts out with two, possibly three, snowmobile rides up the Greys River that will be guided by Top of the Rockies club members. One ride will be a trail/scenic ride with some meadows to play in as they head up towards the Box Y Lodge and the elk feed ground. The second ride will be for more experienced riders who would like to hit the back country. We are considering a third ride for our Junior WSSA members if we can get enough interest. If there is any youth who’d like to

Brian Parks

The team helping to set up the shelter.

ride the youth ride, please contact myself, Brian Parks (307-3502274; brnparks@outlook.com) or Joey Clarke (307-922-4044) from the Sweetwater Snowpokes and ATV Club, Inc. Saturday evening will be the WSSA banquet at the Donn Wooden Civic Center (bring your checkbook). Sunday morning will be the bi-annual WSSA meeting which will be at the Alpine Town Hall. Join us on ridealpine.com and get your early registrations turned in for this fun filled weekend. There are three motels in Alpine looking forward towards this weekend; the Flying Saddle Lodge, the Three Rivers Motel, and the Bull Moose motel. There is also 2 local vendors that rent snomachines in Alpine if you don’t want to drag yours across the state. Now on to a very serious matter. On Jan. 10, some good friends of mine from Pinedale called to inform me of a serious matter they encountered going through the “ARE YOU BEEPING” sign that the Sweetwater Snowpokes and ATV Club, Inc. installed just west of the Sherman Meadows parking lot heading into the Horse Creek country which is approx. 30 miles west of Pinedale a few days previous. They all had their beacons turned on showing great battery power. One of them came up with the red X as he was going past the

sign. They stopped to make sure his beacon was on and it showed 98 percent battery power, it still showed the red X. After a little more testing with his companions, he found out he was NOT transmitting even though he had battery power. I’m not sure what testing they were doing, possibly everyone else put there beacons on search and his wouldn’t respond. His beacon was older. So before you ride, have everybody turn on their

beacons and have one of your party walk down the line in search mode to check if your transmitting. This could have cost him his life if nobody could locate him if got caught in an avalanche. We hope to see all of you in Alpine soon and have a great winter! The Top of the Rockies has purchased and installed a “ARE YOU BEEPING” sign at the entrance of the Greys River on the edge of the snowmobile parking lot in Alpine.

Deadline for the next Wrangler is February 7!


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Angelina Sweetwater SnowPryich pokes and ATV

Club, Inc. Angelina Pryich A small crew drove out to Sherman Guard Station to install an avalanche beacon check station. Look for the Are You Beeping sign and take a moment to check your beacon. Remember that avalanche survival chances improve when each member of your riding party is equipped with a beacon, shovel, and probe. Thank you to Brian and Ron who rode to the Blind Bull safety shelter and split the wood that was cut earlier for the wood boxes. Thank you to all who use the Blind Bull safety shelter. We appreciate all users keeping the place clean and ready for the next person. Thank you to all who provided for its existence! We hear there is now enough snow in the Upper Green area of the Wind River Mountains for grooming and safer riding. Remember to check the jhavalance.org site for weather and avalanche forecasts. The avalanche near the Blind

Wyoming Snowmobile Bull safety shelter was not far off the groomed trail. Be prepared. Be aware. Practice using avalanche equipment in the snow on Saturday, February 9 at 9 am in the Upper Green parking lot.

Looking forward to a Fun Run on February 23, starting at 9:00 am from Kendall Valley Lodge. Hope you can join us for a fun day. Love to see folks from the region who ride in the Wind

Photo courtesy jhavalanche.org

Photos courtesy of the beeping crew

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River Mountains or the Wyoming Range. Great opportunity for families and new riders to enjoy as easy or as difficult a ride you want to make it and still return to the Lodge in time for the fun.


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The Club held its annual carry-in Christmas dinner along with the Riverton Club in the beginning of December; about 20 folks were in attendance. Raffles were held and videos were shared by the members. We also worked on our grooming equipment in early December and are waiting for enough snow to provide a base to start grooming the Lander Side Trails. The Club participated in the RMASA Antique Snowmobile show at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Complex in Riverton on January 12. The antique trail ride was planned for January 13 leaving from the South Pass Parking Area and heading into Grannier Meadows. Also scheduled for late January or early February is avalanche training in Dubois hosted by the USFS Wind River Ranger District. The Dubois and Riverton Clubs will also be in attendance. An update on the snowpack in the southern end of the Wind River Mountain; it is around 65-70% of the 30 year average and most of that snow has been here since Thanksgiving or before. There has been little snow the month of December and with the cold temperatures the snowpack has little moisture in it (and January is usually our dry month). Visit our Facebook page @ Lander Snowdrifters where we have been adding historic photos past club rides and events. Well, considering that our January club meeting was the day after the holiday we actually had a pretty good attendance with 10 people attending. District 5 Representative The season has been pretty darn quiet for the Cody Club. We are very short on snow in our riding area on the Beartooth Mountains this year. Guess we got a little spoiled the last few years, we only have about 1/3 the amount of snow compared to this time last year. The rocks are large in our riding area and there are lots of lakes, creeks, and streams. Those who have dared to go riding have stated that there is not base yet, the snow is like sugar, and if you begin to get stuck you will sink to bare ground. By the time this article goes to print the Cody club will have had their awards dinner. We gave out awards for Male and Female Snowmobiler of the Year, Youth Snowmobiler of the Year, Family of the Year, and Business of the Year. These winners will be forwarded on to WSSA for awards at Fun Days. We also gave out our CCSA Snowmobiler of the Decade award again this year. We also had an Honorary Supporter award that we presented to our Park County Search and Rescue. They have been great supporters of our club and snowmobiling in general. They have a great group of people who have become involved in the last couple of years. We are blessed to have them! Again, remember that our parking areas are a privilege for snowmobilers all across the Snowbelt. So, if you happen to see someone leaving their trash behind please speak to them. If they have already left the area please pick it up for them. If you pack it in pleas pack it out. Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless! Be careful out there!

Brenda Miller

Happy new year from the Dubois Slagowski Sno-Katters! We hope everyone had a great time over the holidays, and also hope you have been getting some riding in. Sorry we missed the December Wrangler, our family was preoccupied with a destination wedding in the Caribbean. We were a little apprehensive about missing a week of snowmobiling at first, but picked a good window when the snow wasn’t all that great anyway. It was tough, but we made it. Our snow conditions in the Upper Wind started off a little scant but have been improving. The latest storm on December 30th laid down six to ten inches over the area, leaving us a 32 to 45 inch snow depth, depending where you ride, and greatly improved our trail conditions as well as the back country riding opportunities. Our nonresident visitation seems to be up, with Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota topping the list. All of the parking areas and safety shelters are in great shape, thanks again to the state trails folks for all of your work! Don’t forget your avy gear and a few cave man tools that could help get you out of a jam, and as always, if you need riding info for our area or want us to show you around, Give us a call. Happy Brapping!

Jay

Some of us Dubois Sno-Katters, about a week apart.


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The 307 Riders had a busy December. They took part in the annual Parade of Lights in Gillette on December 1. This is an annual parade down Gillette Ave. to kick off the Christmas season. Members spent the day getting the float ready and the parade kicked off at sunset. The first club ride of the season was on December 15. Members and their families gathered together and rode the northern bighorns. The snow was still scarce and there was a lengthy damage report to some sleds, but it was still a great time! The club bought new toys for A.B.A.T.E. – an organization that allows underprivileged children to shop for gifts. They also gave a donation to Search and Rescue to help with rebuilding their funds after the lengthy search and VERY successful rescue of the snowmobilers in the snowy mountain range. The club started off the new year with a meet and great at Destination X on Friday January 4. There were about 50 people in attendance and 5 new members joined the club! Destination X provided door prizes for the night and 307 Riders provided pizza and drinks. The kids were surprised with a piñata filled with lots of candy. A good time was had by all! The next club meeting will be on Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at Tower West Lodge in Gillette.

Julie Oakley

The club’s parade float.

307 Riders club ride.

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District 13

Wyoming Snowmobile

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George Be Prepared! The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center instructors and the Sweetwater Snowpokes will hold a free practical field Pryich avalanche training on February 9. Meet in the Upper Green parking lot at 9 a.m. No prior training necessary. Open to anyone

who enjoys winter recreation by ski, snowshoe, or any snow vehicle. Bring the avalanche rescue equipment you own (beacon, probe, shovel, avy pack). Snowmobilers and skiers in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana died in avalanches this season. How sad to read “they were unprepared.” Is the rescue gear expensive? Does it compare to the dollar value of a life? Avalanche awareness classes are offered every year for anyone who enjoys backcountry recreation. Avalanche awareness and rescue skills are not a stagnant science. New techniques make the searching, probing, and shoveling more efficient to help rescue the victim. Be prepared by checking the weather forecast and avalanche forecast in the area you are riding. For the Grey’s River, Tetons, and Togwotee areas, check jhavalanche.org for information. The first layer of snow this season did not create a solid base nor did it melt away. That first layer continues to be like ball bearings under all the snow. Be Aware! Be Prepared. See you on the snow!

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Tony

Hello Sleders!! New Years has rolled around again. The snow dances are lacking the effect we would like for the southNiswender ern Big Horns. The clubs have been busy getting ready for the snow that has got to come. The Big Horn Sno-Goers are ready for their annual poker run Jan. 26. They got all the safety shelters stocked with the last minute supplies and are being there for our safety. The Powder River Sno-Buffs have been trying to get the area sledders to join up to grow the club. The 307 Riders keep growing their club. They just had a meet and greet at one of the local dealerships. Next event for them will be their annual Ride the Ridge from Deerhaven to Bearlodge Feb. 16-17. Some of the members are going to be racing in the Vintage races in Sheridan Jan. 25-26. After that they are planning the second annual Hill Cross race at Meadowlark on April 27. It’s that time of year we need to be getting ready for Fun Days in Alpine this year. Don’t forget to sell or buy the raffle tickets from your local club members. Prizes are 1st place $1000, 2nd place $750, 3rd place $500 and 20 4th place $50. Looking forward to see all you at Alpine. Let’s get to Snow dancing for a great time.

Gary Neely

Happy New Year to you all! Here in Pinedale we are getting good enough snow now. The trails up Horse Creek are in great shape. They are grooming about 5 nights a week. Blind Bull shows 42 in. so that is a start! We really like our new expanded parking lot with new out house at Horse Cr. The upper Green River is coming along as well. The trails as of Christmas were not in yet, but we have had snow and we should be underway there now. The Pinedale Snow Explorers participated in the Parade of Lights just before Christmas. We will be busy the next month as we have a ride to Crooked Creek Jan. 12 and the Wyatt Sheppard Memorial Ride Feb. 2. The Sweetwater Sno-pokes have scheduled the same rides the same dates so we can all ride together. This will give us more fellowship and help us to know one another better. Then we have races coming. Jan. 19 is the XMR Vintage Oval Race and Feb. 9 the Annual One Lunger 100. So if you like watching Vintage sleds come on out to Sage Brush Downs Race Track. Also we are having the Kids 120 Snow Cross Race on Feb. 17 in conjunction with the Pinedale Winter Carnival.  Hope to see you on the trail or at the races.  Best Wishes.

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Wyoming Snowmobile

Support those who support our efforts! BEARLODGE SNOWMOBILE CLUB

TRAILS WORK CONSULTING

BIG HORN MTN SNOMADS

BEAR LODGE RESORT BIGHORN BEVERAGE CO INC CARE INCORPORATED ELK VIEW INN HANSON MOTORSPORTS INC. VALLEY MOTOR HONDA WYOMING REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE YELLOWSTONE POLARIS CARRIZOSA HINES FAMILY

BIG HORN SNO-GOERS & ATV HIGH PLAINS REPAIR TOMMERUP MACHINE

CASPER SNOW GYPSIES

ALPINE MOTORSPORTS ARTISTIC HAIR STYLING Big Dog Synthetics CAR CARE INC. CONQUISTADOR APARTMENTS DRIVEN POWERSPORTS INC ELKHORN CREEK CASPER MTN., LLC REC-VEE REEDS AUTOMOTIVE & CUSTOM EXHAUST REEDS WRAPS & CUSTOM GRAPHICS SUBLETTE COMMUNICATIONS AUTO SERVICE EXCELLENCE, INC.

CODY COUNTRY SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

307 GLASS BEAR CO TIRE BIG HORN COLLISION REPAIR BRANDT’S MINI STORAGE CHEVEROLET BUICK GMC CHIEF JOSEPH RV PARK EXTREME REALITIES HARISS TRUCKING & CONSTRUCTION CO IRMA HOTEL MARSHALL’S AUTO BODY REPAIR & RESTORATION, LLC MOUNTAIN VALLEY MOTORSPORTS ONE STOP MOTORSPORTS PIONEER BUILDERS INC PIZZA ON THE RUN PRODUCTION MACHINE CO INC QUALITY ASPHALT PAVING ROGER’S SPORT CENTER RYNO’S RETAIL SPIERING FARMS Y-TEX M & K CUSTOM WOOD LLC

DUBOIS SNOKATERS

3C GUIDING ACTION SERVICES, LLC BERT MILTON REALTY BILL’S MACHINE & WELDING BLUE PINE CONSTRUCTION BRANDING IRON INN CHIMENTI CONTRACTING COYOTE BLUE COFFE CO DUBOIS VISION CENTER HOOPERS/TWO BROKE SISTERS PIT STOP/ BAILEY TIRE & AUTO POPPE CONSTRUCTION ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE RUSTIC PINE TAVERN STAGECOACH MOTOR INN TAYLOR CREEK SINCLAIR WIND RIVER GEAR EL JARRO

Lander Snow Drifters

AUTO MEDIC LLC CITY PLUMBING & HEATING JAY’S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR JIM SPRIGGS CONSTRUCTION SPECIALTY MARINE & RV REPAIR INC. THE GOOD PLACE VALLEY LUMBER & SUPPLY INC

POWDER RIVER SNO-BUFFS

RAMSEY ENTERPRISES SPORTS LURE

RIVERTON SNOGOERS

K&M SPECIALTY MARINE & RV REPAIR INC.

SNOW EXPLORERS/ ALTITUDE OFF ROAD DEFINITIVE OPTIMIZATION SWEETWATER SNOW POKES

SNOWY RANGE SNOWMOBILE CLUB CLURE BROTHERS FURNITURE GAPTER SEPTIC PIZZA HUT SUMMIT INVESTMENTS

SWEETWATER SNOWPOKES

A & B HOME IMPROVEMENTS ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING BUCKY’S OUTDOORS DJ’S GLASS PLUS NAPA AUTO PARTS UNLIMITED Paradise Florring and Design PREMIER POWER PLANTS KVASE FUNERAL CHAPELS WESTERN SNOWMOBILE

Business Members 307 RIDERS

ACTION MOTOR SPORTS ARROWHEAD LODGE DESTINATION X

BIG HORN SNOGOERS BIG HORN BASIN TIRE PROPP FARMS

JACKSON HOLE SNOW DEVILS

49er Motel ABF Professional Cleaning Antler Motel Bank of Jackson Hole Castle Rock / YETI Cowboy Village Resort Driven Powersports Elk Country Inn Evans Construction (front desk, Holly wife of Alex that works for Jeff at Toolson, both S.D. members) AARON & JANICE TODD Flat Creek Saddle Shop Flat Creek Towing/Auto Tech Repair/Big Bear Towing Flying Saddle Resort/Ridge Creek Investments Gun Barrel SteakHouse (Mark H. Walker) Hampton Inn Hawkins, Kominsky & DeVries (CPA) Heise Hotsprings High Country Linen HASENACK FAMILY Jackson Lumber Jedediahs (307) 733-6063 / (307) 413-6688 JH Adventure Rentals JH Roofing & Snow Removal K & L Restaurant, Inc. (Virginian) KLIM Kurt’s Polaris Lexington at Jackson Hole M&L Construction LLC Macy’s Services MOST WANTED PERFORMANCE Mountain Modern Motel New York City Sub Shop Pepsi / Mountain Dew (Western Wyoming Bev.) Precision Auto Body ReBel/Carquest Auto Parts (Pinedale, WY) Rexburg Motor Sports / MCS Advertising ROCKY MTN POWER SPORTS Salt River Motors Salt River Motors Smoky Canyon Mine/ Simplot (Scott from Western States) Snow King Resort / Hotel Teton Motors Teton Orthopedics Teton Rental (Jack , Zach, Jake) Teton Trash Removal The Liquor Store The Lodge at JH The Rustic Inn The Wort Hotel THOENIGS FINE JEWELRY

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Thomas Drilling Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole Trails West Trailers (RPM brand) Valley Wide Coop Virginian Virginian Restaurant Weekender Sports (Hotchkiss, CO) Wells Fargo West Bank Sanitation Westwood Curtis Construction ZBROZ RACING Zollinger Racing Products - APEX

LANDER SNOWDRIFTERS

BUILDERS FITNESS CENTER-ANYTIME FITNESS GAMBLES HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES ZANDER’S ONE STOP

POWDER RIVER SNOWBUFFS

BIG HORN TIRE INC DESTINATION X

SNOW EXPLORERS/ ALTITUDE OFF ROAD Best of the West BUCKYS OLD STONE’S PIZZERIA

SNOWY RANGE SNOWMOBILE CLUB

ANCIENT ELEMENTS STONEWORKS BORDERLINE POWERSPORTS DRIVEN POWERSPORTS INC FRONT RANGE ARTIC CAT FRONTIER CYCLES INC. HYALTITUDE CONTRACTING MADDEN CONTRACT PUMPING SHIVELY HARDWARE CO SUNNY’S TRANSPORT TNT MOTORSPORTS

SWEETWATER SNOWPOKES

MANDYLAND INC MORGAN VALLEY POLARIS QUICKENDEN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER SPORTS/ AUTO

TOP OF THE ROCKIES

1ST BANK 3 RIVERS MOTEL ALPINE ATHLETIC CLUB OF WYOMING LLC BOX Y LODGE BRIDGE 7T FLYING SADDLE LODGE JH ADVENTURE RENTALS SEEJACKSONHOLE THE BULL MOOSE THOENIGS FINE JEWELRY

Any additions or corrections to the Associate Membership list should be directed to: Holly Sinclair, WSSA Secretary, P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002, (307) 883-2625, e-mail: wssaholly@gmail.com

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