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Meetings & Events ………………………. Membership Application …………….... Leadership Articles …….……………….. District Reports ………………………….. Club News …………………………………. Associate Members Listing ……........ Safety with Jon ………………………….. State Parks Update …………………….. WSSA Contacts ……...…………………... 10th Annual Military Ride …………….. Snowmobile Rentals ……………………. ACSC E-News ……………………………... Wanted! Snowmobile Club History .. Matt’s Misc. ………………………………... Snowmobile Clubs …….………………...

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WSSA Summer Meeting & Campout, Blu-Shastin RV Park, Peshastin (near base of Blewett Pass) August 16th-18th, 2019

WSSA Meeting, Leavenworth Fire Station, Leavenworth October 5th, 2019

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth! Pretty good time to schedule a WSSA meeting. Find out what is going on in organized snowmobiling and what is on the agenda for the 2019/2020 snowmobile season. All snowmobilers welcome! Meeting starts at 9am and lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.

THE kick-off to winter in the Pacific Northwest. Details at

Associate - $50

WSSA Meeting, Leavenworth Fire Station, Leavenworth October 5th, 2019

FAMILY/INDIVIDUAL: ($25) Last Name: ______________________ First Name: _________________ Spouse: ___________________ Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________________ City: ______________________ State: ____________ Zip code: _______________County:____________ Phone: _____________________ Cell Phone: ________________ Email: __________________________ # of Registered Sleds: ____________________________ Number of Riders: ________________________ Legislative District_______________________________ Congressional District_____________________ ASSOCIATE- Business or Dealer ($50) and CLUBS ($25) Name of Business or Club: _______________________________________________________________ Owner/Business Contact or Club Contact: ___________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________ City: _______________ State:______ Zip code: ________ Street Address: __________________________City:_______________ State: _____ Zip code: ________ Business Type: __________________________________ Snowmobile Dealer? (circle one): Yes


Phone: _______________ Email: ______________________ Website: ____________________________ PAYMENT: Cash: _______ Check #:________ Credit Card (Visa or M/C): ________________________________ Expiration: ________V-Code: _______ Membership Dues: $_________________ Contribution to Legal Action Fund (not tax deductible): $_________________ TOTAL: $_________________ Mail Application and Payment to:

WSSA Membership 2130 Lower Peoh Point Rd. Cle Elum, WA 98922 Questions about your membership? Contact Wayne or Florence at or (509) 674-4401 Dean Meakin, President 2928 N. Nevada Spokane, WA 99207 E-mail: (800) 783-WSSA or (509) 220-1001


A gathering of snowmobilers from around the U.S., Canada and Europe. Find out what goes on behind the scenes to make snowmobiling possible! Details available at

WSSA Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo & Swap Meet Puyallup Fairgrounds October 19th-20th, 2019

Membership valid until August 31, 2020

Questions about WSSA? Contact:

International Snowmobile Congress Grand Rapids, Michigan June 5th-8th, 2019

A fun weekend with like-minded people! Chili and dog dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday morning before meeting. Potluck lunch followed by a semi-potluck dinner with WSSA supplying the meat course. Find out the latest on our budget, national snowmobiling news, and our upcoming legislative plans. Updates presented by WA State Parks Winter Recreation Program staff. Fundraisers for the Legal Action Fund and Political Action Committee, and an evening around the campfire. (Okay, a fire is a long shot due to fire danger; still an evening of camaraderie!)

(509) 424-1575

Annual Dues (circle one): Individual/Family or Club - $25


Oktoberfest in Leavenworth! Pretty good time to schedule a WSSA meeting. Find out what is going on in organized snowmobiling and what is on the agenda for the 2019/2020 snowmobile season. All snowmobilers welcome! Meeting starts at 9am and lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.

WSSA Leadership Meeting, Sue Lombard Hall at CWU in Ellensburg November 2nd, 2019

Snowmobile club leaders and all WSSA members are invited to this meeting on the Central Washington University Campus. The focus will be on leadership with speakers presenting on topics of interest to snowmobile clubs. Lunch on campus will be provided for attendees. Meeting starts at 9am.

Spokane Winter Knights Snow Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane November 9th, 2019 Visit with WSSA at the Winter Knights Snow Show. If you haven’t been, this is a show you’ll want to check out! If you didn’t find what you needed in Puyallup, or missed the show completely, here is your opportunity to make it right. Show details at

Bavarian Boondockers Snowfest, Leavenworth Festhalle, Leavenworth November 16th, 2019 A party in Leavenworth for snowmobilers! This Booondockers’ event is one not to be missed. Visit with WSSA, local dealers and other exhibitors as the snow begins to pile up in the mountains surrounding town. Visit for details.

WSSA Meeting, The Last Resort, Ronald on January 11th, 2020 WSSA All Trails to Olympia Day, Olympia Capitol - Date to be determined WSSA Winter Rendezvous, Campbell’s Resort, Chelan on February 14th-17th, 2020 WSSA Budget Meeting, The Last Resort, Ronald on March 14th, 2020

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Dean Meakin, President • (509) 220-1001 Well, thank you to all of you who attended the March meeting at The Last Resort. We had a great time wrapping up the 2018-19 season and introducing the 2019-20 season and goals we hope to achieve. A special thanks to the ones who have volunteered to fill many of the open positions as Committee Chairs. Thank you to Shannon Lawler for stepping up to the plate as our new WSSA Recording Secretary! All of us at WSSA thank and welcome you in. One of our greatest goals introduced for this year is to ‘build bridges’ not walls. Bridges to and from our clubs, associates, dealers, partners and new adventures to come. There is strength in numbers. The more stable bridges we build, the more stable WSSA becomes. The new word for this year is: WE-GENDA. This means it will take all of us (Team WSSA) to achieve the goals set before us. All in! Let’s get started now so then by our next meeting we will have built and completed one new bridge to any of the categories listed above. Time is running out to sign up for the International Snowmobile Congress being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 5th-8th, 2019: for more information. Food for thought: When you turn in for the night you usually brush your teeth, put on your PJ’s, fluff up your pillow and then head for your nice new adjustable Serta king. You take time to adjust the elevation of your feet and head so you can relieve all the pressure on your joints. Off to the dream world you go. When you wake up in the morning you are totally refreshed and ready to go. Consider that your snowmobile needs the same attention before it goes to bed for the season otherwise it is not going to wake up refreshed and ready to go. This is a paid commercial sponsored by all the dealers that have items you need to properly take care of your sleds before nighty night. In our last Snoflyer publication, I presented lesson three of a series titled, “You Are Here” YAH! If you did not get a chance to read it, please do so. Each of these lessons are connected and without all of them you might not get a full understanding of the organized effort of protecting your rights as snowmobilers. “You Are Here” Lesson 4: “Regional” Currently there are three Chapters that represent different areas in the USA and Canada. The area we live in is called the Western Chapter. This Chapter includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Below is from their current bylaws: SECTION 2: The mission of the Western Chapter is the preservation of safe and environmentally responsible organized snowmobiling and snowmobile trails. We live in an area that is very mountainous, so our needs and challenges are totally different than the remainder of the two Chapters. We live in an avalanche area which means we have to educate snowmobilers on the do’s and don’ts concerning this type of terrain. Safety education, collectively, is our number one goal. We also live near many designated Wilderness areas. We need to educate the snowmobilers as to where they can and cannot ride. Ultimately, if we do not it will cost us all of our riding areas. Western Chapter gets together at least three times a year to discuss what has been going on in each of the States and Provinces. Sometimes the issues cross the borders and that is also why we get together to see if we can help each other get through the problem. If you recall, at the State level we represented about 20,000 or more snowmobilers, now at this level it could be over 200,000. This means we have a much greater voice then when we were just a State. Going to court is expensive. When we are together for the cause, our monies stretch a lot further. If we are to preserve our sport for the future, we need neighbors helping neighbors. This is what the Western Chapter is all about. Please consider volunteering your time and dollars for the greater cause. Coming up in Lesson 5 are your “National” membership options. Please share this article with other snowmobilers that are not currently involved in any organized effort for the cause.

Delia Alred, Vice President • (509) 965-8305 I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me as Vice President. I am looking forward to working for you. I will do my best not to disappoint you in my duties. In the coming year, I plan to attend as many club meetings throughout the state as I can. I will also attend as many district elections as possible. I am looking forward to attending the International Snowmobile Congress this year. I’m hoping to bring back ideas and helpful tips that will make our association stronger. I know that by talking with the leaders of the different states and sharing our histories, we all become stronger. Please join us at the Blu-Shastin RV Park for the WSSA Summer Meeting on Aug. 17th. It is a great weekend of fun and relaxation with plenty of entertainment options for the kids. Hope to see you there!

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most of the day at the cabin. A big thank you to Phil Snow with R & R Grooming for clearing the way for smooth riding. By Greg Figg The gate is open and the 12% is clear on the 70 road to the Pyramid Sno-Park. A cent Sunday morning found an upside-down (509) 534-3417 Toyota on the road from an apparent SaturThe snow that came in February made for day night of revelry - but that has since been cleared away! There is still plenty of snow – some great riding through March this year. but be careful in the meadow as there are We got lots of fluffy powder that spoiled us several holes starting to open up. for riding in Northeast Washington. It Regarding the Junco club, as elsewhere, seemed like one week it was 20 degrees and snow conditions in the Mt. St. Helens/Mt. Adthe next 60 degrees and the snow melting ams riding areas have been stellar for spring quickly; just like a switch was flipped. riding. A ride up to Birley Mountain in early With the snow melting it also signals the March found piles of the fluffy white stuff end of our grooming season on April 1st. I completely untouched. For those looking to suppose the higher elevations in Idaho and find secret out of the way riding areas away Canada will be rideable for some time to from the crowds, these riding areas provide come. a great opportunity! With the end of the season just around The Junco club has been meeting in Lacey the corner it will be time to summarize the for the last few years, but is currently snowmobiles and get ready for other spring searching out a new location for next year. activities. After a short break we will be It’s current members reside in various locatalking about our snow show and summer tions and it is thought that a location closer events. With that the activities will start all to Spanaway may be more convenient for over again for next year. Enjoy your time off attendance. Look for info later this year if and have a great spring and summer! you want to come check it out. As for road conditions, plowing funds have been exhausted up the 25 road to Wakepish District 4 North as of March 16th. Last reported road conditions to Orr Creek were slushy, but likely By Jim Bauer melted now. Groomer reports plenty of snow still up there for some great spring rid(360) 508-9855 ing. As always, you can check the Back Country Plowing & Grooming Facebook page Hi everyone! for up to date information. Ok it’s official, as of Enjoy the remainder of the 2018-19 riding March 16th, I’m the new 4 North District season and I look forward to touching base Rep. So here’s what’s going on in are area. with everyone in the Fall. The Sno-Jammers held their 30th annual Fun Run on March 9th. After cancelling the normally scheduled run in February, JamDistrict 4 South mers enjoyed an epic day of blue sky and snow! Several people camped out at the 28By Mike Ainslie Mile Creek Sno-Park. The grand prize of $500 went to Michael Kelleher Of Ellensburg (360) 430-1494 with a poker hand of a full house and Christina Markovits won the jackpot in the ticket Greetings to everyone in drawing, taking home a brand new BCA avamy district! As the season starts to slow lanche vest. down, I’ve got some good news to share On March 24th, Clem’s Enumclaw Powwith the riders who like to ride Mt. St. Helens ersports sponsored a family ride out of and the Mt. Adams areas. We were late getGreenwater. The kid’s ride has evolved over ting started with our grooming and then we the last four years and this was the best year had to stop because of the lack of snow. I’m yet with great participation. In between ridexcited to tell everyone that for the first time ing around the meadow, the kiddos had hotever we have gotten a ‘grooming extension’ dogs and roasted marshmallows at the cabin. in those areas. We will now be grooming It was raining at the sno-park, but snowed

until April 15th. There is no more plow money to be had so if we get any new snow the roads and the sno-parks will not be plowed at all. But we will have groomed trails to ride on once we get to the sno parks! So with that said… On February 28th the Mt. St. Helens Trac Riders held the first Blind School ride for the Washington Blind School out of Vancouver since our warming shelter burned down eight years ago. For many years this was a yearly event, but without the shelter, w we couldn’t do it anymore. So now we have a new shelter and the Blind School contacted the club and asked if we had any thoughts about doing the ride again. And without a doubt in our minds the club said YES! This was our first of many more Blind School Rides to come. We had 22 kids show up an we had over 40 volunteers to help give kids rides and cook them a warm lunch when they returned. We used our new warming shelter to keep kids and volunteers warm and to feed everyone a hot lunch of burgers and hot dogs later in the afternoon. We enjoyed listening to all the kids talk about what they just did; trust me, it was worth all the fight we had to go though to get this shelter rebuilt. When you see the looks on these kids’ faces when they came back from their ride. It melted our hearts and brought tears to our eyes just knowing we brought some joy to their lives. Our club will be hosting another ride next year. If anyone wants to help out next year, please get a hold of me so we can get you signed up and a background check done. And be ready to have tears in your eyes when the day is done and all those kids come and give you hugs and ask when do we get to do this again. The Mt. Adams Snowmobile Club did its Chili Feed at the Island shelter and it sounded like they had a great turnout. The new snowmobile models have all been shown so make sure to get your spring orders in if you’re wanting a new sled for 2020; get your name on it now. There’s still lots of snow to ride on so hopefully you can get out there and enjoy the snow before it’s all gone for the year. Thanks and I hope you’re having a great season. (Continued on page 6)

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the USFS. They are hitting their stride after the partial shut-down and will begin winding District 5 North down winter recreation activities after this weekend in order to get prepared for the upcoming summer season. Deb shared some By Bill Miller statistics on enforcement. They have been finding a lot of unregistered sleds and have (509) 899-0243 noticed a shift in the usage pattern this season. In 38 hours of enforcement, they have issued 342 verbal notices, 13 snowmobile (Editor’s Note: In lieu of a district report, tickets (no registration), and 38 nonBill Miller submitted the year-end Kittitas motorized (sno-park) tickets. A full report of County Grooming Council Meeting Minutes. their enforcement activities will be made at Pertinent sections are included below.) the end of the season. USFS has had avalanche beacon training practice at Salmon - There were reports of snowmobilers rid- LaSac. Deb will get together with Bill Miller ing on private property on the Cle Elum about the sawyer program in the near future. ridge. The need for better signage was dis- Michael Johnston provided a recap of the cussed. There are some trails being Crystal Dog Challenge, held January 19thgroomed by others that are right up to the 20th. Primary concerns were that signage designated groomed snowmobile trail, which for the dog sled race was vandalized and makes it difficult to keep snowmobilers on snowmobiles have been on the designated the designated route. State Parks circulated non-motorized trails which quickly comproa copy of The Nature Conservancy map for mises the grooming. This is occurring in the area and mentioned the decommissioned what is known as a ‘voluntary non-motorized Patrick Mine Road that goes from Ronald to area’. The trails in that area have not been the ridge. The Council will provide whatever ‘officially’ established and USFS, working support it can to minimize the trespassing. with the Mountains to Sound Greenway, is Deb Davis, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), men- seeking a grant to conduct the necessary tioned that someone had been cited for NEPA work. At this point, snowmobilers criminal trespass on Suncadia land. would not be cited for being in this area - Vic Monahan described a section of (based on the voluntary non-motorized clogroomed trail across his property that has sure status), although they could be cited for had an easement for a groomed trail for the resource damage or other violations. After past 15 years. He noted there have been considerable discussion, efforts to work in a numerous incidents of snowmobilers going cooperative manner will continue to be puroff trail and running over and damaging sued. trees. He is seeking help in keeping people Grooming reports were as follows: on the trail when they are crossing his prop- Cle Elum Valley/Teanaway - Boulder erty. There were several suggestions and Creek is grooming away and plan to groom ideas to help alleviate this problem and rethrough March 31st, possibly a little longer. spect private property. The Snomads have Chuck Johnson expressed appreciation that been very helpful over past years in efforts the Teanaway side has been groomed (a timto keep snowmobiles on the designated trail. ber sale in the area has ended) and plans are - State Parks distributed the most recent being made to find a new route to replace a snowmobile registration numbers. At the section of trail along Rye Creek that has end of February there were 22,334 registra- been closed since the Jolly Mountain fire. tions, which is up 126 from the same time - I-90/Stampede Pass – Will groom last year. In response to questions about through March 31st. The 5400 Road to the status of funds, the snow removal funds Dandy Pass (5483) will be plowed April 1st. are basically used up. For grooming, there - Keechelus Ridge/East Side - Grooming are some programs that still have funds rehas been going well and will go until the end maining. In response to the question as to of March. There have been a lot of tickets whether any grooming would be allowed af- written at the Blewett Sno-Park for blocking ter March 31, it was indicated that there access and no sno-park permits. Kachess were several considerations including having area is getting a lot of non-motorized use funds available in their program, land manthis year. ager approval, and whether snow removal at - Taneum/Manastash - Will groom to end trailheads (Sno-Parks) would continue. of the month. - Ben Lippert and Deb Davis reported for (Continued from page 5)

- Lake Easton - New layout of sno-park this year. Most of the tickets are going to non-motorized recreationists this year Legislation updates included: - HB 1953 (to correct a Discover Pass requirement for non-motorized users) has passed the House. - SHB1436 (Snow Bike registration) is awaiting a House vote. (Note – it passed 980) Other items discussed included: - Vic M. asked about quads with tracks on groomed trails. Presently they are not legal as they are not steered by skis. Discussion on this topic is ongoing. - Devin Dekker, Snowmobile Advisory Committee (SMAC) member for Area 5, encouraged anyone interested in serving on the SMAC (three-year term, beginning Oct 1st) to get their application in. The application is online at Advisory-Committee. Direct any questions to Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program Manager. Devin would also be glad to share information as to what is involved. - And finally, buy your one-of-a-kind State Parks Winter Recreation scarf for $20.

District 5 South By Rudy Classen (509) 961-6073 Sadly, the season I greatly enjoy is coming to an end even though we have received notice that the Ahtanum area will be open for most of April. However, the recent hot weather has dramatically reduced our snow depth. Recently the Drift-A-Way club had a fun family day scheduled at the Rim Rock Airstrip but rain took care of that event. Kids and grandkids were really looking forward to a day of showing what they could do on a hot sled. Such a shame. Been riding the last several weeks with some really great guys from Drift-A-Way and even had the chance to ride with Pamela McConkey and Jason Goldstein from Washington State Parks Winter Recreation. I had to show them how to get stuck on flat terrain. The Yakima Ski-Benders held their annual Little Kids Ride on March 9th. This year the event had 70 kids between the ages of four and 14 riding under the supervision of professional riders Brandy Floyd, Matt Hart and Mark Mesenbrink. These (Continued on page 7) April 2019 · 6

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young sledders not only received instructions on how to safely ride but also on the use of avalanche beacons. Then at high noon those professional riders showed off their riding skills for all to see at the Big Bowl. When riders got back to the sno-park from whence they started they and their parents were treated to a barbecue dinner catered by Dickie’s Barbecue Pit. Ron and Dee Alred were the faux-Uber drivers who actually did the delivery. I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Liz and Mike Van Amburg for their dream of making this a great event for young and future riders. I also want to thank Ron Lind and Shannon Lawler, our groomers, who transported a good number of small sleds up to the groomed course at Tree Phones and all the other work that they do for the sledding community. Matt Mead and WSSA sponsored the annual Military Appreciation Ride and this year we had 10 riders from the Yakima Training Center. It was quite a chore to secure that many extra sleds and equipment for those folks but Matt came through. As usual, Matt guided us on some nicely groomed trails and then once the new riders got their feet wet a bit we went boondogging. Lunch of chili and hot dogs were served by the Chinook Pass Snowmobile Club. The military riders this year were really into riding; lunch usually takes an hour or so but this year they were finished eating and ready to ride in less than 30 minutes. At the end of the day the troops were treated to dinner at the Gold Creek Restaurant. Thanks to all who helped Matt with this event and donated sleds.

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Methow Valley Snowmobile Association By Don Fitzpatrick, Secretary Spring is here, but riding is good as I write this in late March. Craig Stahl has really livened our meetings up with videos. One is always a training video about avalanche awareness, riding skills, or safety issues. The other one is something like ‘Funny Hits’ which are bloopers that occur to snowmobilers. They are really hilarious. He also shows a revolving slide show during dinner, which has pictures of our club rides, warming huts, etc. Goat Peak Lookout Trailhead – One stop on our Annual We will have Bucket Run last month our last meeting of the year on April 15th and it will be our annual awards banquet. We donated $1,000 to Wenatchee College for Dustin Mathes. This is a continuing contribution to his education. We set up our fall picnic with date in September to be determined. The View from the top – part of what snowmobiling is This summer about. we will be mounting a portable office (donated by Century Telephone) on a trailer frame for another warming hut that has been approved for installation on Starvation Mountain. It is a joint effort of the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association, Butte Busters, and TriRivers Snowmobile Club. On Mother’s Day weekend we will be running the concession stand for 49ers Day Celebration at the Winthrop Park. The event features lots of things about backcountry horse camping, outfitters, and other fun things. Since snowmobiling is pretty well finished, it would make a nice event for outsiders to attend. Please feel welcome. The Forest Service reported to us that snowmobile tracks were seen in the Sawtooth Wilderness area just off Hwy 20. We don’t

know who was there, but we suspect it may have been people from outside the Valley who are unfamiliar with the area. Please remember to know where you are and where you can and cannot go. We need to stay on the good side of the Forest Service. Have a good summer!

Removing the Sweetgrass warming hut for the summer.

Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club By Kevin Hancock, Webmaster We knew it was going to be a great weekend when we got to The Last Resort to find there was a lot of snow on the ground. Then to make it even better it started snowing Friday night. By the morning there was an additional eight-inch of soft fluffy-power covering the show and timed event areas! Then the snow did not stop on Friday night. Again it snowed Saturday night leaving other fourinches by Sunday morning! With all of the new snow on top of an already great base we had a snow-over-the-hood weekend. On Saturday we had our antique, vintage, and classic snowmobile show. As is our custom we asked viewers and participants to vote in our People’s Choice Award contest. Everyone voted for their favorite top three sleds. When the votes were counted we found out this year was a bit different. There was a tie for First Place. Then to top it off, two of the sleds were shown by the same person. Who else could it had been our own Dick Feil who won our first ‘Double First Place People’s Choice Award’ for his 1966 Arctic Cat 170D, and his 1964 Arctic Cat 170! Coming in second was my 1969 Fox Trac Centura. Then to top it off there was a third place winner. Brian Clark won Third Place with his Mercury Sno Twister custom race sled. Congratulations all you for working so hard creating those exceptional sleds. To change things up we added a timed-course event, calling it a ‘Snow Moxie’. We set up a twisty course with plastic cones that included a hill climb. To keep it simple there were no classes, and to enter all you had to do was ‘run what you brung’. Each participant had to ride three timed runs against the clock. The winners were the participants that had the three highest averages. Winners received a trophy and a cash prize! There was a first, second, and third place. This year for First Place was Brian Clark with his modified Mercury Sno-Twister, second was Greg Byrd with his stock Mercury Trail-Twister, and third Stephen Phillips with his restored SkiDoo Blizzard. Thanks to everyone for all the enthusiasm for making this new event a success and so much fun! (Continued on page 12)

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245 Lakeshore Dr





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Roosterbuilt LLC.

PO Box 166





Rainier Welding Inc

19020 NE 84th St





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11609 172nd Ave NE





Anderson's Grocery

711 S Clark Ave





Earthworks, Inc.

P.O. Box 111




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14121 Salmon LaSac Rd-Ronald





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Repin Construction LLC

PO Box 541





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PO Box 77738




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7815 South Tacoma Way





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7242 Littlerock Rd.SW






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412 E Methow Hwy




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214 S Methow Valley Hwy





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136 N Main St

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960 Hwy 20





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303 N Third St





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Then on Sunday while Stephen, Ed, and Kevin participated in a one-day avalanche course presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center, Melanie and Howard spent part of the morning and early afternoon on their vintage snowmo(Continued on page 14) biles riding the trails close to the resort.

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Apple Country Snowmobile Club By Tim Downs

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Hello snowmobilers of the Pacific Northwest! We are writing this on 3/14. For you Math geeks, that would be Pi day. I hope you celebrated with your circle of friends. (Groan! - ed) The Apple Country Snowmobile Club has been busy in February and March. As of today and after careful inspection of our trail system, I don’t think there has been a hillside untouched by a machine. There has been fabulous snow everywhere we’ve been. A few of us made it over to McCall, Apple Country Snowmobile Club apparel! Idaho, and the idea was floated for our trip next year to take five days and pick a different area to snowmobile right here in the greater Wenatchee/Chelan area. We can sleep in our own beds every night, we can pick a different breakfast venue every morning, and an array of caloriefree burger joints and dessert bars each evening. Within a fifty-mile radius we have some of the finest areas available to machine-kind. In finding that radius, I Mike Bratton on our little cat. guess we are back to ! Pi. We were out today and ran into some folks from the other side of the mountain – Ellensburg. They were very complementary of the trails in the Colockum, groomed by Mike Bratton and Cal Anderson. We know these two as club members and friends. They are fine snow cat operators and their work gives us a sense of pride for our club, (Continued on page 15)

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but it was nice to hear tendance. The kids learned about safety, from others. The trails have been groomed riding, jumping and just plain having fun, to fine silk. Oh what a difference a good operator can make for the enjoyment of the riders. Wow guys, thank you! As you have probably figured out by now,

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Destination - Paper Box.

we have added a BR350 snow cat to our fleet. And by every indication this was the correct year to do it. Sometimes we get nervous spending money, but this was money well spent. Almost as good as the money spent on hot dog feeds and potlucks. This has been a great year for our club. WSSA, State Parks, and other clubs have supported and entertained us. Thank you Pamela and Jason at State Parks for your efforts. Good job. Soon we will put our machinery away; washed, waxed, polished, and begin making plans for next year. Oh yeah, don’t forget the gas treatment. AmsOil - for those who know Don Saas. A word for the wise if voting in new club officers. Be sure to vote for those who are present and willing to actively serve in the office. The success rate of your club will improve dramatically. Enjoy your families, happy trails, and let’s go camping!

for the littles and the older kids went on trail rides. Matt Hart and Donny Wolfe showed them a little backcountry style whips at the Super Bowl, where the groomer counted a 115 sleds. It took the whole Mountain Tribe to make this event so successful. Thank you to all the people, businesses and clubs that donated; the kids really scored! Thanks to Joe Laberniek for donating a Yamaha snowmobile we gave away to one of the kids. (Congrats to Aspen Karzs for winning the sled!) I want to say thank you to the out going officers; Seth, Nancy, Ronna and Ryan, you guys have done a great job. Time to start dusting off the spring toys. Thank you Old Man Winter, it was a great one! (Continued on page 16)

Clubs - Show us your LOGOs!

Yakima Ski-Benders By Liz VanAmberg, President Greetings! This year’s Kids’ Ride was off the hook! The Yakima Ski-Benders, featuring Brandy Floyd, Northwest Free Riders, and Mark Mesenbrink, held the 5th annual Kids’ Ride in the Ahtanum State Forest. There were three states represented with 70 kids in

The 5th annual Kids’ Ride hosted by the Yakima Ski-Benders in the Ahtanum was a huge success with 70 kids attending!

enjoying the generous amounts of snow! Lunch was provided by the club from Dickie’s Barbecue Pit. There was something for everyone, from shovels in memory of Luke Rhode, goggles, beanies and a shirt. The groomer built a track at Tree Phones April 2019 · 15

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members for the time spent volunteering to make our club great! Enjoy the few months off to recharge and be ready for a busy fall!

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Winter Knights By Greg Figg, President The Winter Knights have had a very busy winter and early spring while hosting the WSSA Rendezvous at Priest Lake, a Yellowstone Ride, and most recently the McCall ride. This is in addition to the rest of the club rides. The snow was just awesome and we all rode to where we were pooped out! I also wanted to thank WSSA for the Snowmobile Club of the Year Award that was handed out to the Winter Knights! We appreciate your support and recognition of the work the club has been doing in Northeast Washington. Lastly, thank you to all the club

Burgdorf Hot Springs, McCall, Idaho

Kings Lake, Washington

Cascade, Idaho

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YOU make the difference! - Positive peer pressure! By Jon Ferrian — Hello Washington Sledders! This month I want to share with you how BIG of an impact you are making in the safety of our sport! In the 2017/2018 season, Washington State had seven avalanche-related fatalities across all snow user groups. As of today, March 16th, 2019, there have been zero avalanche-related fatalities in Washington. Congratulations on helping spread the word about avalanche awareness and snowmobile safety! You are able to make a HUGE difference in Washington state snowmobile safety by helping spread the word with your riding groups through positive peer pressure. PEER PRESSURE is working! • YOU can influence your riding group to check the local avalanche forecast • YOU can influence your riding group to get avalanche training • YOU can influence your riding group to wear avalanche safety equipment • YOU can influence your riding group to pick safe terrain • YOU can influence your riding group to keep track of fellow riders • YOU can influence your riding group to teach riding skills • YOU can influence your riding group to avoid terrain traps • YOU can influence your riding group to ride with radios • YOU can influence your riding group to stay off glaciers to avoid crevasses • YOU can influence your riding group to follow the WSSA Facebook page • YOU can influence your riding group to follow the WSSA Instagram page • YOU can influence your riding group to follow the avalanche center’s Facebook Page • YOU can influence your riding group to follow the avalanche center’s Instagram Page • YOU can influence your riding group to join a local club • YOU can influence your riding group to mentor new riders • YOU can influence your riding group to join WSSA • YOU can influence your riding group to respect private property I can personally only help inform those of you who are truly engaged in organized and safe snowmobiling; those who follow me on social media or who are engaged in organizations like snowmobile clubs, WSSA, or NWAC. I am only able to engage about less then 1% of all of the sledders every month. It is TRULY UP TO YOU! Only you can make the difference in keeping your friends and family that you ride with safe every time you go out. If we all get involved we would have over 25,000 safety ambassadors here in Washington How do YOU plan to INFLUENCE your riding group? Have a safe and fun rest of your riding season!

Positive peer pressure - You can influence your friends and riding groups to make smart choices while out riding!

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By Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program Manager

Are you looking for somewhere fun to go? Take a look at the Clear Lake Sno-Park and the Stemilt Colockum area. Apple Country Snowmobile Club does the grooming there and the trails are fantastic! As you make your way up the trail you get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Wenatchee Valley. The snopark is large enough, so invite your friends to join you!

Another sno-park near Naches off of Hwy 410 and the 1900 Road is the Little Naches Sno-Park. This sno-park gives you access to Raven’s Roost and the warming cabin at Government Meadows along with a large trail system extending to Pyramid Creek on the Westside. Also off of the 1900 Road and close to Little Naches are the more cozy Crow Creek and Kaner Flats Sno-Parks.

Access the Stemilt Colockum area from the Clear Lake Sno-Park and enjoy great trails groomed by the Apple Country Snowmobile Club.

If a different area is in the plan, not far from Yakima and Naches is the Cold Creek Sno-Park. The Sno-Park is also large enough for you to take your friends and enjoy a day of riding on beautifully groomed trails. If you see the groomer along the trail, take a minute and give a wave or say hello; we’re lucky to have these experts out there grooming a great riding surface.

The Little Naches Sno-Park is popular and allows access to a large trail system and destinations such as Raven’s Roost and the cabin at Government Meadows.

Aerial photos of sno-parks This winter has been full of meetings, and sno-park and trail inspections. With each visit to sno-parks, staff has taken the opportunity to get aerial photos and put them on the website for your use. Although we haven’t been to them all, we have been to many and now you can go to the website, click on the sno-park you want to visit, see an aerial photo of the sno-park, print the trail map and get driving directions. We are hoping these photos will give you important information regarding the size of the lot (Continued on page 19)

Did you know?

The Cold Creek Sno-Park on the south side of Rimrock Lake offers plenty of room and access to smooth and lightly-used trails.

The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program staff is producing georeferenced PDF trail maps for use on your smart phone with a map reading app? Data plans and cell service are not required; the apps use your phone’s built in GPS. To download maps, visit https:// (One free map reading app is Avenza; find it in your favorite App Store.) April 2019 · 18

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before you leave home. No one wants to head out for a day on the snow and find that their four-place trailer won’t fit in the sno-park.

WSSA BOARD President Dean Meakin (509) 220-1001 (800) 783-WSSA (9772) Vice President Delia Alred (509) 965-8305 Past President Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 Recording Secretary Shannon Lawler (206) 423-5584

State Parks staff has been taking aerial photos of sno-parks around the state and adding them to their website so users can get a better feel of their size. This is the Lake Easton Sno-Park.

Snowmobile Registrations make a small rebound With the late start to winter, snowmobile registrations were down slightly through January. With the great snowfall in February, registrations are looking a bit better. Depending on the next couple of months, we could see our numbers hold for the year. With the risk of repeating myself - If you haven’t registered your sleds yet, IT’S NOT TOO LATE. Remember, your registration dollars this season pay for next season’s services (grooming, plowing, sanitation, education and enforcement).

Treasurer Fred Pitzer P.O. Box 668 Yakima, WA 98907 (509) 698-4001

Need an address? Contact Wayne Mohler, or (509) 674-4401

WSSA COMMITTEES All Trails to Olympia Day • Delia Alred (509) 965-8305 •

Audit • Bob Seelye (425) 765-7003 •

Awards • Ronna Younie (509) 698-5619 •

Budget • Delia Alred (509) 965-8305 •

By-Laws • Delia Alred (509) 965-8305 •

Charity & Volunteer • Vacant Historian • Matt Mead (509) 697-6062 •

Land Use • Vacant

Publicity Secretary Matt Mead (509) 424-1575

Marketing • Ron Alred

District 1 North Rep Aaron Doran (360) 914-0808

District 2 North Rep Gary Allard (509) 826-5215 District 2 South Rep Matt Kensrud (509) 433-2100 District 3 Rep Greg Figg (509) 534-3417

District 6 Rep Chris Shires (509) 521-5511

Membership Secretaries Wayne & Florence Mohler (509) 674-4401

District 1 South Rep Tony Keys (208) 880-1096

Summer Budget Meeting—Snowmobile Advisory Committee (SMAC) The Summer Budget meeting for the SMAC will be held on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th – location yet to be determined. All funding applications are available NOW on line at http:// applications are due postmarked no later than June 1. Late applications will not be accepted. If you would like to be notified about the location of the meeting, get on our mailing list by e-mailing your request to

Rudy Classen (509) 961-6073

District 4 North Rep Jim Bauer (360) 508-9855 District 4 South Rep Mike Ainslie (360) 430-1494 District 5 North Rep Bill Miller (509) 899-0243 District 5 South Rep

Legislative • Dan Fallstrom (360) 710-5011 • (509) 965-8305 • - Social Media - Jon Ferrian (218) 251-2069• - Store - Ron Alred (509) 965-8305 • - Legal Action Auction - Ron & Dee Alred (509) 965-8305 • - Legal Action Raffle - Dee Alred (509) 965-8305 •

Nominations • Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 •

Publicity/Awareness • Matt Mead (509) 424-1575 •

Safety • Jon Ferrian (218) 251-2069•

Scholarship • Shammy Ruggles (509) 993-4291 •

Snowmobile Expo • Dean Meakin (866) 999-EXPO (3976) • (509) 220-1001 Tourism • Florence Mohler (800) 784-WSSA (9772) • Trail Grant • Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 •

Trail Grooming • Wayne Mohler (509) 674-4401 •

Website/Webmaster • Dean Meakin (509) 220-1001 •

Winter Rendezvous • Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 •

WSSA Ad Hoc Committees Non-Resident Registration • Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 • Tracked ATV Exploratory • Matt Mead (509) 424-1575 •

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10th Annual Military Appreciation Ride By Matt Mead, Publicity Secretary This event started as a challenge by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) back in 2008. ACSA asked all the state organizations to consider hosting some kind of event to honor our military members. WSSA tasked me to plan an event here in Washington and I reached out to the Yakima Training Center to see if they had any soldiers interested in a day of fun on the snow. Of course they did! The first event was staged out of the Little Naches Sno-Park and everyone had a blast. Not only did the new riders have a great day, but so did the Yakima Ski-Bender members I enlisted to help and loan snowmobiles. A few years later I got a call from the Chinook Pass Snowmobile Club with an offer to cook chili and hot dogs for our group if we’d move the venue to Boulder Cave; the reason was because the club had a warming hut for us to use there. After a survey ride of the area, it was an easy decision to take them up on the offer.

Pre-ride: Three sleds in the WSSA safety trailer and tubs of riding gear for our guest riders.

Fast forward to March 1st of this year and we had 10 Army members from the Training Center join us for a day on Chinook Pass. Included in the mix was the installation commander, LTC Gavriluk; this made for an even more memorable event! The day started at 8am where we all met up in Yakima. After ensuring everyone was present, we convoyed up to the sno-park. We spent around an hour unloading sleds, getting our guests geared up, and then talking about snowmobile operations and safety. We were lucky enough to bring along Trisha

Sleds lined on top of Little Bald during our brief lunch break.

McCauley, a feature reporter from KIMA TV (CBS - Yakima/Tri-Cities), and she took this opportunity to interview a few of our guests. The goal is to be on the trail at 10am and we did. Before lunch, our ride consists mostly of groomed trails and a section of an easy un-groomed logging road, with a destination of an overlook in the Nile area. We took a good break there for pictures, and then let our new riders play around in the logged-off open area near by. Once everyone was ready to depart, we made a beeline for the shelter on top of Little Bald and arrived right at noon. As promised, the Chinook Pass Club was ready with a hot meal for our group.

back towards the sno-park. As with every Military Appreciation Ride, a few riders get stuck. As we all know, it is part of snowmobiling, especially for beginners. Our biggest challenge seemed to be a short hill leading back up to the groomed trail; once one rider trenched it up and got stuck, most of those following did the same. Several of us got a work out digging and pulling skis! We were back in the sno-park around 4pm and arrived at Gold Creek Station at 5pm; we always buy dinner for our soldier guests! It was a fun time to relive the day’s adventures and enjoy the ’world famous fish and chips’. Although we missed the initial airing,

We are usually an hour for lunch, but this year was the exception. Or newbies wanted to RIDE! I’m not sure we spent more than 30 minutes at the hut! We did take a few minutes to get a group picture up near the ridge overlooking the William O. Douglas Wilderness. By now it was time for our KIMA personality to get back to file her story, so one of our volunteers escorted her back to the snopark. The guys from the Chinook Pass Snowmobile Club took over the lead of the rest of our group and took us boondocking in an area they know like the back of their hand. After eventually bringing us back to the KIMA’s Trisha McCauley had a great time during trail, they departed up to the hut to clean KIMA had a nice segment on our ride during up, and I took over the lead again and we spent another hour or so playing off trail be- the evening news report. (If you’d like to see it, you can find it here: fore it was time to start working our way April 2019 · 20

WSSA—The voice of snowmobiling in Washington fbclid=IwAR3uA_lkBiNngE898fhhgUyfEzzUmDamHSaV4U90IWJsYq7 zwOLIi6hKtiY.) After our new friends had departed the restaurant and it was just a handful of volunteer helpers in the parking lot, we were already talking about next year’s event. Once someone helps with this ride once, they are always looking forward to the next one. A special thanks to those donating sleds for the day; Ron Alred, Rudy Classen, Scott Brock, Fred Pitzer, Jerry Ford & Devin Dekker. (Putting your sled[s] in the hands of inexperienced people you have never met before with no guarantee they will not be dinged takes a bit of courage!) And I’d be remiss without thanking the Chinook Pass Snowmobile Club for their work prepping the warming hut, and donating and cooking the food for lunch. These guys rock!

The group took a break at an overlook. After pictures were taken, our new riders were welcome to spend some time playing in the clearcut area nearby.

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Contact: Christine Jourdain, Executive Director, ACSA, (517) 351-4362 Snowmobilers Will Storm the Hill for the 20th Time! Snowmobilers will storm Capitol Hill for their 20th Annual DC FlyIn April 27th-30th. Snowmobile meetings will be held on Sunday, Agency and Capitol Hill updates will be held on Monday. On Tuesday the representatives from their State Snowmobile Associations will meet with each and every Congressman and Senator from their state. They will discuss issues impacting snowmobiling in their state as well as issues that impact snowmobiling on a national level. For additional information, contact the ACSA office or your state snowmobile association. 2020 Presidential Candidates Two governors and a Senator from snowmobile states have thrown their hat into the 2020 Presidential Race. John Hickenlooper has touted his work in Colorado on several key issues, saying he expanded access to health care, fought climate change and enacted gun control reforms. Jay Inslee, from the state of Washington, entered the 2020 presidential race, launching a longshot campaign with a focused message that he's the only candidate who would make defeating climate change the nation's top priority. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota announced her candidacy because for too long leaders in Washington have sat on the sidelines while others try to figure out what to do about our changing economy and its impact on our lives, what to do about the disruptive nature of new technologies, income inequality, the political and geographic divides, the changing climate, and the tumult in our world.

reception in June. It is an excellent way to showcase the good work you are doing in your local area and state to the decision makers. Calendar Winners! If you bought your 2019 ACSA Cash Calendar your name may be on this list! If you've not bought your calendar -- it's only $20 and you have over 300 chances left to win! Call your State Association or the ACSA office and we'll get your calendar sent to you! PistenBully's Product Manager Snowmobiles For the 1st Time! Johannes Linder, the PistenBully product manager, recently experienced snowmobiling for the 1st time in Wisconsin. Thanks to the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club and Three Lakes-Brule River Trails, Johannes saw first hand how the clubs groom the trails and the benefits of grooming - from the seat of groomers and snowmobiles. All PistenBullys are produced in Germany. This was Mr. Linder's second visit to the U.S., but this was his first time to experience snowmobiling and gather knowledge of the snowmobile market. Mr. Linder was impressed and surprised with the number of volunteers, clubs and how many units are needed to keep up with the many miles of trails. For the entire story from the Sno-Eagles, visit https:// fbclid=IwAR2cmAyl6fUFGbvgFewkUID9HXZhXh6j5Mpi2hwLy8H0i4s5 e_-VKTdaM00

Himalayan Glaciers Growing Despite Global Warming Glaciers in parts of the greater Himalayas are growing despite the Backlogged Maintenance worldwide trend of ice melting due to warmer temperatures, a study The maintenance backlog problem for our public lands agencies is recently found. not going away. In the House, Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced The impact of global warming in the region has been controverHR 1225, legislation that would address the maintenance backlog for sial since an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report all federal lands' agencies. To date, 111 of his colleagues have cowrongly claimed in 2007 that glaciers in most of the greater Himalasponsored the legislation. yan range could vanish by 2035. Over in the Senate, Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced similar legisThe research, published in the Nature Geoscience journal, comes lation, though it would only focus on the maintenance backlog for a month after a study which suggested the rate of ice loss in the Hithe National Park Service. To date, a bi-partisan group of 29 senamalyas was being overestimated due to inadequate monitoring tors have co-sponsored the Portman legislation. methods. Both bills would tackle the maintenance backlog by using tax revenue generated by off-shore oil and gas production to finance a Enemy Within legacy fund. It is encouraging to see the number of co-sponsors There are several snowmobile magazines out there for our readthat have signed onto these legislative initiatives. ing pleasure. SnowTech Magazine is one that has been around since 1968. While the editorial content is focused on product reviews, Coalition for Recreational Trails Just a heads-up to start thinking about your favorite or important product testing and service/performance information pertaining to snowmobiling, it also addresses "hot" topics, whether they are projects that were underwritten with the funds from the Recreapopular or not. tional Trails Program (RTP). Information will soon be available on In the most recent edition, Editor Kevin Beilke, talks about many the nomination process for the Coalition of Recreational Trails (CRT) of the challenges we face. Take the time to read this article -awards. ACSA is a long standing member of the CRT, which is an organiKevin is a rider -- a rider that sees the problems. Kevin is a rider zation of trails groups that support the RTP program, which is that does not want to lose the privilege of riding. funded by federal gas taxes each time an off-road vehicle fills up. If you're not familiar with SnowTech, click here: RTP is very important to the trails programs across the country - especially to the snowmobile programs. The winners of the RTP awards are recognized at a Capitol Hill

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19th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge Are You an ACSA Member? The 19th annual Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) InterThe ACSA Membership Committee has a new program. When national Clean Snowmobile Challenge was another successful event! you join - or renew your ACSA membership - you will be eligible for The theme of this year's Challenge was ‘Greener and Cleaner: a drawing that month. We appreciate your membership and involvement - and wanted to show you by making it fun with a monthly drawing. Watch for the winners - they'll be announced at the beginning of each month along with the prizes. Thank you for your support! Snowmobiling would not exist without the hundreds of dedicated and passionate volunteers and members! School Parking Lot in Minnesota

Building a Better Snowmobile’. The top winners included:  Overall Gas Snowmobile: University of Wisconsin - Platteville They also took home the Best Performance, Best Design and Most Practical awards.  Overall Diesel Snowmobile: Michigan Tech - They were also awarded Most Sportsmanshiplike and Best Handling awards. Congratulations to all of the participants! A Picture Only a Snowmobiler Will Love!

Are You Following Us? AmericanCouncilofSnowmobileAssociaitons/ (Information pulled from weekly e-mail blasts and edited for publication in the Snoflyer.)

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By Matt Mead, Publicity Secretary Take the survey! The East Cascades Recreation Partnership (ECRP) has a survey on use in the Upper Yakima Basin and Naches Watershed. It has a mapping section that is somewhat involved, but overall, it is pretty quick. This is important for motorized users, especially snowmobilers, to participate in. If you recreate along the I-90 corridor and west of Yakima, this is for you! Step up – make sure your voice is heard! Find the survey at geog/ecrp. A shout-out to I.T.E.C. in Yakima/Union Gap! I.T.E.C. is a business selling trailers and accessories, plus they will repair your trailer too. (They do other stuff as well; check them out at Why the shout-out? I was recently looking through the GIANT Nickel, a local sales newspaper, and came across an I.T.E.C. ad in it. What stuck in my mind was the small WSSA logo in the ad. Thanks I.T.E.C. for supporting WSSA, and letting the world know through your advertising! I know I.T.E.C. isn’t the only business doing this. Maybe some of our other Associate members would like to chime in on this. And hey, if you are a member of WSSA, Associate or Family, and not sporting the WSSA logo, what can we do to change that? (In our household, I’ve got WSSA license plate frames on three of my vehicles and my daughter put them on her car.) New York tied for most snowmobile fatalities in country. I mentioned in a previous Matt’s Misc. that I thought this was going to be a record year for snowmobile deaths due to it being a pretty good snow year across the Snowbelt. An article recently supported my supposition. When the article was written in March, 20 people had died in snowmobile accidents in New York this season. Causes varied, but speed and alcohol were contributors in most. No surprise there. Other states were reporting the following number of deaths this season: Wisconsin - 20; Michigan – 16; Minnesota – 10; and Maine – 10. Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management – Nobody is happy! I’ve touched on the Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management planning underway in the Sierra Nevada Range along the CA/NV border and how snowmobilers are concerned. There was recently an article in the Union Democrat out of Sonaro, CA, southeast of Sacramento, that is a pretty good read. Basically both sides are interviewed and both feel the Forest Service is bending over backwards for the other side; environmentalists think the motorized crowd has the Forest Service in their back pocket and the motorized groups think the Forest Service is bowing to the enviros. I encourage you to read the article here:

151/over-snow-vehicle-plan-decision-drawsflak-from-all. And be ready to engage when this process hits Washington! Dead snowmobiler’s family suing for $8 million. Back in 2016, a Maine snowmobiler died in a sledding accident in Quebec. He was an experienced rider and leading his group of six when he topped a small hill going around a curve. Coming the other direction (Continued on page 23) (Continued on page 28)


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was a group of two snow- (Continued from page 23) mobilers, and the two lead riders’ sleds struck each other, were ejected from their sleds, and crashed into each other in midair. The deceased snowmobiler’s family is suing the other rider involved in the collision; it is reported he came into the other lane and caused the crash. That’s valid. What I have a problem with is suing the Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, blaming them for improper signage, claiming the curve wasn’t properly marked. (It was marked; the argument is that it wasn’t marked severely enough.) What these suing families never seem to understand is snowmobiling is an activity with inherent risks. It is not like driving a car, nor are trail conditions marked to perfection. Snowmobile riders know and understand this. We aren’t looking to blame the trail makers/ maintainers when things go wrong. (Or at least we shouldn’t be.) But alas, ambulance -chasing lawyers are sure ready to convince the grieving families to sue everyone. Hopefully the Federation will prevail, but even if they do, they will spend a pretty penny defending themselves. (Money that won’t be spent on the trails I might add…) Not a good statistic in Wyoming... Snowmobilers are now the number one group killed in avalanches in that state. Avalanches have killed 32 snowmobilers in the state’s history compared to 26 backcountry skiers, formerly the largest group of victims. It is surmised skilled riders on now very capable machines are venturing into more dangerous terrain, often without potentially life-saving avalanche training. It was noted snowmobilers lack adequate education and understanding of avalanche dynamics compared to other user groups. (It was also noted recent victims were from the Midwest – riders who have a steeper learning curve given their flatland tendencies.) Odds are against you… Recent events got me thinking and I wanted to throw these thoughts out there. The only way you are assured of living through an avalanche is to not get caught in one. I wonder how many riders out there think they are fine since they have the training, have the beacon, and even have the airbag. Having recently witnessed a friend dying from asphyxiation, and talking to the responding EMS tech, time is not a luxury in this situation. You will suffocate in less than 10 minutes, tops. The window to resuscitate is small. Now let’s talk about being buried. I recently spent a couple of days at our cabin and the winter ritual

is shoveling snow off of a flat roof, with a sloped roof right above it. So after I shovel the snow off, a short-time later more snow

slides down to replace it. The first shoveling isn’t so bad. But the new snow sliding down packs itself pretty tight. It is HARD to shovel. This is the kind of snow you are dealing with when trying to dig out an avalanche victim. You have less than 10 minutes to move that heavy, packed snow. And that is if you know you are digging in the right place. I’m not even going to talk about trauma, like if a slide takes the victim into the trees or rock. I couldn’t find a U.S. statistic, but overall avalanche survivability rate in Canada is pegged at just under 47%. So check your beacon before leaving the park, but more importantly, did you check the avalanche forecast? And most importantly, read the terrain and stay out of (or minimize time in) avalanche territories. Electric snowbikes are here! Okay, how about an electric snow scooter for your kid? The Naseka is a tiny, light, and slow snow scooter that can be used all year with the addition of a front wheel for non-snow months. It’s sized for seven to 12-year-olds with weights up to 175 lbs. (Hey, with a little dieting, I could qualify!) It weighs in at 60 lbs, is powered by an 800-watt motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Range is about nine miles with a top speed of about 8 mph. (Might have to keep my feet down for balance.) Yours for about $1,700. Oh, wait, it hasn’t quite made it to production yet. To get in on the ground floor, visit www. for details. I’ve mentioned AmazonSmile before. It is a way of making small donations to charitable organizations when you shop on Amazon. It doesn’t cost you anything; the money comes from Amazon’s profits; they donate 0.5% of the purchase price of qualifying items. Once you set it up, it is a seamless process; just order as you normally

would and Amazon does the rest. My ‘charity’ of choice is the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA). Okay, I’m not making them rich, but the more people who support them, the more they will make. ACSA has had this program in place for a few years now and has earned over $600 from it. Their last quarterly donation received was just over $180. So, how about it? If you aren’t currently using AmazonSmile, sign up! (And I’d recommend ACSA… at least until WSSA signs up…) Snowmobile Bikini Rally. Okay, there are some great jokes here, but I better not… What this event is though is a way for scantily clad Upstate New York snowmobilers to raise money for breast cancer patients and their families. It was held on March 23rd and sponsored by the Genesse Sno Packers Snowmobile Club. The event raised $23,583! This year, the event’s goal was $15,000 and the ‘Pink Fund’ was the recipient. (The Pink Fund has no administrative costs and puts 100% of the money towards the cause.) Want to find out more? Visit the Snowmobile Bikini Rally on Facebook at Put kids on sleds that fit. This is the title of a PSA (public service announcement) that has run in the Snoflyer on numerous occasions and is one I fully support. I cringe when I see little kids riding big sleds. The one that took the cake though was at the recent ‘Kid’s Ride’ in the Ahtanum. I was asked to loop through the sno-park and round up the little kids that would be heading up to Tree Phones to ride around the track on the little 120 sleds. I saw one little kid that looked like he might be a candidate, so I approached his dad and asked. Dad says “no, he is riding his own sled” and pointed towards a full-size Polaris. I walked away a bit confused. Later, when the guided rides were heading out, I saw this kid riding by and I decided to take a closer look. It was a latemodel 800 Pro this little tyke was on! How irresponsible. Not only does an 800 have way too much power for a three-foot kid, the April 2019 · 26

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(Continued from page 23) real problem is one of size. If this sled lands on this little boy, he is going to be seriously hurt. It will crush him like a bug! If you aren’t going to make snowmobiling as safe as you can for your kids (or grand kids), then you need to leave them at home. Snowmobile crashes into Army helicopter. Now that is something you don’t hear every day. In what can only be described as a freak accident, a snowmobiler riding in Massachusetts at night hit an Army Medevac helicopter parked on the trail. The trail runs along a little-used runway and the helicopter and crew were parked, getting ready to do a night-vision goggle training flight. The snowmobiler was badly injured, the helicopter crew was not; the helicopter sustained some relatively minor damage. The Army had approval to use this location, but they were unaware the area was shared with snowmobilers. Obviously the snowmobiler wasn’t expecting to come up on an

Army helicopter. I like interesting sled haulers. And awhile back I came across a camper van that is designed to sleep two and haul a snowmobile on the inside. This one was set up for

skiers/snowboarders, but I can overlook that. It was built by Oregon-based Outside Vans and the platform is a factory 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter van. A couple of cool features include on-board air for tire inflation and whatever, and a Warn winch to assist in loading of the snowmobile. You can find more details at, and watch a video of the van in action at time_continue=3&v=iHqbxfewsAk. Snowmobile-towed camper. Nearly 20 years ago I talked with my step-dad about building a small camper to tow behind a snowmobile. He was a draftsman and actually sketched up my idea. I never did follow up on it. Lately, I’ve been thinking about it again. And times have changed because now there is YouTube. While I haven’t found exactly what I’ve got pictured in my head, there are some neat little trailers being towed behind bicycles, and there are message boards dedicated to ‘foamies’; small road-going campers made of foam, fabric and Titebond II glue. I’m thinking about something sized about 4’x8’ with 4’ walls, and maybe the ability to pop the top or have a slide out. For me it would be a solo adventure, but it could also be used for a cozy couple. I’m not even sure I’d want to use it more than once; I just kind of like the idea of building it and taking it out on its maiden voyage. Will it happen? Looking at all the other projects I should be working on, it isn’t likely. A man can dream though... Trail Tamer fat tire bike groomer. Made by Tracks USA, it is powered by a Kohler engine with a Comet clutch. Motocross-

Ski. This machine was developed at the request and in conjunction with fat tire bike grooming clubs. Interesting. Tracked ATV/UTV update. WSSA has set up a committee with the initial goal of bringing all interested parties together to see where everyone stands. We expect to have representatives from the various local National Forests, the Snowmobile Advisory Committee, tracked ATV/UTV owners, groomers, and anyone else who might be interested. The idea is to see what would need to be done to legalize these snow vehicles, and then start deciding what kind of limitations might be imposed. Stay tuned – updates will be provided here in the Snoflyer. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Facebook ‘likes’ are over 2,685! Find us on Twitter at @wssaus and on Instagram a WSSA.US (not WSSA_US)! Snoflyer or website comments? Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a concern or question with the Snoflyer, WSSA website or our Facebook site. E-mail to or call (509) 424-1575. Check out Washington Hometown A new Washington State snowmobile trails app is in your favorite App Store now!

style handlebars are used to steer a Camso Ice Attak XT pre-studded track. The operator stands on the grooming pan; the whole machine is reminiscent of an old Bolens Hus-

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Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club

Reecer Creek Riders

Vanessa Faust (509) 763-2602 Lake Wenatchee Rec Club (LWRC)

Bill Miller (509) 899-0243 Reecer Creek Riders

District 3 (Grant/Lincoln/Pend Oreille/Spokane/Stevens Counties)


Howard Justice 509-233-8027

District 1 North (Clallam/Jefferson/Kitsap/Skagit/Snohomish/ Whatcom Counties)

Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc.

Northwest Glacier Cruisers Tom Shields (360) 661-0003 Northwest Glacier Cruisers

Colville Driftriders Steve Fogle (509) 684-3601

Teanaway Snowmobile Club

Whatcom County Snowmobile Club Kassie Leeper (360) 927-5825 Whatcom County Snowmobile Club

District 1 South (King County)

District 2 North (Okanogan/Ferry Counties)

Assoc. of Okanogan County Snowmobile Clubs Tom Windsor (509) 429-3488 •

Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club Mike Olmstead (509) 486-1134 Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club

Butte Busters Snowmobile Club Ron Hirst (509) 486-2284 Butte Busters Snowmobile Club

Crawfish Lake Snowmobile Club James Peterson (425) 277-0141

Craig Miller (253) 312-2092 Junco Snowmobile Club

Jim Beslow (360) 494-6690

Republic Tree Benders

Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club

Brian McKay (509) 775-3511 Republic Tree Benders Snowmobile/ATV Club

Brian Schlndler (425) 766-1771 SnoJammers

Mike Eveler (360) 893-3035

Tri-River Snowmobile Club Donna Windsor (509) 923-2823 Tri-Rivers Snowmobile Club

District 4 South

District 2 South

Mt Adams Snowmobile Club

Jim Burts (509) 860-3980 Apple Country Snowmobile Club

Bavarian Boondockers Matt Kensrud (509) 433-2100 Bavarian Boondockers

Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club Devon Griffith (509) 679-9704 Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club

(Benton/Klickitat/Yakima Counties)

Cascade Snow Drifters Nina Gottschalk (509) 697-6586 •

Bob Jump (509) 966-5074

Drift-A-Way Snowmobile Club Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 •

Lewis County Drift Skippers

Northwest Boondockers

Apple Country Snowmobile Club

District 5 South

Chinook Pass Snowmobile Club Junco Snowmobile Club

Tim Weller (509) 826-6780 North Central ATV Club of Washington

(Chelan/Douglas Counties)

Charles Johnson (509) 674-6803 •

Pacific/Pierce/Thurston Counties)

North Central ATV Club of WA

Cascade Drift Skippers Stephanie Driskell (425) 998-7837 Cascade Drift Skippers

District 4 North (Grays Harbor/Lewis/Mason/

Mountain Trails Grooming Assoc. Ed Surette (509) 996-2154

Stampede Summit Seekers Ty Locke (206) 713-2934 Stampede Summit Seekers

Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club

Craig Stahl (509) 996-2378 Methow Valley Snowmobile Association

BJ Oswald (206) 227-2912 • Snomads of Easton

Chewelah Sno Posse

Spokane Winter Knights

Note: Facebook addresses in blue


(Clark/Cowlitz/Skamania/ Wahkiakum Counties)

Will Altig (541) 490-0891 Mt Adams Snowmobile Club

Mt St Helens Trac Riders Larry Lamkin (360) 430-1542 Mt. St. Helens Trac Riders

District 5 North (Kittitas County)

Barnyard Racing Erik Clark

Hi Country Beelers Dan Johnson (253) 838-7600

Yakima Ski-Benders Liz Van Amberg (509) 759-5179 Yakima SkiBenders

District 6 (Adams/Asotin/Columbia/Franklin/ Garfield/Walla Walla/Whitman Counties)

Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club Jake McNeil (509) 521-5511 Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club

Mt. Misery Snow Drifters Kent Flynn (509) 566-7012 • Mt Misery Snowdrifters

Tollgate Trail-Finders Brandon Christensen (509) 830-3706 Tollgate Trail Finders Snowmobile Club

Pacific Northwest Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club Ray Bergstresser (509) 466-6249 • Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club

Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland N.W. Dave Brummer (208) 755-8334

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April 2019 Snoflyer  

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