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Meetings & Events ………………………. Membership Application …………….... Leadership Articles …….……………….. WSSA Elections - Results! ................ District Reports ………………………….. Club News …………………………………. Associate Members Listing ……........ WSSA Trail Grant Deadline ………….. WSSA Scholarship Info ……………….. Safety with Jon ………………………….. Winter Rendezvous at Priest Lake ... State Parks Update ……………………..

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Membership Matters ……………………. WSSA Award Winners ………………….. Rider Responsibility—IASA/ISMC ….. ISMA Update - Take a Snowmobiling Vacation ……. ACSC E-News ……………………………... WSSA Contacts ……...…………………... Legal Action Auction Thanks ………… Wanted! Snowmobile Club History .. Matt’s Misc. ………………………………... Snowmobile Rentals ……………………. Snowmobile Clubs …….………………...

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WSSA MEETINGS AND IMPORTANT EVENTS 2018/2019 WSSA Budget Meeting The Last Resort in Ronald/Roslyn March 16th, 2019

All members welcome! Join us upstairs as we hammer out the 2019/2020 WSSA Budget and plan for a late-season update and find out what volunteers are doing for you on and off the snow. Meeting starts at 9am.

International Snowmobile Congress Grand Rapids, Michigan June 5th-8th, 2019 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 www.snowmobilers.org/isc.

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

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WSSA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

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

Membership valid until August 31, 2020 Annual Dues (circle one): Individual/Family or Club - $25

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!)

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

Associate - $50

FAMILY/INDIVIDUAL: ($25) Last Name: ______________________ First Name: _________________ Spouse: ___________________

Visit www.wssa.us or check your latest Snoflyer for updates on these upcoming events.

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

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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): $_________________

Snoflyer Advertising Targets Snowmobilers! Advertise with us! Rates starting as low as $25 a month for Dealer/ Associate members. Full-page ads as low as $110 per issue (with three month commitment). Club ads heavily discounted - advertise your upcoming events!

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 membership@wssa.us or (509) 674-4401 Questions about WSSA? Contact:

Dean Meakin, President 2928 N. Nevada Spokane, WA 99207 E-mail: dean.meakin@wssa.us (800) 783-WSSA or (509) 220-1001

E-mail or call for a rate sheet! Matt Mead, Publicity Secretary (509) 424-1575 snoflyer@wssa.us

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR SPORT

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Jim Kingman, President jim.kingman@wssa.us • (509) 698-3658 Well, my time is running out; this March ends my term as your WSSA President. This was my second time around in these offices after serving as Vice President and President before from 2007 through 2011. I also served as the District 5 South Representative for about four years before I stepped up to Vice President in 2007. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving and feel it was my honor to represent all of you at all the international, national, regional, state and local events over the years. Our new President, Dean Meakin, and Vice President, Delia Alred, will also serve us well as it is also their second time around through the ranks. Please continue to give them the support they need to keep WSSA improving in how we go about business and build WSSA into the best it can be. WSSA’s Winter Rendezvous was held at Hill’s Resort on Priest Lake again this February 15th through the 18th. I believe everyone had a great time as this time around we had more snow than a few years ago and did get to ride right from the resort without trailering somewhere. The aggressive rides did trailer a little ways to get some more mountain riding but it had to be done to get to the steep and deep. Some of us did get to spend most all of Saturday helping get a couple snowmobiles up from a canyon but with the help of the winch on the groomer we got it done. I saw no other way the one over 100 foot down the hill was getting out of there. After Rendezvous, our WSSA Treasurer of 10 plus years, Fred Pitzer, Vice President Dean Meakin, and I were home for one day and then off to West Yellowstone for a couple days riding and the February 22nd Western Chapter meeting for me to attend. This is a yearly meeting that most all of the western snow states from Wyoming west attend. I think the best thing about being a part of Western Chapter is we pretty much have the same issues as they do and very similar riding. This makes it much easier to discuss issues with them compared to the eastern states that have much more trail riding than mountain. The main topics this year were on the realignment of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) chapters and issues we had with the committee that was formed to tell us how this was going to happen. Also, for those of you that have seen them, the third version of the ‘Snowmobiling Fact and Myths’ books will be out in about a month. These are great tools to use when talking to someone who really doesn’t understand what snowmobiling really is. Snowmobiling was great in West Yellowstone if you could get past the weather; sunny and -20 Thursday, and sunny and -35 on Friday morning. This brings me to a close, but not out by any means. I will continue to do what I can as your Past President and I’m sure I will still be on a committee or two to help out where needed. Thanks everyone!

Dean Meakin, Vice President dean.meakin@wssa.us • (509) 220-1001 First of all, thank you to all of you who took on the challenge of voting online! It did come with some technical bumps, however Wayne Mohler was able to push through and get the victory. Thanks Wayne. This was year two for electronic voting and we had almost twice as many that participated. Thank you to all who voted for me to be your new President. I will do my best to be faithful to the office of President and to you. This is an honor and privilege to serve you in this capacity. I can’t wait to get started. As a reminder, WSSA is a TEAM and we will have great success together. We are still looking for a Recording Secretary to fill this empty position. Please consider to help WSSA by volunteering. In March I will update you on the District Reps status and Committee Chairs. Thank You Dee Alred for taking the lead at Olympia Day. We had great appointments and great success. I can’t wait till next year already. Looks like the Snow Bike legislation is coming together! Thank you to Greg Figg for making all the arrangements needed to have a great 2019 Rendezvous! Hills Resort on Priest Lake rolled out the WHITE CARPET and spoiled us rotten. Great location, great food, great riding with great people. Thanks Teri Hill! A special thanks to Russ Brown and Dave the groomer for the fantastic rescue operation of two of our snowmobiles. Without them it would have been impossible! Go IDAHO! From your friends in Washington. The American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) is still working on setting the dates to go to Washington D.C. We are hoping for early in April. I will keep you posted as we draw closer to the time of the event. Please consider signing up for the International Snowmobile Congress being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 5th-8th. Visit http:// Representative Matt Shae met with his conwww.internationalsnowmobilecongress.com/isc2019/ for more information. stituent Dean Meakin during WSSA’s recent ‘All Trails to Olympia’ day.

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In our last Snoflyer publication, I presented lesson two 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 our rights as snowmobilers. “You Are Here” Lesson 3: “State” Let’s start with that part of the WSSA bylaws concerning why this organization is here in the first place: ARTICLE II: PURPOSE: The purpose of this organization shall be to represent the snowmobilers of the State of Washington in local, state, and national levels by working hard to expand, protect and preserve access to public lands while promoting recreational snowmobiling as a fun family activity. This means WSSA represents between 20,000-30,000 registered snowmobile owners/riders in Washington. Remember the reason some of you joined your local club was because you lost one of your favorite snowmobiling areas. Many of our clubs have been in a battle to keep a trail open and just plain ran out of resources to continue the fight. Our elected officials are more inclined to listen to an organization that represents all the snowmobiler instead of one club or one snowmobiler. Your membership dollars and head count are what makes it possible for WSSA to represent you on a much larger scale. To protect and preserve access is a full-time job. WSSA does their best to always be in the loop for you and your club. If it gets down to a lawsuit in order to keep the gates open, clubs just don’t have the capital to succeed. The last major lawsuit WSSA was involved in cost the organization over $450,000. Thankfully we did recover about $200,000. These are your dollars at work. I hope you see the importance of becoming a member of your only “State” organization that is looking out for your rights. Back to the numbers, about 10% of the snowmobilers are members of a club and about 50% of them are members of WSSA. I encourage you to spread the word and the need to be a member of your “Local Club” and “State Organization”. Greater in numbers and dollars are those organizations that want to close all public lands to motorized recreation. Only you can fix this. Under consideration for Lesson 4 is your “Regional” Membership options. Please share this article with other snowmobilers that are not currently involved in any organized effort for the cause.

Results are in! Online voting concluded on January 15th and the following members were voted on to the Board and will take their position during the WSSA Budget Meeting on March 16th:  

President (one-year term) – Dean Meakin Vice President (one-year term) – Delia Alred

• Treasurer (two-year term) – Fred Pitzer • Recording Secretary (two-year term) - no nominees

Congratulations!

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District 1 South By Tony Keys tony.keys@wssa.us (208) 880-1096 It has been an exciting month for Washington snowmobilers! WSSA leadership rolls are newly elected. More snow fell in the past few weeks than we have seen in decades. And manufacturers are announcing the 2020 snowmobile lineups. On a more local level, the Cascade Drift Skippers (CDS) club had plenty of snow for the Whistlin’ Jack’s ride; so much snow that some of the ride leaders were unable to get out of their driveway. The added snowpack is certainly exciting, yet the avalanche danger is at an all-time high as well. Make careful evaluations on the snow and definitely perform research before your ride. Remember the days are longer and the added sunshine makes impactful changes in the afternoon as the snowpack softens. The Ice layer from January is certainly still there and will likely be there for the rest of the season, now with several feet of snow on top of it. The CDS and Northwest Glacier Cruisers clubs have been co-hosting several events together this season and improving interclub relations. There was a good presence of both clubs at the Hwy 20 Ride January 12th and the Mt. Baker Lodging ride on February 23rd. The Blewett Steak Ride is still scheduled for March 30th; parking will be tight so please consider truck/trailer-pooling.

erators for working through the low snow issue at the start of the season. Tree removal has been a big issue in the district this season after all the forest fires we have had. Clubs have been organizing brushing parties; mainly the Chelan club as their zone has lots of burn timber in it. Good job to the club for making this happen! We want the groomers grooming, not having to deal with too many trees. E-mail me if you have any questions. Thanks!

District 3 & Winter Rendezvous Chair By Greg Figg greg.figg@wssa.us (509) 534-3417

I just returned from the WSSA Winter Rendezvous 2019 in Priest Lake, Idaho. This was another successful Rendezvous as our attendance was around 90 people for Saturday night. The snow conditions this year were just fantastic; lots and lots of fresh powder! We had three days of rides that were just phenomenal! This year the mountain rides really went all out and the groups trailered to Roman Nose, Trestle Creek and the Mollies, all in north Idaho. I know everybody that went on these rides came back with a tired grin on their face. This was especially important when you consider how high the avalanche danger was and the steps that were District 2 South taken to keep folks safe. The trail rides and less aggressive off-trail rides were equally as impressive; they went By Matt Kensrud to three separate areas, one each day. The Matt.kensrud@wssa.us feedback I heard was great rides with won(509) 433-2100 derful snow. With all the fresh snow the play District 2 South report- areas (ie: stuck areas) were plentiful. Ron Lind can vouch for me on that; his family ing in! All I can say is thank you February for de- helped dig me out multiple times. I wanted to thank all the folks who helped livering the goods! The storm cycle was with the event this year which includes: weird coming into the valley from the south Katy and Fred Pitzer for registration and all and blessing the Wenatchee Apple Country things money-related, Wayne and Florence Snowmobile Club zone with the mother load! Mohler for help with many tasks, Ron and Most all other riding areas have great coverDee Alred for WSSA Auction, Matt Mead for age now! The trail systems are building up the e-mails and Snoflyer help, Glen Mumm to a workable base; thank you groomer opfor social media advertising, and LaRhonda www.wssa.us

McCauley for taking care of Club Express. Certainly not last or least is our dedicated team of Winter Knights for the rides this year. Trail and less-aggressive off-trail: Al and Nellie McCarty, Matt Johnson, and Rick Sure. Mountain rides: Shaiden Storch, Duane Willis, and Glen Mumm. Barbeque: Wayne Smith, Bob Walker, Sharon Crockett, and others I might not have mentioned. Thank you everybody for giving of your time and talents to this event. Others: Hills Resort, all things for accommodation and food; Priest Lake Groomer, great trails and helping us recover a couple of snowmobiles; Selkirk Grooming, for providing great trails; Priest Lake Yamaha/Polaris/Ski Doo, for calling techs in for an after-hours clutch rebuild. This is just my partial list, as you can see it takes a lot of help to pull off this event. Looking forward to another great event next year!

District 4 North By Craig Miller

craig.miller@wssa.us (253) 312-2092 Greetings snowmobilers! Well, winter has really hit now. The amazing snowfall has produced the most snow in the Puget Sound Basin that I have seen since I was in high school back in the early 1970’s. I crossed over Snoqualmie Pass a few days ago and I was amazed at the amount of snow there. That should help with sled registrations and cement the rest of the season’s riding. Enjoy, be safe and look at the avalanche reports before heading out. My term is up as the 4 North Rep. It’s been two-plus terms that I have enjoyed working for snowmobilers with WSSA. WSSA is an outstanding voice for the concerns of riders in this state. I would like to introduce Jim Bauer who has stepped up to run for my position. I have known Jim for many years now and he will make a great District Representative if he should be elected. He has been a longtime booster of the sport and is currently a member of Sno-Jammers and serves as Junco’s club president. Many of you already know Jim I am sure. I would like to strongly throw my support behind him in his run for the 4 North position. I hope you will support him as well if you are a resident of the district. He will do a great job (Continued on page 7)

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for you and for WSSA. It’s been my sincere pleasure to serve you.

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District 5 South By Rudy Classen

rudy.classen@wssa.us (509) 961-6073 Seems like things stay the same even though they change. During the January meeting of the Yakima County Grooming Committee the discussion was all about the little grooming being done basically because the lower three to six miles of the normally groomed trails were bare and dry. During the February meeting of the Grooming Committee there was plenty of discussion about lack of grooming but this time it was about too much snow plus some areas with high avalanche concerns. Now that the snow has had a few days to settle most of those problems are under the bridge and grooming is full speed ahead in all of our areas and it looks like we have more snow in the near future which bodes well for late-season sledding. However, it is becoming almost impossible to ride in April and May anymore because the wheeled vehicle boys and girls destroy our nicely groomed trails starting April 1st. We pay $50 plus fees for our tab per sled and spend tens of thousands of dollars in each area for grooming for about three and a half months of enjoyment, but in comparison wheeled vehicle off-highway vehicle tabs are only about $30 and they get nine months or more of riding. Just doesn’t seem fair. Additionally, the wheeled boys and girls are to stay on the trails but we see more often than not where they are driving through alpine meadows and leaving ruts, for which we get blamed and they are driving out into some shallow lakes which are now destroyed. Maybe it is time for WSSA to exert their influence and get wheeled vehicles off our nicely groomed roads until at least the first of June.

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the WSSA Officers, Jim Kingman, Dean Meakin, Fred Pitzer and Rendezvous organizer, Greg Figg, talked to the groomer director and the groomer; with it's winch were able to recover both sleds the next day. This was with cooperation of the groomer driver, Dave, who postponed an out-of-town trip until the sleds were retrieved. Huge thanks to Jake McNeil and Greg Figg who volunteered to go down the hillside to hook the cable up to the two snowmobiles. Even after all this, Chris and I both were able to ride the sleds back to the sno-park. Mine had no damage and Chris' was not too much to stop him from riding it either. The WSSA members are a great group of people to work with! Until next time...

Greetings to all! Looks like this snowmobile season is going to turn out to be a good snow year. I went to the Pomeroy, Mt Misery Snowdrifters Bucket Run on January 26th. The Sun Gods were good to us with sunshine the entire day. Had good ticket sales also, with 156 hands sold, and there were lots of donated door prizes given out. The Dayton Club is having their Bucket Run coming up on March 2nd. They already held their Fun Day and had snowmobile games and served hamburgers and hot dogs at Godman. This was a foggy day, but a good time was still had by all. I just returned from the WSSA Winter Rendezvous this last President's Day holiday weekend. Friday was the first organized ride for the weekend. It was great, until the last seven and a half miles when we were headed back to the sno-park. Chris Shires and I got a little too close to the left on this narrow trail and we went for quite a ride over the edge. Somewhere between a 70- and 80-degree slope down into the canyon. (Remember, in perspective, a 90-degree slope is straight up and down.) Chris bailed off of his sled, but still went 25-30 feet farther downhill. However, his sled decided it wasn't ready to stop until it was about 100 feet down the steep hillside and met a tree. My sled found a tree to park at only about 10 feet off the trail, but it didn't want me on its back, so it threw me off and I ended up on my back going head first After a major snafu on Friday, a recovery effort retrieved a pair of MIA down the slope for ansleds on Saturday with the help of a groomer and volunteer rescue party. other 85 feet. That night February 2019 · 7


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Apple Country Snowmobile Club By Tim Downs Greetings from the Apple Country Snowmobile Club - Wenatchee! Our January meeting was one of the shortest on record. Since then we have been on fire. We've had a club ride and sponsored an inter-club ride/hot dog feed with the Northwest Glacier Cruisers (Bellingham) and Bavarian Boondockers (Leavenworth). The Glacier Cruisers gave an unexpected donation toward the hot dogs. Thank you! We know it's a major event when District 2 South Representative - Matt Kensrud -

natchee Valley in doom and gloom; not a nice morning. But at the top of the hill, bright sunshine. People were taking off their jackets and hats. It was beautiful with views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Stewart and everything in between. A day to remember why we snowmobile. It is fun. Normally that would wrap up our activities for the month, but not this month. Our club expanded our grooming program (i.e., the fleet) with the purchase of a 2010 Prinoth BR350 snow groomer.

Apple Country’s sweet new ride! The best groomed trails may be in the Wenatchee area this season...

The Apple Country Snowmobile Club hosted a ride and hot dog feed with participation from the Northwest Glacier Cruisers and the Bavarian Boondockers… on a spectacular blue sky day!

puts in an appearance. Oh yeah… for the dogs, that's why Matt came! You are welcome at our campfire anytime. And many other snowmobilers showed up for the feed. We drove out of the Wewww.wssa.us

Awesome! See the included picture as it was before they dropped it on our door step. We placed the order Thursday, January 31st, and received it the next Monday from Utah. And now we acknowledge two outstanding men in our club, Cal Anderson and Mike Bratton, who took delivery Monday, unloaded it, put the tracks on, and the tiller and drag. Wow! Tuesday, in single digit weather, these two gentlemen went back to work cutting tracks to fit thru the gates for the recreation area. Cal and Mike are priceless in their dedication to the club and snowmobilers at large. If we could charge $1 to all the looky-loos, we'd have it paid for in no time. The club is very happy about this. Now for a short rant: If we see signs that say "Stay on the Trail Private Property" or "No Wheeled Vehicles beyond this Point" or "No Littering" or "Handicap Parking Only", we can choose to be good citizens and make the correct choice every time. Yes, we have a problem with snowmobiles off-trail on private property, wheeled vehicles leaving green-dot roads, and trash being left behind. I threw in handicap just to see if you're reading this. Ha! Please don't run over them. After all, this is a rant. Back to good news - We are writing this on Friday just before a big snow storm. Yeah, baby! And we see a few flakes falling outside our window. Go to the WSSA Winter Rendezvous! Oh, I guess it's over by the time you read this... Happy groomed (Continued on page 12) trails to you all! February 2019 · 9


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www.napaonline.com/wa/leavenworth

509-548-7319

Dans Food Market

1329 US Hwy 2

Leavenworth

WA

98826

www.dansfoodmarket.com

509-548-5611

Leavenworth Snowmobile Rentals

15361 Hwy 2

Leavenworth

WA

98826

www.leavenworthsnowmobilerentals.com 509-763-0333

Mountain Springs Lodge

19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd

Leavenworth

WA

98826

www.mtsprings.com

Pacific Mountain Services

22745 Brown Rd

Leavenworth

WA

98826

Loon Lake Marina

41080 Marina Rd

Loon Lake

WA

99148

Lynwood Motoplex

17900 Hwy 99

Lynnwood

WA

98046

www.motoplex.net

425-774-0505

Smokey Point Cycle Barn

15202 Smokey Point Blvd

Marysville

WA

98271

www.smokeypointcyclebarn.com

360-530-7800

WHAC Corporation HVAC

PO Box 1401

Marysville

WA

98270

Premier Polaris

122 Charles St

Monroe

WA

98272

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509-674-6807

509-826-6780 www.shadypinesresort.com

509-826-2287 509-826-2947

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Levi's Auto Parts

500 E 3rd Ave

Moses Lake

WA

98837

509-765-4567

Moses Lake Collision Repair Inc

1006 W Marina Dr

Moses Lake

WA

98837

509-764-8001

Lifestyles Honda Skidoo

3302 Cedardale Rd Ste E100

Mount Vernon

WA

98274

www.lifestyleshonda.com

360-416-3950

Elk Ridge Campground

13880 SR 410

Naches

WA

98397

www.elkridgecampground.com

509-658-2093

Gold Creek Station

18431 SR 410

Naches

WA

98937

Washington Tractor

PO BOX 1098

Okanogan

WA

98840

Xtreme Powersports

1930 2nd Ave N

Okanogan

WA

98840

www.shopxtremepowersports.net

509-826-5771

WA State Parks Winter Rec Program

1111 Israel Rd SW

Olympia

WA

98504

www.state.parks.wa.us

360-902-8595

Mac’s Tire of Omak

631 Okoma Dr.

Omak

WA

98841

Pateros Trading/Rivers Restaurant

245 Lakeshore Dr

Pateros

WA

98846

www.howardsontheriver.com

509-923-2200

Blu-Shastin RV Park

3300 US Hwy 97

Peshastin

WA

98847

www.blushastin.com

509-548-4184

Moto-Trax

3319 Rodesco Ct SE

Puyallup

WA

98374

www.moto-trax.com

253-312-7382

Chet's Honda/Polaris

17 H Street SW

Quincy

WA

98848

www.chetshonda.com

509-787-3617

Roosterbuilt LLC.

PO Box 166

Ravensdale

WA

98057

www.roosterbuilt.com

425-432-3278

Rainier Welding Inc

19020 NE 84th St

Redmond

WA

98053

425-868-1300

Sundance Landscaping

11609 172nd Ave NE

Redmond

WA

98052

425-533-6008

Anderson's Grocery

711 S Clark Ave

Republic

WA

99166

509-775-3378

Earthworks, Inc.

P.O. Box 111

Ronald

WA

98940

Boulder Creek Enterprises

14121 Salmon LaSac Rd-Ronald

Roslyn

WA

98941

509-649-2222

J & B Enterprises

P.O. Box 440

Roslyn

WA

98941

206-484-0204

Repin Construction LLC

PO Box 541

Roslyn

WA

98941

509-649-3323

The Last Resort

14254 Salmon LaSac Rd-Ronald

Roslyn

WA

98941

509-649-2222

Life Support

P.O. Box 433

S. Cle Elum

WA

98943

Dianes Tank Removal Services LLC

PO Box 77738

Seattle

WA

98177

www.dianestankremoval.com

Trailside Homes

P.O. Box 4279

Seattle

WA

98194

www.trailsidehomes.com

Landtek

20029 82nd Ave SE

Snohomish

WA

98296

Empire Cycle & Powersports

7807 E Sprague Ave

Spokane Valley

WA

98212

www.empire-cycle.com

509-892-6368

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509-658-2583 877-422-3030

509-260-0091 206-510-9497 425-489-9972

509-Kart-O-Rama Inc

13701 24 St E Unit A4

Sumner

WA

98390

www.kartoramainc.com

253-891-3490

Larson Powersports Northwest

7815 South Tacoma Way

Tacoma

WA

98409

www.larsonpowersportsnorthwest.com

253-344-5930

Complete Repair Services

7242 Littlerock Rd.SW

Tumwater

WA

98512

www/completerepairservicesllc.com

360-570-2210

Hank's Harvest Foods

412 E Methow Hwy

Twisp

WA

98856

Twisp NAPA Auto Parts

214 S Methow Valley Hwy

Twisp

WA

98856

www.napaonline.com

509-997-2461

Independent Trailer & Equip Co

1602 Rudkin Rd

Union Gap

WA

98901

www.itec-inc.com

509-452-3672

Procaliber Motorsports

P.O. Box 1679

Vancouver

WA

98668

www.procaliberbend.com

G & G Automotive Machine

34 S Palouse

Walla Walla

WA

99362

Wenatchee Power Sports

3031 G.S. Center Rd

Wenatchee

WA

98801

www.wenpow.com

509-665-6686

Radcomp Technologies

136 N Main St

White Salmon

WA

98672

www.gorad.com

509-493-2221

Cowlitz Motorsports

PO Box 846

Winlock

WA

98596

Three Fingered Jacks

176 Riverside Ave

Winthrop

WA

98862

www.3fingeredjacks.com

509-996-2411

Winthrop Inn Motel

960 Hwy 20

Winthrop

WA

98856

www.winthropinn.com

509-996-2217

Ride Motorsports

19035 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd

Woodinville

WA

98072

www.ridemotorsports.com

425-487-3881

Nob Hill Auto Wrecking

2609 West Birchfield Rd

Yakima

WA

98901

www.nobhillautowrecking.com

509-452-2803

Owen's Yamaha-Suzuki Polaris

1707 N 1st St

Yakima

WA

98901

Premier Power Sports

1504 Fruitvale Blvd

Yakima

WA

98902

www.premierpowersportswa.com

509-965-9889

VanAmburg Enterprises Inc

2920 River Rd Ste 1

Yakima

WA

98902

www.vanamburgent.com

509-225-6681

95776

www.kastlewest.com

530-662-8879

www.baumsheltertoo.com

208-636-4393

509-997-7711

509-525-2890

360-520-3911

509-575-1916

Out of State Supporting Businesses Kastle West Dist

55 Matmor Rd

Woodland

CA

Baum Shelter Too

131 Bemis Gulch Rd

Warren

ID

Cheap Thrills Rentals

303 N Third St

McCall

ID

83638

www.cheapthrillsrentals.com

208-634-7472

Elkins on Priest Lake

404 Elkins Rd

Nordman

ID

83848

www.elkinsresort.com

208-443-2432

Hill's Resort

4777 W Lakeshore Rd

Priest Lake

ID

83856

www.hillsresort.com

208-443-2551

Mountain Village Resort

Jct Hwy 21 & 75

Stanley

ID

83278

www.mountainvillage.com

800-843-5475

SK Northwest/Polaris of Portland

250 SE Division Pl

Portland

OR

97292

sknorthwest.com

503-238-2510

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Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club By Kevin Hancock, Webmaster This year six of us made the 140-mile round trip to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge. This has become an annual event. We followed the signs our club put out before the beginning of the snowmobiling season. The signs guide riders from the Taneum Sno-Park to the lodge. This year the trails were groomed but icy. Because the trails and snow were hard there were times in the lower elevations when the liquid cooled sleds had cooling issues. However, most of the time we just cruised along getting off the trails at different playareas to do some side-hilling, or speed across open meadows. Once there we relaxed in the lounge, then went to the dining room to have one of their great dinners. Afterward we lingered in the restaurant swapping sledding stories before going back to our cabin for the night. What a difference one day can make in the weather and conditions. Overnight a storm came through bringing snow. After breakfast we left the lodge with 3" inches of new soft powdery snow on the trail. As we rode into the higher elevations there was up to 6" towards the top. The soft powder blew over our snowmobile hoods while breaking trail. We did not see another sled on the way back to the sno-park, getting there just before dark. For our final organized event of the winter riding season we will meet the weekend of February 23rd. We will host our annual vintage show and ride at The Last Resort in Ronald. This year, along with a vintage snowmobile show, we plan to run our sleds in the field behind the motel, and have a vintage ride the following day. (Continued on page 14)

The Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club’s ride to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge on Chinook pass was 140-mile roundtrip of fun and adventure!

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Yakima Ski-Benders By Seth Ahlbrecht, President

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Junco Snowmobile Club By Craig Miller, Vice President Junco held it’s annual Charity on the Snow event on January 19th and 20th at the Orr Creek Sno-Park. We had a nice turnout. On Saturday we enjoyed a really nice trail ride out to Takalak Lake. We also had a group that rode up toward Top Sail. There was lots of good snow and all enjoyed a fun time. Following our ride, we gathered for a potwww.wssa.us

luck dinner in the hut. The wood stove was roaring and there was a ton of wonderful food to share. The charity auction began on time after dinner. The auction tables were packed with cool items which were donated by local businesses, riders attending and sponsors. Special thanks to the Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club for donating a colossal gift basket to auction off. It’s awesome when clubs support each other’s events. So, when all was said and done, Junco had raised $3,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That puts Junco over $80,000 in money donated to the charity since the inception of the event a few years ago. We’ll do it again next year, and we hope to see you there! Ride safe in all this new snow.

Hello from Yakima! In a nice unexpected surprise and a welcome departure from the pattern of the last several years, I'm excited to share that we have LOTS of snow both in town and in the lower elevations of our favorite riding areas. As has been troublesome the last couple years with worries of postponing or cancelling events, that's certainly not the case now I'm glad to say! I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Chinook Pass Snowfest on January 28th, as well as all the brave souls who attended our 2nd annual Scavenger Hunt on February 9th. The morning of the Scavenger Hunt we were inundated with several feet of new snow including over two feet of fresh snow in the parking lot alone! I’d like to move on now to our final upcoming event of the season, the highly anticipated and fast-growing 2019 Little Sledders Ride. We’ll be hosting the kid-focused event once again in the Ahtanum on March 9th and I’d like to remind everyone that a Discover Pass will be required for each towvehicle as this is on DNR (Department of Natural Resources) managed land. The kids ride has been a great success every year and this year promises not to disappoint! All the details can be found on the Yakima SkiBenders Facebook page under the Events tab. The Yakima Ski-Benders work closely with the Forest Service and the DNR for our on the snow events as well as some of our volunteer work. If you would like to learn more about any of the events we host, volunteer work we perform, or charities we donate to, feel free to check out our Yakima SkiBenders Facebook Page, attend our events, or join us for a club meeting. We’d be happy to have you with us. For now, enjoy all this new snow we have and remember to get out there and ride! Thanks for reading and for all your support over the years! (Continued on page 15)

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Bavarian Boondockers

By Don Fitzpatrick, Secretary Good News from the Valley! We’ve had lots more snow and snowmobiling is now excellent. We recently had our annual Bucket Run. We had a good turnout. Everyone had fun. Lots of prizes. The grooming was excellent. Check out the pics! No pictures of riding are shown here. You must come and see it for yourself! Thanks for all of you who did come from all over the place.

By Matt Kensrud, President Hello fellow sledders! The club just had another great club ride/barbecue at the warming hut. The snow is awesome now! Each of five stops had a nice pile for warming riders. A couple of things to address; if you Also cookies. are visiting or a local to the warming hut, we would like to be informed if someone is acting inappropriately. The club does not allow smoking of anything in or around the hut; please be responsible and respect each other! Thank you. Second thing, we are still working on movie night. The next date will be posted on our website and Facebook pages. The club’s next ride to the warming hut is March 16th. We’ll meet for lunch Each stop was crowded as riders picked a card for their and have a swag giveaway at 12 noon. hand. Club members, remember to sign in with Dave at the hut to be in the drawing! Thank you!

Tollgate Trail Finders

This unique trailer built by Eddie Rodgers (right) hauls gear, saw, and the logs we cut for firewood.

By Bob Smith, Vice President

The Davis family served hot chocolate at their stop. Here Eddie tows a log to the fire spots. Watched by (L to R) Rich, Jerry, and Bob.

We cut it up, attached kindling and fire starter, and covered it with plastic.

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The Davis family at stop number 4.

Tollgate Friends! The month of February brought continuous snowfall to the mountain and most of the Northwest. The Milkshakes Snotel site on February 1st recorded 71” of snow depth. At the time of this writing the site measures 114” of snow. The high recording was 116” on February 25th. It has settled just a bit. All reports are that conditions are nothing less than epic. Any meadow you pick is over the windshield powder and with continuing snowfall the tracks from the previous day are erased which allows you to shred the play areas all over again. Most friends have indicated the smile on their face remains days after the snowmobiling adventure. Most years have seen March being one of the best months for snowmobiling so let’s hope the (Continued on page 16) February 2019 · 15


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snow continues! We pray that Mother Nature helps the Milkshakes Snotel hit the 10’ mark (120”) again this year. We’re almost there and the forecast is calling for more snow so it should continue to be great sledding! February Highlights - A big shout out to Victor McNeil from the Wallowa Avalanche Center and his wife Kelly for all their hard work in putting on the avalanche training

Burgdorf to soak up the hot springs was a great experience for all. About 20 people were in attendance along with two side-bysides. Kids Safety Class, Round Two - A big thank you to Andy Millar for putting on a second ‘Kids Safety Class’. Fifteen kids attended to become certified in operating snowmobiles in the mountains of Oregon. It’s great to see kids and parents learn proper etiquette and safe operation of snowmobiles on our trail system and to respect public and private lands that we snowmobile on.

Trail Grant Deadline The avalanche training class was well attended with 32 people, including Search and Rescue members of Umatilla and Walla Walla counties.

class at our clubhouse that included classroom study as well as in-the-field rescue simulations. We had a great turn out with 32 people in attendance including Search and Rescue Teams from Umatilla County, Oregon, as well as Walla Walla County. We are proud to have our own Bob and Dottie Carrell as Deputies of the Umatilla County Search and Rescue Team. To check on current avalanche conditions, go to https:// www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org/forecast/ blues and click on ‘Advisories’ and ‘Blue Mountains’. Remember KBYG (know before you go) and don’t forget your avy bag, beacon, probe and shovel. Get the gear, get the training, get the forecast, get the picture, stay out of harms way, and don’t be a victim! McCall, Idaho Trip - The McCall, Idaho, getaway was a big success. The snow was

The Trail Finders club ride in McCall was a big success with about 20 people making the trek.

simply amazing with handlebar-deep snow in the backcountry and the sledding trip to

Clubs - Show us your LOGOs! www.wssa.us

This is for the WSSA clubs who are going to submit an application for the 2019/20 trail grants season. All grants have to be in to me by April 1st, 2019, or postmarked by that date to be eligible for your grant. All grants after that date will be disqualified. Any questions please feel free to call or e-mail me. Roxanne Brittain WSSA Trail Grant Chair

MARCH 31st DEADLINE!!

WSSA Scholarship 2019 WSSA will be offering a scholarship to either a graduating high school senior or a person currently enrolled in a college, technical or vocational program. This will be a $2,000 grant, and will be given to the winner regardless of other grants or scholarships the student may also receive. In addition to completing an application, an essay is required. Essay Topic: The cost of everything in winter recreation over the past ten years has skyrocketed. Snowmobiling is an expensive sport when you take into consideration all things connected to it. Groomers and all their attachments, the ones doing the grooming, a home for the groomer, snoparks, plowing, administration, trail construction/maintenance, and the list goes on. Money does not grow on trees in the USA or Canada. Even when we find money to help our cause, we run into roadblocks because of the origin of the items we are trying to buy. There must be a better way. Essay Challenge: In the USA and Canada, there is money available to support our needs in the snowmobile world. Finding it, qualifying it, and acquiring it is the beginning of your challenge. See list below: 1. Where traditionally do the funds come from for your local and State/Provincial snowmobile needs? 2. What are the funds available to be used on? 3. How do you petition for these funds? 4. Are there funds available that are not being petitioned for in your area? Finally, can you share with us your thoughts and ideas of how to financially support our cause for the next generation of snowmobilers? Full scholarship details can be found on our website at www.wssa.us under the ‘Scholarship’ menu item. February 2019 · 16


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Ride Leader’s guide to a successful ride By Jon Ferrian — wssasafety101@gmail.com Hello Washington sledders! I hope you are having a fun and safe riding season so far! I have already logged over 30 riding days this season and have had a great time with many different riders of all skill levels. Back in December I hosted a ‘Ride Leader Ride’ for the Cascade Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club that I am a member of in Issaquah. This ride was designed to help the club cultivate and train more people who were willing to step up and lead rides for the club in the future! We had six people attend and we spent a full day going through and learning the dynamics of what it takes to host and lead a successful club ride. We covered everything from planning the ride, scheduling the ride, setting expectations for the ride, the ride day plans and even post ride reviews. Through this process I created a checklist for anyone who would be interested in hosting his or her own rides and am happy to share it with all of you below. Please take time to read it and see what questions you might have about any of the bullets below. I am happy to elaborate or explain any part of it if you want to connect with me on Facebook; you can send me a private message for clarification. I also covered this content on ‘Jon Ferrian Live Episode 36’ back in December. You can search this episode on my ‘Jon Ferrian Live’ Facebook page if you are interested in viewing this in a video format. Feel free to provide me feedback on the checklist below or the video on Facebook!

Ride Leader’s Guide to a Successful Ride 

Planning  Set goals for the ride  What type of ride to you want to plan?  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Scheduling  Schedule a date for your ride  Saturday and Sunday will drive large groups  Week days will drive smaller groups  Plan a date and stick to it unless you need to adjust based on weather or avalanche conditions Creating an event on Facebook  Post a Facebook Event on your own page or the club page  How many people do you want to attend?  Keep people updated with group messages in the event Setting expectations  Tell everyone they will need the appropriate safety gear  Transceiver, Shovel, Probe, backpack, radio, food and water, etc..  Set expectations there will be no alcohol on your ride  Set expectations to let everyone know in advance and during the ride you will continue clear communications  Set very clear expectations when scheduling the ride about what type of ride it is  Beginner, Intermediate, or advanced  Set expectations that everyone on the ride has a voice in the group  Set expectations ahead of time on where in the sno-park everyone will all meet and exactly at what time to be there and to be ready to ride  Hold a pre-ride meeting; this is a must to do beacon checks and discuss the day’s plans  Let everyone know in advance what radio channel that they should be on for the ride Preparation for a smooth and successful ride  Check the weather for your ride approximately 2-3 days before the ride  Avalanche Forecast and adjust your plans accordingly  Plan your approx. route based on who is attending and the skill levels  Send confirmation of your meeting location and time for your ride group the day before  Make sure you sled is in good working condition/ask the same of others  Get loaded up and packed the night before  Gear, food, water (Continued on page 18) www.wssa.us

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 Fuel up and oil up your sled  Fuel up your truck or tow vehicle the day before  Look at the DOT app or weather forecast for the current and forecasted pass conditions  Check again the morning of before you head out and give yourself plenty of time to get to the sno-park  Send out a final message to your ride attendees the night before the ride to confirm they are attending and are ready to ride  Many sno-parks do not have cell coverage and you may not be able to communicate with everyone the morning of the event Ride day morning  Arrive at the sno-park early before the other riders so they can locate you  Have the list of rider names to check on so that you can verify who all showed up  Hold a pre-ride meeting at the sno-park  Discuss and do the following:  Gear check o Radios, avalanche transceivers, shovel, probe, etc.  Discuss the ride plan for the day  Establish a ‘tail gunner’ – Bright clothes  Set expectations that everyone is responsible for the person behind them while heading up the trail  Set expectations for rides that people always have a buddy while out on the mountain  Set expectations for no tailgating  Set expectations that when you get to a play area you will stop the group and give them a signal that this is a play area The Ride  Get out there and have FUN!  Keep an eye on all the riders and plan stops to just check in  Approx. 10 minutes into the ride as you head up the trail is a good time to just pause and ensure that everyone is comfortable  Keep an eye on those behind you as you head up the trail to ensure that you are setting a comfortable pace  When needed, use the radios to communicate with the group  Be sure to help people who need help through the day  People get stuck  People may need some tips on riding and or other things through the day  Watch the group dynamics and continue to communicate and solicit feedback on how people are doing through the day  Watch people’s riding and watch to see if they appear to be getting tired or discontent through the day  Are people eating and drinking enough?  Dehydration is a risk for many riders but especially aggressive riders who are sweating a lot (I have torn muscles at the end of an aggressive ride day)  Have regular opportunities to do a quick head count of your group to ensure everyone is still there, and nobody has gotten lost  Take lots of pictures throughout the day and the more you can make others feel like a hero the more they will want to ride with you in the future!  Did anything change during your ride; people join or leave your ride? The end of the ride  End of the ride indicators:  Fuel supply  People’s energy level  When you are heading back to the sno-park it is a best practice to stop your group approximately 5-10 minutes before you get back to the truck and have a quick recap meeting to tell everyone thank you for joining you that day  Did anyone ride into a dangerous area that others didn’t feel comfortable with?  Does anyone want to say a special thank you to other riders for their help?  This is an opportunity to say thank you to all who attended  Let people know they can also contact you after the ride to share any additional feedback later also  Did everyone get out of the sno-park safely? Follow up  That night or the next day, send the group a message again and thank them for attending  Post lots of pictures of everyone from your ride on the club Facebook page and celebrate the fun and successful ride!  Schedule a new ride soon!

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congratulations to Mark Gallatin, a past WSSA President, for holding the winning ticket! WSSA award winners were announced, (see Award Winners article in this Snoflyer, and during the conclusion to the short business meeting, the new WSSA Board members were announced. Congrats to Dean Meakin for becoming WSSA President, Dee Alred as By Matt Mead, Publicity Secretary Vice President, and Fred Pitzer as Treasurer. (The Recording Secretary position remains unfilled and the Membership and Publicity My daughter Ryan and I drove out of Selah around 5:30pm on Secretary positions aren’t up for election until 2020.) Thursday night, destination, Hill’s Resort on Priest Lake. We knew Riding was the plan for Sunday! While our group of friends chose it was a five-plus hour trip in good weather. It wasn’t good to ride from the Resort again on the west side of the lake, the weather. I had my truck in four-wheel-drive when I pulled out of guided rides on the agenda required trailering. Groomers had been the driveway and ran that way almost the entire way. Roads were running on the east side of the lake and that is where the trail/offsnowy, and sometimes icy. Our slowest section was near Ritzville trail group went. By all accounts, the riding was spectacular as when the road was a sheet of ice and a couple of semi-trucks were promised. The advanced group had another early departure with a off the road. We did finally arrive at Hill’s in a blinding snowstorm, destination to the Mollies. By the end of the day, riders were wore at about a quarter to midnight, truck and trailer encrusted in ice. out with big smiles. We weren’t alone. Many other WSSA members had arrived earlier There was no planned evening activities on Sunday, but those in the day, and a few were still creeping in after midnight. who hadn’t already headed home headed to the lounge for dinner The WSSA Winter Rendezvous is a multi-day affair over Presiand relived the riding of the day. The Resort was also hosting a dents Day Weekend and riding starts Friday morning. No matter movie night with a Disney movie playing for the kids. what time guests had arrived, they were ready to play in the new We departed mid-morning on Monday and said our goodbyes to fallen snow! Several groups went out with most of them riding right close friends and those we only see a couple of times a year (at the from the resort. The advanced group did trailer a little ways to get snow show and Rendezvous). The drive out was waaaaay better to Roman Nose. Ryan and I did our own thing with a group of than the drive in. The sun was out and the roads ice free; what a friends, so we missed the excitement of the fast trail/off-trail group; difference a few days make! towards the end of the day, two riders put their sleds over the bank Winter Rendezvous 2019 was an enormous success thanks to when they rode a bit close to the edge and the snow gave way. Greg Figg (Rendezvous Chair), Hill’s Resort and the Hill family, the One sled only went down a dozen feet or so, but the rider slid Priest Lake area groomers, the ride leaders from the Spokane Winnearly 100 feet farther into the draw. The other sled tumbled down ter Knights, and a contingent of WSSA members helping along the more than 100 feet, but that rider managed to jump free and way. WSSA thanks them one and all! avoided the ride with it. Both sleds were left for the night. Where will you be over Presidents Weekend, 2020? How about On Friday evening we enjoyed hors d'oeuvres provided by the joining us at the WSSA Winter Rendezvous… currently it is looking local trail groomers and Hill’s; a thanks for holding our Rendezvous like we’ll be at Campbell’s Resort on beautiful Lake Chelan. at Priest Lake. It was easy to fill up on these finger foods but I reBe sure to check out the pics from Rendezvous on the following frained. Good thing since dinner was a tasty Mexican buffet. The pages. If it looks like fun, join us next year. You WILL have a good evening did include the first part of the WSSA annual business time! meeting, but it was quick and painless; less than an hour in length. The restaurant was open for breakfast on Saturday, but riders were on a schedule as they were meeting in the parking lot around 9:30am. Well, that didn’t include the advanced group; they were supposed to be loaded and ready to go to Trestle Creek at 6:30am. That’s commitment there! The Spokane Winter Knights served lunch at ‘The Ritz’ warming hut over on the Washington side of the local trail system, so this was the destination for the fast trail/off-trail group. (Our rag-tag bunch did our own thing and planned on making it to The Ritz for lunch, but an Arctic Cat bleeding green caused us to miss out; we still enjoyed a nice ride with a bit of off-trail powder.) While the advanced group missed out on ‘The Ritz’ too, I doubt they noticed given the incredible snow conditions in the region. While most were out riding, a small group was involved in the rescue mission of the two sleds lost on Friday. With the help of a groomer and a lot of rope/straps, the machines were hoisted back to the trail. One sled suffered front end damage due to meeting up with a tree, but both were ridden out. Saturday night was filled with activities. A silent and short live auction were held, raising more than $5,000 for the Legal Action Fund. Thanks to Ron Alred for running the silent auction, and Ron Lind for entertaining us as auctioneer in the live auction. The sled deck raffle was concluded and winning ticket drawn; Photo from Jon Ferrian

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By Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program Manager

Snowmobile Registrations

Snowmobile Thefts

Buy a Scarf - Support the Winter Recreation Program! • We will be selling these scarves at events (Snow Shows) and on-line at: Parks.state.wa.us – look in the ‘Park Store’. • Scarf sells for $20 which includes tax and the money goes into the winter recreation program (Dedicated fund). • Several WSSA members purchased them; look around, you may see some at your next club meeting.

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Beaver. Blake will visit sno-parks, snow shows and other events to promote the winter recreation program and will hand out activity books to children, safety information and help draw children and families toward winter sports. Legislation We are following a couple of bills in the Washington State Legislature. If you are interested, check out: • HB1953 – Dealing with sno-park permits and the Discover Pass • HB1436 – Snow bike registration (this bill currently has two amendments). State Parks and WSSA support this bill and have testified in support.

Did you know? The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program staff is producing geo-referenced 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://parks.state.wa.us/1061/Mobile-friendly-maps. (One free map reading app is Avenza; find it in your favorite App Store.)

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By Wayne and Florence Mohler, Membership Co-Chairs As we approach the end of WSSA’s business year (March 1st through February 28th) it is a good opportunity to mention that our membership year runs from September 1st through August 31st. The reason this is important is you can join after March 1st and receive the remainder of this year and next year’s membership – 18 months - for $25. This applies to new memberships only. If you’ve been thinking about joining, this is a good time to go ahead and do it. Overall, our membership has remained fairly level over the past several years at about 1,000 memberships. When you consider there are over 25,000 snowmobiles registered in Washington, it’s pretty easy to see that we have a lot of room to grow so that we can better represent snowmobiling in Washington. There are continuing challenges to keep riding areas open, and we can do a better job with greater numbers. In our recent renewal notices, several members have let us know that their membership number or username had changed. Unfortunately, we had a glitch in our mailing and got those numbers mixed up on several of the notices. We assure you that your membership number and other information have NOT changed, and apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. And before signing off for this issue, a couple trivia questions relating to membership: 1) How many WSSA members have held their membership for 40 years or longer? A-10; B-20; C-30; D-40 2) What two cities in Washington have the most WSSA members? A-Seattle and Bellevue; B-Vancouver and Bellingham; CSpokane and Yakima; D-Wenatchee and Cle Elum. We’ll send a snowmobile-shaped flash drive to the first person with both answers correct. Send your answers to: membership@wssa.us Remember, this is still a great time to join a club (many have summer time activities), join WSSA and volunteer to work on one of the many committees, and to enjoy the remainder of the snow season.

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WSSA Award Winners for 2018-2019 Every season WSSA recognizes individuals and businesses who go above and beyond for snowmobiling and snowmobilers in Washington State. Below are the honorees for the 2018-2019 season. Congrats to them all!

Snowmobile Couple of the Year Ron & Dee Alred

Groomer of the Year Back Country Grooming’s Tom Martinek Snowmobile Club President of the Year Tom Shields (Northwest Glacier Cruisers)

Snowmobile Dealer of the Year Lifestyles Honda (in Mt. Vernon)

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Rider Responsibility The International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA) and the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC) would like to remind snowmobilers the importance of rider responsibility. As lead organizations in promoting snowmobiling and the management of organized recreational snowmobiling, its important riders make snowmobiling safe. Individual snowmobilers are responsible for their actions as they affect personal safety, land access for trails, and the overall image of the sport. Riders need to account for the following factors while operating their snowmobile: 1.

Get Training: education and information related to the safe operation of their vehicle.

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Reduce Impact: minimize the impact of their snowmobile on the natural environment, other recreationalists, and the community at large.

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Access: operate only in areas where snowmobiles have permission to ride.

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Laws: know the laws that govern snowmobile operations where you ride.

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Get Educated: understand how the trails are created and maintained providing the opportunity to ride.

As you head out this season, please keep these factors in mind to ensure a successful snowmobiling future. About IASA IASA is a self-organized, nonprofit organization comprised of snowmobile program administrators representing 27 US states, 10 Canadian Provinces, 3 Canadian Territories, and 1 European Country, Sweden, to facilitate communications among administrators. The organization promotes sound management of recreational snowmobiling throughout North America, including snowmobile safety; uniformity and enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations; International, Federal, State, Provincial, and Territorial cooperation and coordination; harmonious relationships with the environment; and the collection, development, and dissemination of information; in collaboration with other trail user groups. About ISMC The International Snowmobile Media Council's (ISMC) goal is to keep all snowmobilers informed on interesting topics related to snowmobiling by working closely with the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), International Snowmobile Manufacturer Association (ISMA), International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA) and State and Provincial Snowmobile Organizations; sharing their press releases with snowmobilers and other interested users by way of social media, e-mail and printed media. Additionally, ISMC scans news articles from around the world and shares any interesting snowmobile-related information to interested parties.

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Plan to take a vacation snowmobiling! Contact: Ed Klim, President, ISMC, (517) 339-7788 I recently attended a tourism planning event and learned that Americans love to take vacations and they say vacations are important to them – and yet more than 54% of all North American employees with vacation time leave a considerable amount of their vacation time unused! As a matter of fact, up to 25% of the employees interviewed reported they did not take even half of their allowed time off. These unused vacation days carry a significant economic impact and since individuals don’t recreate enough, it impacts on their productivity, creativity, and can damage an employee’s personal well-being and relationships with family and friends. Knowing all of the above, why not use some of your vacation time to take a snowmobiling vacation? We have great snow conditions in many locations so it’s a great time to plan a short trip. Throughout the winter, I often snowmobile on the weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when most people are out riding. Once in a while I am able to take somebody snowmobiling on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – mid-week – and what an enjoyable time it is! The trails and riding areas are much less crowded and I can easily get a seat at my favorite restaurant for breakfast in the morning. In our culture, we have hyper-connectivity which sociologists call ‘work martyrdom.’ Individuals who take their vacation time-off have greater happiness at work and at home. Individuals who take their time-off to go snowmobiling have even more fun and help support a great outdoor recreation activity that supports rural America. The key to taking vacation time, according to the experts, is to plan for it. Studies show 75% of the people who plan a vacation actually take it! The most effective remedy for us who want to use our vacation days is to plan for them. People who plan their vacation tend to take longer vacations and enjoy themselves more while people who do not plan for vacations take significantly fewer days – from zero days to three days at the maximum. There are some great trails and riding areas out there, and it makes sense to me to

bring some family and friends along to build memories. At the tourism seminar I learned most bosses support individuals who take their vacations. The boss knows when you take a vacation you come back happier and you are more efficient while you are working. For the rest of this snowmobiling season and for next season, it’s important that we all try to change our habits and take a few additional days off for snowmobiling! You can start by reviewing your calendar and put down some definite dates to take that snowmobile vacation. Holidays are a great time of year for snowmobiling and it should be relatively easy to take an extra day before or after the holiday to take a longer snowmobiling vacation. It is never too early to start planning your next snowmobile vacation. Block some days on your calendar and plan to go snowmobiling. As many of us know, there is not snow everywhere, but certainly snow can be readily available after a short drive.

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Contact: Christine Jourdain, Executive Director, ACSA, (517) 351-4362 Western Chapter The Western Chapter of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations held their annual winter meeting. The meeting was held in Montana on February 22nd-23rd. Issues facing the snowmobile industry were discussed, and making snowmobiling stronger as it faces adversity and challenges. Some of those challenges include access to our public lands, trespassing issues on both private and public lands, and increasing the engagement and involvement of snowmobilers in organized snowmobiling. Members of the Western Chapter are the Colorado Snowmobile Association, Idaho State Snowmobile Association, Montana Snowmobile Association, Oregon State Snowmobile Association, Utah Snowmobile Association, Washington State Snowmobile Association, and the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association. Snowmobiles as Transportation to School? Students in Milaca High School in Minnesota that were arriving at school on their snowmobiles have recently been told to turn around. Riding snowmobiles to school violates a city ordinance and the district policy prohibits snowmobiles on school grounds. Thankfully it appears a solution is in the works which will allow the students to ride to and from school. What better way to get to school?! Our future snowmobile leaders!

ended. ACSA, in partnership with the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) and BlueRibbon Coalition filed comments. These three organizations initially intervened as defendants on the side of the Forest Service several years ago when the Forest Service was sued by various parties. The groups continue to monitor the actions of this California Forest, as well as the four other Forests that were involved in the lawsuit. Salmon-Challis National Forest - Recommended Wilderness. Your help in submitting comments will be needed in the near future. The Idaho State Snowmobile Association is currently gathering information and drafting comments. Colorado Wilderness Proposal - Legislation has just been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate which would protect over 400,000 acres in Colorado for conservation and recreation. Included is 73,000 acres of new Wilderness. This will be known as the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act. It combines four previously introduced public lands bills into one single package. The challenges do not stop. Your participation is vital. Please notify the ACSA office if you have land challenges in your area. National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Snow Tour in Wisconsin Approximately 180 riders from seven states participated in the 36th Annual MS Snow Tour which was co-sponsored by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs just concluded. The riders braved -24 degree temps and rode 270 miles for the cause. In doing so they expect to raise over $325,000.

Changing Faces David Bernardt was nominated to be Secretary of the Department Trans-Montana Ride The Trans-Montana Ride took place a few weeks ago and several of Interior. This has oversight of National Park Service, Bureau of riders participated in Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Services as well as several this event that raises other organizations. money for the NaHe stands a good chance of being confirmed because the Senate tional Alliance for voted 53-to-43 in his favor in July 2017 as Deputy Secretary. The Mental Illness. reaction from stakeholders to the selection of Bernhardt was preSnowmobilers are dictable with ranchers and the oil industry endorsing the prospective remarkable! Raising nomination and environmentalists immediately launching an aggresmillions of dollars sive campaign to defeat Bernhardt. across the U.S. 2019 ACSA Calendar Winners! every year - while The first winners for the 2019 Calendar have been drawn and having fun! Keep up posted. the good work! Find the January winners here: http://snowmobilers.org/eventsThe End of the Emfor-snowmobilers.aspx erald Ash Borer? In case you've not yet bought your calendar - you still have over The extreme tem300 chances to win! Call the ACSA office to get your calendar toperatures that moved through the Midwest recently may have killed day. off a significant percentage of emerald ash borer larvae according to Land Access experts. Winter mortality for emerald ash borer is temperature dePlumas National Forest - The deadline to file comments for the pendent. With the duration of the consecutive sub-zero hours, the Over Snow Vehicle Draft Environmental Analysis on the Plumas has survival and reproduction of a high percentage of (Continued on page 31)

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In Case You Missed It (1)… Snowmobilers got some good PR this week due to a pharmacist who used a snowmobile as transportation. TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers across the country, picked up the news story of a pharmacist delivering medication to needy customers in snowy, sub-zero conditions. See the story here: https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-0131-pharmacist-delivering-medicine-by-snowmobile-to-snowed-inclients/ American Snowmobiler New Editor Ryan Thompson was named the new editor of American Snowmobiler by Kalmbach Media. Thompson previously served as the official photographer of the Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Association and served as the brand's Western Editor. Climate Change Hearing A hearing was recently scheduled in the House Committee on Natural Resources on Oversight and Investigations that was dubbed a "historic month-long series of hearings on climate change". The hearing was titled "The Denial Playbook: How Industries Manipulate Science and Policy from Climate Change to Public Health" and included a variety of witnesses. It was meant to tackle "tactics used by various industries to mislead the public about health and environmental risks" as well as an information session on explaining "how to recognize the signs of a denialist misinformation campaign in any field". Witnesses included retired NFL player Chris Borland, who was there to discuss the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurological condition football players sometimes experience after repeated blows to the head. Long story short… Only two Democrats showed up for the hearing they scheduled along with four Republicans. Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert from Texas said, "based on the title of today's hearings, it seems the majority is focused on science and public health issues, which are great, but we just don't have that jurisdiction," noting the hearing was the 7th the Oversight Committee held on climate change in February. Congressman Gohmert held a vote and dismissed the members. Never a dull moment in D.C. 19th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge An endurance run. Sound checks. Emissions tests. The 19th annual Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) International Clean Snowmobile Challenge runs March 4th-9th. Twenty-two collegiate teams from across North America have engineered existing snowmobiles to enhance environmental performance. The student-innovated sleds will compete in categories including fuel economy, noise, acceleration and handling, in both gasoline and diesel categories. The event will be held at the Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Michigan. For information, http://www.mtukrc.org/snowmobile.htm (Continued on page 32)

Check out Washington Hometown www.washingtonhometown.com A new Washington State snowmobile trails app is in your favorite App Store now!

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District 4 North Rep Craig Miller (253) 312-2092 craig.miller@wssa.us District 4 South Rep Mike Ainslie (360) 430-1494 mike.ainslie@wssa.us District 5 North Rep Bill Miller (509) 899-0243 bill.miller@wssa.us

WSSA BOARD President Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 jim.kingman@wssa.us (800) 783-WSSA (9772) Vice President Dean Meakin (509) 220-1001 dean.meakin@wssa.us (866) 999-EXPO (3976)

District 5 South Rep Rudy Classen (509) 961-6073 rudy.classen@wssa.us District 6 Rep Gary Simmons (509) 529-0210 Need an address? Contact Wayne Mohler, wfmohler@msn.com or (509) 674-4401

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Past President Sandy Sternod (206) 915-3559 ssternod@gmail.com

All Trails to Olympia Day • Delia Alred

Recording Secretary Andrea Steinman (425) 774-0790 andrea.steinman@wssa.us

Awards • Ronna Younie

Treasurer Fred Pitzer P.O. Box 668, Yakima, WA 98907 (509) 698-4001 fred.pitzer@wssa.us Membership Secretaries Wayne & Florence Mohler (509) 674-4401 fwmohler@msn.com Publicity Secretary Matt Mead (509) 424-1575 matt.mead@wssa.us District 1 North Rep Aaron Doran (360) 914-0808 aaronsdoran@yahoo.com District 1 South Rep Tony Keys (208) 880-1096 tony.keys@wssa.us

(509) 965-8305 • rdalred1971@gmail.com

Audit • Bob Seelye (425) 765-7003 • robert.seelye@gmail.com (509) 698-5619 • ronna.younie@wssa.us

Budget • Dean Meakin (509) 220-3658 • dean.meakin@wssa.us

By-Laws • Delia Alred (509) 965-8305 • rdalred1971@gmail.com

Charity & Volunteer • Craig Miller (253) 582-6936 • craig.miller@wssa.us

Historian • Matt Mead (509) 697-6062 • matt.mead@wssa.us

Land Use • Gary Allard (509) 826-5215 • gary.allard@wssa.us

Legislative • Dan Fallstrom (360) 710-5011 • dan.fallstrom@wssa.us

Marketing • Ron Alred (509) 965-8305 • rdalred1971@gmail.com

Nominations • Sandy Sternod (206) 915-3559 • ssternod@gmail.com

Publicity/Awareness • Matt Mead (509) 424-1575 • matt.mead@wssa.us

Safety • Jon Ferrian (218) 251-2069• wasafety101@gmail.com

Scholarship • Kay Lloyd (509) 674-8240 • ky_lloyd@yahoo.com

Snowmobile Expo • Dean Meakin

District 2 North Rep Gary Allard (509) 826-5215 gary.allard@wssa.us

(866) 999-EXPO (3976) • (509) 220-1001

District 2 South Rep Matt Kensrud (509) 433-2100 matt.kensrud@wssa.us

Trail Grant • Roxanne Britain

District 3 Rep Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 greg.figg@wssa.us

wssa.expo@wssa.us Tourism • Florence Mohler (800) 784-WSSA (9772) • fwmohler@msn.com (509) 658-2045 • rbfossil@gmail.com

Trail Grooming • Wayne Mohler (509) 674-4401 • wfmohler@msn.com

Website/Webmaster • Dean Meakin (509) 220-1001 • dean.meakin@wssa.us

Winter Rendezvous • Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 • greg.f@msn.com

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Awards! Awards! It's that time of the year to recognize those outstanding volunteers! The American Council of Snowmobile Associations presents awards to the following:     

Snowmobiler of the Year Snowmobile Family of the Year Youth Snowmobiler of the Year Snowmobile Club of the Year Snowmobile Dealer of the Year

Applications can be found at: http://www.snowmobilers.org/snowmobilers-of-theyear.aspx Nominations must be submitted by April 1st. Ouch! Many of us have crossed the Mighty Mackinac Bridge on our way to ride. Some of us have been held back on occasion due to falling ice. Here is a truck that was hit... which reminds us to be patient when they put the closed sign up! In Case You Missed It (2).... With the crazy weather that has been hitting across the US, there are lots of stories that warm your heart… here's one I liked... My grandparents were on the road from Oregon to Michigan and pulled off at Diamond Jo for the night and got a room. My Grandma said it has been complete chaos with cars in the ditch everywhere, sold out rooms and 60+ stranded travelers setting up camp in the lobby of the hotel. Today, there were four men on snowmobiles going out and rescuing people stranded in their vehicles and bringing them to the hotel. It warmed my Grandmas heart so much and she is hoping these men can get a little recognition. If you know these guys, give them some love and big thanks. Are You Following Us? https://www.facebook.com/ AmericanCouncilofSnowmobileAssociaitons/

WSSA Legal Action Fund Auction a Great Success—THANKS! I want to thank the following for supporting us by donation to WSSA Legal Action Fund Auction. Because of your support we raised over $5,000 to help keep our riding areas open.                         

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I hope I didn’t miss anyone... And thanks to everyone who came to WSSA’s Winter Rendezvous and bid on all the items we had available. Your generosity is overwhelming.

Ron Alred WSSA Auction Chairman

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By Matt Mead, Publicity Secretary Rest in peace my friend... We recently had a great snowmobile ride go to complete s&#t. We were a group of three riding on a nice quiet Thursday. Fresh snow with few new tracks. We had been working our way up the trail in an off-trail fashion, riding through the trees on a parallel track… sort of. Then it happened; our friend Dave fell into a tree well. I was leading and he was right behind me. I heard a yell and looked back and all I saw was an upside down machine. I jumped off and headed back to help. We dug down through the snow, fighting the tree branches, and eventually pulled him out; but it took several minutes and we were too late. We performed CPR well beyond the time when we knew we would never revive him; we just couldn’t believe we weren’t going to save him. What a miserable day. Dave was a new friend and new to our riding group; he started riding with us occasionally last season and had become a regular on our rides this year. Dave loved to ride and rarely missed one, whether it was a mid -week ‘guys adventure ride’ or a weekend ‘family trail ride’. I know there are worse ways to go than snowmobiling, but the family left behind, won’t take comfort in that. Rest in Peace Dave Holmes and my sincere condolences to your heartbroken family. Taiga Motors. I mentioned Taiga Motors a year or two ago; they are hoping to be the first electric snowmobile manufacturer. I visited their website recently and read the latest and it is enticing. They are looking to cover all segments, including mountain, with track as aggressive as a 3” lug in a 154” length. They are promising a range of 30-60 miles and a ready-to-ride weight of less than 500 lbs. (Consider our current mountain sleds are 400-450 lbs before liquids such as oil and fuel – the 500 lb comparison is with batteries installed!) They are looking at a 100% recharge time of two hours (240 volts) and 80% in 20 minutes using a DC fast charge. Okay, so range is still going to be the issue; undoubtedly an electric mountain sled isn’t going to make the 60-mile range on a deep powder day. But I wonder… what if I plugged it into a current bush during our lunch break?... Find a brief video and info at www.taigamotors.ca. Sledding the County. Have you seen the reoccurring snowmobile segment called ‘Sledding the County’ on the local news? Oh, wait, nevermind. It only airs on WAGM, a local Northern Maine channel. Wouldn’t it be cool though if snowmobiling was that mainstream here in Washington? If you’d like to see some of these TV segments, www.wssa.us

Google ‘Sledding the County’. Humor me a moment… Can you explain to me why people are interested in ‘following’ the WSSA Facebook page, yet won’t join the organization? I’m talking about snowmobilers who directly benefit from WSSA’s numerous activities. But they won’t support our efforts with a measly $25 a year membership. The snowmobile clubs in Washington (Continued on page 35) (Continued on page 28)

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on Facebook see the same (Continued from page 34) thing; snowmobilers wanting the latest info, but won’t pay for a club membership. Look, I get not wanting to go to meetings. I even understand not wanting to be a part of a club to partake in activities. But just the monetary support, not to mention a way of counting members and the ability to contact them when an issue affecting snowmobilers arise is a HUGE thing. So if you are a seasoned snowmobiler reading this and not a member of WSSA, I’m calling you out; you are a parasite. (We currently have over 2,600 Facebook page ‘likes’ and only about 1,000 WSSA members…) Tracked ATV/UTVs on Washington snowmobile trails. I’ve mentioned it before. You’ve seen them out and about. It looks like the time has come to address the issue with legislation. The WSSA Board, as well as the Snowmobile Advisory Committee, has discussed the issue numerous times. In the past, the concern has been how they affect the surface of a groomed trail and how do we keep tracked trucks/Jeeps/etc. off the trails if tracked ATV/UTVs are allowed. The snowmobile community has done a study on the use of tracked ATV/UTVs on snowmobile trails and the results have shown know significant impact. (You can read one of the research documents here: http:// www.snowmobileinfo.org/snowmobile-access -docs/Supplemental-assessment-of-trackedohv-use-on-groomed-snowmobile-trails.pdf.) The width issue can also be addressed; I seem to recall some Forest Service regions are using a 60” width before tracks are installed as the cut-off for tracked ATV/UTV use. Why am I talking about this now? There is a new push by the tracked ATV/UTV community here in Washington to be allowed on our snowmobile trails and they will be making a presentation at our March meeting. I think the goal is to have WSSA support legislation next year that will legalize tracked ATV/UTVs. Hey, I’d like to see a boost to our Snowmobile Program funding and this may be one more way! Taco Bell saves the day! Did you hear about the Oregon man and his dog who were stuck in the snow on a Forest Service road? A snowmobiler found them after five days. They tried to hike out, but the snow was too deep. They survived on taco sauce packets. Hmm, I bet I could find some petrified French fries under my seat. Wonder what else?... (Update: Taco Bell got wind of the story and has now given the guy a free year’s worth of Taco Bell food!) www.wssa.us

Powderkegllc.com. I don’t see my job here as doing product reviews. And this company isn’t even a WSSA Associate (yet!), let alone a Snoflyer advertiser. But this is a neat product and I wanted to share it. My new Summit had a lot of unused real estate on the tunnel and I’m a guy who likes a lot of storage. A friend has a PowderKeg box on the back of her sled and once I saw it, I knew that is what I needed! This thing is slick! Hard sided with lots of storage, easy to access, and a quick release hold down system that is very secure. They have options for just about every sled out there. You can also combine with added fuel storage. Check them out if are looking for a new storage solution. Oh, they are a local Washington company too. Lots of snow nationwide! This is a positive, but the results come with a stain. My Google Alerts are pinging like crazy with snowmobile accidents and way too many deaths. A few avalanche deaths in the West, but the majority are speed and/or alcohol related in the Midwest and East. I suspect a topic of discussion at next summer’s International Snowmobile Congress will be that there was an uptick in deaths during the 2018/2019 season. Please keep safety in mind and use common sense. Our families depend on it. Twelve year prison term. I mentioned in a recent Snoflyer about a snowmobiler charged with third-degree murder in the death of an eight-year-old boy who was ice fishing on a lake with his dad. He has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Drinking and snowmobiling are a BAD combination. Vermont snowmobilers affected by climate change. I believe in climate change. The climate has been changing since the beginning of time. Politicians and scientists can argue about causes. Regardless, a new study claims snowmobilers in Vermont are taking notice they have fewer days for good riding. The study says the number of days with more than an inch of snow in Vermont has dropped from 130 in 1960 to 75 today. The study surveyed over 1,400 members of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and found that 45 percent have noticed a decline in the amount of time they are able to ride snowmobiles. Let’s hope we start into a new mini ice age soon! A hero on a snowmobile. It has been a snowy winter across much of the Nation and back at the end of January, a pharmacist in Lake Odessa (Michigan) took to snowmobile to deliver meds to her customers. Andrea

Cusack enlisted her 15-year-old son and they jumped on their sled and hit to road, delivery needed prescriptions in hostile conditions to snowbound patients. Gotta love it! 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 snoflyer@wssa.us or call (509) 424-1575.

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Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club

Reecer Creek Riders

Vanessa Faust (509) 763-2602 www.lakewenatcheerecclub.com Lake Wenatchee Rec Club (LWRC)

Bill Miller (509) 899-0243 reecercreekriders@gmail.com www.reecercreekriders.org Reecer Creek Riders

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

2S

Howard Justice 509-233-8027 chewelahsnoposse@gmail.com

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

Methow Valley Snowmobile Assoc.

Northwest Glacier Cruisers Tom Shields (360) 661-0003 northwestglaciercruisers@gmail.com www.northwestglaciercruisers.com Northwest Glacier Cruisers

Colville Driftriders Steve Fogle (509) 684-3601

Teanaway Snowmobile Club

Whatcom County Snowmobile Club Kassie Leeper (360) 927-5825 whatcomsnowmobileclub@gmail.com 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 • twindsor40@msn.com

Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club Mike Olmstead (509) 486-1134 bonaparte.snowmobile.atv.club@gmail.com Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club

Butte Busters Snowmobile Club Ron Hirst (509) 486-2284 whistlerman_2000@yahoo.com Butte Busters Snowmobile Club

Crawfish Lake Snowmobile Club James Peterson (425) 277-0141 jhenryp1@aol.com

www.wssa.us

Craig Miller (253) 312-2092 craig.miller@wssa.us Junco Snowmobile Club

Jim Beslow (360) 494-6690 beslowsap@gmail.com

Republic Tree Benders

Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club

Brian McKay (509) 775-3511 bam2604@yahoo.com Republic Tree Benders Snowmobile/ATV Club

Brian Schlndler (425) 766-1771 admin@snojammers.org www.snojammers.org SnoJammers

Mike Eveler (360) 893-3035 mike.eveler@cpfd.com

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 applecountrysnowmobileclub@yahoo.com www.applecountrysnowmobileclub.com Apple Country Snowmobile Club

Bavarian Boondockers Matt Kensrud (509) 433-2100 info@bavarianboondockers.com www.bavarianboondockers.com Bavarian Boondockers

Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club Devon Griffith (509) 679-9704 devongriffith64@gmail.com www.lkchelansnowmobileclub.com Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club

(Benton/Klickitat/Yakima Counties)

Cascade Snow Drifters Nina Gottschalk (509) 697-6586 • maxx321@q.com

Bob Jump (509) 966-5074

Drift-A-Way Snowmobile Club Jim Kingman (509) 698-3658 • mtnmax777@yahoo.com

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 ncatvclub@live.com North Central ATV Club of Washington

(Chelan/Douglas Counties)

Charles Johnson (509) 674-6803 • ochasjohn1@mac.com

Pacific/Pierce/Thurston Counties)

North Central ATV Club of WA

Cascade Drift Skippers Stephanie Driskell (425) 998-7837 stephanie.s.driskell@gmail.com www.cds.clubexpress.com Cascade Drift Skippers

District 4 North (Grays Harbor/Lewis/Mason/

Mountain Trails Grooming Assoc. Ed Surette (509) 996-2154 mountaintrailsgrooming@gmail.com

Stampede Summit Seekers Ty Locke (206) 713-2934 stampedesummitseekers@gmail.com Stampede Summit Seekers

Greg Figg (509) 534-3417 greg.f@msn.com www.winterknights.com Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club

Craig Stahl (509) 996-2378 methowsnowmobilers@gmail.com www.mvsnowmobile.blogspot.com Methow Valley Snowmobile Association

BJ Oswald (206) 227-2912 • bjoswold21@gmail.com Snomads Snowmobile Club

Chewelah Sno Posse

Spokane Winter Knights

Note: Facebook addresses in blue

Snomads

(Clark/Cowlitz/Skamania/ Wahkiakum Counties)

Will Altig (541) 490-0891 mtadamssnowmobileclub@gmail.com Mt Adams Snowmobile Club

Mt St Helens Trac Riders Larry Lamkin (360) 430-1542 lumpy5659@gmail.com Mt. St. Helens Trac Riders

District 5 North (Kittitas County)

Barnyard Racing Erik Clark fj55@comcast.net

Hi Country Beelers Dan Johnson (253) 838-7600 jetjohnso@aol.com

Yakima Ski-Benders Seth Ahlbrecht (509) 985-9116 yakimaskibenders@hotmail.com www.yakimaskibenders.net Yakima SkiBenders

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

Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club Jake McNeil (509) 521-5511 verticalescape03@hotmail.com Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club

Mt. Misery Snow Drifters Kent Flynn (509) 566-7012 • klflynn@msn.com Mt Misery Snowdrifters

Tollgate Trail-Finders Brandon Christensen (509) 830-3706 tollgatetrailfinders@gmail.com www.tollgatetrailfinders.org Tollgate Trail Finders Snowmobile Club

Pacific Northwest Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club Ray Bergstresser (509) 466-6249 • pnwvsc@gmail.com pacificnorthwestvintagesnowmobileclub.org Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club

Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland N.W. Dave Brummer (208) 755-8334 dbrummer@stimsonlumber.com www.snoprousa.com/vsotinw.html

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