Annual Riding Convention and Trans Montana Ride

 Wise River Jackpine Savages

and Mining City Trail Riders Clubs

are hosting this year.

We will have a combined event MSA’s Annual Riding Convention and Awards along with the  Trans-Montana Charity Ride auction for NAMI.  For information on our Trans-Montana Charity ride go to: www.trans-montana.org

Check out NAMI’s website for all the great work that they are doing.    http://www.namimt.org/

FEBRUARY 7TH and 8TH  2020

COPPER KING INN CONVENTION CENTER BUTTE

Friday February 7th

5-6PM   MSA board meeting, members welcome

6-7PM   Drinks and hors d oeuvres in vendor area. Some vendors will be giving short presentations 5-10min. Sign up for two different rides in Butte area on Saturday.  One is easy and the other is moderate

7-8PM   Keynote speaker, Keith Curtis talking about riding schools with Polaris in Russia and Mongolia, as well as being the current world champion snowmobile hill climber.

Saturday February 8th

9AM-4PM  Snowmobile guided rides

5:30PM   No-host cocktail hour in vendor area and bidding on silent auction items

6:30PM  Dinner, Baron of beef and chicken  $25/person, $20 for Trans-Montana riders and $30 at the door

7:30 PM MSA Awards followed by Trans-Montana NAMI live auction and raffle prizes drawing

9PM DJ music by Tom Davis

Rooms are blocked for Reservation at the Copper King Inn

For dinner reservations, please make checks payable to: Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club and mail to:

JPS c/o Mike Patterson, 1150 Steele St., Butte, MT 59701

Press Release from Ed Klim

Facts About Snowmobiling – 2019
Haslett, MI, September 26, 2019: As we begin the 2019-20 snowmobiling
season, we thought you may be interested in the following facts while you are preparing to
go ride this season:

  1. Snowmobilers come in all ages. The average snowmobiler however, is 45 years old.
  2. The average snowmobile snowmobiler last season rode 1,500 miles / 2,414 kilometers ( a
    20% increase in ridership compared to 2018.) The number of miles ridden, on average, is
    dependent on snow cover, so we will see if Mother Nature brings us more days of snow for
    riding this season.
  3. Many snowmobilers belong to a club and participate in many of their club’s events. Clubs
    hold great riding events, great parties, and are made up of wonderful people that become
    great friends. Join a club and have a great time!!!
  4. About 50% of the people that snowmobile, trailer their snowmobile to their riding area. The
    other 50% ride from their home or cabin.
  5. Snowmobiling is a family friendly activity. Most of all those responding to surveys report that
    they snowmobile with family and with friends and with club members.
  6. Snowmobilers are outdoor recreationists all year around. Following is a list of recreational
    activities that snowmobilers participate in when they aren’t out riding:
    60% go ATV Riding
    57% go Camping
    54% go Fishing
    53% go Boating
    Page 2 Facts About Snowmobiling – 2019
    38% go Hunting
    35% go Hiking
    32% go Motorcycle Riding
    26% go Golfing
    17% go Personal Watercraft Riding
    15% go Downhill Skiing
    15% do other recreational Activities
    Yes, we are a year around active group!
  7. Approximately 79% of the snowmobilers are male.
  8. Snowmobilers are a big part of the winter economic engine by spending an average of
    $3349 each year going snowmobiling, traveling to their snowmobiling spot, and food,
    gas, and lodging. In many places of North America, snowmobilers pay the bills for
    people involved in the Winter Tourism Industries and related businesses.
  9. To help snowmobilers promote their sport, the snowmobile manufacturers have created
    a number of supporting communication tools.
    a. We have created a Dropbox where interested individuals can access the most
    current family friendly snowmobile photos. (Just click on this link:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fvlppq3ko0ln7s1/AABqbQlxMDx4DsR7a26GhQO
    Pa?dl=0 ) We encourage people to use these photos in the development of trail
    maps, advertising pieces, or just flyers supporting a snowmobiling activity. The photos are free and can be used in promoting recreation family snowmobiling. b. Also, ISMA has created a Facebook page www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling . If you are on Facebook and want to see snowmobiling posts, please FOLLOW our page. You can also share your snowmobiling pictures, events, etc. on our page and they will be viewed by followers from around the world! c. We have two websites: www.snowmobile.org and www.gosnowmobiling.org that contain a lot of information, links, downloadable materials, etc. to help support you and educate you on key issues related to snowmobiling and help you better know the activities going on. Our websites are connected to other websites around the world including all of the United States and Canadian State and Provincial Snowmobile Associations which contain all of the local information that you may need.
  10. The winter outlook is looking good for snowmobiling and we are looking forward to a great season! # # #

2019 Scholarship winner.

We are pleased to announce our scholarship winner for this year is Shyla Evig from Billings.

She was born and raised in Billings, MT. Graduated highschool at Billings Senior High School in 2018. Shyla is continuing her education at Montana State University Billings. She is majoring in Dental Hygiene with the intention of working in pediatric dentistry.

She currently works as a preventative dental assistant at Pediatric Dental Specialists in Billings. Her job consists of consulting with patients and their parents, taking x-rays, performing cleanings, and coding insurances.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, jeeping, snowmobiling, and relaxing at their family cabin. Sixth months after she was born they strapped her in a car seat and took her hunting at the cabin in Checkerboard, MT. At age six she began driving my own snowmobile.

Having experienced the outdoors from a young age she has developed an appreciation for snowmobiles. Not only has she gained an appreciation for the outdoors, but also for a unified family that enjoys them together.

2019 Riding Convention

This years convention was hosted by the Great Falls Snowmobile Club. Dinner, awards and auction held at the Elks Club. This was also the kick-off for TransMontana.

Karl Jensen Groomer of the year. Jackpine Savages

John and Sharon Virgin, Snowmobile Family of the Year
Great Falls Snowmobile Club

2018 Summer Snowmobile meeting

              

 

The annual snowmobile meetings will take place the weekend of June 29-30, 2018, at Wingate By Wyndham, 2007 N.Oakes St., in Helena.

 

Friday Night (June 29th):

 

The Snowmobile Advisory Committee will hold a working meeting at the Wingate, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Committee members will review and discuss various aspects of this year’s snowmobile grant applications.  The public is welcome to attend.

 

Saturday (June 30th):

 

The Snowmobile Advisory Committee will hold its all-day “appropriations” meeting at The Wingate.  Coffee will be available at 9:00 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Each Snowmobile Club will have the opportunity to give its annual report to the committee. Clubs are encouraged to keep their remarks to three or four minutes each as there are 26 clubs that must report.  The public is welcome to attend and the meeting is expected to adjourn at 2:30 or 3:00PM.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.

 

Saturday: (June 30th):

 

The Montana Snowmobile Association (MSA) will hold a Board of Directors Meeting immediately following the Appropriation Meeting at Wingate, beginning at 2:30 or 3:00 p.m.  Typically, this meeting lasts 2.5 hrs. The public and Snowmobile Clubs are encouraged to attend.

 

Rooms Being Held:

 

The Wingate will hold a block of rooms at the Government rate.  Please get them reserved early to take advantage of the reduced rate and availability.

 

Wingate By Wyndham: 2007 N. Oakes St.

Helena, Montana 59601

Phone: 406-449-3000

Toll Free: 866-300-7100

Repeal of Wilderness Study Act

Regarding the bill introduced by Senator Steve Daines to repeal Wilderness Study Act.

 

“On behalf of the Montana Snowmobile Association and the 30- plus grassroots clubs we represent across the State of Montana, we are excited to see Senator Daines’ bill move forward through the legislative process.  This has been decades in the making and just goes to show how the politics in Washington D. C. can cripple Montanans from recreating and enjoying our public lands. After 35 years, its finally time for Congress to release these areas that are not suitable for wilderness so there are less restrictions and we can increase access to our public lands.”

Jason Howell

President

Montana Snowmobile Assocation

ACSA DC Fly-in

Montana Snowmobile Association was happy to participate in the annual snowmobile Fly-in in Washington DC , April 22 thru 25th.

This was our 18th trek to Washington to Tell the Truth About Snowmobiling.

Our first day was spent attending our Western Chapter meeting, and the ACSA board meeting.  The next day we had a great day filled with speakers.  We were pleased to listen to Chief Tom Tidwell of the Forest Service, our friend and partner Christopher Douwes of the Federal Highway Administration, and other important agencies.  Our third day was our day on Capitol Hill.  We had meetings with Steve Daines personally, and staff from Jon Tester’s office, dropped an information packet at the office vacated by Ryan Zinke.

We are reminded each year how important our visits are.  We must stay in front of these people with our concerns for access. Christine Jourdain South Dakato Boys Tom Tidwell Christopher Douwes Crew at Tester’s office Cliff, Scott and Jason   Montana Coffee  Our guys, working together.

Annual Riding Convention and Banquet

Jason Howell and Scott Herzog

Jason Howell and Mary Herzog

Ron Albee and Jason Howell

Snow FUN

Cliff and Connie Walter, Mary Herzog

The Montana Snowmobile Association held their annual ride and banquet in Great Falls February 3rd and 4th.  The Great Falls Snowmobile Club hosted.

We had a great ride in the Kings Hill area on Saturday.  There were 3 separate groups, heading out in different directions.  Each group found some deep snow and had a fun ride.  In the afternoon we all met at the grooming shed for a wonderful chili feed, also put on by the Great Falls Snowmobile Club.

Awards were presented at the banquet.

Scott and Mary Herzog were presented awards for the many years of dedication to our sport.

  • Snowmobile Club of the year-   Missoula Snowgoers
  • Snowmobiler of the year-             Ron Albee- Lewistown
  • Dealer of the year-                         Missoula Arctic Cat
  • Groomer of the year           Allen Mikkelson- Little Belt  Club
  • Snowmobile Family of the year-        Cliff and Connie Walter

MSA Annual Riding Convention and Awards Banquet

MSA Annual Riding Convention and Awards Banquet

Join hosts Great Falls Snowmobile Club for the MSA Annual Riding Convention on Februaru 3rd and 4th. Click here for full details

Montana Snowmobile Association Board Meeting

Attention all Clubs, Directors, and Members

  • Board Meeting
  • December 3rd   4 pm
  • MACO Building, 2717 Skyway Drive, Helena, Mt

 

 

Membership renewal

Fellow Snowmobiler:

It’s that time of year again!  A new season is beginning.  Get your membership with Montana Snowmobile Association.  MSA works for recreation in Montana-especially SNOWMOBILING!  Your membership with MSA helps to ensure that we have a stronger voice in working to keep our areas open for public access and that we continue to work for effective legislation promoting safe snowmobiling while encouraging family fun!

As you know, we are facing difficult issues.  This year proves to be another important legislative year.  We are in close contact with our State and also our National officials.  MSA’s continues growth helps us continue working to safeguard snowmobiling for the future.

Click on our member link to sign up.

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