Annual Riding Convention and Trans Montana Ride

The Helena Snowdrifters are hosting the Montana Snowmobile Riding Convention and the Trans Montana Charity Banquet on January 20th. The charity this year is NAMI, with the proceeds this year going to their work with the PTSD veterans. Check out NAMI’s website for all the great work that they are doing.

This is only the second time these have been held together with lots packed in to this one day event. It is rumored that Video Mike of Destination America’s Trails TV (filming the event), Beth Schumate – our new Parks & Recreation director, and various other leaders involved in snowmobiling will be in attendance.

Saturday morning will start with group rides, with the amount of riders we will brake into 2 -3 groups, riding the Helena area. Everyone is welcome to ride, the groups will be broken into different levels of riding. Details to follow.

The banquet will be 6PM – 10PM at the Ft Harrison Service Club (bring id). The menu will feature prim rib and chicken buffet with all the side dishes. The bar is no host and all beverages will need to be purchased at the bar. Dinner is $30 per person, kid will be less – to be determined. Again, everyone is welcome.

There will be a live auction, silent auction, door prizes, and awards presented.

RSVP IS REQUIRED BY JANUARY 10 FOR THE DINNER SO WE MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD.

Thanks everyone, hope to see you there,

Fred
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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.

MSA News: April 2016

MSA News: April 2016

MSA News: March 2016

MSA News: March 2016

International Snowmobile Congress

International Snowmobile Congress

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Montana Snowmobile Association had a nice delegation of board members attend the International Snowmobile Congress in Rapid City the first week of June.  Some of the highlights were:

  • Chapter meetings and updates on access lawsuits
  • Workshops on increasing membership, groomer updates, connecting with local media.
  • An update on the industry from Ed Klim .

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