We will have a combined event MSA’s Annual Riding Convention and Awards along with the  Trans-Montana Charity Ride .  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/

 

Feb 4 (Friday): 
TMR Riders Arrive in Lolo or Missoula (1 night)
– Meet and Greet (Hotel Lobby 5PM)
– Stay in Lolo Feb 5 (Saturday):

TMR Day 1 
– Ride the Lolo area guided by the Missoula Snowgoers
– Travel to Hamilton for the night (Bitterroot River Inn) TWO NIGHTSFeb 6 (Sunday):

TMR Day 2
– Ride the Skalkaho Ridge area guided by the Bitterroot Ridge Runners
– Stay second night in Hamilton (Bitterroot River Inn)Feb 7 (Monday):

TMR Day 3
– Ride the Placer Creek Area guided by the Big Hole Snowmobile Club
– Travel to Butte for the night (Hotel TBD) TWO NIGHTSFeb 8 (Tuesday):

TMR Day 4
– Ride the Wise River area guided by the Jackpine Savages and the Mining City Trail Riders
– Return to Butte for the eveningFeb 9(Wednesday):

TMR Day 5  TRAVEL DAY
– Travel to Cooke City (it’s a long ride and the safest way for everyone is to drive during the day)
– Stay in Cooke City (Hotel TBD) THREE NIGHTSFeb 10 (Thursday):
​TMR Day 6
– Ride Cooke City with the Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club
– Stay in Cooke City

Feb 11 (Friday):
​TMR Day 6
– Ride Cooke City with the Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club
– Stay in Cooke City
– Rider Dinner and Awards

Feb 12 (Saturday):
TMR Ride is over – Time to head home (or stay and ride more!)Note: Schedule is subject to change and dependent on weather and snow conditions.Hotel Info:
Riders, please book early!

When booking your room, ask for the Trans-Montana Charity Ride Room Rate.
We have rooms blocked at all of these hotels–ASK for the Blocked Rooms and Special Rate!
Note: It’s usually best to call the hotel directly to ask for the special rate.

Most of the blocked rooms and special rates will be cancelled about 45 days prior to the ride!
(click the city for location map or the name for the website)
Feb 4:         Lolo Hot Springs  (map)
                   Lolo Hot Springs Resort  (406) 273-2201 ($99 + tax)

Feb 5-6:      Hamilton  (map)
                   Bitterroot River Inn  (406) 375-2525 

Feb 7-8:      Butte  (map)
                   TBD(406) 683-6831

Feb 9-11:     Cooke City  (map)
                   Super 8 We have 10 rooms blocked at a special Tran Montana Rate, call and book early! If you want to stay thru Sunday, just ask and they will accommodate you with the special rate (if they have rooms for the extra night). 

NOTE: There is only one way into and out of Cooke City in the winter and its a longer, slower drive than normal. So that is why we are taking a full day off to make the trip so that we can do it during daylight hours, take our time and be safe. The highway from Red Lodge is not open during the winter nor is the road in Yellowstone National Park coming up from West Yellowstone. The route shown is the only passage.

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.

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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Avalanche training

Avalanche training

Training sponcered by Skidoo and presented by Addictive Power Sports.Time will be 6:00 PM This is no cost but advance registeration is requested. Addictive Power Sports, 200 57th St N. Great Falls. Phone 406 761 0303

New trail stickers

The new trail stickers go on sale, all sleds, snow bikes and fat tired bicycles will be required to have one attached. Cost is $ 18.00 with $ 15.00 going to the grooming program, $ 2.00 going to the selling retailer and $ 1.00 to enforcement. The fine for not displaying the decal is $ 100.00. You can bet that enforcement will be in all parking lots!!! Any questions, see the explanation under the calendar section.

 

For Immediate Release

Contact- Paul Turcke 208-331-1800

BOISE, ID- A federal court has accepted the settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit claiming the Clearwater National Forest illegally closed recommended wilderness areas (RWA) to motorized use.  The agreement, between the Forest Service and lawyers for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and BlueRibbon Coalition, requires the agency to conduct a new analysis and issue a new decision to evaluate “motorized and over snow access management” in the areas.  The Forest Service “dispute[s] Plaintiffs’ claims” but acknowledged “that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve ….”

The areas in dispute were decades ago recommended for wilderness designation by the Forest Service, but Congress has not acted on these recommendations.  The areas have always received motorized use, and more recently mountain bike use, that would be prohibited in formally designated wilderness.  Neither the initial ratings nor the present wilderness suitability have been diminished by these uses, and the “wilderness character” of the areas has remained the same under Forest Service evaluations.

The agreement, initially filed in October, 2014, contemplated a Forest Service effort to complete the new analysis prior to the start of the 2014-2015 winter snowmobile season.  In the absence of a new decision, the agreement provided for management to revert to the 1987 Plan, which would allow snowmobile use.  The Court did not complete its review of the agreement until the 2014-12015 winter use season had largely passed, and declined to vacate the challenged plan’s prohibition on motorized access.  The Court “conditionally approved” the remainder of the agreement, and the Forest Service and Recreation Groups accepted the Court’s interpretation.  The agreement also provides for payment of $30,000 toward legal fees incurred by the Recreation Groups.

“We have learned in decades of litigation that our court system produces imperfect outcomes” said Sandra Mitchell, Public Lands Director of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association, the lead plaintiff.  “We would like to eliminate the effects of what we consider an illegal decision, but getting a new decision is a significant step.  Ultimate progress must always occur through the agency, and we hope we have sown seeds toward that outcome here,” Mitchell noted.