Flathead Snowmobile Association is

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/

January 30, 2021

County Fairgrounds, Kalispell

Jan 29 (Friday): 
TMR Riders Arrive in Kalispell (2 nights)!
– Meet and Greet
– 5PM MSA Board Meeting (all members welcome)
– 6PM Drinks and hors d oeuvres in the Vendor Display Area (come see all the latest gear)
– 7PM Keynote Speaker: Flathead Avalanche Center
Jan 30 (Saturday):
​TMR Day 1  &  MSA Ride
– Ride the Flathead Area guided by the Flathead Snowmobile Club
– TMR and MSA Banquet & Awards Ceremony
– Silent Auction
– Live Auction
– Stay in Kalispell (2nd night)
Jan 31 (Sunday):
TMR Day 2
– Ride the Seeley Lake area guided by the Seeley Lake Driftriders
– Travel to Lolo Hot Springs resort for the night
Feb 1 (Monday):
TMR Day 3
– Ride the Lolo area guided by the Missoula Snowmobile Club​
– Travel to Wisdom for the night
Feb 2 (Tuesday):
TMR Day 4
– Ride the Wisdom area Guided by the Big Hole Snowmobile Club
– Travel to Dillon for the night
Feb 3 (Wednesday):
TMR Day 5
– Ride the Dillon area guided by the Dillon Snowmobile Club
– Travel to Ennis for the night
Feb 4 (Thursday):
​TMR Day 6
– Short morning drive down to West Fork and Ride with the Virginia City Club
– Drive to West Yellowstone for the night
– Rider Award Banquet and Awards hosted by the Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce

Feb 5 (Friday):
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.

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.