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:

Check out NAMI’s website for all the great work that they are doing.

FEBRUARY 7TH and 8TH  2020


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

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MSA News: April 2016

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MSA News: March 2016

International Snowmobile Congress

International Snowmobile Congress



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 .


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.


New Permits

Clearwater Settlement

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.


Trail map

Go to the link section of this site and check out the trail map we have recently up loaded.


Groomer tracking

The Groomer has had a new Spot 3 tracking device installed, it isn’t perfect but you can tell where he has been nightly. Check it out on the links page.

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