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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
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    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! # # #

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

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

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.

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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