SNOWMOBILE & POWER SPORTS EXPO - OCTOBER 17th & 18th - PUYALLUP FAIRGROUNDS! (Oct '15)
- Click here for more info!
Come to Puyallup to see the latest snowmobiles, ATVs, side by sides and other motor toys, as well as performance parts, accessories, clothing, trailers, campers, videos, destinations as well as clubs/supporting organizations. Take a walk on the wild side - join us at the Puyallup Fairgrounds on October 17th & 18th!
AVALANCHE SEMINARS - FREE! (Updated Oct '15) - Avalanche Awareness, Avoidance and Rescue. This seminar gets right to the point and covers all the essential information. The most popular avalanche seminar in the U.S.! Learn how to avoid deadly mistakes, what equipment works best, human factors in avalanche accidents, how to rescue effectively, avalanche survival techniques, evaluate terrain, recognize trigger points, analyze stability and increase your survival skills.
Coeur d’Alene – Oct 20th – 6pm
Liberty Lake – Oct 23rd – 6pm
Vancouver – Oct 27th – 6pm
Enumclaw – Oct 28th – 6pm
Issaquah – Oct 29th – 6pm
Mt. Vernon – Oct 30th – 6pm
NWAC SNOWBASH 2015! (Oct '15)
- We hope you will join the Northwest Avalanche Center
(NWAC) on Saturday, October 10th, for the 15th annual SnowBash, the season kick-off party and fundraiser! NWAC is turning it up this year and moving the event to the evo store and parking lot on Stone Way in Seattle. Join them for an evening of music, great raffle prizes and beer on tap from Pyramid Brewing, Fremont Brewing, and a special collaboration NWAC beer from Aslan Brewing. There will be local eats available for purchase from Peach and the Pig food truck. DJ OCNotes will be onsite spinning the local beats. Come to the store early, as evo will be donating a portion of proceeds from sales that day to NWAC.
Details: October 10th, 2015, 5-10p.
Tickets: Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets include 1 beer ticket. VIP Tickets are $50 and include a stainless SnowBash pint cup, 3 beer tickets, 10 raffle tickets, express beer line at event, and automatic entry into an exclusive raffle to win a pair of LINE Sick Day Tourist Ski -the official 15/16 ski of the NWAC Pro Observer team. ***VIP tickets available online only. Limit 150. Children under 12 get in for free. Tickets are available online
or at evo.)
OCTOBER SNOFLYER NOW POSTED! (Sep '15)
- The October/Snow Show Snoflyer is now posted. Check it out here.
(Page flipper version is here.
DNR DRAFT RECREATIONAL TRAILS POLICY (Updated Oct '15)
- The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new draft Recreational Trails Policy to guide the management and development of recreational trails on DNR-managed lands. You can view the draft policy here.
For more information about the policy project, watch the narrated slideshow here.
As a side note, kudos to Kevin Hancock, of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club, who volunteered to represent snowmobilers on the DNR Recreational Trails Policy Committee. Thanks Kevin!
FINAL POLICY FOR OVER-SNOW VEHICLES RELEASED BY FOREST SERVICE (Feb '15)
- The Forest Service recently sent out the press release titled "Forest Service issues final policy for over-snow vehicles on national forests, grasslands". (Click here for the official press release.)
We knew this was coming and it means each of us needs to be on top of this and be ready to comment in support of snowmobiling. WSSA will keep you updated and let you know what is required as our local Forests work to comply with this new policy. (YOUR SUPPORT WILL BE REQUIRED AND WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!)
NATURE CONSERVANCY BUYS 48,000 ACRES FROM PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY (Nov '14)
- This purchase is along the I-90 Corridor and encompasses hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and off-trail play areas. The Nature Conservancy has announced their intent to work with current land users/user groups to formulate a new land management strategy to protect/enhance ecological values and maintain public access. WSSA, the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program, and local clubs have already been in touch with Nature Conservancy officials and are hoping for a smooth transition and normal access/grooming for the 2014/2015 snowmobile season. Click here for maps with the land purchases and snowmobile trails overlaid.
SALMON LA SAC ROAD DESIGNATED AS A SNO-PARK ZONE (Sep '14)
- A message from your State Parks Winter Rec. Program Manager:
During the SMAC summer funding meeting we received a request to explore the possibility of having the Salmon La Sac Road designated as a Sno-Park zone.
On July 30, 2014 I wrote and sent a formal request to Kittitas County Public Works Department requesting a change to “Kittitas County code 10.07.020 Winter areas designated”. This request was for Kittitas County to declare the Salmon La Sac road between French Cabin and the Salmon La Sac Sno-park be deemed a sno-park zone.
On September 16, 2014 staff from the Kittitas County Department of Public Works presented a requested action to “Conduct a public hearing to consider amending Kittitas County Code Section 10.07.020 “Winter areas designated”. Several snowmobilers and WSSA representatives attended and testified during this public hearing in favor of this change. I also testified in favor of this action and answered a few questions from the Commissioners.
The Commissioners, after hearing all testimony and having their questions answered satisfactorily voted unanimously to approve this change. Therefore, anyone parking along the Salmon La Sac Road between French Cabin and the Salmon La Sac Sno-Park will be required to display a valid sno-park permit immediately upon the installation of the appropriate signing, with installation and removal being done by the County each year. These signs will be installed on or around November 1 each year and removed no later than April 30.
I would like to thank those that took the time to attend, testify and those that provided written support of this request.
Although the majority of the users along this road are snowmobilers, we also have a significant number of cross country skiers and snowshoers that park along this road as well. This change will require all vehicles to display a valid sno-park permit.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
DNR TO ADOPT TRAILS POLICY (Sep '14)
- Snowmobilers need to be aware of and involved in this. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting the public to a series of open houses across the state to gather ideas and discuss the development of an agency recreational trail policy. This follows a decision by the legislature in March 2014, which requires the agency to develop a recreational trail policy for DNR-managed lands. A recreational trail policy will help DNR to continue managing natural resources while providing a broad range of sustainable recreation opportunities, including non-motorized and motorized activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorcycle and ATV riding, and 4x4 use. Public input can also be made via e-mail. Check out this website for details: http://dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/RecreationPlanning/Pages/amp_rec_trails_policy.aspx
LOOKING FOR SNOWMOBILE SAFETY AND ACCESS INFORMATION? (Jun '14)
- The Snowmobile Safety and Access Information Center is provided by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations in fulfillment of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to support snowmobile safety and access training and product development. Your one stop shop; click here
to visit www.snowmobileinfo.org!
WSSA IS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER (Jan '10)
- Search "Washington State Snowmobile Association" on Facebook and become a fan! Check us on Twiter too at "wssaus".