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Washington State Snowmobile Association

Upcoming Events

Bavarian Boondockers Snowfest
Date: November 16th, 2019
Location: Leavenworth Festhalle, Leavenworth

A party in Leavenworth for snowmobilers!  This Boondockers’ event is one not to be missed.  Visit with WSSA, local dealers and other exhibitors as the snow begins to pile
up in the mountains surrounding
town.  Visit 
www.bavarianboondockers.com  for details.

WSSA Meeting
Date: January 11th, 2020
Location:  Centenial Center, Cle Elum

Come get a mid-season update on WSSA projects, the grooming program, and whatever else may be going on.  Meeting starts at 9am.  Lunch available on site for additional cost. 

WSSA All Trails to Olympia Day
Date: January 28th, 2020
Location: Olympia Capitol

Did you know we almost lost $2 Million from our Snowmobile Program last spring?  That would have eliminated our grooming program for this new season.  This is why it is important to visit your legislators.  Come to Olympia on the January 28th.  Details posted in the Snoflyer as the event draws near. 

WSSA Winter Rendezvous
Date: February 14th-17th, 2020
Location: Campbell’s Resort, Chelan

Join us for four days of fun in Chelan.  Experienced off-trail riding groups as well as family-friendly trail rides.  WSSA and the local clubs will set up rides you’ll LOVE!  Dinner on Friday and Saturday as well as some type of entertainment.  Plenty to do in Chelan and a casino is nearby if you want to take a break from sledding.  Join us! 

WSSA Budget Meeting
Date:  March 14th, 2020
Location:  TBD

Season wrap-up.  Find out what is planned for the upcoming summer and fall and help set WSSA’s budget for the following year.  Meeting starts at 9am.  Lunch in the restaurant downstairs.

International Snowmobile Congress
Date:  June 10th-13th, 2020
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Take a vacation to Saskatchewan and become involved in snowmobiling at the international level!  Find out how snowmobiling and snowmobile programs differ across the U.S. and Canada.  A fun and educational time awaits!  Visit www.snowmobilers.org/isc for details.

WSSA Summer Meeting & Campout
Date:  August 14th-16th, 2020
Location: Blu-Stastin RV Park, Peshastin (Blewett Pass)

A fun family campout with meals provided Friday night through Sunday morning (for $20 per person).  Meeting starts at 9am on Saturday.




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DECEMBER SNOFLYER 
(Nov '19) - Click here for the December issue of the Snoflyer. 
Looking for thepage-flipper version? Click here.  

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS
 (Aug '19) - As we roll into fall, clubs around the state are holding events, gearing up for the upcoming snowmobile season.  Check out the list below.  (If your club has an event, send the details to matt.mead@wssa.us and he will post them on the website event calendar, list them below, and post to the WSSA Facebook page.)

December 14th - Yakima Ski-Benders Crab Feed - Click here to go to the Facebook Event Page.  
January 26th - Yakima Ski-Benders Chinook Pass Snow Fest - Click here to go to the Facebook Event Page.
February 29th - Yakima Ski-Benders Lil' Kids' Ride - Click here to go to the Facebook Event Page.
February 29th - Yakima Ski-Benders Scavenger Hunt - Click here to go to the Facebook Event Page.

WA WINTER RECREATION PROGRAM MANAGER WINS TOP AWARD
 (Jun '19) - Pamela McConkey, our Washington State Winter Recreation Program Manager, recently won the Professional Excellence Award from her peers in the International Association of Program Administrators at the recently concluded International Snowmobile Congress held in Grand Rapids, MI.  Congratulations Pamela; a well-deserved award!  Check out the State Parks press release here:  https://parks.state.wa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=515 

WSSA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
 (Mar '19) - WSSA congratulates the following annual award winners.  Thank you all for your commitment to snowmobiling and snowmobilers in Washington.

    - Snowmobile Couple of the Year - Ron & Dee Alred
    - Snowmobile Club President of the Year - Tom Shields
    - Snowmobile Club of the Year - Spokane Winter Knights
    - Snowmobile Dealer of the Year - Lifestyles Honda, Mt. Vernon
    - Snowmobile Groomer of the Year - Travis Martinek, Back Country Grooming 
 

WASHINGTON SNOWMOBILE TRAIL MAP APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID & IPHONE! (Jan '19) -Snowmobile WA offers enthusiasts the information they need to hit the trail. Heading to an area without cell service, you can download data for a region so you can use the maps off-line. The app shows trails, trail heads, places to ride, and select businesses that cater to snowmobilers. Trails include groomed routes that make up the Washington Sno-Park system, other roads popular with snowmobile clubs, and connected trails in Priest Lake Idaho and the Tollgate area of the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon. Click on a trailhead to learn what pass is required along with information about facilities and parking. The public lands background tells you where you can ride off trail, where you have stay on designated trails, and where snowmobiles are not allowed so you can have fun and stay legal. Each trail and trailhead also links to the appropriate avalanche forecast so you can check conditions before you head out. Click here for helpful app use info.  

NOTICE OF FINAL DETERMINATION FOR TEANAWAY COMMUNITY FOREST RECREATION PLAN (Nov '18) -  Click here to view the Notice of Final Determination for Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Plan.  Among other things, the document contains comments submitted and the DNR's responses to them.

IS YOUR SNOWMOBILE CLUB THRIVING? (Dec '17) - At the November WSSA Leadership Meeting, Jon Ferrian, WSSA's Safety Chair/NWAC Board member/member of multiple clubs, presented a PowerPoint presentation on building and maintaining a thriving club.  Check it out and see if there are ideas in it for you.  (Do you have something to add?If so, let us know!)  Click here for the presentation.

OSV DESIGNATIONS ON NATIONAL FORESTS (Dec '17) - It's coming!  The Forest Service has been directed to complete travel plans for over-snow vehicles (OSV).  This process will require diligence on the part of snowmobilers to ensure we don't lose any important trails or riding areas.  While it hasn't started in ernest here in WA, it has in CA.  Check out this letter sent to the Lassen National Forest by the BlueRibbon Coalition.  Issues pertaining to the Pacific Crest Trail are relevant here.  Read the letter here.

 


NATURE CONSERVANCY LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN RELEASED (Dec '15) - Of interest to snowmobilers is an article from the Ellensburg Daily Record regarding the Management Plan for the Nature Conservancy lands purchased last year.  It's good news for snowmobilers and other motorized recreationists.  (Remember though this is privately-owned land and our good stewardship must continue!) Check it out here.

WSSA MEMBERSHIP BRINGS DISCOUNT FOR LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK
 
(Nov '16) - UPDATED!  Northwest MedStar is now Life Flight Network.  Seconds count when a critically ill or injured patient needs specialized medical attention, and so does the medical team caring for you. From bases all over the Northwest, Life Flight Network safely transports thousands of patients each year in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, Northern Nevada and Northern California.  Life Flight  Network, a non-profit organization, is the region's premier critical care transport service dedicated to the safe, compassionate care for thousands of critically ill or injured patients each year through helicopter, fixed wing and ground-based transports to health care facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest.   The price is $45 a year, or $225 for five; a bargain if you ever need this emergency service.  Click here for the WSSA/Life Flight Network membership application.  Visit www.lifeflight.org for the details of this life-saving insurance.

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, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER (Jan '10) - Search "Washington State Snowmobile Association" on Facebook and become a fan!  We are "wssa.us" on Instagram.   Check us on Twiter too at "wssaus". 







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Grooming Reports: 
www.parks.state.wa.us/304/Snowmobile-Sno-Parks