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Smithers Snowmobile Association

February 2017 Newsletter

Professional Fundraising

Mindy Stroet was asked to join us to the meeting this month. Mindy is a professional fundraiser; she has a lot of contacts and knows the ins and outs of applying and receiving grants. She tends to work on $25,000 plus fundraising campaigns. She said that applications she is hired on usually take 3-6 months to receive answers. This shows that if we want grants then we need to be organized and have a long term plan in place. She gave us some great information and will be a great asset if we decide to hire her in the future.

Rec, Sites, and Trails

Brandy Hughes of Rec, Sites and Trails joined us for our meeting this month. She answered questions that we had in regards to the partnership agreement that we have in place with them. The government went and checked out the work we've been doing plowing the Telkwa FSR and they are happy with the job our plowers are doing. Thanks everyone for the great job on that. Brandy reiterated how important it was for us to track volunteer hours so please everyone shoot us an email of what you did, where and how long it took. The more volunteer hours it takes to keep the club running the more we will qualify for grants.

Pine Creek Avalanche

I'm sure everyone is aware of the avalanche that almost took some lives up the Pine Creek last month. The avalanche risk is really high right now so please be careful out there. Before going please check out avalanche Canada's website for the most current conditions.

Shelters & Grooming

Harold Price shelter is in great shape. The trail up is getting bumpy so please pull up the groomers when you go. It's easier if you put the cutting edge up on the way up and then turn it over and cut on the way down. Also to note, they should start logging up the blunt road in February so the road should start to get plowed. If you see the road has been plowed, please be careful during the week as there isn't much room for a full logging truck to get around you on that road.

Onion and Dome parking lots have been plowed and the trails groomed. However we haven't heard how the cabins are. If you go up there please give the cabin a little cleaning.

New Mic shelter needs a new door. What seems to be happening is that every time the door is used a little more snow gets in the door jam. It makes the door harder and harder to open and close and then someone kicks it. The door will be inspected again and hopefully it will last until the summer. Anyone know of a door we could use?


The Mic was groomed on Sunday, Sinclair was done on Friday, The Dome and Onion were done this week. THANK YOU to the grooming volunteers!

British Columbia Snowmobile Federation

A BCSF representative is on their way up to visit with the Houston and Terrace clubs because they are members. They asked if we would like to meet for a coffee while they are here. We said sure. Over the past two years we have been independent and before that we were with the now defunct ABC snowmobile association. Questions we will ask is Why didn't they help Houston in the fight against the ban in Hunters Basin, What would they do for us? We don't see anything coming from this but we will meet with them anyways. We will let you know how it goes.


Our membership numbers are very strong this year. Thank you to everyone who has joined. Our user day pass numbers are pretty strong as well. Thanks to everyone who's contributing to the SSA.

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