WHA (Wildlife Habitat Area), Grooming, Shelters
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Smithers Snowmobile Association

January 2016 Newsletter

Shelters

The Harold Price shelter is in good shape. It is short on firewood but the is lots set aside at Evergreen so if you're on your way up there stop by Evergreen and take some firewood with you. Also remember that the road is an active logging road during the week. If you need to ride during the week please bring a radio.

Mic shelter was in good shape but dirty. Please remember to clean up after ourselves.

Onion shelters were okay. There was about a half a bag of garbage at the first one. Rats were seen as well.

Dome Shelter had small sparks visible in the chimney. The chimney had a kink in it most likely from the snow. Wade and Jason will be fixing it.

Sinclair shelter was in good shape.

Raffle

The raffle was held on January 1st. The winners are as follows:


1st Prize, Quad, Teresa Thomas from Smithers
2nd  Price,$500- Brian Hope from Telkwa
3rd Price, $250- Anita Naziel from Moricetown
4th Price, $100- Nicole Brooks fron Diamond AB

Congratulations to all the winners!!
 

Equipment

Blue groomer has hauled out to the Dome/Onion area just before Christmas. Grooming was done with it however there was barely enough snow at that time. Dirt was actually being turned up during the first attempt. Let's all do the snow dance every night so we can get a lot more snow this year.

Yellow groomer started out at the Mic/Sinclair this year. Everything was going well to start off. The groomer got started much earlier this year than last and the trail has been kept in pretty good shape. Unfortunately the track fell off of it during a trip up sinclair leaving the operators a difficult 10 km walk back to their truck late late in the evening during that cold spell.

The new Red groomer has now been taken out to the Mic/Sinclair area, Since we've received it there have been some little things here and there to get it working the way we need it to. The rest of the season should be smooth sailing with it.

Memberships

We have about 145 members currently and there are still some more at the dealerships that haven't been counted. With the number of shelters and trails we maintain, membership is vital for the success of the SSA and this is a great number to have at this time so thank you to everyone who is supporting the club.

Wildlife Habitat Area

The WHA has been signed by government for the Starr Creek area. There will be a meeting on Friday, January the 15th betwwen the SSA and a facilitator hired by the government. Each user group will meet with the facilitator on their own. This WHA is not supposed to involve recreational users but the area is still under voluntary closure. We will know more about this meeting and what it means to us in the next newsletter.
 

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