Utility vehicles up the Onion, BCSF, Operating Plan
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Smithers Snowmobile Association

March 2017 Newsletter

Shetlers and Trails

All trails have been groomed recently. We have been informed that there were some utility vehicles up the Onion trail soon after it had been plowed. There were rumours that the trail had been damaged but it was confined to one area and luckily it wasn't that bad. The Blunt road is being plowed by loggers now past 24km. There are no logging trucks running right now however there are low beds and large trucks using the road. If you are going up there please proceed with caution. The Sinclair shelter is good however is still lacking firewood. No news from any other shelters.

BCSF

Kyle and Casey met with the British Columbia Snowmobile Association (BCSF) this month. They were up in the area visiting others and wanted to talk to us. They're trying to get all associations to come together under the BCSF flag. In doing this, all membership fees would be directed to them and then they would hand the money back out based on membership numbers and grooming expenses. Also the membership would be good for all BCSF riding areas. Unfortunately the BCSF doesn't have solid numbers as to what percentage of payback is determined by membership numbers, grooming hours etc. So if we went ahead with the plan we would not know what the yearly membership fee would be (it could be higher as there are associations out there that charge much more than us), how much money we would get paid out, when the money would be released to us etc. Right now the SSA is doing well financially so we don't really need the BCSF but they may be able to help us with government legislation, as we are lacking volunteers for that, and help fight to keep riding areas open. We will discuss the pros and cons more at the next meeting.

Volunteers

We need more volunteers to help with the monthly duties of the SSA. If you have some time and would like to help please come to our next meeting. We have the meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. Afterwards we head next door to te pub and talk sleds! Current positions required to run the SSA include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Raffle and Gaming licence
  • Creating and updating an operating plan
  • Membership
  • Secretary
  • Sponsorship
  • Website maintenance
  • Installing, removing beacon checkers
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Grooming
  • Installing BC Parks signage
  • Cabin directors
  • Firewood
  • Trail clearing
  • Poker ride, hill climb, snow cross, snow-a-rama

Pictures

The SSA would love to get some new pictures for the website. If you have any pictures that you really like and are willing to share please sned them are way. Just email them to snowmobilesmithers@gmail.com!

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