We had a great turn out for our Rally in the Strawberry Valley. The Ralley is the new format for the poker run that allows for more stations and more fun! A big thank you to Young Powersports Layton and Ryan Youngtruckandtrailer for supporting us and setting up base camp. There were so many prizes given out this year with an awesome auction.
Our top winners were:
- 1st – Jenny Beam from SLC
- 2nd – Tara Ohmbach
- 3rd – Gary Goodnuff
- Dennis Kalowski won the worst hand and the grand prize to Strawberry Bay Lodge
Thanks to the sponsors who donated prizes and to the auction:
KLIM, ZBROZ Racing, Tucker Sno-Cat, Boondocker, ProLine Fabrication, CSC Services Inc. (Cal’s Squeaky Clean), ArcticFXgraphics, Pieps, Wasatch Timber Products, Inc., Uintah Recreation, Mountain Valley Truck & Trailer Inc, Ryan Youngtruckandtrailer, Logan Coach, Inc., Young Powersports Layton, Young Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, VO Gloves – Vaughn Originals, Redneck Barbie Inc, Box Y Lodge, Flying Saddle Resort, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Karl Malone Polaris, Summit Motorsports, Frank May Ski-Doo LLC, Javier’s Mexican Restaurant, 509, Backcountry Institute, Abominable Labs
We’ve made signing up with your local club and USA even easier than ever! Go to our website or just click here to Join! You can sign up for all the local Utah clubs and USA at once, getting full access to all membership benefits. When you sign up, you can also donate to the education program and avalanche center, if you want.
Big thanks go to board members Kirk Chester for creating the Jotform and Justin Coleman for credit card processing of online registration. Thanks to everyone on the board this year, as we have so many great things coming together.
I’m not sure what is in the air, but last season was the never ending season of all seasons and no I’m not just talking about riding. There is so much talk about sledding, my mind has never stopped and changed into summer mode. And yes, I did ride my snowmobile all summer.
I want to give you an update on what’s going on in the association this year. We said our goodbyes to Russ Mangone who was our secretary for almost 8 years. Also, Chris Mazuran who was our treasurer and webmaster for the last 2 years. Each of these guys put their heart and soul into this organization and carried us through some serious rebranding work. Russ and Jeff Eddings were the chairmen of the Poker run ride since it’s inception over 6 years ago, we are truly grateful for all the things Russ has done for our community. If you haven’t seen the updated website go check it out www.snowut.com It has been completely redesigned and updated under the direction of Chris.
Here is your leadership for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Our Officers and Directors are as follows:
- Officers: 2019-20 2018-19
- President – Cal Taylor
- VP – David Klamm David Klamm
- Treasurer – Justin Coleman
- Secretary – Brad Wiseman Russ Mangone
- Executive – Jay Ombach
- Safety – Kirk Chester
- Snow Scoop – Matt Lund
- Kids Day – Ben Hancock
- Awards – Gena Taylor
- Website – Brian Hurst
- Public Lands – Jeremy Knapp
- Social Media – Rylan Rowser
- Club President/Reps:
- Top of Utah – Kennon Jeppson
- Golden Spike – Jeff Eddings
- Davis County – Terri Hammond
- Chalk Creek – Cody Sargent
- Salt Lake – Bob Stockwell
As an all-volunteer organization, I am grateful for what gets done between meetings and from year to year as things are ever-changing and sometimes the workload seems unmanageable. Each one of these individuals brings so much to the table every time we meet. Keep your eyes peeled as we have several great things happening this season.
by Bob Stockwell
September is the perfect time to start prepping for the upcoming snowmobile season. Checking your equipment, going through your machine, starting to practice the snow dance. It’s also time for the State to start preparing for trail grooming.
On Saturday, September 14, the Utah Snowmobile Association will be working with the Utah State Division of Natural Resources (DNR) to start marking the trail system at Strawberry. A new trail spur will be added to the complex this year, increasing the groomed riding by several miles. We will be meeting at the UDOT shed just off Highway 40, about 1 mile east of the Strawberry Visitor’s Center, at 9 am, with the goal of sending the work crews out by 9:30 am.
With the new trail, we will need as much help as we can get. This is a great opportunity to get the whole family out to help prepare one of Utah’s key riding areas, and meet other riders from around the state. Please RSVP to email@example.com Thursday, September 12 with your name and the total number of people you’ll be bringing so we can make sure to have enough food and drinks, and the tools you will be able to bring along.
Our friends at Tracked Out Adventures(http://www.trackedoutadventures.com) will be providing lunch and drinks for volunteers.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Meet at Strawberry UDOT shed,
U.S. Highway 40, 1 mile east of Visitor’s Center
Items to Bring: gloves, eye protection, helmets, water, snacks, tree trimmers, loppers, chainsaws, pliers, and cordless drills
By Ben Hancock
We have seen in the last decade that snowmobiling has moved from being a family sport to being a sport that is more done with just dad or mom going out and riding, and kids stay home. To help bring the family back into the sport, we are having a Kid’s day coming up on 23 March 2019. Our goal is to help get families involved in snowmobiling.
This is going to be a great event full of fun and education. We want families to come and see if they like snowmobiling, with lots of fun and games for the kids to make this a day to remember. We are also going to have lots of great information on what you should wear, activities you can do, and avalanche safety. For example, to help kids understand how to use their avalanche gear, we are going to have games that will help teach kids how to use their avalanche beacon and gear. We will also have food and snacks for the day with prizes and giveaways. Come have a great time learning and experiencing snowmobiling with your family on March 23rd, 2019 at the Monte Cristo parking lot.
The 4thannual Utah Snowmobile Association fundraiser poker ride, raffle, live auction, and dinner at Strawberry Bay Marina will be Saturday, January 26th, 2019. This is a family friendly event open to everyone.
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Where: Strawberry Bay Marina
Time: Registration starts at 9:00 A.M.
Worst hand $50.00
We have some awesome raffle and live auction items such as: Overnight stays at Daniel Summit, Ruby’s Inn, Hayhurst Inn, West Yellowstone and more. Gift cards to various dealers, gift pack from Weller’s, Frank May and Club Rec.
Dinner is an all you can eat Prime Rib or Turkey dinner with all the fixings for $50.00. Children 12 and under are $1.00 per year of age. For example, if your child is 10, the cost would be $10. You must make reservations for dinner by January 21st, 2019 on the USA website at https://snowut.co/Rides. With dinner reservation, you get one poker card and one raffle ticket.
- Must check in at Strawberry Bay Marina registration table to participate in the poker run.
- The ride starts and stops at Strawberry Bay Marina Lodge.
- The ride starts at 9 a.m. and concludes around 3 p.m.
- The ride is a ride-on-your own style ride. IT IS NOT GUIDED!
- Completed poker cards must be turned into registration no later than 3 pm.
- Participants must have five stops validated on their card for it to be eligible.
- Poker hands consists of drawing five different numbers. Poker chips are numbered 1-25. Highest sum of the five draws wins 1st place, next highest wins 2ndplace, and so forth.
- If two poker hands are the same total, participants will redraw a poker chip. Highest numbered chip will win. The runner up will win 2ndplace, and the rest of the winners will follow suit.
- Extra Poker cards cost $5.00.
- Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or an arm length for $20.00.
- Poker prizes and raffle prizes will be awarded between 3 pm and 5 pm at the Strawberry Bay Marina Lodge.
- No limit on how many poker cards you can purchase.
- After the poker hand winners are announced, all cards will be put into a drawing for the grand raffle prize.
- Dinner will start approximately at 5 pm.
ATTENDING THIS EVENT MAY CAUSE YOU TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME!
Thankfully the storms are starting to line up, and it looks to be a much better start to the season over last year. Of course, if you are one of the die-hards you have been riding every weekend since Thanksgiving. Most of the clubs are getting ready to put the snow to good use by getting out and playing in it. Right now, we have five clubs in good standing and a few more starting to form up. If you’re in the Logan area, consider joining the Top of Utah Snowmobile Association, you can find them on Facebook or contact Kennon Jeppson at 435-764-3007. In the Ogden area contact the Golden Spike Snowmobile Association and Jeff Eddings at 801-510-7791. Davis County Snowmobile Club with Ej Harris at 801-388-8500. In the Salt Lake area, the Salt Lake Valley Snowmobile Club with Bob Stockwell 801-839-9647. If you’re in the Coalville area join up with the Chalk Creek Riders and Doug Wilde at 801-540-1784. Jesse McGuire out in Vernal is trying to re-establish the Dinaland Snowmobile Club and he could use a hand if you ride out that way. We need a club in Heber, Provo, Duck Creek, Mt Pleasant, but any place or group of friends will make a great club.
Why am I focusing on clubs? By getting organized and “putting your name on the list”, it helps to have a unified voice when myself or someone else goes and meets with lawmakers, legislatures, Forest Service staff and others who are involved in land use and management. There is usually a small fee of $30-50 involved to allow the club to function and provide a few benefits to its members. $10 per membership goes to the state association. Our state association (Utah Snowmobile Association, USA) is a non-profit, all volunteer board made up of the club presidents and other club members which helps to keep a unified voice for Utah. USA is currently a member of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), the International Snowmobile Council (ISC), the United Snowmobile Alliance (USA) and Tread Lightly. We also are in support of the Utah Avalanche Center and other organizations that promote safety and motorized access to public lands.
Here are some quick facts about our state:
- 22,000 sleds were registered in 2018.
- USA has 5 Clubs with 600 members.
- There are 17 Primary areas with 74 plowed parking trailheads and over 1,200 miles of groomed trails to access our backcountry.
- Utah has an active youth training program.
- Utah has the best avalanche forecast center in the U.S..
- Snowmobiling programs are self-supported through gas tax, registration fees, and other user fees.
As you can see, we have it pretty good, but we need more members to help to make this program even better.
Utah Snowmobile Association