Here is our news feature with Dan Spindle KSL. Thank you for reaching out to us to help spread the word about snowmobile safety.
Thank you to our avalanche safety sponsors Backcountry Access, Inc., Highmark by Snowpulse, & Pieps for providing us with amazing equipment to be able to share the best of the best equipment and education with our club members.
And without the help of our instructors donating their time, we would not be able to make this happen.
by Terri Hammond, Club President
Hey fellow sledheads! So glad to see the snow falling. Let’s keep the snow dancing going. The Davis County Snowmobile Club has had a very busy January. Our club ride was on January 11, up to Logan Canyon. The club members enjoyed a deep powder day with lots of smiles and laughter. On January 18, we had 29 riders show up for an Avalanche Awareness Class with the USA.
February is another busy month for our club, and if I had to guess, I would say it’s the club’s favorite month. Our club meeting will be held on February 3, 2020, at Granny Annie’s in Kaysville at 7:00 PM. The meeting is held in the conference room at the back of the restaurant.
On February 8, the club members get to put smiles on the faces of several amazing Camp K participants. The participants will show up in Kamas at Weller’s old shop for a half-day of riding snowmobiles and eating pizza. I know the smiles on their faces makes the whole day worth it.
February 13 and 15th club members can sign up for a 2-day Avalanche 101 Class with Backcountry Institute. We will spend 4 hours in the classroom the evening of the 13th at Young Powersports in Layton and all day on the snow on the 15th. Club members can RSVP for this class by sending an email to email@example.com.
February 19 through the 23rd is the clubs Annual Ride. We will be staying at Ruby’s Inn and riding the Bryce Canyon area.
Our March club meeting will be on March 2, 2020, at Granny Annie’s in Kaysville at 7:00 PM.
by Scott Graves, President Wasatch Back
Hi to all, my name is Scott Graves, also known as SledGimp. For many years I was a member of Davis County Snowmobile Club and loved it. However, I live in Heber and the club was so far away it was hard to participate in any of the non-ride club functions. It became clear to me that we needed a club in the Wasatch Back, so I have started one.
Wasatch Back Snowmobile Club is a new club and part of The Utah Snowmobile Association. We are based out of Heber but will be riding anywhere we can find the good stuff. It doesn’t matter what kind of sled you ride or what kind of terrain you ride all riders of all ages are welcome. You can find us at https://www.facebook.com/WasatchBackSnowmobileClub to keep up on our current activities and where we will be riding next.
I keep seeing everyone on social media out having a good time and enjoying the wonderful snowpack we have this year. I know I have taken advantage of some of the storm cycles this past month of January. Nearly 100 inches of snow has fallen since the middle of the month, and there are a few more flakes in the forecast.
We are having an incredible year as an association. A huge thanks to everyone on the board and those who have come out to help and support our events this year, it will definitely be one for the record books. It all started out way back in the summer when we knew it was time to bring our members an education program to help all sledders here in Utah’s backcountry. During the snow show in October, we revealed our new trailer and all the partners who made it happen. We received a grant from the Recreational Trails Program to launch this amazing project. Young Trailers, Pieps, BCA, Highmark, and the Department of Natural Resources State Parks OHV Program helped with their generous donations to match the grant. At this point, we have taught four classes through the clubs, and we will be teaching all the DNR rangers in two separate classes, then one or two more this season. By the time we are all said and done, we will have taught 200 people the Motorized Basics education course. Kirk Chester, who is our education director, has overseen this project and has quickly brought our board members up to speed to educate all these people.
We had our first ever Avalanche Awareness Week, it will happen the first week of December from now on. This came about because of the need to make the public aware of avalanche dangers here in Utah. It was in partnership with the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Snowmobile Association, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Utah State Parks, Utah Department of Transportation, and Ski Utah. Look for that next year.
January 18-26th is the national Snowmobile Safety Week and on Wednesday morning there will be a story on KSL News TV about our education program and mobile classroom. On the 25th will be our 5th annual fundraiser ride at Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge. “Rally in the Strawberry Valley,” as it’s been named, will host the great clubs, surrounding dealers, and supporters of snowmobiling in Utah. Please show your support by joining one of our fabulous clubs or donating through the association.
Next month, I will be meeting with many of the association delegates at the Western Chapter Summit in West Yellowstone, Montana. We will discuss the needs
of fellow snowmobilers here in the western region of the United States and Canada.
Well, I hope you will get out and enjoy this wonderful state we have, and I hope to see you at the Rally! Until next time, Stay safe.
President, Utah Snowmobile Association
By Cody Sargent, Chalk Creek President
After a few years of hiatus, we started back into the scene last year, and now this year, we are finally back in full force. Our membership numbers are growing to some of the highest they have ever been. We have a diverse group with members ages 10 to 60+, and we are finally getting some members from outside of the Coalville area.
We have new members on our leadership team. Diane was elected to be our treasurer/secretary, and Jed & Kendra were elected to be our activities/ride coordinators. All three of them have already proven to be worth their weight in gold.
We want to thank the whole USA board for their support and Chris and the DNR for their help. The DNR has provided us a groomer to use again this year. A huge thank you goes out to Ben for the countless hours that he spends running the groomer.
We want to remind everybody who rides the Chalk Creek Trail that it will only remain open through the continued support of our club, USA, and DNR. So please join the club and support the USA. Also, remember to stay on the county right of way from the trailhead until you reach the forest boundary. The club is working very hard to maintain a good relationship with adjacent landowners.
- We are excited about the rally in the valley ride. We hope that as many of our members will go as can to support the USA.
- Club social ride to Whitney is scheduled for 01/18.
- We are planning the following events:
- One of our famous wiener wagon rides for February,
- Lunch ride to Bear River with an overnight option for February or March,
- Avalanche motorized basics in March, and
- Weekend trip to strawberry for the end of the season. We hope to work it out with Strawberry Bay that we can go as soon as they shut down for the season again and will have the place to ourselves again.
by Ben Hancock
December 7th from 10:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. at Soldier Hollow
This year’s Kids Day is going to be even better than last year. Last year we had so much fun, learning about safety, fun activities, and avalanche safety. We are going to learn the same things this year, but we have some new tools and sponsors to help us. Like last year, we are still focusing on education, safety, and fun. We will have a special guest Santa will be coming to talk with the kids. We will have more crafts, games and lots of snowmobiles. The candy canon will also be back with lots of prizes.
Who should come to this event? Everyone! Your family doesn’t need to be an avid snowmobilers to come. Anyone wanting to recreate outside in the winter should come and learn how to be comfortable and safe in the wonderful outdoors.
See you at Kids Day!
by Bob Stockwell
The Salt Lake Valley Snowmobile Club ride and events schedule for the coming year kicks off in January, with the club’s free avalanche safety training class on Jan. 4. This training is FREE to current club members and will be a full day of classroom instruction, outdoor practice, and fieldwork scenarios with riding involved. You must RSVP for this class session, and registration is limited to the first 24 who respond. The location will be confirmed in the coming weeks, and likely will be out of the Mirror Lake Highway trailhead. Please send your RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 15, 2019.
1/4 – SLVSC Avalanche Training Class, 9 am (RSVP required)
1/11 – Mirror Lake Highway/Soapstone Trailhead
1/25 – Utah Snowmobile Association “Rally in Strawberry Valley”
2/7-2/8 – Annual Away Ride: Alpine, Wyoming
2/8 – Local Ride: Nobletts Trailhead (for those not going on annual trip)
2/22 – Mirror Lake Highway/Soapstone Trailhead
3/7 – Family Ride: Location TBC
3/21 – Mirror Lake Highway/Soapstone Trailhead
4/4 – Beaver Mountain Hillclimbs (volunteer opportunity)
4/11 – Where there’s snow
For all club rides, we do equipment check at 8:30 am, leave the trailhead at 9 am, unless otherwise noted.
If you haven’t renewed your membership for the 2020 season, please visit the new registration and payment portal through the Utah Snowmobile Association website: https://form.jotform.com/92468847936174
Follow the latest club activities by joining the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/slvsnow
by Kennon Jeppson (President Top of Utah Snowmobile Club)
Earlier this season, Egan Basin warming hut was going to be closed for the winter, due to vandalism and people not cleaning up after themselves. (Clean up your beer cans!) The actions of a few almost ruined a good thing for everyone. Thanks to Kory argyle that went to bat for everybody, this has been changed. Kory is the outgoing president of the Franklin County Highmarkers out of Preston Idaho.
We have worked out a deal with the US Forest Service to keep Egan Basin open for the next season! This is contingent on a few things:
- We pick up after ourselves and others who litter.
- We keep an eye out for vandalism and report it to the Forest Service.
- We as joint clubs help to repair, paint, and re-floor any wear and tear caused by snowmobilers.
- We as clubs will be responsible to chop firewood for the hut. Wood will be provided, but an ax will not be left at the site due to vandalism caused by the ax last year. So we need to get a schedule to make sure this is done.
- Remember this building is a rental unit and is provided as a courtesy, none of your registration or taxes go to the maintenance of this or any other provided properties. This is a privilege, not a right. This can and will be taken away!!
Please remember to play nice with the Forest Service they really are a great group of guys who enjoy snowmobiling as much as we do! Help us keep this site open!!
Any questions that need answering please contact Kenon Jepson, and I can be the point of contact in this matter.
Hopefully you are making plans to attend the show this weekend at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah on Friday and Saturday. Come find us and check out our new Mobile Classroom! The association has received a grant to teach avalanche education from the Recreation Trails Program fund (RTP) partnered with The Utah Department of Natural Resources and Utah State Parks Program.
The show will be represented by all the manufacturers and the latest in technology for gear will be available for purchase. Come see old friends and plan to make some more. Band together as the association continues to grow. Since we changed our focus to “Educating Utah’s Snowmobile Family”, we have seen a rise in memberships and participation on the board. This has brought on some new tasks and a rejuvenation to past and present tasks alike. We are forming many new partnerships with sponsors, local businesses, new clubs, and industry professionals.