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Join USA Today!

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.

SnoWest Intermountain Snow Show is Here!

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.

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We’re stoked to show you our new Avalanche Safety Training Trailer! Come to the Utah Snowmobile Show Friday or Saturday to see the trailer yourself. 

Northeast Utah- A Snowmobilers Secret

By:  Josh Hansen, Uintah Basin Grooming Complex Manager

Most people do not associate snowmobiling with the east end of the Uinta Mountains. Rest assured there are more than enough opportunities to explore fresh powder on the east end of the North and South Slopes of the Uinta’s. In fact, you may need to pack an extra gas can, or two, if you want to see everything in this out of the way hidden gem! , or two, if you want to see everything in this out of the way hidden gem! 

With over 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, a rider can find any type of riding they desire. From open meadows to snow-covered peaks, we have it all! Five United States Forest Service cabins (guard stations) or yurts are available for reservation by visiting www.recreation.gov. As a safety feature, the Forest Service leaves the Carter Military Yurt open to the public as a warming hut. This neat little yurt allows riders a place to stop and eat or take a bathroom break. When making reservations, remember the Grizzly Ridge Yurt is only accessible by non-motorized travel during the winter. 

If you desire a warm and convenient slumber, keep in mind Vernal offers many lodging options at a very affordable price and has multiple snowmobile dealerships in the event an unexpected repair is needed. 

On the South Slope of the Uinta’s the majority of riders find the ease of access at the Red Cloud Loop trailhead to be very appealing. This trailhead is located just off of Highway 191 on the Ashley National Forest heading towards Flaming Gorge from Vernal, Utah. The Red Cloud Loop trailhead provides quick access to the Colton Guard Station and the Trout Creek Guard Station, as well as East Park and Oaks Park. These areas are perfect for the trail rider or novice, yet boondocking can be appealing to the experienced rider in the open (mostly rock-less) meadows and trees. These areas are also accessible from the Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork trailheads.  can be appealing to the experienced rider in the open (mostly rock-less) meadows and trees. These areas are also accessible from the Taylor Mountain and Dry Fork trailheads. 

For the more adventurous and experienced rider, the Lakeshore Basin area is the ticket. Use the Dry Fork trailhead for the quickest access to this amazing area. Riders will start at an elevation of 7,400 feet and climb to peaks and ridges as they head west, ranging from 11,000 feet to 12,000 feet! Hill climbing and open meadows as well as a few good spots to catch some air await those with a need for an adrenalin dump. Not to mention the view from 12,000 feet looking over miles and miles of snow-covered hillsides is breathtaking. Flaming Gorge can be seen in the distance when looking northeast once you reach the high ridges.

Other notable trailheads on the South Slope with quick access to high ridges and peaks blanketed in snow are the Mosby trailhead and Farm Creek trailhead. Use the Mosby trailhead to access the Paradise Lake area and use Farm Creek trailhead (near Fort Duchesne) to access the Chepeta Lake area.

On the North Slope of the Uinta’s, riders can find a vast expanse of riding opportunities if the snow conditions, for the season, are adequate from the East Mckee, Cart Creek, and Moose Ponds trailheads. Riders can access the Flaming Gorge Lodge for a hot meal or try their hand at making it to Spirit Lake. The Red Canyon Lodge near Flaming Gorge has cabins available for reservation. Reservations are available by calling the Red Canyon Lodge office directly. 

Keep in mind almost any of the areas mentioned in this article are accessible from most of the identified trailheads (if you have enough fuel). Always remember to be avalanche prepared, a large portion of the snowmobiling experienced in Uintah and Daggett County is very remote. Cell service is sporadic, make sure to come prepared and ride smart. Your next sledding adventure awaits you!

Government Report Reaffirms Outdoor Recreation’s Role as a Significant Economic Driver

by International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly released economic data on the national and, for the first time ever, state levels reinforce what the outdoor recreation industry has long believed: Outdoor recreation is a powerful driver of national and local economies and it is growing faster than the U.S. economy as a whole.
This is the second consecutive year that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has released formal, national-level data, a notable milestone for the industry now identified as a unique sector of the economy. For the first time, BEA also released preliminary data on the outdoor recreation economy at the state level for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Having a rich set of both state and national data on outdoor recreation to draw upon will inform decision-making by businesses, policymakers, and managers of public lands and waters.
Highlights from BEA’s new report on the outdoor recreation economy:
Outdoor recreation makes up 2.2 percent of U.S. GDP, generating $778 billion in gross output and supporting 5.2 million jobs.
In terms of economic output, boating/fishing, RVing, motorcycling/ATVing, hunting/shooting/trapping, and equestrian sports are the five largest conventional outdoor recreation activities.
Outdoor recreation’s share of GDP is larger than a host of traditionally recognized industries, including mining, utilities, farming and ranching, and chemical products manufacturing.
The top five states where outdoor recreation accounts for the largest percentage of each states’ total GDP are Hawaii, Montana, Maine, Vermont, and Wyoming.
The top five states where outdoor recreation accounts for the largest percentage of total U.S. GDP are California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas.
“Since introducing outdoor recreation statistics last year, it’s been good to hear businesspeople, policymakers, and outdoor enthusiasts confirm the value of these data,” said Brian Moyer, director of BEA. “Today we’re taking these economic data to the next level by breaking them down by state, showing the impact of activities like bicycling, fishing, and skiing in the places where the equipment is made, the park fees are paid, and people have fun.”
“Outdoor recreation is vital to the economy in New Hampshire and around the country,” said SenatorJeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “As the co-author of legislation that secured this study, I understand how critical this new, state-level data will be in helping to quantify the economic impact, demonstrate the importance of the outdoor recreation industry, and inform policymakers about how best to strengthen this important sector of our economy.”
“The Forest Service provides many services to the American public through outdoor recreation and we are pleased to be doing our part to sustain that thriving economy – serving 150 million visitors directly on our national forests and 300 million more on natural and scenic roads passing through our forests and grasslands each year,” said Vicki Christiansen, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. “We proudly partner with Outdoor Recreation Roundtable members and other businesses and local communities to deliver high-quality recreation experiences.”
“Today’s release of state data is a significant step forward for the entire outdoor recreation industry,” said Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). “This second full year of national data – together with prototype state-level numbers – proves that our industry is a driving economic force across the country. ORR will continue to work with Congress, federal agencies, state governments, and others to ensure that everyone has access to our public lands and waters and that our nation’s outdoor infrastructure can sustain and grow healthy communities and healthy economies.”
“While this report contains many invaluable insights, there is one takeaway that bears repeating: The outdoor recreation industry – led by boating and fishing – has earned its seat at the decision-making table,” said Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and legal affairs at the National MarineManufacturers Association (NMMA). “Thanks to unwavering support from Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congressman Don Beyer, BEA was able to expand the study’s initial scope and shine a light on the tremendous economic benefits outdoor recreation activities provide in each state. Armed with this new, robust set of data, we will continue educating policymakers on actions they should take to promote and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities across the country.”

Ed Klim, president of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), an ORR Board of Directors member, states, “Collectively, Outdoor Recreation is very important for the American economy. Snowmobiling, which is enjoyed by over 3 million Americans, generates over $20 Billion dollars of economic activity in rural American economies. In many cases, snowmobiling is the recreation of choice for residents living in the northern snow-belt region of the United States, and supports local businesses during the winter months. Snowmobilers are active all year, and participate in many other forms of outdoor recreation.”
America’s outdoor recreation community, represented by ORR, is working to ensure permanent funding for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) – BEA’s official designation for this project – so the economic importance of national and regional outdoor recreation economies can be tracked for years to come. To learn more about ORR and outdoor recreation’s contributions to the economy, click here.
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The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is America’s premier coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations, made up of 28 members representing over 50,000 American businesses. These organizations represent a sector of the economy that produces $778 billion in economic output, accounts for 2.2% of U.S. GDP and supports 5.2 million jobs – all while growing faster than the nation’s economy as a whole.

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Snowmobile Community looks forward to a great winter

by International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

Haslett, MI, September 17, 2019: The snowmobile manufacturers are looking forward to a strong sales year and great snowmobiling. New products at spring shows had a warm acceptance and advanced showings and open houses are touting excellent crowd interest and deposits on new sleds. This winter promises abundant reasonably priced fuel matched with a snowy winter, supported by the Farmers Almanac for the snow belt across North America. According to most weather forecasts, we can expect higher than normal snowfalls and “real winter” temperatures.

The winter forecast is welcome news for snowmobilers who are already preparing the trails, riding areas, and their snowmobiles. Work has begun on trails and riding areas across North America – which are always being improved with new signs, new bridges (if needed) and care and maintenance to the overall infrastructure.

This past year, the snowmobile industry worked through a slow start for winter. Yet, the manufacturers realized a 7% gain in sales.

Go Snowmobiling/Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaigns are being planned and expanded as more snowmobile clubs and associations are helping introduce new riders and others to the sport each year. Visit the www.gosnowmobiling.org website to see the Go Snowmobiling / Take a Friend guide.

Recent surveys highlight that snowmobilers are active outdoor enthusiasts participating in many activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, boating, etc.

Sales for 2018-2019 in the US totaled 55,025 new snowmobiles, while snowmobile sales in Canada showed 46,784 new snowmobiles sold. Sales in Europe were over

31,000 new snowmobiles sold. Based on new economic impact data, snowmobilers generated more than $35 billion dollars in economic activity and supported record collection of tax revenue to local, state, and federal government agencies.

Club and Association participation is increasing and supporting the snowmobiling infrastructure. Previously owned snowmobiles are increasing in market value. The supply of used snowmobiles continues to be relatively low but yet available to the many new snowmobilers interested in entering the sport with a proven, well maintained product.

The sale of parts, garments, and accessories has been very strong as well as the sales of snowmobile related gear, trailers, etc. Record sales of pick-up trucks point to a positive future for snowmobiling, since most pick-up truck owners are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy snowmobiling and outdoor winter recreation.

Snowmobilers continue to purchase high-tech products for their use and enjoyment and are eagerly embracing new global positioning and communication equipment for their snowmobiles.

Snowmobilers are very safety conscious and are improving their preparedness for a safe snowmobiling winter. A growing numbers of snowmobilers participate in mountain riding. With this continued increase in mountain riding, there is special emphasis on avalanche safety equipment (such as beacons, shovels, etc.) and participation in avalanche safety awareness classes.

Snowmobile dealerships are well positioned to take advantage of the growth potential this year, and with the positive forecast, many can expect early snowfall that will last through the winter. Snowmobilers are excited about the upcoming winter. You are invited to like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling and tell your friends too! Share your enthusiasm and visit with us on our Go Snowmobiling website: www.gosnowmobiling.org .

President’s Welcome Message for 2019-2020 Season

President’s Welcome Message for 2019-2020 Season

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
  • Directors:
    • 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.