USA President’s January Update

January 17th, 2020

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.

Cal Taylor
President, Utah Snowmobile Association