The off season isn't the time off for snowmobile clubs that people think! see more
While the most exciting time of the year for snowmobilers is in the winter months, the off season isn't the time off for snowmobile clubs that people think. There are so many administrative and infrastructure obligations to address along with meetings especially in relation to land access issues during the summer months. Once the riders have parked their sleds for the season the clubs kick it into high gear!
Trail Maintenance and Brushing
Spring, Summer and Fall are all busy times on the trails for the clubs. In the spring before the final thaw many clubs have to go out and remove temporary snow bridges, clean out culverts, pick up pallets, pull up stakes, and remove any trees from creeks that have the potential to dam up water above our trails. They may have to close gates or install signs informing summer users that the area is closed. Through the summer many clubs run brushing programs to remove willow trees and widen trails for the groomer to get though. They also clean out ditches to stop erosion, re-slope trail surface if needed, and remove deadfall or danger trees near our trails and shelters.
Warm up shelter Construction and Maintenance
If you see a project happening on the ground this year you can be sure that new shelter or parking lot has been at least three years in the planning. Clubs must complete full project proposals with budgets, create engineered drawings, complete environmental and/or archeological assessments, submit applications to Government for permission and finally work to secure the necessary funds to complete the project. Of course when you build something new it comes with ongoing responsibility for the Club to properly maintain this asset long term. That is why the process is long and only strong clubs that can demonstrate long term stewardship are successful. Part of that ongoing commitment is ensuring that all shelters, new or old, have routine maintenance completed each season. This work can include painting, replacing stairs, clearing away fire hazards, repairing chimneys, fixing solar power, stocking firewood, and rodent proofing to prevent pack rats, porcupines, pine martins, and squirrels from calling the club’s shelter their home. Outhouses may have to be addressed, repaired and maintained, along with basic upkeep for existing structures. With many of these projects being volunteer driven, recruiting multiple hands to help is necessary to complete work in the short window of time the summer lends.
Groomer and Equipment Maintenance
Each season, each club goes over their equipment and completes routine maintenance or sends their groomer out for necessary repairs. Many sledders may not know that the average cost of a groomer is over $100,000 and that repair bills can be in the ten's of thousands of dollars especially if equipment is not properly maintained. In the spring most groomers are moved down to a members shop for storage where most maintenance is done to the groomers or drags with a final once over in the fall before being moved back up into position. Clubs can often get in the vicious circle where they are spending so much to maintain old equipment that they cannot save enough to replace the equipment. Then if the equipment is broke down riders get frustrated and further reduce the clubs budgets by not buying memberships. So help your club break the cycle by helping where you can or supporting them through memberships. Someone who is mechanically inclined is always appreciated and nothing depletes a clubs bank account quicker then their groomer.
Grant Sourcing and Writing
Several funding initiatives surface during the spring and summer months, including many tourism and government funding opportunities. If your club has someone proficient in grant writing consider yourself fortunate, for there are a lot of dollars out there that could greatly improve your club’s operations. But the application processes require detailed planning, execution and followup. There are few grants out there that will completely fund a project so often in conjunction with grants the clubs will need to coordinate fundraising campaigns or apply to several grants at once. If you are a technical person that is good at writing proposals and planning projects please consider helping your club with grant applications. Nothing feels better than helping your local club pull all the pieces together and complete a new shelter that will be there for all sledders to enjoy for generations to come.
Fundraising Events and Membership Drives
No snow, no problem, sometimes the off season, is the perfect time for a fundraising event or membership drive...especially in the fall. Riders are so eager to get back out on the snow that attendance can be high. All sledders are eager to get started and are looking for ways to reconnect with their riding group or meet new people. The BCSF also runs their annual #BCSFEarlyRenewalContest each season so that all members that support their BCSF Club before November 30th get entered for a chance at some great prizes.
Often during the summer months there seems to be a focus on the sport of snowmobiling for consultation processes. There are often meetings with Government around wildlife, new government policies and often written submissions required on each of these. Clubs are attending the BCSF Annual General Meeting, the BCSF Annual Club Congress, actively recruiting volunteers for their work bees, recruiting new Board Members, updating websites, filing annual reports with Societies BC, creating operation plans for the coming season and reports on last season for Government, plus reviewing industrial plans for the coming season to try to mitigate impacts to our trails..
By the time snow flies Clubs have booked and attended most of the Western Canada Snowmobile Shows and worked with their local tourism partners to create new maps, advertising packages, and to secure great snowmobile offers for their riders for the coming season. The BCSF is no exception as we work hard each summer to ensure that our #memberbenefit program is bigger and better each year. Many clubs set the meeting schedule and plan all their events with dates at the first meeting of the season. Many members want events but when they are actually planned fail to attend. It is disheartening to volunteers to spend time planning something and have no one show up. So attend your club meetings and help them plan events on dates that work for many of the members.
So as you can see the business of snowmobiling never stops. It is not all just work though, each of these club activities is also a great opportunity to get outside, meet new friends and an opportunity to invest your time into a sport you love. Supporting your local club ensures that when your track touches snow this winter that the trails will be open, the trail is groomed, the shelters are warm, and that your snowmobile club will still be there to ensure it all happens again next year!
Volunteers getting it done with the Fernie Snowmobile Association
Before you volunteer with your local snowmobile club this summer please read this! see more
Before you volunteer with your local snowmobile club this summer please review the attached resource.
We are looking for passionate people to step up and assist the Federation. see more
The British Columbia Snowmobile Federation is dedicated to provide strong leadership and support to member clubs to establish, maintain and protect quality opportunities for organized snowmobiling in British Columbia and to promote the safe and environmentally responsible use of these opportunities.
The BCSF is a non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is elected from the Membership, by the Membership, to provide governance, oversight and leadership to the Federation overall. We are looking for passionate people to step up and assist the Federation in achieving our strategic objectives and add to the strength of the Federations voice.
Elections will be held on April 6th in Kamloops, BC at the BCSF Annual General Meeting. We have the five positions up for election this year:
Vice President (2 year term)
Treasurer (2 year term)
2- Provincial Directors (2 year term)
1- Provincial Director (1 year term)
Nomination packages can be found below. Deadline for nominations is March 7, 2019. If you would like to ask questions about the positions or the duties required you are welcome to contact the Board President, Richard Cronier, or the Nominations Committee Chair, Pamela Cole.
ArticleMeet the winners of the 2018 Excellence Awards! see more
This year, we were blown away at the overwhelming support and recognition of the people and organizations who work tirelessly to better the sport of snowmobiling in BC. There were a total of 77 nominations for 57 different nominees. The largest number of submissions in BCSF history! The BCSF Excellence Awards are a way to recognize people, businesses and organizations whom have made significant contributions and shown exceptional support for organized snowmobiling in BC. It is always an honor to be a part of the Awards and the following winners deserve every bit of recognition we can give them. Congratulations to all the nominees as well, we appreciate everything you do!
We started of the ceremony with the Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership and the winner was Full Throttle Motorsports in Quesnel. Owner Brad Dunn is a Director for the Wells Snowmobile Club, and goes above and beyond to support his Club and its members. Full Throttle supports every Club event, through donating time, prizes, use of sleds, and sponsorship. Brad not only sells sleds, but he ensures club membership and encourages safety gear and training. He takes his own personal time to take customers to the mountains to help build confidence, to learn about the machines, and to show them around. He also offers after hours support and service. These are just a few of the amazing things that Brad contributes to the sport, his club and his community. His customers are like family to him, and some have been loyal customers of Full Throttle for 15+ years because of Brads dedication to customer satisfaction and commitment to being the best. Congratulations Brad Dunn and your team at Full Throttle Motorsports!
Meghan Bosecker accepts on behalf of Full Throttle Motorsports
Next up was the Award for Outstanding Organized Snowmobile Related Company, and the winner was Outside Ventures from Prince George. Owner Dave Merritt offers both Avalanche Skills Training and Snowmobile Safe Operators courses. Outside Verntures is an amazing asset to the north. Dave is the first person called whenever the snowmobile club needs training or awareness and always shuffles his schedule around to accommodate almost any group wanting to learn. Dave works full time and yet still finds time to teach awareness in northern BC almost every weekend and often during the week. Dave is a person who helps. He is a search and rescue member and team manager, and his reason for doing all this is because he wants to see the sport grow and become even safer with everyone having knowledge of the backcountry. Congratulations Dave Merritt on the continued success of Outside Ventures!
Meghan Bosecker accepts on behalf of Outside Ventures
The Award for Outstanding Promotion and Development of Snowmobiling went to another dedicated sledder from Northern BC, President of the PG Snowmobile Club, Meghan Bosecker! She is hands down, the youngest Club President within the Federation of Clubs, and one of the half-dozen female club Presidents in the province as well. Meghan has put on numerous events for the Club this year and dedicated countless hours of her own time into these events. The Backcountry Avalanche Workshop she organized had over 90 people in attendance, the venue was filled to the max and although they weren’t prepared for such a large turn-out, they made due to ensure that everyone stuck around. She is completely dedicated to the sport and will do whatever she can to make sure that other people who enjoy the sport have a great time with it as well and know all they need about it. Congratulations Meghan Bosecker, here’s to three more years of success as President of your Club!
Meghan Bosecker accepts the award for Outstanding Promotion & Development
Next up was the Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development Award, and the winners were the Valemount & Area Recreational Development Association (VARDA). VARDA does an incredible job promoting not only snowmobile tourism, but safe snowmobiling, sustainable development of winterized recreation (and year-round rec), and community growth. VARDA attends all three of the Western Canadian Snow Shows, and actively promotes their riding areas year round on Social Media as well. Club members and non-members have access to regular and consistent avalanche and snow condition information, as well as info on ethical riding, wildlife sensitivities, safety and backcountry stewardship. Congratulations VARDA!
Terry Power and Curtis Pawliuk accept the award for Outstanding Tourism Promotion & Development for VARDA
The winner of the Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Family were the Evans Family from Kelowna. Justin, Kyra, Brooklyn & Paisley were all in attendance for the awards, and in true volunteerism fashion, the girls even helped BCSF Secretary, Pamela Cole run the door prize draw! Justin is a member of Hunter’s Range Snowmobile Association (HRSA) in Enderby and is an active volunteer for both HRSA and the Kelowna Snowmobile Club. Justin and his family attend all club meetings, work party’s and events to support their Club’s. They even help organize gathering donations and executing the planning of Club events and fundraisers. Most recently helping to organize a fundraiser for Search and Rescue! Congratulations Evans Family, it’s families like yours that are the backbone of our Clubs, going above and beyond to support our sport!
Justin Evans, Kyra Casorso & daughters Paisley & Brooklyn accept the award for Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Maryclaire Snowball of the Williams Lake Powder Kings won the Award for Outstanding Youth Contribution. Maryclaire has been nominated for this Award in previous years, and is a most deserving young lady, so we were pleased to see her take it home! Maryclaire’s parents Mark and Laurie are the President and Membership Administrator for the Powder Kings, that along with Maryclaire’s older brother Nathan being hugely involved in snowmobiling, it is no wonder that this amazing young woman is following in their footsteps and is the Club’s Youth Director. She is an active participant in all Club activities, including meetings, work bee’s, their local snow show, membership drives, club rides, fun days and more! She encourages youth in her community to get involved in the sport, and not just the snowmobiling but that volunteering for non-profit organization like the Powder Kings is also enjoyable and rewarding. Congratulations Maryclaire! The world needs more youth like you, and your Club and Community are lucky to have you!
Maryclaire Snowball accepts the award for Outstanding Youth Contribution
The winners of Outstanding Snowmobile Club were the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society. This Club went from being down and out to achieving many amazing accomplishments in just the last year. A new board of directors committed their efforts towards revitalizing the Club, a new logo, a new groomer, a record breaking membership drive, installation of a new beacon park, new events and fundraisers, new solutions with Rec, Sites and Trails, first-time attendance to BCSF meetings and events and increased promotion of safety. These are just a small example of the exemplary efforts made by the new WVSS, a small club with a big heart and an even bigger vision. Congrats Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society!
Rob & Melody Chemelli, Garry Prosser & Rob McSheffery from the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society accept the award for Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Our next Awards category was for Groomer of the Year, and it was obvious from the 18 nominations for 13 outstanding groomer operators that these individuals all deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to maintaining grooming programs in their communities! But unfortunately there can only be one winner, and this year’s award went to Steven Miller of the Prince George Snowmobile Club! Steven is quite the ambitious and dedicated volunteer, often at a personal cost, but never quitting until the job is done and the Club’s needs are met. This winter he saved the Club’s Family Day event, single handed! Upon arriving to groom for the day’s event at 3 am and finding the groomer dead, Steven headed back, got in his personal pick-up truck and drove several kilometers to get to the groomer and give it a boost! Then he towed his pick-up down, groomed the trail, hauled in the event supplies, and even stayed to help with clean-up and hauling everything out. It made for one long exhausting day for Steven, but ensured that the Club’s Family Day was a huge success. Congratulations Steven, your commitment to your Club and your sport is exemplary!
Steven Miller accepts the award for Groomer of the Year
Our next award was for an individual who has shown an extraordinary level of dedication to improving the sport of snowmobiling in BC and who exemplifies the high standards and selflessness that Pat Whiteway maintained during his lifetime. Pat Whiteway (1944-2007) was a long-time volunteer and iconic ambassador for snowmobiling in BC. Pat was an oval racing champion, Kelowna Snowmobile Club President, BCSF Associate Director, BCSF Recreation Division President, BCSF Executive Director, many more positions for the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, including president, and the International Snowmobile Congress. The award is considered the highest honour available to a BC snowmobiler. The winner of the Pat Whiteway Award for Outstanding Snowmobiler went to Curtis Pawliuk of the Valemount & Area Recreational Development Association (VARDA)! Curtis is a leader who not only walks the walk, but lives and breathes snowmobiling. He is Manager of VARDA (it’s estimated that he donates just as much time as he’s paid for), has his own snowmobile safety company (Frozen Pirate), and is a Director at Avalanche Canada. He is also chair of sled com which is a snowmobile specific avalanche safety steering committee. There are far too many things to list here, as Curtis is truly involved in every aspect of snowmobiling in not only Valemount, but across the province. He is a true ambassador of the sport, and a very deserving winner of this award. Congratulations Curtis!
Curtis Pawliuk accepts the Pat Whiteway award for Outstanding Snowmobiler
We wrap up the Awards with a very special presentation from the BCSF President, Richard Cronier. Each year, an individual is hand-picked by the current President to be the recipient of the BCSF President’s Award. This award is to recognize an individual who’s shown outstanding leadership and contributions to organized snowmobiling within their Club, their community and the Province of British Columbia. This year, the honour went to Len Woodd of the Kamloops Snowmobile Association. Len owns and operations a machining company (Acumen Machine Ltd.), and has donated endless time, money and energy to the KSA. Lenny's passion for riding is only exceeded by his passion for good times while riding various areas across BC. Lenny understands that in order to create those good times, a volunteer usually has made it happen. That volunteer for the KSA is often Lenny who has stepped up with groomer repairs, manufacturing of various items for the Club, and many personal donations of time and money given to support the club. Lenny has personally invested his own money and time to attend Provincial snowmobile meetings, and further the Federation. Len is beyond a doubt an invaluable member of the provincial snowmobiling family and we are honoured to have him by our sides. Congratulations Len, you truly deserve it and thank-you for everything you do!
Len Woodd of the Kamloops Snowmobile Association accepts the BCSF Presidents Award
The evening continued on with more visiting with great people from across the province, congratulations were shared, and the good conversations carried on amongst old friends and new. If you have never attended the BCSF AGM, Excellence Awards & Gala, I highly recommend coming next year.
As always, you can keep up to date on BCSF News and Events here on our website bcsf.org, our electronic newsletters and of course our social media pages. Thank you again to each and every one of you who took the time to nominate, and we look forward to seeing another outpouring of recognition and appreciation in the 2018-2019 season!
International Snowmobile Celebration Dealer event happening on October 25-27, 2019. see more
Contact: Ed Klim
Phone: (517) 339-7788
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iternational Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
New Campaign to Celebrate Snowmobiling
HASLETT, MI, May 31, 2019: The snowmobile manufacturers are collectively organizing and supporting a new, North American “International Snowmobile Celebration” Dealer event, happening on October 25-27, 2019. The dealer-focused event will celebrate the snowmobiling community and prepare for the upcoming season. All snowmobile dealers, local clubs, and Associations/Federations across the United States and Canada are invited to participate in the event.
The Celebration is being patterned after the successful “Snöskoters Dag” (Snowmobile Day) which has been held in Sweden for 40 years. The event in Sweden started in the 1970s and expanded rapidly through the 1980s as snowmobiling in Sweden expanded. The success of the event is traced to creating a fun family weekend, with involvement from dealers, clubs, associations, media and other industry stakeholders.
Snowmobile dealers can use the time to begin the selling season with special offerings of products, parts, garments, and accessories. “Show and shine” events featuring vintage and custom snowmobiles, towing and groomer vehicles are encouraged. Safety training events, maintenance and winter check-up events for snowmobiles and trailers are another avenue for dealers to explore.
“International Snowmobile Celebration” is a fun, family festival type event, where Barbecue, some refreshments, music and an “open house” mentality will get snowmobilers prepared for the upcoming season! Dealers will be contacted throughout the summer encouraging them to participate in the October 25-27, 2019 celebration. Manufacturers are supporting by offering co-op dollars for dealers who host.
Snowmobile clubs are encouraged to participate with their local dealerships in the activities and participate where possible like: serving food, coordinating special events, conducting safety classes, while the event offers an opportunity for membership and volunteer recruitment.
Snowmobile dealerships will be encouraged to contact local Chambers of Commerce, Visitors and Convention Bureaus, and regional media to support and help with the event.
Snowmobiling is a major part of the Winter Tourism economic engine across the North American snowbelt. The “International Snowmobile Celebration” is a perfect opportunity to bring enthusiasts together in kicking off the season and enjoying the snowmobile family lifestyle.
This October let’s celebrate the “International Snowmobile Celebration” event as one big family. Manufacturers, dealers, associations and clubs embracing the opportunity to work together and celebrate snowmobiling in preparation for another great winter snowmobiling season.
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The BCSF Snowmobile Excellence Awards honor individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and business see more
The BCSF Snowmobile Excellence Awards honor individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in British Columbia that, in the recent past, have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.
For the 2015/16 Season here are BCSF Excellence Award nominees
Pat Whiteway Memorial Award for Snowmobiler of the Year
Robbie Austin (Paradise Valley Snowmobile Association)
Jack Kinsey (Prince George Snowmobile Club)
Kathy Burke (Revelstoke Snowmobile Club)
Stephanie Schwartz (Revelstoke Snowmobile Club)
Bryan Jackson (Kelowna Snowmobile Club)
Family of the Year
The Snowballs (Williams Lake Powder Kings)
The Derflers (Paradise Valley Snowmobile Association)
The Enders (Prince George Snowmobile Club)
Youth of the Year
Levi Cartwright (Prince George Snowmobile Club)
Kaiden McGowan (Paradise Valley Snowmobile Association)
Groomer of the Year
"The Brothers" Jeremy Maser and Toby Cartwright (Prince George Snowmobile Club)
"the Jeffs) Jeff Champ and Jeff Boylan (Coquihalla Snowmobile Club)
Justin Lavoie (Rocky Mountain Ridge Riders)
Bob Welsh (Vernon Snowmobile Association)
Dealer of the Year
Cycle North Powersports (Prince George)
Forest Powersports (Prince George)
Five Star Motorsports (Chilliwack)
Promotion & Development of Snowmobiling
Stump Humper Squad (Dawson Creek)
Summit Avalanche Consulting - Ryan Shelley (Grand Prairie)
Dave Merritt (Prince George)
Wells Snowmobile Club
Valemount & Area Recreation Development Association
Snowmobile Related Company
Team Thunderstruck (Rozzy & Randy)
Western Canadian Hillcross Association
BCSF Club of the Year
Black Tusk Snowmobile Club
Summit Seekers Snowmobile Club
Kamloops Snowmobile Association
Lumby Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association
Please join us in Pemberton April 2, 2016 when we announce the winners. For tickets please go to our events page