March 2020

Welcome to the online edition of The Alberta Snowmobiler!

Since 1971


MARCH 2020

We are into March and the riding has been really good this season! Apart from a few cold spells, the snowpack is closer to average this season than it has been in three or four years. The Board and Staff have been out visiting as many clubs as possible this season and its been great to get out on the trails with you.

ASA Truck and sled visiting the La Crete Polar Cats last month.

ASA Presidents Message – Denise England

As I remember last year at this time, we were just recovering from a great deep freeze.It obviously meant that all of us didn’t get the chance to ride as much but the weather impacted the clubs too.

Many rallies had poor attendance and since they are the major fundraiser for most clubs, this impacted their ability to groom and also maintain their trails.What a difference this season.I follow a lot of our ASA clubs on social media and many of them had more riders attend their events than they have ever experienced.This has such a positive effect on the future of our Association as it is confirming what a great deal it is to only pay $80.00 to be able to ride every ASA trail in Alberta. I’ve always challenged our riders to experience as many trails in our province as you can because they are all so different and so much fun.

We as the ASA Board of Directors and staff went to as many rallies and events that our personal lives would make time for this season.We went as far north as High Level, west to Grande Prairie, Fox Creek, east to St. Paul and south to Crowsnest and many in between.We were very well received at all our destinations and it shows we all have a mutual support for our sport.

I’ve been riding for very many years and one of the greatest changes in this ever changing sport is the big increase in the number of ladies that are riding now.It could be that there are so many sled types to choose from now that accommodate their riding abilities, I’m not sure, but it is great to see.

As of April 25 it will be the end of my four years as your President.What a ride!I have had the opportunity to snowmobile in so many different places, meet so many riders from all over the world at conferences and been a part of an amazing ASA Board of Directors and staff. I have enjoyed all of it and will still be around in different capacities.

See you on the trails!

NEWS and EVENTS

Meetings and consultations continue with the Province with regards to a provincial trail pass that would see a mandatory Trail Pass brought in for motorized and other trail users. We are excited to see this, and Recreational Trail Legislation brought back to life and are happy with the direction that talks are heading towards.

ASA Annual General Meeting – Saturday April 25, 2020 in Edmonton at the Chateau Nova Yellowhead. Starting at 9:00, coffee and light lunch provided for Members, Clubs and Club Delegates. We are planning a half day meeting this year, to allow plenty of travel time home afterwards.

ASA Elections – will be held immediately following the AGM. The new Board of Directors will hold their first meeting Saturday April 25 at 1:30PM, following the AGM and Lunch with Members. A complete list of positions and responsibilities will be sent to the ASA Club contacts this week. We will also post them on the website for your viewing convenience.





2021 Manufacturers Sneak Peek Show – the ASA is again producing this show for the OEMs., this year at Servus Place (St. Albert), on Sunday March 29, from 1pm to 9pm. All Four will be present this year – Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Yamaha. Parking and admission are free so there’s no reason to not attend.

We post all ASA Sanctioned Events including club rides and rallies on our website. There are still a few weeks of riding left!


March 7th Fort McMurray Sno-Drifters Rally
March 7th Snow Rush in Partnership with Teen Challenge Alberta at the Golden Triangle
March 14 Calgary Snowmobile Club Poker Run (Cataract Creek)
March 15 Watt Mountain St Patrick's Day Poker Rally
March 21 Crow Snow (Crowsnest Pass) Family Ride
Calgary Snowmobile Club rides March 8th (Sicamous), March 11th (McBridge), March 21st (Golden), March 28th (Fernie), April 4th (Cataract Creek) and April 10th (East Glacier, MT)

See our website for event details or contact the clubs directly.

SAFE RIDERS! Our long running, free to schools program has wrapped up. With the end of the provincial funding commitment to the program we no longer had the funding to continue the program in its current form. We are working with some online education providers to create and online program that would be available to schools and families, and to continue to reach students with the safe riding information. Let’s all give Lori Zacaruk and her team a huge pat on the back for the years of dedication to this program and our kids safety!

ASA Memberships 2021 – The ASA staff are working now on our Memberships for next season, including our new, half-price Youth Membership (13 years and younger). The office is trying to estimate how many to print so please have your Club contact the ASA office ASAP to share their thoughts.

ASA 50th Anniversary. Wow, 50 years! The coming season will see us celebrate fifty years of organized snowmobiling in Alberta. In addition to some logo and corporate design changes, how else would you like to see us celebrate? Let your ASA Board and staff know your thoughts.

ASA Jamboree 2021 – Hosted by the Tail Creek Snowbirds! Will be held in and around Stettler on the February 20, 2021 weekend. With a great ride planned to Big Valley, a train ride, banquet, prizes, live music and more. Mark your calendars now!

ASA Scholarship 2020 – the competition is underway, with $2,000.00 for the best essay. Post-secondary students who are current season ASA members are free to enter this essay competition, with the winner entered into a second competition for another prize of $2,000.00 (U.S.) Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/tmf7yt7

Alberta Caribou Sub-Regional Task Force – Asa Executive Director Chris Brookes continues to sit on this committee formed by Minister Nixon, to help plan a path forward for Caribou recovery and self-sufficiency in the Upper Smoky Sub-Region. The work began last fall and will continue to this coming September, where the Committee will put together a series of high level planning considerations for the province to look at, when making future plans in the area.

Some of the work involves looking at future industrial expansion into the region, as well as in-depth look at the causes of Caribou decline. An understanding of the root causes of herd decline, as well as looking at creating new best practices for resource extraction, combined with allowing continued social uses (snowmobiling!) and traditional uses like trapping, need all be considered in new plans moving forward.More details can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/caribou-range-planning.aspx

We have some exciting new partnerships to announce.

EXPANSE COTTAGES


If you are riding or passing through the David Thompson, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg areas, check in and stay the night with our new corporate partners at https://expansecottages.com/

For a detailed list of member benefits view our website at http://albertasnowmobile.ca/membership-benefits . We have updated a comprehensive list of the current partnerships including discounted rates for ASA members and all the participating hotel locations.


Heading to or through Jasper? Get discounted room rates at all their Jasper hotels, including the Sawridge, when you show your ASA membership card!


To become an ASA sponsor follow this link:
https://albertasnowmobile.ca/get-involved/our-partners/become-sponsor


Please do not reply to this message as it will not be seen.
Please contact the ASA office with all queries.

Welcome to the online edition of The Alberta Snowmobiler!

Since 1971

AlbertaSnowmobile.ca

MARCH 2020

We are into March and the riding has been really good this season! Apart from a few cold spells, the snowpack is closer to average this season than it has been in three or four years. The Board and Staff have been out visiting as many clubs as possible this season and its been great to get out on the trails with you.


ASA Truck and sled visiting the La Crete Polar Cats last month.

ASA Presidents Message – Denise England

"As I remember last year at this time, we were just recovering from a great deep freeze.It obviously meant that all of us didn’t get the chance to ride as much but the weather impacted the clubs too.

Many rallies had poor attendance and since they are the major fundraiser for most clubs, this impacted their ability to groom and also maintain their trails.What a difference this season.I follow a lot of our ASA clubs on social media and many of them had more riders attend their events than they have ever experienced.This has such a positive effect on the future of our Association as it is confirming what a great deal it is to only pay $80.00 to be able to ride every ASA trail in Alberta. I’ve always challenged our riders to experience as many trails in our province as you can because they are all so different and so much fun.

We as the ASA Board of Directors and staff went to as many rallies and events that our personal lives would make time for this season.We went as far north as High Level, west to Grande Prairie, Fox Creek, east to St. Paul and south to Crowsnest and many in between.We were very well received at all our destinations and it shows we all have a mutual support for our sport.

I’ve been riding for very many years and one of the greatest changes in this ever changing sport is the big increase in the number of ladies that are riding now.It could be that there are so many sled types to choose from now that accommodate their riding abilities, I’m not sure, but it is great to see.

As of April 25 it will be the end of my four years as your President.What a ride!I have had the opportunity to snowmobile in so many different places, meet so many riders from all over the world at conferences and been a part of an amazing ASA Board of Directors and staff. I have enjoyed all of it and will still be around in different capacities.

See you on the trails!"

-Denise England, current ASA President

NEWS and EVENTS

Meetings and consultations continue with the Province with regards to a provincial trail pass that would see a mandatory Trail Pass brought in for motorized and other trail users. We are excited to see this, and Recreational Trail Legislation brought back to life and are happy with the direction that talks are heading towards.

ASA Annual General Meeting – Saturday April 25, 2020 in Edmonton at the Chateau Nova Yellowhead. Starting at 9:00, coffee and light lunch provided for Members, Clubs and Club Delegates. We are planning a half day meeting this year, to allow plenty of travel time home afterwards.

ASA Elections – will be held immediately following the AGM. The new Board of Directors will hold their first meeting Saturday April 25 at 1:30PM, following the AGM and Lunch with Members. A complete list of positions and responsibilities will be sent to the ASA Club contacts this week. We will also post them on the website for your viewing convenience.





2021 Manufacturers Sneak Peek Show – the ASA is again producing this show for the OEMs., this year at Servus Place (St. Albert), on Sunday March 29, from 1pm to 9pm. All Four will be present this year – Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Yamaha. Parking and admission are free so there’s no reason to not attend.

We post all ASA Sanctioned Events including club rides and rallies on our website. There are still a few weeks of riding left!


March 7th Fort McMurray Sno-Drifters Rally
March 7th Snow Rush in Partnership with Teen Challenge Alberta at the Golden Triangle
March 14 Calgary Snowmobile Club Poker Run (Cataract Creek)
March 15 Watt Mountain St Patrick's Day Poker Rally
March 21 Crow Snow (Crowsnest Pass) Family Ride
Calgary Snowmobile Club rides March 8th (Sicamous), March 11th (McBridge), March 21st (Golden), March 28th (Fernie), April 4th (Cataract Creek) and April 10th (East Glacier, MT)

See our website for event details or contact the clubs directly.

SAFE RIDERS! Our long running, free to schools program has wrapped up. With the end of the provincial funding commitment to the program we no longer had the funding to continue the program in its current form. We are working with some online education providers to create and online program that would be available to schools and families, and to continue to reach students with the safe riding information. Let’s all give Lori Zacaruk and her team a huge pat on the back for the years of dedication to this program and our kids safety!

ASA Memberships 2021 – The ASA staff are working now on our Memberships for next season, including our new, half-price Youth Membership (13 years and younger). The office is trying to estimate how many to print so please have your Club contact the ASA office ASAP to share their thoughts.

ASA 50th Anniversary. Wow, 50 years! The coming season will see us celebrate fifty years of organized snowmobiling in Alberta. In addition to some logo and corporate design changes, how else would you like to see us celebrate? Let your ASA Board and staff know your thoughts.

ASA Jamboree 2021 – Hosted by the Tail Creek Snowbirds! Will be held in and around Stettler on the February 20, 2021 weekend. With a great ride planned to Big Valley, a train ride, banquet, prizes, live music and more. Mark your calendars now!

ASA Scholarship 2020 – the competition is underway, with $2,000.00 for the best essay. Post-secondary students who are current season ASA members are free to enter this essay competition, with the winner entered into a second competition for another prize of $2,000.00 (U.S.) Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/tmf7yt7

Alberta Caribou Sub-Regional Task Force – Asa Executive Director Chris Brookes continues to sit on this committee formed by Minister Nixon, to help plan a path forward for Caribou recovery and self-sufficiency in the Upper Smoky Sub-Region. The work began last fall and will continue to this coming September, where the Committee will put together a series of high level planning considerations for the province to look at, when making future plans in the area.

Some of the work involves looking at future industrial expansion into the region, as well as in-depth look at the causes of Caribou decline. An understanding of the root causes of herd decline, as well as looking at creating new best practices for resource extraction, combined with allowing continued social uses (snowmobiling!) and traditional uses like trapping, need all be considered in new plans moving forward.More details can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/caribou-range-planning.aspx

We have some exciting new partnerships to announce.

EXPANSE COTTAGES


If you are riding or passing through the David Thompson, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg areas, check in and stay the night with our new corporate partners at Expanse Cottages.

For a detailed list of member benefits view our website at http://albertasnowmobile.ca/membership-benefits . We have updated a comprehensive list of the current partnerships including discounted rates for ASA members and all the participating hotel locations.


Heading to or through Jasper? Get discounted room rates at all their Jasper hotels, including the Sawridge, when you show your ASA membership card!


To discuss being featured on our e-newsletter and become an ASA sponsor follow this link:
https://albertasnowmobile.ca/get-involved/our-partners/become-sponsor


Please do not reply to this message as it will not be seen.
Please contact the ASA office with all queries.