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January 2017

  • Sled Golden

    Go westward for mountain snowmobiling

    By Jim Chliboyko

    In these recent years of snowless Novembers, especially on the Canadian prairies, it’s not a bad idea for an avid snowmobiler to look west to a place like Golden, B.C.

    “It’s a little warmer than it’s been the last couple years to start, but that’s okay,” said Golden Snowmobile Club secretary, Aaron Bernasconi. “It’s been snowing since October, so we’re dealing with a 140-centimetre snowpack right now, which is pretty good for November. We’re on par for last year’s snowpacks.”

    “We get a lot of Saskatchewan plates in town and I think that’s been pretty important to our industry,” said Magi Scallion, the club’s newly installed executive director. “It’s a long drive for them, but we’re closer than some other areas and every year we’re building our reputation as an excellent snowmobiling destination.”

  • Snowmobile Safety

    Ride safe and have fun!

    By the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

    Now is the time for snowmobilers to keep snowmobile safety a top-of-mind awareness issue. Snowmobile safety is nothing new to organized snowmobiling. Snowmobile administrators, manufacturers, associations and clubs joined together years ago to develop the Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe™ safety campaign, which emphasized safe snowmobiling practices, training and enforcement. The campaign includes safety-related materials, such as decals, posters, the Safe Riders! DVD, public service announcements and more. Millions of Safe Riders! snowmobiling fact books, brochures and posters have been distributed throughout the world to safety trainers, clubs and associations – free of charge – from the manufacturers’ International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) office.

  • Well Lit

    Ultra-Tech Lighting looked to the past for an illuminating solution that works for the future

    By Kelly Gray

    Recently introduced Snow-Bright™ slope lighting promises and delivers perfect visual clarity on snow using 85 percent less electricity than conventional lamps and lasts 600 percent longer. That’s a big deal for operations managers who need to increase the bottom line while improving customers’ night skiing and riding experiences. With low capital costs and high returns, Snow-Bright™ technology has already been adopted by popular areas like Steamboat Springs, Powder Mountain, Blue Hill, Windham Mountain, Snow King in Jackson Hole, Campgaw, Mount Peter and many more. In fact, the brand new, private “All-Out” race training and event venue at Werner Mountain features Snow-Bright™ illumination. The launch of “All-Out” is featured on YouTube.

  • Where Are Your Volunteers?

    Focus on retaining your current crew

    By Donna Lockhart, The Rethink Group

    Recruit, recruit, recruit … Why is everyone so focused on the recruitment of volunteers?
    It seems that every organization these days is focused on recruitment:

    • “If only we had more volunteers!”
    • “Our services have increased and our volunteers are decreasing!”
    • “Greater competition for volunteer resources means we have to be the best in recruitment!”
    • “Recruitment is our real issue; that’s why we are targeting youth and baby boomers!”
    • “Our retention issues will be solved when we can get enough volunteers recruited!”

    Sound familiar? Recent studies indicate the number one issue for most non-profits is, in fact, recruitment of volunteers. I don’t want to suggest that organizations abandon this focus completely, but rather shift some attention to another aspect in volunteer management – retention.

  • Zuidberg on Track with Tracks System

    Getting good traction in North America

    By Jim Timlick

    Zuidberg North America opened for business in 2014, but this winter is serving as something of a “coming out” party for the Cedar Falls, Iowa-based company.

    While its three-point front hitch and front power take-off (PTO) systems for tractors have already established Zuidberg as a major player in the agricultural sector, the company is poised to make major inroads into the snow grooming industry this season thanks to the introduction of its innovative Zuidberg Tracks system.

    Two Midwest snow grooming clubs – the White Thunder Riders in northern Wisconsin and the Cadillac Winter Promotions in Michigan – have adopted the Zuidberg track conversion system while Lulich Implement in Mason, Wis. is demoing the system for area clubs.

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