Club Members we need you help

Critical Importance
CALL for action we need Your votes and support one more time to recast your vote!
****Deadline now March 9th 4:30 pm 2020****

Here we are having to keep proving ourselves yet again.
We asked you to take our poll survey and the other side namely the silent sports people would NOT BELIEVE or could not accept the numbers we generated! (We Rocked Their world!) So a Big Thank You from the motorized community in Polk County Wisconsin !!
Now we have more time to spread the word and reach even more!
So, once again, we need to come together one more time to say in one united voice, we want the SA3 option that gets our snowmobiles out of the ditches and off blacktopped roads. So we can complete the Corridor 12 railroad grade that runs west to east across Wisconsin.
Polk County Parks and Recreation have generated a multiple choice form using the platform Survey Monkey so all sides are represented in this choice.
Vote Now! And select the SA3 option on this new survey that puts snowmobiles on this 14 mile section of railroad grade. If you do not vote we all lose!
Get everyone you know to this site and vote.



To help you help us, copy and send between the lines below.
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Copy and/or forward this message with the link and share by email, text, or social media to help us spread the word to every snowmobiler you know to take the survey and vote for the SA3 option in this survey to allow snowmobiles on this section of trail.
***If you do not vote we all lose!***

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L8LQBVS

For more info on this visit :
https://www.polkcountysnowmobileatv.com/

Public Hearing 3-16

Trails are closing in Polk 2-24-2020

Polk County Information Center

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SNOWMOBILE UPDATE:
“All SNOWMOBILE trails south of Hwy 8 will close Midnight tonight 2/24/2020. We will decide on North of Hwy 8 on Thursday.”

Check the State Site for updates or changes on the trail status.

2020 Hayward Safari Ride – Jan 24-26

We are organizing a club ride for anyone interested for the weekend of Jan 24-26 in Hayward.  The location is

Northern Pine Inn
9966 N State Road 27 South
Hayward, WI  54843
Phone 715-634-4959  Anna will take the reservations Ref  OsceolaValleySnogoers

Each Double Queen room cost $166.33 for the two nights, Including tax ( approx. $76/night. The 10 rooms are in the main 2 story building and grouped together. There is plenty of  parking for trailers behind the building close to the rooms.

These rooms will remain blocked till Jan 17.  Any remaining rooms on the 17th will be released and reservations after that point will need to be made independently.

This is the first time we are using this hotel.  Attached is the website for you to reference.  http://www.northernpineinn.com/

Frank Summerfeldt.

The Hard Truth About off Trail Riding

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT OFF-TRAIL RIDING
By: Mark Lester, Photo By: Mike Lester
3/15/2019
It looks like snocross racing has been supplanted as the identity of choice by the image of the deep snow freerider.

Iconic names like Haikonen, Morgan and Hibbert for two decades have given way to powder slaying, cornice jumping images of Chris Burandt, Carl Kuster, Dave McClure, Rob Kincaid and many others. More important, in showrooms the sought-after image of snocross sleds is increasingly shifting to deep-snow sleds.

Proof positive are comments coming from the OEMs indicating the sale of crossover and mountain sleds is the growth market in the snowmobile industry right now.

We would not dispute this assertion. Our contact with you, our readers, and Snowtrax Television viewers indicates not just a passing interest in off-trail riding but a determined desire to rip-up powder, ride without boundaries and generally go wherever you choose.
Although we’re not against this new, tweaked definition of snowmobiling, we must clearly state this reality: If snowmobiling keeps redefining itself away from groomed trail riding – and I’m speaking about flatland freeriding here – there’s going to be a huge price to be paid.

Sure, it’s great the OEMs are recording sales increases in deep snow, longer tracked crossover rides; I get that. However, there has to be a visible, coordinated move to educate these buyers their new way to participate has boundaries and subsequently, rules. If this doesn’t happen soon, we’re in for big trouble!

So, overall, this is good, right? I mean more sleds sold means more participants, more tourism impact, more justification for our sport’s continued acceptance and support by government and thus more monetary support for snowmobiling. This is correct thinking, right?
Honestly, I’m less sure about the above rationale than I’ve ever been. I’m concerned things are getting out of control. We attend all the big US consumer shows every fall and this year I was overwhelmed by the increase in people we spoke with who are buying sleds with the intent to use them off-trail in flatland, trail-based territory.

Like I said, I’m all about more participation and expansion. However, I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the consequences of this re-imagined type of riding.

You’ve likely heard, just like we have, about trail closures from sleds wandering off the prescribed signed and marked routes. Landowners are the backbone of North America’s state and provincial groomed trail systems. The desire to freeride using these trails as a springboard to “get to the pow” runs 180-degrees counter to the original idea behind groomed trails.

Therein lies the problem. This growing desire to ride deep-snow-capable sleds in deep snow has to be subject to some rules. Moreover, this new movement needs tourism destinations and riding locales to step up and recommend terrain and areas where this kind of riding can legally and considerately take place.

Those who build, maintain and groom our valuable trail systems can no longer just get angry at off-trail riders, because they’re most certainly not going away.

In fact, it appears these participants are going to grow again in numbers this winter. There has to be some solutions and some give-and-take in an effort to get this new genre of riding under the wing of established trail sanctioning groups.

One more thing: It’s probably time for the OEMs to step up with some ideas aimed at preserving the amazing access we enjoy to public and private land. As the main benefactors of the explosion in popularity of deep snow sleds, the manufacturers need, at the very least, to participate in and ideally help direct this conversation as well.

It’s time to get talking constructively about this no longer “emerging” but rather, ever-increasing fraternity of snowmobilers who see things differently than the status quo.