Glistening under a thick blanket of snow, winter in
Yellowstone is a magical place teeming in wildlife
and primal beauty,
all without the usual tourist crowds of summer. The
Yellowstone's 10,000 hydrothermal features provide
an eerie contrast to Yellowstone's icy winter landscape.
snowmobile visit to Yellowstone National Park will
memory for a lifetime.
There are a few egocentric lying tree hugger types
that don't want to share the
park with the rank and file American tax payer.
do so they are perpetuating lies by selecting
biased pseudo science and making a convincing argument
to the American people about damage to Yellowstone
that doesn't exist. Poorly informed Americans are
suckers for heartstring issues such as these.
The environmentalists admits
that pollution levels are higher in summer from
cars but since snowmobiles
are a soft target because of the smaller numbers
of participants they are today's target of these
selfish user groups.
Hill climber goes off the back of his sled instead of over the crest of the mountain.
Hole's World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb • (Jackson Hole) World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is not an event
for the meek, Held annually the last weekend of March the Hill Climb challenges
over 100 of the bravest and brightest stars on the professional snowmobile
circuit. The racecourse is straight up a double black diamond (expert only)
ski run called Exhibition. Exhibition rises 1,500 vertical feet above the
town of Jackson. The upper end of Exhibition known aptly as Rock Garden is
a double-black diamond ski run with an unfathomable 45 degree slope which
puts the wobble in extreme skiersÕ knees and makes mincemeat out of $10,000
snow machines. These competitors are snowmobiling up places most of us are
scared to ski down. Guts and a good sled may take you over the top or as
has happened to some a tumble to the bottom may dash the dreams of an aspiring
Women’s Rally 4 A Reason • (Island Park, Idah)o • Midldle weekend in January check webisite for spacific dades - www.rally4reason.com • 209/558-7390. Highlight: The camaraderie among racers and spectators, and the ride through gorgeous forests. Any snowmobile race aficionado would associate a long-standing cross-country race with a bunch of tough men in a state like Minnesota. So it may be a surprise that there’s a 25-year-old cross-country race, specifically for women, in Idaho. The Old Ladies Race, an Idaho tradition, has a new name and different starting location — but the heart of the event is still the same: a women’s race to raise money for charity.
One Lunger 100 Snowmobile • The One Lunger began in 2000 as a fun activity born from an interest in vintage snowmobiles. The rules require that all snowmobiles entered in the race must be 1973 vintage or older, single-cylinder snowmachines. Any engine modification is permitted and any fuel may be used. Jackshafts are prohibited. Held on the third weedine in Feburary - Check For actural dates
World Snowmobile EXPO • Second weekend in March - check ro actual dates. EXPO is recognized worldwide as the "Largest Snowmobile Event in the West." Arctic Cat, Polaris, Skidoo and Yamaha will unveil their new snowmobile lines for the first time to the public at the same location. Hundreds of new aftermarket exhibits will also be on display at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, center for the EXPO. EXPO will once again offer a TOUGHMAN ENDURO Race scheduled on Friday. EXPO features high-flying aerial antics on Saturday night. The EXPO SWAP MEET will be held Saturday
the view of the red hills in the Gros Ventre Mountains Northeast
of Jackson Hole Wyoming
Will Closing the ‘Snowmobile Loophole’ Lead to Shutting Down All Motorized Rec on Public Lands? • The battle over backcountry access is back on.This time, the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human-powered snow sports, has taken the lead, filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service related to the way snowmobiles are regulated on National Forest lands. Their argument? That over-snow vehicles (aka snowmobiles) should fall under the same oversight rules that govern off-road use in the summer. In other words, they feel it is time to close the so-called “snowmobile loophole.”
the sunny Super Bowl, I'll take Wyoming and a snowmobile - by
I wouldn't know, because for the past 10
days, I've been about
as far away from Phoenix and the Super Bowl as a guy can get. Well,
actually, I'm closer to Phoenix than you are but only geographically............................While
the 3,000 media who are covering the Super Bowl were being herded
into a stadium on Wednesday to record the 3,000,000 clichés
that would be spewed on Media Day, I was cruising along the semi-frozen
Grey's River in Western Wyoming, looking at some of the most excruciatingly
beautiful scenery available for human eyes. It was 15 degrees and
it was snowing and I was sitting on a snowmobile that was sitting
on top of about five feet of hard packed snow......................As
I was watching four moose - two males and two females - cavorting
in the river, I have to admit----------------------------------->
NPS decision keeps east gate open in
winter By Carole Cloudwalker • Motorized over-snow access to Yellowstone
Park via Sylvan Pass will continue under terms of a Park Service decision
signed Tuesday................................The decision reversed
an earlier Park Service preferred alternative that would have totally
closed Yellowstone's East Entrance in wintertime
after the 2007-08 season.............................A Record of
Decision (ROD) concerning Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks and
the Rockefeller Parkway was signed by Mike Snyder of
Denver, director of the Intermountain Region of the Park Service...........................The
ROD calls for changes in winter use in the two parks beginning
with the 2008-09 winter season.----------------------More
seventy year old
Louise Mcdonald snowmobiling in Yellowstone
New limits on snowmobiling in Yellowstone
By Ben Neary • Snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park will
be restricted to 540 trips per day starting in the winter of
2008-09, the National Park Service decided Tuesday..................................Conservationists
had wanted a ban on snowmobiling in the park, saying it causes
noise and air pollution. In a recent letter, 86 members
of Congress — none from states surrounding Yellowstone — asked
the National Park Service to phase out snowmobiles due to pollution
concerns............................Snowmobiling enthusiasts and
some local business owners had wanted the daily---------------------------More
Snowbobilers checking out the Firehole River in Yellowstone
Snowmobile enthusiasts respond to new Yellowstone Winter use plan the Regional Office of the National Park Service in Denver issued
its Record of Decision (ROD) on winter use in Yellowstone and Grand
Teton National Parks. This is the latest action in the process
of developing a long-term winter use plan for the Parks. The ROD
is the final step from which the implementing rule will be developed.
This must happen in the next 30 days for the Park to open to snowmobile
access December 19, 2007. The ROD formalizes changes and restrictions
in snowmobile access to the Parks.
Jack Welch, President of the BlueRibbon Coalition, stated, "We
are not completely satisfied by the reduced levels of snowmobile
access available only through commercial tour operators, but we
appreciate the difficulty of the Park Service's management balance
and are thankful that the agency has decided to allow for some
level of continued snowmobile access to the Parks." -----------------More
Congress Votes to keep Yellowstone Open for Winter Recreation The United States Senate and House
of Representatives enacted legislation
to keep Yellowstone National Park open for winter recreationists.
The legislative action affirms National Park Service rules
to continue limited guided-snowmobile access on groomed roads
in the Park, using only new technology snowmobiles. The affirmed
rules also provide for snowcoach access and cross-country
skiing in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this
in Yellowstone: A Caldera of Your Own Lisa Torrance Duffy • Want
to tour Yellowstone National Park in near solitude? Visit in winter.
With a fraction of the summer's visitation -- only 140,000 during
the winter season compared to almost 3 million in summer -- winter
is the ideal time to take in the park's astounding natural attractions.------------------------------> More
court contemplates restoring roadless balance Recreational interests
were among those present in the crowded courtroom as U.S. District
Judge Clarence Brimmer presided on October
19th over the latest legal maneuvers affecting U.S. Forest Service
roadless area management. In this latest lawsuit, the State of
Wyoming seeks to have the Court reinstate its earlier ruling finding
the 2001 Roadless Rule illegal. A number of recreational groups
have weighed in as "friends of the court" in order to
protect recreational access to the approximately 60 million acres
of "roadless areas" potentially affected by the Rule.
The groups, who include the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive
Clubs ("CA4WDC"), United Four Wheel Drive Associations
(UFWDA), the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA),
and the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), have been involved in a series
of Roadless lawsuits including several in the U.S. Districts of
Idaho and Northern California, and appeals court proceedings in
the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. In the present case the recreational
groups are supporting Wyoming's position and are seeking to have
an injunction issued preventing the Forest Service from implementing
the 2001 Rule. ---------------------------> More
Hole Snow Devils • JH Snow Devils general membership meetings are 1st
Thursday of each month in January, February & March: 6:30pm
at the Virginian.
Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Assoc. • (Bozeman MT) (406) 586-8687 - Located on I90 and Hwy 191, 90 miles North of Yellowstone National Park and home to Montana State University. Renowned for its beautiful scenery and downhome atmosphere. The local club supports two separate trail systems. The Bridger Mountains Trail system is just 15 miles NE of Bozeman and the Gallatin Range is just minutes South of this city. The Gallatin Range is the proud location of the nationally registered historic Big Sky Trail that starts just southwest of town at Little Bear Creek and traverses 123 miles thru the mountains to West Yellowstone, the Snowmobile Capital of the World. Being this close to Yellowstone National Park affords us beautiful scenery and a multitude of snowmobiling opportunities to see, all from the Bozeman area. For a family ride try Buck Cr. Ridge Trail just south of Big Sky or 15 miles further South to Taylor Fork/Carrot Basin. For the more extreme riders try Portal Cr. to Buffalo Horn segment of the Big Sky Trail.
Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club • (Pinedale WY)Meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month in various locations at 7 p.m. Please contact Mike Carrillo, President, for more information: 307-537-3132.
Sno-Roamers Snowmobile Club • (Swan Valley ID) Sno-Roamers is a nonprofit organization benefiting the Swan Valley, Irwin, and Palisades communities. The Sno-Roamers was established in 1966 by a group of friends in the Swan Valley, Irwin and Palisades area who loved to ride snowmobiles and get together for fun activities such as monthly rides in the winter, pot luck dinners, annual steak fry and an annual Christmas party and the current membership loves to do the same. There are records going back to 1983 showing that there were 27 members and that the dues were $5.00 for each member or $10.00 for a family. Some familiar area families that were members include the Rolfe’s, Longhurst’s, Drumond’s, Park’s, Taylor’s, Traughber’s, Burnside’s, Jackson’s, Wadsworth’s, Rose’s, Jone’s, Moeller’s, Poole’s and Wilkins. Currently there are 64 members and the dues are $20.00 for each member or $40.00 for a family, which includes the membership to ISSA with our longest members being Linda & Del Wilkins, Chub & Roberta Moeller and Ron Poole. New members are always welcome.
Mesa Falls in Winter, Island Park, Idaho
Targhee Ridge Runners • (Ashton ID) The Targhee Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club was organized in 1968 in Ashton, Idaho. Living in an area that borders Island Park and Yellowstone National Park , we usually have abundant snowfall and a season that runs from late November through March. The Ridgerunners believe that with careful consideration and stewardship toward the environment, wildlife, and personal property, snowmobiling can have a bright future in this area and will be a sport we can enjoy for a lifetime.
Cody Country Snowmobile Association • Remember, numbers are everything when dealing in legislative and environmental matters. As an organized group we can fight to keep our favorite areas free of wilderness and preserve our rights to multiple use lands. The club provides a place for companionship and sharing of fun times, and engages in family outings. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cody Search & Rescue Hall, September through April.
Mountain River SnoRiders • (Idaho Falls, Idaho) We are a family oriented club. We have members of all different riding skills and ages so bring the family and come ride with us! Tis’ the season to be very excited because it won’t be long that we can ride at any time. Thank you to everyone that came to the annual membership drive it turned out to be a very fun time. We were able to raise enough money to make some families very happy. So it is time for the Christmas families, please be sure to come to the meeting next week to hear the details. If you have any thing that you want to donate please let Derick know. Because the snow is coming we need to think of a Christmas club ride. There have been some new suggestions, including talk of a two day ride. If you have any suggestions please let us know.
Cody Country Snowmobile Association • (Cody Wyomng) The club provides a place for companionship and sharing of fun times, and engages in family outings. Remember, numbers are everything when dealing in legislative and environmental matters. As an organized group we can fight to keep our favorite areas free of wilderness and preserve our rights to multiple use lands. By joining CCSA (or renewing your dues) you also become a member of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association who works in conjunction with Wyoming State Parks & Historical Sites to provide legislation for our sport, trail construction and grooming, mapping of trails and map printing. We meet the first Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cody Search & Rescue Hall, September through April.
Riverton Sno-Goers, the Lander Snowdrifters, and the Dubois Sno-Katers • (Lander/Riverton/Dubois) nowmobiling is our passion and the Wind River Mountains is our playground. Here you will find information about club events and rides, maps of trails and riding areas, saftey information and links to great snowmobiling websites in Wyoming. Our goal is to help you have the best time and most fun snowmobiling. Don't forget to check out the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association website for more statewide club news and to support the sport of snowmobiling.
Pinedale Snow Explorers • (Pinedale Wyoming) Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of December, January, February and March at 7:00 pm at the Pinedale Library.
Top Of The Rockies • (Alpine Wyoming) Since 1967 - This club was organized with the intent to bring people together with similar interests, to raise money for community projects and to support family oriented activities.
Sweet Grass County Recreation Association • (Big Timber Montana) Welcome friends and recreation fans! Thank you for visiting our club website. Here you are able to view our schedule for the year. We are very excited about 2010. We hope that you can make it to some of our events. We’re hoping to build the club with some strong volunteers and fun events!
Regional Snowmobile Tour Operators and Rentals
Park Polaris • (Island
Park) Located in beautiful Island Park, Idaho,
our facility is a full service Polaris star dealer. We specialize in
sales, service, rentals and guided tours. We have rental clothing
to dress you from head to toe and our guided tours are designed for novice
riders to expert. Tours
are given by professional riders through Targhee and Caribou National
Country Snowmobile Adventures • (West
Yellowstone) Back Country
offers high quality snowmobile rentals at affordable rates. Available
are available if you would like to see Yellowstone from a native's
perspective. We also provide accommodation packages making it
affordable and easy to see the amazing wonders of Yellowstone
National Park. Whether you're a die hard rider, or a beginner,
your guaranteed to have a great time.
Hole Snowmobile Tours (Jackson
Hole) Specialists in snowmobile and backcountry
tours. Day tours and overnight adventures in Yellowstone
National Park, the Wyoming Continental Divide, Togwotee
Mountain and Granite Hot Springs. Current model Polaris
Snowmobiles. Experience makes the difference.