White Outs ... (Staff Blogs)
Since the last newsletter, the SnoWest staff has been busy wrapping up summer and preparing for the upcoming winter season. Since winter left us last season in so much haste, it left a rather lengthy void that needed to be filled with warm weather activities.
For some, golf can go a long ways in soaking up the sun until the start of a new winter season. For others, fishing hits the spot.
But with the extend summer, we turned to ATVs and side-X-sides to beat the heat. Although this activity can in no way fulfill the need for snow, it's still an activity that involves speed, power and Mother Nature.
The biggest drawback with wheeled toys, when compared to snowmobiles, is the lack of freedom. Although there are some great trails that expose you to some spectacular vistas and backcountry, it can never match the sensation of floating through snow and climbing to the tops of the tallest mountains. But on the other hand, when the snow is gone, the sleds must be parked.
You may not have the freedom that snow offers, but you can still ride.
Steve Janes Blog
Snow Fronts ... (Industry Headlines)
NPS Extends Winter Rules At Yellowstone
For the upcoming 2012-2013 winter season at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service is proposing to extend the existing "one-year rule" regarding the management of snowmobiles and snowcoach activity in the park.
This proposal would implement the same conditions during the 2012-2013 winter season that have been in place for the past three winters. This plan allows for up to 318 commercially guided Best Available Technology snowmobiles and up to 78 commercially guided snowcoaches daily.
It will also continue to provide access for motorized over-snow travel over the East Entrance road and Sylvan Pass.
Suit To Stop Illegal Wilderness
Two leading Idaho-based recreation organizations have sued the United States Forest Service, challenging the Clearwater National Forest's decision to impose the same public use restrictions on areas they have recommended for possible Wilderness classification as one would find in lands actually designated by Congress.
The Forest recently issued a new Travel Plan limiting motorized and mountain bike access to designated trails and areas. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are prohibited uses in the 1964 Wilderness Act, and this prohibition is in effect in the vast majority of designated Wilderness areas ever since, now about 110 million acres nationwide.
Thunderstruck 11 Premiers In Canada
Starting Sept. 13, 2012, Thunderstruck 11 heads to Canada. The crew with DVD in hand will be rocking through western Alberta with a tour of TS11 showings, starting Thursday, Sept. 13 and ending Saturday, Sept 15.
This will be a great time to come and meet some Thunderstruck riders, support your local sledding community and win some door prizes and free sledding gear.
Snowpulse Av Bags Recalled
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Snowpulse Avalanche Airbags. Units: About 1,200 in the United States and 2,600 in Canada. Importer: Mammut Sports Group Inc., of Shelburne, VT. Manufacturer: Snowpulse SA, of Martigny, Switzerland. Distributor: Mountain Sports Distribution, of Golden British Columbia, Canada. Hazard: A leak in the airbag's cartridge can result in the airbag not deploying' posing a risk of death and injury in the event of an avalanche. Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
The snowmobile manufacturers have developed a close working relationship with the Canadian and American avalanche training and awareness teams. With increased education among snowmobilers, the number of snowmobile-related avalanche fatalities and occurrences has fallen dramatically.
With winter approaching, several groups, including the snowmobile manufacturers, are working on expanding the avalanche awareness effort as more and more riders from outside the mountainous regions are riding in the beautiful mountain terrain, which also poses new and significant challenges.
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