What a season! The first thought that comes to mind is disappointing because of no snow! We only get so many months to play and Mother Nature sure hasn’t been kind this winter. So I hope you have found somewhere to rip and enjoy some fun. Thanks to all of the snowmobile clubs that pushed forward and held events without snow. I know it’s tough to rally the troops and get people excited and please know Snowmobile North Dakota appreciates all of your efforts.
The season is also exciting. With three bills being discusses this legislative session, we’ve seen some good support. Special thanks to everyone that has come to the Capitol and helped show support for snowmobiling. It’s definitely been noticed and the legislators are responding with support. So far all three snowmobile bills have passed the Senate and now are waiting for crossover. Since this is the last issue of the magazine, we’ll use the e-newsletters, Facebook and www.snowmobilend.org to keep everyone informed of the upcoming legislative adventures. I want to give a big shout out to Dave Vad with Johnson Sport Center in Bottineau, Region 1 Director Dale Deibert, Missouri Valley Trail Association Trail Coordinator Don Schmidt, Vice President Sheri Hoffmann and Director-at-Large Marty Malachowski for all representing the snowmobilers and speaking on behalf of the different pieces of legislation. We greatly appreciate all of you making the trip to Bismarck and representing! I also want to give a big thanks to my Mom, Mary Vammer, and my husband, Corey Wanner. They both showed support and attended the hearings as well! I’m sure some of you have heard the Board of Directors mention a GPS groomer tracking program this past year. This discussion has actually been discussed and researched for the past three years. We found a vendor we feel confident can establish a program fit for North Dakota. This program will actually automate all snowmobile trail expenses online, making it easier to submit for reimbursement and eliminate the paper trail. It will also notify users when an expense hasn’t been approved because of missing paperwork, etc. making the transaction process faster versus tracking everything in the mail. But the piece we are most excited about is the online grooming report that answers the number one question every snowmobiler asks, “when was the trail last groomed?” The online grooming report will color coordinate the trails based on the last time it was groomed. For instance, a green trail may represent the trail was groomed in the last 24 hours, a purple trail may represent the last 48 hours and so on. This is going to change how we provide trail reports and for the better! The program will launch July 1st and be ready for the 15-16 season. So stay tuned next season for upcoming training opportunities.
Again, thanks to all of you for your hard work this season. We realize even though you are not grooming, there is a large amount of work that goes into preparing the trails for the season, marketing events and so much more. So keep your chin up and let’s hope for a better season next year! Cheers!!!