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The Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club (PNWVSC) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the historical preservation of snowmobiling. The PNWVSC works towards this aim through collections, shows, outdoor events, public outreach, and associations.

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  • Getting Sleds Ready and Riding Photos

    Posted on 02/17/19 at 10:16 PM

    As the season rolls along our members are riding, and getting sleds ready for the next show and ride.  We also saw a 75-year snow storm hit the Puget Sound Lowlands dumping up to 18" of snow in the Puget Sound, and along the Columbia River.  Click on the photo for a link for a few photos of members riding in Western Washington, and Western Montana:


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  • New Past Event - Taneum Sn-Park to Whistlin' Jack Lodge

    Posted on 02/06/19 at 12:36 AM

    Six of us made the trek to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge (WJL) this year.  We met at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and left the sno-park right on time.  The trails were groomed but icy. Because the trails and snow were hard there were times at the lower elevations when the liquid cooled sleds had cooling issues. But most of the time we just cruised along getting off the trails at different play areas to do some side hilling, or speed across open areas. 

    As to be expected there were some mechanical issues.  The John Deere had an issue with the recoil.  The bolts vibrated out.  We found them and installed the one that we could get too with the tools we had.  To help eliminate the vibration we braced the recoil as best as we could.  It worked, and got us all the way to WJL in record time.  After relaxing in the lounge, had one of their great dinners, we lingered in the restaurant swapping sledding stories before going back to our cabin for the night.

    What a difference on day can make in the weather and conditions.  Overnight a storm came through bringing snow.  After breakfast we left the lodge with 3" inches of new soft powdery snow on the trail.  As we rode into the higher elevations there was up to 6" towards the top.  The soft powder blew over our snowmobile hoods while breaking trail.  We did not see any other sleds all the way back to the sno-park.  While the new snow eliminated the cooling issues the JD did gave us more problems.  While we were going around a felled tree when it lost spark.  Unfortunately this time we could not get it running so it had to be towed back.  Also, Dustin's sled broke its throttle cable but that only slowed him down.  Stephen rigged a hand throttle so he could ride it the rest of the way back to the trailer.

    It was a great trip, one that we look forward to each year.  For pictures click the picture for a link to the club's Google Photos site:


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  • New Past Event - Lolo Hot Springs Event was a Sucess!

    Posted on 01/23/19 at 10:09 AM

    The event started with a meet and greet in the main lobby of the Lolo Hot Springs Lodge.  We want to give special thanks go to the Missoula Snowgoers for their warm greetings, and wonderful hospitality.  This could be the beginning of a great annual event. 

    Despite weather on Saturday being a bit warm with mild showers most of the day that did not stop everyone from having a great time.  There was a large display of antique, vintage, and classic snowmobiles lined up in the center of the show area.  Along the edge were booths displaying the latest modern snowmobiles from the local dealers, a barbecue churning out a hot lunch for anyone who was interested, and a nice warming-fire for the spectators and participants close to the racing area.  Kids were exploring the area, and riding their snowmobiles. 

    In the morning in a large open area set up with cones racing participants completed at skijoring.  While the racing was going on we voted which sled we preferred for a People’s Choice Award.  The skijoring was soon followed by the next event a slalom run.  After a break for lunch was the clove-leaf run. 

    We are very proud of our members who participated in these events.  Dick Fiel pulled off a fantastic win of the People’s Choice Award.   There were a lot of very nice sleds, some past show winners, but he pulled it out with his exceptionally restored 1964 Arctic Cat Model 101.  Congratulations Dick.  Our club is proud of all your hard work, and dedication preserving those antique sleds.

    But our club’s outstanding performances not to stop there!  In the racing events Stephen Phillips came in second with his Ski-doo Blizzard for the timed vintage sleds races, and Paul Gienau also won second for the Classic title with his Polaris TXL.  Oh, but that was not all; Candy Johnson pulled off a win of the grudge match between her and her challenger Kevin Hancock by coming out on top in the racing events.  Great going everyone!

    On Sunday the weather changed to temperatures in the mid twenties with soft snow, and no-wind.  A perfect day for a sixteen mile vintage snowmobile ride to their club’s warming shelter and back.  By vintage snowmobile standards it was a successful vintage snowmobile ride; all of the sleds made it there and back on their own power! 

    For pictures of the event, click on the photo which has a link to our Google Photos page.  In the pictures are videos.  When you see a picture with the rotating circle let your curser sit until the video starts: 


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  • New Past Event - East Wenatchee Event 1-2019

    Posted on 01/14/19 at 09:49 AM

    We had a fantastic turnout for the event!  In the riding area, there was hardly a flake of snow that did not have an imprint of a snowmobile track.  We even had a supper fun ride out of the area tracking up some of the sagebrush.  There were antique, vintage, and modern sleds running and jumping all around the area.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  It was sunny, without any wind.  There was a shop close to the riding area that we used for welding a set of broken handle bars, and all the experience you would ever need to keep all those snowmobiles running.

    Then there was the club’s Arctic Cat Kitchen Cutter barbeque!  We had expertly prepared burgers with all of the fixings, chili, chips, and cookies.  It turned out to be a truly wonderful day with our member’s their families, kids, friends, and pets.

    Click on the photo to see pictures and videos:


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  • Why Vintage Snowmobiles are so Popular

    Posted on 01/03/19 at 11:02 PM

    One of our members found this nice article why vintage snowmobiles are so popular.
    As if we had to read about it . . . wink


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  • How Sledding will be Affected by the Federal Government Shut Down

    Posted on 12/29/18 at 10:39 AM

    Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) received the following message from Washington State Parks regarding how the Federal Government shut-down it will affect our State's Winter Recreation Program.  See message below:
     
     
    Good afternoon,

     As we enter the second week of the Federal Government shutdown, we are faced with high use areas going ungroomed and impacts on plowing.  I will attempt to make this simple, however, please realize that these processes must follow contractual rules, are time sensitive and costly. 

    Plowing:
    I have heard from the Naches Ranger District and the Cle Elum Ranger District.  Naches will continue to plow the Bumping Lake Sno-Park (non-motorized) and Cle Elum Ranger District will continue to plow their sno-parks once per week prior to the weekends (Taneum, French Cabin, Salmon La Sac, Blewett Pass, Pipe (NM) and Swauk (NM). 

    Sanitation:
    Some areas of sanitation are provided by the USFS, therefore, although the facilities are unlocked, there may not be any amenities within (toilet paper), therefore, people may want to bring some from home.  These sanitary facilities provided by the USFS are mostly on Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens, also the Colville Area, Naches. (If in doubt, take paper along)   The popular I-90 Corridor are portable units and serviced weekly by private contracts. 

    Grooming:
    We are entering into an agreement with two separate contractors for grooming. 
    A private contractor will use privately owned equipment to groom Kachess/Gold Creek once per week through January unless the Federal Government resolves the budget issues and returns to full operation prior to that date. 

    A private contractor will use program owned equipment to groom Blewett/Reecer Creek once per week through January unless the Federal Government resolves the budget issues and returns to full operation prior to that date. 

    A private contractor will use privately owned equipment to groom the Salmon La Sac campground (NM).  They will not set tracks and will just be establishing a base for users.  They are being asked to do this twice during the potentially 5 week period. 

    Other areas will be ungroomed, i.e., Mineral Springs, Bumping Lake, Geophysical, Frater Lake.  Please check our web site for updates.

    Please understand that although we are providing limited services, I believe that we can provide basic services (access and sanitation) and limited grooming for our visitors.  We are hopeful that the Federal Government will resolve the budget issues and return to work quickly.  The cost of providing these services using private contractors may have a significant impact on the remaining budget for the USFS upon their return to work.  We thank the two private contractors that have agreed to take on this additional work load during their very busy season.  Please be assured that we explored many options and find that this is the most reasonable alternative. 

    I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

    Pamela A. McConkey, Manager
    Winter Recreation Program
    Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
     
    Matt Mead
    WSSA Publicity Secretary
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  • New Past Event - Trout Lake Ride Was a Sucess

    Posted on 12/29/18 at 07:48 AM

    We had our first ride of the season! Paul, Ed, Kevin and Stephen meet to spend the night at the Trout Lake Inn at the southern end of the Mount Adams Wilderness. They brought the sleds we’ve been working on, and some that are intended to be used this riding season. They now know what additional work needs to be done to make the sleds reliable, and what is not going to work. The best part of the day was there were No Tow-ins! All of the sleds made it back to the sno-parks on their own power.
    The snow was perfect while the sun was working to peek through the clouds. Temperatures were in the mid 20’s with intermittent light snow. There was a total of about three feet; one foot of soft powder on top of a two foot base. This made for a day of what Stephen likes to call Hero-Snow. You could go almost anywhere on a vintage sled. The four-wheel-drive-guys did made the first day kind-of rough rutting out the trails. But, by the second-day the groomer was out to made the trails smooth and fast. It was a great way to prepare for the upcoming season.
    Click on the Moto Ski to see the pictures at the club's photo page, and a video of Stephen catching air with Paul's 1969 Ski-doo Olympic:


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  • Our Club's Structure has Changed

    Posted on 12/16/18 at 09:49 PM

    The past few years have brought some interesting changes and challenges to our vintage sled club, one of which is the workload of the club president and how we want to handle that workload in the coming years.  Ray Bergstresser has carried this club forward for many years, planning most of the events we attend in addition to maintaining our relationships with other clubs, and the Washington State Snowmobile Association.  His dedication has helped make us who we are and we owe him many thanks for his efforts.  Ray decided to scale back his involvement with the administrative side of the club and enjoy his vintage snowmobiles, but his are large shoes to fill.  In accordance to our by-laws I will move to the position of President until then next election.  The club leadership has discussed this situation and we believe that reducing the workload of the club president will assist in transitioning that position to another person, as well as help make the position more enjoyable for those elected.

     

    With this goal in mind, we are proposing that individual event planning be moved to local representatives from the membership, with the president coordinating between them to help choose which events will be on the club’s calendar and following up to ensure they get planned.  The local representitive would be responsible for the nuts and bolts of the event: who’s going, where do we park, contact with the event leadership, good local hotels, etc.  This strategy accomplishes two things:  

    1. It reduces the workload of the president  
    2. It allows a local rep who is planning an event to focus on just that event.

     

    Our members have had the ability to plan club events all along, but the proposed strategy makes that the primary method vs. having the president plan them.

     

    Local representatives would be volunteers from each area.  Since our members are spread out, this should provide good coverage for our events.  An example list of representatives and events might look like this:

    NorthWest: Stephen Phillips

                    Events: Mount Baker Shootout, Spring Blue Lake Ride

    CentralWest: Kevin Hancock

    Events: WSSA Expo

    SouthWest: Need a volunteer

    Events: Trout Lake Ride

    Central: Need a volunteer

    Events: Wings & Wheels

    Eastern: Need a Volunteer

                    Events: Winter Knights Show

    Idaho & Montana: Need a Volunteer

                    Events: Priest Lake, Lolo Winterfest, West Yellowstone

    What we need to make this work:

    1. A list of local representatives and a commitment from those individuals to plan their respective events.
    2. A quarterly coordination meeting or correspondence between the club officers and the local representatives to ensure that events on the calendar are on track.  This can be done through email.
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  • New Upcoming Event - Overnight Ride to Whistlin' Jack Lodge

    Posted on 12/12/18 at 08:12 PM

    This is an annual 140-mile two-day vintage snowmobile ride starting at the Taneum Sno-Park between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, WA.  We leave from the sno-park to ride to Whistlin' Jack Lodge.  Because of the distance we spend the night then head back the next day.  This will be the third year we've done this trip.  We rent a cabin that sleeps up to eight.  The lodge has a great restaurant, lounge, a store with food, and gas.  The views along the way are fantastic.  We ride on groomed trails all the way.  If you are interested in a great weekend let Stephen Phillips or Kevin Hancock know you are coming: pnwvsc@gmail.com.


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  • Two Old Ski-doo's Ready for Riding!

    Posted on 12/12/18 at 07:58 PM

    Paul and Stephen spent a weekend getting their Ski-doo's ready for this years riding events.  Stephen finished out his 1968 Alpine with a funky muffler, while Paul put the finishing touches on his 1969 Olympique 320.  I think they will be for testing at our first riding event at the Mount Adams Wilderness outside Trout Lake on December 27 - 28.


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