"MANY MOONS AGO"
Bob and Ken say-After a hard days ride-what happens in da UP stays in da UP
150,713 new snowmobiles were sold in 2014-15 a decrease of over 6,000 sleds
Sales in the U.S. were 58,299 and increase of 4,271
Polaris recent acquired Klim, Timberland and 509
The Polaris RMK is the number 1 selling sled right now
Polaris leads in industry in attracting first time buyers- 8.8% of its retail bukyers are first time owners
Sales of 800 cc engines arebecoming the big sellers replacing the 600 cc engines
There was a large turnout for the annual Spring Banquet. Thanks to Sue Kowzan, Lenore Sullivan and Judy Smith for nice evening.
(more pictures in the gallery)
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MSA started in 1982 with 36 members
In 1995 there were 14,000 members
in 2002 there were 20,650 members
Curently the members ship is over 10,000 members
Several members took a ride in the UP and visited the Snowmobile Museum
JIM OPENED UP A STAND TO SELL BRAS ON THE TRAIL!
ELEVEN MEMBERS CONQUERED THE WILD WEST AND HAVE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND FANTASTIC PICTURES
(MORE PICTURES IN THE GALLERY)
CHECK OUT THE ACTIVITIES PAGE FOR THE SCHEDULE OF WEDNESDAY RIDES
Three members made the trip toHulbert and some deer are back!
Four members braved the wilds of the UP on a Wed. ride
Jim fine tuning before heading out
Jackie was one of several volunteers that rang bells for the Salvation Army.
Other volunteers included: A. Pillen, R. Lee, G. Ellis, T. Crook, Woody, W. Socia, N/R Arvin, M/K Wakefield, V. McCardell, V/R Bassett, S/J Laroy, D.J Carver, T. Kuhl, J/P Oppenheiser, S. Kowzan, KD/E MacPherson, D. Parsons, L/B Rossman, P/D Deitering, K/D Hayes, L. Chenevere and B. Callaghan.
A BIG THANK YOU TO RANDY LEE FOR CHAIRING THIS ACTIVITY.
The game and pizza night was held on Nov. 30. 34 members ate lots of pizza and birthday cake and played a variety of card and board games.
Judi and Ross receivd a special award for being "skunked" at Euchre.
SNOWMOBILING- NORTHERN MICHIGAN
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SKI DOO has held the number 1 market share since taking it from Polaris in 2003
Did you know that the four major brands of snowmobiles have
thirty-nine models that sell for less than $10,000.
There were 0 miles of groomed and marked trails in the 60's. Today there are 135,000 groomed and marked trails in the U.S. and an other 80,000 miles in Canada.
The Indian River Grooming Club groomed 2,996 miles of trails last year at a cost of $23,505.62. The Club was reimbursed $15,309.56. The Club grooms 56 miles of trails. Michigan's clubs groomed 440,067 miles last year-on average each trail was groomed 68 times.
Trail permit sales the last few years has been:
The budget for tractors for this past year was $225,000 per tractor. Bids came in at $265,000. The increased costs were a result of new EPA rules requiring new tier-three diesel engines, increased production and steel costs. This meant less equipment could be purchased.
Wisconsin has passed a new trail permit price set-up. Snowmobile club members will pay $10/sled and non-club members will pay $30/ sled. Non-residents will pay $50/ sled. Riding without a permit will cost you $250. New Hampshire, New York and Vermont also have lower ratres for state association members.
There is a new trail this year that runs 25 miles from Mesick to Copemish. This is a connector between the Manistee and Benzie trails.
Snowmobile sales in 2015 in the US increased from 54,028 units to 58,229 or 8%. Sales in Canada increased 4%- 44,022 to 48,758 sleds.
Bombadier Recreational Products reported a three-fold jump in quarterly profits in the first quarter of this year-83.1 milliion -up from 28 million dollars last year as a result of increased sales.
Yamaha is recalling some 2015 Sr Vipers and Arctric Cat is recalling 19,000 2012 machines.
The federal government owns approximately 635-640 million acres of land and 66% enjoys protected status. This means no snowmobiles in these areas. Other areas are in danger of banning snowmobiles. Support is needed for State organizations and the Blue Ribbon Coalition that fights the banning of snowmobiles.
SNOWMOBILE TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
$43.47 dollars of each trail permit goes to the trail improvement fund. This fund provides funding to maintain trails on the state trail system. Grants are available for the following:
seasonal grooming and maintenance
special maintenance projects
replacement of equipment
(Over 1.1 million dollars was spent on maintenance last year)
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Jan and Sy Kolodziejczyk
The Fall pick-up will be held September 21. Meet at 9:00 at the Indian River Sports Center. Several members participated in the July Highway pick-up. Below are some of the club volunteers.
July volunteers for the highwy pickup were. Pfister, R. Lee, G. Ellis, B. Palmer, P. Oppenheiser, L and B. Rossman, J. and J. Schaaf and B. Callaghan.
WHAT DOES MSA DO FOR SNOWMOBILERS?
MSA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the success of snowomobiling in Michigan. MSA facilitates over 10 million dollar snowmobile porogram that is 100% funded by snowmobilers. Your $25 membership helps to provide MSA the funds necessary to attending meetings with the DNR, legislature and national forest groups to represent snowmobilers
MSA works at:
Is our voice with the DNR and legislature in regulaltion of the state snowmobile proram
Without MSA we have no representation in Lansing
Protecting and preserving your privilege to ride
Representing your rights
Keeping you informed
Promoting safe and responsible use
Maintaining and enhancing trails
THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS
Inland Lakes Snowmobile Club
P.O. Box 3025
Indian River, Michigan
2015-16 MEETING SCHEDULE
Meetings are held at 7:00 at the Indian River Sportsman Club on old Onaway Road
Trail reports, weather and grooming information and sites is available on the helpful information tab.