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Our Mission Statement

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.

Recent News
  • WSSA Puyallup Expo and Swap Meet Canceled

    Posted on 07/22/20 at 04:19 AM

    It is official, the 2020 Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) October Expo and Swap meet is canceled.  Wow, what a year:

    Greetings WSSA! 

    This probably won't come as a complete shock, but the WSSA Expo in Puyallup is cancelled for 2020 due to the uncertainty of COVID. 

    After the Puyallup Fair announced their cancellation, the writing was on the wall for our event. It has now been confirmed. We are in the process of securing our dates for the 2021 Expo. 

    On a related note, WSSA's Summer Meeting & Campout at Blu Shastin and October's (Oktoberfest) meeting in Leavenworth have also been cancelled and will be replaced with electronic meetings.

    Matt Mead
    SSA Publicity Secretary


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  • Happy 4th of July!

    Posted on 07/03/20 at 07:15 PM

           We wish everyone a
    Happy 4th of July Holiday!


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  • Whistlin' Jack Lodge Sign Pick Up

    Posted on 06/17/20 at 09:21 PM

    There was still snow in the mountains when Stephen and Kevin spent a couple weekends picking up the directional signs from Taneum Sno-Park by Cle Elum to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge.  Our club sets out the signs to mark a trail to the lodge, and back.  Then we run the same route on our vintage sleds during a two-day, 140-mile round trip ride.  We know that some of the signs will be stolen, or vandalized each year.  Unfortunately this year the loss was worse, but they will be replaced.  By the fall the signs will be ready for us to mark the route again next season.

    Click on the picture for more photos:


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  • New Past Event - Snowmobiling in May!

    Posted on 05/16/20 at 10:12 PM

    Ed and Marlane win the Latest Vintage Ride recognition award this year!  They went to the Lone Butte Sno-Park in the Giffford-Pinchot National Forest at Mt. Adams last weekend.  It was 80 degrees but still enough snow to ride the trails, and some off trail.  He got 10-miles on the Ski Daddler. :)  I think he's got a plan for what to ride on next year Whistlin' Jack trip.  

    Click on the photo for more pictures:


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  • New Upcoming Event - Cool Desert Nights is Cancelled

    Posted on 04/29/20 at 09:34 PM

    To our disappointment, this years Cool Desert Nights event is canceled. We are not sure what events will be allowed because of the covid-19 virus. We will update the website as we know more about this years planned events. Click on the picture to go to their website. There is information on next years event, plus other fun stuff to do in West Richland!


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  • New Past Event - West Yellowstone Roundup!

    Posted on 03/18/20 at 10:05 PM

    Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
    Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

    The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

    While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

    That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

    Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. 

    Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
    Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

    The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

    While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

    That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

    Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. Click on the picture for more photos:


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  • New Sled Ready for Show Season

    Posted on 03/13/20 at 09:18 AM

    A year ago Paul Kruger bought from the Midwest, then had it shipped to Montana this 1975 Merc Trail Twister.  He has since restored it.  It is now ready for this coming season’s shows.  It was solid but needed a lot of cleaning, engine adjustments and much cosmetic work.  He repainted the hood, polished the tunnel, and cleaned up the engine bay.  She ran well during neighborhood test runs, and is now show and trail ready!


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  • New Past Event - The Last Resort

    Posted on 03/03/20 at 07:21 PM

    The first day three of our members decided to take their newer sleds out to see the local riding area.  Snow was not ideal, they did not make it to where they planned to go, but it was fun. 

    Also in the show area the snow was not ideal, but there was more than enough for the show to go on.  We lined our sleds for folks to see then during the day we rode them around.  Some of our members even gave a few of the folks who stopped a ride.  They really enjoyed hearing, seeing, and feeling how snowmobiling was in the day.  

    Then on Sunday a couple of our members took a ride to an area to view Lake Cle Elum.  It was a blue bird day with mild temperatures.   For most of us it was a great way to finish our riding season.  To see pictures of the show click on the picture:


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  • The Last Resort Event Reminder

    Posted on 02/19/20 at 07:50 PM

    On Saturday February 29 we will have our antique, vintage, and classic snowmobile show.  Antique is any sled 1968 and older, with vintage models start in 1969 to the last years with spring skis, and classic sleds are those manufactured with Independent Front Suspension (IFS) up to 30-years old.   As is our custom we will ask the pubic to vote in our People’s Choice Award contest. 

    Like last year we are going to have a Snow Moxie timed agility course.  Last year we set up a twisty course with plastic cones that included a hill climb.  To keep it simple there will not be any classes, and to enter all you had to do is ‘Run What You Brung’.  Each participant has to ride three timed runs.  The winners were the participants are the ones with the three highest averages.  Last year winners received a trophy and money!  There will be first, second, and third places. 

    Let Stephen know if you are planning to attend: pnwvsc@gmail.com.

    Click on the photo for pictures of last years show and Snow Moxie:


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  • New Past Event - Crater Lake National Park Ride

    Posted on 02/15/20 at 07:56 PM

    The multi-day ride to Crater Lake National Park, and surrounding areas went as planned.  The weather was perfect bluebird days, with cold nights and mild daytime temperatures.  On the first day we stayed at the Willamette Pass Inn by Crescent Lake leaving in the morning for the long ride to view of Crater Lake.  The trails were expertly groomed and well marked.  After we spent time at the Crater Lake we rode to the Diamond Lake Lodge where we spent a couple nights while sledding the local trails, and messing around in the play areas.  On the last day we rode back to Crescent Lake for the evening before returning home.   It is great getting to areas that we normally do not ride, especially areas with such magnificent views like Crater Lake National Park.

    To see pictures of the adventure click on the picture:


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