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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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  • New Past Event - Whistlin' Jack Lodge Ride

    Posted on 01/28/20 at 06:53 PM

    Our annual overnight trip to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge (WJL) was again a great time.  There were six of us.  Everyone who went made it home healthy and sound.  Of course it would not be a vintage ride if there were not a few of the vintage riding hiccups.  But, it was nothing that our master vintage snowmobile riders could not adjust too.   All of us made the approximate 67-mile trip to WJL under their on our own power.  Coming back was a different story.  One of the Olympics ended up with an engine problems.   It had to be towed back to Taneum Sno-Park.    

    Because it was a vintage ride naturally there were other issues.  The Scorpion had fuel issues because of rusty fuel tank that required multiple fuel filter cleanings, and replacements.  Plus there was a mid trip carburetor teardown to clean the gunk out of the needle-valve.  But it got there and back, and actually ran really well. 

    There were a couple club firsts:

    • First bogie single cylinder sled to make the round  trip under its own power,
    • The most fuel filter cleanings, and changes in one trip,
    • The longest tow.  It was 60-miles from where it stopped to the sno-park,
    • Fastest tow.  They reached speeds over 50 mph.

    For pictures please click on the photo to see other pictures on the club’s Google Photos site:

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  • New Past Event - Lolo Winterfest Event

    Posted on 01/22/20 at 10:06 PM

    It was a great weekend at the Winterfest in Lolo, MT!  The weather was great!  It was a beautiful sunny day.  There was a record 25 vintage sleds on the vintage run.  Everyone who went on the ride got home without incident. 

    Our Dick Fiel won both the People's Choice and Best Unrestored with his 1963 Arctic Cat. That sled was by far and away the favorite sled by everyone and Dick with his coyote fur hat completed the picture.
    Please click on the picture to go to our Google Photos to see more pictures:

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  • Event in Oregon

    Posted on 01/15/20 at 10:19 PM

    We got a message from C.J. Price with the Walker Rim Snowmobile club.  They are holding an event at Crescent lake, Oregon.  Sounds like a lot of fun!  If anyone is interested please check out their website and facebook pages:

    We're hosting a Vintage Snowmobile event on March 21st at Crescent lake! We'll be basing the event in the Junction Snopark which features plenty of room for RV camping and houses our warming shelter. A short distance to fuel and Manleys world famous chicken!

    On Saturday morning we'll be having a tour around Crescent lake taking in the views and letting the old iron stretch their legs. The ride has great locations for some photo shoots, then after the ride possibly some heads up drag races near the Crescent airstrip. Followed by a short ride over to Odell lake lodge where we'll be presenting awards with an emphasis on Vintage classes.

    This will be our 1st year of having an exclusive Vintage event and it's open to any and all sleds 20 years or older. We'd love a fantastic turnout so please start getting those older sleds in peak condition!

    Follow out Club Facebook page "Walker Rim Snowmobile club" or our website http://www.walkerrimriders.com/ for all future updates. Hope to see everyone there!

    For Lodging info contact Odell lake lodge conveniently located a short ride from the Airstrip

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  • FUNd Raising Event in Ronald Area

    Posted on 01/09/20 at 10:26 PM

    Here is a fun event sponsored by the Upper Kittitas County Rotary Club (UKC).  It is their annual SnowMachine FUNd Run held on the January 25, 2020 (snow permitting). Bring your favorite SnowMachine for a fun day on Cle Elum Ridge and help UCK Rotary raise funds for local trails and community. Meet at The Last Resort: 14254 Salmon La Sac Road Ronald Washington 98940 Phone: (509)649-2222

    Click on the poster for more information:

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  • East Wenatchee Fun Day Posponed

    Posted on 01/02/20 at 09:50 AM

    We had our fingers crossed for snow with the storms that came through, but the Wenatchee area got mostly rain and warmer temps. We are postponing our Fun Day & BBQ that was scheduled for this weekend due to snow conditions. We will reschedule for a later date and let everyone know. In the meantime, think snow!
    Stephen Phillips
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  • Happy New Year!

    Posted on 12/31/19 at 06:13 PM

    Wishing all our antique, vintage

    and classic snowmobile friends a

        Happy 2020!

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  • Lolo Montana Event Update

    Posted on 12/30/19 at 11:30 AM

    We received this update from the president of the Missoula Snowgoers about their upcoming event:

    Greetings Winterfest and vintage snowmobile fans!

    Attached is a Winterfest flyer that provides a schedule of events.  Visit the Missoula Snogoers Website:  http://missoulasnowgoers.org/winterfest2020/ for more information.  Be sure to preregister to save $5 on the snowmoxie & Skijoring events.  

    Events are pretty much the same as last year with the Snowmoxie and Skijoring on Saturday.  Sunday is the vintage ride from the hot springs to the warming hut and back.  I believe we still have authority from MT fish & Game for vintage sleds to use the trails without needing trail pass stickers, but I still need to confirm that.
    If you're planning on staying at the lodge, better get reservations made!  Be sure to tell them you're with the Vintage Snowmobile group for the special rate.  (406) 273-2201.
    We will have a meet & greet reception on Friday night (Jan 17th) in the Lodge from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  I'm planning to have a computer set up and register many of the vintage show sleds that night to ease the hustle & bustle of Saturday morning's  registration.   
    Please share the email with friends and other vintage snowmobile fans.  Do you're snow dances as we are really lacking snow in Western MT!
    Thanks and look forward to seeing you all at Winterfest 2020!
    Tom Mullins
    (406) 531-0449
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  • Whistlin' Jack Trail Signs are Out.

    Posted on 11/25/19 at 08:42 PM

    The trail signs from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistlin' Jack Lodge are out for folks to use.  Last weekend Ed, and Kevin finished placing the signs.  A couple weeks ago Stephen placed out the signs from Taneum Sno-Park to Manastash Sno-Park.   

    Every year our group rides the approximately 140 mile round trip to the lodge to spend the night, and then ride back the next day.  We share a cabin at Whistlin' Jack, eat and rest the evening then ride back the next day.  There is plenty of room for more members to join.  If you are interested contact Kevin Hancock at the club’s email to let him know you want to be part of this super fun event: pnwvsc@gmail.com.   

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  • New Upcoming Event - Lake Chelan Sno-Drags

    Posted on 11/22/19 at 10:14 AM

    Here is more information on this event. It is sponsored by the Lake Chelan Snowmobile Club. Visit their website:http://lkchelansnowmobileclub.com/drag-races_308.html
    Drag Races Are Back!
    Wally Peterson Memorial Drag Race
    Saturday January 26th at Mill Bay Casino
    Registration at the Casino Restaurant from 4pm-8pm Friday January 25th and 7am-8am Saturday the 26th.
    Racer's Meeting 9am
    Racing starts at 10am sharp!
    Double Elimination
    $30 for Stock and Improved classes $40 for Modified and Open classes
    Prizes TBD
    For Tech and class questions you can call Mitch at 509-670-8261

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  • New Past Event - Winter Knights Snow & ATV Show

    Posted on 11/11/19 at 07:10 AM

    We had a great show at this event!  Thanks to the Winter Knights Snowmobile Club with the help of the Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association, and Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland Northwest for putting on this wonderful event.  Then to top it off the winner for Best of Show was Joyce and Clayton for their rare and awesomely restored 1968 Herter’s with a 372cc JLO.  It was a hard win.  There was an exceptionally large variety of expertly restored, and original sleds on display.  

    The Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo is held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on the second Saturday in November.  Besides all the merchants showing their new sleds, apparel, places to go and stay, and accessories Brent Rasmussen one of the biggest names in the industry held a free question answers session. 

    Click on the photo to see more pictures on our Google Photos page:

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  • New Upcoming Event - Mt Baker Shootout

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 10:32 AM

    We are not the sponsors for this event.  There is a barbeque, and the local dealers have the latest sleds out for us to ride.  We attended this event for the first time last year.  Let President Stephen know if you are interested: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  March TBD, late: Mount Baker Shootout. Hosted by Northwest Glacier Cruisers.

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  • New Upcoming Event - West Yellowstone Vintage Snowmobile Roundup

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 10:23 AM

    While our club does not sponsor this event, our members are are active in it.  Last year Dick won the Snowmobile of the Year award!  March 14th : 17th Annual West Yellowstone Vintage Snowmobile Roundup: Hosted by WSVSA.   The contacts are: http://www.wsvsa.com/, Dustin Sweeten President http://www.wsvsa.com/ (801) 360-2082; Jered Ellis Vice President: (208) 243-9267; Dave Brummer Web-Administrator (208) 755-8334. 

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  • New Upcoming Event - The Last Resort Event

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 10:04 AM

    This is one of our oldest, and best loved events.  We will be at the Last Resort near Ronald for this two day event.  February 29th-1st: Vintage Weekend at The Last Resort. Vintage show, rides, agility trials, and more hosted by the PNWVSC. Let President Stephen know if you are going to join us: pnwvsc@gmail.com. 

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  • New Upcoming Event - Ride around Crater Lake

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:55 AM

    Not only do our members ride antique, vintage, and classic sleds, we also ride the newer stuff.  Granted it is not as classy as riding the old-stuff, but riding the new modern technology is another great sport all-together.  This is the first time we are going to try this multi-day event.  Contact Kevin Hancock if you are interested, or have questions.  We need to make reservations: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  February 10-14th-ish: Oregon modern ride around Crater Lake


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  • New Upcoming Event - Priest Lake Vintage Racing

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:42 AM

    Our club has several expert racing technicians and riders.  Come out to cheer on our members at this exciting event.  February 8-9th: Priest Lake Vintage Races: https://www.vintagesnowmobileracingpriestlake.com/ , talk to Brian Clark if you are going: pnwvsc@gmail.com.

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  • New Upcoming Event - Whistlin' Jack Overnight Vintage Ride

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:36 AM

    We've been doing this ride for several years.  Time to take out that sled for a serious ride.  January 26-27th: Whistlin’ Jack vintage ride. Overnight trip to the Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, ~70miles each way. Contact President Stephen if you want to join.  We need to make reservations: pnwvsc@gmail.com

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  • New Upcoming Event - Chelan Sno-Drags

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:27 AM

    This event was introduced earlier this year.  We have not participated.  Please let President Stephen know if you are interested: pnwvsc@gmail.com

    January 25-26th: Chelan Sno-Drags. Info TBD

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  • New Upcoming Event - Lolo Winterfest

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:25 AM

    Below is more information about the exciting upcoming event in Lolo, Montana.  The sponsor of this event is the Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Club: http://missoulasnowgoers.org/.  If you have questions you can contact Tom Mullins the the Missoula Snowgoers.  His information is below.

    The events are the same as last year.  There is a Snow-moxie, a timed slalom course is on Saturday and the vintage ride is on Sunday.

    Winterfest is held at Lolo Hot Springs, MT - about 28 miles west of Lolo MT on Highway 12.


    The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs

    Sherri or Rodger (406) 273-2201


    Nice rooms and offers a special rate for vintage snowmobilers for Winterfest.  Be sure to mention Winterfest when registering.  The Lodge also has a large indoor soaking pool.  Call soon, as they already have 12 reservations for Winterfest weekend.

    Lolo Hot Springs (Bar, hot springs & cabins)

    38500 W. Highway 12

    Lolo, MT 59847

    E-mail: info@lolohotsprings.com

    General Information: 877-541-5117

    Pool: 406-273-2290

    Bar Restaurant: 406-273-2297

    Cabins and Rentals: 406-273-2294


    Rustic cabins - some have bathrooms, others use a common washroom.  Bar has food and drinks and is open from 9:00 am - 2:00 am Friday - Saturday.  They have the large outdoor hot springs.  

    Winterfest fees:

    · Timed Events.  See the flyer for details.  Entry is $20/class.  Emphasis is on fun & skill, not speed.  

    · Vintage Show.  There is a $5/sled entry fee to help defray the cost of the trophies.  We have two classes - Unrestored Vintage and People's Choice.   The show is in the Event Field across the road from the Lodge and Bar and is an on-the-snow show, so sleds have run on their own power. or be towed.   

    There is no fee for the vintage ride on Sunday.  We ride to the warming hut and back - around 16 -20 miles depending on which trails we take. 


    Tom Mullins

    Missoula Snowgoers


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  • New Upcoming Event - Fun Day Riding Event

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:12 AM

    For you that attended last year, this event was vintage snowmobile riders Heaven! 

    January 4th: Fun day at Byrd’s or Tim’s. BBQ, field riding, and obstacle/agility course January 4th: Fun day at Byrd’s or Tim’s. BBQ, field riding, and obstacle/agility course.  Contact Stephen Phillips or Greg Byrd: pnwvsc@gmail.com

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  • New Upcoming Event - Trout Lake Shake Down Riding Event

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 09:03 AM

    December 27-29th-ish: Trout Lake vintage and modern ride. Timing will be a little fluid and snow dependent. Ed and Kevin are the ringleaders for this.

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  • News About this Years Coming Winter Events

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 08:52 AM

    President Stephen put out a list of this year's coming winter shows, and riding events. We hope everyone can participate in an event during this coming winter season!  For us plan properly let Stephen or the organizing members listed for each event know if you plan to attend.  The best way to do that is through the club's email: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  

    November 9th: Spokane Knights Snowmobile & Powersports Expo. 9am-5pm at the Spokane Fairgrounds, David Brummer is organizing the vintage sled part of the show. $10 entry fee, let him know if you will be attending (dbrummer@stimsonlumber.com, 208-755-8334)

    December 27-29th-ish: Trout Lake vintage and modern ride. Timing will be a little fluid and snow dependent. Ed and Kevin are the ringleaders for this.

    January 4th: Fun day at Byrd’s or Tim’s. BBQ, field riding, and obstacle/agility course.

    January 18-19th: Lolo Winterfest in Lolo Hot Springs, MT. Vintage show, rides, snowmoxie agility trials, and more with the Missoula Sno-Goers.

    January 25-26th: Chelan Sno-Drags. Info TBD.

    January 26-27th: Whistlin’ Jack vintage ride. Overnight trip to the Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, ~70miles each way.

    February 8-9th: Priest Lake Vintage Races: https://www.vintagesnowmobileracingpriestlake.com/ , talk to Brian Clark if you are going.

    February 10-14th-ish: Oregon modern ride around Crater Lake.

    February 29th-1st: Vintage Weekend at The Last Resort. Vintage show, rides, agility trials, and more hosted by the PNWVSC.

    March 14th : 17th Annual West Yellowstone Vintage Snowmobile Roundup: Hosted by WSVSA.

    March TBD, late: Mount Baker Shootout. Hosted by Northwest Glacier Cruisers.

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  • New Past Event - WSSA Puyallup Power Sports/Swap Meet

    Posted on 10/22/19 at 08:55 PM

    What a great and busy weekend it was at the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo/Swap Meet!  This was our 20th year.   We had our display up and running well before it was time for the gates to open.  The best part of the Expo was when the public stopped to see our old machines, and swap riding stories when they were the hottest and newest sleds on the trails.  

    First a-special thanks goes to all those who voted for our first and second place People’s Choice Award, and Homeliest Snowmobile.  Without them the awards are not possible.  This year the public decided first place winner for Best of Show was Vinnie Pagliaro for his two beautifully restored 1969 Polaris Playmates.  Coming in a very close second with just five-votes short was Dick Feil for his 1966 Arctic Cat 560D.  All of the sleds were skillfully restored.  Then there was the winner for the Homeliest Snowmobile.  They decided Dick Fiel won the trophy for his original 1964 Fox Trac 140.  That model of sled was voted the ugliest snowmobile in North America about 5 years ago by national vintage snowmobile groups. 

    Click on the picture to our Goggle Photos site:


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  • New Past Event - Wings & Wheels 2019 Show

    Posted on 10/07/19 at 10:39 AM

    This was our second time at this show.  What a GREAT two day event!  The weather was perfect both days.  We were at a different spot than last year, but it was still a good area for our display.  As folks meandered through the car show they stopped to take pictures, and admire our sleds.  We were well received with a lot of stories told and retold of when they rode their first snowmobile, and which ones.  We were also several times how much people loved seeing our display

    The Wings & Wheels sponsors asked the public to vote for their favorite snowmobile.  The show handed out a plaque to the sled that received the most votes.  And the winner was Dick Feil for his beautifully restored 1966 Arctic Cat 560D.  Not only that, but there were door prizes.  Kevin Hancock won a couple free meals at a local restaurant when the number was pulled for his 1972 Moto Ski.  

    The next day some of us went to watch the hydroplanes display at the annual Lake Chelan Mahogany and Merlot event.  There were some big names there like Miss Pay-N-Pack with their HUGE WWII vintage V12 Allison airplane motors roaring around the track.  Because they were not racing you could go out on one of the big Allison boats!  Now how cool is that!  Leading up to the big boats were several classes the put on a fine show for the crowd.

    Click the picture to go to the club’s Google Photos site to see the show and hydroplanes:

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  • New Past Event - Cool Desert Night Show

    Posted on 06/23/19 at 07:47 PM

    It is hard to believe, but this was our 9th year at the Cool Desert Nights show.   In the years past we heard from folks walking through that our display is one of the main reasons they go to the show.  This year we heard it said even more.  And I have to admit it was a good display.  We had a nice mix of antique restored, vintage original, and vintage restored snowmobiles on display.  To make the day even better the weather was near perfect; warm but with a good breeze all day.

    For this year’s People’s Choice Award there were over 165 votes cast by the public for their favorite sled.  This year it was a close right up to the end between first and second place finishers.  In the end it was Dick Feil’s 1966 Arctic Cat 460D that came out on top to win a trophy and a cash award.  This is the same sled that won the Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association’s (WSVSA) Vintage Snowmobile of the Year award for 2018.  Dick needn’t had to worry too much about winning People’s Choice award.  It was his 1966 Penney’s Foremost that was the close second place finisher with only 5-votes behind.  Congratulations Dick!  Those are both great sleds worthy of all the attention and recognition.

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  • Whistlin' Jack Signs Collected

    Posted on 05/19/19 at 07:47 PM

    The directional signs pickup from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge and back pickup is done!

    The weekend of May 11 Ed, Marlane, and Kevin started collecting signs from Whistlin’ Jack Lodge to the top of the hill climb.  They camped in the meadow that is eleven-miles from the lodge for two nights.

    The roads were mostly clear, but to get two of the signs at the highest elevations they had to hike in because the road was still snowed in.  One was a four-and-a-half mile round trip, the second about a mile.  All the signs were there.  No one used them for target practice, or stole them.  They collected ten signs.

    The on the weekend of May 18 Stephen, his wife Melodie and here three corgis started at the Taneum Cabin Sno-Park and Campground around 11:30 a.m. and picked up the first sign at the Sno-Park area. That sign had no map on it, just the backer board and post.  One of the other signs had fallen or been pulled out of the bucket and laid down but everything was in good shape. All the rest were still up and looked good.  They collected seven signs total.  During their trip they saw some elk, and a boat that was flipped over in the road.

    In other news, a local resident stopped me at the "Lunch Spot" and said he liked the signs. He also mentioned that the Manastash Sno-Park was moving next season up the road to that location, vs further down where the groomer lives.  Shouldn't affect us, just means the lunch spot will be a sno-park.

    Click the picture for a link to our photo album:

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  • Some of Our Members are Still Sledding!

    Posted on 04/21/19 at 08:08 PM

    While I spend the weekend putting my sleds away for the summer, some in our club were out enjoying the last days of the season.  Ed and Marlane went to Lone Butte Sno-Park at Mt Adams Wilderness on Friday.  He said the snow is still pretty good, considering it is the end of April!

    Ed ran his Arctic Cat Cheetah around a little Saturday morning, then went to Goose Lake in the afternoon on his 2014 Ski-doo Summit.  It was a twenty five mile one way trip with no gravel patches on the trails! He also went to Atkisson Sno-Park from there.  Going that way there were some bare spots on that side of the mountain.  He was cautious though since he was alone he stayed on the main roads where there were other people.

    All-in-all he ended up putting on sixty-miles that day on the Summit, and about seven on the Cheetah.  Not bad for this time of year.

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  • New Past Event - Mt Baker National Recreation Area Trip

    Posted on 03/31/19 at 04:47 AM

    Stephen, Paul and Kevin met at the Mt Baker Recreation Area (NRA) to ride vintage and modern sleds.  The plan was to ride to an area the Northwest Glacier Cruisers where hosting their annual Mt Baker Shoot Out event that had barbecue, big raffle, and riding.  Kevin arrived a day early to camp at the sno-park, and save parking spaces for Stephen and Paul.

    As we all know too well this being a winter sport we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  On the day of the event the snow level had dropped three-feet from the weekend before.  Warm weather and rain melted two-miles of the trail exposing gravel.  To make it worse for the liquid cooled sleds there was no snow along the edges.  That was no issue for the bogie air cooled sleds, but since Stephen was riding a liquid cooled they had to cancel their plans riding to where the Shoot Out was being held.

    Not to worry!  There was another trail that split off before they got to the large gravel area.  So off they went to ride in an area and spend time at the Northwest Glacier Cruisers warming hut.  Despite the disappointment, it ended up being a great day of vintage snowmobile riding.  

    Click the photo for more pictures:

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  • New Past Event - West Yellowstone March 2019

    Posted on 03/19/19 at 07:23 PM

    On Friday March 15th several members of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club (PNWVSC) converged on west Yellowstone Montana for the 16th annual Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association (WSVSA) Snowmobile Round up. Vintage snowmobilers started their busy weekend Friday night at 6 pm for event registration and visiting.  During registration Jim Langly was retelling his story how he rode a 1967 Polaris colt from Vancouver Canada to Portland Maine over 23 days.  He had great stories and was delightful to listen to.

    Saturday morning was show day.  It dawned bright and sunny, but was a bitter -3° below zero.  It was a bit nippy setting up sleds for the show, but the sun quickly warmed up the show area to a high of 40° making it a wonderful day. Besides looking at all the great vintage sleds, there were snowmobile dealers on hand for demo rides on all the new sleds for next year.  There were also numerous vendors with gear to shop for.  While all this was going on the Snocross, and vintage snowmobile races went on all day.  Both were great fun to watch.

    Many of the spectators were camped on lawn chairs on the hill above the races enjoying the sun and the fast racing action.  Later in the afternoon many of the vintage sleds went out in a large area to ride and race around the venue.  It was fun to see the different vintage sleds run.

    All too soon the day was over, and the vintage sledders were slow to leave. Everyone went to the Holiday Inn to attend the evening awards banquet where all the weekends’ awards were announced.  PNWVSC member Dick Fiel took the WSVSA prestigious Sled of the Year award with his beautiful restored 1966 Arctic cat 460D.  Other PNWVSC members Paul Kruger took second place in the vintage unrestored 1974-1979 category with his 1977 Yamaha Exciter 440.  Then Clay and Joyce Bush won the People's Choice Award with their impeccably restored 1971 Moto Ski Grand Prix 399.  

    It was a great weekend with a lot of successes for the members of the PNWVSC. 

    Clink on the WSVSA logo to go to their website for pictures: 

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  • Four Volcanoes Ride

    Posted on 03/10/19 at 08:02 PM

    Stephen, Ed, and Kevin saw an opportunity to ride their modern-sleds.  After a week of cold snowy weather, the prediction for the weekend was cold with mostly clear skies on Saturday, to clear on Sunday.  So they spent two nights in the town of Cougar to ride on Mt. St. Helens leaving from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park.  

    Well, they were not disappointed!  The snow and weather turned out perfect.  And from one of the high ridges they could see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood all at the same time.  You gott’a like that.  

    Click on the picture to see more pictures on the club's Google Photos site:

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  • Welcome New Member Billy Thorson

    Posted on 03/07/19 at 07:52 PM

    The PNWVSC would like to welcome our newest member, Billy Thorson! Billy has an impressive collection of John Deere sleds, some of which can be seen below. He is looking forward to riding and showing them with us, and we can't wait to see then on the snow! 

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  • New Past Event - The Last Resort February 2019

    Posted on 02/25/19 at 08:35 PM

    We knew it was going to be a great weekend when we got to The Last Resort to find there was a lot of snow on the ground.  Then to make it even better it started snowing Friday night.  By the morning there was an additional eight-inch of soft fluffy-power covering the show and timed event areas!   Then the snow did not stop on Friday night.  Again it snowed Saturday night leaving other four-inches by Sunday morning!  With all of the new snow on top of an already great base we had a snow-over-the-hood weekend.   


    On Saturday we had 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 asked viewers and participants to vote in our People’s Choice Award contest.  Everyone voted for their favorite top three sleds.  When the votes were counted we found out this year was a bit different.  There was a tie for First Place.  Then to top it off two of the sleds were shown by the same person.  Who else could it had been our own Dick Feil who won our first ‘Double First Place People’s Choice Award’ for his 1966 Arctic Cat 170D, and his 1964 Arctic Cat 170.  Coming in second was Kevin Hancock’s 1969 Fox Trac Centura.   Then to top it off there was a third place winner.  Brian Clark won Third Place with his Mercury Sno Twister custom race sled.  Congratulations all you for working so hard creating those exceptional sleds.


    To change things up we added a timed-course event, calling it a ‘Snow Moxie’.  We set up a twisty course with plastic cones that included a hill climb.  To keep it simple there were no classes, and to enter all you had to do was ‘Run What You Brung’.  Each participant had to ride three timed runs against the clock.  The winners were the participants that had the three highest averages.  Winners received a trophy and money!  There was a first, second, and third place.  This year for First Place was Brian Clark with his modified Mercury Sno-Twister, second was Greg Byrd with his stock Mercury Trail-Twister, and third Stephen Phillips with his restored Ski-doo Blizzard.  Thanks to everyone for all the enthusiasm for making this new event a success and so much fun!


    Then on Sunday while Stephen, Ed, and Kevin participated in a one day avalanche course presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center, Melanie and Howard spent part of the morning and early afternoon on their vintage snowmobiles riding the trails close to the resort. 


    Thanks to everyone who participated in the show, timed event, and vintage ride.  It was a truly wonderful weekend in many ways.  Click on the Homelite Forester in fluff to see more pictures:

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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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  • 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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  • FREE Sleds are Going Fast!

    Posted on 12/02/18 at 09:13 PM

    Stephen Phillips and Kevin Hancock helped themselves to some of the FREE sleds that James Fuller is giving away.  They are going fast!  If you are interested best get on it and call or text James Fuller at (253) 304-8824.  They are in the Roy, WA area.

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  • In Memoriam......

    Posted on 02/08/18 at 06:32 PM

    A sad day. Our good friend and founder of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club Arthur Bonenfant passed away this week in Portland, Oregon.  Arthur had the best collection of Arctic Cat race sleds in the west.  He was always ready to lend a hand at our shows, had a big wonderful smile, great stories, and was always ready and easy to make laugh.  He will be missed. A memorial service will be held on the 17th, details below.

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