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  • Whistlin' Jack Lodge Signs Pick Up

    Posted on 06/06/21 at 10:07 PM

    Paul and Kevin managed to pick up the signs that our club posts to guide folks from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistin’ Jack Lodge. Paul went out first in March but couldn’t get them all. The snow was still too deep to collect the ones that were at the higher elevations. Kevin finished up the work the first weekend in June after the roads reopened. 

    When Paul was collecting the signs he ran into someone who commented how much they enjoy the route. It was good getting feed back. Please let us know if you are using the markers, and how you enjoy them, or suggestions how to improve the signage. We will appreciate the feedback.

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  • Yakima Pioneer Power Show and Swap Meet

    Posted on 05/26/21 at 05:09 PM

    It is decided this event will go on as planned! Put it on your calendars. It is a two day event, Saturday and Sunday August 21 and 22, 2021. According to their OK website the gates open at 8:00 a.m. We will start setting up between 6:30 - 7:00 a.m. Keep an eye on the website for changes and updates. 

    According to their website all events subject to COVID-19 protocols in place at the time. The safety of their volunteers and visitors is their highest priority.

    We will be at Union Gap’s Fullbright Park. Besides our display the days other highlights include something for everyone of all ages! From farm equipment displays, vintage trucks and engines for the equipment enthusiasts to our popular equipment parade. They also have a working sawmill, threshing demonstrations, quilt displays and more. Especially for the kids there are free kiddie train rides and our new free kiddie wagon plus scavenger hunt for prizes.

    Please let our Prez. Stephen Phillips know if you plan to show some sleds. You can let him know by the club's email: pnwvsc@gmail.com. We have an area reserved. Space is limited, so let Stephen know so he can make sure you have room. If you are curious about the museum and days events, click the picture below that is linked to their webpage:


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  • New Classified - 1973 John Deere's

    Posted on 04/29/21 at 07:08 AM

    Mike Birkholz has two JDX4s, both are 1973 models with 292 Kohler engines. They have new clutches, updated some stuff, the track and boogies are in great shape, and they have low hours. He is asking $500 each, or $900 for both. They come with extra belts carbs.


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  • New Classified - 1970 Ski-doo Olympique

    Posted on 04/27/21 at 08:06 PM

    We are advertising this for a friend:
    Mary Lee has a 1970 skidoo Olympic that has ended up with her. She is wanting to find some in our club, or one of our followers who would want it. It is free and should all be there. You can email Mary or call 206 595 1310. She lives in Tacoma, WA.
     
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  • New Past Event - Lone Butte Trip April 2021

    Posted on 04/25/21 at 11:56 AM

    Ed and Kevin decided to get one more sledding trip before calling it a season. There was still around 3-feet of snow on the trails, with 9-foot of snow showing at the weather station snow gauge! The trails were still in good condition. The weather was expected to change to rain, so it will be melting fast. 

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  • Upcoming Shows and Riding Events

    Posted on 03/28/21 at 06:40 PM

    We are looking ahead for when the current health restrictions are lifted so we can resume our summer shows and riding events. Below is a tentative schedule of the events in the Washington. These events and dates are not final, so keep an eye on the Upcoming Events Page for updates.

    August, 2021                      Central Washington Agricultural Museum, Yakima, WA

    We asked to display before the museum was closed because of covid-19 with all their events canceled. Recently we heard from the museum’s board of directors. They are meeting in April to decide when to reopen, and what events they will have for this year.  We are hoping to be able to display this summer. https://www.centralwaagmuseum.org/default.asp

    October 2, 2021                Cool Desert Nights

    We were contacted by the West Richland City Council that they are planning to have this event this coming fall. We are still in the process of negotiating a space. Cool Desert Nights features: Car Cruises, Party in the Park, Show 'N Shine, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Kids Zone, Judging and Awards, Vendors, Food Trucks & more!

    October, 2021                    Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo and Swap Meet

    This event was an annual event held the third week in October. It is sponsored by the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA). Checking their website they’ve not posted the event for this year’s coming events. We expect if the restrictions are lifted there could be one this fall, but we will have to wait and see.

    November 13, 2021         Winter Knights Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo, Spokane, WA

    We join a local vintage snowmobile club and group of enthusiast displaying at this annual Power Sports Expo and area for Sale by Owner used snowmobiles and parts. Too see what it is all about go to this website: https://spokanewinterknights.com/snow-atv-show/    

    January 8, 2022                 Club Get Together Ride and BBQ Wenatchee, WA

    We’ve done this several years in a row. We plan to do this again this coming year. We gather on a member’s property to ride in their snow covered fields, enjoy time sitting next to a fire, and cook up a barbeque on the clubs Arctic Cat Kitchen Kat. This is a great family event.   

    January, 2022                     Whistlin’ Jack Lodge Ride and Overnight, Cliffdell, WA

    This is another of our annual events that was cancelled this year. We leave the Taneum Sno-Park to ride 70-miles to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge where we spend the night before riding back the next day. We usually do this then last weekend in January.

    February, 2021                  The Last Resort, Ronald, WA

    This is another of our annual events. We spend two days at the resort. The first day is a vintage snowmobile show, and timed obstacle course. Then the next day we have a vintage snowmobile ride.

    March, 2022                       Mt. Baker Shootout, Mount Baker Nat'l Recreation Area Sno-Park, Deming, WA

    Two local snowmobile clubs sponsor a one day riding event, new sled displays, and food in the Bellingham area. You ride to a display area on Mt. Baker. They have demonstrations of the latest snowmobiles, and a BBQ.


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  • Upcoming Riding Events

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:46 PM

    We are starting planning our 2021 – 2022 antique, vintage, and classic snowmobile show and riding events. Until the health restrictions are lifted our plans remain tentative. According to what we know now this is what we are looking forward to. Keep checking the website and facebook page. As it becomes known we will add more events, verify the dates, and add more details.

    If you have questions please email them to pnwvsc@gmail.com.


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  • New Upcoming Event - Bootlegger Poker Run

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:45 PM

    Bootlegger poker run is early March, 2022.  We are thinking it wouldn't be hard to add a second day on Sunday for slalom event. More details coming.


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  • New Upcoming Event - Mountain Meadows Drags and Slalom

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:44 PM

    Mountain Meadows drag/slalom last week in February, 2022. We are still discussing with the owner about making this a two day event next year, and add a slalom course. More on this as we get closer. 


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  • New Upcoming Event - Mountain Meadows Drags and Slalom

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:42 PM

    Mountain Meadows drag/slalom last week in February, 2022. We are still discussing with the owner about making this a two day event next year, and add a slalom course. More on this as we get closer. 


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  • New Upcoming Event - Winterfest

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:37 PM

     Winterfest is scheduled the 3rd weekend in January, 2022. The event is held at Lolo Hot Springs Resort, Lolo, Montana.


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  • New Upcoming Event - Garett Ghost Ride

    Posted on 03/14/21 at 06:36 PM

    Garnet Ghost Ride, early February, 2022 (we are moving this to Super bowl Saturday next year). We ride from a predetermined assembly area to the ghost town of Garnet, Montana. More details as we get closer.


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  • PNWVSC Montana Riding Event

    Posted on 02/23/21 at 01:12 PM

    Hey Vintage Fans,
    Just a quick reminder concerning the snowmobile drag races and vintage show this week Feb 27th at Mountain Meadows Resort @ Lake Mary Ronan (north of Polson & South of Kalispell). GPS coordinates: 47.93339455802705, -114.38698699208405.
     
    This is a very informal event - no entry fees, no classes, no prizes, no trophies.  It's a "run-what- ya-brung" event.  Arrive around noon, with drags starting at 1:00 pm.  The vintage show is also very informal - pretty much just line them up near the bar/grill.  If enough vintage people show up, we can create a vintage-only class if there is interest. 
     
    If you have questions - please call Lyle @ MMR (406) 240-6969.  
     
    Please ping me back if you plan on attending so we have an idea of how many vintage sleds are coming.  
     
    Thanks!
    Tom Mullins
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  • New Member!!!!

    Posted on 02/07/21 at 09:57 PM

    We like to welcome a new member, Paul Schaumburg from Grapeview, WA. He has two older Eltigres and an EXT which he really enjoys keeping running on the trails with my wife when we are not riding our newer mountain sleds.
     
    Welcome Paul!
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  • Update from PNWVSC Montana

    Posted on 02/03/21 at 10:26 PM

    I got an update from Dave Morgan, who was up at the Garnet area today.  1" of fresh, new snow and the forecast is calling for a 50%-80% chance of snow this week with daytime temps in the low 30's.  LETS RIDE!!    

    Meet and gather in the parking lot around 9:30 - 10:30, with the aim to have all the old iron cranked up and leaving around 10:30-11:00.   Trip is 11 miles from parking lot to Garnet. so 22 miles round trip.  Missoula Snowgoers are sponsoring lunch of Brats & Dogs.  There's a rumor that a mystery man may show up with some Big Sky Brewing adult beverages.  Beer, Brats and vintage snowmobiles - the most fun you can have with a snowmobile suit on....  
     
    Snow is still thin, so off road/cross county is pretty sparse - even on top.  Plan on leaving the big paddle/powder sleds at home.  Bring the old iron that only needs a skiff o' snow and we'll be fine.  
     
    Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
     
    Tom Mullins
    406-531-0449
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  • Message for WA Snowmobiler From WSSA

    Posted on 01/15/21 at 01:53 PM

    The Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) issued this important information update:

    Greetings WSSA!

    Here are a few things we think you should be aware of:
     
      1. Hwy 20 area Forest Service Emergency Closure banning snowmobiles.
      2. Senate Bill 5092 & House Bill 1094 with language to strip NOVA (off-road) funds.
      3. WSSA Awards submission info & deadline.
      4. New trail grooming map from State Parks.
      5. Snowmobile WA app.

    Details below!

    Item #1:  Snowmobilers and many others are dismayed at the Emergency Closure order for an area along Hwy 20.  WSSA is involved and here is an update from Wayne Mohler, our Land Use Chair:
    "Snowmobilers along State Hwy 20 west of Mazama  received an unwelcome New Years notice from the US Forest Service. Effective January 1 through June 30, three off-trail areas on either side of State Hwy 20 near Washington Pass are closed to snowmobiles and snow bikes.  Violators of this temporary closure are subject to a fine of up to $5,000.  See https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD870762 for details.  This was a very harsh and unexpected way to start the new year!    Predictably, the Forest Service suggests that the snowmobilers can go elsewhere.  As you can imagine, this loss of ACCESS is very disturbing to the snowmobiling community as well as many other recreation groups who feel they, too, can easily be banned or evicted from public lands important for their recreational pursuits.  The WSSA Board unanimously supports referring this uncalled for action to our respective congressional representatives, with the caveat that, in the meantime,  we are attempting to engage with the Forest Service at higher levels.  Fighting this closure has drawn alot of support from other groups, which is a good surprise and immensely appreciated.  Those that have let the Forest Service know what you think – Thank You.  Those that haven’t - please let them know!

    Item #2:  It has recently come to our attention there are two legislative bills in Olympia, which if passed as written, would take the NOVA funds used in support of off-roading (ATV/UTV/motorcycle & 4x4) and given to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to use for non-motorized purposes.  As of today, it appears both bills have had hearings in their respective chambers.  WSSA is concerned about this bill as we may see a similar attempt to take (sweep) our dedicated Snowmobile Fund as the legislative session progresses.  We also realize many of you enjoy motorized recreation year around and this attempt to take funds may directly impact you.  If you'd like to keep abreast of this info, we suggest you 'follow' the WOHVA (Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance) Facebook page.

    Item #3:  Every year WSSA celebrates stand outs in the Washington snowmobile community.  If you are aware of an exceptional nominee, we encourage you to nominate them.  Categories include:

    Snowmobiler/Snowmobile Couple of the Year
    Grooming Coordinator of the Year
    Snowmobile Club President of the Year
    Snowmobile Club of the Year
    Snowmobile Dealer/Associate of the Year
    Snowmobile Trail Groomer of the Year

    Deadline for nominations is February 1st.  Details can be found under the 'Awards' tab at www.wssa.us.

    Item #4:  Have you seen it?  The new grooming map provided by our State Parks Winter Rec Program?  It is updated daily with grooming information from the previous day and shows grooming activity for the preceding seven days.  A big thanks to Jason Goldstein for getting this out there to the public.  It is currently in beta testing and State Parks welcomes your feedback.  Check it out here: 

    https://wa-stateparks.maps.arcgis.com/apps/mapviewer/index.html?webmap=8203a133191e4b3ba1bb081e939881f4

    Item #5:  Have you checked out the latest update to the Snowmobile WA app?  Available in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.  You can also explore the map at home on your PC or laptop.  View the map here: https://mapswa.com/snowmobilewa     For more info on all the map products available, including an updated ORV offering, visit Washington Hometown at https://www.washingtonhometown.com/

    Don't forget to read the monthly WSSA Snoflyer for more info on all items of interest to Washington snowmobilers.

    Matt Mead
    WSSA Publicity Secretary
    WSSA Snoflyer Editor/Publisher/Ad Sales
    (509) 424-1575


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  • IMPORTANT PNWVSC MT Private Ride Update

    Posted on 01/15/21 at 01:17 PM

    LOCATION UPDATE!!!!!
     
    Hi Gang,
    Time to get the old iron dusted off and running! We've managed to get a vintage ride organized Feb 7th, snow conditions permitting.  Let's plan on meeting in the parking lot off Highway 200 Garnet, MT around 9:30 am.  The coordinates where we meet are 46.88891, -113.46103. We're trying to get some of the old buildings in the ghost town opened up so we can tour around and take some pics. 
     
    Snowgoers may be able to provide some hotdogs for lunch.  Social distancing guidelines in effect.  
     
    Give me a call at 406-531-0449 if you have questions.  Hope to see you all there!
     
    Tom Mullins 
    PNWVSC MT

    406-531-0449


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  • New Past Event - Get Together at Tim's

    Posted on 01/13/21 at 04:55 PM

    Some PNWVSC members took the opportunity to enjoy the snow and weather this weekend in the rolling fields around Badger Mountain. John Deere was well represented with three Liquifire sleds tracking up the powder and we even had a Ski-Daddler and a couple twin-track Raiders in the mix! We'd like to extend a big thanks to Tim and his wife for letting our members ride at their place and we are looking forward to the rest of the snow season. 
    Be bold, ride old!
    Click on the picture for more photos:
     

  • Introducing a New Member

    Posted on 12/27/20 at 12:09 PM

    We have a new club member named David May, from Burien, WA
    Welcome Dave, and Happy Holidays to everyone????????????


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  • This Years Riding Events

    Posted on 11/23/20 at 08:49 PM

    The Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club is planning to be active this winter season and we are looking forward to getting out on the snow. We do have an obligation to do our part to help keep our members safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and therefore must comply with state mandates where we are riding. We will also be limiting our attendance at larger events and instead focus on smaller rides among groups that have regular contact. If you have any questions regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please visit the health department websites below.

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19

    https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

    https://dphhs.mt.gov/

    NOAA is predicting a great snow season for us in their 2020-21 Winter Outlook due to a persistent La Nina climate pattern, so let’s make the best of it and ride!


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  • Parts Inventory For Sale

    Posted on 11/19/20 at 12:01 PM

    Our member Howard had retired his snowmobile repair business several years ago. He is trying to sell what is left of his inventory. He has both new and used parts. There are parts and manuals from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. He’s to the point where what’s left will go cheap, and some of the small stuff for free. If you need clutches, belts, windshields, filters or anything else give him a call: (509) 656-4084. Calling is best. You can also email him: hjsnobiz@hotmail.com.


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  • New Classified - 1974 Polaris

    Posted on 11/04/20 at 09:54 AM

    I have a 1974 Polaris 340 - It was taken apart in hopes of restoring it, which never happened! I do have all the parts to it including all the emblems and title.  I do not want any money for it I would like to give it to someone who would like to put it back together. I am located in Southern Oregon.  The sled ran the seats in good condition no tears the hood has a little fiberglass damage but not much.  


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  • New Past Event - Whistlin' Jack Lodge Signs Out

    Posted on 10/19/20 at 10:04 AM

     

    Ed, Marlane, Stephen, Erin, and Kevin put out the Whistlin' Jack Lodge route signs. The signs mark the 70-mile route from Taneum Sno-Park by Cle Elum to Whistlin' Jack Lodge in Cliffdell, WA. This is one of our annual events to ride the route on vintage sleds, spend the night then ride back the next day. We are planning to do it again this year. Let President Stephen know if you want to join in: pnwvsc@gmail.com.

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  • New Past Event - Lonny Custer Show Casper, WY

    Posted on 10/12/20 at 09:51 AM

    Having our events here on the west coast canceled did not stop us from enjoying getting together. Our members had to do a bit of traveling to join other antiques and vintage snowmobile enthusiast so they could display their sleds. On September 26th they participated in the Rocky Mountain Antiques Snowmobile Associations 7th Annual Lonny Custer Memorial Show in Casper, WY. You can see more pictures, and information visiting their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rmasaofficial/.  

    Our members did quite well! Dick Feil won 1st Place in the Antique Class with his 1965 Arctic Cat 480D, and 2nd Place in the Survivors Class with his 1963 Arctic Cat 250 he’s named the ‘Miners Sled’. While Ray Bergstresser won 2nd Place in the Mini Sled Class for his 1971 Chimo. He also placed 1st in the 1974 -1980 Trail Sled Class with his 1974 Skiroule RTW, and in the same class 2nd place with the 1975 Scorpion Whip.

    Congratulations you guys!

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  • New Past Event - Entiat River Summer Gathering

    Posted on 08/19/20 at 08:53 PM

    Despite all of our antique and vintage snowmobile events getting cancelled, that could not stop us enjoying time together. A group of club members got together to enjoy a weekend of camping along the Entiat River in central Washington. It was a great time, with wonderful weather, great company, and fantastic scenery. Wish we all could have made it. Soon enough we will be together riding our old sleds in a winter wonderland.

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  • 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.

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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.  

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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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  • 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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  • 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
    PNWVSC
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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 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 - 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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  • 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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  • 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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