Membership and Day Ticket Information
We are a British Columbia Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) member club. When you join our association, you automatically become a member of the BCSF. This province-wide organization is dedicated to snowmobile safety, the growth of the sport, protection of the environment, and securing access to public lands for all users. A portion of each annual membership sold is forwarded to the BCSF to help support these provincial initiatives and programs. The remainder of your membership dollars stays right here in the Fernie Snowmobile Community to help offset costs associated with providing grooming, cabins, parking, insurance, events, signage, wages, and other infrastructure to the public. If you are joining more than one BCSF snowmobile club this season you are entitled to a discount on your membership rate at any additional BCSF clubs – please send an email to email@example.com or contact the BCSF and we would be happy to assist with manual processing of your memberships and discounts.
2020/2021 Annual Membership
Primary Member: $200+tax early bird, $225+tax regular
Secondary Member: $100+tax early bird, $125+tax regular
Child age 17 and under: $50+tax early bird, $60+tax regular
Senior age 65+: $50+tax early bird, $60+tax regular
Personal Liability insurance: $70 each
Memberships can be purchased ONLINE HERE. Each membership must be purchased separately (primary, secondary, youth, senior) under a different email address. Please contact us if your children do not have their own email addresses and we would be happy to provide further instructions. Remember to upload a photo to the ‘Basic Info’ section which will be ported into to your membership card. Cards can be printed or saved to your mobile device by clicking your name in the upper right-hand corner and toggling down to ‘membership card’.
YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD EITHER ON PAPER OR IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE AT THE TRAILHEAD.
2020/2021 Day Tickets
FSA Member: No Charge (included with purchase of your Fernie Snowmobile Association Membership)
Adult with current membership at another BCSF Member Club: $20 includes tax
Regular Adult: $25 includes tax
Youth 14 and under: $10 includes tax
One hundred percent of your day ticket fees are used to help off-set costs related to providing snowmobile infrastructure and club operations. There are currently two options for purchasing day tickets:
1. CASH purchase at the trailheads. Sorry, there is currently no cell or internet connectivity at any of our trailhead locations to accept Visa or Debit payment processing at this time. You will receive a physical ticket as proof of payment.
2. ONLINE ADVANCED sales by clicking the link HERE. You will receive a copy of your ticket via email / upon purchase.
DONT FORGET TO PRINT A COPY TO PRESENT AS PROOF OF PAYMENT AT THE TRAILHEAD.
Who authorizes BC snowmobile clubs to collect trail fees?
The Provincial Government. Trail fees are charged under authorization Part 5 of the Forest Recreation Regulation under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). According to the regulation, fees are collected on a cost-recovery basis by Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) partnership agreement holders. Fees are not collected by the government and are solely managed by partner snowmobile clubs in order to provide services (chiefly grooming, parking, signage, summer maintenance, and warming shelter upkeep). The fees are not for accessing crown lands but are used by snowmobile clubs to recover costs associated with operating the trail network and services used by sledders and other trail users.
What is the money used for?
Snowmobile Clubs must invest every dollar they collect back into the trail network. They do this primarily through the grooming of trails. But grooming the snow is not the only expense a club has that the trail fee contributes to. They have to purchase and maintain the grooming equipment, wages for operators and gate staff, insurance, maintenance and expansion of trail networks, mitigating water, maintaining bridges and culverts, clearing parking lots, signage, firewood, and repairs to shelters.
Are trail fees the same price everywhere?
No. Trail fees are collected on a cost-recovery basis. All trail fees collected and expenses related to the operation of a trail network are reported by the partner snowmobile club each season to RSTBC. Based on those reports the trail fee rates may be adjusted up or down by RSTBC to maintain the balance of cost recovery within the trail network.
Does every club charge trail fees?
No. Partnership agreements are a lot of work and can require years to put in place. Clubs need to have the needed equipment, volunteers, and ridership to maintain a trail network before they work towards a partnership agreement. Therefore, some clubs choose to cover the costs of maintaining their trails by a voluntary donation or through club membership. Some of these clubs are able to offer limited grooming depending on the level of support by their ridership.
How many clubs do charge trail fees?
There are 54 partnership agreements between RSTBC and snowmobile clubs in BC. Of those 54 agreements, fee collection is authorized on 31 trail networks. RSTBC is proud of our partnerships with the snowmobile community of BC and believes fees and fee payment are critical to maintaining world-class opportunities for snowmobiling in communities across the province.
Do I have to pay the fee?
Yes. Non-payment of the fees is a contravention under FRPA and is enforceable by Natural Resource Officers, Conservation Officers, and RCMP. Infractions should be reported here //www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/natural-resource-law-enforcement/report-natural-resource-violations and this information should also be passed on by the club to their District Recreation Officer.
More importantly, non-payment of the fees is robbing a volunteer snowmobile club of operating funds to provide services like trail grooming, parking lot clearing, and other important functions.