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 stay 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.
2018/2019 Annual Membership
Primary Member: $185
Secondary Member or Child age 18 or over in same house as primary member: $85
Child age 17 and younger: $40
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 remember to upload a photo which will be imported 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’. The first time you present your card at the trailhead for the season, staff will issue you with your membership decal.
By joining the Fernie Snowmobile Association, you are choosing to support snowmobiling in BC and ensure that we have areas to ride for future generations. So, while many people join the club for a groomed trail there is more to snowmobile clubs than just that. The volunteers in clubs negotiate with government to manage these areas and work hard to meet the ongoing requirements of these agreements. There are many well-funded groups getting organized and advocating to have us removed from the backcountry. We need to stay organized, have strong membership numbers, and support the volunteers that keep this all going so that the people that just want to ride can.
Your Club membership includes a membership in the BCSF which gives you the following benefits with our corporate partners:
- Capri Insurance offers members discounted Liability and Physical Damage Insurance, up to 30% off!
- Sandman Hotels gives 10% off their best advertised rate to BCSF Members
- Best Western Sicamous, Mountain View Cabins in Golden, Hubs Motel in Wells/Barkerville, all offer preferred rates to BCSF Members.
- Free Subscription to SnoRiders Magazine
- Avalanche Safety Solutions offers 10% off safety gear & accessories in November from their online store and their shop in Golden.
- KIMPEX offers $20 off when purchasing $200 or more on CKX products in store. Click the link to find a dealer near you!
- Mark’s Work Wearhouse offers our members 10% off their purchases.
- Discounts with several AST 1 providers including Zacs Tracs, Trigger Point, Summit Avalanche Consulting and Hangfire Training. Ask your AST provider if they provide a discount when you register.
2018/2019 Day Tickets
Day tickets are available for cash purchase at the trailheads 7 days a week. There is very limited connectivity at our trailheads so we are unable to process visa or debit transactions. One hundred percent of your day ticket fees are used to help off-set costs related to providing snowmobile infrastructure and club operations.
Youth 14 and under: $10
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 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.
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 expenses 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 a 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.