Milestones: December 28th Sparwood 8 snowmobile fatality incident – the resulting Coroner’s Review recognizes the growth of backcountry snowmobiling and triggers many changes within the industry (see link below). New trail maps printed and available for purchase at hotels. Wayne Stamler wins BCSF Groomer of the Year. Fernie awarded BCSF Snowmobile Club of the Year. New trail marker signs (red numbers) installed by Doug Dean. Kennecott drilling up Coal Creek until November, Tembec logging McEvoy though December. Lodgepole plowed for the entire season for logging. Marten Ridge Wind Energy Project proposal by Premier Renewable Energy.
Events: Scott Stratton and Kurt Tilbury provide an informal avalanche training seminar in December with 20 participants. Jan 13th family ride and BBQ 80 participants at the Wrangler’s Cabin – wood split and roof shoveling. FSA organized club ride at Elkford (tour of the area) on Feb 8th. 100 Entries in Snow Drags (the overall winner was Brent Linderman)- Trinidad Drilling as the main sponsor. Island Lake Ride April 19/20th. Paul Kramer and Alex Millar attend Edmonton Snow Show in Tourism Fernie Booth. Doug Dean man’s booth at Saskatchewan Snow Show representing Fernie.
Trail Passes & Memberships: Primary Membership rates increased to $75.
Grooming: Coal Creek to the Wranglers Cabin groomed Friday each week. Powder Cowboy grooming trail up McDermid Creek. Wayne Stamler and Monty Heather rebuilt the 81 GMC (donated by Elk Valley Coal) to help move the snowcat.
Corporate Partners: Smitty’s, Inn on the Border, Falkins Insurance Group, Cooks Electric, Stanford Inn, Ghostrider Motorsports, Best Western Fernie.
Executive: President Paul Kramer, Doug Dean, Bob Arnott, Wayne Stamler, Jim Thorner, Mike Scarpelli.
Links to articles regarding Sparwood 8 Snowmobile Fatality: