2014

Milestones: Transitioned to contract groomer for Coal Creek (Foothills SIlvaculture twice/week) which produced favorable conditions with the groomer. Tracey Taylor hired as FSA Administrative Assistant.

Events: Monty and Cliff take over the organization of Sled Drag Events. Sled Drags on Trico Lands successful despite +8C. Two family rides (80 participants “ 60 people in attendance who enjoyed the good early season snow and some hot food. What was very good this year is we had a larger than usual turnout of women and children. We noted 11 women and7 children (< 12 years old).”) and snow drags (107 class entries). FSA partners with Elk Valley Mountaineers for Snowarama. Dec 27th Family Ride and Avalanche Awareness Days event hosted by Elk Valley Snow Shepherds at the Rolling Hills Cabin. Island Lake Lodge ride canceled.

Other Notable: Fall of 2014: Ongoing challenges between the two Fernie snowmobile clubs. Additional seasonal challenges included very low snowfall and warm temperatures, major mechanical breakdown of snowcat on the first day of operations for the season (Dec 27th, $17,000 repair bill). Woodshed completed at Rolling Hills Cabin. Ram creek outhouses repairs. Relocated solar panel on Rolling Hills Cabin.  No grooming up Hartley due to lack of snow. “We continue to monitor the possible requirement (driven by WorkSafe BC) for professionally produced safety plans and avalanche assessments prior to every grooming event. Should this come into effect in the future it will cause very large expenditures for the FSA to be able to legally groom our trails”. Long term goals remain to “Increase size of Coal Creek parking lot, use owned snowcat to groom Hartley Lake for better quality grooming, use contractor to groom Coal Creek due to improved trail quality related to the effectiveness of newer machine with a tiller, purchase a trailer to haul the BR 180, construct a building near Coal Creek to store groomer and base operations”. Chantelle Weir to take over doing club newsletters from Shona. Bob and Wayne give a presentation to the City of Fernie about increased parking at Coal Creek and discussions about a Quonset for storage of snowcat – a motion was passed by the city to work with the FSA for future operations. PA system purchased for sled drags. Andy Buchan created FSA webpage.

Trail Passes & Membership: Primary Membership $100, Secondary $50, Child $50, Senior $40, Day pass $15. Trail collections on Fri, Sat, Sun only. Motion to hire paid trailhead staff from 8 am to 1 pm to be paid $20/hr. Doug Dean to make a chart for tracking daily trailhead pass sales and statistics.

Executives: Bob Arnot President, Doug Dean Secretary, Connie Arnott Treasurer, Directors Wayne Stamler, Mike Scarpelli, Alex Millar, Spenser Olsen, Monty Sosnowski, Cliff Mitchell, Tyler Temple, Darcy Hutchinson.

Snow Drags Poster 2014