Milestones: March 2015: Dan and Blake Earl attended an FSA meeting and had preliminary talks to amalgamate the two Fernie clubs back into one. FSA passed a motion to form a committee to explore this, and that neither club President would be on the committees. Talks went reasonably well for a while but ultimately fell apart again. Ultimately, the EVSC society ended up being dissolved by the registrar for noncompliance with society filings. October 2015- Simultaneously on the provincial level the 2 recognized snowmobile organizations became one again when the ABC Snow Group was folded and assets transferred to the BCSF. Creation of FSA Facebook Page on October 15th (Mud and Snow has been primary communications tool until then). BC releases new Off-Highway Vehicle Act mandating registration of snowmobiles.
Other Notable: Coal Creek closed at the beginning of the season for logging operations (Feb opening). Avalanche Canada ATES signs installed at Hartley and Ram Creek. Exec team and public trail users note challenges with trailhead collections staff, particularly with lack of accurate data collection for the club and inability to issue receipts to the public for monies paid at the trailhead.
Trail Passes and Memberships: Annual primary membership rate $80. Day ticket rates raised to $20. New BCSF Silkstart online membership program up and running to manage snowmobile club membership databases and purchase memberships online (vs paper at trailheads).
Grooming: Contract groomer for Morrissey / Coal Creek (Annual budget $40,000). Regular grooming route up Coal Creek, Doug Dean, Morrissey totaled 67.5km.FSA looking into the feasibility of also grooming up Matheson (7km), Martin (3km), and to the Notch (19km round trip) in addition to a pilot project to groom River Road Extension for the ‘Fat Bike Community”. Hartley was added to Contract Groomer Program (additional $2500 expense) – was previously done with snowmobile and tow behind drag, “Adding “between 16-26km of grooming for sledders and ski tourers in Olivia Creek, Mount Bizzaro, Proctor Mountain, and the Three Sisters” – grooming to occur when avalanche conditions ensure safe passage. inReaches purchased for grooming operations as safety communication devices. Worksafe BC issues mandatory requirement for trail operators to comply with safety legislation requiring Avalanche Safety Plan to protect people working in avalanche terrain – imposing major expense for clubs across BC.
Executives: President Bob Arnott, Robert Dixon, Devon Hanson, Darcy Hutchison, Glenn McDonald, Jim Malenka, Cliff Mitchell, Joe Oconnor, Spencer Olson, Mike Scarpelli, Monty Sosnowski, Gene Stephenson.