Milestones: First FSA Trail Guide booklet is printed – available free at trailheads. First Notice to Reader filed (official financial statements for the club). Creation of Bob Arnott Memorial Scholarship (awarded to Daylan Morgan in the fall, $500). FSA broke the Revenue Canada threshold of $50,000 revenue for the first time and now required to remit GST. AGM moved from fall to spring to allow Exec more time for familiarity with rolls and to set up for winter operations (motion forwarded by Alex Millar and deemed critical by members). Significant issues with the contract groomer program.
Events: Jan 3rd family Ride to the Rolling Hills Cabin. Jan 23rd Full Moon Ride. Sled Drags successful (500 spectators, $4400 revenue). Avalanche Awareness Days (50 attendees), Family Ride canceled due to weather, Island Lake Lodge Ride.
Other Notables: Coal Creek Closed for the early part of the season – difficulties reopening related to having to pull in snow from the berms on sides of the road which were full of debris causing damage to equipment and poor trail surface. Draft provincial membership program presented by Donegal from the BCSF for consideration. $5200 raised in FSA corporate partnership program. Challenges collecting trail fees and controlling parking at Morrissey related to impeding traffic flow – applied for and received temporary permission to use the NCC lands for parking. FSA donates $5k to Fernie Trails Alliance for the rebuild of the Harvey Ski Touring Cabin (half now half upon completion). South Country BackCountry Users Association requests support from FSA to prevent government closure of the Sand Creek Drainage area. Partying issues at Coal Creek causing significant issues. Jemi Fibre sold to Canwell March 17th, 2016. New FSA website launched. SeaCan purchased for storage.
Traill Passes & Membership: Day ticket prices increased to $25 per day, BCSF annual primary membership $120. Motion by Justin Boehm to offer discounted day ticket rates for children under the ages of 16 – unanimously approved at $10.
Grooming: Inconsistencies with contract grooming program coupled with the weather has resulted in significant negative feedback from riders. The contract groomer later advises FSA he will no longer be able to provide grooming services in the future.
Bob Arnott resigns, handing over reigns to new President Monty Sosnowski, Dave Hozjan Vice President. Nicole Media voted in mid-season as Social Media Committee (growing primary method of communication with members and public).