Tag: opinion

Job Opening – Great Benefits Package (Brad Stafford)

When I first accepted the position as president of the Bernardston-Gill-Leyden (BGL) snowmobile club I knew there would be responsibilities. One is doing the best I can to help with all kinds of requests that come from the landowners, state ...Read more

Published on November 21, 2014 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Vote Tuesday November 4

Remember to Vote on Tuesday November 4. Polling hours are 7am until 8pm. Your vote as a snowmobiler in Massachusetts can greatly impact the outcome of the election. Think about this: There are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 snowmobilers in the ...Read more

Published on November 2, 2014 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Tool Kit (Dan Gould)

The stock snowmobile tool kit hidden away in the average snowmobile is little more than an empty promise. “I’m here for you, but when you need to tighten that loose suspension bolt I’m going to make your knuckles bleed.” Actually, ...Read more

Published on October 29, 2014 in News & Updates, President's Message
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Surcharge on Massachusetts Snowmobile Registrations

A new 10% surcharge on recreational vehicle registrations in Massachusetts was added to the state budget, costing snowmobilers, ATV riders and boaters an additional $4. The increase went into effect September 1. The sledmass crew first got a whiff of ...Read more

Published on October 8, 2014 in In The News, News & Updates
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Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Copious Amounts of Snow

Snowmobile fans have something to celebrate as the heat of August fades away. The Farmers’ Almanac just predicted another snowy winter, proclaiming “More Shivery And Shovelry!” in their 2014 forecast. “Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting ...Read more

Published on August 25, 2014 in In The News, News & Updates
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Committee To Plan National Forest Designation

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments has contacted 20 communities, requesting that the town Select Boards appoint a representative to the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee to study the National Forest Designation. The deadline is July 25, 2014. There are ...Read more

Published on June 29, 2014 in Environment, National, News & Updates
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Northern Light Snowmobile Movie Debuts

Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves captivating stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come ...Read more

Published on June 16, 2014 in In The News, News & Updates
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TekVest by Klim Review (Jim Tucker)

What’s the one piece of safety gear you can’t leave home without? Is it the helmet shield or goggles? Is it the snowmobile suit for its warmth and protection? Is it the helmet, the big daddy of all protective gear? It just ...Read more

Published on March 14, 2014 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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SAM I AM: Chris Marcinczyk (Terry Holland)

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Chris Marcinczyk is a member of the Berkshire Snow Seekers, Savoy Kanary Kats and the Woodford Snow Busters. He’s been riding snowmobiles for 10-years, his current sled is a 2011 Ski-Doo XRS E-TEC 800 ...Read more

Published on February 26, 2014 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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EPA Considers Lowering Ethanol E-15 Production

An earlier post concerning E-15 ethanol fuel outlined that the EPA had not approved the blended gas for use in Snowmobiles. This followed concerns by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association requesting proper scientific testing of E-15 before being introduced into ...Read more

Published on January 28, 2014 in Environment, In The News, News & Updates
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Snowmobiles and Land Partnerships in Massachusetts (Larry Tucker)

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts has worked to create an awareness of SAM among public and private land agencies. Over the last couple of years SAM has established relationships with land trusts, has partnered with a land trust to purchase ...Read more

Published on January 26, 2014 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Safety: Beating the Odds (Brad Stafford)

We’ve all heard the phrase “Beating the Odds.” Maybe it was as you watched the underdog sports team “Beat the Odds” and win a championship. Or maybe someone you know has battled an illness and they “Beat the Odds” and ...Read more

Published on January 16, 2014 in News & Updates, Safety
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SAM I Am: Ed Morrin (Terry Holland)

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Ed Morrin is the Second Vice President of the Mill Valley Snowmobile Club. Ed has been riding for 10 years, his first sled was a 1973 Arctic Cat Panther, his current ride is a ...Read more

Published on January 14, 2014 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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1970s Global Cooling (video)

The debate of climate change, not long ago termed Global Warming, rages on. We’ve heard arguments from both sides and it’s safe to say that the yelling and screaming will go on for some time. If you’re a fan of ...Read more

Published on January 6, 2014 in Environment, News & Updates
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Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2013

Here are the top 10 snowmobile stories of 2013 at sledmass.com. Some are technical, others are funny and a few may even make you scream “What the heck!” Remember, these great pieces are written for your enjoyment by the rabid ...Read more

Published on December 30, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Conservation Restrictions and Snowmobiles (Larry Tucker)

The topic of Conservation Restrictions (CR) is involving an ever-increasing amount of SAM’s time and attention, since it is within these CR’s, that to a great extent, the future of our recreation lie. In the October and November issues of ...Read more

Published on December 25, 2013 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Snowmobiling on Christmas Day

I Run to the window and look at the snow my yards wrapped in powder like a white Christmas bow. All is untouched virgin snow is abound that is until tomorrow when my track hits the ground. I snap on ...Read more

Published on December 24, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates

Duraflex Ice Scratchers (Jim Tucker)

This month we are going to look at a novel product that just might increase your confidence level heading into that next ride. Snowmobiles are off-road conveyances and as such they encounter some pretty nasty trail conditions out there. Rocks, ...Read more

Published on December 5, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Safely Trailering your Snowmobile (Randy Toth)

This story by SAM’s own Randy Toth was recently featured on the American Snowmobiler website. Have you ever seen a snowmobile sticking out of the back window of an SUV? It was an experience that I almost had firsthand. How ...Read more

Published on November 26, 2013 in News & Updates, Safety
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SAM I AM: Brian Blanchard (Terry Holland)

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Brian Blanchard is a member of the Snowbirds Snowmobile Club and has been riding for 42 years. His first snowmobile was a red 1973 Scorpion 290, his currently sled is a 2013 Ski-Doo MX-Z Renegade 1200 with an ...Read more

Published on November 22, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Preservation of Snowmobile Trails is Paramount (Dan Gould)

Trails are a priority, it’s what SAM is all about. One of our biggest challenges is land changing hands. Many landowners sell, donate or conserve land, believing that the snowmobile trail will stay in place. That’s not always the case, ...Read more

Published on November 17, 2013 in Environment, News & Updates, President's Message
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Tech Corner Preview (Jim Tucker)

The Tech Corner has some interesting snowmobile articles to share with everyone at sledmass this season. I’ve been experimentation with some interesting products including snowmobile skis, helmet-cams and round meaty tires. There may even be a few surprises. First up, ...Read more

Published on September 25, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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SAM Meeting Club Attendance (Dan Gould)

The agenda at a SAM meeting is pretty packed, so much so that getting through all of the business in two short hours can be a challenge. There are typically plenty of issues, which are debated thoroughly, followed by votes ...Read more

Published on September 22, 2013 in News & Updates, President's Message
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Snowmobiles at Yellowstone National Park

Access to Yellowstone by Snowmobiles (Jack Welch)

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the signing of the Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Record of Decision by Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels. The ROD officially completes the Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process. The ROD assures ...Read more

Published on September 15, 2013 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Canadian Military Test Stealth Snowmobile for Covert Operations (Dan Gould)

In a scene out of a James Bond movie, The Globe and Mail reports that the Canadian Department of National Defence has been secretly testing a “stealth snowmobile” to use for covert operations in the Arctic. The $620,000 hybrid-electric snowmobile ...Read more

Published on August 20, 2013 in In The News, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Comment on Yellowstone Proposed Rule for Winter Use

SITUATION The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a Proposed Rule concerning winter use inYellowstone National Park for public review and comment. This rulemaking process is in addition to the Final Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ...Read more

Published on June 14, 2013 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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The Cost of New Snowmobiles (Randy Toth)

What’s up with the high cost of new snowmobiles? Every year as the snowmobiling season draws to a close, the brand new eagerly awaited sleds, with their great technology advances are announced along and their dreaded price increases. Many new ...Read more

Published on March 29, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Hudons Sled Salvage (Jim Tucker) (video)

While driving up to the Old Forge Snodeo in New York a sign on the side of the road in the small town of Barneveld caught my eye. Hmm… Hudons Sled Salvage, huh? I’ve heard of them before. I’ve got ...Read more

Published on March 10, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech, Vintage
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The Legislative Cliff (Larry Tucker)

Well, the world did not end in 2012 and we did not fall off a fiscal cliff. Though, if you were like me, you probably heard the buzzwords “Mayan calendar,” “fiscal cliff,” and “kick the can,” one too many times. ...Read more

Published on February 3, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Changing Times for Trail Volunteers (Larry Tucker)

Can you believe that the elections are really over? It certainly was a long political campaign season. I hope everyone had a chance to help their candidate and that they did well at the ballot booth. One good thing is ...Read more

Published on January 27, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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