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SAM Annual Meeting

The SAM Board of Directors would like to invite you to CELEBRATE YOUR ASSOCIATION at the upcoming SAM Annual Meeting and dinner on Thursday, April 5, 2018. We invite you to participate, relax and enjoy dinner with your friends, while you participate ...Read more

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Stan Kopala, Snowmobile Advocate, Dies at 85

Stan Kopala, The Godfather of Greylock, known for his outspoken style, can-do spirit and love of snowmobiling, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Berkshire Medical Center-North Adams. A dedicated member of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, Stan also served ...Read more

Published on June 28, 2017 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Never Saw That Coming! (Jeff Miller)

Snowmobiling is a year round sport. It is not uncommon to have regular meetings throughout the year to prepare for the upcoming season. Sledmass is no different. So it was not unusual to have a meeting of the executive committee ...Read more

Published on June 16, 2017 in In The News, News & Updates, President's Message
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Dan Gould Named Executive Director of New Hampshire Snowmobile Association

The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association has named Dan Gould as executive director. Dan will be responsible for executive leadership, communications, representation and administration. He will officially start July 1, 2017.  It is with mixed emotions that I step down as ...Read more

Published on May 25, 2017 in In The News, News & Updates, President's Message
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New Snowmobile Club: Snow Riders of the Nashaway

SAM is proud to announce a new snowmobile club. The Snow Riders of the Nashaway were approved by the SAM Board of Directors and are now an officially recognized club of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts. Welcome aboard! The Snow ...Read more

Published on February 12, 2017 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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SAM I AM: Michael Sarafin

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Michael Sarafin is the new treasurer of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts and a member of the Worthington Snowmobile Club. Mike has been riding snowmobiles for 22 years. His current snowmobile is a 2011 ...Read more

Published on February 5, 2017 in Guest Columns, In The News, News & Updates
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Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2016

Here are the Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2016, written by fellow members of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, just for you! It’s a mix of products, experiences, opinions, humor and fun. It’s also an invitation for you to send ...Read more

Published on January 3, 2017 in In The News, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Russia (Dan Gould)

Snowmobile Russia? Yes, I snowmobiled in Russia, without a doubt the greatest adventure of my life. The invitation to snowmobile in Russia was on the table for years, problem is, I hate flying. So what changed my mind? Lack of ...Read more

Published on December 27, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Snoped Snow Vehicle Concept

The avant-garde Snoped snow vehicle concept by Michigan-based designer Joey Ruiter combines the raw edge of Mad Max with the beauty of machined black granite. The minimalistic saddle reinforces the cafe bike race posture. Exposed mechanical bits, grade-five bolts and ...Read more

Published on October 13, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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David Johnson, Founder of Polaris, Dies at 93

Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. He passed away yesterday in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old. Since he ...Read more

Published on October 10, 2016 in In The News, News & Updates
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Crazy About Mercury Snowmobiles (John Ruffo)

Four years ago I picked up a gem, it was set back, behind the crowd of others. After looking over the same old Ski-Doos, Cats, Yamahas, etc, I found an odd-ball sled that until now I had only seen online ...Read more

Published on August 31, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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Al Joy Tire and Arctic Cat: 2016 Dealer Of The Year

Although Al Joy Tire and Arctic Cat are located in Connecticut they have long been a big supporter of the Knox Trail Sno-Riders in Massachusetts. The Club often calls the dealership looking for parts, advice or technical information for their ...Read more

Published on July 3, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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John Rackem: 2016 Trail Worker Of The Year

Here, we have a snowmobile volunteer without an official title. John Rackem’s role is out on the trails, making sure projects are completed, organizing what is needed, where it is needed, and when. As a trail worker, John is always ...Read more

Published on May 17, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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The Crowningshields: 2016 Snowmobile Family of the Year

The Crowningshield family is always working on trails of the Indianhead Snowmobile Club and always makes sure the Cookie Bash landowners appreciation event happens, no matter what. Matt Crowningshield is the president and treasurer of the club and his family ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Rusty Coombs: 2016 Snowmobiler of the Year

This story dates back a few decades, to a time when a local club had fallen into disrepair and how an enthusiastic volunteer resurrected it. Having a passion for snowmobiling since boyhood, Rusty Coombs interest in snowmobiling was rekindled when ...Read more

Published on April 13, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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SAM Annual Award Nominations (Dan Gould)

It’s clear that the clubs and volunteers were running in overdrive this season. Sure, it can be a thankless job. Many of you volunteer to be with friends or have fun with the family. Some of you do it because ...Read more

Published on February 25, 2016 in News & Updates, President's Message
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Ski-Doo Olympic Wood Sculpture

Ken Packie carved this 1966 Ski-Doo Olympic for the Knox Trail Sno-Riders from a single log. The sculpture is used as a fundraiser, with money going into a slot behind the windshield, like a piggy bank. Knox club president Jeff ...Read more

Published on February 17, 2016 in News & Updates, Vintage
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Rapid Deployment Snow Vehicle / RDSV

The Rapid Deployment Snow Vehicle / RDSV is a 2 seater high speed vehicle for use in any polar environment. This was strictly a personal project, just for the fun of it said designer Juan Garcia Mansilla. The current paradigm ...Read more

Published on January 15, 2016 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015

Here are the Top 10 Snowmobile Stories of 2015, all written by SAM members for your reading and riding pleasure. It’s a mix of products, experiences, opinions, humor and fun. It’s also an invitation for you to send a story ...Read more

Published on December 29, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Sledmass Toys for Tots Donations

The clubs of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts went big this year, we’re talking Ho Ho Ho Santa-size big. The sledmass clubs love Christmas shopping, especially for the Toys for Tots program. They know first-hand the magic of Christmas giving, ...Read more

Published on December 21, 2015 in Charity, News & Updates
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Planes Trains and Snowmobiles: Part 2 (Gerry Balchuinas)

As we left last time, we had just gotten out on the trail and were headed around the corner. We were on a nice groomed trail and there was a big bull moose in our way. Yes, I know he ...Read more

Published on December 18, 2015 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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SAM Members Featured in Worcester Living Magazine

Worcester Living magazine features a story in the just-released winter edition about snowmobiling in Central Massachusetts. The story is catered to readers who have never snowmobiled and might be interested. SAM members and local volunteers, Gerry Balchuinas, Jay Pease, Tony ...Read more

Published on November 30, 2015 in In The News, News & Updates
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SAM I Am: Matt Crowningshield

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Matt Crowningshield is a member of the Indian Head Snowmobile Club and has been riding sleds for 24 years. His current ride is a 2003 Polaris XC-SP 600 Sled mods: I raised the handlebars, ...Read more

Published on October 25, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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My Grandfather: The Golden Age of Snowmobiling (John Ruffo)

In 1969 my grandfather Paul Bogos, or Slim, as he was known, along with his best friend George, tried snowmobiling for the first time. It started with a ride on a new sled that belonged to a local farmer. After ...Read more

Published on October 19, 2015 in News & Updates, Vintage
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Winter Clothing Drive at the Sled Expo (Marcia Miller)

Make a donation at the SAM Winter Clothing Drive at the Sled Expo, October 17 & 18, and get a chance to win an authentic Levi LaVallee autographed SAM map. As fall approaches we start to think about all the ...Read more

Published on October 9, 2015 in Charity, News & Updates
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Turbo Wankel Snowmobile (Mel Scuderi)

It was one of those sleds that you knew had to come home with you. When I first checked out the 1971 Arctic Cat Lynx Wankel snowmobile, I knew I wasn’t leaving without it. It even came with three spare ...Read more

Published on September 6, 2015 in News & Updates, Vintage
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Boulevard Machine & Gear: Friend of SAM

Boulevard Machine & Gear has generously supported Knox Trail Sno-Riders monetarily, by way of purchasing raffle tickets and making groomer donations. They joined the club at our Annual Raffle in December to celebrate the season and partake in the festivies. ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Molly Miller: 2015 Junior Snowmobiler of the Year

This young leader is heavily involved with SAM and the Bernardston Gill Leyden Snowmobile Club. Often spotted volunteering at SAM events, Molly Miller typically spends dozens of hours annually setting up and tearing down everything that goes into the Sled ...Read more

Published on April 14, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Hadley Snowmobile Club: 2015 Club of the Year

This club is on the move! They have done an astonishing amount of work and networking to make snowmobiling grow as a whole in their community and our state. Ending last season with a measly 33 members and only 2-4 ...Read more

Published on April 8, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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Jon Tobin: Snowmobiler of the Year

As a volunteer, Jon Tobin takes a leadership role in every aspect of club activities: trail clearing, grooming, equipment maintenance, membership, running meetings, record keeping, newsletters and club events. His professionalism, combined with a love and appreciation for snowmobiling, has ...Read more

Published on April 3, 2015 in Awards, News & Updates
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