January Update

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Hello Summit Snow Riderz!

CLUB MEETINGS are the 2nd Tuesday of the month - 6pm Bakers Brewery . . . we discuss club rides, trail grooming at Spring Creek, and other club news.
Club memberships fund our trail grooming program and help keep the trails at Spring Creek open to Snowmobiling. If you are not a member please consider joining our club to support us through membership !

Grooming Update:

Seasonal repairs have been completed on our new Prinoth Bison X and the cat is running great. Ross, Jared, Jeff and Larry have been out grooming Spring Creek. Jeff plans to groom either tonight or tomorrow, so the trails will be in great shape at Spring Creek this weekend.

Welcome New Members . . . Thank you for your Support:

We would like to welcome the following New Business Members to the Summit Snow Riderz:

  • Mountain Skillz with Matt Entz, South Fork
  • Kodi Rafting, Buena Vista
  • Team Rock on Q Financial - Mortgage Consultants, Dillon
  • Ollies Bar and Legends Restaurant, Breckenridge
  • We would like to welcome the following New ClubMember to the Summit Snow Riderz:
  • Kim Sloan

January Club Meeting:

We had our monthly meeting on Tuesday 14th January, 2020.

  1. Keith McBrearty reported that the grooming at Spring Creek was excellent and we all decided to have our Club Ride this Sunday 19th January at Spring Creek. 10am ready to ride at the trailhead! We may split into 2 groups, intermediate and an advanced group and meet for lunch.
  2. The Colorado Snowmobile Association Annual Convention/Annual Meeting and Rides meets at Mt Princeton Hot Springs this year Fri 31st January, Sat 1st Feb and Sun 2nd Feb (Superbowl Sunday). Although the accommodation at Mt Princeton is already booked up, there are plenty of places to stay in Buena Vista or just come for the day to ride. On Friday and Saturday evenings dinners will be served in the main conference room and awards given out on Sat. Sign up and pre-payment for the meals is on the CSA website. Lunches for the rides on Friday and Saturday can be bought online and individually too. The rides usually begin at 9am and its about a 30 minute drive from Mt Princeton Hot Springs to St Elmo where we unload and begin our rides.
  3. The Vega Lodge at Grand Mesa trip date was changed to Feb 29th/March 1st because Lee Dolan of MotoBreck wanted to do an exclusive Snowmobile Demo Day for Summit Snow Riderz on Sunday 23rd February. The demo sleds are:
    • 3x Polaris 805cc Khaos,
    • 3x 850 ski-doo
    • 1x ski doo 850cc TURBO!
    Ski-doo announced the other day they are releasing in 2020, a stock 850cc "Turbo" sled, without the turbo lag and we get to try it out! Thanks Lee.
  4. Our social coordinator will get us the Vega lodging details and I will email everyone with availability/prices/dates soon.
  5. There is a mid-season snowmobile party called the Winter Classic at Rabbit Ears Pass on Saturday February 15th.
  6. Meeting ended with us singing Happy Birthday to Dave Garrett and eating birthday cake

Julie Beck
Summit Snow Riderz

December Club News

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December Meeting

Bakers Brewery 6pm Tuesday December 10th 6pm

Fundraiser Party

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Club's Fundraiser at the Elk's Club on November 23rd. It was a great success with over $3,500 raised. Thank you to everyone who participated by joining the party, those who donated prizes and/or gift certificates, members who helped solicit and collect donations, party organizers and Rachael and Trish who helped run the door all night. With everyone's help it sure did make the evening great fun and highly successful! Thanks also to the Elks Club for loaning us their space to have our party.

November Meeting

  • November was a busy month for the Club. We had a very quick meeting last month (Nov 12th) at MotoBreck before Mike Duffy's 3 hour class on Avalanche awareness which was a very informative class. Some Meeting items discussed were:-
  • Julie is working with Anita at Laser Graphics on a new logo for the club.
  • Ross reported that the snowcat is ready to go. Pat finished repairs, new fuel gauge, welded tiller and fixed remaining items. A problem with the snowcat's lights going out is outstanding. A new tiller will be needed in the future $2,500 for a used one or $4,000 for a new one. Signage and tree trimming still outstanding.
  • Keith McBrearty attended grooming clinic with Larry Lewark in Grand Junction.
  • Julie asked if anyone was interested in helping do a float for the Club in the Ullr Parade on December 12th but decided not to it because no one was available to help.

CSA Convention dates announced

the CSA convention dates were officially announced this evening, 2-3 days of riding at Mt Princeton on Fri 31st January- Sun 2nd February. A good opportunity to get guided rides of new terrain around Colorado and the CSA Annual General Meeting is held on Sunday morning. Accommodation and nightly dinners and entertainment at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Lodge, near Buena Vista. A great way to meet other riders, other Clubs and CSA board members from around the state. Also State awards handed out. A few years ago at the Silverton CSA annual convention the Lewark Family received the "Snowmobiling Family of the Year" award for their huge contribution to our snowmobiling club which they founded in 1977.

Would like to welcome our brand new members who signed up at our Club Fundraiser Party. We hope you join us at the meeting on Tuesday.

Club Ride

Coming up this Sunday (every 3rd Sunday in the month) is our first Club Ride of the season. Location and meet time will be discussed at the meeting.


Please return all raffle ticket monies and stubs to Carolanne by Tuesday or to her at the meeting. I will also be bringing my computer and can renew any memberships on Tuesday too.

Let it snow!
Julie Beck
VP Summit Snow Riderz

November Club News!

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Upcoming November Summit Snow Riderz Meeting

5.30-6pm at MotoBreck followed by a FREE Avalanche Information Seminar with Mike Duffy!

Please note our change in time and venue for our Club meeting this month only. Join us this Tuesday for a quick meeting followed by a very informative talk on avalanche safety with Mike Duffy. I have been driving to Granby with my son to listen to him talk so thank you to Lee Dolan at MotoBreck for bringing him to Summit County. Mike has been traveling around the country this fall giving talks which are now snowmobile specific and he is a wealth of information.

Next month our Club Meetings resume at 6pm Bakers Brewery, Silverthorne as follows. Club meetings always 2nd Tuesday in the month. Club Rides 3rd Sunday in the month. All Club meeting dates 2019/2020 season for your calendar:-

Meeting dates (Tuesdays 6pm):

  • Dec 10th
  • Jan 14th
  • Feb 11th
  • Mar 10th
  • Apr 14th (last meeting)

Club Rides (Sundays - location and times TBD):

  • Dec 15th
  • Jan 19th
  • Feb 16th
  • Mar 15th
  • Apr 19th

January - CSA snowmobile convention at Mt Princeton, BV - details to be released soon


Saturday Nov 23rd - ELKS LODGE, Silverthorne - 5.30-8.30pm - Dinner and Boondockers 16 Movie Included $20pp - PRIZES!!!
Come mingle with Matt Entz and our local pros Adam and Kim Onasch who are attending.

This is a very important fund raising night for us and your help in any way is much appreciated. We need prize items to raffle off and any larger $$$ items will be sold via a silent auction. Prizes, anything and gift certificates, please bring any items you have so far to this Tuesday's meeting to Carolanne or you can drop items to my place of work on Main St, Frisco if that's more convenient. Can one more person volunteer to help take entry fees the night of the party? Trish, Lauren and Rachel are going to help with the front but perhaps one more person would be good? I am going to have a table to renew Club memberships as it will be a good opportunity to get some new memberships and renew existing. We currently have around 50 club memberships. It would be great to increase that number to 60 this year! With our new name that is more inclusive of snow bikers, please encourage any snow biking friends and acquaintances to join us at the party and become a member too.


For those of you who took raffle tickets at the last meeting to sell, a reminder that all monies and raffle ticket stubs must be given to Carolanne by Tuesday December 10th (which is our December meeting night!). If you weren't able to be at the meeting and would like some tickets to sell, you can get some from Carolanne at this Tuesday's meeting. $5 per ticket to win an Articat Alpha, $1,000 Klim clothing gift certificate too! All sales have a proportion of money that comes directly to our club.


Our new Snowcat/groomer really needs a new Tiller at a cost of $4,000. The current one has been repaired so its usable but the repair wont last. I have asked Devin Ailport, our friend and New Club Member, to look into a grant to cover the cost of a new one from Climax Mine (where he works). Climax Mine gives grants to the community and he kindly offered to look into applying for one for us.

Thank you to you all for supporting our Club, Summit Snow Riderz for the upcoming riding season. Let it snow...

Julie Beck
VP of Summit Snow Riderz
970-389 3808

HCSC April Newsletter

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Hello High Country Snowmobile Club / Summit Snow Riderz,

Final Club Meeting of the Season

We had our final club meeting of the season on Tuesday April 9th 6pm at The Bakers’ Brewery in Silverthorne.

Do you want more Facebook?

We have an new facebook group for improved dialog with other members if you would like to join . . . https://www.facebook.com/groups/414275292702158

MAY 4 - Spring Fling - https://www.facebook.com/Spring-Fling-486271998140829/

If you are still itching to ride, please attend Spring Fling at Rabbit Ears/Muddy Creek on May 4th. Spring Fling is a fantastic event organized by Brandon Tudizzle Cox. Last year’s Fling raised enough money to help pay for trail grooming insurance for each and every snowmobile club in Colorado. Dizz has ties with every snowmobile related company on the planet and gets tons of donations and raffle prizes for the event. Check out Spring Fling on Facebook for more information and to see some of the prizes.

MAY 17 - Club Member End of Season Party!

Dave Garrett has kindly offered to host a club party at his home in Breckenridge on Friday May 17th, 6-9pm. We will have a taco bar with all the trimmings with a suggested donation of $5 for food (any extra $$$ will go to club funds) and Dave is kindly providing tequila for a Margarita Bar. We will be giving out awards for, Best Stuck, Most Miles and Most Riding Days. There will be two age groups for awards, up to 18 years old and 18-99! You can nominate yourself or your favorite club member by submitting nomination photos/videos on our new Facebook group page "Summit Snow Riderz".

Grooming Items and Summer Events:

We had a great grooming year this year and have a list of small maintenance items to complete on the cat this summer. Once these items are completed, we will have an even better grooming year next winter.

I would like to thank Ross Muzik, Jared Sralla, Jeff Lewark and Larry Lewark for their hard work grooming this winter. Every club member helps keep the trails at Spring Creek open by being a member of the club; these guys put in hours and hours of volunteer time to keep the trails smooth for us!

We plan to do some tree trimming this summer, install some additional trail diamonds to mark the trails and will clean up any trash on the Spring Creek trails. If you would like to help out, we’ll be in touch with more information as we get closer to the work day.

We plan to re-branding our club name, website, and social media sites over the summer to be more inclusive of all snow machines and not just “snowmobiles”. We like SummitSnowRiderz and hope that you do too !


Thank you to our members again for being a member of the club! If you are not a member, please support us by becoming a club member. You can join at any club meeting, or you can join online through the CSA website by following this procedure:


click on JOIN

  • STEP 1 of 9 - select membership type ( individual, family, business , or both business and family) | NEXT
  • STEP 2 of 9 – CSA website legal stuff | NEXT
  • STEP 3 of 9 - FILL OUT THE MEMBERSHIP FORM (name & contact info) | NEXT
  • STEP 4 of 9 - FILL OUT THE SNOW MACHINE FORM ( number of sleds/moto bikes in your household ) | NEXT
  • STEP 6 of 9 – FILL OUT THE WEBSITE FORM ( UserName, Password, ConfirmPassword ) | NEXT
  • STEP 8 of 9 – ACKNOWLEDGE Policies and Ethics of CSA | NEXT
  • STEP 9 of 9 – REVIEW data that you have provided | FINISH AND PROCEED TO PAYMENT

Rich Holcroft
Vice President
High Country Snowmobile Club / Summit Snow Riderz

Julie Beck
Vice President
High Country Snowmobile Club / Summit Snow Riderz

High Country Snowmobile Club meeting and Events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

We will be having our February club meeting tomorrow night at 6 at the Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne.

One of the items we will be talking about will be the proposed fee increase at the Vail Pass Winter Recreation area. Details can be found here:


Two of our club members are on the Vail Pass Task Force board of directors, we will have our member Brian Binge and Sam Massman the new Mountain Sports Administrator at the Dillon Ranger District in attendance to talk about the fee proposal.


Thanks for everyone that attended last month’s Flattops club ride and the CSA convention this past weekend. We had about 9 club members attend the convention and rides. The Snotrackers snowmobile club out of Gunnison did a fantastic job hosting the convention including dragging a huge sled behind their cat to cook a BBQ lunch at Lake Irwin on Saturday.

We rode from Marshall Pass up to Sargent’s Mesa on Friday and rode the Kebler Pass area on Saturday. The snow up at Kebler pass was fantastic, I highly recommend adding Crested Butte to your list of riding areas to hit later this winter.

While I attended the CSA quarterly meeting Sunday morning, some of the riders went to Arrowhead to ride while others rode other areas on the way home. A good time was had by all who attended the event.

The February club ride will be on the 17th. We will figure out the ride location at tomorrow’s meeting.

Our social coordinator, Dave Garrett is still researching options for an overnight weekend ride in the beginning of March. Last I heard, Dave was trying to get us into Vega Lodge outside of the Grand Mesa for one night and then riding into Electric Mountain Lodge for a night there.

We will send out destination and lodging options as soon as we firm them up.

Grooming Update:

We completed the sale of our old cat and closed out our purchase of the new cat with Mountain States Snowcats. Jared, Jeff and Larry have been out grooming in new 2011 Prinoth Bison X for the past few weeks!

So far, the new cat is working great and the guys are getting used to the additional power and the new electronic controls. There has been a bit of a learning curve adjusting to the controls on the new cat and figuring out the handling differences from our old cat. I rode the trails a little over a week ago and thought the grooming was great, but Jared has assured us the trails will only get better from here.

History Lesson of the day:

For a little background information, in 1974, the Colorado snowmobile community voluntarily established the snowmobile registration program, in order to establish and maintain a network of winter trails. Generally speaking, the fees collected by Colorado State Parks, go into two separate funds. One to fund capital purchases of grooming equipment, and one to reimburse local clubs for fuel and maintenance costs for the grooming of over 3,400 miles of winter trails. Almost all of those miles of trail are groomed by volunteer club members, like Jared, Larry and Jeff.

Your snowmobile registration fees and club memberships helped fund our new snowcat and also help cover our costs to groom the trails at Spring Creek every year. Thank you for registering your machines and thanks again being a club member!

Thanks to the State Trails committee accepting our capital grant application last summer, we were able to pay for half the cost of our new cat, ($32,000), from the State’s registration money! The remaining money ($30,000) came from the sale of our BR275 and funds the club has saved from memberships and fundraising events over the past several years.

If you think about the history of the motorized registration program in Colorado, the motorized community has been very proactive funding trail maintenance and the equipment to take care of its trails. It is a concept the non-motorized community has yet to embrace.

Club Meetings:

As a reminder for the new folks, our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 pm. at Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne.

Hope to see you tomorrow at 6pm. Bring some extra cash because I am sure Kayleigh will have some girl scout cookies to sell!

Thanks, Rich Holcroft,
President, High Country Snowmobile Club

High Country Snowmobile Club Ride this weekend and news

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,


Club Meetings: As a reminder for the new folks, our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 pm. at Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne.

We will be having our January club ride this Sunday the 20th at the Flattops. The plan is to meet at the Coffee Pot road trailhead outside of Dotsero. To get to the trailhead, go west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit 133. Head north on the Colorado River Rd about 1 ¾ miles and make a left on FSR 600. Please be ready to ride by 10am.

Several members will be attending the Colorado Snowmobile Association convention in Gunnison February 8-10.

Our next club meeting will be February 12 at Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne at 6pm.

The February club ride will be on the 17th.

Our social coordinator, Dave Garrett is researching options for an overnight weekend ride in the beginning of March. We will send out destination and lodging options as soon as we get them.
Grooming Update:

Jared, Jeff and Larry have been out grooming in our old Bombardier BR275. Hopefully this will be the last week in that cat since we have sold it to On the Trail Rentals from Grand Lake. After several delays trying to sell our cat to the Frasier tubing hill, and having them try to reduce the purchase price, Ross listed our cat for sale online. Luckily we received multiple offers above the Frasier sale price. Nick with on the Trail Rentals came out and did a test drive with Jared and made us his best and final offer. Thanks to Ross and Jared’s leg work, the club was able to put an additional $4,500 into the bank account.

Now that we can write a check to pay the balance on our invoice from Mtn States Snowcats, we hope to have delivery of our 2011 Prinoth Bison X in the next few days.

In other grooming news, the loggers have packed up for the year and we will start grooming the lower road at Spring Creek during our next round of grooming. Since they are out for the season, we can build our snow berm and keep wheeled traffic off the trails. While the first mile of trail has been great to ride this season compared to years past, it will be nice to have the entire trail available for grooming.

When you are riding spring Creek, be sure to make sure the Avalanche Beacon Checkpoint is picking up your avalanche beacon’s signal. The sign has really sophisticated electronics that actually test the tolerances of your beacon to make sure they meet manufacturer specs. It is a whole lot better than just turning it on and making sure it beeps.

Thanks again to Alpine Motorsports in Kremmling for sponsoring the checkpoint for our third season.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

December 2018 CLUB UPDATE

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Kick-off Party proceeds update ~ Club ride last Sunday ~ CSA Raffle

Kick Off Party

Thanks to everyone who attended the kick-off party at the Elks Club a couple of weeks ago. We had 105 attendees and raised $2,600 for our Spring Creek trail grooming program. Thanks to everyone who attended and who donated raffle prizes, Rich for MC-ing, Carolanne for organizing and Rachel and Trish working the door. A great turnout and a fun night with friends.

CSA Raffle

Amy Abshire from Palisade is the proud owner of an Articat Alpha One sled! Dianna Rexford won the Z120 and Carol Zimmer drew the Klim $1,000 Gift Card. Thanks to everyone who sold tickets this year. Our club should received about $800 in proceeds from that raffle.

Club Ride

about 15 of us attended our first of the season club ride last Sunday at Rabbit Ears. A beautiful day with beautiful views at “Top of the World” and the other Top of the World, lots of stucks (not allowed to post pictures!!!), lots of fresh powder turns and laughs. Loving that we had 5 teenagers join the club ride too!

CSA/HCSC Membership (Join/Renew)

Please support our club through membership. Club membership is by calendar year and via the CSA Colorado Snowmobile Association website or at any of our club meetings. Our Club meetings are scheduled the second Tuesday of the month from November through April. If you have not renewed for 2019 (or are not a member yet), please support the club by either joining or renewing for 2019. I will bring my computer to the next meeting on January 8th, 6pm at Bakers Brewery if you need help renewing.

Happy Holidays!

Looking forward to hearing about your sledding adventures at the next meeting – Bakers Brewery Tuesday January 8 at 6pm.

Julie Beck
Vice President - High Country Snowmobile Club

October 2018 Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

We have been getting a few snow showers on the high peaks and the air is getting starting to get chilly. It means it is time to fire up our regular snowmobile club meetings.

New Meeting Location:

With the closure of Q4U we have been searching for a new venue to host the monthly meetings and are going to give the Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne a shot this year. The Bakers Brewery is located right off the I-70 exit in Silverthorne, on the hill above and behind the Wendys. If you are heading north on Hwy 9, take a right at Wendys, make a right at the stop sign and Bakers Brewery will be up the hill, on your left, (in the old Village Inn building).

As in years past, we will be holding the club meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:00pm. The first meeting will be this Tuesday evening.

Club News:

I apologize for the timing of this e-mail, (so close to the first meeting); but I have been delaying putting this e-mail off for a few days because I have some bad news to report. I am sorry to say that last week we lost the founding father of our club and one of its most active members, Ron Lewark. There will be a celebration of Ron’s life, next Saturday, October 13th at 1pm at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. If you can make it, please join Donna and the entire Lewark family as we share memories of this amazing man.

In lieu of flowers of gifts, the Lewark family asked that donations be made in Ron’s name to either the Summit County Elks Lodge, the Colorado Pilot’s Association or the High Country Snowmobile Club.

Ron was instrumental in helping the club with our next piece of big news.

State Parks Capital Grant:

Since the time we wrapped up last year’s season and now, the club’s board of directors and grooming committee has been busy. Just about the only good thing to come out of last season’s dismal snowfall was the extra grooming money left over in State Park’s snowmobile budget. We applied for and were awarded a $32,000 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to update the snowcat we use for grooming at Spring Creek.

We have been shopping for new snowcats all summer and a little over a week ago, Ron and I traveled to Wyoming to negotiate the purchase of a 2011 Prinoth Bison X snowcat. The new cat will be replacing our 2002 Bombardier BR 275. We plan to sell our BR 275 for about $20,000, take the grant of $32,000 and use $10,000 of our club’s fundraising savings to fund the $62,000 purchase of the Bison X.

We are very excited to have this opportunity to upgrade to a 7-year-old snowcat. A huge Thank You! goes out to the club’s board members, Rachel and Julie, our grooming committee of Ron and Ross, and the club’s business members that wrote letters of support for our grant application.

Kickoff Party and Club Events:

Carolanne has been busy planning the annual kick off party for this year and was most recently combing the snow show for donations. We are teaming up once again with Dan Gardiner from Boondockers to host the Summit County Premier of Boondockers 15. We are trying to schedule the event on Saturday December 1st, so our long-time guest of honor Matt Entz can attend. We already have some donations for the event, BCA will once again be involved and we’ll be coming the streets for additional donations.

In an attempt to replenish our club’s savings after this groomer purchase, we hope to make this year’s party the biggest and best in our club’s history. We’ll be in touch as soon as we confirm the venue for the event.

We are also planning a lot of other events for this winter, we’ll have our monthly club rides, weekend and multi-day trips to exotic snowmobile destinations, maybe even an avalanche class or two.

Snowmobile Raffle Tickets:

At the CSA meeting this morning, I picked up 500 snowmobile raffle tickets for CSA’s annual Artic Cat M8000 raffle. Tickets are $5 each, and the proceeds are split with CSA and the local clubs. We usually raise about $800 a year for the club selling these tickets, CSA’s portion also goes helps pay for the club’s liability insurance. Tickets are due back to CSA in the beginning of December, so we will have plenty of time to sell these 500 tickets and maybe even an extra 500.

Please stop by the club meeting this Tuesday to pick up your tickets or get in touch with me and I can give you some tickets to sell.

Thank you,

Rich Holcroft
President, High Country Snowmobile Club