October 30, 2023: Happy Halloween everyone! Well, its almost here! We have seen some white stuff on the hills and a bit here at the lake. So far, not sticking but not far away! I just wanted to check in with all of you and let you in on some news and activities happening this winter. First of all, at our annual Snowmobile Advisory Committee Funding meeting this summer, the funds available were down so this year the groomers will have an 8% cut in funding over last season. The reason for less funds is due to less snowmobiles registered last year. So, PLEASE, PLEASE, register your sleds, all of them... and please tell, guilt, twist arms, etc of all your friends and family to do the same. No one likes bumpy trails! This winters registrations go to next years funding so let's turn the trend around and keep the funds up for the groomers!
Activities coming up at the Rec Club;
Nov. 9th- is a Sip and Paint $35 per person use the eventbrite link to register, open to non- members as well. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-party-tickets-742586936517?aff=oddtdtcreator
November 1st membership renewals will start to get emailed out
Nov 11- is our club meeting at 10am, followed by the 1st grooming meeting of the season at 11 a.m.
November 18th- Boondockers Snowfest in Leavenworth. We will have a booth at this event. Great event, cool stuff to buy, and great raffle prizes to win. Hope to see you all there!
December 2nd- Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast, 8 am to 12 noon. If you haven't been to this event, you are missing out! Santa comes, why dont you!!?!
December 7th- Sip and Paint, see above for how to join
December 9th- club meeting at 10, grooming meeting at 11am,
December 9th- Snowmobile Safety Class, no charge, put on by the Chelan County Sheriffs Dept., great for kids or adults new to the sport. Limited seats of 25 sign up by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 9th- 530pm Christmas Party, potluck (sides & Desserts) we will provide ham and prime rib, plus we will have a white elephant gift exchange $25 limited, (for members, but you can join at the door!)
I will begin the daily grooming reports when we start grooming the trails at Lake Wenatchee and Entiat Ridge. For those who are new to this report, I try to include any pertinent information along with what's just been groomed. If you dont want to receive these info emails, please reply "opt-out".
Grooming funding comes mainly from snowmobile registrations and fuel taxes and is administered by Washington State Parks. The LWRC is the local "applicant" for those funds and works in cooperation with Washington State Parks and the USFS to manage the grooming operations. The LWRC holds fundraisers to supplement the grooming funds when State funds are depleted.
IMPORTANT: Due to fewer sled registrations, State grooming funds have been cut 8% for the 2023/24 season: Oct_2023_Snoflyer_Corrected_321402209.pdf
The LWRC sponsors a FREE snowmobile safety class which is led by Chelan County Sheriff's officers. Open to all ages (lunch included). Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. In 2023, the class will be held on December 9. Contact the LWRC at email@example.com to reserve your spot!
Local law enforcement regularly patrol the Lake Wenatchee/Entiat snowmobile trail system. Unregistered snowmobiles will be issued a ticket as well as vehicles parked at Sno-Parks but without a Sno-Park permit. WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: Licensing snowmobiles .
Sno-Park permits are required to park in designated Sno-Park areas: Winter recreation | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission . Sno-Park permits are provided with snowmobile registrations; however, if you are renting a sled, you must purchase a day-use permit online or at local outlets if you wish to park at a Sno-Park.
The LWRC parking lot is plowed regularly for use by those with LWRC parking permits (included with LWRC annual membership).
Before venturing out on each ride, check the NWAC's app or website to check avalanche risk on the trails: www.nwac.us.
WSSA focuses on promoting and preserving snowmobiling across Washington State: Home - Washington State Snowmobile Association (wssa.us) . WSSA's $25/year membership fee goes toward toward maintaining legislative contacts, training and education, events, trail maps, publishing and more.