From the 49th International Snowmobile Congress

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Some news from our friends at the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (at the 49th International Snowmobile Congress)…


  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christine Jourdain
    June 12, 2017Phone: 517-351-4362

    ACSA announces Cascade Drift Skippers as the 2017 Club of the Year

    At the 49th International Snowmobile Congress, the Cascade Drift Skippers from the State of Washington were named the ACSA Club of the Year.  Since it’s inception 48 years ago, the Drift Skippers have been a club that encourages its members to be involved, to better themselves and to better the sport.  As such, members get involved in all levels, not just as attendees, but as leaders.

    The Club attends and participates in events from club meetings to regional meetings to Washington State Snowmobile Association events to ACSA events to the ISC.  They also partner with many organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project, The U.S. Forest Service, and the Northwest Avalanche Center.  Working with the Wounded Warriors, the Drift Skippers provide wounded warriors a day to enjoy out riding.

    Because of their location, avalanche training is extremely important.  Through partnerships, they were able to obtain, permit and set up the first Avalanche Transceiver Checker Station.  This signage of this check station promotes our club and snowmobiling, and has hundreds of motorized and non-motorized users pass this station every day. They are also heavily committed to safety and education, including Companion Rescue and Level 1 Avalanche Certification.

    “The Cascade Drift Skippers are leading the way in what is expected of a modern, capable and safe snowmobiler” according to Club President Chris Mayer.  “Our membership is growing at an astronomical rate.  I look forward to see where our club goes next”.

    The Cascade Drift Skippers are located in Snohomish, Washington and have over 300 members.

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    The American Council of Snowmobile Associations provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.


  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christine Jourdain
    June 12, 2017Phone: 517-351-4362

    ACSA announces J&K Snowmobiles as the 2017 Snowmobile Dealer of the Year

    At the 49th International Snowmobile Congress, J&K Snowmobiles from Estherville, Iowa was named the ACSA Snowmobile Dealer of the Year. The dealership was opened in 1969 and has been active in organized snowmobiling since they opened their doors.

    Besides being the oldest Arctic Cat Dealer in Iowa, J&K Snowmobiles believes that promoting the sport is their primary business as it sustains the sport.

    Kenny and Cory have hosted membership events in the dealership, they have participated in city council meetings to discuss trail development, and have hauled sleds for display at many events through the years. They have also volunteered in railroad bed clean up and other trail functions with manpower and equipment.

    Introducing snowmobiling to new riders is very important to them and their business. They supply new sleds to club events for demo riders. They also promote club and state functions with publicity through their dealership. Promoting Club membership and Iowa State Snowmobile Association membership is also a priority.

    “J&K Snowmobiles cares about snowmobiling not only in their area, but in their state and neighboring states as well” states Iowa State Snowmobile Association President Chris Willey. “They know no boundaries when it comes to supporting the sport and work even harder at making sure clubs and members are working together”.

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    The American Council of Snowmobile Associations provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.


  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christine Jourdain
    June 12, 2017Phone: 517-351-4362

    ACSA announces 2017 Snowmobile Family of the Year

    At the 49th International Snowmobile Congress, Mike and Claudia Irwin from Hartford, New York were named the ACSA Snowmobile Family of the Year.  The Irwins have been involved in organized snowmobiling since the early 1970’s.

    The Irwins regularly participate in club and county association events, as well as the New York State Snowmobile Association Annual Forum.  They are also very involved in the club trails, from securing land owner permission to re-routes and trail maintenance.  Together, the Irwins can often be found in a groomer smoothing out the trails for other riders.

    Getting youth involved and educated has also been a priority for the Irwins.  For over 20 years, the Irwins have been teaching tomorrow’s riders.  Among those riders have been their children, grandchildren and their great grandson.

    “Promoting safe and responsible snowmobiling has always been the first mission for the Irwins” stated New York State Snowmobile Association President Rosanna Warner.  “They attended the 1st NY Snowmobile Workshop and have attended nearly every one since.  The Irwins are faithful supporters for all ideas and actions that benefit snowmobiling.”

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    The American Council of Snowmobile Associations provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.


  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Christine Jourdain
    June 12, 2017Phone: 517-351-4362

    ACSA announces the 2017 Snowmobiler of the Year

    At the 49th International Snowmobile Congress, Kirk Polhill from Lena, Illinois was named the ACSA Snowmobiler of the Year.  Polhill has been an active snowmobiler for over 40 years.

    Polhill has served in a number of positions from the club to the region to the state association to the national level.  Kirk encourages snowmobiling at all levels and promotes different ways to get involved.  He is constantly sharing information to promote membership, meeting attendance and fundraising.

    Polhill has been actively involved in all phases of snowmobiling.  He helps sell map ads, contacts land owners for permission, marks and unmarks trails, grooms trails, encourages safe riding, promotes club membership and ensures everyone’s voices are heard at the local club, region, and state level.

    While Polhill has been active in snowmobile events, it has been a family event.  The Polhill family has been in attendance at all of the events.  The “family” included his riding companion and father-in-law, a nephew that started to ride with him as soon as he was old enough,  as well as his wife and kids.  Polhill has learned to keep loved ones and things you love to do close to the heart.  Snowmobiling is one of those things and he supports this sport whole heartedly.

    “Kirk has been a mentor to our younger members and children”, said Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs President Brian Fradkin.  “Snowmobiling isn’t just a sport to Kirk, it is a time to make new friends and tell old stories with fellow riders.”

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    The American Council of Snowmobile Associations provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.