AVALANCHE TRAINING

January 18th, 2018

 

AVALANCHE EDUCATION

 

INTRODUCTION TO AVALANCHES

WHEN: JANUARY 26TH (CLASS ROOM/SAR BARN) 7:00-9:00 PM

JANUARY 27TH FIELD DAY KEELER WARMING HUT FROM 7:00 AM – 4:00  P.M.

WHERE: LIBBY, MT. DAVID THOMPSON SAR BARN (301 CITY SERVICE ROAD)

COST: Free

WHAT: LEARN TO RECOGNIZE AND AVOID OBVIOUS AVALANCHE HAZARDS, UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE CURRENT AVALANCHE ADVISORY, RECOGNIZE AVALANCHE TERRAIN AND UNDERSTAND SAFE MOTORIZED TRAVEL PROTOCOLS, UNDERSTAND HOW LAYERED SNOW CONTRIBUTES TO AVALANCHING, UNDERSTAND BASIC COMPANION RESCUE.

WHO: ANYONE WHO FINDS THEMSELVES VENTURING INTO AVALANCHE TERRAIN FOR WORK OR PLAY.  THIS CLASS WILL BE AIMED PRIMARILY AT THE MOTORIZED USERS BUT ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT BY TERRY CROOKS (DTSAR MT. UNIT LEADER), JON JERESEK (FORMER KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST) AND BEN BERNALL (KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST).  FOR INFO CONTACT DTSAR MT. UNIT LEADER TERRY CROOKS AT(406)293-1618.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO AVALANCHES FOR SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

WHEN:   FEBRUARY 9TH AT 6-9 P.M. (CLASS ROOM)

FEBRUARY 10TH AT 7 A.M. (Libby Creek)

WHERE:  THREE RIVERS RANGER DISTRICT CONFERENCE ROOM (CLASS ROOM)

LIBBY CREEK (FIELD DAY)

COST: $75

WHAT:  LEARN TO RECOGNIZE AND AVOID OBVIOUS AVALANCHE HAZARDS, UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE CURRENT AVALANCHE ADVISORY, RECOGNIZE AVALANCHE TERRAIN AND UNDERSTAND SAFE MOTORIZED TRAVEL PROTOCOLS, UNDERSTAND HOW LAYERED SNOW CONTRIBUTES TO AVALANCHING, UNDERSTAND BASIC COMPANION RESCUE.

WHO:  ANYONE WHO FINDS THEMSELVES VENTURING INTO AVALANCHE TERRAIN FOR WORK OR PLAY USING NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION. THIS CLASS WILL BE FOR NON-MOTORIZED USERS (SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS/CLIMBERS). THIS COURSE REQUIRES THAT YOU HAVE THE GEAR TO TRAVEL IN MOUNTAINS (SKIS-SKINS OR SPLITBOARD) AND ENOUGH FITNESS TO BE ON THE MOVE IN THE MOUNTAINS FOR UP TO 3-4 HOURS.  IT IS ALSO NECCESARRY TO HAVE YOUR OWN AVALANCHE BEACON, PROBE AND SHOVEL AS WE WILL BE PRACTICING WITH THESE TOOLS.  IF YOU ARE MISSING SOME OF THE GEAR I MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SOME THINGS.  CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT BY BEN BERNALL (KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST).  CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 7 ATTENDEES. TO REGISTER CONTACT BEN BERNALL AT bbernall@fs.fed.us or call 295-4693.

For questions contact Ben Bernall at the Three Rivers Ranger District (406)295-4693

 

This years 2018 Avalanche Training will occur at the Keeler Shelter on the 27th of January,

with the classroom session scheduled for the 26th at the DSTAR barn in Libby.

 

Next Scheduled Meeting

January 12th, 2018

Our next scheduled meeting, February 7th,  will be a dinner meeting at the Silver Spur in Troy at 6 pm. A short meeting then dinner and member interaction. The groomer building electrical is finished, only the approach is left.  We look forward to your presence at this  meeting. An agenda with more information following soon.

Check the home page for the agenda & more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grooming Schedule 2017-18

January 11th, 2018

Our Grooming has started, we hope to have a second groomer for our Spread, Whitetail, & Pete groomed routes. This should improve the quality of these groomed routes.

KEELER:  was groomed on the 30th. of December,  January 11th, 

SPREAD CREEK: waiting for our second groomer, that should be here by the end of January

Whitetail is our new connecting route: 

PETE CREEK: 

The North/Beetle Creek route will no longer be groomed, but is still an open route connecting Spread & Pete Creek.

Before going into to the backcountry to ride and play check the conditions at

 http://www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/

this is a change from last years avalanche forecasting.

 

The Bridge is back in place, allows access to Cheer & Spruce.

 

 

 

Request for letters of support for 2018 RTP grant for grooming operation & Maintenance

December 31st, 2017

The club needs each member to write a letter of support for our 2018 RTP Grant, to support our grooming  and Maintenance of our groomed routes.  We need these letters by January 15th. to allow ample time to complete the application.  A sample letter to follow here soon. 

The letters of support need to be mailed to PO Box 1002, Troy MT 59935

or Emailed to Wanzy@frontiernet.net

sample letters:

 

I support the Troy Snowmobile Club in it’s Recreational Trails Grant application for groomer maintenance & operation.

 

The groomer maintenance & operation will provide for additional grooming of our approved routes. The current funding from the snowmobile grant restricts the number of times that we can groom, having a Recreational Trails Grant will allow for additional grooming, keeping our routes safer and more user friendly.

Name:
Address

 

Signature….

You may also write additional comments that you feel will help in our grant application.

 

Troy Snowmobile Club
Recreational Trails Program
Support Letter suggestions
Needed by January 15th 2018

Address your letter: supporting the Troy Snowmobile Clubs 2018 grant application

Return your letter to the Troy Snowmobile Club. PO Box 1002 Troy, MT 59935, or email to wanzy@frontiernet.net

This bulleted list could be used to help in writing a letter of support for our RTP grant application for Groomer maintenance and operation
A few sentences is all that’s needed addressing 2 or more of the bullets below.

• Snowmobiler: you might write about the economic importance brought to the community by the Troy Snowmobile Club during the winter months when the economy usually slows. The bulleted list also identifies other important talking points that can be used in your letter.
1. Its grooming efforts
2. Grooming improves the quality of the trail & riding experience.
3. destination riding areas
4. the destination shelter at Keeler
5. Maintenance & operation of our groomer to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all.
6. Search and rescue response time could be reduced
7. Any other information that would help promote this grant process.

o Other individuals: write about the economic benefit to the community, increased opportunities for other users that might use our trails. Any other information that would help promote this grant process.

 

TRAIL PASS

December 1st, 2017

A trail pass is required for groomed trails. The cost is $18 for 3 years. THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD.  You will receive a ticket for non- compliance… Available in Troy at the Booze & Bait, the Yaak Mercantile, The Snowmobile dealers in Libby, or on line at the Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks site https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html

2017 Scholarship Winner

May 22nd, 2017

Heather Lyons of Troy, is our 2017 $500.00 Scholarship winner.

She plans on attending the University of Montana, and major in Media Arts

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Congratulations Heather

 

End of year ride

April 16th, 2017

The final ride for this season, the S & M ride is planned for May 20th leave the trailhead about 10am. Hope to see you there it’ll be a blast.

The Shelter is the location.

More to follow.

2017 Club Ride

March 13th, 2017

The first club ride of 2017,  Saturday  March  11th.

7 people participated, our ride to Buckhorn was broken overcast & no rain. a good time for all who participated.

 

Run to the Shelter Fun Run

March 3rd, 2017

Pictures from the fun run.

 

 

Run to the Border Club Ride

March 13th, 2016
Fun Run Staging

Fun Run Stagging

Border Picture

BorderPicture

Border stop

Border stop

Border Picture

Border Picture

Marker

Marker

Border

Hidden Creek stop

Hidden Creek stop

Fun run to the border was Saturday February 27th, 

 

Results: there were 19 participants 9 from Troy & 10 From Libby, Bob & Lorrene Hinson won the 50/50. 

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