Side Hill Croncher Newsletter

 

November 2007

 

 

President
John Murphy, Jr.
802-228-5686

 

Email:

sidehillcronchers@adelphia.net

 

Website:

www.sidehillcronchers.org

 

 

 

Trail Work:

If you would like to help with some of the trail work, please contact our Trail Master Randy Ellison 802-228-7266

 

 

TMA information avialable on our Website.

 

VAST = Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

September

Chicken Barbecue

( Postponed )

 

 

VAST annual meeting September 29th

 

President
John Murphy, Jr.
802-228-5686

 

Email:

sidehillcronchers@comcast.net

 

Website:

www.sidehillcronchers.org

 

 

 

Trail Work:

If you would like to help with some of the trail work, please contact our Trail Master Randy Ellison 802-228-7266

 

 

TMA information avialable on our Website.

 

VAST = Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

www.vtvast.org/TMA

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

 

 

Next Meeting:

Date: Saturday December 8th

Time: 6:30

Place: Home of Randy and Cheryl Ellison.

Ellison Lake Road

802-228-7266

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowmobile Safety Course


This is a required course for anyone born after April 1, 1983 to legally drive a snowmobile on a VAST Trail for the 2007/2008 season.

 

This year’s class is full

 

Date: December 8th, 2007
Place: Ludlow Fire Station
Time:  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Free lunch will be provided by the Side Hill Cronchers

 
TMA REMINDER

 

Buy an "Early Bird" TMA and you can save up to 30% over the regular season rate. In order to get that savings, you must purchase your TMA prior to December 15

 

Detailed information about the new TMA structure can be found on the VAST website www.vtvast.org/TMA

 

TMA membership applications are available on the croncher website as well as the locations where you can purchase them. www.sidehillcronchers.org

 

If you are new to snowmobiling or have not paid attention to the recent

changes that have been made to the TMA structure please check it out first.  It could save you money.

 

A NOTE OF THANKS

 

We should really give a big thanks to Terry and Doug Peabody for the effort they put in to get the TMA’s ready this year.  Because of the new structure, VAST was late in sending them out, so Terry and Doug did a last minute marathon by themselves to get the forms filled out and ready so our outlets could sell them over the thanksgiving weekend.  We greatly appreciate the time and effort.  Those that have helped with this effort in the past know what a chore it is, so Terry and Doug we thank you very much for all your hard work and effort to get this done in such a very short span of time.

 

Facts:  To Remember when snowmobiling:

 

You must carry proof of insurance and show it upon demand.

 

The maximum speed limit on state lands is 35 m.p.h.

 

Vermont has a tough “Snowmobiling While Intoxicated” law. As a result of this violation, you will be assessed points and your driver’s license will be suspended.

 

Hypothermia:

This is the lowering of the body’s core temperature.  It can happen in water or on land.  Hypothermia does not require extreme cold and accelerates with wind and wetness. Dressing warmly in water resistant layers helps, but if immersed, quickly replace wet clothes, keep moving to generate body heat, and find immediate shelter and warmth.

 

Frostbite:

Frostbite results from freezing temperatures and poor circulation. Most common on extremities and exposed skin, it can be identified by unnaturally white and numb skin surrounded by harsh red coloring. Cover up and layer well, making sure that socks fit loosely within your boots. And remember mitts with liners are warmer than gloves.

 

Wind Chill:

Wind chill is lower temperature caused by wind and/or the forward momentum of a fast moving sled. Wind chill exposes you to severe cold which in turn can cause hypothermia. Wind-proof outer garments, extra layers and a balaclava will offer some protection, but keep your face shield down to prevent wind burn and to protect your skin and eyes.