AuSable Valley Snowmobile Association
February 2015 Newsletter
For trail reports – go to www.GoSledGrayling.org for up todate trail reports.
Only two General Membership Meetings remain in the 2014 – 2015 seasons
Trail Grooming Report for January: ? Miles Groomed – 840 ? Hours Grooming – 133 ? Fuel usage – $2,308 ?
These numbers are down roughly 60% from January 2014, however even with less snow the crew has kept the trails in great riding condition.
Interesting facts: ? States with snowmobile registrations for 2013-2014 season, Michigan ranked third behind Minnesota and Wisconsin with 205,351. In 2014 there were 157,106 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 54,028 were sold in the U.S. ? There are 1.4 million registered snowmobiles in the US ? The average cost of a machine to pull a grooming drag is over $200,000? It cost another $20-30,000 for the drag that cuts the moguls, levels and smooths the trail. Another way to look at it is that it takes more than 5,110 trail permits at $45 each to purchase a grooming tractor and drag. Jan/Feb 2014 MSA ? There are approximately 175 trail grooming units used to maintain the 6,500 miles of groomed trails in Michigan? The cost to groom one mile of trail last season was $5.13. Jan/Feb 2014 MSA ? During low snow years any money left in the snowmobile trail fund is used to repair and/or replace bridges on the trails and also to repair and/or to purchase new grooming units. Jan/Feb 2014 MSA
Next General Membership Meetings– March 5, 2015 Meetings are held on the First Thursday of every month beginning in October running through April at the Ramada Inn of Grayling starting at 7: pm. AVSA normally meets in the Board Room on the second floor at the Ramada. AVSA meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Remaining meeting dates for the 2014–2015 season are as follows: April 2, 2015
Ride Safe – Ride Sober and Ride Often