The event will be postponed until June 2021. Check Calendar of events.
The SDSA Scholarship committee has announced the winners of the $500 scholarships!
Kirsten VanDenHemel will receive one of our SDSA Scholarships. Kirsten plans to go to Dakota State and study Biology (pre-optometry) Kirsten is the daughter of Mike & Kari VanDenHemel of Sioux Falls. She is a member of the Trailbusters Snowmobile Club and is the YETIS representative for both the SDSA Board and the Governor’s Advisory Council.
Second winner is Jarett Brown from Lake Preston, a member of the Town & Country Snowdrifters. Jarrett plans to attend Mitchell Tech in Small engine repair. Todd & Lynne Brown are Jarett’s parents.
Congratulations to you both!
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SDSA not only helped with promoting the South Dakota Trail System but assisted with Kids riding the 120 sleds. If you have not attended this event you need to put it on your to do list!!
February 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Anne Grabow
The International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA) recently awarded the South Dakota Snowmobile Association (SDSA) with a $3,000 grant for SDSA’s 2020 Governor’s Ride.
SDSA is host to the annual Governor’s Snowmobile Ride headquartered from Hardy Camp, near Lead, SD which is held on the Saturday of the President’s Day Weekend in February. This year’s ride, the 40th, will be held on February 15th in honor of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and her family, as well as Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden and all South Dakota Senators and Representatives. Invitations have also been extended to Senator John Thune and Mike Rounds, US Forest Service, Black Hills Badlands and Lakes Association, and several key people from South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P).
The Governor’s Ride is an opportunity for SDSA members to showcase the Black Hills Snowmobile Trail system, one of the finest in the country featuring 350 miles of marked and groomed trails. This annual event continues to grow in legislative attendees and continues to increase the opportunities SDSA has to foster relationships that can be used to secure and maintain the necessary support from the legislators for land access throughout the Black Hills Snowmobile Trail system as well as the 1100+ miles of trail that make up the East River Trail System. Also highlighted throughout the day is the $130 million economic impact that snowmobiling brings to South Dakota on an annual basis.
The Governor’s Ride is a full day event beginning with a brunch breakfast served at Hardy Camp. A short program allows for dignitary introductions, keynote speakers, including the Governor, extending SDSA’s appreciation to partners and sponsors and an explanation of the rules of the day and safety on the trail. The Black Hills Trails District Supervisor, along with assistance from the SDSA’s Governor’s Ride Committee, is responsible for planning the ride route which will be dependant also upon snow conditions. The route itself is approximately 3 hours with a stopping point mid-way through the route at a scenic campground or meadow area. This spot provides a time for discussing the trail conditions, the fun and excitement of snowmobiling and to answer any questions on snowmobiling the guests may have. The event concludes with an evening social.
The ISMA Grant funds will help defray the cost of rental sleds and gas as well as the evening social event.
SDSA is a non-profit corporation comprised of 25 snowmobile clubs across the entire state. Membership includes approximately 1100 families and individual memberships along with over 100 associate (business) memberships in South Dakota. While the 350-mile Black Hills Trails system is marked, groomed and maintained by the SD Game Fish and Parks, there are 15 clubs that mark, groom and maintain over 1100 miles East River and 11 different trail systems as part of the Grant-in-Aid Program through the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. SDSA is dedicated to the preservation of snowmobiling as a safe and organized, Family Sport. The purpose of this association is to promote, protect, and represent snowmobiling in a positive, safe manner, bringing together people who have a common interest and enjoy exciting and constructive snowmobiling activities. Greg Nordstrom of Sioux Falls currently serves as President, with Jon LaFramboise of Rapid City as Past President. Each area of the state is served by a District Director: Mike Boock, Rapid City; Kelly Weaver, Aberdeen; Duane Stahl, DeSmet; Tim Lund, Parker; Duane Duerr, Brandon; Jason Shepherd, Watertown; Trace Damm Lake Norden. Kirsten VanDenHemel of Sioux Falls represents the YETIS (Youth Empowerment through Involvement in Snowmobiling), SDSA’s recently organized youth group. Mary Anne Grabow, Gary is Editor and Secretary and Diane Hiles, DeSmet is the Association’s Treasurer.
The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is an organization representing the four snowmobile manufacturers. ISMA coordinates committees within the industry to handle concerns such as snowmobile safety, the promotion of the life-style activity of snowmobiling, keeping accurate statistics, reporting the growth of the industry and the positive economic impact the life-style activity has throughout the world. There are four major manufacturers that build snowmobiles: Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo/Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Polaris Industries and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA.
The ISMA Grant Program provides grants to state/provincial/territorial snowmobile organizations who are in good standing with either the American Council Snowmobile Association (ACSA) or the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO). SDSA is a member of ACSA. ISMA grants may be awarded in the areas of: Support of Government Rides, Safe Rider support efforts, Increasing or maintaining land access, Precedent- setting lawsuits regarding land access issues.
Jakob was a boy that loved to experience the thrill of adventure. He loved all aspects of the outdoors, particularly riding his Polaris RZR and Snowmobile. Jakob thought all kids should be able to ride and asked many of his friends to ride with him. Jakob’s earthly life ended at the young age of 9, but he will “Forever Ride With Us Together” in the Heavens above.
The Jakob Hohm Off-Road Adventures Foundation was created in his memory and to keep his dream of allowing others to experience an outdoor adventure.
Jakob Hohm Off-Road Adventures Mission Statement
Keeping Jakob’s dream alive by lifting the spirits of today’s youth through his love for off-road adventures.
***MUST BE TYPED***
High School: Graduation Date:
Anticipated Tech School, College, or University:
Please name 3 quality characteristics about you:
How would you introduce another young person to snowmobiling or riding ATV’s? Why would that be important to you?
Application is due April 3, 2020
Please mail scholarship application to:
615 7th St SW
De Smet, SD 57231
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor individuals who have been instrumental in the development and continued success of SDSA.
These nominees have been active members of the local club for 36+ years when tallied between them.
These nominees have attended the Governor’s Winter Games, the Ride for the Ribbon, Snowmobilers 4 Snowmobiler events and numerous other poker runs and events around the state, showing support for other club’s activities.
These nominees have also attended multiple Governor’s Advisory Council Meetings, State conventions, International Snowmobile Congresses, ACSA meetings, Washington DC-Fly-ins, representing the State of South Dakota and the local club snowmobile club.
These nominees are continually promoting the fun of snowmobiling showing how to have fun doing it with family and friends. High school kids learned how to make doughnuts, high mark a cornice and how to get themselves out of a creek while snowmobiling with these nominees. Even though once and a while it ended up in a trip to an ER, still smiling and willing to go again.
These nominees have attended forums sponsored by the Black Hills National Forest commenting on legislative issues to include RPT Funding and Access issues. Additionally, they have met with the Secretary of the Interior while in Washington, DC encouraging better access to our National Forests.
Between them, these nominees have held leadership positions, at the club, state and national level. They have coordinated state conventions and our state’s hosting of the International Snowmobile Congress in 2016.
Protecting public access has been one of the main reasons for continued involvement and taking on these leadership roles. Being able to present the ACSA Legal Defense Fund with over $13,000 in donations from SDSA members, which amount grew to over $18,000, was a great accomplishment through the leadership of these nominees.
The long time involvement in snowmobiling – starting with the local club, to SDSA leadership, to ACSA leadership and ISC involvement, or just simply interacting with Millennials while in Washington, DC conversing with them about why access to public lands is important for all is part of this couple’s DNA. It is a true testament of the dedication and continued success of SDSA, of ACSA and the overall sport of snowmobiling and why these individuals are worthy of having the SDSA Hall of Fame recognition be bestowed upon him.
It is with great pleasure and pride that the South Dakota Snowmobile Association awards the Hall of Fame recognition to Greg & Diane Hiles.