Jason Shepherd accepts the largest membership growth award for 2023-2024 for the Watertown Snowmobile Club!
The Aberdeen Driftbusters were named the LARGEST CLUB in SDSA for the 2022-2023 Snow Season. Congratulations to the Driftbusters! Keep up the good work!
The Walt Spiering family of Brookings was named Snowmobile Family of the Year at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention held in Sioux Falls, SD.
They are members of the Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club of Brookings. Walt has been involved in snowmobiling for 40 years while his son Greg has been involved for 25.
Pictured are Lisa, Greg & Walt with Greg Nordstrom, Awards Chair and outgoing Past President.
The entire family has been heavily involved in organized snowmobiling over the years and Lisa will be the new Treasurer for SDSA. Congratulations!
Olivia Hanten of the Siouxland SnoTrackers was named Youth Snowmobiler of the Year at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention in Sioux Falls SD December 2nd. Olivia is pictured (in pink) with her sister Natalie who also competed for the award. Both girls are the children of Austen & Becky Hanten and the grandchildren of Duane & Pat Hanten-Duerr.
Kim Raap has been active in organized snowmobiling all of his career. He has done so much that I know I cannot mention everything. He has been involved in Club Convention planning for nearly every convention his club has done. He has helped organize and present at ISMA and ACSA. He has written many grants, trail manuals and trained many groomers throughout his career. He helps keep ACSA informed of legal issues and Concerns. He has been recognized by the Iron Dog Brigade for the Distinguished Service Award and Most Valuable Snowmobiler Award from a snowmobile magazine. He is a 2012 Snowmobile Hall of fame Inductee. He left state government work and now runs a business “Trails Work Consulting”. He has done much work in South Dakota and Wyoming and has made a difference in many states Snowmobile trail systems. Siouxland SnoTrackers is proud to nominate Kim Raap to the Hall of Fame for everything that he has done.
Lynn Nilsson of Nunda, SD and a member of the Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club has been named Groomer of the Year by the SDSA at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention. Congratulations, Lynn.
Elizabeth Houg of the Siouxland SnoTrackers was named the Teen Snowmobiler of the Year at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention held in Sioux Falls, SD December 2nd.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Johnny & Kristin Houg of Garretson, SD.
She helps with her clubs trail and attends as many club rides as she can.
Congratulations Elizabeth! Below is her essay that she submitted: What snowmobiling means to me ….. by Elizabeth Houg
To me, snowmobiling means spending time with friends and family. Some of my earliest and favorite memories are riding snowmobile because that is what my family does for fun and vacations.
I started riding on the back with my Mom. My Mom never went very fast so I always preferred to ride with my Dad. He always did fun things with me. If it wasn’t for my Dad I would never have liked snowmobiling as much as I do now. And because of Dad, I learned how to ride my own sled and now I can do everything and go everywhere on sleds with the rest of my family.
Every year, our family takes at least one trip to Wisconsin or the Black Hills with our snowmobiles. Those trips are always a lot of fun because we are usually with friends too. We have our favorite places to stay and favorite trails to ride. But what I enjoy the most is when we get plenty of snow around home! Then I get to enjoy riding whenever I want with family and friends. I also enjoy the freedom of riding my own sled now too. One of my best friends lives a couple miles away and last year our parents were letting us ride the trails to and from each other’s houses.
And another fun thing when we have snow at home, our family hosts a snowmobile party in our shop. We can ride and pull tubes in the field across the road or we can just jump on the trails and go right from our shop! We always have lots of hot chocolate with whipped cream. But the best part of riding around home is not having to load the t railer and drive to find snow.
I really have a good time with the friends we have in our snowmobile club. We have these fun awards or nicknames that we give out to people. One of them is the rhubarb award. That means that person is always off the trail in the rhubarb somewhere getting stuck. One of our good friends is always in the rhubarb getting stuck and last year that rhubarb award went to our friend and neighbor, Rollie. One fun memory was Rollie getting stuck not even 2 minutes into a ride. No one else noticed but myself and his wife and we ended up pulling him out without any help from anyone else. And of course we never let him forget.
The hardest thing about snowmobiling and my least favorite thing, is putting in the trails and taking them out again. Since my family is really active in our snowmobiling club, I “get to” help put in the trails. I shouldn’t complain because we always seem to make that a fun time too. Plus I know it needs to be done if I want to ride. The long days and hard work of putting in trails is worth it. So when snow falls, you can find me on the trails riding snowmobile.
Dave Hammer of the Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Association was named Man Snowmobiler of the Year at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention in Sioux Falls, SD.
Dave has been involved for over 50 years in organized snowmobiling and during that time has been the club’s secretary, treasurer, vice president and is currently the club historian. He has helped with numberous club events, raffles, poker rides and vintage shows.
Congratulations Dave on being selected as Man Snowmobiler of the Year!
Gayle Chapel of the Dakota Drifters in Brookings was named the Woman Snowmobiler of the Year at the 54th Annual SDSA Convention in Sioux Falls, SD.
Gail has been involved in snowmobiling for 10 years and is currently the 2024 SDSA Convention Chairperson.
Gail has been a delegate for the SDSA convention at several conventions.
Congratulations, Gayle on being selected as the 2023 Woman Snowmobiler of the Year.