PolarisCobra

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  1. Who moved the lake

    Got to agree with you there. It looks perfect right now. Wish I was there.... :sad:
  2. Is there a way to connect with groups like the Intermational Snowmobile Manufacturing Association, or a similar national group to develop a plan for this kind of thing? I doubt that any of the state associations are geared for this, someone with some real marketing skills is needed. This must be a nationwide problem, can't believe it is local. I don't buy the notion that kids today are lazy. The number of kids who volunteer locally is on the rise. Many schools require 20 hours of service here to graduate. My daughter spends a week as a camp counsler at a camp for kids with disabilities (like camp Snomo) every summer. We just need to figure out how to tap into that. One thing the car clubs do is a drive to 'take a kid to a car show' on Father's Day. The idea is to get kids to shows to see the cars, to generate interest. Father's day is a great day for this. Since there ins't a lot of sledding going on in June (tough enough in January the last few years), maybe an event could be tied to President's day. Or at least in NH, around the Ride-In that is held every year. The thing is to generate a plan designed to increase membership and participation, and execute.
  3. When I had my old car, there was the same problem with the car clubs. Average age too high, and rising. I think the answer is to find a way to bring in younger people, and make them feel welcome. If a younger person does show an interest, but finds no one in the same age group, and is not encouraged to participate, they will say by-by. One thing that could help is to bring your kids to meetings, and for trail work to the extent possible, especially if they ride. Help them understand that if they want the trails to be there, they need to participate in making it happen. Make trail work parties fun for them, give them something to do, even if it's pulling brush into piles. Most kids enjoy a day out with Dad, better if you can make it a family affair. Don't be too hard on them, try to make it fun. Remember to feed them what they like to eat. We need to find a way to help them see a real benefit from showing up to do the work 'what is in it for them'. Also need to actively ask them for input and suggestions, and give some real thought to whatever they offer. If you just blow their ideas off (even if they are ill concieved), they won't be back. Would it help to organize a group ride for people of the target ages? Say a ride for 20 - 30 year olds? Pick a day and starting location, and make sure everyone eligible knows about it. Make it a Poker run, or something like that, any kind of theme would probably help. The idea is to show the the club has something for THEM.
  4. This is just a guess on my part, but is the intention of this law to keep people from drawing the deer to a particular spot all year, only to shoot them when hunting season opens? Or do they feel that it upsets the natural feeding habits, which is somehow bad for the animals? I am for sure no expert. And not to open a can of worms (I think there is a pun in here someplace ), but if it is OK to feed birds, why not deer? What's the difference really? Seems to me you had a broadcast feeder out at one time. (Maybe it was someone else?). If feeding them is against the law, why do they even sell those things?
  5. Another Bear Sighting

    Just so I will know if I see it, which leg was missing???
  6. What are the safety 'Ten Commandments'?

    OK, so now we are up to twenty. Again, I embellished and consolidated a bit. Any to add or modify? 1. When tails are twisty, they are fun to ride. But watch the corners or you'll collide. Stay right. 2. Pull off the trail when you are stopping. Nobody likes a traffic jam. 3. Loud pipes close trails. Ask a landowner. 4. Stop and help someone in need. 5. Closed gates mean no access, unless you own the land! 6. Don't meet your Doom, respect the people that groom! 7. If you ride alone give someone your itinerary. It’s cold in the woods at night. 8. Keep your group together. No sledder left behind! 9. Get on your sled after a beer, the judge may say you walk for a year. 10. Support the club where you ride. No club, no trails. 11. Maintain your sled in the garage, or in the woods. Your choice. 12. Get a kid interested in the sport. You’ll have the best riding day of the season. 13. You wouldn’t buy your 10 year old a Corvette. Start them with an age appropriate sled. 14. Get CPR/First aid training. 15. Obey signs 16. Carry a fully stocked first aid kit and learn CPR. 17. Carry a spare belt, a tool kit, and a tow rope. 18. Only thing worse than being lost, is being lost and running out of gas. At night. 19. Ride gently on freshly groomed trails. Allow it to set up. 20. Each decision you make when things go wrong will make ithe situation better, or make it worse. Stop, think, and make the smart choice. The life you save could be your own.
  7. want to see something really....

    Sad is when the map looks like that, but the date is JANUARY 31 instead of May.
  8. What are the safety 'Ten Commandments'?

    Here's a list. More then ten. I summarized, and added my 2 cents. Feel free to edit, embellish, or improve. 1. When tails are twisty, they are fun to ride. But watch the corners or you'll collide. Stay right. 2. Pull off the trail when you are stopping. Nobody likes a traffic jam. 3. Loud pipes close trails. Ask a landowner. 4. Stop and help someone in need. 5. Closed gates mean no access, unless you own the land! 6. Don't meet your Doom, respect the people that groom! 7. If you ride alone give someone your itinerary. It’s cold in the woods at night. 8. Keep your group together. No sledder left behind! 9. Get on your sled after a beer, the judge may say you walk for a year. 10. Support the club where you ride. No club, no trails. 11. Maintain your sled in the garage, or in the woods. Your choice. 12. Get a kid interested in the sport. You’ll have the best riding day of the season. 13. You wouldn’t buy your 10 year old a Corvette. Start them with an age appropriate sled.
  9. What are the safety 'Ten Commandments'?

    No PIPES! More Trails.
  10. Mandatory Safety classes

    I am all for increasing safety, and agree that education helps. I think maybe the added complexity of mandatory courses would not be the most effective way to spend our efforts. We could develop a list of safety points (don't blok intersections, stay right, ect), into a 'Ten Commandmants' type of format, and print it in every place possible. Could go on trail maps, on posters in warming huts, on registration forms, and who knows where else. Once the basics are in place, particular points could be posted in places where they can do the most good, like '#4 - Don't block intersections' could be posted at some intersections as other signs are installed in the fall for example. We know that some would ignore them, but it could make a dent inthe issue, and at a relatively low cost and pain factor.
  11. Looks like this will be the place to hang out as Eric's site shuts down. Always found great info there, with a low BS level. Looks like things are similar here, which is great. Looking forward to winter already!
  12. Another refugee from NHSledding

    I live in Mendon, which is South of Marlboro, west of Milford.
  13. Another refugee from NHSledding

    thanks for the note about the amnesty and protection from the immigration laws. I am actually from Mass, so I may need to take advantage of that!