The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association
A Brief History
Creation of association
The SSA is formed in 1971, under the name ‘Saskatchewan Snow Vehicles Association’ (SSVA) so as to include snowplanes and other tracked vehicles. With the disappearance of these other vehicles, the name is later changed to the ‘Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association’ (SSA). The association is originally made up of volunteers, dealers, and manufacturer representatives to deal with issues facing snowmobiling.
The province develops organized trails within the parks; Greenwater being one of the first.
Beyond park limits
Outside of the park trail systems, snowmobile clubs begin to develop their own trail routes originally based on the need to host community events.
Work begins to develop the first trail network in Saskatchewan between the province and the Porcupine Forest Trail Association.
Seeing a need to fund existing trail, and in the hopes of increasing snowmobile safety with better maintained trail, a user pay system is implemented. The system is not warmly accepted, thus beginning the lobby for government to make a user fee mandatory.
The annual Sask Snow Show begins!
The province accepts the recommendations from the SSA to include a fee with registrations; this is widely accepted by users.
The Trail Evaluation Program is created which increases the safety of the trail system and significantly decreases the amount of snowmobile related fatalities.
The Provincial Festival becomes an annual event hosted by SSA member clubs throughout the Province.
GPS tracking units are implemented for all the groomers in operation on the trail system. This information provides live grooming updates and increases operator safety.
The SSA partners with MapGears to provide an interactive trail map featuring real time data from groomer GPS units. The interactive map is then taken a step further with the creation of a mobile app, allowing trail map usage even without internet connection.
The SSA is very proud of how far we have come, our relationships with our Member Clubs, Dealers, Businesses, Families, and in our partnerships with Corporate Sponsors and the Province. We are excited for the future and look forward to a long term positive relationship with all of our partners and members.
SSA Office Staff
Board of Directors
Kim Bisschop, Chair, Kelvington
Curtis Parfitt, Vice Chair, Melfort
John Popoff, Treasurer, Saskatoon
Rick Dolezsar, Past Chair, Hudson Bay
Cindy Gottlob, Zone 1&4 Rep, Meadow Lake
Bart Hartl, Zone 2 Rep, Kelvington
Paul Ficken, Zone 3 Rep, Kipling
Barry Bradshaw, Trail Evaluation, Good Spirit
Doug Bryshun, Board Member, Crystal Springs
Troy Foster, Board Member, Carlyle
Jeremy Knodel, Trail Evaluation, Prince Albert
Jason Popwich, Board Member, Yorkton