Our Mission

Since 1971 the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association has been dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to members and member clubs, to promoting and encouraging the enjoyment of recreational snowmobiling, and to establishing and maintaining quality snowmobile trails which are to be used in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Over 10,600 kilometers of trails have been built by SSA members. Our vision is to be leaders in the recreational sport of snowmobiling with a vision of where the organization is going and the values to be practiced along the way. To pass on to all clubs and members a shared ownership for this vision and to facilitate the desired results in a productive and rewarding environment. To enable our clubs to succeed and applaud them when they do. Consistently demonstrate and inspire our clubs and members, respect, trust and a positive, helpful attitude.

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The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association
A Brief History

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1970

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 The association is originally made up of volunteers, dealers, and manufacturer representatives to deal with issues facing snowmobiling.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.

1980

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.

1990

Looking provincially

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! 

2000

Establishing programs

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.

Today

The SSA takes over classroom Snowmobile Safety Courses from the Saskatchewan Safety Council and helps create an online training option with Fresh Air Educators.

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.

Looking Forward...

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

Leah Switzer

Executive Director / Trail Fund Admin
leah@sasksnow.com
Phone: 306-729-3508

Jennifer Schneider

Office Manager
jenn@sasksnow.com
Phone: 306-729-3505

Derek Silversides

Communications Admin
derek@sasksnow.com
Phone: 306-729-3509

Rowe Dennis

Comptroller / Trade show Manager
sales@sasksnow.com
Phone: 306-729-3504

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