Meet John Popoff
My name is John Popoff and I live in Saskatoon. I have the distinction of being the longest standing Board Member of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association. Actually the “Association” was originally the Saskatchewan Snow Vehicles Association (SSVA), which was formed in the early 70’s. I was a founding member of SSVA (which later was changed to SSA as we know it now) by virtue of my employment. I was a Territory Manager for John Deere Ltd and the company had just entered the snowmobile market. As a “field representative” for a snowmobile distributer I was automatically a Board Member of the newly formed Snowmobile Association in Saskatchewan. I quickly learned there are awesome people in the snowmobile community and when John Deere left the snowmobile business I continued to belong to this amazing organization.
1971 was the year I first started snowmobiling and that has continued to this day – this year marks 50 years of sledding for me, and 50 years as a board member with SSA. The Saskatoon Snowmobile Club has been “my” club for almost 50 years and I have served in various executive positions over the years and currently serve as Secretary-Treasurer, and one of the groomer operators.
My tenure as Board Member with SSA also included several executive positions and for the last several years have been serving as Secretary-Treasurer and Trail Evaluator.
As one might imagine I have seen the SSVA/ SSA evolve from a handful of volunteers working from their home basement in Moose Jaw (Al and Carolann Langstaff) to where we are now, an office in Regina Beach with four full-time staff members and over 50 “snowmobile trail grooming clubs” maintaining over 10,000 kms of trails in the Province. Gotta say it’s been a blast watching and helping the association grow to its current status.
As a final note it was great honor and experience for me to be nominated and inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, now at the World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River, Wisconsin. I am humbled to share this distinction with fellow volunteer Saskatchewan Snowmobilers, Barry Bradshaw, Chris and Jeannie Brewer, and Prairie Women on Snowmobiles, along with many other volunteers from the worldwide snowmobile community. If any of you are ever in the vicinity of Eagle River, Wisconsin, stop by the World Snowmobile Headquarters and have a look around. Or visit www.snowmobilehalloffame.com.
This winter in the Saskatoon area is proving to be a snowmobilers’ paradise. Winter came early with a massive snowstorm on November 8 & 9 – snowmobiling started then and we opened our trails on Nov 20. We have been grooming ever since and as more snow comes along the trails are getting even better.
Have an enjoyable and safe winter as we continue to battle Covid . Please heed Covid restrictions everywhere including at Trail Side Shelters. If you bring food or drink into the shelters, take your cans and bottles with you when you leave. Pack it in – Pack it out, and “Be Wise – Sanitize”.