No Snow Here

No Snow Here, everybody was hyped up with the weathermans prediction of 3 to 6 inches of snow but it looks like it all went way south of us as there isn’t anything here. I see pictures online from several people that have posted snow pics…..So the wait is on with only a little more than a week till the trails open for the season. We have been busy all week trying to clean and straighten up my front room here in Sledheads. This will be the 19th season for Sledheads and  a hard cleaning and dusting was in order. It surprising how much dust collects here in the summer even with no traffic coming in or out. All the wood is getting wiped down and cleaned with murphys oil and I have to say it looks much better. I tend to really let this place go in the summer because I can make a bench out of anything and Cathy really gets on me about that. Below is the newsletter from the AVSA for this month. I guess its time to practice what I preach as I was informed this month that I am not a current member of the AVSA and I am always asking people to join. So I need to get my money in. At the bottom of the newsletter is how you can join too. Thanks for checking in. Pete

AuSable Valley Snowmobile Association

November 2015 Newsletter

Trails Open December 1st, do your snow dance!


Groomer Building Project – The lease agreement with the County for a parcel of land in the Sports Complex was agreeable, however construction estimates came in higher than expected exceeding our original budget.  Local banks are not willing to make a construction loan for a building on leased land so back to square one and look for land to purchase.


Elections Announcement – Three board seats Keith Miles, Rob Yon and Art Fisette will be up for election at the General Membership meeting December 3, 2015.  If, you would like to nominate someone for any of these seats mail that information to AVSA, PO Box 1176, Grayling, MI 49738 or in person prior to the December 3, 2015 General Membership Meeting.


Trail Maintenance – Brushing and signing has been completed.  When the crews are signing it looks like a parade coming down the trail.  A tractor for auguring holes, a pickup with signposts, finally the truck with signs and we need many different signs.  There are three major reasons we need to replace some signs annually on the trails delamination, theft, and vandalism.  Seems people feels signs are targets!



Snowmobiling Quick Facts – Source International Snowmobile Manufactures Association (ISMA)

  • In 2015 there were 150,713 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 58,299 were sold in the U.S. and 50,752 were sold in Canada an 11% increase over 2014.
  • There are approximately 1.3 million registered snowmobiles in the US and over 600,000 registered snowmobiles in Canada.

The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:

  • United States—$26 billion annually
  • Canada—$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America.  Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.


General Membership Meetings– Our next meeting will be December 3, 2015.  Meetings are held at the Ramada Inn of Grayling starting at 7:pm on the first Thursday of the month.  AVSA meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.


Frequent our Business Sponsors Whenever Possible!

Airway Automation                   Fay’s Motel & Cottages                          Grayling Generating Station

Grayling Visitors Bureau                        Jack Millikin, Inc. Excavating                 Pointe North Motel

Woodland Motor Lodge              Charlie’s County Corners                                   Frederic Inn Restaurant                             McDonald Track Painting Diane’s Car Wash                                 Burtch House B & B

Dubois Lumber and Rental        Ramada Inn, Grayling                           Fick & Son Propane

The Medicine Shoppe                Grayling Auto Repair                             Ole Dam Rd Party Store

Riverview Lodge and Cabins      Grayling Restaurant                              Motel 72

Terry’s Sports Center                Dead Bear Brewing                               Spikes Keg of Nails


AVSA Board of Directors

Pres.-Rich Filley,   V.P.-Tom Everly,   Secretary-Mike Miller,   Grooming / Treasure -Keith Miles

Safety-Art Fisette,  Web Site-Rob Yon,  B.O.D.-Bill Harrison,  B.O.D.-Francis Hummel,   B.O.D.-Mike Brown


Contact via US mail at: AVSA, PO Box 1176, Grayling, MI 49738

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