March 4th Meeting / Officers and Board Member Elections

FYI Members:

Our next meeting is Saturday, March 4 at Canoe King on Rte. 16 in Tamworth.

Election of officers and board members will take place at that meeting. All positions are open for two year terms. Anyone interested in a position on the board should contact Mitch at 603-323-7442 or send an e-mail to email@ovsc.net and we will pass it along to the nominating committee. Positions are listed on the contacts page on the website.

The OSSIPEE VALLEY and what it offers to snowmobilers

Member, Friends and Visitors,

We are lucky to have a trail system in the Ossipee Valley for a few different reasons. The first one of course is the mountains,  forests, lakes, rivers and trails that make up this region. Everywhere we ride has beautiful views. It is a great place to ride for a day and longer. Also our interconnected trail system allows riders to get everywhere from here; North, South, East and West! And never forget our local LANDOWNERS that are graciously allowing you access to ride thru these beautiful landscapes.

The second and very important reason that the Ossipee Valley is a great place to ride is the amenities. Places to stay that are comfortable and have DIRECT ACCESS  to the trail system. Restaurants that can appease everyone’s taste from Fast Food to Sit Down Dining. Then there are the services for your sleds, cars and trucks!

You can find our business members on our links page. Please support them as they support us.

FYI riders, very recently two Lodges in the Valley have undergone extensive refurbishment. We are getting good feedback from both establishments. Check them out and tell them the OVSC sent you.

The Econolodge at the corner of Rte 16 and 28. This facility is right across from The Yankee Smokehouse. It has direct access to the trail system…What more could you ask for?

The Inn at White Lake is located on Rte 16 just past the entrance to White Lake State Park. Located across the street is Rosie’s Restaurant and also has direct access to the trail system. This is another great place as your home base.

Enjoy the trails!!!

OVSC

The 2016/2017 Season is about to begin! / January 2017 Membership Meeting

To our Members, Friends and Families,

Well here we go! We are hoping that after all the work and preparation over this past summer and fall that the pay off will be a great season of riding.

We can’t say it enough, Thank You so much to all that pitch in to give a hand when we need to tackle the jobs that need to get done to maintain our club system. Now when you ride you can show your friends all the great improvements to the system we make to enhance those days out on the trail.

TRAIL CONDITIONS REPORTING:

Hopefully as the season progresses we can report great snow pack and trail conditions. Please stay tuned to the website and our Facebook page for current conditions. We update these as soon as we can. Please remember that we maintain many miles of trail. We cannot report on every single mile. We have to get out into the system and eyeball what is happening so reports take time.

You know…being the experienced group that you are that the weather, location and elevation (snow, rain, temps) have a great impact on what will happen with each storm. To that, always expect the unexpected, thin cover, snow drifts, un-groomed trail, blown down trees, ice, rocks, roots etc.  As soon as we get the info we will post it but you know going into the trail system what you should expect…something unexpected. We also will report the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. We hate to report the bad stuff but we want our visiting riders to know exactly what to expect to the best of our ability. We have a reputation that we think is good with regard to this. Hopefully (oh praise the great snow gods) that we can report nothing but excellent riding conditions this season. So remember to check the Trail Conditions Page and Weather Page. The Weather Page is an excellent resource. Explore it for forccasts and current snow depth reported by NOAA.

RIDER SAFETY:

Remember PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! THAT NO ICE IS SAFE! We are surrounded by lakes and streams in this area. Many of our trails and surrounding clubs trails traverse lakes as part of their system.  Many times there are alternate routes to avoid lake and/or stream crossings. Please pay attention to truly how cold and for how long it has been. Always ere on the judgement of not safe.  Please pay attention to the potential for a current in the water. A current of moving water will inhibit the freezing solid of this area. Do not gather in one spot on the ice. The weight of people and snowmobiles could cause the ice to give way. Get to land…then stop to shoot the breeze. Watch the local news where local ice conditions may be given. See if ice fisherman have placed shacks if they have that is a good indication of good ice thickness. We want our visiting friends and families to have a fun and safe time this season so please be careful.

SAY HI FOR US:

When you visit our local businesses please let them you heard about them from the OVSC. We want our local businesses to know we are doing the best we can to bring riders to our area to recreate during the winter.

LANDOWNERS:

Please respect our landowners wishes. Without their hospitality we would have a very small trail system. Please expect on our MULTI-USE Trail System… Hikers, Sled Dog Teams, X-C skiers etc. If someone ever looks to need some help please offer it. Share the Trail! Stay on the Trail!

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

Our January 2017 meeting is  Saturday the 7th. If you are wanting to know what is going on please stop by. The meeting starts promptly at 5:00pm and lasts about an hour. Afterwards we usually choose a local eatery to go and have some dinner and shoot the breeze. You are all welcome to join in so don’t be shy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the OVSC

Mark Debitetto / Trail Administrator

 

SNOWMOBILE / ATV SWAPMEET / AND OTHER GOOD TIMES

The Annual Thanksgiving Snowmobile / ATV Swapmeet and Vintage Show

The Thanksgiving Snowmobile and ATV Swapmeet and Vintage Show was a good time. The weather was decent and we had lots of laughs.

We want to thank the vendors that rise early and make there way here and hope you were able to make some sales. The Vintage Enthusiasts did a great job again this year. We had many great sleds from days gone by here to check out and reminisce over. Stay tuned here as we will be posting pics. Also see the SnoTraveler article where we will have pics of the happy winners of the vintage categories.

The OVSC was able to sell many of NHSA Super Raffle Tix here at the Swapmeet and Vintage Show. We had this seasons grand prize here for everyone to ogle. Good luck to all that hold a ticket!

Thank you to all our volunteers that participated in making our visitors feel welcome, dished out chili and poured coffee.

As usual a big shout out to YANKEE SMOKEHOUSE!!! They are always available to help our club and area clubs events be successful.  Please visit them when you come through via trail or road.

Trail Work Parties

These past few weeks we have had trail work parties. We had one the Sunday after the Swapmeet also. Again we want to thank all you folks that are coming out to lend a hand. We hope that you are having a good time working outdoors on our trail system. When the snow flies you’ll now have a few more friends to ride with too.

General Membership Meeting 12/03/2016

Our December meeting is this upcoming Saturday night folks. If you are wanting to know what is going on please stop by. The meeting starts promptly at 5:00pm and lasts about an hour. Afterwards we usually chose a local eatery to go and have some dinner and shoot the breeze. You are welcome so don’t be shy.

 

11/20/2016 THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SWAP MEET / NEXT CLUB MEETING

THIS WEEKEND: SATURDAY 26!!!! 

This weekend is our  Annual Snowmobile & ATV Swap Meet, Flea Market and Vintage Snowmobile Show is coming up on Saturday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 at Canoe King. This is a great chance to get rid of stuff you no longer want or need, or pick up new parts, accessories or even a sled.  Food and drinks will be available.  Contact Mark Fournier at 978-609-6137 or e-mail teresa_mark@comcast.net for more information.

Once again the Club is selling tickets for the NHSA Super Raffle.  The raffle sled will be available at the Swap Meet so you can see it.  A limited number of tickets is sold, so don’t miss out.

NEXT CLUB GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

We had a good turnout for our first general meeting in November.  Our next meeting will be on  Saturday, December 3rd at 5:00  p.m. at Canoe King in Tamworth.   We look forward to seeing more new faces.  As always, after the  meeting we will get together for dinner at one of our local restaurants.

NEXT MEETING AND UPCOMING SWAP MEET

We had a good turnout for our first general meeting in October.  Our next meeting will be on  Saturday, November 5 at 5:00  p.m. at Canoe King in Tamworth.   We look forward to seeing more new faces.  As always, after the  meeting we will get together for dinner at one of our local restaurants.

The Grass Drags are over and  even with rain on Sunday, attendance was high.  We had a good turnout of members from our club who volunteered their time to work there.  The money earned through their efforts helps support our club, and a big thank you goes out to them.

Don’t forget the  Annual Snowmobile & ATV Swap Meet, Flea Market and Vintage Snowmobile Show is coming up on Saturday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 at Canoe King. This is a great chance to get rid of stuff you no longer want or need, or pick up new parts, accessories or even a sled.  Food and drinks will be available.  Contact Mark Fournier at 978-609-6137 or e-mail teresa_mark@comcast.net for more information.

Once again the Club is selling tickets for the NHSA Super Raffle.  The raffle sled will be available at the Swap Meet so you can see it.  A limited number of tickets is sold, so don’t miss out.

FIRST GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Hello everyone.  Hope your all had a great summer.  Fall is just around the corner and our first meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at 5:00 p.m. at Canoe King.  We have a major re-route that is in the works, and we will be needing a lot of help to get the trail open this winter.  We’re still working out the details with the land-owners, and will have more information at the meeting.

Work has started at the Grass Drags, and if anyone is interested, we still need help.  It’s a great fund raiser for the Club, and if you’re interested you can call George at 986-9666 for more information.

Our annual swap meet will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th at Canoe King.   More information will be coming out as the date gets closer.

See you at the October meeting.

8/17/16 New Bridges Complete!

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Two new bridges have just gone in in the Wonalancet Section of our Trail System. These bridges replace single wides. We now can access these trails with our large groomers. Thanks George and Dave for getting this job done. There is always room for more help so please let us know if you are available. On to the next  summer project…stay tuned!

ATTENTION MEMBERS – 2016-2017 MEMBERSHIPS NOW ON-LINE

NHSA’s on-line membership system is up and running.  This means you can now join our club by going to www.nhsamembership.com and creating your own account.   The link to NHSA‘s website can be found in our “Links” page.   The web site will walk you through the process.  Once you have an account, you can access it at any time to print your registration voucher as proof of membership.  You will also be able to use your smart phone or other device to show your voucher to the agent when registering your sled.  In the future, renewal will be even easier.  Don’t forget – you can still join our club by using our web site and Pay Pal,  by printing and mailing your application, or by stopping in at Canoe King and joining in person, which will save you a few dollars.  And remember – OVSC is in Carroll County when looking through the list of clubs.

We look forward to seeing you all again this year, with lots of the white stuff and some great riding.  Please try to join early, as it will help us get through last year’s “no snow” year!

GRASS DRAGS

October will be here before you know it, and the NHSA Grass Drags will be taking place on Columbus Day week-end.  As in the past, NHSA is already asking clubs for volunteer help.  Every year we ask for volunteers to work at the Grass Drags,  which is a great way to earn money for the Club.  Well, this year is no different.  We are asking members to sign up and volunteer at the Drags.  You don’t have to work the entire weekend – any hours you can give will be a great help.  Also, if you don’t  want to work the event itself, there is  pre-work and post-work that needs to be done.  So if you are interested, you can contact Nelly Roache, club volunteer coordinator for NHSA, at nelly@roache.org, or 603-365-9666, or you can get in touch with me and I will get you an application and answer any questions you might have.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks.

George Kaye, President

2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

The NHSA online membership program has been delayed until July 15th while updates are being made.   In the meantime, if you wish to join the club, you may join directly with the club using the membership form on our website.  You can join on-line, using Pay Pal, or in person at Canoe King. Vouchers will be sent out after July 15 when the NHSA program goes live.  Please note that the date of birth is no longer required.   Memberships are important to the operation of the club and joining early helps us meet expenses that occur during the months leading up to the riding season.  Last year, memberships got us through a tough year, with no snow, and we appreciate your support.   Hopefully this year will be different, and we will have plenty of snow to ride on.

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