Meeting Location Change

All members please note the first meeting of the year will be held on Thursday September 6th, 7:00pm at the Polish Falcon Club located at 32 Bel Air Ave, in Pittsfield, MA.

FACEBOOK!

The Berkshire Snow Seekers have been on Facebook for more than four years now! Just "like" us and you can post on our page. Want to go for a ride but donít want to ride alone? Post where and when you want to go for a ride, or check out if another member has posted a ride. Also, another good aspect is we will make every attempt to keep you up to date on functions and any last-minute changes.

JOIN NOW & SAVE!

This year anyone, past members and non-members, will be able to reap the benefits of the early bird special, a savings of $15 per trail permit!

Our club dues include a club membership, a S.A.M. membership and a TMA permit. Club dues & trail pass cost will go up to $70 after 12/15/18. You must make your purchase, or your check & application must be post marked no later than 12/15/18 in order to obtain the early bird special for $55.

You can join us by returning a completed membership application inside this newsletter via the US Postal Service at {P.O. Box 1102, Pittsfield, MA 01202}, or by visiting our website at www.BerkshireSnowSeekers.com, or by stopping in at a regular club meeting 7:00 PM on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from September thru mid-April at the Polish Falcons Club located at 32 Bel Air Ave, in Pittsfield, MA.

Currently you can purchase a trail permit at Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, Ronnieís (Pittsfield), and at Friendly Fredís (Windsor). On 12/16/18 or soon thereafter, you can also purchase a trail permit (s) by visiting one of our other trail permit outlets at a participating local business: - Sangarís Store (Windsor), Lanesboro Gulf Gas Station (Lanesboro), and at the Hinsdale Trading Company in Hinsdale, MA!

Around BSS

BSS members took time out of their busy schedules to show their talent at building a float, promoting BSS, and having fun at the same time. The BSS entry into the Pittsfield Halloween Parade was Jason (named after Friday the 13th classics) a headless snowmobiler that was guaranteed to scare the young and old alike. Just picture a headless rider coming towards you at night on the trails. Thatís enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck! To top it all off BSS won 3rd place in the float category. Great job! Special BSS thanks go out to Jason, Christian, Shana, Danielle, and the Rizzo crew. Next year they can do a headless groomer operator. Iíve seen a few of those in my days. [Smiles]

Cooperation

This a continued story from the October newsletter

The first picture is the excavator working the Gorilla trail on October Mountain State Forest, the second picture is the trail crew taking a time out while they fix the claw on the excavators bucket. The third picture is the finished product. < Continued next page >

 

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Snowmobilers there is a new spirit of cooperation in the air. We are seeing efforts being put forth by DCR and BSS to coordinate trail work with funding coming from the Recreational Trail Program (RTP). The Gorilla Trail on October Mountain is a prime example of this coordination. BSS members with the assistance of DCR walked and marked the proposed route. The trail was brushed and cleared by DCR to allow equipment enough room to navigate. The final piece to the trail puzzle was an excavator to do the finish work. It was hired by BSS using funding from the RTP for a full day of machine labor. The excavator expertly attacked the trail, smoothed and widened it so that the Tucker groomer would be able to traverse. No easy task as this trail laid dormant for many years and Mother Nature had really taken its toll. The Gorilla Trail adds 2.5 miles of 10í wide trail to the October Mountain lineup. There is work scheduled to connect the Gorilla trail with the Vagabond Trail creating a loop that can all be groomed. Awesome job by all.

Cooperation between SAM Clubs was evident when members of the Savoy Kanary Cats Snowmobile Club attended one of the BSS October meetings. These guys traveled to Pittsfield to discuss issues with how to help the Hilltown Snowmobile Club and to promote the Stan Kopala Memorial Ride on March 3, 2019. The Hilltown Snowmobile Club is experiencing man power shortage managing their 60 miles of interconnecting trails. Any help that can be pushed that way would be greatly appreciated. We would hate to lose access to the Ashley Lake House as it has been a winter destination for many. Another multi-club effort will be The Stan Kopala Memorial. Stan was known as the "Godfather of Greylock" and this ride will be for a great cause. Stay tuned as more info on this ride will be found in future newsletters

Trail work

 

The first picture is Christian doing his "thing" with a chainsaw. All Christian needs is a hockey mask and he will be ready for Halloween. Christian and Andy were working on some of the blow downs found on corridor 90 between Brodie Mountain Road and Route 7. It looks like the guys are putting the Kubota to good use. Christian is also responsible for the other two pictures as they were taken on the new trail at Brodie Mountain Road heading south. As per landowner request, this section of trail is for snowmobile use only. Christian installed gates that will be kept closed until the trails are open and will close again when the season is over. All other access is done via the old trail. BSS sends many thanks to Christian and Andy for their hard work on the trails plus all the other club duties that fall into their lap. Cheers!

 

BSS Landowners Appreciation Dinner

The landowner appreciation dinner this year was delicious and a big hit for all those who attended. 50 BSS members and local landowners got together over a pork dinner for the first BSS dinner function at the Polish Falcons Club. The night started with a social hour from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with hors díoeuvres, salad was served at 6:15 and the main course of roast pork, carrots and seasoned potatoes soon followed. After dinner the desserts were homemade apple and pumpkin pie, wow! Many smiling faces and full stomachs to go around. To say it was a success would be an understatement. Cheers to the cook and staff of the Polish Falcons Club! Yeah, I did take a picture of my plate.

BSS Interesting Tidbit

 

 

There are many points of interest in this graph but the two that stand out the most are when the trespass law was passed and what happens on low snow winters. Letís hope the winter of 2018/2019 has above average snow and cold and letís change the downward trend. Are you with me?

Reminder

BSS always ramps up trail work in the fall and we all know that without trails there wouldnít be a club. If you want your work-beeís to be published post them right here (email r1_diorio@yahoo.com) or share them on Facebook. By the way volunteers are always welcome.

Reporting

Who has a good snowmobile story to tell? Maybe a trip you took that is etched in your memory. Tell us about it. How about your experiences after the "Chilly Chili"? No, maybe not! There is that one riding story that your so called friends hold over your head and refer to it time and time again. You know the one that usually gets a one finger salute when brought up. The names of the innocent will be protected but the story needs to be told. Send them along to r1_diorio@yahoo.com.

TRAIL COORDINATORS

Our trail coordinators are:

Cheshire Area Ė Andy Perenick @ 413-822-6374

Windsor Area Ė Don Allard @ 413-684-3773

West Pittsfield Area Ė Jim Holland @ 413-822-8754

South - Dick DiOrio @ 413-442-3189

 

 

A good way to stay abreast of what is going in the Massachusetts snowmobile community is to tune into

https://www.sledmass.com/. There you will find the latest and greatest events, news, links, resources and trail maps. Check it out for the most up to date information on the Massachusetts Sled Expo. The sled Expo with its new date and less vendor conflicts should be hit this year. Donít miss it if you can.

Mark your calendars for this years Sled Expo at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E Fairgrounds) November 17th and 18th. Sled Expo hours are 9AM-8PM on Saturday and 9AM-3PM on Sunday.

 

Check out one of BSSís trail masters signing his raffle ticket at last years sled expo. Picture was stolen from the VAST Newsletter.

SAM Raffle

Tickets can be purchased at club meetings or by mailing a check to us, make check payable to BSS PO Box 1102, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Please make note on memo line "SAM Raffle".

 

Berkshire Snow Seekers Meetings

Come on down. Stay in touch with what is going on in the snowmobile community both local and at the state level. Meet and greet old and new members alike. Enjoy the comraderie and the spirited exchanges of ideas.

 

2018-2019 CLUB SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • Nov. 1 & 15 Club Meeting: Polish Falcons Club

  • 32 Bel Air Ave, in Pittsfield, MA @ 7pm

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    Dec. 8 Christmas Party:

  • Social Hour 6:00 PM, Dinner served @ 7pm
  • Ozzies Steak and Eggs,26 Maple St, Hinsdale, MA 01235

  • Dinner choices will be Prime Rib or Baked Stuff Shrimp for $30.00 and Baked Stuff Chicken for $22.00.
  • January 20-25, 2019

    NORTH TO CANADA TRIP

  • Call Gary Bushey at 413-446-0864 for details.
  • Mar. 3, 2019 Stan Kopala Memorial Ride

    Save the date - details to follow

  • Mar. 31, 2019 Polenta Dinner II : To benefit the Berkshire Snow Seekers, Social Hour 5:00 PM, Dinner served @ 6 PM at the Polish Falcons Club 32 Bel Air Ave, in Pittsfield, MA - $20.00/person.
  • MORE EVENTS AND DETAILS TO FOLLOW IN UPCOMING NEWSLETTERS!