Revelstoke Snowmobile Club celebrates 50th anniversary with banquet, awards and rides

To celebrate, the club has a number of events planned for the weekend of March 23–25, including the BC Snowmobile Federation’s excellence awards, which are expected to attract snowmobilers from across the province.

Racers line up at the start line during a Revelstoke Snowmobile Club race in 1973. The club is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Photo: Revestoke Snowmobile Club/photographer unknown

The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club is celebrating its 50th year as a snowmobile club in 2018.

To celebrate, the club has a number of events planned for the weekend of March 23–25, including the BC Snowmobile Federation’s excellence awards, which are expected to attract snowmobilers from across the province.

The weekend kicks off with a banquet dinner and dance at the Revelstoke Community Centre on Friday, March 23. Past presidents are invited and the RSC will acknowledge their work in getting the club to where it is today. On Saturday, March 24, the BCSF annual general meeting and excellence awards gala takes place. The excellence awards honour individuals, clubs, associations and businesses in the province that have made a significant contribution to the popularity and appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote responsibility and unity in the snowmobile community, or have provided exceptional service to snowmobilers.

This year, the BCSF is presenting the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Federation’s Dealer of the Year award to Five Star Motor Sports out of Chilliwack, B.C. Five Star Motor Sports earned the national excellence award for its dedication to customers, the sport of snowmobiling and their snowmobile club.

One of the oldest and largest snowmobile clubs in the province, the mandate of the RSC is to promote the recreational sport of snowmobiling, to work with government to keep riding areas open and at the same time to promote awareness of the protected areas for mountain caribou. RSC promotes safe and responsible use of snowmobiles and the importance of being avalanche aware. The club also encourages snowmobilers to practice environmental awareness and is a signing partner on a trail management agreement with the provincial government. Under the agreement, the club manages Boulder Mountain and Frisby Mountain grooming trails and charging a fee to riders.

The club hosts several events each year including a ladies ride and a vintage snowmobile ride. The RSC also organizes fundraisers to benefit local charity groups.

A 50th anniversary celebration ride is planned for Sunday, March 25. For full details about the RSC’s 50th anniversary events and the BCSF AGM and excellence awards gala visit revelstokesnowmobileclub.com.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com