Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society announces national award

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations recently hosted their annual Excellence Awards as part of the International Snowmobile Congress

Snowy snowmobile riding area.
The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Club was awarded to the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society (WVSS) Photo courtesy SnoRiders

In an article submitted to the Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper, the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society (WVSS) announced that their club was the recent recipient of a prestigious national award of excellence. Here is the media submission:

“On June 8th, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) hosted their annual Excellence Awards in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the International Snowmobile Congress with over three hundred delegates in the room from across Canada and the United States.

The CCSO Excellence Awards are a national award to honour individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in Canada that have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Club was awarded to the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society (WVSS). The club was awarded for having distinguished itself as a club that promotes safety and quality snowmobile opportunities in the Windermere Valley.

The club leadership have worked closely with other trail users to develop quality recreational opportunities in the community. The club recently spent significant time and energy developing a plan for its future and has started applying for grants to invest in equipment and additional infrastructure. The club’s work resulted in an increase to local membership and the number of tourists riding their trails.

This award shows that a small club can have a large impact on a community but also the sport of snowmobiling in Canada, overall. WVSS president Gary Prosser said that this comes from the past few years of hard work that the Board of Directors put in and its membership engagement. Mr. Prosser says that he couldn’t be more pleased to receive such a prestigious award.

This will be a big benefit to our local businesses as snowmobilers contribute a large amount on fuel, accommodations and meals during the winter season and helps increase tourism to our communities, he said. The CCSO is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit national organization which, through strong leadership, provides support to our members and provides the unified voice of organized snowmobiling at the national and international levels.

The CCSO envisions that across Canada, organized snowmobile trail networks and riding areas provide a lasting legacy of responsible riding experiences that are highly valued, safe, enjoyable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The CCSO strives to represent all organized snowmobiling Canadian jurisdictions to maintain a national understanding of the needs and expectations of snowmobilers across Canada.”

Congratulations to the executive and all the members of the Windermere Valley Snowmobile Society based in Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. 

For more information on snowmobiling in the Columbia Valley visit this page.

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