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Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

'It’s working out really well'

A group of club members enjoys a hamburger feed hosted by the Sno-Drifters on Dec 30, 2017 at the Adam’s warming shelter.

Peggy Kaufmann
A group of club members enjoys a hamburger feed hosted by the Sno-Drifters on Dec 30, 2017 at the Adam’s warming shelter.


Bob Hafer, the 25A groomer coordinator, pictured with the 25A groomer.

Sno-Drifters Fun Run set Sunday, Jan. 21

GRANGEVILLE – The Sno-Drifters snowmobiling club is holding a fun run on Sunday, Jan. 21. Check in at the Fish Creek Cabin between 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5 a hand. This will be close to a 30-mile ride, and participants are planned to be all in by 3 p.m. The event is open to members and non-members.

Drawings will be held, and concessions will be available.

— It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride.

Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin. During the winter snowmobiling season, the Forest Service is making the cabin available to the club that has stocked it with firewood for the public’s day-use only.

The rental cabin, also on the site, is still available for visitor use.

“It’s a place anyone can use anytime,” said club president, Megan Turner, not just to start up a warming fire but “it’s a great lunch spot.” She clarified users don’t have to be a Sno-Drifters member to use the cabin.

“The Forest Service has really helped us quite a bit,” she said, in also allowing the club to use it for winter gatherings and events, and donating a gas grill for use at the cabin. For long rides, such as a trip into Florence, the cabin is a good halfway spot to warm up and eat. Families can also use this as a spot to split activities, as has happened, allowing the kids a break to play in the snow with moms while dads can continue on their rides.

“It’s working out really well,” she said.

The idea for this began with the Sno-Drifters, according to Turner, who initially approached the Forest Service on building a warming cabin, and the agency came back to them saying, “Why not save your money and use this cabin?” It was a mutual decision, “and it worked out to be the best partnership,” she said.

Along with being a good place to take a break, the cabin is centrally located within the club’s grooming area, which provides a spot to rendezvous or as a base of operations – closer than their Fish Creek Cabin off the Grangeville-Salmon Road — in the event of a back country emergency.

This gives us a nice resource in case something happens to somebody,” Turner said.

Sno-Drifters, Inc., of Grangeville has 60 to 80 memberships (individual to family) from throughout the region, who participate in snowmobiling and other club functions, and maintain their Fish Creek warming shelter during the year. Club members meet monthly From October to April. Among the more prominent projects includes the lighted cross on the mountain south of Grangeville that lights during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.

For club information, e-mail or write P.O. Box 572, Grangeville, ID, 83530.


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