FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2016
Media Contact: Andrew Mangini – 518-326-6400 or 518-598-6324
2016 SLEDNY Educational Forum to be Held in Lake Placid
Nearly 700 industry representatives to attend from across New York State for educational programming, celebration of the sport, and NYSSA’s Annual Meeting
Lake Placid, New York – The New York State Snowmobile Association with SLEDNY will host their 20th Educational Forum and Annual Meeting from April 29 to May 1 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, bringing nearly 700 snowmobiling enthusiasts who represent the $868 million industry to Lake Placid for a long weekend of instructional seminars, exhibits, presentations and planning. Information can be found at http://www.nyssaforum.com/.
Delegates, presenters, vendors and special guests from across the state will convene to discuss issues pertaining to safety, trails, club operations and public affairs. Last year’s Forum and Annual Meeting was held in Rochester and drew more than 600 attendees from across the state, all of whom patronize local hotels, restaurants and retailers.
“The city, residents and workers in Lake Placid have graciously welcomed us in years past and continue to provide us with tremendous facilities to culminate our 2016 snowmobile season with the Annual Forum and Meeting,” said Dominic Jacangelo, Executive Director of NYSSA. “Although our season was impacted by the lack of snow, we know the importance of our sport which contributes $868 million in an average year to the New York State economy, and it is critical to our mission to educate the public about this great family support.”
There will be a great number of hands-on, visually rich presentations and exhibitions occurring throughout the weekend. Some will be for fun and recreation, and others will prepare club members for the volunteer work they do throughout the year maintaining the state’s more than 10,600 miles of snowmobile trails.
“Volunteers from more than 230 NYSSA clubs across New York State labor for many thousands of hours every year, in both the winter and off-season, to keep the trails open and in good condition,” said Jim Rolf, Trail Coordinator for NYSSA. “It’s a passion that requires some unique skills and expertise to do safely, so the Forum presents an opportunity to get many volunteers under the same roof for some very beneficial classes on regulations and safety.”
Attendees are also informed of activities and attractions in Lake Placid to enjoy when they are not at the Forum.
“Lake Placid has contributed to the rich history and popularity of New York winters and is the perfect location for our Annual Forum and Meeting,” said James Elmore, President of NYSSA. “The Forum is all about the sport of snowmobiling and making sure our members can make a good, positive impact in all they do, but it’s also important that they have some fun. We’re looking forward to experiencing all Lake Placid has to offer, and supporting the local economy by patronizing downtown hotels, restaurants and businesses over the weekend of the Forum.”
“It’s an honor to have been asked to come and be a guest speaker at this year’s NYSSA’s Annual Meeting,” Levi LaVallee, 10-time Winter X Games medalist and keynote speaker. “It’s always a fun time to get together with a bunch of people who share the same passion for snowmobiles as I do. And having Lake Placid as a location for this event is icing on the cake, and I am looking forward to checking out its many attractions.”
Events of note during the weekend (photo opportunities)
- From 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jason Dickerson, state-certified instructor, will give a presentation about chainsaw safety, complete with demonstrations. The class will also be held on Friday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday a new GPS workshop Led by Mark Wolfanger will be held. The workshop will mainly focus on importing raw GPS data and editing it in the DeLorme Topo series of programs to prepare a trail for submission to OPRHP snowmobile unit.
- Kimberly Ferree will be giving detailed courses on First Aid and CPR throughout the Forum.
- From 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. on Friday SLEDNY will be hosting their First Annual Costume Party & Social at the Generations Tap and Grill. All donations received will be used to support the ongoing efforts of SLEDNY and other worthy causes.
- On Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the 7th Annual NYSSA Vintage Sled Show will be held. Vintage sled owners and enthusiasts will relive the history of the sport alongside the sleds of yesteryear. Trophies will be awarded at 5:00 p.m.
- Also on Saturday afternoon, from noon to 2:00 p.m., NYSSA will hold its annual awards banquet. Awards will be presented to celebrate the volunteer achievements of the 2016 Family of the Year, Snowmobiler of the Year, Groomer Operator of the Year, Club of the Year, the President’s Award recipient and the new Youth Snowmobiler award.
- Ten-time Men’s Snowmobile X Games medalist, Levi LaVallee will be the featured Guest Speaker at the banquet dinner on Saturday night. LaVallee has competed in all Snowmobile disciplines in the Winter X Games. He has earned himself a total of 10 Winter X Games medals (7 of which are gold), a snocross Championship Title, is the first athlete to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile and holds the current world record for longest snowmobile distance jump of 412 feet. In 2009, he embarked on a new journey and created his own team, Team LaVallee.
It is estimated that the Forum will generate in excess of $200,000 in primary economic activity within the Village over the three days of the Forum and Annual Meeting, filling host hotels, restaurants and shops.
Note to editor: Media interested in accessing the Forum are asked to call ahead for further details on what the best times might be for visuals and access to NYSSA officials.
The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA), a non-profit corporation, is the largest snowmobile association in the country working on behalf of the 135,000 registered NY snowmobile owners, who contribute approximately $868 million to the New York economy, and 240 snowmobile clubs to improve trails, facilities and services for participants, and defend snowmobilers against discriminatory legislation.
SLEDNY, a nonprofit charitable corporation responsible for snowmobile leadership and education in New York.