This year’s NYSSA Award winners were announced at the 2016 SLEDNY Educational Forum, held in Lake Placid, NY on April 29 and 30. The Award luncheon was attended by so many attendees, the event had to be moved from the Lake Placid Conference Center to the 1932 Jack Shea Ice Arena to accommodate all of our guests!
The Award Luncheon, in the historic 1932 Jack Shea Ice Arena.
AWARD HISTORY AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
The NYSSA Annual Awards Program was developed to recognize those individuals and organizations that go the extra mile, year in and year out, to promote and to make snowmobiling better and safer throughout New York State. Awards are made in the following categories:
• New York State Snowmobile Dealership of the Year
• New York State Groomer Operator of the Year (2 Awards Annually)
• New York State Snowmobile Family of the Year
• The John Albert/Edward Dutcher Most Valuable Snowmobiler of the Year
• Youth Snowmobiler of the Year.
The qualifications for these awards are based on the guidelines for the awards given out annually by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) and can be found in the NYSSA Policy Manual and on the NYSSA Website. Nomination packages are also forwarded on to ACSA for national level award consideration. Nominations are submitted throughout the season, with a cutoff of March 1 each year.
The remaining award category is the NYSSA President’s Award. The criteria for this award is determined by the President of NYSSA, and is generally awarded to a person or persons that have greatly facilitated NYSSA Operations. For complete NYSSA Award history, see the Awards page.
2016 AWARD WINNERS – VIDEO!
Club of the Year – Delaware Valley Ridge Riders
Delaware Valley Ridge Riders, 2016 NYSSA Club of the Year
Dealer of the Year – Arkport Cycles
John Jamison, Arkport Cycles, accepts the 2016 Dealer of the Year Award.
Family of the Year – Mike and Don Denapole
Groomer of the Year – Jason Hammond from SnoBlazers Inc.
Jason Hammond, 2016 NYSSA Groomer of the Year.
John Albert/Ed Dutcher Most Valuable Snowmobiler of the Year – Meg Haskell of the Hague Sno Goers AND
Christopher Wright of the Tri-Valley Trail Riders
Meg Hammond and Chris Wright share the 2016 Snowmobiler of the Year honors this year.
Youth Snowmobiler of the Year – Scotty Barnhart of the Delaware Valley Ridge Riders
Senator Bill Sears Legislative Appreciation Award – Senator Betty Little
President’s Award – Nick Barella
President Jim Elmore presents the President’s Award to Nick Barella.