NYSSA AWARD HISTORY
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
• 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). Nominations are submitted throughout the season, with a cutoff of March 1 each year. Nomination packages are also forwarded on to ACSA for national level award consideration.
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.
NYSSA Awards History
2017 NYSSA AWARD WINNERS
Club of the Year – Turin Ridge Riders
Dealer of the Year – Doug’s Powersports Unlimited (Award accepted by Rick Burt, Seven Valley Snow Goers)
Family of the Year – Mike and Claudia Irwin
Groomer of the Year – Michael Walenczyk, DRAG of Speculator
John Albert/Ed Dutcher Most Valuable Snowmobiler of the Year – Betty Haig, Lost Trail Snowmobile Club
Youth Snowmobiler of the Year – Jaxson Larson, Hamburg Snowmobile Club
2016 NYSSA Award Winners
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.
2015 NYSSA Award Winners
40th Anniversary Award
Snowmobiler of the Year
Club of the Year:
TC Riders Snowmobile Club of Camden, NY
Family of the Year
The Champlin Family, members of the Delaware Valley Ridge Riders
Groomer Operator of the Year
Trooper Christopher G. Skinner, a member of the Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club of Whitney Point
..his award was accepted by Judi Whittaker and Mike Blance of the Ridge Riders.