anything in life, lots of things change. Snomads objectives have
evolved too. Originally, in 1992, we were a group of volunteers
with a love of the outdoors and winter snowmobile sports. Social
activities were held at a variety of places in the Caribou Hills.
It seemed like there was always time for another event, charity,
rides and runs abounded. Trail grooming was done where members
decided it would make a great ride. Volunteers cleared trails at
will. It was a carefree time.
Club members built a clubhouse and an auxiliary building.
Appropriately, they are referred to as the Palace and the
Pavilion. These buildings and land are where most of our club
activities occur. Members came from all directions of the
community to enjoy the events here. Of course with the pride of
ownership, came more responsibility. With budgets becoming more
fiscally constrained, we had to budget more responsibly. More
people came to live in the Homer area. Land use conflict was on
Snomads became involved in a court case involving easements. We
began to realize that we could not groom areas now that we had
groomed before. Land and trail issues came to the forefront. We
began to apply for grooming and trail grants, attending community
meetings to secure funding for all kinds of projects to benefit
our community. We now regularly groom trails from which we receive
our grant support. As long as we have volunteers to support the
grooming, we will groom.
Funding and grants allowed us to expand into other areas. We support a
Search & Rescue team on call by the Troopers. We built Willard Rd., a
borough maintained road 3/4 mile long, from a cowpath trail. With our
great volunteer force, this was done over a 3 year period and was
completed in October 2012. This road goes to a public trailhead called
Caribou Lake Trailhead (or Blue Shed 2). We lease and maintain other
public trailheads, while working to acquire historic trails. Kids in
the community look forward to riding our 120cc club snowmobiles. Did
you know that we are the only club in the nation with these and that
they are free at our communities events. Greater funding allowed us to
hire a trail consultant. We have formed alliances with other
organizations. We even sponsor a dog mushing checkpoint! Yes, we still
like our events too!
In short, we have come from a club which was purely for fun, to an
active force of volunteers willing to make our community better. If
its snow, Snomads has something to do with it and we encourage your
JOIN SNOMADS SNOWMACHINE CLUB!
We have a club which is a lot of fun and an active force of
volunteers willing to make our community better. If its snow, Snomads has something to do with it and we encourage your
families participation. When you join the Snomads you get benefits such
- Use of the Snomads private cabin, “The Palace”, in the
Caribou Hills area. Make a reservation and have an enjoyable
- Ride on the Snomads groomed trail system.
- The opportunity to join our Search and Rescue group,
which enhances our community.
- A free membership in the Alaska State Snowmobile
- Member Events- We have events for all ages. Our club has
120cc snowmachines free for use at our youth oriented
events. Snomads is also involved with sled dog and skiing
- Snomads are active in securing permanent access to our
- Volunteer opportunities abound. Want to help or design
another activity? See something you would like to do
differently? This is your chance to bring new ideas forth.
- Discounts at participating local sponsors.
- Free Parking at our private Jones Parking Lot.
- Access to our website at www.snomadsonline.org,
including membership information.
- Snomads memberships are available for families,
individual, or businesses.