Our purposes are to...
- Enjoy outdoor recreation with our families and
- Promote safe and responsible use of snow
machines and other
Off Road Recreational Vehicles (ORRV’s).
- Secure and preserve access to recreational
lands for all users.
- Sponsor and support fair laws and regulations
concerning all ORRV’s.
- Provide safety and survival education and
participate in search and rescue efforts.
Snomads work to...
- Develop and rehabilitate existing trails and
trail heads for the benefit of all back country users.|
- Finance and implement the marking of local
trails, using color-coded reflective markers.
- Host and actively participate in educational
programs in the schools, including promoting snowmachine and cold weather
- Finance and maintain an active, trained search
and rescue (SAR) team in Homer and Anchor Point, working "on call" through the
Alaska State Troopers.
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.
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 families participation.
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 mini vacation.
- Ride on the Snomads
groomed trail system.
- The opportunity to join
our Search and Rescue group, which enhances our community.
- 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 events.
- Snomads are active in
securing permanent access to our public lands.
- 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
- Free Parking at our
private Jones Parking Lot.
- Snomads memberships are
available for families, individual, or businesses.