Snowmobile club volunteers from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Russia will be getting together June 5-9, 2012 in Sturbridge, Mass. at the International Snowmobile Congress (ISC).

The ISC is a place for sharing accomplishments, solving problems, discussing new ideas and talking about our sport. It’s the largest snowmobile meeting in the world and brings volunteers the world over to meet with snowmobile manufacturers, groomer manufacturers, journalists, government representatives and other sledheads.

There are three basic components to ISC 2012: Organization, Education and Fun.

Organization: The major snowmobile organizations of the world meet and discuss ongoing issues and trends. Your input and participation is needed. There will be discussion and recommendations in regards to safety, the environment, access and other key matters that shape national and international policies. The prominent organizations are: the International Snowmobile Council, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO), the Snowmobile Federation of Sweden (SNOFED) and the Russian Snowmobile ATV Association (RSAA).

Education: ISC is all about learning and sharing knowledge, for the betterment of all. ISC 2012 will feature approximately 20 workshops covering a wide range of topics. There will be at least four separate groomer workshops covering topics such as proper grooming techniques, summer maintenance and even GPS tracking of the fleet. Other workshops include recreational trail easements, political impact, running your club like a business, trail design and signage, even vintage snowmobile restoration.

Fun: On Tuesday, the first day of ISC, there will be a Welcome Reception where you can mingle and relax at the poolside courtyard. Wednesday will feature a surprise off-site event (an ISC tradition) followed by Snow Fun at the Tavern. Thursday is a free night allowing you to explore the area’s historic offerings, restaurants and shops. Come back later that night to the Snow Fun social at the Tavern. Friday features the groomer reception and lakeside display with food and drink. Immediately following is a party by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs, who will be hosting ISC in 2013. Saturday night caps-off the week with the red carpet treatment. The jacket and tie awards banquet offers a full course meal and the national awards presentations. And finally, the Thirsty Dogs meet late Saturday evening.

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