34 Priest Lake, Idaho • www.priestlake.org Vintage Snowmobile Racesat PRIEST LAKE, IDAHO Vintage Snowmobile racing returns to the area for the 2017 winter events at beautiful Priest Lake. These events are scheduled for the Sundays of the three-day holidays in the months of January and February. The history of Vintage Snowmobile Racing Priest Lake goes back to February 2014, as part of the Cavanaugh Bay Resort’s “Rock-and-Ride Weekend” with the vintage snowmobile race event held at the RV Park of the Inn at Priest Lake in Coolin, ID. There was an overwhelming response with 25 entries and many spectators. With the success of that race event, another race was scheduled for 2015 for the same site. However, it was canceled due to warm weather – no snow! Because of the community interest for this type of winter activity, “Vintage Snowmobile Racing Priest Lake” was formed by Mike Courteau and his son, Mark Courteau, beginning with the January 2016 race. These races were created specifically for family-oriented winter events to bring visitors back to the Priest Lake community, resorts and businesses. With the approval of both our main sponsor, Priest Lake Kaniksu/Coolin Branch Lions Clubs and that of the US Forest Service, we were able to obtain the permits necessary to hold these events. The race site was moved to the west side of Priest Lake located at the south end of the air strip near the USFS Ranger Station close to Nordman. The first of two races for 2016 was held on January 17th with 86 entries with racers from Utah, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The second race was held on February 14th with 123 entries. There are 20-plus classes for vintage snowmobiles that are 1985 and older. These include a 120 class for kids of ages 4 to 10, a junior class for ages 11 to 16, and two classes for women. We welcome beginners as well as the more advanced racers because there is a class for all levels of drivers. The first race for 2017 was held on January 15th and brought in 134 entries, with over 500 vehicles counted in the spectator parking lot. We expect the same or more for the vintage snowmobile races in 2018. Many thanks go out to the community, to the many Kaniksu/Coolin Branch Lion members and to the many individual volunteers from the local and regional businesses for their support and hard work. We thank the many businesses which have helped in making vintage snowmobile racing events here at Priest Lake very successful. For additional information and race requirements of these events, please visit our website at: www.vintagesnowmobileracingpriestlake.com Race Director, Mike Courteau 509-599-5539 (cell) or 208-443-3089 (home) Email: courteaumike@yahoo.com NEED EMERGENCY HELP? Here’s What to Do! The splendor and remoteness of Priest Lake attract thousands of visitors each year. A medical emergency is the last thing anyone wishes to happen to you on your visit. Priest Lake Ambulance (PLA) is available 24/7/365 to assist you with our highly-trained volunteer personnel. For your safety and health PLA operates: two ambulances, one on the east side of the Lake and one on the west side; two snowmobile rescue sleds for winter emergencies; and a quick-response vehicle for vehicle extrications or off-road emergencies. If you experience a medical emergency and need help, call 911. Due to the remoteness of Priest Lake, helicopter transport may be requested in situations where time and patient condition are critical. Very few insurance policies will pay the entire cost, so we highly recommend membership with the Life Flight Network. For a small annual fee, your family is covered at Priest Lake and throughout this network’s service areas. Visit www.lifeflight.org. We can’t help you if we can’t find you. Please know the address or location name where you are staying and ensure the address is posted where it is clearly visible from the street. If you need an address sign, PLA offers a blue sign with white reflective numbers for a nominal fee of $15. Place your order at (208)443-2000 or email plemts@yahoo.com. To become a volunteer, EMT or driver, speak with any of our personnel or contact us by the same phone or email above. Continued from page 32 Songstad, Joel & Karen Spencer, Dyck & Nancy Stiles, Scott Strongin, Stephanie Swinehart,Rick and Margie Walther,Kristen Winn, William Wolf, Tom and Eileen Barbieri, Jane and Jim Brausen, Jeff and Kae Johnson, Sonja Rosenthal, Jaz Malone “The Hat Lady”, Jack and Irma Robinson, Brent and Doni Anderson Guyer, Marie Duncan, Lisa Thaler,Matt and Joan Howarth,Michael Matthews, Kim and Margie Impecoven, Gail and James Stobie, Julie and Steve Rice, Richard Rogers, Donald Schultz, Ray Koefod, Randy and Lola Ramey, James Perry, Jim and Leslie Thompson, Margie Todd, Jim Kane, Dean and Judie Showers. 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