The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) is a statewide membership organization committed to enhancing the Pennsylvania snowmobiling experience of family recreation, fellowship, and tourism, by striving to assure high quality trails and safe, environmentally-responsible recreational use of snowmobiles.
What We Do:
Since 1969, PSSA has grown from a small cluster of people, brought together by a passion for snowmobiling, and linked together by a serious commitment to enhancing the sport in Pennsylvania in a manner that is safe and respectful of the State’s land and natural resources.
Today, as a broad statewide network, PSSA remains equally committed to a quality trail system that is well-identified, well-groomed, and maintained in an environmentally responsible manner.
At the state and federal levels, the Association provides a unified voice for the Common-wealth’s 50,000+ snowmobilers — collaborating with government to preserve and enhance trails and riding opportunities.
Within Pennsylvania, PSSA works with members to establish and bolster the work of local clubs by providing mini-grant funding and technical assistance, timely news, educational programming, and a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
As defined in its Bylaws, PSSA:
- Stimulates and advances the general welfare of snowmobiling.
- Advocates for the interests of snowmobilers and snowmobiling in Pennsylvania
- Develops a fraternal feeling among local snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts
- Provides a medium for exchange of snowmobiling information
- Educates, and instills a sense of responsibility for safety for the snowmobile operator and the general public
- Actively seeks and supports the preservation and protection of our natural resources and the environment, through responsible use of snowmobiles.
How We Work:
As a private, non-profit corporation, PSSA is governed and guided by a nineteen member Board of Directors – 7 of whom are elected by the general membership, and 12 who are appointed by the snowmobile clubs in their regions. All of these Directors are volunteers and work without compensation.
Via contract, the Board employs membership coordinators and, seasonally, a Show Promoter.
Volunteers & Partners:
Given a small workforce, PSSA replies heavily upon volunteers — Directors and other members who are willing to give of their time and talents to further the work of the Corporation by serving on Committees, participating in events, and by lending a hand with programs and projects. For more information on volunteer opportunities within PSSA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PSSA is also blessed with strong partners – relationships also cultivated over the last 30+ years. In this regard, PSSA is privileged to work closely (and often with the financial assistance) with the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
Under the auspices of DCNR, PSSA holds a seat on the PA Snowmobile/ATV Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Pennsylvania Recreational Advisory Council (RAC), and nominates a snowmobiling representative to the PA Recreational Trails Advisory Board (PARTAB).
In other areas PSSA participates in a Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (formerly PA Association of Travel and Tourism) and at the Federal level represents PA snowmobilers to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations and the International Snowmobile Manufacturers’ Association .
PSSA continues to develop new partnerships and to take every opportunity to represent the best interests of the snowmobiling community.