On June 8th, 2019 the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) hosted their annual Excellence Awards in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the International Snowmobile Congress with over three hundred delegates in the room from across Canada and the United States.
The BCSF had two regions from British Columbia that were recognized for their outstanding work. The CCSO Excellence Awards are a National Award to honor individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in Canada that have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.
The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development was awarded to Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA). VARDA was recognized for their outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of a snowmobile tourism program and original initiative that resulted in positive media recognition and increased participation from snowmobilers and the general public. VARDA’s work has contributed significantly to growing snowmobiling in the Valemount area and also increased tourism for the community through the creation and management of a mountain bike park and snowmobile assisted ski area. Valemount is now more than a point on a map, it is a year-round tourist destination.
The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit national organization which through strong leadership provides support to our members and provides the unified voice of organized snowmobiling at the national and international levels. The CCSO envisions that across Canada, organized snowmobile trail networks and riding areas provide a lasting legacy of responsible riding experiences that are highly valued, safe, enjoyable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The CCSO strives to represent all organized snowmobiling Canadian jurisdictions to maintain a national understanding of the needs and expectations of snowmobilers across Canada.