Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
The Yakima Valley is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, in large part because our four seasons create different outlets for adventure the year round. When winter rolls in many residents bundle up and head outside for skiing, sledding, and skating. It’s also prime time for Snowmobiling. According to Devin Dekker, “If snowmobiling is your hobby, then Yakima is where you want to live in the Pacific Northwest. Yakima is minutes from three highly-rated snowmobile trails so you can literally take your pick and know you’re riding on some of the best trails in the state.” Dekker should know.
He is the co-chair of the Yakima Ski Benders association, Washington state’s oldest snowmobiling club. His group is routinely out enjoying trails near White Pass and Bethel Ridge. Snowmobilers also enjoy exploring routes near Ahtanum Meadows and Chinook Pass. The Ski Benders put a lot of energy each year into maintaining and establishing trails in cooperation with the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The association was established nearly 60 years ago to grow the sport locally and establish safe practices. The Ski Benders also raise funds to help DNR cover ongoing costs to maintain trails. Their main fundraiser, the Bucket Run, is scheduled for later this month in Naches. Over 200 participate in the family-friendly event raising funds for both their club and the March of Dimes.
To learn more about the Yakima Ski-Benders association click here.