HCSC News

October 2018 Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

We have been getting a few snow showers on the high peaks and the air is getting starting to get chilly. It means it is time to fire up our regular snowmobile club meetings.

New Meeting Location:

With the closure of Q4U we have been searching for a new venue to host the monthly meetings and are going to give the Bakers Brewery in Silverthorne a shot this year. The Bakers Brewery is located right off the I-70 exit in Silverthorne, on the hill above and behind the Wendys. If you are heading north on Hwy 9, take a right at Wendys, make a right at the stop sign and Bakers Brewery will be up the hill, on your left, (in the old Village Inn building).

As in years past, we will be holding the club meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:00pm. The first meeting will be this Tuesday evening.

Club News:

I apologize for the timing of this e-mail, (so close to the first meeting); but I have been delaying putting this e-mail off for a few days because I have some bad news to report. I am sorry to say that last week we lost the founding father of our club and one of its most active members, Ron Lewark. There will be a celebration of Ron’s life, next Saturday, October 13th at 1pm at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. If you can make it, please join Donna and the entire Lewark family as we share memories of this amazing man.

In lieu of flowers of gifts, the Lewark family asked that donations be made in Ron’s name to either the Summit County Elks Lodge, the Colorado Pilot’s Association or the High Country Snowmobile Club.

Ron was instrumental in helping the club with our next piece of big news.

State Parks Capital Grant:

Since the time we wrapped up last year’s season and now, the club’s board of directors and grooming committee has been busy. Just about the only good thing to come out of last season’s dismal snowfall was the extra grooming money left over in State Park’s snowmobile budget. We applied for and were awarded a $32,000 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to update the snowcat we use for grooming at Spring Creek.

We have been shopping for new snowcats all summer and a little over a week ago, Ron and I traveled to Wyoming to negotiate the purchase of a 2011 Prinoth Bison X snowcat. The new cat will be replacing our 2002 Bombardier BR 275. We plan to sell our BR 275 for about $20,000, take the grant of $32,000 and use $10,000 of our club’s fundraising savings to fund the $62,000 purchase of the Bison X.

We are very excited to have this opportunity to upgrade to a 7-year-old snowcat. A huge Thank You! goes out to the club’s board members, Rachel and Julie, our grooming committee of Ron and Ross, and the club’s business members that wrote letters of support for our grant application.

Kickoff Party and Club Events:

Carolanne has been busy planning the annual kick off party for this year and was most recently combing the snow show for donations. We are teaming up once again with Dan Gardiner from Boondockers to host the Summit County Premier of Boondockers 15. We are trying to schedule the event on Saturday December 1st, so our long-time guest of honor Matt Entz can attend. We already have some donations for the event, BCA will once again be involved and we’ll be coming the streets for additional donations.

In an attempt to replenish our club’s savings after this groomer purchase, we hope to make this year’s party the biggest and best in our club’s history. We’ll be in touch as soon as we confirm the venue for the event.

We are also planning a lot of other events for this winter, we’ll have our monthly club rides, weekend and multi-day trips to exotic snowmobile destinations, maybe even an avalanche class or two.

Snowmobile Raffle Tickets:

At the CSA meeting this morning, I picked up 500 snowmobile raffle tickets for CSA’s annual Artic Cat M8000 raffle. Tickets are $5 each, and the proceeds are split with CSA and the local clubs. We usually raise about $800 a year for the club selling these tickets, CSA’s portion also goes helps pay for the club’s liability insurance. Tickets are due back to CSA in the beginning of December, so we will have plenty of time to sell these 500 tickets and maybe even an extra 500.

Please stop by the club meeting this Tuesday to pick up your tickets or get in touch with me and I can give you some tickets to sell.

Thank you,

Rich Holcroft
President, High Country Snowmobile Club

March Update and Events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

We will be having our club meeting Tomorrow, March 13th @ 6:00 pm at Q4U in Frisco. Heres some updates on what we have had going on:

Events:

Thanks to the Leadville Club for hosting us on last month’s club ride. We had about 12 riders show up and we rode around Turquoise Lake and up to the top of Hagerman Pass. While the snow at the bottom of the drainage was thin and sugary, the snow up high was quite good and we all made it in and out (with minimal damage to one Skidoo).

Our club ride this month is scheduled for next Sunday March 18th. We don’t have a location picked out just yet, but we can talk about it at tomorrow’s meeting. Open Snow is forecasting a good storm on the way for next weekend so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Grooming Update:

We kind of kept it quiet but our Bombardier BR275 blew a turbo in the beginning of February on the first connector trail up at Spring Creek. The breakdown stranded groomers Ron Lewark and Mike Stoveken on the trail. Volunteers were able to pick up the guys that evening and thanks to the hard work of our grooming crew, our turbo guru Bruce Mallinson and our mechanic Pat Willman, we were able to get the cat repaired on the trail in early March. The guys have been out grooming ever since.

To try and help us with the repair costs, the State has increased our available grooming funds for the year. To make the most of the available funds, we are planning to try and get out once or twice a week for the rest of the season. The trails at Spring Creek should be in great shape from all the extra grooming, all we need is some more snow!

We think the loggers have packed up for the year but since they were snow plowing the lower road all season we haven’t tried to groom the lower road. We have been pulling snow off the banks and onto the first mile of the trail and have started our trail grooming just past the forest service gate on the upper trail to Elliot Ridge. We have our Avalanche Beacon Checkpoint at the start of the groomed trail, you can’t miss it.

Stop by and make sure the checkpoint is picking up your avalanche beacon’s signal as the sign has really sophisticated electronics that actually test the tolerances of your beacon to make sure they meet manufacturer specs. It is a whole lot better than just turning it on and making sure it beeps.

Thanks again to Alpine Motorsports in Kremmling for sponsoring the checkpoint for our second season.

Club Meetings:

As a reminder for the new folks, our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 pm. at Q4U in Frisco. For those of you who don’t know, Q4U is scheduled to close their doors May 1st. The property is pending a future development this summer and Sheila’s lease on the space ends April 30. Come on down and get some great BBQ before she closes the doors!

Thanks,
Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

January HCSC Rides and Events

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I hope you are all doing your snow dance and praying for snow. I’ve had a few rides so far this season and caught some good snow at Rabbit Ears a few weeks ago, but this warm weather is getting ridiculous. I refuse to bring out the dirt bike and have my fingers crossed for some snow this Saturday for our first club ride this weekend.

We are planning to meet at the Dumont Lake Trailhead at Rabbit Ears at 10am, this Sunday, the 7th of January.

We will also be having our club meeting next Tuesday the 9th at Q4U in Frisco.

Events:

The CSA convention is coming up in Grand Lake January 19-21.Grand Lake has gotten some decent snow out of the past few storms, so while you might not be riding around town, the riding on the trails should be good.

I haven’t heard if Leadville will be hosting their High Altitude Drag Races again or if Meeker will host the White River Rumble Race. As snow is limited across the State, I am sure they are waiting for more snow to make their decisions. As soon as I hear some more information, I will pass it along.

Grooming Update: Our groomers have been anxiously waiting for enough snow to bring the cat out at Spring Creek. So far, the logging company is still cutting and hauling timber. Reports are that sections of the upper road are ridable, but the lower road is plowed to dirt. We have spoken to the loggers and they are planning to keep working until the snow drives them away.

In order to protect the tracks on our snowcat, we won’t be grooming until we get enough snow to make it to the upper road.

Club Rides: Don’t put away those snowmobiles yet, in addition to this weekend’s ride, we still have rides on the schedule for February 18th and March 18th. Once we start getting snow we can talk about adding additional rides to help make up for the slow start to the season.

Club Meetings:

As a reminder for the new folks, our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 pm. At Q4U in Frisco.

Thanks and I hope to see you on the snow!

Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

2018 Winter Update

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Hello Summit Snowmobilers,

We have lots of things to discuss and get on your calendars.

FIRST MEETING

Our first meeting of the 2017-18 season will be November 14th 6pm at Q4U in Frisco

ADDRESS: 857 N Summit Blvd, Frisco, CO 80443

AVALANCHE AWARENESS

NOVEMBER 15 @ AMS, KREMMLING . . . SAVE THE DATE . . . 

First off, we will be helping out Matt Entz with a Free Avalanche Awareness Presentation!

This “Know Before You Go” presentation will be held Wednesday November 15th, 6pm at Alpine Motor Sports in Kremmling. This presentation has been developed with the Utah and Colorado Avalanche Information Centers and includes a bunch of tips and techniques related to Avalanche Safety.

This is an entertaining program focusing on 5 key elements:

  1. Get the gear.
  2. Get the training.
  3. Get the forecast.
  4. Get the picture.
  5. Get out of harm’s way. It is an awareness program hopefully leading people to pursue an on the snow training course. Matt will have his sled and pack and will share what safety equipment he carries on the snow every day. 

KICKOFF PARTY

DECEMBER 2 @ ELKS LODGE, SILVERTHORNE . . .SAVE THE DATE . . . 

Carolanne has been planning our annual kickoff party. This year it will be held December 2nd at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. As usual, we need additional items and donations to give away at the event, whatever you have, get it to us and we can raffle it off to raise money for groomer parts and fuel. 

CSA RAFFLE TICKETS 

We also have 400 snowmobile raffle tickets to sell. First prize is the 2018 Arctic Cat M8000 Limited, we will have tickets at the meeting, at the KBYG presentation and at the kickoff party. The proceeds of every raffle ticket sold are split between the club and CSA. We use our portion of the money to pay for fuel and groomer repairs, CSA’s portion goes toward club grooming insurance and scholarships. It is a great cause so we’d like to sell all 400 tickets. Please get with me if you want tickets but are unable to make the meeting Tuesday.

PLANNING FOR MONTHLY & OVERNIGHT RIDES

We will be planning our monthly rides and special overnight events at the club meeting. So far we have the CSA annual convention in Grand Lake January 19-21 on our schedule.

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN THE CLUB

Please don’t forget to renew your club membership by the end of the year. We’ve got a lot of stuff happening this year, Memberships can be renewed online at www.snowmobilecolo.com or in person at any club meeting or event.

Hope to see you all next week, thanks!
Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

High Country Snowmobile Club- Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are all planning to attend our monthly meeting and very romantic dinner tonight at Q4U in Frisco t 6pm.

Thanks to everyone that participated in our first few rides and events of the year.

The White River Rumble in Meeker was a great event, I raced the 71 mile route and Dave and Julie raced the Coed 30 mile circuit. Unfortunately none of the High Country crew won their event, but we did have more fun than most participants.

The CSA convention was this past weekend in Silverton, we had several members in attendance. The highlight of the event for me, (beyond riding the epic steepness of Silverton) was seeing High Country Snowmobile Club members, the Lewark family, win CSA’s Snowmobile Family of the Year award.

Ron, Donna, Jeff, Scarlett, Larry, Laura and Casey Lewark were all on hand to accept the award. There were given the award by CSA as a formal recognition for all their assistance over the years to our club. Thanks again to the Lewarks and to Ski Country Shell and Towing for all their support, congratulations again!

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Rides:

We still have several rides and events on the schedule:

This Saturday February 18th is the Leadville High Altitude Drags. Event info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/189196234877860/ This event is presented by the High Riders Snowmobile Club and kicks off at 9am in front of the 10,200 sign across from Safeway. Get there early to register and sign the required forms. There will be head to head drag racing at its finest!

We will have a club ride February 19th, the location is tentatively set for Spring Creek at 10am. We will be confirming the location and time this evening at the club meeting.  

We will also have an overnight ride March 24-26. The location is still TBD, but we will confirm the destination this evening and will send the information out to all members after the meeting.

Club Meetings:

As a reminder for the new folks, our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 pm. At Q4U in Frisco.

In addition to tonight’s romantic meeting, we will also meet March 14th and April 11th. We will be talking about grooming, whatever Max broke on his last downhill in Silverton, planning our next few rides locations and covering all things snowmobile related.

Thanks and I hope to see you on the snow!

Rich Holcroft,

President

High Country Snowmobile Club

 

5th Annual Kick-off Party!

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Our 5th annual kick-off party is happening this Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm.

We will host the Summit County Premiere of Boondockers 13 on a big screen. This year we are mixing it up, tickets will cost $15 and will include admission to the event/the movie and dinner. The Elks lodge has a fully stocked bar with lots to drink. We will have all kinds of prizes to give away, including a 2 day clinic with Matt Entz. This event should be bigger and better than ever before. Bring your friends, we'll have lots off room at the new venue.  We be able to renew club memberships onsite, we'll also be selling $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2017 Arctic Cat M-8000 Limited, or a ZR120.

Come on down and let's get this snowmobile season started!

2016 October Meeting and Upcoming Events

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Hello Summit Snowmobilers,

Hope everyone had a great summer. Fall is upon us, and last week’s early snow definitely reminded me that winter is coming.

For our new members and as a reminder for our old members, the regular club meetings are typically held the second Tuesday of each month, @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco. We decided to start the meetings tomorrow, October 11th. Hope to see you at Q4U. We’ll be updating members on our grooming program and our trail projects. I also have some great news to share with the members.   

You should have received the Snowscoop a few weeks ago announcing the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo this past weekend. I saw quite a few club members down there and went to the Colorado Snowmobile Association quarterly board meeting on Sunday.

CSA announced that their annual convention and ride will be hosted by the Silverton club this year from February 10, 11 and 12th. They will be riding Molas Pass, Deer Park and probably some of the more steep terrain around Silverton. Jim from the Silverton club mentioned that if you want to ride in his backyard, you should bring a beacon. So, it should be an interesting trip. We are also planning a few overnight rides for this year. We will talk about the ride locations at our meetings.

We have been laying the ground work for our Snowmobile Season Kick-Off Party and fundraiser, Saturday November 19th at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne. We are very excited about the change in venue this year as we will be able to comfortable fit more people in. We are trying to line up a big movie screen for the premiere of Boondockers 13. I spoke to Dan Gardiner with Boondockers this weekend, he offered to hook us up with copies of the new movie and all kinds of Boondockers gear. Matt Entz with Mountain Skillz and hopefully several members of the Boondockers crew will also be in attendance.

We always need additional items and donations to give away at the event. We will be raffling off a 2 day snowmobile class with Matt Entz as one of our grand prizes, but we always need more items give away, time to clean out the closets!

CSA is doing their snowmobile raffle again. I picked up the tickets and will have them at tomorrow’s meeting. This year the first prize is a 2017 Arctic Cat M8000 Limited, Valued at $13,999. http://www.arcticcat.com/snow/sleds/model/2017-en-m-8000-limited-153/ Second prize is a ZR 120 kids sled.

Raffle tickets are $5.00, and we have 400 tickets to distribute to members to sell. The proceeds from the raffle sales are split with CSA, and for every ticket our club sells, we receive about $2.40 for our grooming program. This is a fun event and a great fundraiser for the club, if you’d like tickets to sell, let me know or stop by tomorrow’s meeting. We will also have plenty of tickets to sell at the Kick-Off party.

Once again this season, we will be coordinating an intro to Avalanche Awareness class with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness instructor Brian Lundstedt. http://www.backcountryawareness.org/  This will be a 2 day course, (one evening classroom session and one full day on the snow at Spring Creek). Class size is limited to 10-15 people.

Brian also offered to run a snowmobile specific Level 1 avalanche class for any of our interested members, preferably members who completed last year’s Intro class. If anyone is interested, get with me and we can see about class schedules.

You may have seen an e-mail that your CSA and club memberships are expiring, memberships run on a calendar year and your 2016 membership will expire at the end of December. Please don’t forget to renew in order to keep receiving our club communications. Memberships can be renewed online at www.snowmobilecolo.com or in person at any club meeting or event.

Hope to see you all tomorrow, thanks!

Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

March HCSC meeting and events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

A quick reminder that our regular club meeting will be held Tuesday March 8th, @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco.

Rides:

Thanks to everyone that participated in last month’s Overnight Ride in Creed. We rode the trails from Spring Creek Pass outside of Creede to Bristol Head one day and then rode the other side of the pass on the Lake City Snowmobile club’s trails system the next day. Even though the snow has been lacking recently, we still managed to find good snow and enjoy the vibrant night life of Creede.

We will discuss where March’s ride will be at tomorrow’s meeting.

Avalanche Classes:

Our 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness were also a great success.

Special thanks to Officer Joe Cassleberry for organizing the venue and hosting Brian and Mike for the weekend. It was refreshing to hear a snowmobile specific approach to avalanche safety. Brian emphasized using opportunities like a quick side hill to assess the snow stability. We practiced beacon and probe searches as well as efficient digging techniques. I've gotten great feedback on the class from the other participants.

We hope to have Brian with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness out again next year for additional classes.

Hope to see you tomorrow night at Q4U.

Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

HCSC February meeting and events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Grooming:

Ron made a trip out in the snowcat at the end of last week after it stopped dumping and groomed the entire trail system at Spring Creek. He reported record snow, the cat was getting stuck since the snow was so deep and several sections of the trails looked like we hadn’t been up there all year. Ron was able to spread out and level a lot of snow on the shelf roads so we should be riding up there well into the spring.

We had great conditions at last month’s club ride with over 3 feet of snow off the trails and from what I hear there is another 6-8 feet on top of that base. If you haven’t ridden Spring Creek yet, get out there, enjoy groomed trails and great snow up there!

Rides/Events:

The Colorado Snowmobile Association convention at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort was a great event. We had many High Country Snowmobile Club members attend and enjoy the convention. While the snow was a little thin on the St. Elmo/Tincup Pass side, many of us made it over to Cumberland Pass. The riding up by Cottonwood Pass was even better. Thanks to Scott at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort for hosting us and the Salida and Buena Vista Snowmobile Clubs for showing us around!

In 2 weekends we are heading down to Creede for our overnight ride. The group is checking in on February 19th and some members will be staying until the 22nd..

Rooms are reserved for club members at the Creede Snowshoe Lodge, 202 E. 8th Street. As of today, there are still a few rooms available but you should definitely call them quickly since the place is small. http://www.creedesnowshoe.com/ 719-658-2315. The rooms are $87.60 a night and make sure to tell them you are with the High Country Snowmobile Club.

Once the Snowshoe Lodge fills up, members can also stay at the Blue Creek Lodge in between Creede and South Fork, http://www.netblueprint.net/BlueCreek/, 1-800-326-6408.

I talked to several members of the Creede Snowmobile club and they said the snow down there has been fantastic this year. With neighboring Wolf Creek receiving 314” of snow, we should be good to go. I will have an updated trail system map along with snow reports from the Creede club, so we’ll be sure to find the deepness.

Avalanche Classes:

Our 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness are coming up the weekend of February 26-28th. Each class is limited to 15 participants and there are already 5 people signed up for each class. To register for a class, go to our web site: http://www.summitsnowmobilers.com/events-calendar.html and click on the class you’d like to attend.

The first class will be held Friday, February 26th with an evening session followed by an on the snow session Saturday the 27. The second class will be held Saturday evening on the 27th followed by an on the snow session on Sunday the 28th.

The cost of the class will be $75 for club members, $100 if not a club member, which goes to help promote avalanche safety across the state. A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche last week down by Wolf Creek, proving once again, that good avalanche education is something you can never get enough of.

We've got a lot more stuff to discuss, I hope to see you for our monthly club meeting at Q4U, at one of the upcoming avalanche classes or somewhere on the snow this winter!

Thanks, Rich Holcroft,
President - High Country Snowmobile Club

January HCSC Meeting and Events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

A quick reminder that our regular club meeting will be held tomorrow night, @6pm at Q4U in Frisco. Thanks to everyone that either joined the club or that has renewed in time to keep getting these e-mails.

For the new members, club meeting are held the second Tuesday of each month all winter long @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco. We hope to see you there.

Grooming:

Ross, Ron and Jared have been grooming at Spring Creek, we have good coverage at Spring Creek and the trails are in good shape. From what I hear the riding up high is good but there are a lot of rocks and stumps out there. Watch out for those lumps in the snow or pay the price in new parts at any of our fine business member, dealerships.

Rides:

For our ride this Sunday, 1/17, the plan is to ride Spring Creek and meet at the trail head from 9 - 9:30 am. We can break up into groups of different abilities and go our own way. We will meet up at the upper end of the groomed trail where it drops off down to the lower road for lunch about noon. Ron plans to run the groomer so the trails should be in great shape. Hope to see you there!
 
The Colorado Snowmobile Association, (CSA) convention will be January 22-24th at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort outside of Buena Vista. The lodging at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not sold out, there are currently 8 cabins left and 10 rooms available. For reservations please call 1 855-258-6710 use promo code: COLSNO. Thanks to Scott Peterson at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort for joining our club as a business member and supporting our grooming program.

The club will be in Creede in February for our overnight ride. We will be checking in February 19th and some members will be staying until the 22nd if the snow is good.  We have reserved all 6 rooms at the Creede Snowshoe Lodge, 202 E. 8th Street for the club. http://www.creedesnowshoe.com/ 719-658-2315, rooms are $87.60 a night. Lodging in town is somewhat limited so I booked all 6 rooms at the Snowshoe, tell them you are with the High Country Snowmobile Club. As of today, they have rooms available but they will sell out quickly!

Once the snowshoe fills, members can stay at the Blue Creek Lodge in between Creede and South Fork, http://www.netblueprint.net/BlueCreek/, 1-800-326-6408. We will be riding the Bristol Head area and probably the Love Lake area depending on the snow.

Avalanche Classes:

We have finalized 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness. Each class is limited to 15 participants. The first class will be held Friday, February 26th with an evening session followed by an on the snow session Saturday the 27. The second class will be held Saturday evening on the 27th followed by an on the snow session on Sunday the 28th.

The cost of the class will be $75, which goes to help promote avalanche safety across the state. To register for a class, go to our web site: http://www.summitsnowmobilers.com/events-calendar.html click on the class you’d like to attend and fill out the online form. Classes are limited to 15 participants each and are being offered on a first come, first served basis. We are opening it up to club members first, then will allow non members to reserve, right up until the classes are full.  

Memberships:

If your friends haven’t joined or renewed their club membership please get after them. We do all this cool stuff plus it is important to have lots of members when we are working with the BLM and Forest service. If there are 400 people complaining about a potential closure or problem it goes a lot further than when just 40 people complain.

Thanks,
Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club