DERBY — There may still be snow on the ground in Derby, but the 2013-2014 snowmobile season officially came to an end on April 15th. The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) is reporting another great season that saw some of the best statewide riding conditions experienced in years.
The VAST grooming fleet was able to groom approximately 130,000 miles on the 4,700 miles of snowmobile trails that make up the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System. The system stretches from Lake Champlain to the New Hampshire border, and from the Massachusetts border to Canada. It’s enjoyed by 25,000 snowmobilers from all over the country each season.
A spokesman for VAST said that the 129 snowmobile clubs across the state would like to thank all of the landowners for their generosity in allowing the use of their lands for snowmobiling. They also thank the hundreds of volunteers who maintain the trail system, the law enforcement officials for their efforts to keep the trails safe, and the thousands of members who joined VAST and supported the trail system this season.
VAST is already planning for another great winter in 2014-2015. A few items for riders to look forward to for next season include the ability to purchase your trail pass online, and some upgrades to the interactive map and phone apps that were released earlier this year. Early bird discounts on 2014-2015 trail passes will apply on purchases made before December 16, 2014.
The photo is of the Drift Dusters Snowmobile Club out packing snow in the Holland area at the start of the season. Photo courtesy of Roger Gosselin.
For more information on snowmobiling in Vermont or how you can help your local snowmobile club please visit the VAST website at www.vtvast.org.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.