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Snowmobile Club Spotlight: Troy Snowmobile Club

Snow Goer staff

A Troy Snowmobile Club group picture during the Run to the Border club ride on March 13, 2016.

Although many could consider them a new club in comparison to some of the decades-old snowmobile clubs still active today, the Troy Snowmobile Club of Troy, Montana, is a group full of enthusiasm and passion for the sport its members love. 

What’s the best in-season club event or activity that makes membership fun?
We plan a different ride every year, This last season, our members had a fun run to our shelter with chili and hot dogs for participants; we also had a club ride to the Buckhorn riding area.

This fall we plan on having a dinner meeting to kickoff the 2017-2018 riding season. Club members have seven different riding areas to choose from, and they take advantage of them! Our groomed routes lead to many of the “play areas”. Our end of the year ride is May 20 at our shelter – located at 5,000 feet where we still have more than 7 feet of snow!

What’s the best off-season club event?
We don’t have any scheduled events, but there’s lots of activity; We brush trails, work on the groomer so that the next year we are ready to go!

What’s the best way to find new members?
Our club “poker runs” require participants to be members of a club, so riders will become members to participate. We also have our website that promotes the winter sport we love.

Besides safety training, does the club do anything to get and keep youth involved?
Each year David Thompson Search & Rescue puts on avalanche training for all snowmobilers and other backcountry adventurists who  need to understand the conditions present each and every time they go out.

We are also in our third year of a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior from the Troy High School. This last season, some members gave rides to youth through a church-sponsored event.

One interesting thing the club does for the good of the sport is…
Our website keeps members and anyone who visits informed about issues surrounding are riding areas, changes that they should pay attention to and comment about to the appropriate organization.

Established: 2005

Total Members: 70

Miles of Trails Maintained: 60

Contact:
President Jerry Wandler, 406/295-4322
Wanzy@frontiernet.net

Troysnowmobileclub.org

Editor’s note: We’re creating a new feature on snowmobile clubs for both our magazine and website. If you think your club is an interesting one that we should consider, please read more about the program here and then submit your information. 

Avalanche training on Jan. 23, 2016.

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