To many sledheads, snowmobile clubs and the incredible work they do are similar to the relationship that children have with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus: We see the evidence of the good deeds and frankly sometimes really take them for granted, but rarely do we see them performing their miraculous tasks!
Unlike those mystical characters, however, snowmobile club members don’t have somebody else doing the work behind the scenes – and we’re not talking about elves here! It’s regular folks like you and me who are responsible for virtually everything that goes into creating and maintaining the infrastructure for our sport.
This season, consider your role in that trail infrastructure beyond just riding on it – whether you join/support a club for the first time, or actually get your hands dirty with some of the work. Oftentimes, that work quickly becomes an interesting labor of love.
Evidence Is Everywhere
Within a mile of riding virtually any snowmobile trail, evidence of the clubs/club members and their importance is everywhere.
It starts with the actual path the trail follows. If the trail crosses private property, for instance, there’s a good chance that it was club members who originally got permission to utilize the trail corridor from the landowners, quite likely many years ago. But that permission often must be renewed every single year – and, again, the club members are the folks that make it happen.
Once the path is established, though, the job has just begun. In most instances, the trail base must be maintained. Depending on the exact circumstances, the surface may need to be flattened, graded or mowed; it may need bridges built over creeks or low spots. If it passes through forest land, it likely needs “brushing,” where club members trim back the tree limbs and other obstructions. When late summer turns to fall, it’s time for signage duty: Those stop signs, orange assurance diamond markers, directional arrows and more don’t just appear with a dash of ferry dust. Most are pounded into the ground and regularly maintained by club members.
All of the above, of course, occurs before the snow flies. Once the white gold starts tumbling from the heavens, snowmobile clubs are responsible for the maintenance of most trails. Aside from the actual time spent pulling a large drag through the woods and across fields to create the wonderfully smooth ribbon on which we ride, that grooming equipment must be funded, acquired and maintained. There’s a lot involved that may not immediately meet the eye.
Everything mentioned so far are just some of the efforts expended when everything goes right! Snowmobile club members are also often involved in re-routing trails, dealing with conflicts, fixing problems and – often through the state/provincial/national organizations they belong to – protecting and defending your right to ride.
More Than Simply Doing Your Part
Snowmobile clubs want you to become active members for more reasons than just the work, however. Club membership is a lot of fun. You can hang out with like-minded people, expand your circle of riding buddies, go on club trips, participate in events, and much more.
The clubs listed on the following pages are specifically laying out the welcome mat for new members – they’re reaching out to people like you, and they’ve sponsored this page. If, however, you don’t see any clubs listed near where you live or regularly ride, click here to find an appropriate organization for you and your friends.
By working with the clubs, you can help ensure the sport’s future, and you’re also going to have fun doing it!
S&W Adventure Riders LLC
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
Brooklyn Park, MN
Carver County Snowrunners
Carver County, MN
Clearwater Trail Blazers
Clearwater Trail Blazers on Facebook
Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Alliance
Crow Wing Country Snowmobile Trails Alliance on Facebook
Cromwell Sno-Gophers Snowmobile Club
Cromwell Sno-Gophers Snowmobile Club on Facebook
United Lakes & Trail Riders Assn (ULTRA)
Detroit Lakes, MN
Dodge Center Sno-Seekers
Dodge Center, MN
Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club
Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Faribo Sno-Go Club Inc.
Fort Ripley Trail Busters
Fort Ripley, MN
Fort Ripley Trailbusters on Facebook
Hamel Sno Runners
Hamel Sno-Runners on Facebook
North West Trails Association
Hennepin County, MN
Lords of London Snowmobile Club
Lords of London Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Maple Plain Snomads
Maple Plain, MN
Antique Snowmobile Club of America
Pequot Lakes, MN
Redwood County, MN
Foxtailers Snowmobile Club
St. Michael, MN
Foxtailers Snowmobile Club on Facebook
South Tonka Sno-Mobilers
Michigan Snowmobile & ORV Association
Antrim County Snowmobile Club
Gogebic Area Grooming
Gogebic Area Grooming on Facebook
Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association on Facebook
Montana Snowmobile Association
Great Falls, MT
Montana Snowmobile Association on Facebook
Anaconda Snowmobile Club
Anaconda Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Beaverhead Sno-Riders on Facebook
Big Hole Snowmobile Club
Big Hole Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Big Sky Snowriders
Big Sky Snowriders on Facebook
Cabinet Ridge Riders
Trout Creek, MT
Cabinet Ridge Riders on Facebook
Flathead Snowmobile Association
Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association
Great Falls Snowmobile Club
Great Falls, MT
Great Falls Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Helena Snowdrifters on Facebook
Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club
Wise River, MT
Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Lincoln County Sno-Kat Club
Little Belt Snowmobile Club
Little Belt Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Mining City Trail Riders, Inc
Mining City Trail Riders on Facebook
Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Association
Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Association on Facebook
Ponderosa Snow Warriors
Ponderosa Snow Warriors on Facebook
Seeley Lake Driftriders, Inc.
Seeley Lake, MT
Seeley Lake Driftriders on Facebook
Summit Snowgoers, Inc
Cut Bank, MT
Summit Snowgoers on Facebook
Sweet Grass County Recreation Association
Big Timber, MT
Sweet Grass County Recreation Association on Facebook
Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club Inc.
Troy Snowmobile Club
Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club
Cooke City, MT
Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Virginia City, MT
Vigilante Snowmobile Club on Facebook
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
West Yellowstone, MT
Rural Cass Snowmobile Club
South Dakota Snowmobile Association
Clear Lake, SD
Dakota Trail Blazers on Facebook
Town & Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
Town & Country Snowdrifters on Facebook
Lake Poinsett, SD
Poinsett Pounders Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Assn.
Whetsone Valley Snowmobile Association on Facebook
Black Hills Snowmobile Club
Rapid City, SD
Black Hills Snowmobile Club on Facebook
SnoTrackers Snowmobile Club
Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota YETIS (Youth Empowerment Through Involvement in Snowmobiling)
South Dakota YETIS on Facebook
AWSC-Association of Wisconsin Snocwmobile Clubs
Ranger City Riders Snowmobile,ATV/UTV Club, Inc.
Amery Snowmobile Club
The Neighborly Sno-Goers
Bruce/Island Lake, WI
Neighborly Sno Goers on Facebook
Burnett County Snow Trails Association
Burnett County Snow Trails Association on Facebook
Cozy Corner Trails, Inc.
Cozy Corner Trails Inc on Facebook
Midnight Riders, Inc.
Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club/Dorchester Wisconsin on Facebook
NKM Crooked Trails Snowmobile Club Ink
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club
Eagle River, WI
East Troy Snow Trojans
East Troy, WI
East Troy Snow Trojans on Facebook
Tri-County Sno Drifters
Tri County Sno Drifters on Facebook
Hudson Snowtrails Unlimited
Hudsons Snowtrails Unlimited on Facebook
Frosty Snowmobile Club, Inc.
Land o’ Lakes, WI
MW Sno Skeeters
Manitowish Waters, WI
Mercer Area Sno-Goers
Chute Pond Snowmobile Club
Chute Pond Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Northport Snowriders Snowmobile Club
New London, WI
Northport Snowriders Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Omro Driftbusters Snowmobile Club
Omro Driftbusters Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Park Falls, WI
Einstein Bushwhackers on Facebook
Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club
Saint Germain, WI
Chase Sno Chasers Inc.
Sussex Sled Bugs Snowmobile Club
Northern Lights Snowmobile Club
Three Lakes, WI
Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Inc.
nwpsctomahawk on Facebook
4 Seasons Recreational Club
4 Seasons Rec on Facebook
Waupun Drift Jumpers
Bear Point Sno-Cruisers
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2 thoughts on “Join A Club, And Become A Hidden Hero”
How come you did not include states from the east in your list? Vermont has some very nice trails and a lot of hard working volunteers also. I am VP and Trail Master for our club which just turned 50 years old this year, the Shrewsbury Sno-Birds out of Shrewsbury, VT. I have been a member and volunteer for over 40 of those years. I did like your article, very nice.
Good question, Roy: The listing of clubs with this article is actually what we call a “paid advertising section” when it’s in the magazine. For just $49, a club sponsors the editorial and gets their name and contact information listed twice in the magazine and then on the website. We’d love to have the East better represented but ultimately no clubs signed up to participate. We do, though, have a snowmobile club listing on our website that is referenced in the story, and your club is listed there. Here’s a link to that page: https://snowgoer.com/snowmobile-clubs/vermont-snowmobile-clubs/