Snowmobile Clubs Are Vital To The Sport

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Snowmobile clubs are the backbone of the sport.

Maybe you saw the headlines: Somewhere in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula late this past fall, a ski hill announced it would no longer allow a long-standing snowmobile trail to cross its property. The trail is question is a major connector between two areas – its loss could have a significant impact on riding in the region.

       Do you know who is spending countless hours trying to figure out a solution? Members of a local snowmobile club. If they didn’t do it, who else would?

       Meanwhile, somewhere in Minnesota this summer, in a story that didn’t make headlines, local snowmobile club members were invited into the room when a suburban city was collaborating with a contractor on plans for a new housing development. Right from the start, due to the clout and relationships that club has in the community, its input was sought to ensure a local trail could be maintained.

       Snowmobile club members don’t just deal with trail and access issues, however.

       Somewhere in Maine this fall, a “trail opener” party will bring together club members in a fun and social get together, with food, beverages, silent auctions and more. Somewhere in South Dakota this winter, a club ride will gather old friends and new for a glorious shared experienced. Somewhere in New York, a club’s joyous trailside weenie roast will engage current members and also introduce new people to the club.

       The social stuff is certainly a fun reason to belong to a club, but the trails and riding areas are central to most club’s existence.

       That’s why, somewhere in Illinois this past summer a club member went door-to-door, getting signatures to get formal permission from private landowners to let the trail cross their property again this winter. In Ontario in the fall, club volunteers shared an enjoyable workday, clearing overgrown branches away from the trail in preparation of the riding season ahead.

       Simultaneously in Indiana, club volunteers gathered to install trail markers in ditches and fields once the crops were harvested. The usual “Stop” and “Stop Ahead” signs were pounded into the ground around intersections; directional signs and re-assurance diamonds delineated the path; “Stay On Trail” signs were strategically posted to try to prevent future trail closures due to wayward riders trespassing on private property.

       Club members in Colorado met with federal agencies to assure access through National Forests, while others in Wisconsin schmoozed with paper and timber company representatives to keep trails open through their land. Somewhere in Montana, club members gathered at a trailhead parking lot to work on a shelter, while club members in New Hampshire replaced a time-worn bridge over a narrow river.

       This winter across the Snowbelt, club members will climb into large groomers to pull heavy drags through the night to prepare the trail surface for our shared enjoyment. That’s where most snowmobilers see first-hand the direct impact of the clubs.

       But how did that happen? The expensive grooming equipment is often owned, maintained and funded by the snowmobile clubs, which means they must somehow attain financial support – often a result of lobbying for state gas tax rebates or registration or trail sticker funds, applying for grants, holding fund raisers, getting local business support and more. They need a place to park the equipment – often in a club-owned shed, and they must take the lead in training operators on how to properly use it.

       It all takes people, money and participation.

       Snowmobile clubs do so much. Maybe you have the time, energy and ability to be involved in some of the aforementioned activities, or maybe you have a busy life right now but you want to support the people who do all of that work.

       One way or another, if you ride snowmobiles the clubs are there for you. This year, be there for the clubs. The forward-thinking clubs listed on the below are specifically reaching out to you seeking your membership. However, if you don’t live or ride in any of their regions, they won’t be insulted if you find a club to join in your area. The key is that you join because there is strength in numbers in so many ways.


Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
Brooklyn Park, MN
866-214 -7669

Douglas Area Trails Association
Alexandria, MN

Snowbirds of Amboy, Inc.
Amboy, MN
Snowbirds of Amboy on Facebook

Belle Plaine Borough Riders
Belle Plaine, MN
Belle Plaine Borough Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook


North Country Snowmobile Club
Bemidji, MN

Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association
Brainerd, MN

Byron Snow Bears
Byron, MN

Carver County Snowrunners
Carver County, MN

Rice Creek Trail Association
Cirle Pines, MN
Rice Creek Snowmobile Trail Association on Facebook

Delano Snowstormers
Snowmobile Club
Delano, MN

United Lakes & Trail Riders Assn (ULTRA)
Detroit Lakes, MN

Blizzard Snowmobile Club
Fairmont, MN

Faribo Sno-Go Club Inc.
Faribault, MN

Fertile-Beltrami Sandhill Snowcruisers
Fertile, MN
Sandhill Snowcruisers on Facebook

Hamel Sno Runners
Hamel, MN
Hamel Sno-Runners on Facebook

North West Trails Association
Hennepin County, MN

La Crescent Snowmobile Club
La Crescent, MN
La Crescent Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Clearwater Trail Blazers
Leonard, MN
Clearwater Trail Blazers on Facebook

Lincoln Lakes Area Snowmobile Club
Lincoln, MN

Maple Plain Snomads
Maple Plain, MN

Prior Lake Snowmobile Association
Prior Lake, MN

Randolph Snowmobile Club
Randolph, MN

Savage Sno-Pacers
Savage, MN

River Valley Trailblazers Inc.
Shakopee, MN

South Tonka Sno-Mobilers
Shorewood, MN

Wild River Snowmobile Club
Taylors Falls, MN


S&W Adventure Riders LLC
Golden, CO


Where Are We’s Snowmobile Club
Morocco, IN


Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Snowmobile Club
Kaleva, MI
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds on Facebook

Kalkaska County Sand and Snow
Mancelona, MI

North Country Snowmobile Club – UP
Ontonagon, MI
North Country Snowmobile Club UP on Facebook

South Dakota

South Dakota Snowmobile Association
Gary, SD

Aberdeen Driftbusters
Aberdeen, SD

Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club
Brookings, SD
Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Dakota Trailblazers
Clear Lake, SD
Dakota Trail Blazers on Facebook

Poinsett Pounders
Lake Poinsett, SD
Poinsett Pounders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Assn.
Milbank, SD
Whetsone Valley Snowmobile Association on Facebook

James Valley Drift Skippers
Mitchell, SD
James Valley Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Black Hills Snowmobile Club
Rapid City, SD
Black Hills Snowmobile Club on Facebook

SnoTrackers Snowmobile Club
Sioux Falls, SD

Town & Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
Willow Lake, SD
Town & Country Snowdrifters on Facebook


AWSC-Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
DeForest, WI

Cross Country Cruisers Inc.
Arbor Vitae, WI
Cross Country Cruisers on Facebook

Near North Trail Riders of Athelstane Inc.
Athelstane, WI

Berlin River Riders Inc.
Berlin, WI
Berlin River Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Burnett County Snow Trails Association
Danbury, WI
Burnett County Snow Trails Association on Facebook

Cozy Corner Trails Inc.
Danbury, WI
Cozy Corner Trails Inc on Facebook

Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club
Dorchester, WI
Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club/Dorchester Wisconsin on Facebook

Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club
Eagle River, WI

Northwest Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Club
Hayward, WI

Sno-Birds Snowmobile Club
Howard-Suamico, WI

Hudson Snowtrails Unlimited
Hudson, WI
Hudson Snowtrails Unlimited on Facebook

Kohlsville Kruisers Snowmobile Club Inc.
Kohlsville, WI
Kohlsville Kruisers on Facebook

Flake Chaser Snowmobile Club
Merton, WI
Flake Chaser Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club
Minocqua, WI

Monroe Stateline TrailBlazers
Monroe, WI

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club
Mountain, WI

West Shore Snow Pistons
North Fond du Lac, WI
West Shore Snow Pistons on Facebook

Oconomowoc Throttle Jockeys
Oconomowoc, WI

Lake Country Last Call Snowmobile Club
Pewaukee, WI
Lake Country Last Call SC on Facebook

Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club
Pleasant Prairie, WI

Rome Sno-Bandits
Rome, WI

Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club
Saint Germain, WI

Lake Country Riders
Siren, WI
Lake Country Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Chase Sno Chasers Inc.
Sobieski, WI

Rolling Hills Snowmobile & ATV Club
Spooner, WI

Schneelaufers Snowmobile Club
Stone Bank, WI

Sussex Sled Bugs Snowmobile Club
Sussex, WI

Northern Lights Snowmobile Club
Three Lakes, WI

Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club
Tomahawk, WI

Lumberjack Memorial Trails
Wabeno, WI
Lumberjack Memorial Trails on Facebook

Waterloo Trail Twisters
Waterloo, WI
Waterloo Trail Twisters Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Bear Point Sno-Cruisers
Wausaukee, WI

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