Snowmobiling is an extra-special activity – and because you’re on this website, that means you’re most likely already one of the converted. Getting out and experiencing the dramatic winter landscape and enjoying the freedom to travel hundreds of miles on groomed trails, or exploring the vast backcountry where legal, is unmatched by any other sport or recreational activity.
Snowmobiling is also unusual in how incredibly dependent it is on its participants to develop, maintain and protect its infrastructure. Golfers don’t personally build and maintain golf courses; bicyclers don’t personally pave trails. But snowmobilers – grouped together as club members – actually do create, nurture and defend their trails and riding areas.
At one level or another, as a snowmobiler you play a vital role in protecting the very activity you enjoy – and that starts with joining a snowmobile club. As an added bonus, you’ll gain a wider circle of friends and riding partners as part of the deal. Being a member of a snowmobile club can be fun, entertaining and eminently rewarding. It’s also important – whether you’re actually the person running the groomer, pounding trail markers into the ground or planning the club trip, or as more of a silent member who is being counted as an advocate when the sport needs your support and the political clout that comes with bigger numbers.
Your Participation Is Important
Although obvious to many, it probably can’t be stated often enough: Snowmobile club members are the ones who are responsible for the vast majority of the snowmobile trails across North America.
In many areas, club members are the people who work with landowners to gain access to the path used for the trail and get insurance coverage for that route. Club members prepare the surface in the off-season, put trail signs in the ground, trim back brush and build and maintain bridges over creeks and through swampy areas. When the snow finally falls, it’s most often club members or people they assign who operate the groomers to meticulously prepare the trail. The clubs also continue other trail maintenance in-season and deal with any problems that arise. When the snow melts, those same club members take down the trail markers, thank the landowners and seek ways to improve the experience.
In other areas where the land is largely state- and/or federally owned, snowmobile clubs still play a vital role. They support the local land agency officials, build shelters, support grooming efforts and much more. It’s a lot of labor, but it truly is a labor of love. And, as the old saying goes, many hands make light work, so the most successful snowmobile clubs have many active members who all do their part.
When legal challenges arise that could result in closure of certain trails or entire trail networks, it’s the work, legal efforts and political clout of the snowmobile clubs and associations that push back against those who want to limit our sport. Even if the land battle or legal fight isn’t in your state, membership in a club most often makes you a member of your statewide snowmobile organization, and that state body most likely belongs to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations in the U.S. or the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations in Canada.
Add all snowmobile club members together, and it equals people power that truly influences public policy – and your right to ride.
If altruistic reasons to join a snowmobile club aren’t good enough, there’s another secret: You quite likely will enjoy being a member.
Becoming an active snowmobile club member means surrounding yourself with like-minded people who share your passion for snowmobiling. Some snowmobile clubs have club rides, host cookouts or barbecues, hold entertaining and informative monthly meetings and participate in other community events.
Better yet, once you’re a member you immediate expand your circle of riders. Do you have a Wednesday off work but nobody to ride with? Put the word out among club members and you can quickly find folks to meet you at the trailhead.
Find A Club Today
Below is a list of 128 snowmobile clubs and eight state associations that are specifically reaching out to you, inviting you to become a member. The cost to join varies but it is typically rather inexpensive, and in some states club membership even includes discounts on everything from the annual trail pass to lodging, food and insurance. Reach out to one of these clubs today to find out more!
And, if none of these clubs are near where you live or ride, find a snowmobile club at snowgoer.com/states-with-snowmobile-clubs, snowmobilers.org or ccso-ccom.ca.
Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs Inc.
Cedarville Snow Travelers
Hampshire White Riders Snowmobile Club
Midway Snobusters on Facebook
Whiteside County Snowbirds
Sterling/Rock Falls 815-499-3720
Whiteside County Snowbirds on Facebook
Tri County Snowmobile Alliance
Winnebago, Lee and Ogle counties
Prairie Drifters Snowmobile Club
Prairie Drifters Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Brooklyn Park 866-214-7669
Douglas Area Trails Association (DATA)
Andover Sno Dragons
Pine Ridge Drifters
Battle Lake 218-731-1286
Pine Ridge Drifters on Facebook
Lake of the Woods Drifters
North Country Snowmobile Club
Northern Lights Trails
Big Lake Sno-Cruisers
Big Lake 763-263-5809
Sno-Barons Snowmobile Club
Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association
Caledonia Sno-Gophers Snowmobile Club
Coon Rapids Sno-Cruisers Inc.
Coon Rapids 763-421-4076
Snow Thrashers of Dalton
Dalton Snow Thrashers on Facebook
Bay Lake Sno Packers
United Lakes & Trail Riders Association (ULTRA)
Detroit Lakes 218-847-6084
Ultra Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Pequaywan Area Trailblazers Inc.
River City Snow Riders
Elk River 763-441-6881
Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club
Blizzard Snowmobile Club
Otter Country Trail Association
Fergus Falls 218-739-3576
Otter Country Trail Association on Facebook
Lengby Fosston Knight Riders Snowmobile Club Inc.
Wells Creek Riders
Wells Creek Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Itasca Drift Skippers
Grand Rapids 218-326-6727
Drift Skippers-Itasca on Facebook
Low Plains Drifters Snowmobile Club
Grant, Wilkin and Traverse/Douglas counties 320-284-2269
Low Plains Drifters on Facebook
Hamel Sno Runners
Hamel Sno-Runners on Facebook
Haypoint Jackpine Snowmobile Club
Hill City 218-259-0677
Haypoint Jackpine Snowmobile Club on Facebook
InternatIonal Voyageurs Snowmobile Club
International Falls 218-240-1230
La Crescent Snowmobile Club
La Crescent 507-895-6363
La Crescent Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Lincoln Lakes Area Snowmobile Club
Lords of London Snowmobile Club
Lords of London Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Loretto SnoBirds on Facebook
Maple Plain Snomads
Maple Plain 952-929-0405
North Branch Sno Drifters
North Branch 763-218-8710
North Branch Sno Drifters on Facebook
Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club
Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Northwest Trails Association
Prairie Snow Drifters
Parkers Prairie 218-338-9813
The Prairie Snowdrifters on Facebook
MN Valley Snow Riders
Redwood Falls 507-828-2280
MN Valley Snow Riders on Facebook
River Valley Trail Blazers
South Tonka Sno-Mobilers
Spring Valley 507-259-4813
Tri County Trailblazers on Facebook
Sno-Ghosts Snowmobile Club
Foxtailers Snowmobile Club
St. Michael/Albertville 612-581-5350
Keweenaw Snowmobile Club
Houghton Lake Trailblazers Snowmobile Club
Houghton Lake 989-366-4838
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds
Benzie Manistee Snowbirds Club on Facebook
Snowmobile & Off Road Vehicle Association of Alger County
North Side Sno-Vets
Northside Sno-Vets on Facebook
Snowdrifters of Hamilton County
Snow Drifters of Hamilton County on Facebook
Great Falls 406-646-9026
Anaconda Snowmobile Club
Anaconda Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Sweet Grass County Recreation Association
Big Timber 406-930-1376
Sweet Grass County Recreation Association on Facebook
Midland Empire Snowgoers
Midland Empire Snowgoers on Facebook
Sled Monkeys Billings, MT on Facebook
Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association
Mining City Trail Riders Inc.
Mining City Trail Riders on Facebook
Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club
Cooke City 406-838-2207
Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Summit Snowgoers Inc.
Cut Bank 406-229-0665
Summit Snowgoers on Facebook
Deer Lodge Snowmobile Club
Deer Lodge 406-491-2776
Deer Lodge Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Beaverhead Sno-Riders on Facebook
Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club Inc.
Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Great Falls Snowmobile Club
Great Falls 406-788-1170
Great Falls Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Helena Snowdrifters on Facebook
Little Belt Snowmobile Club
Little Belt Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Flathead Snowmobile Association
Lincoln County Sno-Kat Club
Lincoln County SnoKat Club on Facebook
Ponderosa Snow Warriors
Ponderosa Snow Warriors on Facebook
Big Sky Snowriders
Big Sky Snowriders on Facebook
Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Association
Seeley Lake Driftriders Inc.
Seeley Lake 406-677-7777
Seeley Lake Driftriders on Facebook
Cabinet Ridge Riders
Trout Creek 406-827-3226
Cabinet Ridge Riders on Facebook
Troy Snowmobile Club
Virginia City 406-581-0628
Vigilante Snowmobile Club on Facebook
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
West Yellowstone 406-646-7701
Big Hole Snowmobile Club
Big Hole Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club of Wise River
Wise River 651-983-4985
Jackpine Savages Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Dakota Trailblazers of Clear Lake & Gary
Clear Lake 507-327-7364
Dakota Trail Blazers on Facebook
Terry Peak Trailblazers
TerryPeak Trailblazers on Facebook
Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Association
Whetsone Valley Snowmobile Association on Facebook
James Valley Drift Skippers
James Valley Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Town & Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club
Town & Country Snowdrifters on Facebook
Black Hills Snowmobile Club
Rapid City 605-391-8602
Black Hills Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Sioux Falls Sno Trackers
Sturgis Sno-Drifters on Facebook
Watertown Snowmobile Club
Watertown South Dakota Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Northern Hills Snow Cruisers
Northwest Glacier Cruisers
Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club
Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Mt. Misery Snow Drifters
Mt Misery Snowdrifters on Facebook
Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club
Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club
De Forest 800-232-4108
Berlin River Riders Inc.
Lakes & Pines Sno-Trails Inc.
Burnett County 715-259-3311
Arnott Area Star Riders
Burnett County Snow Trails Association
Burnett County Snow Trails on Facebook
Cozy Corner Trails Inc.
Cozy Corner Trails Inc. on Facebook
Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club Inc.
Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club/Dorchester Wisconsin on Facebook
Dun-Good Riders Inc.
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club
Eagle River 715-891-2737
Blue Ox Trail Riders Inc.
Rolling Dice Riders of Franklin
Rolling Dice Riders of Franklin Wisconsin on Facebook
Schnee Katzen Snowmobile Club Inc.
Sno-Trails Snowmobile Club
White Thunder Riders
Rome Sno-Bandit Snowmobile Club
Snobirds Snowmobile Club
Menomonee Falls 414-791-9423
Chute Pond Snowmobile Club
Drifters Snowmobile Club Inc.
Omro Driftbusters Snowmobile Club
Omro Driftbusters Snowmobile Club on Facebook
N.E.W. Low Buck Vintage Riders Inc.
Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club
Polonia Sno-Bo’s Snowmobile Club
Polonia Sno-Bo’s Snowmobile Club on Facebook
Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club
Twin Runners Snowmobile Club
Bear Point Sno-Cruisers
Poyganaire’s Snowmobile Club
Poyganaire’s Snowmobile Club on Facebook