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Top 10 Reasons To Join A Snowmobile Club

Snow Goer staff
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Join a snowmobile club today.

YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD IT BEFORE: Snowmobile clubs are the reason that snowmobile trails exists. You probably also know that the people in the clubs and grassroots networks are most often the ones who work on varying levels to protect trails and public lands, and your right to ride. Clubs are also a great social outlet for like-minded people.

Yes, most snowmobilers know all of that. But most snowmobilers don’t actually belong to a snowmobile club. There are all sorts of potential excuses — maybe you don’t know where to find your local club, or maybe you’re an introvert and/or intimidated at some level. Maybe you just consider yourself a non-joiner, or maybe you have a preconceived notion of what belonging to a snowmobile club means.

Chances are, however, that if you don’t belong to a snowmobile club, you probably just haven’t gotten around to joining one. Well don’t lump this in with dentist appointments, fixing a dripping laundry room faucet, creating a will and other tasks you regularly put off – snowmobiling needs you! Quit being a freeloader and join a club this fall – either by contacting one of the clubs over the next three pages that are reaching out to you, or by finding a club in your riding area.

To describe the benefits of joining a snowmobile club, we turn to a widely circulated column from the now-defunct Snowmobile Magazine, describing the Top 10 Reasons To Join A Snowmobile Club. The list was compiled 20 years ago but it all still holds true today:

10. Snowmobile clubs gain land access to create snowmobile trails. Without the clubs securing land leases and paying insurance costs, no trails would cross private property, and that means the sport as we know it would not exist. All this takes time, effort and money.

9. Snowmobile clubs clear and create trails. After the land access is received, somebody has to clear away the brush, cut down interfering limbs, haul out trash and smooth the base of the trail. Club members also must build bridges over creeks, rivers and low spots, and that takes a lot of work and a lot of money. This is all done by volunteers who truly love the sport. Without these hidden heroes, the trails would not get cleared, bridges would not get built and most trails would disappear.

8. In most areas, snowmobile club members groom the trails, or hire the people who do. Sometimes these groomer operators get a token fee for their hard work, but the dollar-per-hour rate is menial at best. Again, these are more of the hidden heroes who spend their time in a slow-moving groomer, tending to the trails. Remember, if you are not a club member you have no right to complain about trail conditions.

7. While we’re talking trails, who do you think puts up all the stop signs, the directional arrows and the signs that tell you the distance to the next gas station or restaurant? If you said “the snowmobile clubs,” give yourself 10 points and keep reading.

6. When funding is needed to pay for groomers, insurance or trails development, do you know where that money comes from? Sure, the $15 or $20 people spend to join a snowmobile club helps, but in many states money also comes from snowmobile registrations and gas tax rebates. Why does our sport get this money from the state? Because our sport is organized. If the state snowmobiling association can talk about its 25,000 members, for example, and those members call their local lawmakers and ask for support, the funding has a much better chance of getting approval. Furthermore, it is the snowmobile clubs and state associations that fight the battles to open public lands to snowmobilers, and there is strength in numbers. Become one of those numbers.

5. With some clubs and associations, membership brings financial benefits. There are often discounts at sponsoring businesses, breaks on lodging and sometimes cheaper registration or trail permits from the state.

4. Belonging to a club makes for better, safer snowmobiling. Historically, surveys and accident statistics have shown that snowmobile club members have a much lower accident rate than non-club members. Why? Because club members tend to be conscientious, they tend to stress safety and they are aware of safe-riding issues.

3. Belonging to a snowmobile club provides a great social outlet for your favorite hobby. You can attend club rides or trips, go to club meetings, take part in club fundraisers or partake in off-season fun. Belonging to a club gives you a good opportunity to ride with different people, experience different areas and hang out with people who have similar interests.

2. Belonging to a snowmobile club makes you a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem. If you think the snowmobile trails should be groomed more often, that a certain trail should be rerouted or if you consider some section on the trail poorly marked, get involved. Most snowmobile clubs seek fresh opinions and want more feedback.

1. And the No. 1 reason to join a snowmobile club: It’s just the right thing to do. For all the reasons listed above and many more you should belong to a snowmobile club. The costs are minimal, the benefits are great and it is your responsibility to support the sport. It’s cheap, it’s simple and it’s right.

Now, here is a list of snowmobile clubs that are specifically reaching out to you, seeking your membership. Scan the list, find one in your area and reach out to them — you won’t be sorry. 

 

COLORADO

S&W ADVENTURE RIDERS

GOLDEN/DENVER

303-324-7185

Email: jrwelch@frii.com

swadventureriders.org

 

IOWA

IOWA STATE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

Email: issa1257@yahoo.com

Iowasnowmobiler.com

 

ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF SNOWMOBILE CLUBS, INC.

MARSEILLES

815-795-2021

Email: bpfile95@gmail.com

ilsnowmobile.com

 

TRI COUNTY SNOWMOBILE ALLIANCE

BYRON

815-995-5952

Email: tcsnowmobile@gmail.com

tcsnowmobile.com

 

CEDARVILLE SNOW TRAVELERS

CEDARVILLE

815-541-8778

Email: bpfile95@gmail.com

cedarvillesnowtravelers.com

 

HAMPSHIRE WHITE RIDERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

HAMPSHIRE

847-683-0140

Email: duey683@msn.com

hampshirewhiteriders.com

 

CORNBELT DRIFTBUSTERS

ORION

309-786-3656

Email: danlong@longscarpet.net

 

MIDWAY SNO-BUSTERS

PECATONICA

Email: midwaysnobusters@gmail.com

Midway Sno-Busters on Facebook

 

RUSTY RUNNERS

PLAINFIELD

270-792-8625

Email: dhunt2L600@hotmail.com

Rustyrunners.com

 

WHITESIDE COUNTY SNOW BIRDS

STERLING

309-738-3894

Email: hanrahantravis@gmail.com

Whiteside County Snow Birds on Facebook

 

EVERGREEN SNOWMOBILE CLUB

TINLEY PARK

815-249-5342

Email: thumpr161@aol.com

egsclub.com

 

MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA UNITED SNOWMOBILERS ASSOCIATION

BROOKLYN PARK

866-214 -7669

Email: mnusaoffice@popp.net

mnsnowmobiler.org

 

DOUGLAS AREA TRAILS ASSOCIATION

ALEXANDRIA

320-834-2033

Email: data@gctel.com

douglasareatrails.com

 

ANDOVER SNO DRAGONS

ANDOVER

763-862-2346

Email: andoversnodragons@gmail.com

snodragons.com

 

BAXTER SNOWMOBILE CLUB

BAXTER

320-232-8445

Email: bjensen9660@charter.net

Baxter Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

CROW WING COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS ASSOCIATION

BRAINERD

218-330-7380

markekavanaugh@gmail.com

brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com

 

BYRON SNOW BEARS

BYRON

817-683-5563

Email: mnusarep@byronsnowbears.com

byronsnowbears.com

 

BAY LAKE SNO PACKERS

DEERWOOD

218-678-2051

Email: baylake.snopackers@gmail.com

 

RIVER CITY SNOW RIDERS

ELK RIVER

763-441-6881

Email: rivercitysnowriders@usfamily.net

rivercitysnowriders.org

 

ELY IGLOO SNOWMOBILE CLUB

ELY

218-365-6264

elyigloo.com

 

BLIZZARD SNOWMOBILE CLUB

FAIRMONT

507-238-2190

Email: blizzardsnowmobileclub@yahoo.com

myblizzardclub.com

 

FARIBO SNO-GO CLUB

FARIBAULT

507-838-1646

Email: shepherd@fmwildblue.com

sno-go.org

 

WELLS CREEK RIDERS

FRONTENAC

651-380-5655

Email: rschafer@embarqmail.com

Wells Creek Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

HAMEL SNO RUNNERS

HAMEL

763-400-6660

Email: jerdee4@yahoo.com

Hamel Sno-Runners on Facebook

 

NORTHWEST TRAILS ASSOCIATION

HENNEPIN COUNTY

952-882-6770

Email: nwtrails@nwtrails.net

nwtrails.net

 

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

651-900-3540

Inver Grove Heights Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

LESUEUR COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS ASSOCIATION

LE CENTER

lesueursnowtrails.org

 

CLEARWATER TRAIL BLAZERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB, INC.

LEONARD

218-694-2150

Email: skd@gvtel.com

Clearwater Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

LINCOLN LAKES AREA SNOWMOBILE CLUB

LINCOLN/MOTLEY

llasc.org

 

LONGVILLE LAKES AREA SNOWMOBILE CLUB

LONGVILLE

218-566-4755

longville.com

 

LONSDALE SNOWIZARDS, INC.

LONSDALE

507-339-4645

Email: onsdalesnowizards@hotmail.com

Lonsdale Snowizards Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

LORETTO SNO-BIRDS

LORETTO

612-590-2020

Loretto SnoBirds on Facebook

 

MAPLE PLAIN SNOMADS

MAPLE PLAIN

Email: snow@mpsnomads.com

mpsnomads.com

 

CARVER COUNTY SNOWRUNNERS

MAYER

612-483-5638

Email: ccsnowrunners@yahoo.com

Carver County Snowrunners on Facebook

 

CROW RIVER SNO PROS

MCLEOD COUNTY

320-327-2380

Email: crowriversnopros@crowriversnopros.com

crowriversnopros.org

 

E.C. RIDERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

MORA

877-208-5105

ecridersclub@hotmail.com

eastcentralriders.com

 

WATERFORD WARRIORS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

NORTHFIELD

507-649-1674

Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

PRAIRIE SNOW DRIFTERS

PARKERS PRAIRIE

320-766-6426

Email: napa@midwestinfo.net

 

PRIOR LAKE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

PRIOR LAKE

612-581-6627

Email: priorlakesnow@gmail.com

plsnowmobile.shutterfly.com

 

RIVER VALLEY TRAIL BLAZERS

SHAKOPEE

952-445-3169

Email: threegamesandy@aol.com

rvtb.org

 

SOUTH TONKA SNO-MOBILERS

SHOREWOOD

952-484-1424

Email: wapeterson1@hotmail.com

sites.google.com/site/southtonkasnowmobileclub

 

TRI-COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS

SPRING VALLEY

507-259-4813

Email: tri-countytrailblazers@hotmail.com

Tri County Trailblazers on Facebook

 

FOXTAILERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

ST. MICHAEL

612-581-5350

anthonymorain@yahoo.com

Foxtailers Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

NORTHERN PINE RIDERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

WILLOW RIVER

218-372-4077

Email: weskemichael@gmail.com

northernpineriders.com

 

NEBRASKA

NEBRASKA STATE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

402-269-2118

Email: stan@stutheitimpl.com

Nebraska State Snowmobile Association on Facebook

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

SOUTH DAKOTA SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

GARY

605-272-5900

Email: sdsa@itctel.com

snowmobilesd.com

 

ABERDEEN DRIFTBUSTERS

ABERDEEN

aberdeendriftbusters.com

 

POINSETT POUNDERS

BADGER

605-203-1594

sites.google.com/site/poinsettpounders/

 

DAKOTA TRAILBLAZERS OF CLEAR LAKE & GARY

CLEAR LAKE

507-327-7364

Dakota Trail Blazers on Facebook

 

TOWN & COUNTRY SNOWDRIFTERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

KINGSBURY COUNTY

605-651-3461

Email: terickson1213@gmail.com

Town & Country Snow Drifters on Facebook

 

WHETSTONE VALLEY SNOWMOBILE ASSN.

MILBANK

Email: wvsnowclub@gmail.com

Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Association on Facebook

 

BLACK HILLS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

RAPID CITY

605-391-8602

Black Hills Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

SIOUX FALLS SNO TRACKERS

SIOUX FALLS

sfsnotrackers.com

 

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON STATE SNOWMOBILE ASSOC

800-783-9772

Email: jim.kingman@wssa.us

wssa.us

 

WISCONSIN

AWSC-ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN SNOWMOBILE CLUBS

DE FOREST

608-846-5530

Email: awsc@awsc.org

awsc.org

 

ASSN OF WI SNOWMOBILE CLUBS – KIDS AND ADULTS ON SNOW (KAOS)

Email: awsckaos@gmail.com

Kids and Adults on Snowmobiles – KOAS on Facebook

 

APPLE CREEK SNOW RYDERS

APPLETON

Email: applecreek.snowryders@gmail.com

applecreeksnowryders.com

 

CROSS COUNTRY CRUISERS

ARBOR VITAE

715-358-3772

Email: challenger1948@gmail.com

snowmobilewi.com

 

CAMBRIA MOONLIGHTERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

CAMBRIA

920-210-1327

Cambria Moonlighters Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

BURNETT COUNTY SNOW TRAILS ASSOCIATION

DANBURY

715-656-3855

Email: suesmed@gmail.com

Burnett County Snow Trails Association on Facebook

 

COZY CORNER TRAILS, INC.

DANBURY

715-656-3855

Email: suesmed@gmail.com

Cozy Corners Trails, Inc. on Facebook

 

ROLLING DICE RIDERS OF FRANKLIN

FRANKLIN

Email: franklinrollingdiceriders@yahoo.com

rollingdiceriders.weebly.com

 

SNO-TRAILS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

HAYWARD

715-865-2482

Email: snotrailssc@gmail.com

sno-trailssnowmobileclub.com

 

PRAIRIE RIDERS OF KENOSHA

KENOSHA

847-456-1778

Email: prtreas@yahoo.com

prairieriders.net

 

CASTLE ROCK RIVER RUNNERS

NEW LISBON

608-847-5801

Castle Rock River Runners on Facebook

 

NORTH LAKE NOMADS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

NORTH LAKE

262-673-4120

northlakenomads.com

 

ORFORDVILLE COUNTRY RIDERS

ORFORDVILLE

608-207-0065

Orfordville Country Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

 

SNOW RUNNERS LTD SNOWMOBILE CLUB

PORT WASHINGTON

414-828-5265

Email: snowrunners@gmail.com

snowrunnersltd.net

 

ROME SNO-BANDITS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

ROME

715-325-6711

Email: romesnobandits@gmail.com

romesnobandits.com

 

SUSSEX SLED BUGS SNOWMOBILE CLUB, INC.

SUSSEX

sussexsledbugs.org

 

BEAR POINT SNO-CRUISERS

WAUSAUKEE

920-494-3052

bearpointsno-cruisers.org

 

 

About John Prusak

Editor/Publisher of Snow Goer, previously also of Snow Week and Snowmobiling, and a snowmobiling and snowmobile racing fanatic.

One comment

  1. We need the list of Montana Clubs! You can contact the Montana Snowmobile Association (MSA) for the list. But I can tell you every club wants to get on this list!

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