If you're new to Snowmobile riding, you should try to find a club in
your area. You will want to become familiar with the right way to
snowmobile , including trail etiquette and safety.
Organized club rides give you an opportunity to improve your snowmobiling skills.
might learn about some new trails that you didn't know existed, and you
might even have access to some you wouldn't have been able to gain
entry to on your own. Club membership opens many doors for snowmobiling.
So you'll have others to go with.
should never venture out into the backcountry by yourself. When you are
part of a club, it's easy to find someone who wants to go out and ride.
We can accomplish more together than alone.
clubs are active in their communities, and almost all clubs are helping
to fight road closures as well. Club activities help to improve the
image of snowmobiles, which benefits our sport overall.
decided that you do, in fact, want to join a club, the next question
becomes, "Which one?" To determine if a club is "right" for you, make
note of the following characteristics:
Size of Club - The size
of a club makes a difference. Larger clubs tend to be a bit more
organized, have more activities, and have a solid network for
contacting fellow members.
Age of Members - Age of club
members makes a difference. You will find everything from
twenty-somethings to retirees who are members of clubs. The point is,
you will probably feel most comfortable in a club with lots of members
around your age range. Younger clubs tend to travel the more difficult
trails. Older clubs tend to travel farther from home and participate in
more overnight activities.
Level of Participation - It is
important that you ask about the amount of participation that is
"required" by the club before you join. Some clubs make it a
requirement that members attend a certain number of meetings and/or a
certain number of activities each month, we do not but we encourage it.
The plus-side to this is that such clubs tend to have a very tight
network of members and camaraderie like this is hard to find.
& Events- You will also want to know what types of trips the club
typically plans. Do they participate in frequent overnight activities?
Lots of day trips to nearby cities? Out-of-state events?
Involvement- Ask how much community service and trail maintenance they
sponsor in the area. For example, a number of clubs hold fundraising
events in support of a local charity. And the most reputable clubs
proudly participate in trail maintenance programs and support local
Philosophies- Finally, the most (though
not all) reputable clubs tend to belong to their state's snowmobile
association. Membership in these organizations means that they
subscribe to the basic philosophies associated with the tread-lightly
program, in addition to a number of other safety and environmental
matters that help to promote snowmobiling as a safe and meaningful
In sum, organized snowmobile clubs gives you an
opportunity to fine-tune your riding skills in a safer environment
while providing you with an opportunity to meet other people with
similar interests as yourself.