The Season Has Begun, BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT That Does Not Mean Trails Are Open JUST YET !!!!
Southern and Central Vermont is receiving some significant snow out of the current storm today. Snowfall totals are ranging from 12" to 24"+ south of Rutland, with much lower amounts expected the further north you go. The Canadian Border may see only a dusting if anything at all. Clubs in the southern part of the state are preparing their grooming fleet in the event there is enough snow to open up the trails.
The first pass through with the grooming equipment is a slow process and will take a few days to complete if all goes well. This is a very powdery snow with not a lot of moister in it so will be hard to pack into a base. Blow downs will need to be cleared and gates will need to be opened in some areas. Some clubs have opened gates and removed blowdowns but the job is never done until the groomer passes through the entire system.
With this information in mind, we do not expect trails to be open for riding until Saturday at the earliest. Before this storm hit the ground was bare and fluffy snow on top of bare ground will not be enough to warrant grooming. The ground is barely frozen and there is water still running in some areas. Additional cold weather and snow will be necessary before trails will improve.
We encourage everyone to check the VAST website at www.vtvast.org clicking on TRAILS once you arrive on the page. The Trail Map and Conditions will tell the tale. Clubs will update the trail conditions to open as they see fit noting that at best early season riding conditions will exist. Our entire class 1,2,3 grooming fleet will be sporting GPS tracking units, which will provide you with the most up to date information on which trails have been groomed by viewing the interactive map. Be sure to select the "Grooming" box to the left of the map.
The VAST trail system is open for riding for those coming from out of state if protocols are followed. We ask that you please read here about what the COVID-19 pandemic means for snowmobiling in VT this coming winter.
Check the map and check back for updates as trails slowly open up. Use caution and watch for various hazards in the trail. Best case scenario we will have very early season conditions. Worst case we remain closed awaiting more snow in certain regions. Do not ride unless you see the trail marked as open on the VAST map and you see that the groomer has passed over it!
You can also check with your local clubs on their social media pages for additional information.
Have your Registration, TMA and Insurance paperwork handy and stickers on the left-hand side of your sled.