Early Winter 2015 19 Again a huge amount of gratitude goes out to the volunteers who work with the landowners fill out the paperwork obtain the estimates and help to ensure the projects get completed. All of us who ride also owe a great amount of gratitude to the landowners who allow this all to take place on their property. If you see one of your neighbors at the local store who hosts a VAST trail on their land take a moment to thank them please. This is a small gesture that will go a long way. Last but not least we owe thanks to all of the contractors who walk their excavators for three miles through the woods for minimal pay donate their trucks services and time all for the sake of keeping the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System together for another year. Now that the trails are pretty well set for the season our thoughts are quickly turning to grooming and snow removal for the 32 VAST designated parking areas throughout the state. Grooming contracts were sent out to 113 clubs and grooming contractors the first week in November and the plowed parking area contracts were sent out a couple of weeks before that. We pay approximately 20000 annually to keep the parking areas cleaned out and anywhere from 1.4 to 1.8 million dollars for grooming of the trail system. A very large percentage of the TMA dollars go into the grooming program. In order to let the membership know about all of the grooming and other great things going on within the clubs and VAST we will have a new website launched for the season. We are expecting the website to be launched sometime in mid- December. Clubs will have access to our website where they can create their own club pages. There will also be some new options for trail conditions as well. It may take a little time to get all of these new features up and running but we are excited about the potential they have and how beneficial all of this information at your fingertips will be. The next few weeks will be the final countdown and the 128 VAST clubs and our trail system will be ready for Dec. 16. Lets hope that Mother Nature is ready as well and will provide us with some quality riding and a lengthy season like we experienced statewide last season. Wishing you all a happy holiday season and great times and memories made with friends and family out on the trail this winter. I hope to see some of you out there Trails Report Jeff Fay VAST Vice President and Ken Gammell Caledonia County Director fix signs last year in the Lyndon SnoCruisers trail network.