36 Snowmobile VERMONT Magazine Easy access to the abundant trail network starts at the parking area at the end of Railroad Street in Johnson. Unloading from this point provides instant access to the newly renovated Lamoille Valley Rail Trail system which is now a four season destination use area. Winding through this scenic area which is part of the northernmost break in the long spine of the Green Mountain Range offers and highlights the many great varied riding opportunities. This terrain includes cruising the wide and smooth sections of the newly renovated Rail Trail system that extends both east to St. Johnsbury and west to Swanton. At several points along the way you can access clearly signed and marked trails that travel through the towns of Morrisville Stowe Jeffersonville and Cambridge to name just a few. Food fuel and hospitality are available in most of these towns as well as local attractions. Johnson is home to Johnson State College as well as a few restaurants and small by eorge haleff Located in heart of Lamoille County just east of Smugglers Notch and just north of the village of Stowe lies the town of Johnson. This geographic area of the VAST trail system has been maintained under the careful and often hard working group of volunteers known as the Sterling Snow Riders Snowmobile Club. The club was founded in 1968 by Perley Herman Ed Dolan and June Wescom and has been in operation ever since. The Sterling Snow Riders provide 45 miles of groomed trails for the fortunate snowmobiler to enjoy. Often regarded as some of the best trail riding in the area by many local and distant sledders Sterling Snow Riders believe in a top notch trail experience and go to extensive means to accomplish their goal. Last years ice storms left numerous down and damaged trees strewn in many parts of this region leaving much of the trail system closed for weeks. The Sterling Club had their trails operational in just days. Sterling Snow Riders dont boast the highest amount of volunteers in the VAST organization to the contrary this small club has the ability to leverage the most out of just a handful of members. In recent years with diminishing club members statewide it has made it necessary to accomplish more with less. That doesnt necessarily mean that Sterling Snow Riders would turn down the opportunity for more volunteers they would welcome it. Johnsons Sterling Snow RidersClub member George Chaleff takes us on a detailed wild ride on their trails FEATURED CLUB Author George Chaleff far left in the orange jacket and other members of the Sterling Snow Riders warm up by the fire pit at their poker ride last lear.