Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Early Winter 2016 | 3 Early Winter 2016 VAST MILITARY APPRECIATION RIDE VAST, in cooperation with the Morrisville Vermont National Guard, is sponsoring the 2017 Military Appreciation Ride to be held Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oxbow Park in Morrisville on the LVRT. Activities: • Warming tent provided by the National Guard • Food and commercial vendors • Program to be announced This statewide event honors our serving military, our veterans and Vermont’s military families. Reserve the date and plan to ride in and support our military community. This event will celebrate the long-standing mutual relationship between the snowmobile and military communities. As a destination event, Oxbow Park is the ideal opportunity for a rewarding club ride. For more information, contact Bob Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org. ONLINE TMAS The VAST online TMA program is working and successful. As of mid- December we have sold nearly 400 trail passes online. The system is easy for members to use. All you need to do is go to the VAST website and click “Buy TMAs Online” or go to the “Ride in Vermont” page. If you are a current VAST member from either the 2015 or 2016 season, you should be able to find yourself using your first name initial, full last name, birth year and zip code all in one word. For example, if you are John Doe and were born in 1963 and live in Barre, Vt., your login would be: jdoe196305641. The system is set up so that full- season TMAs are sold with an additional $35, of which $5 is held by VAST for processing and $30 is sent directly to your club for dues. Other than that, the TMA rates are the same whether you buy from your club or through the new online TMA system at www.vtvast.org. Some have asked why the club dues are more online than if they go directly through a vendor or a club. That may or may not be true depending on what club you are in. The highest combined club and county dues in the state is $35 this year. We thought it would be best to just go with the club that charges the highest dues and send that to every club. Each club would then send on their county dues to the county. This way, clubs with higher dues are not losing revenue if their members buy a TMA online. So far, about half of the TMAs sold are from folks with sleds registered in Vermont and half of those also live or have residence here. This system was not put into place to do away with the traditional ways of buying and selling TMAs. We simply want to offer this option for those that want the convenience of buying online.