b'Executive Director s MessageBy VAST Executive Director Cindy Locke Welcome to snowmobiling in Vermont! What awaits you here is an incredible trail network of adventure! Vermont is the only state in the Northeast that has true statewide snowmobiling from north to south, east to west. We are also blessed to have a large mountain range called the Green Mountains that runs right down the middle of our beautiful state. Our trail system has more than 4,700 miles of trails made up of challenging mountains, beautiful farmland, and some wide roads where vehicular traffic is restricted to snowmobiles only in winter.In normal times and no matter where you ride in Vermont, you can find a gas station to gas up, a restaurant to eat lunch, and a place to lay your head, all with trail access. Some trails run through federal land, however, where the rule is pack it in, pack it out!(Craig Warner photo)(This year, because of some Covid restrictions on restaurants, lodging, and other retail establishments, packsport. We dont forget about those it in, pack it out is probably goodwho travel to Vermont to recreate andFREEwEEkEnd ! advice for all.) This Guide lists all thevacation or who own second homes businesses by category and countyhere. And, of course, we cannot forgetT ryV ermonTS nowmobiling !that exist along our trail system. Theseabout our landowners. We wouldnt businesses were not charged to behave a 4,700-mile trail system withoutF ree weekend iSincluded in the Guide unless theythe landowners and the clubs that bought a display ad in addition to themaintain and groom our network.Feb. 5, 6 & 7free listing. The best part is, as you willI often hear from folks who do not see, that each business also has a trailsnowmobile but use the VAST trail location associated with it. We wantedsystem to snowshoe or cross-countryn oVAST TmATrAil pASS neededto make it easy for you to find yourski where allowed. Many have told me r equiremenTS :VAlid regiSTrATion inway around Vermont, so come for athey join VAST every year to support visit and add us to your winter go-tosnowmobiling in Vermont just becauseAny STATe or proVince & liAbiliTy destinations! they enjoy and appreciate our trailinSurAnce on your Sled .Why is Vermont known as a greatsystem. ( SAFeTy courSe AlSo required iF born AFTer july 1, 1983 )snowmobile destination? We prideEighty percent of the VAST trail system ourselves on having the best signedis made up of private lands (more than trails that coincide with our maps. We9,000 landowners), with the remainingsystem, in the form of grooming, have waterproof paper maps plus a20 percent on state or federal lands.trail construction, trail maintenance, free map app with GPS tracking forAs a way of encouraging privatepolicing, etc. In fact, 44 percent is for your phone. Even if your GPS is notlandowners to allow VAST trails ongrooming alone. If you ride in other working, you can find your locationtheir property, Vermont enacted twostates and compare them to Vermont, because all of our junctions arestatutes in the 1970s that protect thoseyou can tell that we spend a lot of time, numbered. Just go to your smartphonelandowners from any liability if theyeffort, and money making sure our app store and type in VAST MAP.allow public or trail use at no charge.trails are in excellent condition and VAST has proven its commitment toIn addition to that protection, VASTvery well signed. providing a snowmobile experiencespends over $130,000 on liabilityI hope you come to Vermont to have that is second to none. We have a largeinsurance annually to protect thea wonderful and safe snowmobile number of volunteers at the membertrails, those who ride on them, andadventure in the Green Mountain and club level, as well as a board ofvolunteers who work on them. State!directors whose members dedicate aNearly eighty percent of VASTsSee you on the trails! lot of time to the association and thisincome goes toward our trail 2 |Vermont Association of Snow Travelers'