Lunenburg Polar Bears - History

The first meeting of the newly-formed snowmachine club was held on October 16, 1966 at the Lunenburg Town Hall in Essex County. Among the 20 members present, ‘Scrub’ Benoit made a motion to call the organization the Lunenburg Polar Bears. The concept was an instant hit and group events were scheduled.


It was agreed each member would pay $1 to be a member of the Lunenburg Polar Bears (LPB), plus another $1 which went to VAST. On December 2, 1971 the LPB ordered patches that included a logo. Two weeks later, the Club began investigating ways to make the trails smoother. So Bob Desmarais suggested trying a ‘drag’ that he was making himself.


In February 1972, ninety-two members started receiving the VAST Newsletter and decals. Months later, the first LPB delegates attended the VAST Annual Meeting. In April of 1973, the Club was incorporated.  At the January VAST Directors Meeting it was determined trail signs were affordable.


On November 6, 1975 the Club began raising money to purchase snow machines and drags that could groom the trails.  By the end of the season, 40 miles of Club trails extended from Copps Store at Victory Road through Lunenburg into Guildhall.  Individual permission slips from St Regis Paper & VELCO were needed to ride trails further north.  In addition, the LPB Board of Directors authorized the 1978 purchase of a clubhouse on Dance Hall Road for $5,000.


Amongst years of continued success and trail expansion, the LPB accepted an award from VAST in 1992 for the 'Pipeline Project.'  With the help of funding from the LPB & VAST, the Lancaster New Hampshire Bridge was modified so more trailside services were accessible by snowmobile.  Numerous grooming machines were acquired including Bombardier, Yamaha and Ski Doo. 

Currently the club operates a 2010 Pisten Bully 400. Polaris Ranger 900, 2002 Skandic 500, 2005 Skandic 550, and a 2021 CMOTO UTV and Class 3 drag.  Implements include a Mogul Master drag with brush bar and constructed Class 4 drags for our variable-width trails.  In 2020 a Swisher Trail Cutter was added.  In 2018 we built a large Rock Solid shelter on Pond Hill Road and added a Shelter Logic on Baptist Hill Road.



Today the club is responsible for over seventy miles of trails (click TRAILS tab above).   Club leadership includes four Officers and three Directors.  Meetings are typically held September - April and announced on our website.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest information and pictures.  Our YouTube channel features movies of events and trails.  We continue to sustain its relationships with the community and landowners.  We are looking forward to involving our members in various activities for the 2022-23 season.



Congratulations to the club and its members for the following accomplishments including 2017 VAST Horizon Award recipient Mike Mutascio; 2018 VAST Scholarship recipient Alex Desjardin; in 2018 the club was featured by Vermont Tourism highlighting 'VAST Volunteers'; 2019 VAST Groomer of the Year Award recipient Dana Nason; 2020 VAST Junior Snowmobiler Award recipient Adam Minior; 2022 VAST Ambition Award recipient Mike Minior; 2022 VAST Snowmobile Club of the Year, and 2023 Jeff Miller Ambition Award recipient! 

Moving forward, members continue to maintain the Club's unique trail system and support its mission.  We encourage members to be involved!  Share your ideas and talents!.

Welcome to Polar Bear Country!