Find Your Niche In A Snowmobile Club

by Chandler
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Many of the “first generation” of inventors, engineers and designers who created the sport of snowmobiling have been leaving this earth in recent years. It’s not surprising, considering that snowmobiling really took root in the 1960s and ’70s – age eventually catches up to everybody. But it’s heartbreaking, nonetheless.

Fortunately, the torch has been passed to a new generation of engineers and designers who keep the technology in the machines moving forward.

The situation is eerily similar on the grassroots side of our beloved sport. Many of the most active, dedicated people in snowmobile clubs and associations have more than their fair share of laps around the sun. In a recent discussion with a club member about a snowmobile bridge re-decking project, we were told the youngest person working on the task was 72 – the youngest person.

The burning questions are these: Where is the next generation of club members and volunteers? Who will make sure our network of trails and riding areas continues to be managed? Who will handle signage, trail maintenance and grooming efforts? Who will be involved in ensuring funding, engaging landowners or doing community outreach? Who will orchestrate awesome club rides?

Perhaps it’s time to set down the magazine for a second and take a look in the mirror.

We know it can sometimes be intimidating to enter a meeting where everyone seemingly knows everybody else, and nobody knows you. But virtually every club is seeking new members of all ages, and even more need active members who can help take the helm of various tasks. Some projects are physical, others are more mental and a few are more social.

For some of us, the physical work can actually be quite fun. Spending an autumn Saturday as a part of a team that puts in trail signs, cuts away overgrown limbs or otherwise preps the trail surface can be quite rewarding. There’s a certain camaraderie that is formed, and truth in the phrase “Many hands make light work.” Many clubs also need people with mechanical capabilities who can help build a bridge over a creek or maintain grooming equipment.

Clubs also have administrative tasks that need to be handled. Whether it’s updating the club roster, reaching out to local businesses for support, working with governmental bodies or overseeing grant applications to help fund a new groomer, idle evening hours can be spent contributing to the cause of snowmobiling rather than watching another episode of American Idol or Yellowstone.

There are also leadership roles within clubs. They need board members and officers – folks who manage the budget, interact with the state association and guide the club’s overall direction. They also need leaders to be a trail boss/trail captain for sections of trail, plan and execute youth safety training classes, establish grooming schedules and handle potential landowner disputes as they occur.

If you’re more inclined toward social engagement, there are plenty of opportunities for you as well. You could help plan the landowners’ thank you dinner or the club’s appearance in the local town festival’s parade. You could assist in the execution of the trailside hot dog feed, or in organizing the annual club ride. If communications is your specialty, many clubs would greatly appreciate having  someone to manage or contribute to their social media, web site or newsletter.

It doesn’t matter if you have two hours to share or 20, or if you prefer to lead or follow. There’s a role for you in grassroots snowmobiling.

The clubs listed on the next two pages are specifically reaching out to you, seeking your membership and support, through advertising support of this program. But if you reside elsewhere in North America, those sponsoring organizations would also be very happy if you joined a club in areas where you ride. Joining is the first important step, but becoming an active member is the ultimate way to support the sport we all love.

S&W Adventure Riders
Golden, CO
303-324-7185
j4442welch@comcast.net
Swadventureriders.org

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
Brooklyn Park, MN
763-577-0185
office@mnusa.com
mnsnowmobiler.org 

Belle Plaine Borough Riders
Belle Plaine, MN
952-875-4320
boroughriders@gmail.com
Belle Plaine Borough Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Clearwater Trail Blazers 
Leonard, MN
218-368-3115
clearwatertrailblazers2023@gmail.com
Clearwater Trail Blazers on Facebook

Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association   
Brainerd, MN
218-330-7380
cwcsta@gmail.com
Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association on Facebook

Faribo Sno-Go Club Inc.  
Faribault, MN
507-838-2693
alexlmanz@gmail.com
Faribo Sno-Go Club on Facebook

Fertile-Beltrami Sandhill Snowcruisers
Fertile, MN
218-280-9003
fbsandhillsnowcruisers@gmail.com
Sandhill Snowcruisers on Facebook

Foxtailers Snowmobile Club   
St. Michael, MN
612-501-5811
foxtailers.com  

Hamel Sno Runners     
Hamel, MN
612-516-5014
hamelsnorunners@gmail.com
Hamel Sno-Runners on Facebook

Maple Plain Snomads  
Maple Plain, MN
mapleplainsnomads@gmail.com
mpsnomads.com

North Country Snowmobile Club
Bemidji, MN
218-755-9391
ncsclub@paulbunyan.com
ncsclub.org

North West Trails Association
Hennepin County, MN
952-882-6770
nwtrails@nwtrails.net
nwtrails.net

Prior Lake Snowmobile Association
Prior Lake, MN
612-328-8585
priorlakesnow@gmail.com
priorlakesnow.com 

Rice Creek Trail Association   
Circle Pines, MN
763-786-9672
michelle@mainstmarketers.com
ricecreektrail.com
Rice Creek Snowmobile Trail Association on Facebook

River Valley Trailblazers Inc.
Shakopee, MN
rivervalleytrailblazers@gmail.com
RVTB.org

Rockford Ridge Riders     
Rockford, MN
612-275-6339
pmzup@aol.com
Rockford Ridge Riders on Facebook

Savage Sno-Pacers  
Savage, MN
612-567-6691
snopacers@gmail.com
snopacers.com

Snow Thrashers of Dalton
Dalton, MN
218-731-8463
Dalton Snow Thrashers on Facebook

South Tonka Sno-Mobilers   
Shorewood, MN
952-484-1424
wapeterson1@hotmail.com

United Lakes & Trail Riders Assn (ULTRA)  
Detroit Lakes, MN
ultrasnowmobile@gmail.com
ultradl.org   

South Dakota

South Dakota Snowmobile Association
Gary, SD
605-272-5900
sdsa@itctel.com
snowmobilesd.com 

Aberdeen Driftbusters
Aberdeen, SD
605-228-4143
aberdeendriftbusters.com

Black Hills Snowmobile Club      
Rapid City, SD
605-381-6594
bhsnowmobileclub@hotmail.com
Black Hills Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club 
Brookings, SD
www.dakotadrifters.org
Dakota Drifters Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Dakota Trailblazers      
Clear Lake, SD
Dakota Trail Blazers on Facebook

James Valley Drift Skippers 
Mitchell, SD
James Valley Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Poinsett Pounders
Lake Poinsett, SD
605-956-3004
poinsettpounders@gmail.com
Poinsett Pounders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Siouxland SnoTrackers Snowmobile Club
Sioux Falls, SD
605-310-8437
sfsnotrackers.com 

Town & Country Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club  
Willow Lake, SD
Town & Country Snowdrifters on Facebook

Whetstone Valley Snowmobile Association   
Milbank, SD
wvsnowclub@gmail.com
wvsnowclub.com 

Wisconsin

AWSC-Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs      
Statewide, WI
608-846-5530
awsc@awsc.org
awsc.org 

Amery Snowmobile Club
Amery, WI
715-554-1398
josh@baldwinsupply.com
amerysnowmobileclub.com     

Bear Point Sno-Cruisers
Wausaukee, WI
920-494-3052

Berlin River Riders Inc.
Berlin, WI
920-290-0394
berlinriverriders@gmail.com
Berlin River Riders Snowmobile Club on Facebook

Burnett County Snow Trails Association 
Danbury, WI
715-656-3855
suesmed@gmail.com
Burnett County Snow Trails Association on Facebook

Conover Sno-Buddies  
Conover, WI
conoversnobuddies@gmail.com
conoversnobuddies.com 

Cozy Corner Trails, Inc. 
Danbury, WI
715-656-3855
suesmed@gmail.com
Cozy Corner Trails Inc. on Facebook

Cross Country Cruisers Inc. 
Arbor Vitae, WI
715-614-9003
kw5wi79@outlook.com
crosscountrycruisers.com

Fifield Sno Drovers S.C.  
Fifield, WI
414-731-3130
communications@snodrovers.com
snodrovers.com  

Frosty Snowmobile Club Inc 
Land o’ Lakes, WI
715-617-4708
info@frostysnoclub.com
frostysnoclub.com   

Holyland Snowflyers   
Mt. Calvary, WI
920-296-6712
membership@holylandsnowflyers.com
holylandsnowflyers.com/membership.php

Hudson Snowtrails Unlimited   
Hudson, WI
715-760-0115
hudsonsnowtrailsunlimited@gmail.com
Hudsons Snowtrails Unlimited on Facebook

Knight Owls Snowmobile Club  
Tomahawk, WI
knightowlsnowmobileclub.com

Lily Sno-Birds Snowmobile Club
Lily, WI
715-484-3342
lilysnobirds@gmail.com
Lily Snobirds on Facebook

NKM Crooked Trails Snowmobile Club Inc.  
Dundee, WI
414-322-8483
hinchdundee@gmail.com
nkmcrookedtrails.com

Northwest Relic Riders Vintage Snowmobile Club 
Hayward, WI
715-634-8377
hinton4ever@hotmail.com
relicriders.com 

Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club   
Tomahawk, WI
info@northwoodsriders.org
northwoodsriders.org 

Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club
Pleasant Prairie, WI
262-945-2179
prairieriderssc@gmail.com
prairieriders.net   

Prairie View Ryders 
Shullsburg, WI
608-482-1281
prairieviewryders@gmail.com
Prairie View Ryders on Facebook

Ranger City Riders Snowmobile ATV/UTV Club Inc
Amberg, WI
920-655-9958
rangercityriders@gmail.com
rangercityriders.com

Red Arrow Snowmobile-ATV Club     
Townsend, WI
920-540-5909
redarrowtownsend.com 

Rome Sno-Bandits  
Rome, WI
224-715-2350
romesnobandits@gmail.com
romesnobandits.com 

Scandinavia Vikings Snowmobile Club 
Scandinavia, WI
920-858-8583
dwyertf@gmail.com
Scandinavia Vikings Snowmobile Club on Facebook

SnowRunners LTD Snowmobile Club  
Port Washington, WI
414-828-5265
snowrunners@gmail.com
snowrunnersltd.com 

Stateline TrailBlazers  
Juda, WI
statelinetrailblazers@gmail.com
statelinetrailblazers.smartertrails.com  

Sussex Sled Bugs Snowmobile Club Inc    
Sussex, WI
262-617-1137
sledbugs@hotmail.com
sussexsledbugs.org  

Vesper Snowdrifters     
Vesper, WI
715-572-1451
vespersnowsecretary@gmail.com
vespersnowdrifters.com  

West Shore Snow Pistons    
North Fond du Lac, WI
920-251-3867
petetatro494@gmail.com
West Shore Snow Pistons on Facebook

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