A VAST Vermont Snowmobile Club of Southern Vermont


The Chittenden Dammers board of directors and officers welcome you to the 2017/2018-snowmobile season. This year marks our 52-year of operation as a snowmobile club. Since it’s inception the winter of 1965 the Chittenden Dammers have striven to provide a superior snowmobiling experience in the Chittenden area.

The Way We Were

Lots has changed since the early days of the club, back in 1965 the sport was just beginning and continued on the upswing for close to 35 years with about 65 independent snowmobile manufacturers to choose from. We are down to four manufacturers in 2018, likewise our membership and club participation has ebbed and flowed over the last 52 years with over 700 members at the clubs peak in the late 1980’s.

Modern Improvements

An early groomer.

Last season the club finished the season with about 325 members and roughly 15 of us who keep things bolted together and up and running strong. The demographics of the snowmobiling community are changing much like the machines of the early days. In 1965 you could expect to pay roughly $800.00 for a sled capable of a 40-mile ride on a good day with a top speed of around 25 mph. We can now expect to pay around $12,000.00 for a new sled in 2018 with the ability to complete a 250-mile ride easily in a day and reach speeds of around 100 MPH.

 Modern riders expect a groomed trail product much the same as one might find at a ski area, the costs of providing such a product have also increased exponentially and snowmobiling in Vermont has become a multimillion dollar industry with clubs being run in a businesslike manner in order to meet fiscal demands.

 Paul polishing the Tucker.

Paul polishing the Tucker. Getting ready for next season! Photo by Gwen Racine

With all this the Chittenden Dammers continue to rely on 100% volunteer labor for all club functions from membership to grooming. These tasks have become more complex and time consuming however we continue to thrive with a cohesive group of folks composed of friends old and new.

Refer New Members

This season our theme “Join The Club” is based on our campaign to purchase a new groomer as soon as possible and continue to perpetuate the sport of snowmobiling in the Chittenden area. Membership dollars go toward the many thousands needed to purchase a groomer, our number one expense in producing a well groomed trail system for all to enjoy.

We urge you to continue to support our (your) club and help us groom for the next generation. By becoming a member of The Chittenden Dammers you help us propel the sport into the future. Please consider asking your friends to “Join The Club” ITS ALL IN THE NAME OF FUN.

Trail Report April 11,2018

  The trails are now closed and the gates are in the process of being locked. If you want to get one last ride in we hear Woodford is still pretty decent.       

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Trail Report March 30,2018

   With the advent of warm temps and steady rain we do not recommend riding at this time. The trails are technically open but conditions have deteriorated rapidly in the last 24 hours. This will be my last trail report baring a good snowfall ( which is possible). Thanks for being a Chittenden Dammer we hope …

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Trail Report March 27,2018

   Riding in the Chittenden area remains quite good especially as you get in the higher elevation. Lower elevation areas are impassible for the most part , please respect all of our valued landowners and please don’t rip up their property . Pittsfield has closed all valley riding so sorry no riding to the Clear:(. March has been super …

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Trial Report March 24,2016

Get it while you can. Riding in Chittenden remains excellent. Well groomed and firm . We rode into north Chittenden down to Pittsford and it was excellent as was the Pussinkill area and out to Rt 73. Please ride safely and “Ride Smooth”. The trail between Chittenden and Wildcat road has some very rough spots and if you …

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