It could be argued at that the best way to experience winter in Vermont is from the seat of a snowmobile. Winding through beautiful hillsides and flying across open fields in fresh snow at speeds over 50 miles per hour is a feeling like no other. Vermont snowmobile trails are expansive to say the least and some of the best riding in the state is right here in Wilmington.
Snowmobilers know there's a sense of community that comes from mounting up on the leather seats of their Ski-Doo, Polarias or Arctic Cat sled. No matter what you ride, there's a bond shared by those who travel on snow. Snowmobile riders love to swap trail stories, share tips and brag about the top speed of their brand new machine. And whether you ride in a club with friends or prefer to hit the trail solo to explore the scenic backcountry, there's a wealth of riding on the vast network of Vermont snowmobile trails.
VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) is an association responsible for the organization of the sport, maintaining and grooming Vermont snowmobile trails all throughout the state. It was formed nearly 40 years ago, so it's safe to say they know their way around. This makes them the best source for finding current and updated Vermont snowmobile trail maps as well as useful information on trail conditions, safety classes and clubs.
There are dozens of Vermont snowmobile clubs like the Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers, who are responsible for Wilmington trail maintenance. They also organize local events for snowmobilers in the area, like group rides and radar runs. So grab your snowgear, fire up the sled and go tour the miles upon miles of Vermont snowmobile trails this winter.
The local VAST trails in Wilmington run right to the door of warm retreat of Chimney Hill's winter rental homes. There's nothing better after a cold day on the trail.