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Welcome to our Trail Information & Trail Conditions page.


OFFICIALLY

Season Opens  * * *  December 16th
Season Closes  * * *  April 15th

But of course, all dependent on the beauty of the WHITE stuff!

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New Snowmobile Trail for Newport City

Newport City - Vermont's Snowmobile City Press Release (Click Here)

January 2, 2018


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View broadcast of the WCAX Snowmobile Trail Comes to Newport Downtown. Click on image above.
Posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Photos by Katherine Lawson Bowman, Friday, February 6, 2015     9:20 AM

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Grooming Schedule

Some of our Groomer Operators (L to R)
George St. Onge
Don Bennett
Steve Dalpe
Norm Bennett

Groomer Operators
Ken Mandeville on the right had the vision and was instrumental in creating our newest trail -- the connector from Pine Hill OS88 to Brownington OS89. This trail is a tremendous asset to our trail system.

Trail 58 & 14 & C14
Croteau's Trail
  • Connecting with the Bob's Quick Stop trail at the bridge on VT RT 14
  • Connects with Orleans Snowstormers at Croteau's OS46
  • Includes feeder trail to Martha's Diner and Royer's  Service & Mini Mart OS19
  • Includes feeder trail to Sweet Harmony
Thursday & Sunday

Trail 14A & 14
Pine Hill Trail
  • Starts at the Airport Road and continues around Pine Hill to Prouty Beach on Memphremagog
  • Connects with Derby Driftdusters by Century 21 in Derby OS6 & OS9
  • Includes connector trail to Brownington, which connects with Orleans Snowstormers near the Old Stone House OS89
Monday & Friday

Trail 14B
Bob's Quick Stop Trail

  • Travels down to Memphremagog by Farrant's Point
  • Connects with Country Riders near Wayne's Restaurant OS28 and in Coventry at OS44
  • Connects to our Croteau's Trail by the Coventry Covered Bridge
  • At Bob's Quick Stop connects with Hazen's Notch Snowmobile Club of Lowell OS45 and the Glover Trailwinders and Orleans Snowstormers OS38
Tuesday & Saturday

While every effort is made to adhere to the above grooming schedule, equipment breakdowns, weather, snow conditions and operator availability may cause changes to the grooming schedule.


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Chuck  Chuck Bowman's
Trails Report


The North Country Mountaineers cover 65 miles of the VAST trail system in Coventry, Irasburg and Newport. Each trail is groomed twice a week  We update our Trails Report as often as possible especially when there is big news to report such as a pending snow storm etc.
We continue to e-mail our Trails Reports to members who provided us with an e-mail address. If you would like to receive these reports by e-mail contact Irene here.


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Norm Bennett and Chuck Bowman preparing the
groomer for it's first run of the season in 2015.

Photo by Kathy Bowman





Tuesday, April 2, 2019     2:36 PM
Hello Everyone, With all the warm weather and rain, we have lost a lot of snow. There is mud, open water area’s and grass. As of April 1st, the North Country Mountaineer’s Trails are closed. We would like to thank all the snowmobilers that purchased a TMA and to all the generous landowners that allowed all of us to use their property. Without their generosity, we would not have the amazing trail system we have today. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and all the volunteers in all the clubs for the tremendous hard work and dedication for creating the snowmobile trails. We hope you all have an amazing summer and look forward to seeing you all out on the trails next winter. Thanks Again!

Friday, March 15, 2019     3:53 PM
Hello All - The warm temps in our area have softened the snow, but you can still ride the North Country Mountaineer’s Trails as we still have plenty of snow. The temps are around 48 currently this Friday, but will start dropping tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. The groomer will not be out until late Saturday Night or early Sunday Morning. This will all depend on the temps. The trails were all groomed just prior to the warm up, so they should still be in pretty good shape. Just be careful as there could be some water spots and very loose snow in the corners. Enjoy the trails while you can and please ride safe. 👍

Tuesday, March 12, 2019     8:05 AM
We just received 8-14 inch’s of snow on the North Country Mountaineer’s Trails. I guess we can ride a little longer, yahoo!

Saturday, March 9, 2019     4:18 PM
See a video trail report here!

Sunday, March 3, 2019     9:33 AM
See a video trail report here!

Saturday, March 2, 2019     9:18 AM
See a video trail report here!


Link to our FACEBOOK page!

To link to our neighboring club Trail Reports

click on their link below.


Thursday, February 28, 2019
The North Country Mountaineer’s trails are in awesome shape and we are on a full grooming schedule. Please keep an eye out for the groomer as we are out during the day as well. So get out there and ride! Please remember to ride safe.

Sunday, February 18, 2019
Reported on our Facebook Page by Steve Dalpe
The North Country Mountaineer’s Trails Are Amazing !!! Get Out There and Ride Ride Ride! Watch Steve's video on facebook here!

Saturday, February 9, 2019     12:32 PM
With the freezing temps, our trails are open with good riding. There are many icy areas and some corn fields with thin spots. Please ride slow and with caution. It's not worth a terrible accident. Make it home safely and enjoy your ride.

Friday, February 8, 2019     11:25 AM
Although Wednesday's cold slowed the hurt, we have had a lot of bare spots show up. There is lots of water and dangerous ice conditions with the rain and warm temps we received the other 4 days.
Along with our neighboring clubs with low elevation trails, we have decided to close trails at this time until we receive some snow and freezing temps.

Friday, January 25, 2019     9:18 AM
Goods news! Through 40 degree temps and almost 24 hours of rain, our trail base has held up. Thanks to the long hours and dedication of our groomer operators to set the snow after 18 inches of snow with blowing drifting conditions in minus 30 degree wind chills.
There are some low lying areas that have standing water that will need to freeze. Cold temps Thursday night and tonight should help those areas tremendously. Drive carefully and watch for these areas along with ice conditions on trail.
A report will follow if needed. Thanks and remember you are riding in a natural environment. Respect landowners by staying on trail. It CAN be closed do to off trail riding.

Thursday, January 17, 2019     3:29 PM
Good news! We have a much needed big snow storm forecast to come in by Sunday. Currently our trail system ranges from some rough areas through corn fields to 90 percent excellent. I expect that to be at 100 percent excellent by the end of next week.

Friday, January 11, 2019     6:41 AM

Since Wednesday, the groomer has been out covering our entire trail system once. We will continue to have the trails groomed a second time through tonight and tomorrow. These freezing temps are exactly what we need. There are open bars of water and some mud spots. Some of our corn fields remain extremely rough in wind swept areas. For the most part trails range from fair to good. Please keep your speed down and expect anything that might be around the next corner. Thank you and appreciate the hard work that goes into  these trails year-round. Volunteers are always needed. Be safe and reach your destination.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019     9:52 AM
We have received enough snow to head out with grooming equipment and trails should be shaped up for the weekend with early season riding. I will do another report on Friday with more detailed information.
Follow trail conditions at vtvast.org/trails for more immediate information state wide. Thank you and ride safe.

Friday, December 21, 2018     4:05 AM
Trails are closed due to the warm up and rain. Please respect landowners and all the volunteers that make the trail system possible and stay off trails until further notice. Also follow trail closures on vtvast.org.

Monday, December 10, 2018     5:09 PM

Hello snowmobilers, This is the first report of the season to let everyone know that we did get an early snow this year and I'm sure all of you are excited to get out. You may see grooming equipment out this week to finish staking, clear blow downs, and to start packing the trails.
That being said, trails are NOT open until Sunday, December 16th provided this weekend's warm up doesn't put that to a halt. Check with your local clubs on trail conditions. Don't get that big fine for being on trails that are closed. It also hurts our relationship with landowners who are generous enough to let us enjoy the white stuff.
Don't forget to get your early bird TMAs and volunteer with your local clubs.
Another report to come when trails officially open.
Thanks and be safe. Chuck Bowman


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Big Thank you to Chuck Bowman,
Steve, Connor & Kyle Dalpe,
Norm, Dale & Scott Bennett,
Don Bennett, David Aho, and Marshall Bowman
for all their volunteer work to get our trails open after the big storm!

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Chuck Bowman on his 3rd day clearing
the snowmobile trails with the Excavator!

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Your everyday friendly groomer operators,
Don Bennett (foreground) & Steve Dalpe (background).

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View the North Country Mountaineers
groomer in action on U-Tube


March 18, 2010

Want to know what it is like to ride in a groomer, check out this video of Don Bennett and Steve Dalpe trying out a Pisten Bully on Jay Peak trails March 18, 2010.
Video by Steve Dalpe

Friday, January 1, 2010

Grooming by Al's Snowmobile
Video by Patrick Martell

Saturday, January 24, 2010
Grooming Bob's Quick Stop Trail
Doncaster's Field
Video by Steve Dalpe



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