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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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Steve  Steve Dalpe's
Trail 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 (See schedule on left). Our goal is to update our trails report on Mondays and Thursdays. However, we will update more often when there is big news to report such as a pending snow storm etc.
We continue to e-mail our Trail 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





Sunday, March 18, 2018     7:45 PM
All trails are really good right now. Just keep an eye out for some icy areas and wet spots. All clubs are out on full grooming schedules and they all say the trails are great considering the weather we have had. Enjoy them while you can! Steve

Monday, March 12, 2018     9:40 AM
Hello Fellow Snowmobiler’s, As of Sunday 3/11/18 we are once again grooming the trails. All of our trails have been groomed and as long as temps hold, we will continue to do our best to keep them the best we can. Please be aware of water areas in the trails. Also, there is a lot of ice out there and can and will catch you by surprise.
     Also – Please stay on the marked trails. There have been snowmobilers climbing the hills on the Doncaster Farm on Rte 58 & 14B on the back Coventry road in Irasburg near the Covered Bridge. If this section of trail gets closed down, there is no way around it and this would ruin a great section of trail. Please Respect The Land Owners! Please Ride & Ride Safe, Thank You, Steve


To link to our neighboring club Trail Reports
click on their link below.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018     2:38 PM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, As of Wednesday 2/21/18 we have received several days of warm weather. Today was in the 60’s and we have lost almost all our snow. Cornfields are mud and most fields are down to grass. We have closed our trails until further notice. I will update date you as soon as the weather changes and we receive enough snow to once again get our groomer out. Thank You, Steve

Thursday, February 15, 2018     9:00 AM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, We have Snow, trails are in great shape and we are grooming a full schedule. Get out there and ride, ride, ride! Please be safe out there. Steve

Monday, February 5, 2018     9:27 AM
Morning Fellow Snowmobilers, As of this fine Monday morning the 5th of February, we received around 6 inches of new snow. We are going to get the groomer back out and get this snow moved around. Please be careful out there riding as we will be grooming during the day as well. Weather forecast says around another 6 inches on Wednesday, so we should have some pretty good trails for the weekend. Thank You, Steve

Monday, January 29, 2018     11:44 AM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, At this time, we have lost most of our snow. The trails are either ice, grass or dirt. We received rain this weekend that really hurt all our trails. We are not seeing any big amount of snow in the forecast at this time. I will certainly keep you updated as to when we get enough snow to get back out there and groom. I hope we get a nice big old fashion snow storm. All snowmobilers deserve it!!! Thank You, Steve

Wednesday, January 17, 2018     11:03 AM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, Trail Rt 58 between OS 48 & OS 47 has been cleared and is reopened. We still have limited snow conditions, so please ride safe out there.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018     12:33 PM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, As of Tuesday 1/16/18, we have limited riding. We had a big warm up with 55 degree temps and heavy rain over the weekend. We lost most of our snow and had flooding in a lot of areas of our trails. We had to close a section between OS 48 & OS 47 on RT 58 near the Coventry Covered Bridge. The icebergs in the trail are huge and we cannot get around them. We are trying to get a piece of equipment that will be able to move the ice and clear the trail. If you need to ride, please do so with extreme caution. Thank You All And Please Ride Safe!

Thursday, January 11, 2018     8:57 AM
Hello Fellow Snowmobilers, As of Wednesday evening 1/10/18, we are on a full grooming schedule and the trails are really getting nice. We have a warm up going on with freezing rain as well. We have noticed there is quite a lot of ice on the trails, so ride with caution. We won't groom again until the temps fall below freezing, which will be this Saturday 1/13/18. Let's hope mother nature does not give us a lot more rain, so the trails can stay as nice as they currently are. Thank You & Please Ride Safe.

Friday, January 5, 2018     10:35 AM
Good Morning Fellow Snowmobilers, As of today, we have received 5-8 inch’s of new snow. We are out on a full grooming schedule and moving the snow around to give you the best riding conditions possible. Please keep in mind we will be grooming during the day as well to get the trails groomed as soon as we can. Also, watch out for cornfields that are still rough and watch for low snow areas in the woods. We have seen a few accidents that could have been avoided if they had been going slower. It’s still very early in the season and the conditions are far from perfect. You can ride for sure, just stay alert for poor areas. Thank You All & Please Ride Safely.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017     8:41 AM
Morning Fellow Snowmobilers, We are out grooming on a full schedule.  The trails are starting to shape up nicely, but please be aware of the cornfields and lower areas that still have a lot of water in them. As we groom, the trails will look nice, but may be very bumpy underneath the small layer of snow. You can ride for sure, just watch your speed and keep a look out for open water areas and rough spots.  Let's hope the cold weather stays with us and that the snow keeps falling. Thank You and Ride Safe Everyone !!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017     6:57 PM
Hello fellow Snowmobilers, At this time, the trails are open, but the riding is extremely poor. We received quite a lot of rain and the ditches we filled are now opened back up. If you choose to ride, you could end up like the snowmobile in this picture. Please respect landowners and not ride until we get more snow and we can get the trails into good shape for riding. Thank You All and let’s hope for a lot of white gold !!!

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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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