Some of our best memories are from trail riding. Tim grew up riding with his parents and brothers and sister and their friends and family all over the Midwest, and I rode mostly on property owned by friends in Northern Minnesota. This was during the late 60s and early 70s when clubs were just starting to form. Without the formation of those clubs to start grooming trails and developing trail systems, this activity we love so much might have just died off, but because of a few dedicated individuals, trails are abundant, and the sport lives on. All of the trails in the US are maintained by local clubs. There is no US Department of Snowmobile Trails, or State funded Snowmobile Trail Agency. It is dedicated local volunteers out there grooming the trails so that we can enjoy riding on smooth trails and in good conditions. We recently joined MNUSA as a business member, and we would encourage you to find your local club and join. The average snowmobiler spends about $4000 per year on snowmobile related recereational expenses (http://www.snowmobile.org/snowmobiling-statistics-and-facts.html) . Most clubs charge a small(under $100) fee to be a member each year. Those dollars go right back into your local area to pay for expenses related to grooming and maintaining those trails. It is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy the outdoors all winter long. Consider joining... consider volunteering. Our sport depends on it!
Please also see the following blog post from a MaxSled.com contributor encouraging local club membership: