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Mother Nature Creates a Mess for Trails

Just off the main road in Alburg, Vermont you can find 33 miles of snow mobile trails. “We've had some of the best riding that we've had in a number of years,” said Dave Ladd, VAST Grand Isle County Director.

ALBURG, Vt.- The snowmobile season started off great but the last few days has some riders worried.

Just off the main road in Alburg, Vermont you can find 33 miles of snow mobile trails.
“We've had some of the best riding that we've had in a number of years,” said Dave Ladd, VAST Grand Isle County Director.
Some of the best riding thanks to a perfect mix of weather last month.
“It gave us a base and with a good solid base we were able to get the groomers out,” said Ladd.
But Ladd says these last couple of days the weather's been less than ideal.
“We are now looking at trails that were beautiful at 6 o’clock last night and now they are a little bit slushy and as the temperatures go down they are going to freeze and become very icy,” said Ladd.
While that crazy mix of weather won't close these trails; right now Ladd says he doesn't recommend riding.
There may not be enough lubrication for the slides on the snowmobiles. And the icy conditions can cause poor handling,” said Ladd.
When the conditions are less than ideal it’s not only unsafe for you to be out on the trails it also can damage the trails themselves.
“We'd just like people to stay off the trails so they aren't spinning up the slush parts creating ruts,” said Ladd.
He says creating ruts could make it tougher to groom once more snow falls.
Ladd says the ideal winter weather for the trails would start off with a base much like it did this year.
“4-6 inches periodically, temperatures in the 20s- that would be just heaven,” jokes Ladd.
But no matter what Mother Nature has in store Ladd is optimistic he'll be back on the trails soon.
“We've got a lot of varied terrain, a lot of mountainous areas some pretty serious snow belts and so you can always find some riding somewhere. But it’s sure nice to have it local too,” said Ladd.

For the latest up to date trail information the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers has a handy app you can use.
Click here to find out more.

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