Side Hill Croncher Newsletter


January 2008



John Murphy, Jr.








Trail Work:

If you would like to help with some of the trail work, please contact our Trail Master Randy Ellison 802-228-7266



TMA information avialable on our Website.


VAST = Vermont Association of Snow Travelers



Upcoming Events:




Next Meeting:

Will be held at  

Bob & Rose Pawlowski’s on Saturday the 16th.

Bob and Rose live on Chapman Road in Ludlow. 













We’ve had the groomer out many times this season and our crews have been making sure the trails are in good shape for our sleds.


There is a fair amount of work that takes place each time the groomer goes out to ensure everything is working properly.


Before the groomer hits the trails, the operators do a safety check to make sure everything is in working order. They make sure the lights all work, they check the oil, the tracks and all the nuts and bolts to make sure they are tight, and of course there is a warm-up period once the groomer is started.  The average check takes about ˝ hour, and is important to ensure the safety of our drivers.   These guys do a really great job maintaining the groomer and our trail system. It takes almost 10 hours to groom the full length of Sidehill Croncher Trails, and that’s if everything runs smoothly.

If there are trees down on the trails or other obstacles that require fixing along the way, they will have to stop and fix the problem. 

This is all volunteer work and our groomer operators really deserve a lot of praise for the efforts they put in. 

These are long hours. I’ve been told it’s like riding on a bucking bronco for 10 hours.  It can be a very bumpy ride in some places and if there are problems along the way a lot of hard work.  

Occasionally, the groomer may get stuck in a snow drift or go slightly off the trail due to poor visibility.  Going up an icy hill can be a big problem and they may end up backing down. Not an easy task with a machine that weighs close to 5500 lbs is 15 feet long, 7.3 feet wide with tracks that are 16.1 feet long.  The groomer holds 50 gallons of fuel (most of which gets consumed each time we do the full 10 miles of trail.)

So if you see them around please let them know you appreciate their hard work and effort to keep the trails in good condition. You can also send an email to the club.  I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.




There are approximately 2.6 million registered snowmobiles in the world.
US - 1.69 million
Canada - 601,000
Scandinavia - 420,000


Over 85,000 fulltime jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses


Approximately 70% of all active snowmobilers are male; 30% female.


Snowmobilers raised over $3 million for charity during the 2006/2007 season.


Approximately 17% of all snowmobilers are part of the Senior Circuit - 60 years or older and 40% of all snowmobilers are 50 years or older.


There are over 225,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails in North America that have been developed by volunteer clubs working with local government and private land owners.


There are over 3000 snowmobile clubs worldwide, involved in trail grooming and charity fund raising and family activities.