Tag: trail-riding

Snowmobiling The Conway Trails (video)

Tyler Apanell, of the Conway Snowmobile Club, loves Yamaha snowmobiles and video. He pulled those two passions together to create one very slick production outlining his preseason prep and early season riding on the Conway trails in Massachusetts. Says Tyler, ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Russian Sledders visit Mass (Evgeniy Borodin)

The Russian Snowmobile Association invited the BRP Fan Club to attend the International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) as the best club in Russia (in the opinion of ROSAN Co, the BRP distributor in Russia). The aim was clear: to meet new ...Read more

Published on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Guest Columns, International Snowmobile Congress, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Ski Comparison Test (Jim Tucker)

SLP Straight Line Tracking versus Simmons Flexi Ski: Your intrepid reporter is at it again. I could see a gaping hole in the Internet chatter about which type of skis to purchase for your sled. Everyone and his brother are ...Read more

Published on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Do It Yourself Trail Signs (James Richard)

Professionalism is displayed when a club uses printed, weatherproof signs on their trails, something that is easily accomplished. Laser printer output by itself is waterproof but the paper is not. Laminating a paper sign or printing to a self-adhesive weatherproof ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Safety
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Israelis, Floridians, and U.S. Air Force Trek into Yellowstone Park by Snowmobile (Jack Welch)

What an Adventure! On Sunday the January 15th I had the opportunity to join a guided group on the trek from West Yellowstone, Montana to Old Faithful. Our guide was Gaylon Tibwell from Yellowstone Arctic and Yamaha Tours, one of ...Read more

Published on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Because You Never Know (Brad Stafford)

The forecast called for another 4-6 inches just before you went to bed last night and as you look outside on your front lawn enjoying your morning coffee it looks like the weatherman was finally right. Mother Nature had indeed ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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A Community's Passion for a Sport (Melissa Allard) (video)

Many of you have seen me running around with my camera at various SAM events over the past season. For those who don’t know me, I’m a born-and-raised snowmobiler from the Berkshires. Growing up, the Snow Seekers were like my ...Read more

Published on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Saddle Bagging the Gaspe Peninsula

Saddle Bagging the Gaspe Peninsula (Tom Rosato)

We did it – sixteen hundred and fifty (1650) miles in eight days on a sled. Just as planned – well, almost, anyways. A group from the Easy Riders Snowmobile Club toured the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Canada in a ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Snow Angel (Bill Dighton)

It was like a scene in a Hollywood movie; a trip that probably shouldn’t have happened, a near death experience and a renewed faith in humanity. On a trip last February, Rich Murray and myself had all these things happen ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 1, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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SAM Vintage Rides Announced

The Mass Vintage Snowmobile Club (MVSC) has selected three clubs to host the 2012 SAM vintage rides. The events, which have become extremely popular the past few years, allow SAM members to ride their vintage sleds in a parade-like atmosphere. ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Vintage
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Snowmobiling in Massachusetts: A Beginners Guide

Are you new to snowmobiling in Massachusetts or considering taking part in the best winter fun on the planet? Here is a beginners guide that outlines what you need in order to snowmobile in Massachusetts. This is just a summary ...Read more

Published on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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Ski-Doo 2012 Snowmobile Video

The early snowfall has most of us thinking about riding already. While that reality may not be upon us yet, this video will only make you hungrier. ...Read more

Published on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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American Snowmobiler Magazine Features SAM Trails

American Snowmobiler magazine has a feature story about SAM and trail riding in Massachusetts. Mike Carr, wrote, “One of the best kept secret sledding destinations is western Massachusetts, where the Berkshire Mountains offer venturesome sledders an abundance of snow and ...Read more

Published on Monday, October 3, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Snowmobiling Show on Versus TV (video)

Versus TV will feature snowmobile videos from our friends at SnowTrails TV. The debut program will air Thursday 9/29 at 7:00am. So get up and watch it or fire up the Tivo. The following 12 episodes will always broadcast on ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Guest Columns, National, News & Updates
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Real Riders: Be Bold, Ride Old! (Mel Scuderi)

While most snowmobilers want to be riding the latest and greatest, hot, new sleds my buddies and I prefer the challenges of driving the old stuff. Three of us, Wally Black, Bob Gagnon and myself, were riding in the DAR ...Read more

Published on Friday, August 26, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Vintage
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Efforts To Preserve B-52 Crash Site (video)

A B-52 left Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts on January 24, 1963 and later crashed on Elephant Mountain in Greenville Maine. The site, which is accessible by snowmobile, is visited by thousands every year. The Bangor Daily New reports ...Read more

Published on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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Planes Trains and Snowmobiles: Part 1 (Gerry Balchuinas)

For years I have been taking riding trips all over the North East and have written about many of them for SAM and sledmass. This past trip was no exception. I took another trip up to Maine to do some exploring ...Read more

Published on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Groomer Operator of the Year: Paul Mastrianni

As you know, every club or organization has members who could be called unsung heroes. This club is no different. Paul is up early every Saturday and Sunday, heading out to a meeting, to clear trails, or to groom. He ...Read more

Published on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Save The Trails! Don't Ride In Warm Weather

Weather Alert! Groomer operators ask riders to please stay off the trails on warm days, like those expected this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Staying off the trails will give groomer operators a chance to address trail conditions with the return ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Life of a Groomer Operator (Gerry Balchuinas)

We all look for them and smile when we find them. No, I’m not talking about the winning lottery numbers. But if you have those and would like to share them, give me a call. What I am talking about ...Read more

Published on Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Vintage Ride Gets Great Reviews (video)

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured a story and video about SAM’s Mass Vintage Club ride, which was hosted by the Coldbrook Snowmobile Club. They report: “The Coldbrook Snowmobile Club hosted a ride for vintage snowmobiles yesterday at the Lake ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011 in In The News, News & Updates, Vintage
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Exploring BGL Club Trails (Terry Holland)

On this fine day, a small group of us headed out from the Worcester area to go riding. We had never been on the trails from Northfield Center heading west so we figured it would be a good day to ...Read more

Published on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Where Can I Find Snow?

Sure, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the go-to site for the latest weather forecasts, but did you know they have even more data for snowmobilers? Their snow depth map is an invaluable tool when planning a ride, ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Safety and Enforcement Program Kick-Off

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts announces their trail safety and enforcement grants. Recognizing that the first major snowfall will allow snowmobile enthusiasts an opportunity to ride, the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) announces the implementation of a $5,000 Trails Safety ...Read more

Published on Friday, January 14, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates, Safety
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Daydreaming About Snowmobiling (Terry Holland)

Last January my husband Andy and I, along with a small group of friends, took a drive out to Hawley, Massachusetts to ride in the state park and club trails in that area. As usual, it was fun to go ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 9, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Students Snowmobile to School in NY

Going to high school in Dolgeville, New York may be a dream come true for many students. Located between Utica and Schenectady, the Dolgeville Central School Board of Education recently gave the green light to students who want to ride ...Read more

Published on Monday, January 3, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Registration Numbers on Snowmobiles

The state passed new legislation that requires three inch registration numbers on snowmobiles starting in February. SAM opposed this legislation but it still managed to pass. We understand the state is currently working on a plan to implement the new rule ...Read more

Published on Saturday, December 25, 2010 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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No Snobots for Me (Dan Gould)

I admit it. I’m an obsessive fan of technology. Cars, snowmobiles, computers, handheld devices, medical breakthroughs… the scope of technological advances are absolutely stunning. However, there are always negative aspects of new technologies, be it the discovery of fire or ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in News & Updates, President's Message, Snowmobile Tech
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Snowmobile The Quebec Maritime (Dan Gould)

A trip to Europe may not be in the budget this year but that hardly means a snowmobile trip is out of reach. Just a few miles north of the Maine border lie the quaint villages of the Quebec Maritime ...Read more

Published on Friday, December 10, 2010 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Plan on Participating in Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week (Ed Klim)

The snowmobile community is excited to announce the Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week – which will be held February 12-21, 2011. This elongated week celebrates friends and family snowmobiling. This special week compliments the Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign – ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 in General Announcements, Guest Columns, News & Updates
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