Why should I join a club?
In order to legally ride the statewide trail system in Vermont, you must have a TMA. In order to get a TMA, you need to buy it from a club.
Why should I join Tweed Valley Travelers?
All the clubs in the state have the same goal – To maintain their trails and keep them groomed. Tweed Valley Travelers serves 60 miles of trails in Pittsfield and the surrounding areas. If you primarily ride in these areas, then you should join. The club dues go directly to the club to help support grooming costs and other projects. By joining in the area you ride most frequently, you help support the local club. You are also encouraged to help support by volunteering your time as this is the only way trails get maintained.
How do I join?
To join Tweed Valley Travelers, you simply need to buy a TMA from the club. TMA’s are sold at the PIttstop in Pittsfield.
What do I do after joining?
After you join, you are free to ride in any of the VAST trails throughout the state. You are also welcome (and encouraged) to come to monthly club meetings and participate in trail work and other club activities.
Why should I participate in meetings and other club events?
Without rider participation, snowmobiling would not be possible. Volunteers are needed to put up signage, clear trees from trails, help out at fundraising events and perform other tasks to ensure trails are in the best possible shape. All of this work takes a LOT of time and is all done by unpaid volunteers. Most of the work is done during the off season and in the fall, but there’s often storms that take trees down during the season and without help, it takes the few volunteers that always help out much longer to get things ready and this delays riding for everyone. If everyone who rode when conditions are good got out and helped when it was needed, cleanup from a storm could take a day or two vs a week or more!
In addition to getting satisfaction knowing you’ve helped out to ensure great riding, it is also a great way to make new friends and have new people to ride with. You can also learn about areas you never knew about before. And if that isn’t enough, the club does get a limited number of volunteer TMA’s every year and helping out puts you in the running for one of these TMA’s.
When does the club meet?
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Clear River Tavern. If you are planning on going to a meeting and want to ensure there have been no changes to the date or time, please contact us. A number of members of the club also get together for groups rides and cookouts on the trail on the weekends. If you’d like to be involved in these, contact us and let us know.
What if my question wasn’t answered?
Please email us and ask it. We will continue to update this FAQ as time goes on. Email us!