Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Meeting tonight


  P.O. Box 248

             Waitsfield, VT 05673

Please join us for our monthly meeting.

Event: Club Meeting 
Day:  Tuesday, February 5th , 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Mad River Ambulance Building

Trails Update:  Snow is thin or non-existent all around, even in the higher elevations.  What is there is bullet proof.  Waiting on snow.

Donna Kenyon
MRRR President

Monday, January 28, 2013

Trail update 1/28/13

Trail Update

Well at the least things have frozen up since the thaw. The trails are a bit thin in places, but are in relatively good shape. Skip  groomed the log job and the upper side of Camel’s Hump this week. Not much snow to work with.  Riding is ok in the higher evaluation.  You should consider it decent early season riding.

Doug road the fields up to the Huntington turn yesterday. Thin in places, water-bars to take care with, but relatively flat. He thought it would be bare going down town so you will want to avoid that.  Also Northfield has not been out grooming.

Caution: Some of the water-bars had opened up again in the thaw.  It may be frozen, but we need snow to fill them in. There was a large bog hole on the goat path down to the Duxbury Store, you may want to avoid this area till conditions improve.  

Happy Riding


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

grooming report New years day

Happy New Year!!!
Do not forget the New Year’s Day Hotdog Roast: The event starts at 12 in the gravel pit. Bring your own hotdogs and something to share. Condiments will be provided.

Trail Update  

The groomers to date have run approximately 60 hours since the arrival of the beautiful snow last week!! Riders need to remember that even though we have a lot of snow the waterbars are still open. Also keep in mind that it takes time for new snow to settle down into a hard trail no matter how quickly the groomers get out. 

*The Kew Vasseur RD to Duxbury store has been packed once and   
  groomed with the drag twice
*Northfield has been packed once and groomed with the drag once
*Irasville has been packed once and groomed once
*Huntington has been packed once ( Will need to be packed again
 before there is enough traction to pull the drag over)
*Camels hump loop has been packed on the park side once
*Camels hump loop has been packed on the Duxbury side twice
*Pizzalis trail has been packed once

The general grooming plan for New Year’s day is to pack the park side of Camel’s for a second time.  The trail from Kew Vasseur to log job and Pizzale’s will be groomed with the drag

The only section that is not broken open is the goat path by the Duxbury Store.  We do need somebody to break this out this section. There may also be trees down in this section. We believe that the swamp right next to Rt 100 is still not frozen.

We will keep you posted. Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Get out and ride.

Happy Riding


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Trail Report

This is what we live for.  We have great snow on the ground  more on the way and some cold temps coming up.  This  should set up the trails for a great season.
I went out to do a little exploring on thursday in the deep.  We ran the lower fields and up pizzalli's trail and it was deep on top of ward hill.

Plan on getting stuck if you are not on the groomers.

All the trails have been packed. Lots of snow everywhere. The groomers are working on grooming with a drag. We will keep you posted. Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Get out and ride.

New Year’s Day Hotdog Roast: The event starts at 12 in the gravel pit. Bring your own hotdogs and something to share. Condiments will be provided.  

Happy Riding


Thursday, December 27, 2012


The snow is falling fast. It's Thursday morning and we are forecasted to get over 16 ".
We are going out today to try to break trail.
All trails should be groomed and packed by sat.
Please be carful out there as early season hazards are just beneath this blanket of goodness.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

TMA time

Just a reminder to get your TMA. The 15 th  is coming up fast and there is some snow in the forecast.
here are some photos to get you thinking snow.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tma s


2012 Annual NEWSLETTER
     A special thanks to our current and past officers. We know how hard you work.
    President:       Donna Kenyon                   Trail Master:         Tom Clark (496-3030)
   Vice President: Art Dages                     Ass’t Trail Master: Paul Pizzale (496-4476)
   Secretary:       Stephanie Maheu                            Co-Safety Officers:  Skip Wallace (244-1580) &
  Treasurer:       Kerney Brown                              Kevin Van Schaick


Congratulations to Steve Doherty & Nancy Phillips of FaystonVT for winning the 2013 Artic Cat snowmobile.

The Raffle fundraiser was a success, raising about $3,000 dollars which goes directly into the local trails.Thank you for your continued support.


VAST is offering an Early Bird TMA discount again this season. In order to get this savings, you must purchase your TMA between now and up to an including December 15, 2012.  Please see the attached TMA information sheet. TMA’s will be available at Kenyon’s or the Duxbury Country StoreWe are asking that local members use these options in lieu of mailing if possible.  Please note that this year TMA’s for Family and Classic are ONLY available during the Early Bird discount time.

E-mail communication is in full service now.  Many of you have been receiving regular updates of club events.  If you know of a club member who is not receiving the e-mails and would like to be added to our mailing list contact: smaheulebaron@yahoo.com.

Please note that this is the only newsletter we mail as a hard copy. If you want us to post- mail our communications to you please contact us at the club address.


Members have been working hard to get the trails ready for the season but WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!   Volunteers needed to cut brush, clear trails and put up signs are desperately needed!!  We meet at Kenyon’s every Saturday at 8am.  Please come! 


FREE SNOWMOBILE RIDER SAFTEY COURSE:  Saturday December 1st2012 9am to 3:30pm. Anyone 12 years of age or older, born after July 1, 1983 must take and pass a snowmobile safely course before operating a snowmobile on the VAST trails. Students MUST pre- register. Contact Kevin VanSchaick 496-5378 or Skip Wallace 244-1580. The class will be held at the Mad River Valley Ambulance Building.
HOLIDAY POT LUCK & YANKEE GIFT EXCHANGE:  Tuesday December 4th, 6pm at the Mad River Ambulance Building. Please bring a dish to share, drinks for yourself, a gift (no more than $10.00) for the Yankee Gift exchange and some holiday cheer.

HOTDOG ROAST New Year’s Day trailside get together to welcome the New Year- snow permitting; Meeting place and time to be announced

More winter events will be scheduled at our next meeting.


TMA information and application can now be printed off the blog. Let your friends know.

Think SNOW! 

Our next meeting is December 4th, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Mad River Ambulance Building, Waitsfield, VT for our Holiday Celebration.

Mad River Ridge Runners
PO Box 248
Waitsfield, VT 05673