Snowmobile enthusiasts are celebrating the new snow

Snowmobile enthusiasts are celebrating the new snow, allowing many trails around the state to open for the first time this season. Stuart Merusi, president of the White River Valley Snowgoers, said the club and its 70 members are responsible for 58 miles of trails that cross through several towns in central Vermont. Other clubs across the region are doing the same, connecting to the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, VAST, 5,000 mile network. “I would expect that about two-thirds of the trails will be open in the next couple of days,” said VAST’s Cindy Locke. The organization has about 20,000 members with about half from out of state. A trails pass is required every year. “The economic impact for snowmobiling in the state of Vermont is pretty massive. We are right behind downhill skiing. We bring in about $550 million dollars a year into the economy.”