Reason # 10 Snowmobile Clubs gain land access to create snowmobile trails.
Without the Clubs securing land leases and paying insurance costs, no trails would cross private property.
That means the sport as we know it would not exist. All this takes time, effort, and money.
Reason # 9 Snowmobile Clubs clear and create the trails.
After the land access is received, somebody has to go out and clear away the brush, cut down interfering limbs, haul out the trash, and smooth out the base of the trail.
Clubs build bridges you use to cross creeks, rivers and low spots, in addition that takes a great deal of work and money.
This work is all done by volunteers who truly love the sport, like you.
Without these volunteers the trails would not get cleared, bridges would not get built, and most trails would close.
Without these generous volunteers some entity (for example the state) would have to pay a team of workers to do the grunt work. If that happened, you could expect to pay several hundred dollars, or more to register your snowmobile each year to cover the costs.
Reason # 8 Clubs groom the trails, for you.
Sometimes these groomer operators get a token fee for their hard work, but the dollar-per-hour rate is menial at best. Most do it to support the sport.
Generous hard working members spend their time in a slow-moving groomer, tending to the trails and making them as smooth as they are, for you.
Remember, if you are not a Club member you have no right to complain about trail conditions, make a difference and join a Club.
Reason # 7 Snowmobile Clubs put up all the stop signs to mark trails.
Keep reading, because we have only just begun to understand how import you are to a snowmobile club.
Reason # 6 When funding is needed to pay for groomers, insurance, trail development, do you know where that money comes from?
People pay a small fee to join a Club and it does help. However, in most states the money comes from snowmobile registrations and gas tax rebates.
Why does our sport get this money from the state?
Because our sport is organized.
If the state snowmobiling association can talk about it's 1,000's of members, for example, and then those members call their local lawmakers and ask for support, the bill has a much better chance of getting funded.
Furthermore, it's the snowmobile Clubs and state associations that fight the battles to open public lands to snowmobilers, and there is strength in numbers. Become one of those numbers.
Reason # 5 With some Clubs and associations, membership brings financial benefits.
I get discounts at sponsoring businesses and I get the state publication.
All this and more, for a mere membership fee each year.
Reason # 4 Belonging to a Club makes for better, safer snowmobiling.
That's right, surveys and accident statistics have shown that snowmobile Club members have a much lower accident rate than non-Club members.
Because Club members tend to be conscientious, they tend to stress safety and they are aware of safe-riding issues.
Reason # 3 Belonging to a snowmobile Club gives you a great social outlet for your favorite hobby.
You can attend Club rides, go to Club meetings, take part in Club fund-raiser, or take trips to far away snowmobiling destinations.
Belonging to a Club gives you a good opportunity to ride with different people, experience different areas and hang out with people who have similar interests.
Belonging to a Club builds a stronger community.
Reason # 2 Belonging to a snowmobile Club makes you a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem.
If you think the snowmobile trails should be groomed more often, that a certain trail should move to the opposite side of the road, or if you consider some corner on the trail dangerous or poorly marked, get involved.
Most snowmobile Clubs seek fresh opinions and want more feedback from members.
Reason # 1 The #1 reason to join a snowmobile Club.
It's just the right thing to do.
For all the reasons listed above and many more, you should belong to a snowmobile Club.
The benefits are great.
It is your responsibility to support the sport you love.