Explore Our Trails: Winding Through The Heart of the NORTHEAST KINGDOM - 50 Miles of Groomed Trails through Glover, Barton, Albany, Craftsbury, Irasburg, and Sheffield.
Stop at Parker Pie, Rodgers Country Inn and Cabins, or The Barton Village Corner Store along the way. Check out the amazing views at Lone Tree Hill Lookout. On a clear day, you can see from Mt. Washington, NH to Camel's Hump in VT to Mt. Orford in Quebec.
The Glover Trailwinders is one of the oldest snowmobile clubs in Orleans County having its roots with the Albany Creek Runners in the late 1960s. A difference of philosophy about the sport of snowmobiling led to a split and the formation of the Trailwinders. On November 3, 1976 the club was officially incorporated as The Trail Winders Snowmobile Club. In its earliest years the club was primarily a social organization but also did informal work building and maintaining trails. Trail construction and grooming as we know it today wasn’t even on the horizon. Rudimentary grooming efforts consisted of dragging a few tree branches behind a sled until it was discovered that dragging an old bedspring behind the sled did a better job. Eventually the club obtained a “groomer” that could be adjusted to cut into the moguls and drag the loosened snow into the hole between the moguls. By the early 80’s the Trailwinders had managed to purchase an old Alpine Ski-Doo and a 4’ wide drag. After several years of fund raising we purchased an old Bombardier sidewalk plow to pull the drag, but that was a poor choice. After a frustrating season with the sidewalk plow we traded it for another Alpine and were back where we started. As the workload of the few volunteers in each area club began to wear on the workers the other clubs gradually folded and turned over their trails to the Trailwinders. This allowed the club to build a network of trails that connected to the corridor trails being maintained by surrounding clubs. In the mid-90’s the Trailwinders established the first VAST supported trails in the area, grooming with two very decrepit Ski-Doo Alpines. Our network of trails was gradually expanded to 50 miles and in 1998, with the help of a VAST equipment grant, a used LMC 1500 and an 8’ Mogul Master drag were purchased. The LMC wasn’t much of a grooming machine, and after struggling with it for two years it was sold and we entered the VAST leasing program. With a brand new Pisten Bully PB 100 the trails in central Orleans County took a quantum leap. And the club won the “Most Improved Trails” award. Raising funds to support the trail program has always been a club priority, and in 2001 a very successful 4-wheeler raffle was run and has been held each year since thanks to the efforts of Vice President Dale Perron. The fund raising projects enabled the club to purchase the PB 100 at the end of the 5-year lease period, and today the club is ready to purchase a new groomer when VAST funding is available to go along with the funds the club has raised.
Grooming of the trails in the Glover Trailwinders’ area is the responsibility of a dedicated group of groomer operators who give freely of their time to see that the trails are kept in top condition.