Founded 50 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport of snowmobiling, maintaining and grooming over 4,700 miles of trails in Vermont. One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization that includes 127 clubs statewide, with over 24,000 members combined. The clubs and their steadfast volunteers, and the landowners that allow riders to cross their land are the backbone of the organization. Vermont's snowmobiling season starts on December 16th, after hunting season, and ends in mid-April, snow permitting. Vermont's northern location receives an average of 100-250 inches of snow, and with its high elevations, it often means that rain in southern New England falls as snow here.