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Snowmobilers get season extender

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"It's fun and exhilarating -- cause you go fast -- and I like the scenery," said Pennsylvania resident Joseph Millman, describing some of the reasons he's drawn to snowmobiling.

But snowmobilers know that trail conditions have been all over the place this season -- namely due to weather. "For the most part we've been able to keep operations going. There's been a couple days here and there we haven't had enough snow, but for the most part, we've been able to work through it," said Patrick Underwood with Snowmobile Vermont.

The weather this season has been up and down for snowmobilers. However, we did see all of that fresh snow last week and that's bringing some back out on the trails.
"We heard the snow dumped up here so we headed right up," said Neil Millman from Pennsylvania.

We're told that the new snow has greatly improved trail conditions and saved the end of the season. "If it hadn't been for that last dumping, we wouldn't be operating today," Underwood said.

A snowmobile can cost thousands of dollars, but there are cheaper ways to give the sport a try. "I would suggest going on a tour. Try it for two hours and then you can go more," said Jessica Flores with Snowmobile Vermont.

Kameron Drinkuth from Virginia has not snowmobiled before, so he's excited to try it out.  "I came up here on vacation for spring break, and my mom said you wanna go snowmobiling. I said sure," Drinkuth said.

He'll start slowly and then will be off on the trails. "When we start off our tours we start off in a field and we'll make a lap around the field so everybody can get acclimated with the way the snowmobile turns and the acceleration and how it brakes and everything.  And then we'll head out on the trail,"  Underwood said.

There's no question that snowmobiling can be fun. But in order to prevent injury, you should always use a reasonable speed, wear a helmet and don't drink."Pretty much all of the snowmobile accidents in the past five years have been alcohol related," Underwood said.

The snow base in the lower elevations is marginal right now, so if you do want to check out some trails in the coming days, the high terrain areas will be your best bet.

VAST trails will close for the season on April 15th.

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