Matt Pipczynski ’15
In early December, the temperature is starting to drop, the wind gusts up to 20 mph, and also we’ve seen the first of the season’s snow. For many people, winter is the worst time of the year. It’s cold and bitter and you have to deal with the snow. But for others, the best time of the year is January, with freezing temperatures, and at least a foot of snow.
Snowmobiling has become less existent in Hadley over the years. The Hadley Snowmobile Club is one of the smallest clubs in the whole Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) and there hasn’t been an annual club ride for years.
A few years ago, we had a whole winter without any snow and a lot of people lost interest in snowmobiling. Last year, we got a good amount and had over 22in. from just one storm alone. The good conditions got a lot people out of the house and on to the trails. Still, our snowmobile club lacks people. The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts represents the people of Massachusetts who are lawful riders and respect the land. The Association and its 9,000 members is broken up into clubs for each town. The Hadley Snowmobile Club holds meetings every first Wednesday of the month from October to March. At the meetings, the club makes decision on policy, bylaws, and budgets. Also you can find information on trail conditions and club announcements at the Hadley Snowmobile Club’s Page on the SAM website.
Snowmobiling is a great outdoor winter activity. It gets people outside to enjoy the snow. The snowmobile trails, when packed down, are used by all kinds of wildlife. They use the trails to travel from place to place because it is easier to walk on a packed trail than 14 inches of fresh powder. Also the snow covers the ground very well, so when snowmobile riders rip through the fields, they don’t tear up the farmers’ fields or people’s properties. Hopefully we get a lot of snow here in Western Mass and we encourage anyone with a snowmobile or anyone with interest in buying a snowmobile to get out on the trails and enjoy nature.