Welcome to the Ludlow Side Hill Cronchers Snowmobilers Web Site.

 


 

 

 

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Don't Go Hungry in Ludlow Anymore!!

 

 

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Intersection of VAST Corridor Trails 127A and 127B
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Ludlow, VT 05149 Current Weather Conditions (In Detail.)

 
 

 

Our History

 

A spirited gang of hardy fun loving snowmobilers from Ludlow decided that their group had grown to such numbers that a formal organization was needed to govern their activities. On March 23rd 1972 the Side Hill Cronchers Snowmobile Club was officially incorporated with the State of Vermont. Four Directors are listed on the Incorporation papers: Ray McCullough, David Harlow, Patricia D. Ellison and Ignatius Matulonis.

It was determined that the purpose of the club was to: promote the development of recreational areas for the use of snowmobilers within the state; actively seek and support the preservation and protection of our natural environment; encourage the safe, courteous, lawful and responsible use of snowmobiles; promote participation in social activities of the membership.

Legend has it that the name "Side Hill Croncher" is derived from a four legged animal that inhabits the remote forested regions of Ludlow. It is reported that the Cronchers' right legs are shorter than their left legs. The shorter legs are attributed to the fact that for hundreds or thousands of years the animals have been traveling, always in a clockwise direction, on the steep hills and mountains of Ludlow and a mutation has resulted. This mutation has made it easier for the Croncher to traverse the hillsides of Ludlow. The short uphill legs allow the Croncher to run at tremendous speeds around the mountains, in fact Cronchers almost always travel at full speed, making it difficult to see them!

The original name, "Side Hill Cronchers", which was suggested by Harvey Gray, was changed on April 7, 2005, with the adoption of updated by-laws, to "Ludlow Side Hill Cronchers" to identify the geographical area the club has responsibility for.

 

 

Our Mission

 

Ludlow Side Hill Cronchers Snowmobile Club is committed to the establishment and maintenance of a dedicated snowmobile trail system in and through the Town of Ludlow, Vermont, that, provides the very best possible enjoyment for all those that utilize the trails, by:

*promoting good will with the landowners that make our trail system possible
*providing and promoting safety education programs
*promoting the preservation and protection of our natural environment
*encouraging safe, courteous, lawful and responsible use of snowmobiles
*promoting the development of recreational areas for snowmobiling statewide
*encouraging and promoting reasonable and responsive snowmobile legislation
*conducting fund raising and promoting social activities
*cooperating and working with all other related organizations all while showing the respect, advocacy, understanding and care due to all those generous and dedicated individuals involved.

 

 

 

Basic Snowmobile Safety Code

 

1. Do not consume alcohol or take drugs prior to or during your snowmobile trip. Doing so increases your chances of being injured or killed.

2. Slow down and don’t cut to the inside of the trail corners—it’s dangerous and illegal.

3. If you snowmobile at night, don’t override your lights.

4. Always use the buddy system. Never ride off alone or unaccompanied.

5. Whenever possible, avoid the ice. Drowning causes many snowmobile fatalities.

6. Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling.

7. Use a full-size helmet, goggles, or visor to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris.

8. Never wear any loose clothing which could get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.

9. Know the terrain where you are going to ride. If it is unfamiliar to you, ask someone who has traveled over it before.

10. Know the weather forecast, especially the ice and snow conditions in the area.

11. Be sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition at the beginning of the winter season and throughout the months of use.

12. Familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving by reading in detail the manual accompanying the snowmobile.

13. Do not pursue domestic or wild animals. No true sportsman would stoop to such conduct. If you see a violation of this rule, report it to the nearest law enforcement officer.

 

 

 

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