A deep freeze and decent snow cover in many areas is kicking off the Maine Snowmobile Association's golden anniversary year. 2018 marks fifty years of statewide organized snowmobiling in
Maine. The MSA has been an active and involved part of the Maine winters since 1968. From an initial meeting of six dedicated snowmobilers, the MSA has grown to 280+ clubs statewide with
thousands of families and supporting businesses from Sanford to Allagash. The focus in the early days is little changed in 2018. Landowner relations has played a vital role in building and
maintaining a trail system that has now grown to over 14,000 miles. Safety has also been an important part of the MSA's mission. Working closely with the Maine Warden Service, the MSA has been at the
forefront of setting standards for safety, and has worked tirelessly in the halls of the Legislature to shape the laws that have enabled trail funding and common sense safety regulations.
Maine's 14,000 miles of trails are now regarded by riders from across the country as the finest in the Northeast. From a web of club trails, pioneers like Joe Firlotte, Lewis Newell and Les Ames created the numbered ITS Trail System that now supports a network of local trails that reaches just about anywhere a rider would need to be in Maine.
A terrific winter will just be the beginning of a year of celebrations, including the MSA Annual Meeting set for April 21, 2018 in Newport. As members, you're all a part of it. Get involved as we kick off the next fifty years!