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History

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Buckaroos of 302 in Groton VT held their first club meeting some time in 1968. Our membership is in the 400 to 650 range. We are responsible for the maintenance and grooming of 58 miles of VAST trails. These trails are in the Groton State Forest, Groton, Peacham, Ryegate & Topsham. Our trails are traditionally known to be at the beginning of the snow belt that connects via VAST corridor trails through Danville, East Burke, Island Pond and Canaan.

The Club has an agreement with VAST that "Grizzly Mountain Grooming" contracts to groom our trail system. "Grizzly Mountain Grooming" is a private contractor owned by Tristan Vaughan. The grooming equipment includes a state of the art Tucker Cat, a 10 foot wide groomer with a 9 foot tall brush bar. 

Each year on the 2nd Saturday in Feburary, the Buckaroos of 302 will host the Dick Page Ride-In Chicken BBQ at
the Town Garage in Groton. This BBQ is a "Thank You" dinner for our local Landowners and all Snowmobilers.

Our trail system is conveniently accessed just 10 minutes west of I-91 exit 17 on Route 302. From I-89, use exits 6 or 7, go on Route 302 East for about 20 miles to Groton.  Our website offers suggestions on where to park & ride or find overnight lodging, and shares a full array of Club news & pictures.  Our website also features a live webcam to check out current snow conditions.

TMA's can be purchased on our website or at the Upper Valley Grill where gas and parking are also available. The Upper Valley Grill is open Sunday thru Thursday 6 AM to 8 PM and Friday & Sataurday 6 AM to 9 PM.

We hope you will join us for a day of good riding!

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Milt Lamberton

October 21, 1933 - October 24, 2017

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Milt Lamberton, long-time Presdient of our club, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  His leadership, love and dedication for the sport has helped to shape the Buckaroos of 302 club to what we are today.  
Ride in Peace, Milt!  May there be lots of snow wherever you are! 
 

Our Goals
  • To have fun
  • To provide the best trails around so our extended family can enjoy our back yard
  • To  promote the sport of snowmobiling; riding free from impairment, riding within our abilities and to promote responsible use of the priviledge the private land owner extends to all of us
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Annual Dick Page Ride-In Chicken BBQ

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The annual Dick Page snowmobile ride-in is put on by the local snowmobile club, Buckaroos of 302.  Each year this event is held at the Groton Town Garage and hosted by the Groton Fire Dept.  The Dick Page Ride-in was started in 1977.  Dick Page was a Groton boy who moved to Connecticut for work, but Dick always returned to Groton for his fun and everyone looked forward to his visits.  Dick bought a camp on the Heath Brook Road.  We all remember good times at the camp.  He loved hunting and snowmobiling.  When Dick passed away, his friends got together and held the first annual Dick Page Memorial Ride-in at his camp.  Since then the ride-in has grown considerably over the years.  There is an average of 200-300 snowmobilers that come to the ride-in.  The Fire Department barbeques 300+ chickens, and there were always many hungry snowmobilers and landowners that sat down to eat together, no leftovers! The Buckaroos of 302 club takes this BBQ as an opportunity to treat all our landowners to a chicken dinner.  Snowmobilers and landowners get to sit down together, and express our gratutide to the landowners who generously share their land for a VAST snowmobile trail.

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