Snowmobile association advises riders to check with local clubs on status of North Country trails
Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 5:31 pm

With snowmobile trails opening, The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) is reminding riders of the importance of safety.

Several solid snowstorms have blanketed much of the state with a hearty covering of pre-season snow, meaning conditions will be suitable for snowmobiling in many areas.

Snowmobilers should check with their local clubs on trail status, however, respect all trail signage and keep in mind forecasted warmer weather will impact riding conditions.

“While it has been cold and we’ve seen plenty of snow over the past few days, warmer weather will mean there will likely be soft spots and water holes on trails, said Dominic Jacangelo, Executive Director of NYSSA. “We’d like to remind snowmobilers to use early season riding caution in the coming days, and to follow our main safety tips for an enjoyable and safe riding experience.”

NYSSA strongly recommends riders travel only on marked trails and always stay to the right side. The trails are located and marked with safety in mind and all riding should occur only in designated areas that are maintained by local clubs. It is important to pay extra attention to areas with additional signage or snow fencing and adhere to the posted warnings in these most sensitive areas.

All NYSSA memberships registered this winter will be good through August of 2014. Members save money on their snowmobile registration and receive a wide variety of member benefits from local and national sponsors.

All riders are also required to abide by all New York State laws and regulations every time they ride. Snowmobilers are encouraged to visit www.nysnowmobiler.com for information on all New York clubs as well as information for the online DMV registration.