Wednesday, 27 January 2016 07:55


caution slow down stay right

Due to very low snow year-to-date, there is a large amount of pent up demand for snowmobiling in NYS and very limited locations where trails are open.  This has created a level of congestion on the open trails that requires a heightened level of awareness and caution by all snowmobilers.  Conditions in those areas that are open are likely not ideal and the potential for hazards on or near the trail is high.   Riders are advised to use extra caution and reduce speeds to account for these conditions.  Please take extra care to stay to the right side of the trail and be aware of an increased level of traffic on the trails.  Please slow down; it's the rider's responsibility to be cautious while riding.

Also, with snowfall scarce and temperatures higher than average, many areas have not been able to open, or keep open trails.  Despite this, there has been significant riding on closed trails.  Our trail system statewide is comprised mostly of private land.  Please do not jeopardize the long time viability of the trail system for the sake of riding on closed trails.  It is up to us, the snowmobilers, to do the right thing.    If you are unsure as to the status of the trails you wish to ride, please contact the local club, as only the local club determines whether or not trails are open. 


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Riding is a PRIVILEGE. PDF Print E-mail


Please keep in mind as the riding season gets off to a late start:
that the use of most trails across New York State are a
‘privilege &
NOT a right’!

  • This applies to the various easement agreements established by the DEC across timber properties that often have lease agreements with private user groups.
  • This applies to the farmers who have agreed to travel corridors through their croplands - which are their livelihoods.
  • This applies to the vast number of private landowners with whom Clubs work diligently to secure their consent.
  • This applies to municipalities who grant permission for
    snowmobilers to travel over seasonal roadways.

Etc., etc., etc….

Submitted by David Knapp, NYSSA Director for Franklin County

New Trail Guide Available! PDF Print E-mail

Did you know? The 2015 New York State Snowmobile Trail System Guide is available on request, by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !
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Much of New York State experienced extremely high winds on January 12.  Heavy lake effect snow has fallen in parts of the state, and there is snow in the forecast tonight for Central New York.

Riders are advised to use extreme caution! Please be aware that we're still experiencing "early season conditions", where the freshly fallen snow cover may be hiding many potential hazards, such as trees and branches down, large unfrozen water holes, or sign posts knocked over.

It's the rider's responsibility to be cautious while riding.  Please look ahead for trail hazards.  It may be some time until Club volunteers can get out to remove the hazards and replace any missing sign posts.  Clubs would appreciate being contacted of any such trail issues so they can get out as soon as physically possible to clear the trails and make them as safe as possible.  

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