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Snowmobiling

Published: Feb 26, 2014

Want the recipe for one of the most exhilarating winter sports in New York State? Take plenty of snow, throw in an abundance of trails (more than 10,000 miles!) and mix in picture perfect vistas. Add an almost unlimited number of places to explore and you’ve got the ingredients for a great snowmobile adventure!

Across New York, from the legendary Catskill Mountains to the shores of Great Lake Erie, you’ll find wide-open trails, cool events and warm welcomes. Winter festivals and snowmobile races add to the fun.

The Adirondacks region boasts more than 800 miles of groomed trails throughout the vast and scenic Adirondack Park. In Old Forge, known as the Snowmobile Capital of the East for over 50 years, the snowmobile is king. Each winter, designated village streets become part of the trails (check for signs).

To the west, wild forested routes on the vast Tug Hill Plateau are covered with 200 to 300 inches of lake-effect snow every year. With over 500 miles of groomed trails, there’s plenty of room for adventure.

You’ll also find trails encircling lakes and meandering around gorges in the Finger Lakes; running south of Buffalo and into the heart of the state; and amid the tall timbers of Allegany State Park in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region.

You might want to consider joining a snowmobile club. For both new and experienced riders, clubs are a great way to enjoy the sport with fellow enthusiasts. There are more than 230 snowmobile clubs throughout the state.

Be sure to plan your adventure before heading out. Check out the New York State Snowmobile Association at www.nyssnowassoc.org for information on snowmobile clubs, events, trails, rider-friendly inns, and insider tips.

More Information: NYS Parks, nysparks.com NYS Snowmobile Trail System, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7718.html

Safety Tips:

- Never drink and drive.
- Complete a recognized snowmobile safety course.
- Always wear appropriate attire and a helmet.
- Make sure to check your brakes, fuel and belt drive before going out.
- Avoid frozen or seemingly frozen waterways.
- Don’t speed.
- Bring along a survival kit.

Snowmobile Etiquette

- Respect people’s property; always get permission before riding on private land.
- Obey trespassing signs and stay on designated trails.
- Check with local officials before using public land.
- Share the trails and drive carefully when non-snowmobilers are out.
- Don’t litter.

SNOWMOBILE GEAR, TOURS & EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Here are some places to get you started. For more, go to iloveny.com or nyssnowassoc.org.

Adirondack Mountain Sports
Indian Lake (rentals)
518/648-0215
adirondackmountainsports.com

Clark’s Marina
Inlet (rentals)
315/357-3231
clarksmarina.com

Flat Rock Inn
Lowville (rentals)
315/376-2332
flatrockinn.net

Highmarket Sports
Constableville (rentals)
315/397-2216
highmarketsports.com

Kovach Rentals
Brantingham
315/348-4060
kovachrentals.com

Lake Placid Snowmobiling Inc.
Lake Placid (tours)
518/523-3596
lakeplacidsnowmobiling.com

Old Forge Sports Tours
Old Forge (rentals and tours)
800/854-1202
ofsporttours.com

Snow Tours Inc.
Lake Placid (tours)
518/523-3415
adirondacks.com/snowtours

Timberview Lodge
Turin (rentals)
315/348-8996
timberview.com

Village Rentals and Sales
Speculator (rentals and tours)
518/548-RENT
villagerentalsny.com

Wolcott Farms
Trailside Lodge at Letchworth State Park
Castile (rentals)
585/786-3504
wolcottfarms.com

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