State Registration Requirement and Fees Waived This Weekend for Snowmobiles
Registered and Insured Out-of-State
Town Registration Fees Waived for All Snowmobilers This Weekend
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded out-of-state and Canadian snowmobile enthusiasts that this weekend is New York's annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend. Beginning today and through Sunday, state registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobilers wishing to explore New York's 10,500 miles of trails.
"New York is home to unparalleled natural beauty and hosting this weekend's Free Snowmobiling Weekend for out-of-state enthusiasts allows them to enjoy and explore all that our state has to offer free of charge," Governor Cuomo said. "Our tourism industry is booming from the Catskills to the Adirondacks to Western New York, and I encourage visitors to make the trip upstate this weekend to see for themselves why our incredible snowmobile trails are second to none."
All snowmobilers are required to register their snowmobiles with New York State before hitting the State's trails, which span the Hudson Valley, North Country and Western New York. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but decreases to $45 if the snowmobiler is a member of a local snowmobile club. This fee will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers during the promotional weekend, provided they are properly registered and insured in another state or Canada.
During free snowmobiling weekend, town registration fees will also be waived for all in-state, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. For more information on snowmobiling, including online registration for out-of-state snowmobilers during non-promotional times, click here.
New York State requires riders younger than 18-years-old to take a New York State-approved Snowmobile Safety Course and obtain a snowmobile safety certificate when riding on public lands. A listing of New York State Parks' safety courses can be found here.
The state's snowmobiling community generates total economic impact of approximately $868 million, according to a 2011 study by the State University of New York at Potsdam. The promotional snowmobiling weekend will provide a boost to local small businesses and help to promote the state's vast network of snowmobile trails, which are groomed and maintained by more than 230 local snowmobile clubs across the New York State.
Winter travel is responsible for 21 percent of New York's total tourism, accounting for more than $13 billion in direct visitor spending in 2015. More information on winter tourism in New York State is available at www.iloveny.com/winter and on the free I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app, available for download on the iTunes and Google Play app stores or at www.iloveny.com/mobile.