Snowmobile season begins, NYS Snowmobile Association warns of possible unsafe trails

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PINE BUSH, NY – The snow has begun to fly in most parts of New York State, and snowmobile season is finally here. 

The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) reminds snowmobilers throughout the state that local trails are not open until the local club has inspected and officially declared trails open for the 2012-2013 season. 

Snowmobilers are now able to register their sleds online to receive their 15-day temporary registration certificate, allowing snowmobilers to begin riding immediately. Out-of-state residents must keep the temporary registration with their valid home-state registration while riding in New York.  

“When each season begins we always want to keep snowmobilers informed of the necessary safety precautions that need to be taken before hitting the trails for the first time,” said Jim Rolf, Trail Coordinator of NYSSA. “We encourage snowmobilers to contact their local snowmobile club before their first ride for trail safety updates in order to ensure a safe experience, as trails do change.”

As this storm drops fresh snow in New York State, riders must be cautious of unfrozen water and mud holes beneath the new snow.  Due to the lack of cold temperatures, grounds were not able to freeze, and all riders are urged to be extra cautious, especially in low lying areas and on bodies of water.

Snowmobilers are encouraged to visit for the New York club list for all information on local clubs as well as information for the online DMV registration.


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