Free Snowmobiling Weekend!
Photo by Brian Landry
If you’re from out of state and you haven’t checked out our local snowmobile trails, it’s the perfect time to plan your trip!
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that snowmobile registration fees will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers from March 14 & 15, 2020.
Typically, snowmobilers from out of state need to register their sleds with New York State before snowmobiling. That cost is typically $100, and the fee is even less — $45 — for those who join a local snowmobile club affiliated with the New York State Snowmobile Association.
Participants in free snowmobiling weekend must operate a snowmobile that is validly registered in their home state/Canadian Province and must carry any applicable insurance as required by their home state/province. For information on snowmobiling, including online registration for out-of-state snowmobilers, during non-promotional times, click here.
“New York is home to some of the best snowmobiling in the country and provides visitors from around the world with endless opportunities to enjoy winter in Upstate New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding, we ensure that these trails are kept in good condition for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts, and I encourage visitors from near and far to take advantage of free snowmobile weekend this February.”
There’s nothing like the exhilaration that comes with traversing the evergreen forest on a groomed and glistening white trail in the mountains.
The Lake George region, located in the southeastern Adirondacks, is home to many miles of groomed, interconnected trails offering a variety of scenery. Ride up Prospect Mountain for the stunning 100-mile view on a clear day, or breeze along frozen pristine lakes. When you get tired or hungry, you’ll find plenty of lodging and restaurants along the interconnected trails.
The trails are groomed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers within the South Warren Snowmobile Club. The club was formed in 1997 when Warren County turned over the duties of maintaining the snowmobile trail system in Southern Warren County. Today volunteers help maintain the trails by brushing, repairing bridges, fixing washouts, installing signage, and grooming nearly 100 miles of trails that connect Lake George, Lake Luzerne, Queensbury, and Washington County together. The SWSC has a fleet of full-size trail groomers and the groomer operators spend about 6 hours every night flattening the bumps to provide snowmobilers an incredible and safe riding experience. The club has approximately 700 members and 60% of them are from out of town from as far away as NJ, CT, Mass, PA, and Long Island, NY. They groom directly to some area businesses, which include Best Western, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Wingate, and Super 8 among others. This provides snowmobilers direct access to the trail system, which is a feature many riders look for when deciding where to travel. The club also posted new signs in recent years that can help people navigate the trails better.
There is no fee to ride the trails but you can join the club and help support them so that the trail network remains in such great condition. You must be registered and insured in New York State to ride.
We do ask visiting snowmobiles to be careful to stay on designated trails and respect private property. Be careful not to litter. In the Adirondacks we abide by the “carry in-carry out” philosophy.
The South Warren Snowmobile Club produces a great trail map, which you can find at our office or on their website.
Stay informed as to when the trails are open by following the South Warren Snowmobile Club on Facebook for updates.
Click here to view their Chamber listing, which includes links to their Facebook and website.
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