January 06, 2017
State Parks Press Office:
Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868 | email@example.com
Safe, smart riding best way to enjoy New York's snowmobile trail network
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation remind snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution as they enjoy the state's abundant snowmobiling opportunities.
"Our 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails make New York State an unmatched destination for snowmobiling," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "The best way to enjoy this incredible network is to make safety a priority for yourself and others out on the trail. Knowing the safety recommendations – and following them – will help ensure you and your friends and family have a good time on the trail."
Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, go to www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles/education.aspx. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.
Before heading out, riders are reminded to check trail conditions with local snowmobile clubs. To find a club, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) website at www.nysnowmobiler.com. Joining a snowmobile club helps support snowmobiling in New York State. Club members receive a discounted registration fee, and help support the clubs and volunteers who make up the backbone of the New York State snowmobile trail system.
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The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) oversees the development, maintenance and oversight of a statewide snowmobile program, which features approximately 10,500 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails. For more information on snowmobiling in New York, visit www.nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles.