"A lot of our clubs have been prepping for the snow since early August," says Mary Jane Fitzpatrick of the Western New York Snowmobile Club of Boston. "We've done a lot of trail work, with marking the trail, and trying to keep them safe and getting landowner permission, etc." Fitzpatrick. She says the state minimum is three inches, but her club prefers six inches. "All trails are open, but we need to let it settle a bit because it is wet as our groomers get it ready," notes Fitzpatrick.
Safety is a big thing for snowmobile clubs. "First thing is to wear a helmet and have it buckled. Make sure you've taken a safety course and you've taken your time to get used to your snowmobile and make sure it's in good working order," says Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick says if you stay on the trail, you shouldn't have a problem. "We look out for hazards and we mark hazards," notes Fitzpatrick. She urges snowmobilers to not speed excessively or drink before snowmobiling. "We don't want speeders or anyone drinking on our trails so everyone can enjoy the season," warns Fitzpatrick. She also reminds snowmobilers to be aware of walkers or skiers near the trail.
Don't forget to have your registration and insurance with your snowmobile, in case any law enforcment personnel asks for it.