The New York State Snowmobile Association is reminding snowmobilers that local trails are not considered officially open until a local club has inspected and cleared trails for the 2012-13 season.
Although the snowmobile season won't begin until after the hunting season ends in late December, association members are encouraging all snowmobilers to use the time to join their local clubs and register their sled.
"Our recent economic impact study shows that our sport contributes $868 million to the state economy," said Dominic Jacangelo, association executive director. "We work with local municipalities and landowners to provide riding options for our members as well as identifying opportunities to work with local businesses to ensure services are available to our club members."
Snowmobilers can visit www.nysnowmobiler.com for information on clubs as well as the latest news on snowmobiling in New York state.
"Our number one priority is safety. That's why we ask everyone to reach out to their local club before hitting the trails for the first time," said Jim Rolf, association trail coordinator. "Trails continually change as clubs continue necessary maintenance. Our local clubs are working to inspect and repair these trails in order to ensure a safe experience throughout the season."
The association encourages all snowmobilers to abide by all the safety regulations and to refrain from consuming any amount of alcohol until they have parked their snowmobiles for the day.
"Operating a snowmobile safely requires drivers to be alert and focused at all times. Don't invite something bad to happen by riding beyond your skill level or consuming any amount of alcohol before your riding is done," said Gary Broderick, association president.