We have plenty of snow, and snowmobile trail conditions are very good around the Adirondacks. Trails will be busy this weekend, and some areas will be a little icy, especially on turns, so it’s a good time to review basic snowmobile safety.
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 the State Parks Snowmobile Education webpage. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.
Check your snowmobile. Make sure it is in good working order and carry emergency supplies.
Always wear a helmet and make sure you wear the proper snowmobile gear, including bibs, jackets, boots and gloves.
Always ride with friends or at least one other person.
Ride responsibly. Ride within your ability, ride to the right, and operate at a safe and prudent speed. Respect landowners, obey posted signs, and stay on the marked trail.
Frozen bodies of water are not designated trails. If you plan to ride on ice, proceed with caution and be aware of potential hazards under the snow.
Never drink alcohol or use drugs and ride.
Riding snowmobiles in the Forest Preserve is restricted to marked trails. For more information on snowmobiling on DEC lands, visit DEC’s website.
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) oversees the development, maintenance and oversight of a statewide snowmobile program, which features more than 10,000 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails. For more information on snowmobiling in New York.