Members and guests of the Trackside Blazers Snowmobile Club enjoy a bonfire and pig roast every year. This is one of the many events you can enjoy when you join a club! Photo by Anne O’Dell
Why Join Your Club and NYSSA?
Membership in your club and NYSSA has many benefits. If you are a member of a local club you are automatically a member of NYSSA.
- You will receive a $55 discount on all your snowmobile registrations
- You membership dues supports in part the 10,000 miles of trails in NY
- You will be part of a strong and unified voice for snowmobiling
- Join others in awareness for safe snowmobiling
- Enjoy many discounts and benefits from businesses
- Receive the NY Snowmobiler Magazine each month
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TOP TEN REASONS TO JOIN A SNOWMOBILE CLUB
10. Snowmobile clubs secure landowner permission to create snowmobile trails. Without the clubs getting this permission and paying insurance costs, no trails would cross private property, and that means the sport as we know it would not exist. All this takes time, effort and money.
9. Snowmobile clubs clear and create trails. After the land access is received, somebody has to go out and clear away the brush, cut down interfering limbs, haul out trash and smooth the base of the trail. They also must build bridges over creeks and low spots, and that takes a lot of work and a lot of money. This is all done by volunteers who truly love the sport. Without these hidden heros (Grunts), either the trails would not get cleared, bridges would not get built and most trails would close.
8. In most areas, members of the snowmobile clubs groom the trails. Remember these groomer operators are all volunteers, donating their time to make the trails as smooth as they possibly can. Again, these are more of the hidden heros (Grunts) who spend their time in or on a slow moving groomer, tending to the trails and making them as smooth as they are. Remember, if you are not a club member you have no right to complain about trail conditions.
photo by Sharon Czelusniak
7. While we’re talking trails, who do you think puts up all the stop signs, caution signs and directional arrows (just to name a few)? If you said “the snowmobile clubs,” give yourself 10 points and keep reading, because we’ve only just begun.
6. Do you know where funding comes from to pay for groomers, insurance or trails development? The dues you pay to join a snowmobile club helps, but in New York the bulk of the funding comes from the Snowmobile Trail Fund, administered by Parks. Why does our sport get this money from the state? Because our sport is organized. There is strength in numbers. Join a Club and register your sled early!
5. Membership has its benefits. For example, membership in a NYSSA member club gets you a voucher so your snowmobile registration will be $45 instead of $100. Tons of discounts are available; see our website, www.nysnowmobiler.com. And don’t forget the FREE $4,000 NILICO Accidental death and dismemberment insurance!
4. Belonging to a club makes for better, safer snowmobiling. That’s right, surveys and accident statistics have shown that snowmobile club members have a much lower accident rate than non-club members. Why? Because club members tend to be conscientious, they tend to stress safety and they are aware of safe-riding issues.
Photo by Wayne Davis
3. Belonging to a snowmobile club gives you a great social outlet for your favorite hobby. You can help out on trails, attend club rides, go to club meetings, take part in club fundraisers or a club trip to a faraway snowmobiling destination. Belonging to a club gives you a good opportunity to ride with different people, experience different areas and hang out with people who have similar interests.
2. Belonging to a snowmobile club makes you a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem. If you think the trails should be groomed more often, that a certain trail should move to the opposite side of the road or if you consider some corners on the trail dangerous or poorly marked, get involved. Most snowmobile clubs seek fresh opinions and want feedback from users.
1. And the #1 reason to join a snowmobile club: It’s just the right thing to do. For all the reasons listed above and many more, you should belong to a snowmobile club. The costs are minimal, the benefits are nice and it’s your responsibility to support the sport. It’s cheap, it’s simple and it’s right.