tucker cropped As an off-road experience, snowmobiling can have risks. Every snowmobile rider using snowmobile trails in New York State should understand and accept the following:

  • All snowmobiles will be operated meeting legal requirements and all operators and passengers know and obey all New York State laws pertaining to the use of snowmobiles.
  • It is recognized and accepted that snowmobiling is essentially an off-road activity taking place in an unpredictable natural environment.
  • respectThe grooming and maintenance of trails, when provided, is meant solely to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of safe and prudent operators and passengers.
  • It is not practical or possible to maintain all trails uniformly or to remove all unexpected or unknown trail conditions.
  • Weather conditions affect trails and snowmobile operation and they may change without warning.
  • 503USEThe majority of trails are on privately held lands and respecting the wishes of the landowner is key to protecting the trail.
  • The snowmobile operator is ultimately responsible for the safe operation of his/her snowmobile: Know your limit, Ride within it.
  • The NYSSA member clubs are volunteer-based organizations with finite resources and manpower.
  • The NYSSA member clubs are providing the privilege of trail access for most snowmobile trails in New York State without any guarantee of service or quality.
  • stay on trailSnowmobile operators and passengers will:
    • not consume alcohol prior to or while using the trails.
    • be prudent and responsible and shall ensure that snowmobiles are operated with appropriate care and control at all times.
    • ride in control at a prudent and reasonable speed under the prevailing trail and weather conditions.
    • stay to the right side of the trail.
    • new stay right sign VOSS2013know that there may be grooming or other maintenance activities under way at any time of the day or night. Groomers have the right of way.
    • adhere to the Safe Riders Pledge by the International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association
    • be aware that emergency and cell phone service may not be available from all trail locations.
    • follow all posted signs.
    • know that snowmobiling on trails in New York State is regarded as a family-oriented activity.
    • know the unique and particular dangers of ice crossing.
    • yield to groomerdress appropriately for all conditions and will have appropriate safety and emergency equipment at all times.
    • respect landowner wishes, obey posted signs, and stay on the trail.

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