The New York State Snowmobilers Association (NYSSA) encourages snowmobilers not to wait until trails are declared open to join their local NYSSA Club. Snowmobile season does not officially begin until after big game hunting season in December, and riders are reminded to check with their local clubs at that time to ensure trails have been opened.
“The snow forecasts are encouraging and now is the best time for snowmobilers to renew their membership and prepare for the 2013-2014 winter season,” said Dominic Jacangelo, Executive Director of NYSSA. “Club memberships allow NYSSA and the local clubs the ability to provide safe and well maintained trails for our members statewide.”
By joining a club, members will save money on their snowmobile registration and receive a wide variety of member benefits from local and national sponsors. Join a club online at
Local clubs and NYSSA partner with local businesses to ensure services are available to all of its members, giving additional benefits to each paid member. Clubs are always in need of additional volunteers to run their yearly endeavors as well. From fundraisers to trail work and grooming, it’s the club volunteers that maintain the more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails that New York State has to offer. NYSSA invites club members to become more involved with their club and “their sport.”
“While the forecast of snow is surely teasing snowmobilers, we must respect our season and wait for the official opening of trails in December,” said James Elmore, President of NYSSA. “We ask all snowmobilers to respect landowner relationships and do not ride on closed trails. Please check with your local clubs for the official season opening date, which generally is not until after the hunting seasons have ended.”
Now is also a good time for snowmobilers to register their sleds. New York State DMV allows for online registration renewal that is quick and easy for resident and non-resident snowmobilers. Visit for more information. Information is available on how non-resident snowmobiler can obtain an initial New York snowmobile registration online. Snowmobilers are encouraged to visit for information on local clubs, to join online, as well as links to trail status and the latest news on snowmobiling in New York State.
Snowmobilers are reminded to not access any trail before it is declared open by the club and/or landowner permission has been given.
The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA), a non-profit corporation, is the largest snowmobile association in the country working on behalf of the registered NY snowmobile owners, who contribute $868 million to the New York State economy, and 242 snowmobile clubs to improve trails, facilities and services for participants, and defend snowmobilers against discriminatory legislation.