ALWAYS FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES, REGULATIONS,
AND SIGNS ON THE TRAILS. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH. IT CAN ALSO LEAD TO LOSS OF TRAILS FOR EVERYONE!!
NEVER RIDE FASTER THAN YOUR SKILLS ARE CAPABLE OF, AND NEVER AFTER
USING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.
YOU MUST ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THE SAFETY OF YOURSELF, AND FELLOW
SNOWMOBILERS OUT ON THE TRAILS!
Signs are in place to help guide you along
our trails, but common sense is second to none! Be sure to think
and ride safe on all trails.
There is a 55 MPH speed
limit throughout New York State. Be sure to follow all rules &
The fine for not having insurance, or not being registered is about
$250 each. Your snowmobile can also be impounded for these violations.
They will also issue tickets for illegal exhaust systems.
||The Stop sign instructs
riders to bring their snowmobile to a complete stop at or before
the sign, before proceeding. It is used at road crossings, trail
junctions/intersections, and other areas where it is important
to look before moving on.
||The Stop Ahead sign indicates that
you are approaching a Stop sign. You should begin to reduce
speed and look ahead for Stop Sign placement.
||A Caution Sign may be used to make
you aware of a trail condition, object, or any other potentially
hazardous change in the trail which does not have a specific
sign. Always reduce speed and be on the lookout for hazardous
objects or conditions.
||A Trail Blazer, or reassuring blazer
can sometimes be found on long stretches of trails to let the
riders know they are on the correct path. Always look for other
signs along the trail.
||These arrows signs are often used
in place of the trail blazers. They can also be used to help
show the direction of travel, or slight changes in trail direction.
They are also used when paired with signs for locations, to
show what direction to travel to get to a destination.
||Slow means to bring your snowmobile
to a slower speed until trail signing changes. They can be used
in areas that are close to residential or business locations,
and the owners request that we proceed slowly and quietly through
their area until we are a safe distance from them.
||Right or Left turn arrows indicate
that there is a substantial change in the direction of the trail.
You should reduce speed until you clear the turn, and can see
a safe distance ahead.
||A Chevron sign can be used much like
the turn signs above. They can additionally be used to help
guide riders around a curve that sweeps widely to one direction
or another to keep you on the trail. Again, reduced speed is
advised until you can see a safe distance ahead.
||A Junction Ahead sign indicates you
are approaching an intersection of trails. You will often see
Stop Ahead signs with/or nearby to indicate the need to slow
down and be ready to stop.
||A Barricade Ahead sign tells you that
you are approaching a gate or other device blocking the path
of the trail. Reduce your speed until you have cleared the barricade,
follow the marked trails until you can see a safe distance ahead
on the trail.
||A Winding Trail sign lets you know
that you are approaching a series of left and/or right turns
in the trail. Always reduce your speed, and keep safely to the
right until you can see a safe distance ahead.
||A Bridge Ahead sign indicates that
you are coming to a bridge crossing. Bridges often narrow the
trails, and may only allow traffic in one direction at a time.
Reduce your speed, approach the bridge with caution, and cross
the bridge (staying right when space allows)
||A Culvert Ahead sign often lets the
rider know that there is a dip or bump in the trail, and often
causes the trail to become narrower. Stay on the trail, as many
times the there is a ditch or other objects to each side of
the crossing. Reduce your speed, keep right when space allows,
and proceed with caution until you have cleared the object and
can see a safe distance ahead.
||Object Marker Signs are used throughout
the trail system. They are used to warn riders of bridges, culverts,
objects in or near trails, and other hazardous conditions or
items. When used in a pair, the long lines in the center point
towards the trail to be followed. When used alone, the long
line points to the side of the object you should pass. SEE
||Keep Right or Stay Right signs are
used to make sure riders are keeping to their side of the trail
when possible. Especially in wooded or curvy trails, hills,
fields and anywhere else necessary. This will help keep traffic
going in opposite directions from coming too close to each other
Reduce speed, and proceed with caution - especially where trails
are narrow. ALWAYS keep right,
as some riders do not always follow these rules.
||No Snowmobiling signs MUST always
be obeyed. Do not enter or follow trails or snowmobile tracks
into areas marked with these signs. Snowmobiling past these
signs is often prohibited by law, and/or landowners. Failure
to comply can be hazardous to the rider as the trails are unmarked,
and could cause ALL snowmobilers loss of trails if a landowner
||Do Not Enter also means you should
not follow tracks or trails beyond this point. This could be
an area where riding is not permitted, is unsafe, illegal, or
possibly even due to one way traffic. The same rules as the
No Snowmobiling signs apply and should be followed at all times.
||Stay on Trail signs are often used
with the above signs. Continue to follow the marked trail, and
do not follow tracks of other snowmobiles onto unmarked areas.
||No ATV's means that wheeled vehicles
may not be used on these trails. It is illegal for ATV's or
other like vehicle to be on Funded Groomed trails in many areas.
||You may or may not see groomer signs
on the trails. You are ALWAYS to assume that there may be grooming
equipment on the trails. You MUST allow the groomers the right
of way when you encounter them on the trail. They are large
powerful machines you need to be cautious of. You may find it
necessary to stop and/or pull over to allow the groomers to
||Corridor Trail Junction ID Signs help
identify your location on the trail systems, and indicates the
intersection of 2 Main Corridor trails. They contain the 2 letter
County Abbreviation, Intersection ID number, and the letter
C for corridor.
||Trail Junction ID signs are used mainly
for secondary trail intersections. They contain the 2 letter
County Abbreviation, Intersection ID number, but do not have
the letter C, indicating a secondary trail.
||Corridor ID signs indicate which Trail
Corridor Number you are on, and may have a letter after the
number to indicate a specific section. These are used on Main
Corridor Trails in a system.
||Secondary Trail ID signs indicate
which Trail Number you are on, and may have a letter after the
number to indicate a specific section. These are used on Secondary
Trails in a system.
||Food, Lodging, Gas and other information
signs may be found throughout the trail system. They may be
found on signs like this, or even on handmade signs to help
direct you to these services. It is always best to know your
destination, and how to get there prior to starting your ride.
|Know your hand signals when on the
trail. It is also common to see people hold up 1, 2, 3, 4 fingers
to represent how many snowmobiles are behind them. It is especially
helpful when coming through an area where you can not see ahead,
and people passing can not see far past you!
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
TO STAY BETWEEN
THESE MARKERS IN THE
ALLOW US THROUGH ON
AS SMALL A PATH AS
CROPS OR RIDING
OUTSIDE OF THESE
MARKERS COULD CAUSE
LOSS OF TRAILS.
Always plan ahead. Check your machine
for proper operation, fuel and oil levels, lights, maps and
gear. A cell phone can be useful also in case of emergency.
Cell phones may not work in many areas, and other communication
devices can be obtained to take with you.
Be sure to clean your tail light lens often as they often become
covered in snow quickly.
Never Ride alone - be sure to ride with someone else, and always
let someone staying at home know where you are riding to and
the route you are taking.
It is recommended that you bring a spare drive belt, spark plugs,
oil, hand warmers, and a tow rope in case of a break down. If
you need to be towed, your machine will tow much easier with
the drive belt removed. Do not tow a broken machine by the ski
tips as this will cause damage. See your owners manual for recommended
towing procedures if you are unsure. Never ride on the snowmobile
You May See more and more snowmobiles on the trail with these lights,
this is what they represent: