Trails are currently closed

We will be back with current Trail Conditions updates soon! 

Be sure to check our Facebook page for all current club activities, plus  groomer activity and trail conditions.

An easy way to check current trail conditions in our county is by calling the TRAIL CONDITIONS HOTLINE at: Call 1- 800-242-4569, Dial 2, then 5.

Remember that we owe alot to the landowners, so PLEASE show respect to the trails. The members of our club volunteer their time to support and sustain great snowmobile trails. Their efforts make riding the trails a pleasure. We would love to have your help too!  Join the club! 

SnoPhone numbers for Allegany State Park (716) 354-9101 and Letchworth State Park (585) 493-3660 ext. 668  

    NOHRSC - (Live) Interactive Snow Map 

All snowmobilers riding the trails are required to register their sleds with New York State​​

                                            JOIN OUR CLUB!  AND GET A BIG DISCOUNT ON THE PRICE OF                 REGISTERING YOUR SLED IN NEW YORK

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles does not provide or process snowmobile memberships at their offices. To be able to register your sled at a discounted rate, you must join a club and receive your club "voucher" before going to the DMV to register your sled.  But, once you register in New York you can renew, annually, on-line through the DMV website.  Just join our club, download the membership voucher, then provide the unique voucher number on the DMV website. 

When you join a club you receive a registration pricing discount of $55, sound worth it?  

Snowmobile Trailheads: GREAT PLACES TO UNLOAD AND RIDE! 
Gerry Rodeo Grounds 

DIRECTIONS:  From NYS Thruway, take I-90 West past Buffalo to Exit 59 (Dunkirk/Fredonia), at stoplight after tollbooth, turn left onto Route 60 South to Gerry, NY.  In Gerry, turn right at the stop sign (still Route 60 South), go 1000 yards, Rodeo Grounds will be on your right (the area is very well marked with several large signs).   Gerry, NY is just 3 miles from Jamestown, NY and Falconer, NY.  Large, plowed parking area with plenty of large trailer parking. The main corridor snowmobile trail, C1D, runs right through the parking area.
The big, electronic sign at the trail head will broadcast information on the Chautauqua County Trails, whether they are open or closed

Kennedy, NY 
On Rte 394 - plowed parking lot, located across the street from the Gas Station at the Shurfine Grocery Store and The Office Restaurant. Direct access to snowmobile Trail #1
Harris Hill Road, Gerry NY 
Located at the intersection of Harris Hill and Gerry-Ellington Roads (between the towns of Gerry and Ellington) is a state maintained, plowed parking area for the Harris Hill State Lands and the snowmobile trail runs next to the parking lot

When you find a hazard on the trails

If you are comfortable riding with clippers, loppers or a small saw, please feel free to cut out hazards on the trails. We don't always know when a tree falls down, so handling it yourself (when possible) or notifying our Trail Coodinator of the situation helps everyone!

Even if you are on another club's trail system or are not sure which club takes care of the trail where you find a hazard...take a picture with your phone and post it on ours or any Chautauqua County club's Facebook page (just click the Facebook (f) link below)...someone will recognize the area/part of the trail immediately and will notify the right person, so that the hazard can be fixed.

  • The safety of snowmobilers is why club's exist
  • Helping our landowners is another reason 

Snowmobile Safety Training

New York State is a leader in snowmobile education and offers one operator training course for snowmobilers of all ages beginning at age 10. This course provides fundamental information which all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. Successful completion of this course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Courses are taught by experienced snowmobilers who volunteer their time to make the sport safer and more enjoyable for everyone. They are usually sponsored by snowmobile clubs, agricultural extension offices, law enforcement agencies, or similar groups, and are available in fall and early winter. View a list of courses being offered throughout New York State. This list is updated on a weekly basis during the snowmobile season.

From New York State Parks & Recreation
NYS Snowmobile Safety Certification

Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.

Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.
A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate.
Groomer Operator Training
Groomer operator training in New York is not legally required, but all clubs, in our county, are requiring it of their groomer operators.  ​​

The clubs in our county organize and hold groomer training events/meetings throughout the season. 

Check the club's calendar for our next session.

While there is no perfect way to manage grooming operations, basic guidelines help the management of trail grooming equipment and operations. What equipment to purchase, who will operate it, how will it be scheduled, where it will be stored, and how it will be maintained, are all critically important decisions that must be made to properly manage grooming equipment. While some of these decisions are far removed from the grooming equipment operator, a basic understanding of the “big picture” helps facilitate a better, more effective grooming operation.

Good quality grooming doesn’t just happen by chance and will not be assured simply because new, fancy, or expensive equipment has been acquired for the grooming program. Successful grooming programs require a great deal of communication, education, planning and management.

Frequently asked questions about riding in NY

Q. I am coming from out of state, does my sled need to be registered?
A. Unless you are riding on one of the days where NYS waives the registration requirement for out of state snowmobiles, you must have a NY registration. If your sled is registered in your home state you can register your sled online at NY DMV.

If you are coming over from one of the Canadian Provinces you must visit a Motor Vehicle Office location.

Q. What do I need to ride a snowmobile in NYS?
A. Every Snowmobile operated off the owners property must be registered in New York and have liability coverage on the sled.

Q. How do I choose a club to join?
A. We recommend that you join the club(s) where you ride and / or live.

Q. How much insurance should I have on my sled?
A. NYS Law states the minimum insurance you must have. You must have liability insurance which provides coverage for any one person sustaining bodily injuries or death of at least $10,000 and for two or more persons involved in an accident for at least $20,000 and at least $5,000 for damage to the property of another. Proof of insurance must be carried with you. (Parks and Rec Law 25.13)

Q. Where can I ride?
A. Snowmobiling is only permitted on those lands where permission has been given to ride. There are over 10,000 miles of designated and registration supported trails in NYS. Join our club and receive a free trail map of our county's over 500 miles of snowmobile trails...or you can purchase a map, for a $10 donation, at many area businesses on the trail systems.