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I am so excited to post something about snowmobiling!!! The end of August is here and like most snowmobiling enthusiasts thoughts of snow and flat trails pop in the mind. With that in mind, if you’ve been to your camp or run your quad up on the mountain give us some feedback on any trouble areas we need to clean up. Ken has not heard back if there is any logging going on, but I think we’ll have most of our inner trails back…Of course I may be speaking too soon.
A few things that happened over the summer will make our riding experience a whole lot better. We now have approval from the Town of Providence to create a trail up the side of Fox Hill Rd to Lake Desolation (Edinburg and Greenfield were always on board). Also, we were given an opportunity to add an additional 3.5 miles where the State is phasing in a camping/fishing area up on Fox Hill Rd. In the State’s wisdom…if they are ‘giving’ us 3.5 miles, they would take another 3.5 mile away from us, which would have meant LOSING ALL of 81 from Sacandaga trailhead to Fox Hill Rd. That was a deal breaker! The trail we were going to lose hurt the continuity of the entire system, plus it REALLY complicated grooming. The trail will be there but Sacandaga will be taking care of it. So traffic to Tinney’s will be direct for folks coming from Sacandaga which should leave our inner trails in decent shape. Oh, and there will be NEW PARKING at this new site and on both sides of the road!
Joe posted our meeting schedule on the website today (1st one is in October). Our webcam at Tinney’s is still down (Kevin Joyce and I have done as much as we can), Steve is going to try and take a look at it soon but his schedule has been full this summer. Keep an eye out for upcoming information for work groups as Ken gets a better idea of what needs to be done. Think SNOW!
Just a reminder about which trails are closed and how to get to Lake Desolation. When coming from Sacandage on C8, at SR06 take the left towards the firetower side of the mountain on S86. At SR05 take the right on C8 towards the old ski hill trail, however you must now take S87 at SR25 because C8 to the ski hill is CLOSED (KEEP OUT!!!). This will then bring you C8A (and it’s the only place it will bring you as all other trails are CLOSED this year due to logging, KEEP OUT!!!).
Also be reminded that ALL access to Ormsbee road is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. Do no try and enter from there or you could be ticketed for trespassing. The same is true for the Ski Hill Section of C8. KEEP OUT!!!
Stay off ALL plowed roads. If you are on a plowed road, you are on a CLOSED trail. These areas are being monitors with cameras and DEC will issue tickets based on camera footage! KEEP OUT!!!
Your cooperation with closures ensures we will keep our trails open. If people are ignoring them the entire system is in danger of closing this year. The logging company owns the land and we must do what they say. If you can’t abide, please stay home.
Please no longer ride snowmobiles on or park along Ormsbee Rd. Violators may be ticketed for trespassing. A map update including trail reroutes, logging activity, & approved parking areas will be posted soon. Thank you.
Please remember that our groomers can be out at anytime and always have the right of way. You need to pull off the trail and allow the groomer to pass. The machines are big and can not get over easily and it’s possible they can get stuck if they need to get out of your way.
If you come up behind the groomer please be patient as the operator knows you are back there. They are looking in the mirrors as much as they are looking out the front to ensure that they are properly cutting the trail. The operator will pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so. While you are back there try very hard not to tear up the fresh snow. It takes a while for the snow to harden and just one sled on a freshly groomed trail can ruin it if not gentle.
Finally, Remember that they are towing a very heavy load in the drag and it’s very difficult to start and stop. If you see a groomer coming up a hill (especially near the end of S82) get out of the way as quickly as possible. They can not, and probably will not, stop and lose momentum.
We want everyone to be safe out there. Please do not become a hood ornament on one of our machines. We’ve already had several near misses.