New York State (NYS) and Chautauqua County makes for perfect snowmobile trail options for all who visit. Because of its close proximity to major lakes like Lake Erie, lake-effect snow transforms Western New York into a winter wonderland.These annual winter conditions have helped carve out the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails that make up Western NY today.
Every year local and distant snowmobilers brave the weather and make the most of these weather conditions. In turn they’re provided high-powered fun on trails extending through forests, along frozen lakes and through must-see towns and communities.
For the sled-enthusiasts Chautauqua County has some of the best snowmobiling in NY, you have found your paradise! Over 400 miles of recreational trails, meadows and State forestlands to choose from. Did you know this western-most part of New York State exceeds an average of 250 inches of snowfall a year? Western New York has rightfully been deemed New York’s snow belt.
Snowmobiliers will delight in some of the county’s highest elevations for the deepest level of snow while experiencing impressive scenic views of the breath taking rolling hill country side.
Snowmobile trails are generally open from late December through mid March. Depending on the year and snow fall amounts, snowmobiling season may extend through early April.
Thousands of hours are spent by volunteers each year to prepare the trails for the riding seasons. Whether you’re an amateur rider or an avid snowmobiler, here’s everything you’ll need to know for your winter Chautauqua travels.
Requirements for Snowmobiling:
As a visitor to Chautauqua County you can visit one of the five snowmobile clubs in the area. Why not try your hand at snowmobiling? You can choose from Chautauqua Lake snowmobile rentals or guided tours, and are able to select the best trail based on your skill.
Review our checklist on NYS snowmobile laws and requirements:
- Out of state snowmobile:
If you’re bringing your own snowmobiles this season, be sure to stop by the New York DMV on your way up to the snow belt. The NY DMV requires every snowmobile to be registered with its department before it can hit the trails, despite being registered in another state.
- How to register:
During the season, running from December to March, you can acquire temporary snowmobile registration from the NY State DMV. If you’re out of state and you’d prefer to receive a card immediately, register your snowmobile online. If you don’t belong to a snowmobiling club your registration cost will be $100. As a club member your fee is a mere $45.While you ride: As a rider you are required to carry your registration and proof of insurance, should it need to be presented to a law enforcement officer.
- While you ride: As a rider you are required to carry your registration and proof of insurance, should it need to be presented to a law enforcement officer.
Courtesy: Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club
Where To Go Snowmobiling:
Snowmobilers have Lake Erie to thank for the lake effect snow which makes these trails so plentiful. Trail riding is not only possible but these conditions make Western New York a premier snowmobile destination.
If you visit one of the designated snowmobiling trails in Chautauqua County you’ll find it to be safe and accommodating. As you cruise along the trails you can expect to see restaurants, service stations and convenient arrangements for access to amenities, should you need them.
Chautauqua vacation rentals are conveniently located to some of the best snowmobile trails in NYS. Vacationing in Chautauqua Lake, Bemus Point or Westfield will ensure comfortable accommodations for the perfect snowmobile adventure.
Visit the clubs below and gain access to information on various trails, information on registering your snowmobiles and DMV requirements, and the trail conditions.
Sunset Drifters, www.sunsetdrifterssnow.com
Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, www.chautauquasnow.com
Cherry Creek Sno-goers, www.cherrycreeksnogoers.com
Ellery Sno Cruisers, www.ellerysno-cruisers.com
Lake Effect Trailbreakers, www.trailbreakers.com
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