Where else can you find the original AmSnow Adirondack Shootout featuring snowmobile-perfect conditions and the fastest stock and modified snowmobiles? Nowhere!
Twenty years ago the AmSnow Adirondack Shootout began in Woodgate, and last year it returned in a big way with new categories and mind-bending fast sleds (See AmSnow, Feb. 2009, p. 22). The tradition continues this year and cruising this area is a must ride for our friends in the empire state.
You can zoom through Oneida, Madison, Herkimer and Otsego counties in the Central Leatherstocking region, which itself is rather large, so pick up local trail maps. Oneida is the most popular area here, with 540 miles of groomed trails that connect with the popular Tug Hill area and span the state. You will find forests, mountains and gorges to play in.
Lake George, just south of the Adirondacks, offers an extensive trail network that connects the towns of Lake Luzerne, Queensbury, Glen Falls, Brant Lake, Chestertown, Pottersville and Warrensberg. To get a great view of Lake George and the mountains, try traveling the trail along the summit of Prospect Mountain.
If you're looking for some big lake-effect snows and oodles of trails, 484 miles to be exact, visit Lewis County in northeastern, N.Y. Again, the Tug Hill area here is extremely popular and offers terrain that expert riders can enjoy. Other areas to try include the foothills of Adirondack Park and the scenic Black River Trail in Black River Valley.
With more than 500 miles of trails, the Inlet/Old Forge area in upstate N.Y. is sometimes called the "snowmobile capital of the East." (See AmSnow, Nov. 2005, p. 118) The Old Forge trail system is perfect for couples and families seeking a leisurely weekend. Inlet provides you miles of trails through 50,000 acres of wilderness.
For the biggest trail system in N.Y., take a trip to Hamilton County. Its 750 miles will have you rubbing your thumb at the end of the day, but asking for more. Nature takes over here with abundant wildlife, panoramic views, frozen waterfalls and a population of less than 3 people per square mile. Awesome!Helpful Sites
N.Y. State Snowmobile Association: www.nyssnowassoc.org
N.Y. State Department of Motor Vehicles: www.nydmv.state.ny.us/dmvfaqs.htm#Snowmobiles
N.Y. State Tourism: www.iloveny.com
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