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Friday, February 20, 2015

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses the upcoming free snowmobiling 
weekend to take place March 7 and 8. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
The state will offer a free snowmobiling weekend in communities across New York on March 7 and 8 for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers.

Registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York’s 10,400 miles of trails. The Governor also announced that the 2015 Winter Challenge will be held the same weekend, on March 8.

“Boosting Upstate tourism has been a top priority for this administration, and this free snowmobiling weekend, Winter Challenge and ad campaign showcase all New York has to offer – even in the Winter,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this afternoon. “I encourage New Yorkers and out-of-towners to plan a trip and experience these beautiful trails, vistas and world renowned resorts for themselves.”

Currently out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers are required to register their snowmobiles with New York State before hitting the State’s trails, stretching from the Hudson Valley to the North Country to Western New York. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but is decreased to $45 if registered through a local snowmobile club. This fee will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers during the promotional March 7-8 weekend provided they are properly registered and insured in another state or Canada.

For information on snowmobiling, including online registration for out-of-state snowmobilers, during non-promotional times, visit

The state’s snowmobiling community has a total economic impact of $868 million, according to a 2011 study by the State University at Potsdam. The promotional March 7-8 weekend is expected to provide a boost to local small businesses and promote the state’s vast network of snowmobile trails, which are groomed and maintained by more than 230 local snowmobile clubs across the state.

New York State Snowmobiling Executive Director Dominic Jacangelo said, “New York has the largest trail system outside of Maine and some of the best trails in the Northeast. We applaud the Governor for designating a free weekend for riders from the surrounding states and Canada to show them what a great experience New York has to offer. From Chautauqua to Plattsburgh, New York is the ‘State of Opportunity’ for snowmobilers. This effort will support the thousands of New Yorkers who depend on snowmobiling for their livelihood.”

The state launched a new digital ad promoting the free snowmobiling weekend to visitors from Canada and New York’s neighboring states, building on the existing $6.4 million I LOVE NEW YORK winter tourism campaign, which is currently seen on television, in key digital outlets, at transportation hubs and on buses, trains and subways. New York’s snowmobiling activities and events are also featured on and the new I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app

In June, the International Snowmobile Congress, a gathering of 400 snowmobile industry leaders from the United States, Canada, Russia and Sweden, will be held in Niagara Falls.

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