Snowmobiling in Gloversville

By Dan Markham on August 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm EST
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When winter weather drops in on New York‚ hundreds of Fulton County residents don’t break into depression.

They break out their snowmobiles.

Major Winter Activity

Snowmobiling is one of the favorite cold-weather pastimes in the Adirondack region‚ and Fulton County has the conditions and infrastructure to keep participants happily trekking along.

“It’s one of the major winter activities here‚” says Joe Sullivan of Powerhouse Motor Sports of Mayfield.

The county has more than 150 miles of well-maintained trails. And the trails don’t just end at the county lines.

Much like the New York State Thru way system makes highway travel easy for the state’s motorists‚ a snowmobiling corridor allows riders to traverse all over the Empire State. That corridor runs right through Fulton County‚ allowing both local and visiting riders access to all parts of the state and beyond.

“It connects to Tug Hill‚ a major snowmobiling mecca‚” Sullivan says. “Or you can go north into Quebec.”

Of course‚ snowmobilers don’t need to leave the area to find recreation.

Great Sacandaga Lake

“It’s not uncommon on a weekend to see 300 or 400 snowmobiles outside Sport Island Pub or Lanzi’s on the Lake‚” says Sullivan of two of the popular restaurants on Great Sacandaga Lake.

The lake is the hub of snowmobiling activity. In fact‚ Sleds Across the Sacandaga scheduled a community-wide effort in February 2007 to set the world record for the longest line of moving snowmobiles.

The activity in Sullivan’s line of work is also a reflection of the sport’s popularity. Besides his store‚ which sells Polaris machines‚ there are three other dealerships in the community covering every major manufacturer.

Snowmobiling Clubs

While Sullivan and other dealers serve the commercial needs of snowmobiling enthusiasts‚ the community’s half-dozen clubs make sure that participants have pristine trails to ride. The clubs are charged with taking care of the county’s trails.

Their efforts result in trails that are “well-groomed‚ well-maintained and well-signed‚” Sullivan says. “It’s easy to get from point A to point B here.”

Coordinated efforts between the clubs are responsible for that‚ says Southern Adirondack Snowmobile Club President Frank Hoose. The area’s clubs work together to connect the local trails they maintain.

The clubs also hold a variety of fund raising and other social events to support their activities. And they work with the state snowmobiling organization to lobby the state on behalf of the sport and its participants.

But perhaps most significant‚ the clubs are ready to pitch in during a time of crisis. Hoose says the clubs make their machines available to fire department or other emergency personnel for use as needed.

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