New York offers some of the best snowmobiling available anywhere. Miles and miles of snowmobile trails await you.
New York State Snowmobile Association
NYSSA seeks to preserve and improve snowmobiling in New York State. NYSSA works toward improving trails, facilities and services for participants, and defends snowmobilers against discriminatory legislation.
NYSSA works to protect landowners, review and watchdog the NYS Trail Fund and is constantly seeking additional Trail funding programs.
NYSSA continually works to improve communications in every aspect of snowmobiling. NYSSA coordinates and provides leadership for New York State Snowmobile Clubs and Organizations in developing and implementing policies, strategies and action plans which foster the growth of safe snowmobiling.
NEW YORK STATE REQUIREMENTS
Anyone who is at least eighteen years old may operate a snowmobile in New York State without any other qualification except as defined by state and local laws regulating that operation. However, it is recommended that all operators complete a recognized snowmobile operation course of instruction. Youths between the ages of 10 and 18 years old may operate a snowmobile without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. The Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue a snowmobile safety certificate to youths who successfully complete this course. Youths who do not hold this certificate are subject to the same restrictions as children under the age of 10 years.
Children under 10 years old may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian, except when accompanied by a person over 18 years old, or by a person over 14 years old who holds a snowmobile safety certificate. However, a child under 10 years old or a youth who does not hold a snowmobile safety certificate may not operate a snowmobile on or across a highway at any time.
Registration and Associated Topics
Any snowmobile operated in New York State must be registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, (DMV), even if it is registered in another state or province, except under certain special circumstances. Registration is done at the time of sale by the dealer. A snowmobile obtained in a private sale or from an out-of-state source may be registered by the new owner at any Motor Vehicle office or by a dealer participating in the state’s prepaid registration program.
$10 of each resident and $20 of each non-resident registration goes to the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund. This fund supports 8,000 miles of public snowmobile trails in New York State, snowmobile safety education programs and enforcement of NYS snowmobile laws!
Exemptions from Registration Requirements:
Snowmobilers must carry registration and proof of insurance documents on their person at all times while snowmobiling. These documents must be produced at the request of any law enforcement officer or magistrate. Insurance documentation must be produced at the request of anyone who is injured or suffers property damage as a result of operation of a snowmobile.
Holders of snowmobile safety certificates must carry the certificate when they are snowmobiling.
These documents should always be carried on your person and never left in the snowmobile.
Snowmobiles may not be operated in any careless, reckless, or negligent manner, or in any way that harasses other people or wildlife.
It is UNLAWFUL to operate a snowmobile:
Operation On Highways
Operation of snowmobiles on highways depends on the classification of the highway and the prevailing conditions. In all cases where highway operation is allowed, all snowmobiles MUST be in single file on the right hand side of the road, except to overtake and pass another snowmobile.