President Ron Nihill 315-357-5233
Vice President Bob Gates 315-527-0760
Recording Secretary Kathy Simpson 315-369-2208
Treasurer Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Corresponding Secretary Sandy Nihill 315-357-5233

Club Membership Administrator Cindy Beckley 315-369-2664


Howie Dailey 315-369-2716
Bob Gordon 315-357-6339
Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
Bill Gasperino 315-369-2208

Jim Vaccaro 585-503-4692



Sunshine - Mary Lou Reich 315-357-2412
Trail Grooming- Dick Conversano 516-641-7737
Safety Course - Ernie Gilbert 315-369-3695

Trail & Building Maintenance - Don Bartel 315-369-2347




We need cooperation from all our snowmobile riders!! The Town of Inlet has issued a revocable permission letter for our club to groom trail C8B which follows both sides of Uncas Road in Inlet from Route 28 and Trail 5. This trail is a corridor trail that connects to Raquette Lake. The residents of this road have complained of snowmobilers not staying on the trail and veering off onto private property. In order for our club to continue receiving funding from the New York State Parks and Recreational grant-in-aid program, and for snowmobilers to not lose the use of this trail, please stay on the groomed trail so the club can continue maintaining this trail for your use. We thank you all in advance for spreading the word to all snowmobilers who use this trail.



Paul Chambers has resigned from his Trustee position to begin a new chapter in his life with his wife Reggie. The Board of Directors thanks Paul for his valued help over the years with the trail grooming and maintenance of equipment. President Ron Nihill has appointed Dick Conversano to fill the vacant trustee seat on the Board until elections are held in February 2019. Dick will be chairing the trail grooming duties.



The club and the Raffle Committee would like to thank all participating members for supporting this club fundraiser in the past. Because of this raffle, in part, the club has been able to purchase a property with two storage buildings that is perfect to house and maintain our grooming equipment. This year the raffle income will help with the mortgage payment. There are two raffle tickets included in the envelope with the July newsletter for $10 each. Please support our club by mailing back the payment of $20 with the two ticket stubs in the envelope provided. If you would like additional tickets, just include the extra amount and the tickets will be mailed to you. And thanks again for your continued support. You can win the First Prize snowmobile, a black 2019 SkiDoo MXZ TNT 600R IN E-Tec Snowmobile; Second Prize is $1,000 cash; Third Prize is $500 cash; Fourth through Eighth Prizes are $100 cash each. We would appreciate your support again this year.

2019 SkiDoo MXZ TNT 600 Snowmobile features:






The Club's annual Christmas Party will be held at the Ole Barn on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  There will be a brief business meeting at 5:30 pm, followed by hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:00 pm, and then dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  Your choice of entree is:  Prime Rib with a Baked Potato, Fresh Salmon with mango glaze and mango salsa served on the side with a Baked Potato, or Chicken Parmesan on pasta.  Following dinner, the raffle drawing for the snowmobile and other prizes will be held.  And then the gift exchange will be held.  If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped, unisex gift valued at $15.  The cost for the dinner is $15 per club member or $35 for a non-member.  Reservations and entree choices must be received by Bill Gasperino no later than December 1st.  Please mail a check payable to the Inlet Barnstormers and mail c/o Bill Gasperino, PO 1042, Old Forge, NY 13420.  


All club memberships expire on August 31 each year. If you haven't already renewed your membership, now is the time to send in your dues. A membership application/renewal form was included in the July 2018 newsletter that was mailed to all club members from last season. A form can also be downloaded here. Or you can renew online using your credit card from this link. You will be mailed your club membership materials, including your voucher to take to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to receive the club discount on your snowmobile registration fee.



If you plan to come to Old Forge during the winter season, you should be aware that you need to renew your New York State Snowmobile Registration before you arrive. The local Department of Motor Vehicles office in Old Forge has limited operating days and hours, also there is not a way to obtain a club membership voucher locally to get the discount from DMV. You can always join our club online to get your voucher through the NYSSA website, but plan on stopping at a NYS DMV office before you head north from the NYS thruway.



The club is always looking for volunteers to help with club events and projects.  The Trails Committee is scheduling work days for Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2019 (and possibly October 6). Please contact Don Bartel, phone 315-369-2347, if you can help on any of these days. Remember that the club has incentives for volunteers.


The Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club will be sponsoring two Snowmobile Safety Courses for the upcoming winter season. Space is limited and youths must be registered to attend. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The first course is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th, and registration will open on Monday, November 26th. The second course is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, and registration will open on Wednesday, January 2nd. Pre-registration is required and calls will not be accepted before the specified dates for each course. Register by calling instructor Ernie Gilbert at 315-369-3695.

Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian. A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate. Additional information can be found at:


Groomer training and refresher information will again be required for any club member who is interested in volunteering. Care and use of upgraded equipment is in flux all the time, so even if you groomed last year, you will need to get the updated information. There will be a session held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1pm, located at the club’s groomer barn at 23 Uncas Road in Inlet. Please contact Dick Conversano, phone 516-641-7737 to let him know if you will attend or to arrange a different training time if you can’t be there on November 10th.



Come join us for our annual Poker Run on Friday, January 25 and Saturday January 26, 2019. It’s fun. Get your buddies and go for it! The purse is $700 and there is over 70 door prizes and last year’s 50/50 was $400. Pick up your playing card at any one of the 25 sponsors . Get your card stamped from as many sponsors as possible. Go to Daikers restaurant by 5:15 pm on Saturday January 26, 2019. Your one card can purchase up to ten hands for $10 per hand (no need for 2 cards, only one card will be accepted per player). Winner must be present to win. No new card hand will be dealt after 7:30 pm.  You are dealt as many cards as you have stamps on your card. You need at least 5 different stamps as the poker game is five-card stud. Come join the fun and ride safe.



The annual Inlet Barnstormers Club overnight trip will be held this season on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 5 & 6, 2019. We will leave from the groomer barn on North Street in Old Forge at 9AM on Tuesday and ride to the Beeches Resort in Rome. We will get to the Beeches mid-afternoon after stopping for lunch on the way. There will be a cocktail party at 4:30pm in the breakfast dining room. Bring your own adult drinks. You can make a reservation by calling the Beeches at 315-336-1775 and ask for a room with the Barnstormers. The rates are $89.95 and $99.95 per night with a full American breakfast included. We will be having dinner as a group at 7pm at the Beeches. You can also drive down by car and meet us there for all the fun. If you plan on riding your sled, please call Bob Gates at 315-527-0760 so he will know who to expect on the ride. We will have vehicles to take your luggage if you wish. Any other questions, give Bob a call. If we are not able to ride the sleds due to trail conditions, we will all be driving our cars to enjoy the fun. Snow or no snow we will still go. Hope to see you there!




Billy generously donates 20% of all dinner checks and take-out orders back to our club. Call the restaurant (315-369-2001) to make your dinner reservations at the Barnstormers reserved tables in his cozy dining room and bolster our club’s revenue for grooming. Please be sure to “THANK” Billy Burns for his support! Hope to see many of you there. Members and Non-Members are welcome!



The club continues to need your help to make the gas tax refund a success.  All those gallons of gas that YOU use on the snowmobile trails include sales tax that the club can get refunded to buy equipment and for trail maintenance etc. You do have to buy the gas in New York State. Use the Gas Tax Refund form. You must attach the gas receipt for each purchase that you put on the form.  When you fill up a page you must sign it on the bottom which gives the Inlet Barnstormer permission to apply for the sales tax refund for the gas you purchased.  Please make a copy of the form before you start filling it out so that you always have a blank sheet to start again when you have filled up the first sheet . THAT’S IT!  So, send the completed forms to the address on the bottom of the GAS TAX form!   Also, when you are purchasing snowmobile gas locally at the following businesses, there will be containers with the club's logo for you to drop in your receipts so the club can do the paperwork for you: Country Market Sunoco in Thendara; FasTrac, Enchanted Gas and Old Forge Camping Resort in Old Forge ; Big Moose Yamaha/Arctic Cat and Clark's Marina in Eagle Bay; Inlet Marina and E-Z Mart in Inlet.  The club thanks you in advance for your help.  Call Howard Dailey if you need additional information, phone 315-369-2716.


The club is always looking for volunteers to help with club events and projects.   Remember that the club has incentives for volunteers. Please contact any club officer for additional information. Phone numbers are listed at the top of this page..


The Board of Directors invites you to stop by to see the buildings where we store our trail grooming equipment. The address is 23 Uncas Road (corner of Uncas & Evans Roads). Call any of the directors listed on page one to make sure someone will be there to greet you. Your help would also be appreciated if you would like to volunteer for some of the trail maintenance and grooming or any of the other club activities. Contact any club officer for additional information.


Stay in touch online, with our website, and follow us on Facebook, Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club. You can also join our club online by following the link on our website to By joining via the New York State Snowmobile Association website with your credit card, your voucher will be available to you instantly by clicking on the link emailed to you.