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Southern Tier Snowmobiling: A Cure For Cabin Fever

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So it’s colder than the dickens outside, the snow is flying and you are board to tears. What do you do?
Hit The Trails!



First let me say that operating a snowmobile is quite easy. It is always recommended that first-time riders attend a safety class and carefully watch the Safe Riders! Safety Video, which highlights important segments of snowmobile training.
Most days, snowmobiling is simply a winter recreation choice and lifestyle activity. Some people ski, some ice fish and some hit the trails. We live in an area where most winters, snow is prevalent and snowmobiling is what we do!!


Pic by Greene Drift Riders

Snowmobiling is important to those who need cabin fever relief and an escape, and who don’t enjoy sitting in front of a television or a computer screen all winter long!
Many, many people around the area have the snowmobile fever and there are dozens of clubs, and groomed trails to ride. (although I admit that if you wanted to take your sled out last year, you would have had to head north due to our lack of the white stuff)




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And, just like a runners club, or car club, a snowmobile club is more of a social experience. There’s so much to do, from trail construction and restoration, acquiring easements from landowners for trail-riding, putting up and taking down trail markers, grooming trails and of course….. The Fund Raising!





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Most snowmobile clubs will hold summer time events like chicken barbecues and the like to help raise funding for everything from insurance costs… to fuel for groomers. And there almost always is the big Sno Kick Off Party (of which I have hosted for the last couple of years for the Greene drift Riders.




Snowmobiling and snowmobile clubs are fraternities and ways of meeting and making life long friends. So this winter, stop twiddling your thumbs. Get off your butt and get on a sled!

Here’s just a few activities that are coming up soon for the snowmobile enthusiast, or for those who want to dangle their toes in the frozen water, before jumping in fully naked!

January 26th  O’ Dark Thirty – Bonfire with the BC Sno-riders’ Club.  Trail 501 – behind Cornell’s Body Shop is where you meet.  Route 79 by car (no parking available) This is a destination ride.
February 2nd – Riding the Bumps to get rid of the Lumps.This is one I am involved with and will be at. It’s a Pink Ribbon Ride, from Noon to 4pm at the Brackel Bar & Grill, off route 23 in  McDonough NY – Trail C5F (pitcher NY) by sled – 107 Kinney Rd McDonough – by car – (Limited parking available) It’s a Destination ride and proceeds go to Breast Cancer Awareness. I will have more info on this event next week on

Greene Drift Riders Trail System

Also next week, a list of available trails and snowmobile destinations. In the meantime, if you want more info on a snowmobile club near you, here they are.
Chenango County…..
B.C. Sno Riders-


Chenango Sno Riders-
Greene Drift Riders-
Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club-
Trail Hounds-
Unadilla Valley Snow Drifters-
Broome County…..
Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club-

Cortland County
Marathon Snowdusters-
Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club-
Seven Valley Snow Goers Inc.-
Truxton Snowmobile Club, Inc.-
Tully Trailblazers Snowmobile Club-
Twin Bridges Snowmobile Club Inc.-

Delaware County

Central Catskill Trail Association-
D&D Snowdiggers, Inc.-
Delaware Valley Ridge Riders-
Delaware-Otsego-Chenango Snowriders (DOCS)-
Hamden Hill Ridge Riders-
Maywood Snow Riders-

Tioga County

Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club-
Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club-
Tioga Ridge Runners-


Thank you to,  the Chenango County Snowmobile Federation,  And especially to my friends with the Greene Drift Riders.


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