I t should be obvious to anyone, but just in case, local snowmobile club members are advising riders to stay off the trails.
Early snowfall had some riders out on the trails but members of the Border Riders Snowmobile Club say the trails are still closed due to a lack of snow cover after the recent thaw. Riders are expected to wait until the trails are officially opened to allow enough snow to accumulate to protect the areas where landowners allow riding on their properties.
“The landowners are allowing us to use their land for the trails, and it is super imperative that riders respect this privilege. Please do not litter on the trails, respect other riders and treat the land as if it were your own. … In other works don’t abuse this privilege,” Border Riders’ Elaine Daigle said Friday.
“At this time the trails are not open, if you are out there riding we would hope that you can read the signs and stay off,” she said.
The 60-plus miles of trails that crisscross the Granville back country are available because landowners allow it, she said. Riding before enough snow has packed down on the trail to properly protect the surface could upset those people and lead to trail closures, she said.
The Border Riders Snowmobile Club members have been out working on the trails on Sundays all summer long, Daigle said.
“A lot of brush cutting was done and signage has been installed along with building another bridge this year. There is still a few miles of trail that need to be worked on, but the handful of members who have been working have covered as much as they can possibly cover,” Daigle said.
“Please be considerate and obey the trail open/closed signs,” Daigle said.
Anyone with questions should call club President Dan Daigle at 260-8704.
“If you can find the time to help out on the trail, he can tell you which direction they are heading in on Sundays, and you are always welcome to help out,” Elaine Daigle said. “We would like to have the best marked and maintained club trails in the county this year.”
People can contact Elaine Daigle at 642-1438 to pay their dues and receive their NYS voucher, which will save $55 on registration fees.