Snowmobile Trail Woes Continue, How to See What's OpenPosted: Updated:
'Welcome to our trail system' says a sign in Croghan that greets snowmobilers.
But there are no riders in sight.
"It's not the way we would like to see it and it's not typical," said Peter Monnat, Long Pond Sno Sled Club member.
January is usually the month trails in the north country pick up for the season, but clubs are struggling with a lack of snow.
Some, like the Southern Tug Hill Sno-Riders, have had enough snow to to groom sections of trails.
Others like Long Pond Sno Sled Club has all of its trails closed. The club manages 90 miles of trails spanning across Croghan, Harrisville, and Long Pond,
"It definitely is frustrating," said Monnat.
And a poker run fundraiser they had scheduled for this upcoming weekend, its first ever one, had to be canceled.
"We canceled it because of the forecast and because of the lack of snow. We wanted to showcase good trails, not trails that are mediocre," said Monnat.
You can see patches of the ground showing through the thin layer of snow on trails. Monnat said there are worse spots on deeper parts of trails.
Even if you're itching to get out, with bare spots and water holes on the trails, Monnat said it's just not safe and you should wait for the okay.
"The best thing to do would be to get on our Facebook page 'Long Pond Sno Sled Club.' We'll keep updates on when the conditions improve. We would love to have people come to the area and hopefully we'll see you this season before long," said Monnat.
Monnat hopes the weather will be on their side for the club's next event in February.
You can stay updated on more trails by following other snowmobile clubs in the region.