New York's 10-thousand plus miles of snowmobile trails are about to get nicer. The Governor's Office announced $5 million dollars will be shared among communities and snowmobile clubs to maintain and groom trails.

4 million of the funding comes from sled registration fees collected by the state. The money is shared with New York Counties that in turn share it with local snowmobile clubs. On the surface it appears we'll get a fair share of the monies. Here's a breakdown of "who got what" in funding:

  • Mohawk Valley - $745,002
  • Central New York - $644,226
  • North Country - $909,361
  • Finger Lakes - $402,442
  • Capital Region - $288,350
  • Southern Tier - $354,664
  • Western NY - $699,690

Another $1.1 million is being distributed through a federal program and will assist with the purchase and upgrade of trail grooming equipment. Clubs in Herkimer, Madison, Hamilton, Oswego, Lewis and  Fulton counties share the funding.

Round up your out-of-state friends, Governor Cuomo also proclaimed free snowmobiling  this weekend. Anyone living outside of New York or in Canada with a properly insured and registered sled can ride the state's trails for free. Here are more details from the Governor's office and a county by county breakdown of the funding.


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