Old Forge, known since the 1960’s as the Snowmobile Capital of the East, will join Governor Cuomo and communities across the North Country in a special celebration of winter activities over the weekend of March 7 and 8.
To encourage more snowmobilers to come and enjoy New York, the registration requirement for out-of-state snowmobiles will be waived.
The Towns of Webb and Inlet will join in that effort by waiving the snowmobile trail permit requirement during that weekend.
Normally, out-of-state snowmobile owners must register thier sleds in New York to operate them in the state.
On March 7 and 8, snowmobilers from other states and Canadian provinces will not need to register their sleds here if they are currently registered and insured.
The objective is to make it as easy as possible for snowmobilers to visit and enjoy our area.
The Town of Webb has long had a paid permit system, the proceeds of which provide professional grooming and trail maintenance.
Available are unrestricted seasonal permits, 7-day permits, and seasonal weekday permits. Webb/Inlet does not offer a weekend permit, and the permit-free, registration-free weekend will encourage new visitors to experience the area.
“We have confidence that once snowmobilers see what we have to offer, many will become longtime repeat customers and friends,” said Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer. “They are our best agents, spreading the word and bringing more friends.”
Governor Cuomo announced on February 19, the launch of a new I LOVE NEW YORK digital ad promoting the free snowmobiling weekend.
The governor will personally take part by hosting his second annual Adirondack Winter Challenge in Lake Placid on March 8.
“Boosting Upstate tourism has been a top priority for this administration, and this free snowmobiling weekend, Winter Challenge and ad campaign showcase all New York has to offer—even in the winter,” Governor Cuomo said.
“I encourage New Yorkers and out-of-towners to plan a trip and experience these beautiful trails, vistas and world renowned resorts for themselves.”
The free snowmobile weekend will spread the publicity of winter activities across the North Country.
“Webb has spent five decades building customer service and tourism infrastructure. The basis of that service is professional grooming, and snowmobilers respond to that service, returning year after year. Many have become part-time residents who visit in winter and summer,” Farmer said.