With more and more of us heading outdoors for safe and healthy recreation, the Ticonderoga Area and Lake Champlain Region is welcoming more and more snowmobile enthusiasts to our beautiful trails. The trail system can take you to and from Ticonderoga to Crown Point, Schroon Lake and beyond! The trails offer a variety of views and terrain including backwoods beauty, open fields and access to local hotels and restaurants. Please note when visiting our beautiful Eastern Adirondack towns expect a diverse terrain that is truly an Adirondack experience. With this comes great changes in elevation along each route. Our local snowmobile clubs encourage you to always check on conditions ahead of time and be aware of variations in elevation when enjoying the trails.
Preparing the Trails
The Adirondack Trailriders is a non-profit group of volunteers that provides groomed, marked trails connecting Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga, Crown Point and Moriah. Many hours of work goes into preparing these trails. The Northern Washington County Trailblazers, similarly, works diligently to maintain and prepare the trails in Putnam and Dresden, just South of Ticonderoga. The aim of both clubs is to promote safe and lawful riding for all enthusiasts. In the towns of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, club members, Dawn Labatore, Jon Cooke, Walt Worth and others put many hours into caring for the trails. Once a decent amount of snow has fallen, they dedicate time to take equipment out to groom the trails so they can be opened and fully enjoyed. For updates on trail conditions you can follow the Adirondack Trailriders and the Northern Washington County Trailblazers on Facebook. To view interactive trail maps, safety tips, or to learn more about riding in the area, go to www.nysnowmobiler.com or download the new Adirondacks, USA interactive snowmobile app.
Tips from the Club
The Adirondack Trailriders have a few suggestions for things to take care of before you hit the trails.
- Be sure to register and insure your sled each season.
- Be sure your sled is in good operating condition.
- Check the weather and trail conditions before you head out.
- Join your local snowmobile club to support all of the work that goes into preparing the trails for the season.
Make it a Weekend
After a long day on the snow you will be ready to enjoy the hospitality that any one of the many lodging options in the area has to offer. Options include: Best Western Ticonderoga Inn & Suites; Super 8 Motel; Silver Bay YMCA, Trout House Village Resort and many more.
To endure a day on the trails, you are going to need fuel…for both you and your sled. Stop by one of the many gas stations in the area, including Bain’s Sunoco and Stewart’s Shops to fill up your tank. To satisfy your stomach, you can stop at any number of our local restaurants, such as Maddens Pub, Hot Biscuit Diner, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Foraging Bear, Dunkin Donuts, or McDonald’s of Ticonderoga.
While you are in the area, if you are in need of parts, service, or are interested in shopping for a new (or new to you) sled, you can rely on the friendly and experienced staff at Tony’s Ti Sports.
More than just snowmobiling
While the Adirondacks is home to some of the best trails in New York, the area has so much more to offer! You could snowshoe along the Champlain Area Trails, the Crown Point State Historic Site, Rogers Rock Campground and Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park, enjoy a visit to the Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour or check the work of local artists at the Ti Arts Downtown Gallery.
Now is the time to plan and prepare for your snowmobiling adventure. Check your gear, complete maintenance on your sled. For assistance in planning your visit, contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce or go to www.ticonderogany.com to finalize plans for your stay. Most importantly. THINK SNOW!