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January 2, 2013

 

Snowmobilers psyched

Cold, snowfall bring promise of good riding season

TrailJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
John Potter of the Truxton Trail Riders grooms snowmobile trails using a 1970s Sno-Cat grooming machine Saturday in East Homer.

By CATHERINE WILDE
Staff Reporter
cwilde@cortlandstandard.net

For snowmobile enthusiasts, snowy weather has brought the promise of a good season ahead on the vast network of trails that run through Cortland County and surrounding counties.
Steve Furlin, trail coordinator for Solon Twin Bridges Snowmobile Club, said Saturday the 10 miles of the club’s main trail network, known as the Corridor Trail, were all groomed and the 8 miles of the secondary network would be groomed by the middle of this week. Furlin said there are still some wet spots on the trails because the ground was relatively warm when the snow fell but he was confident the trails would be fine once more snow falls.
“I love this time of year, it transforms you and it’s a lot of fun,” Furlin said.
He said all the trails are marked and “in good shape.”
Snow fell off and on throughout the weekend. Snowmobiling is a strong business in the county, depending on the winter, with some restaurants relying on snowmobilers for lunch or dinner business.
Furlin and other snowmobilers enthuse about the opportunities the hobby provides.
“I’m fortunate, I can open up my front door and hop on mine and go anywhere I want,” Furlin said. “I can literally go from here to Maine or Canada.”
He credits the local snowmobile clubs with doing a fantastic job of maintaining the trails and he says he is thankful to participating landowners who allow trails to cross their properties.
Barbara Lockwood, secretary-treasurer of the Truxton Trailriders club, said the club has about 125 members and about 25 additional people who joined by the weekend.
Lockwood was looking forward to this week’s expected temperature drop, saying that would freeze the bottom layers of snow and provide a firm base.
Lockwood said she expected to be out on her sled Sunday, adding it is now easy to ride 100 miles in a single day since the trails are groomed and marked and snowmobiles have improved in design and mechanics over the years.
A group of about six groomers take care of the approximately 70 miles of trails for the club.
Dan Potter, one of the groomers for the Truxton Trailriders, said Saturday the trails are in good shape but could always use more snow.
“There’s a good start on the trails more than anything else, and it’s improving every day,” Potter said.
Potter said he went riding with his children the other day, working on packing down a base on the trails.

 

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