All the recent snow has skiers heading to the mountains, but is it too soon to get out on that snowmobile? Tom Rogers is the President of the Deerfield Snow Trails. He tells us how the snow is affecting snowmobilers.
"It gets people thinking about it. We like to get people have their sleds registered and insured and all ready to go when snowmobile season opens up."
Getting ready to go is much easier than it used to be. DDS Motor Sports Owner Sam Girmonde explains just how far snowmobiling has come over the years.
"The older snowmobiles you had to carry spare spark plugs and spare belts, and in some cases extra oil and stuff like that, and you had to pre-mix the oil and the gas. Now everything’s either oil injected or their 4 stroke. The time spent working on a snowmobile is minimal compared to what it used to be. Now it’s just preventative maintenance, pre-season service, and periodically greasing and just checking things over during the season."
Your sled might be ready to go, but don’t be fooled by the early snowfall. A spin around the yard may be ok, but Tom Rogers says the trails aren’t ready for the heavy traffic.
"This blanket of snow really prevents the ground from freezing. It’s like a blanket over a warmer ground, and if this is what we had into December, it wouldn’t be good for us. We really need this snow to go away and then get some real low temperatures to freeze the ground."
Even if conditions were perfect, snowmobilers don’t start their season until hunting season finishes theirs. Conditions permitting, the season will open up on December 10th, so now would be a good time to get your registration and your insurance ready, and don’t forget to join a snowmobile club.