Snowmobile trails in parts of Herkimer County remain unrideable

The snowmobile season in parts of Herkimer County is off to a lackluster start. The Salisbury Ridgerunners held their annual snow grooming show, but their snow groomers remain in the garage.

Posted: Jan 4, 2020 8:56 PM

SALISBURY N.Y. ---  The snowmobile season in parts of Herkimer County is off to a lackluster start. The Salisbury Ridgerunners held their annual snow grooming show, but their snow groomers remain in the garage.

A board on the wall in the club shows they were only used once so far this season.

December saw several inches of snowfall across the area, but snowmobilers said that it didn't do them much good because of the hunting season.

The trails in Herkimer County also suffered a lot of damage after the Halloween floods.

"We had a lot of the flooding damages. So we did most of our work and training. We had washouts, a whole seasonal road was washed out that was all fixed and taken care of," said Ron Barnes, Secretary of the Salisbury Ridgerunners Club.

Structurally the club said the majority of the trails in the surrounding area are set to go. But like the groomers, snowmobiles will remain in their garages until the area gets enough snow.

"Its kind of rough especially when you owe money on them. You know if you love the sport. I've been here my whole life and this is something you live with tomorrow you might have two feet tomorrow it might be the sixties who knows you know," said David Stallman.

The club said the trails need to have at least 6 to 8 inches of snow before groomers can begin work.

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