Good grooming

Trail conditions are the best they’ve been all season, according to the president of the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club.

On Monday, Chris Jaynes, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club president, said all trails are open throughout the county, except in Clymer.

“There is a real low amount of snow in some places. We’re trying to keep those closed, the ones going into Clymer,” he said. “Clymer we still have closed because of low snow. Some trails are decent, but some fields are bare. They can’t keep snow on them.”

Jaynes said he groomed 260 miles of trails this weekend and 300 miles the previous weekend. He is hoping the trails will continue to stay open throughout the upcoming weekend even though warmer temperatures are being predicted.

“It is supposed to hit the 40s this weekend. I’m hoping the trails stay open,” he said. “The trails stood up better than I thought they would with the rain we got last week. We are pretty happy with how they are working out with the thaw we had and multiple closings.”

Even though the trails have been open plenty this winter compared to last year when trails were only officially opened twice, Jaynes said there is not much activity.

“It is surprisingly low,” he said. “It is low now compared to the beginning of the season. This might be our last weekend coming up. It is hard to say, but we are in March now.”

On Monday, the Chautauqua County Trail Conditions hotline message said all trails are open, with the exception of those in Clymer. You can access the hotline by calling 800-242-4569. The hotline spokesperson warned people not to ride where there is little or no snow because club officials don’t want to upset land owners.

“We do not want to take the chance at losing that land owner’s property,” the message said.

The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club Sno-Phone can be reached by calling 753-2924. On Monday, the message said trails are open and in good shape except in Brocton where they are marginal.

According to the Chautauqua County Visitor Bureau’s website, the county has 450 miles of groomed trails and are maintained by members of the five county snowmobile clubs. These groups work with hundreds of private landowners and utilize 16 groomers to maintain trails. Along the trails, people can visit service stations for fuel, restaurants for a bite to eat and hotels for overnight accommodations.

The five snowmobile clubs included The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club,, Ellery Sno-Cruisers,, The Lake Effect Trailbreakers,, Cherry Creek Sno-Goers,, and the Sunset Drifters,