County snowmobile trails reopen
Who’s happy about snow in the spring season?
If you answered snowmobilers, you are correct, and if you are a snowmobiler, you may be on your way to enjoying the open trails.
According to the Chautauqua County Trail Conditions hotline, all trails in the county are open except in the area of Westfield and Brocton. The message said those areas have received little snow.
”Use extreme caution when riding. Little grooming is being done,” the message said.
The message also asked riders to respect property owners who allow use of their land for the trail.
”If you run into areas with no or little snow, please change direction. We do not want to take a chance on losing landowner’s property,” the message said.
The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club website states trails have reopened and will remain open through the weekend. For more information on the club’s trails, visit www.chautauquasnow.com.
According to the Ellery Sno-Cruisers website, www.ellerysno-cruisers.com, trails are open.
”Please use caution in all areas as our grooming operations will be limited,” the website states.
The Lake Effect Trailbreakers website, www.trailbreakers.com, states trails are open for limited use, according to a message from Dave Robbins, club president.
”Please use extreme caution when riding as all areas will be ungroomed. When approaching areas with limited snow, please exercise your best judgment and select and alternate route. Please report dangerous trail conditions or hazards via Facebook, our website or trail coordinator Don Cornell 716-450-3043. Keep informed as to conditions and closing by checking daily. Cherry Creek and Chautauqua Lake trails are also open at this time,” Robbins stated.
The Cherry Creek Sno-Goers, www.cherrycreeksnogoers.com, and the Sunset Drifters, www.sunsetdrifters.net, told riders to call the Chautauqua County Trail Conditions hotline at 800-242-4569 for trail conditions.
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.