The winter weather has been less than ideal for those who love the snow in New York State. From mid 50 degree temperatures to ice storms, there really has not been the snow that we are used to in The Empire State.

If you snowmobile, or own a sled, there is a good chance you decided to not even register that sled this year. Why would you want to spend money for something that you don't ride? The other side of the coin is that the money we spend on registrations is supposed to be used for trail maintenance and such. It is for that reason that I decide to register my sled each season.

New York recently offered a "free snowmobile weekend" to start March and it feels like a bit of a slap in the face to those who pay the high fees to register the sled. To add to that, the price to register a sled is going to increase soon!

This year's free snowmobiling weekend, March 3 to 5, 2023, reinforces the importance of tourism to state and local economies, and New York's commitment to the industry in the wake of the pandemic.

But soon, we will be paying more, much more to register that sled. Instead of giving us a break and encouraging people to register their sleds, New York is going to ask for more money. IF the money is used for the trails and making them better, it is easier to swallow the higher fees.However, there are some who are certainly upset with the fee.

As a result, the total cost of registering a snowmobile will increase from $100 to $135 for non-club members and from $45 to $65 for club members.

The maintenance fees that are associated with the registration will add to the increase.

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