Funding to help snowmobile trails

FONDA – Montgomery County was recently awarded $56,350 by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to help improve and maintain its snowmobile trails.

The county has about 200 miles of snowmobile trails, a news release said. Each year, the Montgomery County Business Development Center assists the Mohawk Valley Snowmobile Club in securing funds for the trails.

“Growing niche markets like snowmobiling are very important to tourism in Montgomery County,” Ken Rose, director of the Montgomery County Business Development Center, said in the release. “Enthusiasts can ride 100 to 200 miles per day spending substantial amounts of money on fuel, food and lodging, which also means sales tax revenues for the county. Daily expenditures can reach $100 per snowmobiler.”

There are more than 10,300 miles in the statewide snowmobile trail system, according to the release. Registration fees paid by snowmobilers provide funding for the system of trails, therefore requiring no use of taxpayer dollars, the release said.