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Ti has long history of snowmobiling

Webb sells approximately 10-12,000 permits annually at a rate of $65- $80. A study was done several years ago about the economic impact of snowmobiling in the United States and it was determined that approximately $22 billion is generated annually. The western Adirondack region receives an estimated $15 million annually from snowmobiling. The average snowmobiler spends $4,000 each year on snowmobile related recreation and spends an average of seven nights each season in a motel or resort while snowmobiling. In 1998 the New York State Snowmobile Association, in cooperation with SUNY-Potsdam, performed an economic impact analysis and concluded that New York State's snowmobile related revenue to be an estimated $476.2 million annually. In 2003 the state surveyed snowmobilers and calculated the impact of snowmobiling had increased to $875 million annually, an increase of 84 percent in five years.

As the sport evolved so did the trail system. New York State did not initially require that sleds be registered. In the early 1970s the state began an initiative to collect money to establish and maintain a snowmobile trail system via a registration fee. The town of Ticonderoga and the state assisted the Adirondack snowmobile club with the purchase of an Alpine groomer sometime in the mid 1970s. Yaw, Huestis, Rafferty and others operated the first groomer to maintain the local trails. Ticonderoga eventually terminated its trail grooming efforts.

The Ticonderoga snowmobile club dissolved in the early 1980s. The next club established in the early 1990s, called the Adirondack Sno-goers elected Gary Olcott as president. The club that currently maintains the local trail system is The Adirondack Trail Riders who became incorporated in 2001. Several years ago the state went to a two tier snowmobile registration and offered a discount to those who belong to a snowmobile club. The state distributes funds from the snowmobile trail fund to the clubs, to aid with the purchase of grooming equipment and trail maintenance.

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