March 14-15 free snowmobile weekend statewide could draw more tourists to St. Lawrence County
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 5:28 pm

St. Lawrence County could see an influx of out-of-area snowmobilers next month to take advantage of chance to sled through the North Country without state fees.

A free snowmobiling weekend is set in communities across New York on March 14-15 for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers.

Registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York’s trails.

"New York is home to more than 10,000 miles of some of the best snowmobiling trails in the nation, all with the backdrop of stunning natural beauty that has to be seen to believe," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in Saranac Lake. "With this free snowmobiling weekend, we are encouraging visitors from far and wide to come to the North Country and points between, experience our great outdoor recreational activities for themselves and further strengthen New York's booming tourism industry."

The state's snowmobiling community has a seasonal economic impact of $868 million according to a 2011 study by SUNY Potsdam. Winter tourism activities also support economic growth across the state, generating nearly $14.4 billion in direct visitor spending. The North Country attracted over 13 million visitors in 2018, up 21.6% since 2011, which has increased direct spending by more than 23% to $1.26 billion.

Participants in free snowmobiling weekend must operate a snowmobile with valid registration in their home state or Canadian province, and must carry any applicable insurance as required by their home state or province. Non-New Yorkers who wish to use a snowmobile in New York State before or after this promotional weekend can use the NYS Registration for Out-of-State Snowmobile service to get a 15-day registration and operate their snowmobile here immediately. DMV will send a permanent registration in the mail.

More information on winter tourism in New York State is available at www.iloveny.com/winter and on the free I LOVE NY mobile app, available for download on the iTunes and Google Play app stores or at www.iloveny.com/mobile.