A Youth Safety Course is required by law for anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 years old to operate a snowmobile in New York State.
Youths ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobilewithout adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobilesafety training course recognized by the State of New York. Youth ages10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon whichsnowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safetytraining course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. The Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue a snowmobile safety certificate to youths who successfully complete this course. Youths who do not hold this certificate are subject to the same restrictions as children under the age of 14 years.
Children under 10 years old or under age 14 without a safety certificate
may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.
A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or countryand is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate.
For additional information on this New York State law or for a course located near you, call the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Albany, phone 518-474-0446 or visit the website at www.nysparks.com.
HELMETS .....Persons operating, or riding as a passenger, on a snowmobile, must wear a protective helmet manufactured under federal DOT standards or receiving SNELL approval.
Trails/Roads Not all riding surfaces are strictly for use by snowmobiles. All roads are multi use roads and caution should be used when riding on these said roads.