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Snowmobiling club sees improvements

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Snowmobiling clubs in the North Country are seeing a bit of a boost this year. Last year's lack of snow not only took a toll on business but also on the funding for trail maintenance. Our Carmella Mataloni tells us how one club is seeing improvements while working with what they have.

REDFIELD, N.Y. -- Redfield Snowmobiling Association is seeing some additions this year - snow and people.

"We are over 300 on memberships," said Edward Montieth, Redfield Snowmobiling Association President.

Last year's lack of snow not only put a damper on business but also on the club's maintenance funding from the New York State Snowmobiling Association. It went from getting $26,000 to $18,000.

Luckily for the Association's president, his equipment is already paid for. However, the added members are surely helping cover other costs.

"Those 300 and some members, which will buy quite a bit of fuel for us," said Montieth.

Trail officials say that when there is just the right amount of snow, this entire parking lot is filled. And even though business has been steady, there is still room for improvement.

"When the snow goes in other areas, people stay in their own area and ride and they don't come here to ride," said Montieth.

But that wasn't the case for the Lindsey family of Sandy Creek. With the lack of snow closer to home, they had to pack up their sleds and head to Redfield.

With a day off from school and seeing snow on the way, it was the perfect opportunity.

"When we see lake effect snow coming across the TV we get really excited. It’s nice to have nice weather during the winter but it’s definitely a benefit of the situation when you have snow to ride on," said Stephanie Lindsey, Sandy Creek resident.

Owners say that even with this year’s snow fall, the business remains a balancing act.
But one thing is for certain, with more snow sure to come it's already a better season than the last.

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