Snowmobilers staying off the tracks
To the editor:
Thursday Jan. 9, 40 days into the legal season to use the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor as a snowmobile trail. How much business is coming to your area this way?
Folks are here; they want the destination rides.
I count more than 40 snowmobiles in this picture of the Stillwater Reservoir parking area. Six miles east at our business on the Adirondack travel corridor, the tracks, only a handful of snowmobiles are crossing the frozen lake; the rest wait for the corridor to be covered and groomed. Since the corridor changed to a snowmobile trail Dec. 1, Corridor No. 7, it has had plenty of snow to travel IF the rails and ties were not there. From a picture published in the Daily Enterprise Dec. 24, you can see an example of the problem with the idea of a trail on the rail side.
Then there are trails, and there are trails! Old Forge realized years ago that the key to well-spending vacationers, high-occupancy hotels and seasonal renters is well-groomed, safe woods trails, and they built them. The rail trail is what these people are missing, and having it will be of immeasurable benefit to not only the corridor but the region. We should be finding ways to move the Adirondack economy and its residents into the future, not stall in the past. We could have it now!
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