Safety Training for riders and groomer operators

Snowmobile Safety Training


Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York.

If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training 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.

Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.


New York State Parks & Recreation NYS Snowmobile Safety Certification

A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered.
New York State is a leader in snowmobile education and offers one operator training course for snowmobilers of all ages beginning at age 10. This course provides fundamental information which all snowmobilers should possess in order to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. Successful completion of this course results in the award of a NYS Snowmobile Safety Certificate.

Courses are taught by specially trained and experienced snowmobilers who volunteer their time to make the sport safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Classes are usually sponsored by snowmobile clubs, agricultural extension offices, law enforcement agencies, or similar groups, and are available in fall and early winter.   View the list of courses being offered throughout New York State here , this list is updated on a weekly basis during the snowmobile season.

NYS Groomer Operator Training

Groomer operator training sponsored by New York State Parks and Recreation.   ​​

The clubs in our county organize and hold groomer training events/meetings throughout the season, as part of their grooming policy.



While there is no perfect way to manage grooming operations, basic guidelines help the management of trail grooming equipment and operations. What equipment to purchase, who will operate it, how will
it be scheduled, where it will be stored, and how it will be maintained, are all critically important decisions that must be made to properly manage grooming equipment. While some of these decisions are far
removed from the grooming equipment operator, a basic understanding of the “big picture” helps facilitate a better, more effective grooming operation.

Good quality grooming doesn’t just happen by chance and will not be
assured simply because new, fancy, or expensive equipment has been
acquired for the grooming program. Successful grooming programs require a great deal of communication, education, planning and management.


If you are curious and would like to learn more about this course, take a look at the NYS Groomer operator's manual , it contains extensive "how to" and "why" information.

See you there..!