Snowmobile trail system delayed

Published 8:37 pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowmobilers are reminded that the season started Wednesday. If the trails have been officially marked and if there is a minimum of 4 inches of snow on the ground they can be used. It is planned that the trails will be completed by this weekend.

The Niles Four Flags Snowmobile Club is facing some delays in completing its trail system this season. In some areas farm crops are still standing, and the current ground conditions are poor to work in. Because of this, snowmobilers must use caution and only ride areas where the trail marker signs are up. If they reach an unmarked area, riders should not proceed beyond that point.

This cautionary advisory is especially important at this time of the year, as the hunting season is still in progress, which is all the more reason that snowmobilers must not be in the fields.

The other danger that exists when snowmobilers use the trails before their official completion/opening is that it can disrupt the seasonal work being done by the landowners to their property. When these disruptions occur, landowners may decide to no longer lease their property for the trail system.