A tale of two seasons. Last year at our New York Shootout, it was 55 degrees and sandy. This year was the exact opposite, as it was just about the most impressive start to the snow season we have seen in 20 years. We had an idyllic setting with more than a foot of snow on the ground, perfect 20-degree weather and light snow falling. The track and setup could not have been better if we had bribed the snow gods!
The right spot
Each year, American Snowmobiler
and DynoTech Research hold this perennial “winter kickoff” event in the snowmobiling mecca of Inlet, N.Y. (near Old Forge). The track is prepared by our resident expert, Heinrich Kirschener, and Chip and Cindy Sauer have one of the most pristine 1,000-foot snowmobile testing venues in the Adirondacks. Snowmobilers from across the northeast and around the country flock to the incredible Inlet area trails, which literally lead right to the Shootout grounds.
It’s a national-caliber event that you can actually ride your sled to, and for just a few dollars more, you can run your sled down the same track that the professionals use! After watching all of the newest stock snowmobiles and some of the most impressive aftermarket sleds, you can warm up at The Ole Barn restaurant and bar, or “run what ya brung” and find out how fast your sled is.
The New York Shootout also kicks off a huge weekend in this area of the snowbelt, which includes Snodeo in the town of Old Forge. Here, there are demo rides, vendors, a vintage show, and even fireworks! The atmosphere was a stark contrast to last year
, the most awful snowmobile season ever (we don’t even mention it in the office anymore).