Getting Ready for Winter

We are just getting our first official snowfall, so now is the time to get prepared so you are not caught off guard!


If you own your own snowmobiles, now is the time to get them registered, insured, and serviced!

Register Your Snowmobile! 

Long Lake snow groomer
Long Lake snow groomer

A New York state DMV can help get your sleds registered for use on state snowmobile trails, but did you know you can save money on your registration by joining a local snowmobile club?  All you need to do is bring in a voucher from a New York state snowmobile club, and your registration fee drops from $100 to $45. For around $30, you can save $55 on your registration, and your membership fees go toward trail upkeep in the area where you snowmobile! Here in Hamilton County, we have lots of great snowmobile clubs: 

  • D.R.A.G. (Speculator)
  • Pleasant Riders (Lake Pleasant)
  • Algonquin Sno-Blazers (Wells)
  • Indian Lake Snowarriors (Indian Lake)
  • Inlet Barnstormers (Inlet)
  • Moonlighter Snowmobile Club (Long Lake)

Service Your Snowmobile!

Stop in to one of our great local dealer and repair shops. Whether you are in the market for a new sled, or just need a little annual maintenance on a sled you already own, there is a shop that can help you!

Lemon Tree Speculator
Lemon Tree Speculator
  • Tanner's Outdoor Sports (Speculator): Artic Cat dealer and service
  • Lemon Tree (Speculator): Ski Doo dealer and service
  • Clark's Marina (Inlet): Snowmobile service and rentals
  • Village Rentals (Speculator): Yamaha dealer, rental and service
  • Piseco Performance (Piseco): Snowmobile service
  • Algonquin Service and Repair (Wells): Snowmobile service


Whether you downhill or cross-country ski, now is the time to get yourself ready for the upcoming season.  

Oak Mountain Ski Center
Oak Mountain Ski Center

Season Passes

Check out Oak Mountain Ski Center or Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center to get yourself some 2017-18 season passes! They are a great way to save money, especially if you plan on doing a lot of skiing this winter.  Lapland Lake boasts 50 kilometers of groomed and ungroomed trails. Oak Mountain is a fantastic, family friendly mountain located in Speculator, and is now home to a brand new Sunkid Lift on their bunny hill, making it that much easier for beginners to make it to the top of the hill.

Gear up

If you need some maintenance done on your skis , check out Pedals & Petals in Inlet. They can help you get your skis sharpened up for winter, or get you outfitted in a brand new set of cross-country skis.  The ski shop inside the lodge at Lapland Lake also has all of your cross-country ski needs. 

Bundle Up 

Winter not only means the snow flies, but the temps drop, and quick! If you find yourself in need of a new winter coat, maybe some snowpants or even just a cozy sweater, our local shops will hook you up.

Hoss's Country Corner
Hoss's Country Corner
The Speculator Department Store carries Columbia brand winter gear, as well as Carhart. Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake can set you up with a souvenir hoodie or nice warm blanket. Pedals and Petals can set you up with a brand new pair of ski goggles to get you ready to hit the slopes. 

The Adirondacks is a fantastic place to be in the winter, but you don't want to be caught unprepared! Start getting ready now, and don't forget to book your rooms for the upcoming season. Things can fill up fast!