Snowmobile season ends April 15 in national forest

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The snowmobile season ends in the Green Mountain National Forest on Monday, April 15. Weather permitting, snowmobile use is allowed on designated trails within the GMNF for four months beginning each year on Dec. 16.

"This has been a wonderful season for snowmobile enthusiasts. Trail conditions throughout the season have been great and use of the trail system has been heavy," John Sinclair, forest supervisor for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, said in a release. Heavy snow and below freezing conditions provided solid snow pack throughout the GMNF this season, according to forest officials.

Heading into this last weekend of the snowmobile season, trail conditions are highly variable with some higher elevation trails maintaining rideable snow cover, the GMNF said. Most, if not all, lower elevation trails are largely snow-free. Use good judgement or contact your local snowmobile club prior to heading out for a late season ride.

Access to forest roads for wheeled highway vehicle traffic typically opens up on May 1, depending on weather and road conditions. Given the significant amount of snow in the higher elevations this year, it is very likely that spring mud season will extend later into May and possibly even in to June delaying the opening of some forest roads, the GMNF advises. Forest users are asked to plan accordingly and check with their local ranger station for up-to-date road information.

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