2019-01-12 / Front Page

Potter County Snowmobile Club hangs on


Despite a light snow base, the Potter County Snowmobile Club was able to hold its first scheduled event of the 2018-19 season, a drag race derby. Upcoming attractions – if weather conditions allow -- include full-scale racing on the club’s oval, located along North Hollow Road, on Jan. 19 and Feb 16, and a vintage snowmobile show and ride on the days following the races. Despite a light snow base, the Potter County Snowmobile Club was able to hold its first scheduled event of the 2018-19 season, a drag race derby. Upcoming attractions – if weather conditions allow -- include full-scale racing on the club’s oval, located along North Hollow Road, on Jan. 19 and Feb 16, and a vintage snowmobile show and ride on the days following the races. A half-century has passed since a group of early devotees to the dawning winter sport of snowmobiling gathered to lay the groundwork for a new organization that would become known as the Potter County Snowmobile Club.

Other generations have carried on the tradition, despite major challenges arising in recent years. Unseasonable weather has reduced riding opportunities, while membership has declined, business support has fallen off, and the ranks of dedicated volunteers has been dwindling.

Several weeks ago, the club’s remaining leaders issued an SOS.

“Without active volunteers, we are in jeopardy of losing our trail system, which has grown from 10 miles to nearly 60 miles over the year,” said spokesman Scott Boucher. “If everyone could commit to volunteer during this winter season, it will give all the members a chance to occasionally ride and enjoy the season.”

PCSC is responsible for clearing, maintaining, insuring and marking the trails. If they do not remain open, snowmobilers who start out from the clubhouse on North Hollow Road can’t access retailers for food, lodging and gasoline.

“Unfortunately, we will have to drop trails if we do not have volunteers to help,” Boucher said. “It is very difficult for the few of us to manage everything.”

Help is also needed to staff the clubhouse, assist in the kitchen, and raise funds.

“We want to keep this beautiful place going to support the hobby of snowmobiling and carry on the hard work and dedication of those who started the club,” Boucher point out. “We just need more volunteers.”

A schedule of events has been posted on the club website, pcscriders.com. All are dependent on weather conditions and volunteer response. Highlights include races on the club’s oval track on Saturdays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16, as well as vintage snowmobile shows and rides on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

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