Markers and Signs
markers and signs are designed to communicate information about the trail to the
rider. In order to establish a degree of uniformity throughout North America,
the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA) has established
some basic sign standards for all snow belt states and provinces. Here are the
common signs seen on New York snowmobile trails.
and use areas where snowmobiles are permitted to operate. Colors are green and
black on white.
trails and areas where snowmobiles are NOT permitted to operate. Colors are red
and black on white.
Indicates a significant hazard trail or road intersection. Snowmobiles MUST come
to a complete stop and yield to cross-traffic before proceeding. Color is red
there is a stop sign 200 feet or more ahead. Probably the most important sign
on a trail because it warns of a potentially hazardous situation ahead. Color
is usually red and yellow.
Indicates that snowmobiles should yield the right of way to other traffic at trail
intersections, driveway crossings, or other similar situations. This sign does
NOT require the snowmobile to come to a complete stop. Color is usually red and
white, but may be black and yellow.
Indicates a hazard of some sort in the trail 50 to 100 yards ahead. A sign on
each side of the trail indicates an extreme hazard. Color is usually black and
a bridge in the trail 50 to 100 yards ahead. Color is usually black and yellow.
sudden or significant change of direction in the trail ahead. Used to mark dangerous
turns. Color is usually black and yellow, but may also be orange and white.
Blaze or Blazer
the path of the trail. Reassures riders unfamiliar with the trail, and guides
groomers after storms when they are re-opening the trail. Color is usually solid
orange, or orange and white.
Indicates the maximum
lawful or recommended speed in miles per hour for the trail section. Color is
usually black and white.
Corridor Trail number
Indicate that the
rider is on an NYS Corridor Trail. They are high volume primary routes that provide
access to significant use areas and concentrations of snowmobilers, and are supported
with Trail Fund money. Color is brown and yellow, but some may be blue and white.
that the rider is on an NYS Secondary Trail. They are medium volume routes that
connect local attractions and concentrations of snowmobilers to Corridor Trails,
and are supported with Trail Fund money. Color is brown and yellow.
Indicates the availability
of gas, food, lodging, telephone, and repair services. Color is usually white
on blue or dark brown.
trail signs with messages like "No Entry - Trail Closed", "Skiers
On Trail", "Winter Wheat", "New Seeding", or "Snowmobile
Trail - No Wheeled Vehicles" are designed to provide additional information
for safe and responsible riding. Please heed the messages on these signs.
be aware that sign theft is a growing problem, so don't assume that every hazard
is properly identified with a sign.