My name is Josh Stoffle and I’m the newly elected Valley Snow Travelers president. I was born and raised around Tug Hill. My love for the sport of snowmobiling started when I was a young kid, riding with my family. As I grew older, I started to ride in the groomers with my grandfather who at the time was a groomer operator. Eventually when I was old enough, my grandfather showed me the ropes and I became an operator. I started to get more involved with club activities and became a director. I served 5 years as a director before becoming president in October 2020. My goal is to promote local businesses and a safe riding experience for all who share the same love of Tug Hill that I do. Now that I've introduced myself, let's get to some important information. We have recently rebuilt our loading ramp at the barn for all that use our parking area! We have also fixed a few bridges this year! We have a few trail changes for this upcoming season. The trail that leads to Stewerts in Lowville is CLOSED on request of a new landowner. This trail is open for locals to ride out to the hill above the closed section but the trail will not lead to stewarts. There is windmill work going on around our trail system. This will result in a few plowed roads for the beginning of the season, we hope to have the trails back to normal towards the end of the season. Plowed roads will be from Flat Rock Inn to Carry Road and about a mile of Carry Road. Moran Road will be completely plowed. A portion of Rector Road to Poor Road. Poor Road will be completely plowed. From Poor Road towards Flat Rock about ¼ mile until the windmill entrance. Graves Road to Tool Road will also be plowed as always due to somebody living up there. I know this may seem difficult but we have to deal with it. There will be snow left on the roads to ride on. Please remember this is not permanent. We will get our trail system back to normal when the windmill work is completed. Be extra cautious while this work is going on, there will be heavy equipment moving around the trails. Slow down and be cautious. I look forward to this winter season. Stay safe, stay right, and stay on marked trails.
Please keep up to date on our facebook page for upcoming fundraisers and events! We are also trying to have another warm place at the barn on the weekends for everyone to check out equipment and warm up. Restrooms will be available. We figured with the current Covid situation that this can benefit other local businesses by helping them remain within Covid restrictions. I look forward to making this club benefit the hill in a positive matter.