ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) — By this point in the winter season, the local snowmobile trails should already be groomed and prepared for riders to tear it up. But this year, the unusual warm weather says otherwise.
“Last year at this time, we had we had three good weeks of season, and we had 132 hours on our groomer,” Presque Isle Snowmobile Club (PISC) president Daryl Busch said. “This year, we have 0 hours on the groomer.”
The PISC cannot rely on riders at this point to be using the trails, which means local snowmobile riders have to hitch up and go elsewhere.
“A lot of people call us looking to see if they can come to Erie to snowmobile,” Busch said. “Without the snow, we’re having to send them other places like Tug Hill, N.Y.”
Unfortunately for people like Daryl, he has to rely on something he cannot change: the weather.
Snowmobiling draws $65 million in revenue each year for the state of Pennsylvania.
“We haven’t seen the snow for the local economy,” vice president of Off Road Express Joe Askins said. “That’s too bad because we count on people riding around here supporting the fuel stations and local restaurants.”
So, what’s next?
“Start doing the snow dance,” Busch said.