Partnership Creates Free NY Trail App

Herkimer-based Mohawk Valley GIS, creators of NYSnowmobileWebMap.com, has partnered with the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning and the Oswego County Snowmobile Association to offer Snowmobiling Oswego County, a free trail app for riders in the snow blessed Tug Hill Region.

Now in its fourth year, NYSnowmobileWebMap.com began with participation from 19 clubs in the Mohawk Valley region along with the towns of Webb, Inlet and Long Lake. Statewide expansion began in the 2011-2012 season, along with profit-sharing for member clubs.

“The timing was perfect,” states Mohawk Valley GIS owner Linda Rockwood. “Oswego County wanted to include their trails in the interactive trail map website project, and we wanted to create a free app that featured the trails in one of our state’s more popular regions.”

As part of the joint promotional effort, sponsoring businesses in Oswego County were offered a discounted advertising package that includes the countywide paper trail map, web map, premium statewide and free trail apps and GPS trail sets. Over 50 businesses will benefit this year from the increased promotional efforts.

“Oswego County is blessed with a wide variety of natural resources that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors from around the world throughout the year,” said Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “Our annual snowfall (sometimes the highest this side of the Rockies) is near the top of the list of attractions here for outdoor enthusiasts. We were delighted to be selected as the model for this new service, and we hope that it will become the tool that helps ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for resident snowmobilers and wintertime visitors alike.”

The Snowmobiling Oswego County app works without reception and offers all the same GPS features as the premium statewide app, Snowmobiling New York State. Both apps are available in Apple’s appStore and Google’s Play Store.

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