Weekend snowmobile roundup: Crashes, tickets, warnings on Oneida County snowmobile trails

There are 9 comments on the The Post-Standard story from Feb 16, 2014, titled Weekend snowmobile roundup: Crashes, tickets, warnings on Oneida County snowmobile trails. In it, The Post-Standard reports that:

Oneida County sheriff's deputies on "snowmobile patrol" say they kept busy this weekend, responding to three crashes, and issuing approximately 30 warnings and 16 tickets.

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Cantonment, FL

#1 Feb 16, 2014
How much different is steering (setting aside land/water medium difference) one of these compared to a jet ski?

Kinda like a motorcycle on real wet slick mud?

How much shock absorption on "big air" jumps?

Do people up there treat 'em like people treat 4-wheelers(ATVs) here in the South? More drunk teens & young adults messing themselves up these days, or so it seems...
15 mins

Liverpool, NY

#2 Feb 17, 2014
Yep, in less than 15 mins you will think you are a pro. Add in a stops at a bars, which you will drink and then become more confident.
You will roll the dice, but eventually end up in an ER hurt, hammered, swearing at the people trying to help you and you will puke after CT puts oral contrast down your GI tube.
Bonus, your friends and family get to wait and worry while they put you back together or enjoy a funeral.
I know many that have them, they love them and enjoy them, but it is a very dangerous activity and you can do everything right and still get F'd up.
Bruce

Rome, NY

#3 Feb 17, 2014
It is much safer than downhill skiing. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders end up in the emergency rom every weekend with broken bones from falling on the slopes. Every trail leads to a bar at the bottom of the hill and it isn't hot chocolate that they are drinking.

It is much safer riding a snowmobile ...
Bruce is right

Fayetteville, NY

#4 Feb 17, 2014
but I have seen more dead or dying snowmobilers than skiers. Just sayin.
Wayne

Schenectady, NY

#5 Feb 18, 2014
Bruce, on a snowmobile, you are going about 3 times faster than you would be going on downhill skies. On a snowmobile, you are dependant on an engine that could blow up or quit on you at any given time. What kind of assumption is that skiers would drink more beer than snowmobilers??? On a snowmobile, if you crash, and your group (if you have one) doesn't see you, their is a pretty good chance that help is further away than if you crash on a ski trail. I don't know what ever gave you the idea that snowmobiling is safer than skiing/snowboarding, but I hope that list somewhat enlightened you.
Bruce

Rome, NY

#6 Feb 18, 2014
Wayne wrote:
Bruce, on a snowmobile, you are going about 3 times faster than you would be going on downhill skies. On a snowmobile, you are dependant on an engine that could blow up or quit on you at any given time. What kind of assumption is that skiers would drink more beer than snowmobilers??? On a snowmobile, if you crash, and your group (if you have one) doesn't see you, their is a pretty good chance that help is further away than if you crash on a ski trail. I don't know what ever gave you the idea that snowmobiling is safer than skiing/snowboarding, but I hope that list somewhat enlightened you.
Your list enlightened me to the fact that your reading comprehension is very poor and your understanding of snowmobiling is limited to watching them from the roadside. You obviously have no idea what you are discussing....
IQ 600 HO

Whitesboro, NY

#7 Feb 18, 2014
Gas-powered skis are the way to go in the snow!
I ski and sled

Syracuse, NY

#8 Feb 18, 2014
kind of amusing here how the ignorant have opinions on things they've never done and don't understand.
Riparian

Danielson, CT

#9 Feb 18, 2014
Dont be sissys
500 pounds
180 hp
What could go wrong:p

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