outreach, expecting trails to be in prime shape this winter
Thank you Mr. Purdue,
Your assessment of the ailments facing snowmobiling in our beloved Indian Lake is spot on. As a respected civic leader and long standing member of the Indian Lake community, your diagnosis must resonate with many Indian Lakers and visitors alike and is hard to disagree with.
It is precisely the reason I decided to try and make a difference by joining forces with the many hard working and dedicated members of the Indian Lake Snowarriors (ILSW). Together, we are working diligently to reshape our club into a service organization that not only promotes the great family sport of snowmobiling, but also helps the Indian Lake community regain its rightful place as an integral part of the Adirondack snowmobile network.
One of the first steps we have taken has been to raise the profile of the Snowarriors by outreach throughout our town, so that visitors and townspeople know the Snowarriors plan to be a fixture in Indian Lake. This past summer, we staffed two water stations for the ever popular Black Fly Challenge bike race, welcoming hundreds of cyclists to Indian lake. Perhaps you saw our “snow” covered float in this year’s Fourth of July parade, which we hope brought many smiles along the parade route. When asked to help our friends at the Indian Lake Chamber, a dedicated group of Snowarriors stepped up to serve dinner and breakfast to over 300 Cycle Adirondacks participants that camped out at ILCS in August. Earlier this month, several members of the Snowarrior Nation attended the inaugural meeting of Access Adirondacks: Boreas Ponds to make our voice heard in this alliance working to ensure access to this beautiful parcel of our Adirondacks. Working with the NYSSA and the NYS Parks and Recreation Snowmobile Unit, the ILSW hosted a groomer certification workshop in which over 25 groomer “newbies” from all over NYS came to Byron Park to learn the mechanics and safety of grooming a snowmobile trail. These are just a few ways the ILSW are growing awareness for the sport of snowmobiling in our beautiful region. Oh and this winter, don’t forget to join us at the Indian Lake Snocade, where together with NYSSA, we will be hosting a Take a Friend Riding event. We will be sure to have a sled ready for you. With big snow expected this Winter and our groomer in tip top condition, we expect Indian Lake trails to be in prime shape for the season.
I realize I have said too much already, but your letter raised so many issues critical to our town and sport, as President of the ILSW, I had to let you and other riders know what our club was up to and where we are headed as we enter our 50th year of making tracks in Indian Lake. What we really need though are less words and more action. We need visionaries like yourself Mr. Purdue to step up and join our efforts to make Indian Lake snowmobiling what we all know it should be, come out and join us on November 5th 7PM at Byron Park for our next membership meeting. Remember we are stronger when we ride together!
Edward A. LaScala
Indian Lake Snowarriors