Frequently Asked Questions
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Our cancellation policy (we will charge you):
Registration to 30 days from class/event: $30
29 days to 15 days from class/event: 25%
14 days to 2 days from class/event: 50%
1 day to date of class/event: 100%
What if NORA cancels the class (i.e. extremely bad weather)?
We reserve the right to cancel class due to extreme weather forecasts (we use weather.com as a reference) and will notify students of our decision by 2pm the day before class. If we cancel a class, you will have the option for a full refund or a full credit to attend a future class.
Where are you located?
Our school is located in Ellenville, NY- about 90 miles north of NYC.
Can I just pay and ride your trails for the day?
No. We are a school, not an off-road park. Our instructors and guides are by your side the entire day as you learn and navigate our trails & obstacles. Our group outings and events also include class time. We also offer limited trail rides to local clubs affiliated with the Northeast Off-Road Vehicle Alliance nova4x4.org which is an organization dedicated to legal recreational trail riding in the Northeast.
I’ve been wheeling a few times already. What do you have to offer me?
Our classes are tailored to the capabilities of students and their vehicles. Some obstacles on our advanced trails require a locker and a minimum of 33″ tires to get over without winching, depending on trail conditions. We focus on technique with all student levels. We’ve received excellent feedback from students with off-road driving experience, and many have returned for additional advanced workshops.
How long is the class?
Plan on spending a full day. All of our classes include a lesson or workshop, and trail rides which range from 4 to 7 hours. You should arrive by 9am and plan to leave around 4pm. We provide lunch on the trail catered by a local vendor.
Do I need any prior off-road driving experience?
Our 101 class is for people with little or no experience. Note that nearly all of our 101 students from 2014 have commented this class went beyond their expectations. Our advanced training workshops require experience, call us to discuss which would be best for you.
My vehicle has no modifications (i.e. bigger tires or lift), can I still attend?
Our 101 trails are designed for use by many makes & models of unmodified vehicles. Your vehicle must have 4-Low, and at least one front and one rear recovery point (frame mounted tow hook, or hitch receiver). Contact us if you need help determining if your vehicle will work on our trails. We also offer limited vehicle rentals and a ride-a-long option to get you off the pavement.
Can I just drop by and attend a class?
No. You must be registered in advance to attend a class.
Can I take a class with some friends who also have Jeeps, Land Rovers, etc?
Absolutely. We offer custom classes & events for groups and have hosted awesome company outings at our private training facility. Treat your staff to a team-building day in the woods, or share a unique, fun adventure experience with one of your clients.
How fast do we drive on the trails?
This is low-speed off road driving, which requires vehicles with 4-Low gearing. Speeds are close to walking speed, around 3 mph.
Can I get lost on the trail?
No. Each class trail ride is led and accompanied by our instructors and trail guides.
What if my vehicle gets stuck on an obstacle?
We will help you get past the obstacles. That’s what we do.
What if I don’t have a vehicle with 4-Low?
Find a friend who has one and bring them along. We also offer vehicle rentals, and a ride-a-long option where you and your party (up to 3) are passengers in one of our guide vehicles. Ride-a-long feedback has been excellent, its a great one-day adventure experience.
What if my vehicle breaks down?
While it is unlikely that vehicles will break down on our beginner or intermediate trails, sometimes stuff happens. We will help you change a flat tire and get rolling again. For anything more serious than that, we will get you and your vehicle back to our school parking lot and help you arrange transportation to a repair shop.
What if I get sick or injured during the class?
The safety of our students and staff are most important to us. We have first aid kits for minor issues such bug-bites or scrapes. Our instructors are American Red Cross certified in basic first aid and CPR, some are certified in Wilderness first aid. Our school is located in a well established town, local emergency services are only minutes away.
Email Us if you have additional questions.