Railroad Corridor Ever wonder what it takes to have a railroad corridor, with tracks still in place, ready for the snowmobile season (for those lines that allow winter use by snowmobiles that is)? Let’s start with the basics first: it is illegal to ride a snowmobile on an active railroad! End of story. NH has several year-round active railroads and at no point in time is snowmobile use along … [Read more...] about Railroads, Groomers, and Backcountry Riding
I expect this year’s freshman class to be extraordinarily large. If the volume of calls and emails are indicators, there will be a significant number of new riders, accompanied by many returning after being away for a decade or more. That’s 9000-rpm music to the ears. Snowmobiling Not Inexpensive The newbies have plenty of questions, with “How much does a snowmobile cost?” taking the pole … [Read more...] about 2019 NH Mid-Winter Snowmobile Report
Frank and Karen Roy are members of the Umbagog Snowmobile Association. Years snowmobiling: 50-60 Current ride: 2018 Pisten Bully 400 Trail Favorite sled of all time: Karen claims that Frank’s favorite snowmobile was a Yamaha Vmax. Why would she remember? Because she crashed it (beyond repair) on Dixville Peak, back when the trail was a challenging goat path. Karen chuckles, “I never … [Read more...] about NH Snowmobiler: Frank and Karen Roy
In the fall issue of the Sno-Traveler I was happy to read that three clubs jointly won the Club of the Year award at the NHSA Annual Meeting for their cooperative efforts. Congratulations to those clubs. This is not a new concept but certainly one that should be practiced more often. I was fortunate to be part of a similar experience back in the early 90s. I grew up in the Lincoln-Woodstock … [Read more...] about Working Together For Better Snowmobile Trails: Part II
The annual NH free snowmobile weekend, in which snowmobiles registered in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire could ride in any of those three states, has come to an abrupt halt due to last minute changes by administrators in VT and ME, which were not communicated to NH. History of Tri-State Reciprocity Through the efforts and hard work of several people here in NH, to include Chris Gamache, Gail … [Read more...] about What Happened to NH Free Snowmobile Weekend?
In an effort to address the outdated and often dangerous habit of using countdown hand signals while snowmobiling, NH Fish & Game Law Enforcement has produced a new sign asking riders to keep both hands on the handlebars. Counting Down Does Not Add Up The countdown hand signals are hand signals where riders indicate how many riders are in their group by holding up the corresponding number of … [Read more...] about NH Fish & Game Law Enforcement Encourages Hands On Handlebars