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  1. 3 points
    Great pictures from everyone...Got a chance to get out yesterday Wednesday. Rode from camp in Groton, Warren, Lincoln, and back to camp thru Central NH trails. Was good except for 156 on the Lincoln maintained section which was rough. 11 south was also fine toward Campton. Took as few side trails which are always less traveled and fun! Still got snow but southern slopes show some thinning. Same every year...elevation is key!
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    Shifty

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Sweet ride from the dooryard today. Met Dmax and his buddy in Lancaster on 5 then back south thru dalton, littleton,103 to bath and lunch in woodsville. Then a quick blast up the rail 5 to Littleton and home. Trails were perfect everywhere. 100+ miles. I forgot to set the trip meter.
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    Renegade08

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Last Saturday. 65 miles. Campton to Franconia/Cannon and back.
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    jhwentworth

    ATVs on public roads issues

    The ATV ban bills failed in all three towns. http://www.colbsent.com/breakingnews.php As for the Colebrook "recreation trails supervisor" position, it died too. Metallak ATV Club president Craig Washburn opened discussion on Article 27, which proposed the Recreation Trails Supervisor position, by stating, "I'd like to know why the taxpayers are going to pay for something I've been doing 40 years for free." Julie Moran pointed out this person would be neutral and work as a mediator "so we can address the issues residents are angry about." Mr. Placy said the board views this as a move that would help the club, but Terry Rosi disagreed with the need for a $10,000 position. "I think this can be worked out between both sides with some transparency," he said. The measure failed, nullifying the next article that would have funded the position, and the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 10:55.
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    So,in the future, next year, when you register your sled, signing it acknowledges you know off trail is illegal. It also states, if caught your registration is pulled for the year, sled impounded, and there is a fine also. This is my thought. Sure you are going to lose sleds to Maine, but you are keeping trails open. JMO
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    Shifty

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    I had a great weekend. Took the 99 out for a sunny no helmet cruise on Friday. 177 solo miles on Saturday and a relaxing 50 mile spin this morning with my son.
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    Shifty

    Littleton area is great

    They just groomed 5 past my house
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    You do know that there are folks on here that aren't going to realize you are being sarcastic. Oops....guess I was tool late!
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    Why should law followers and club volunteers have to find them places to ride? I know in the 70s the club's had to find it on there own. I spent a lot of my teenage years going out with club elders doing exactly that.
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    Well, you know this is our fault for demonizing them and not doing enough to get places for them to ride
  13. 2 points
    classicdmax

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Another great ride, great conditions thabks for leading the way
  14. 1 point
    When a groomer breaks down in the woods it is BAD...real BAD. Despite the loss of the ability to make nice trails for a spell...the actual work it takes to either fix it on the trail in the middle of the woods in cold weather and many times in the dark, limited access for tools, supplies and manpower you got to get it done no matter what (and the groomer operator needs to walk out or get a ride out). So if you can't fix it trail side or limp it out...you need to get it out. That is no small task especially for a large machine. Our machine is smaller but none-the-less still quite a bit of work to get it out. We ended up finding a 8 foot truck bed liner and cutting it in 1/2 length wise. We put one 1/2 under one side track and the other 1/2 under the other side and secured it with a ratchet strap. We got a backhoe back in the woods on the trail to pull it out to a waiting ramp truck. Came out slick as sh**. Video below of Fort Mountain Trailwinders in Epsom getting out of the woods despite a night "try to fix it on the trail" in single number temps the night before. So when you see those jugs in dealers, restaurants and local stores with "contribute to the trail fund" make sure you do your financial part please! IMG_1102 (1).3gp
  15. 1 point
    That is probably the off road community. For years, whenever something has happened negatively on a trail system... it has always been vocalized to be the younger set, non-local riders, etc. I generally find that they are middle aged, live nearby, and just not thinking they will get caught.
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    Monday 50 miles in 2 hours. From Spaulding- up 11. through PMSC across EVSC down 16, back and loaded up! Great conditions this time of year, fast with plenty of Lube
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    rossi46

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Go North Snofest 2019...
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    rossi46

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Some sensational pics here...especially the sunset taken by classicdmax!
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    metaluc

    ATVs on public roads issues

    I read this as an attempt at a creative compromise proposal of sorts. The one article would ban use on all town roads. The administrator would work with the club's and land owners to find alternative trails. Presumably that might eventually include some "non problem" town roads. Would also report at town meetings. Presumably, there would be more visibility by the town at large into club activities, tax payer concerns, challenges and visversa. The Colebrook club has come out against both articles. My thoughts are that an overall ban is a bad idea, but increased transparency and participation by the town is probably a good idea. Compromise has become a dirty word these days, but it's probably the only path to an amenable solution.
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    John Mercier

    ATVs on public roads issues

    I was more focused on the town hiring someone to basically act as a trail administrator. I don't think that I have ever seen that approach before.
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    Shifty

    Littleton area is great

    We’ve got tons of snow and the clubs are kicking butt. If you’ve looking for a new spot, Park in Littleton and you can go in any direction. Any size/ length loop you want. The best parking is on 5/105 the rail bed. The lot is on industrial park road. Across from harbor freight. 2 min off of 93 exit 42
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    Stinson

    Littleton area is great

    Franconia, Cherry Mtn, Prospect Mtn, Dalton, North Haverhill, all so scenic.
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    Stinson

    Littleton area is great

    Here are a few of the scenic pics:
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    Stinson

    Littleton area is great

    Shifty great call on the trails in Littleton area and further north. Friday's ride had picture perfect blue sky with nice flat trails and the perfect temp. It was probably the most scenic ride we had in many years. Even the stretch of Corridor 11 just past the Notch was groomed. Here is a snapshot of our route leaving from Rumney.
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    Shifty

    Littleton area is great

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    jhwentworth

    Freedom to Evens Notch

    Trailered to Freedom and headed to Evens Notch. Round trip about 125 miles. Mostly used C-19. Trails in good shape for the morning run up, but showing some wear for the return as would be expected. There were a lot of sleds out there today. Evens Notch is worth seeing. Bottom line is that it's worth a trip to Freedom, the SOS club is doing a good job. As a bonus, take the alternate route across Silver Lake to satisfy that inner lake racer.
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    Good show...Len is loving it as would anyone!
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    doodave

    Warren to Twin Mountain

    Thanks for all the info we're going to try that tomorrow today we did a nice 215 mile Loop moultonborough New Hampshire 2 Ossipee to Conway to Gorham Berlin Twin Mountain back through Franconia notch all the way back the rr bed Meredith to moultonborough
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    Shifty

    Littleton area is great

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    I don't post much on this site but I'm going to chime in. There is a place for them to ride, Montana. Don't screw it up for the people that follow the rules and respect landowners.
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    Dammit Steve,don't you know us old guys are not the future of snowmobiling? Just read some of the comments on that FB post,snowmobiling is doomed with the attitude on display there . FWIW I sold my sleds 3 weeks ago and don't plan on buying anymore,40 years was enough I guess.
  36. 1 point
    NH needs to significantly increase the fine for off trail riding. I believe the fine currently is $75 The fine should be $500 for first offense, $1000 for subsequent and upon conviction the sled etc should be confiscated by fish and game. Committing certain hunting violations allows Fish and Game to confiscate all related equipment. why not off trail riding?
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    doodave

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Top of Mount Major Alton New Hampshire Anybody go from Warren to Littleton through bath and Lisbon was going to try that on Friday. rt5 Want to go all the way to fabian's at Twin Mountain want to stay on the western side and then come back down the railroad bed back to Winnipesaukee Thanks
  38. 1 point
    snorander

    How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Backcountry Riding Update The most popular sleds for riders to buy today are backcountry/mountain/crossover sleds. These sleds were designed for riding out west in deeper snow, but they have become very popular to eastern riders to buy and ride also. One issue for these sleds is that the taller paddle tracks have some difficulty cooling the motor on hard-packed or icy trails. As such, many of the riders on these sleds look to get off of the designated trail and into some loose snow to cool the motor. This has led to landowners threatening to close trails because riders are not staying on the trail that was established many years ago. One of the most popular places to try to get a “back country” experience is north of Rte. 26 in Coos County. The Connecticut Lakes Headwaters has several areas that are ideal for this style of riding and a group has formed to try to get some areas open to this “off-trail” riding. The Bureau met with several landowners to discuss this concept and a few things came up that no one had thought about in previous discussions. The Connecticut Lakes Headwaters cannot be opened for off-trail riding in any locations. The landowner of the property does not have the right to allow this use. In 2001 the State of NH purchased a conservation easement on the property. The road network became property of the State and a vast network of “designated snowmobile trails” was documented and included in the easement. Snowmobiling is the most protected recreational activity on the property. However, in 2001, the idea of having legal riding off-trail was not even a consideration and the easement was written to specifically protect the long-standing tradition of riding on trails only. Even the landowner of the property does not have the rights to give written permission for riders to go off trail. It is important to note that the landowner has asked law enforcement officials to stop all off-trail riding on this property. The Bureau also met with several other large landowners in the North Country to see what their thoughts were on designating some free-riding areas on their properties. There is some general support for this in the future, but we still have to work out a few things: how do we define the boundaries (likely will find an area that has trails on all sides and highlight the area within those trails); and does the Bureau’s landowner liability Insurance policy still protect the landowner for this activity? The insurance policy has always been written to protect landowners for use of a designated trail, not for riding anywhere on the property without boundaries. This question is still out to our insurance provider to try to get an answer back. In summary, it is not legal to ride a snowmobile off of a designated trail in NH unless the rider has written permission from the landowner. And most landowners are not going to give that permission at this time. Technology moves faster than policy and tradition. We are continuing to work on this, but no guarantee we will have any solutions for this season.
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    MTNBYKR

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    I was coming up the hill on the power lines on 345 just as you were leaving “the view”. Saw you pull away so just missed you...
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    snorander

    Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Got a late start, but still managed get in a 104 miles today.
  41. 1 point
    The snow continues to fall on a regular basis up here and the riding is great. Great destination rides, beautiful scenery, good places to eat, warming huts and club houses to visit, loops of all sizes and shapes, to enjoy and be part of. You can also snowshoe, ski, hike or just hang out and relax. Tenney Mountain ski area is open in the next town over and is accessible by sled for food, tubing and of course skiing. Come on up and enjoy!