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mbeaunh last won the day on January 23 2019

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    Monadnock Region, NH

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    Nash, Pittsburg, Kearsage
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  1. 3 Registered, 1 Antique (1995), and we all rode once (for about 20 miles).
  2. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    Why surrender and accept sled registrations cannot increase? How about pushing FAMILY in NH snowmobiling? The 850s and Sidewinders are amazing, videos of off-trail riding are fun to watch and I’d love to do it (in Montana), but such developments are not going to increase participation in any significant way. Look at the vintage commercials for sled and you’ll it was all about getting the family out together; look at new commercials and all you see are the top models driven by professional riders going 70+ and or sailing 20-30 of a jump. How are those advertisements going to convince your wife the family should drop BIG dollars for sleds, tow vehicle, clothing, and all the other incidental costs? It won’t! Perception matters. Less families mean a lost opportunity to add big numbers of registered sleds and potential volunteers for clubs. BOT and F&G could even designate certain areas family friendly on certain weekends so people wouldn’t have to worry—as much—about some clown blowing a corner at 60 mph and hitting you or your kids head on…and the speed addicts would know where to avoid. 50 miles of riding with the wife and young kids riding is good day, and the family areas could be easily designated by the local club. There should be a state and retailer effort pushing the family aspect snowmobiling (why Snow Traveler last year had a SnowTrax story about the growth off-trial riding still mystifies me, it’s interesting from a very general standpoint of the overall sport, but it clearly isn’t the future of snowmobiling in NH). Dad can still get his 850 (and have days getting big miles with the guys) while retailers get more sales on entry level sleds, more sled maintenance and apparel sales opportunities, and the state and clubs win too. The Youtube video that was released when Yamaha reintroduced the Snow Scoot last year is the perfect example of what I mean regarding the emphasis on family. Polaris has its new Evo which targets families and growing riding skills. Even aside from new sleds, there are so many capable, reliable older sleds that are well suited to families and family riding, but it has to make sense, on many levels, for more families to get involved to see any sustained growth, i.e., the perception of snowmobiling as a true family activity needs to be fostered . If the current plan is to simply increase costs more and more on fewer and fewer riders while losing trails, then the comment above about the sport swirling down the drain is accurate.
  3. GPS use in heavy snow

    Yup, the Gamin Montana worked flawlessly in heavy snow. No issue whatsoever maintaining a signal.
  4. GPS use in heavy snow

    Thanks for the feedback. It's the Montana 680t with Trailmaster map, so I guess I'll be good. Riding Nash on Saturday, and originally thought I'd go back on Sunday, but with the kind of snow predicted, I'm thinking that trailering back on Sunday with the family may be a bit hazardous, so I'd like to ride out of the Coos Motor Inn parking lot (they have a connector trail at the back of the lot), and explore the local (unfamiliar) trials a bit. I'm hearing that heading toward Jefferson is probably best. Not looking for big miles, just want to be out making first tracks for few hours.
  5. GPS use in heavy snow

    I plan to be riding Sunday in an unfamiliar area. How well do the GPS units work when it's snowing (sounds like it'll be snowing pretty heavily on Sunday)? I have Garmin Montana.
  6. Snowy winter on tap?

    I've started to look where I can still ride the atvs.
  7. Helmet Communicators

    Sena has a side mount that fits any helmet. Mine is modular, the other 3 are not. I suspect the Collet does have better range. Bluetooth is fine on open areas, but on twisty, hilly, heavily wooded areas we can lose a signal within 1/10th of a mile.
  8. Helmet Communicators

    I've been using Sena SM-10s for 4 years now. We now have 4. I bought a 4th for our daughter this year. I replaced the rechargeable battery on the 2 original units last year (battery was quite cheap on ebay and there's a good Youtube video showing how to do it). We usually get a good 6 hours continuous use out of them. You can also plug in an external battery when you get the battery low warning. They have many functions but only use them for communication purposes. There typically isn't a lot of physical distance between us, so the signal is rarely lost. If the signal is lost, usually on hilly, twisty and narrow type trails, they reconnect automatically.
  9. Yup...our average speed was something like 8 miles per hour on a couple of the days (which included snowman building time)...but still way better than not getting out at all. : )
  10. About 650, not bad considering every ride included my wife, a 3 year old and 7 year old. Some days it felt it would be easier to go to the moon than get everyone out on the snow.
  11. Sno-Traveler articles

    Haven't seen my latest Traveler yet, but did anyone else think the off-trail sled article by the Snowtrax guy was a bit out of place for NH? It seems that rather than extolling the virtue of off-trial sleds in a NH publication, there might be an emphasis on family oriented snowmobiling, i.e., good rides for families, good places to get kids out on sleds to build skills, and maybe a call out to manufacturers for more units like the the new Sno Scoot. The future in NH is younger members, families and the resulting greater participation. While there may be some out there, most wives and kids aren't about to engage in off-trial boondocking, and getting stuck 20 times, a mile off the nearest trail (assuming one was lawfully off-trail in the first place). Low cost entry level sleds, sled storage facilities on trails to help access, things like that seem to be the key to greater participation. Maybe a centralized website for all volunteering activities for all clubs too so people are vested for more of the year.
  12. Nash 4-2-17

    Maybe. Parking lot was fine in the morning (frozen with a couple inches of new snow), but a mud bog by afternoon. Feeder trail was very thin, with some bare spots. As soon as we picked up a little elevation (just past the first intersection), the snow was great, no bare spots except for the open area near the Brookfield facility in Dummer on Paris Road. Everything else had ample snow. If one can get out of the parking lot, there should still be plenty of great riding, especially with the new snow they'll get today/tonight. Also got first-hand info they'll groom if they get one more cold night (but that's not looking too promising).
  13. Nash 4-2-17

    Big thanks to Groveton Trail Blazers! Condition were great! Everyone in our group had their best day of the season!
  14. Anyone have any information on what clubs will groom after this storm? Planning a family ride with wife, and a caboose with kids behind my sled, so I don't want to be dealing with climbing snow piles at road crossings. Hoping to get 60-80 miles in and stay Twin Mt. and South if possible (but guessing I may have to at least go as far as Nash). Thanks.
  15. Andover trails update

    Zero concern about ungroomed trails. I thought F&G could cite for riding trails where gates are closed.