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    Twin Mountain, NH

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  • Favorite Riding Area
    Vermont & New Hamshire
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    Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club, Lunenburg Polar Bears
  1. Thanks, I'm still trying to understand the cost structure. If you register 1 sled the cost is basically a wash right? 27 bucks to join a club through NHSA and then 30 bucks off your reg. I guess if you register multiple sleds it starts to make sense since you spend the 27 bucks and get 30 bucks off each reg. So why are clubs even supporting this if they get less money if members join their specific club rather than paying the non-discounted fee and money going into the GIA? I suppose they can hope that people will donate extra to the club when they sign up? Otherwise... what's the point?
  2. I don't know if it's because I donate extra but I got an email from the club President a day after I renewed through NHSA thanking me for my donation. So either it's coincidence or he got a notification...I just looked back through my email history and he contacted me the last few years after I signed up as well. Not that it matters, but I get your point.
  3. Why does it seem like NH is so dysfunctional? Here is my experience this year: Vermont - Sign into 1 website and pay once for Registration and join a club at the same time. Get an email receipt and a few weeks later my stickers show up in the mail. Maine - Sign into 1 website and pay for registration. Get an email receipt and a few days later my stickers show up in the mail. NH - No clear process, find my way to the NHSA website and join a club but you can't register your sled online. No emailed receipt that I can find after I join the NHSA but it clearly says to print out your voucher to bring to a registration location before you close your browser window. No easy way to find your way back to the website and find your voucher if you didn't have access to a printer when you first joined. Then physically go to a registration station and listen to them tell the guy in front of you that they need to join the club online and they can't do it for you. Listen to complaints and asks if he can use their computer to join? It's finally my turn, I was lucky enough to read online and know that I needed to show the voucher number and I was able to save it to my phone and retrieve it when asked. I know full well, the majority of people will not know or be able to do this. Why can't we do the whole thing in one transaction online?
  4. Can you elaborate on this? I guess I don't understand how it works. I join a club through NHSA and then when I go to register I get a $30 discount because I joined a club? But if I don't join the club through NHSA and pay the full reg amount the clubs get more money? I'd also love to see a breakdown of the 40,000 sled registrations, specifically the number of sleds registered that are 5 years old or newer and resident vs non-resident.
  5. Freedom Rider, I was talking about what options there are going forward if the reg fee isn't increased. The argument from a lot of people is "I'll just go to Maine or I'll quit". If the prevailing opinion is that half the snowmobilers were to quit or go somewhere else then I was simply saying I'd rather see the reg fee doubled to make up for those that quit and put the money into the north as many of those people that would quit or go somewhere else are probably in the south of the state. I really don't know the logistics of how the money is spread around but I know the southern clubs probably to get a lot since there is really only snow to groom a few weeks a year. How do you keep things going if there isn't more money coming in to pay for maintenance and equipment? P.S. I only drive 1:45 from, I have a house on the trail in Twin.
  6. I don't have any numbers but I really can't imagine there are enough people joining the southern clubs to keep them viable without taking large amounts of reg money from riders that never ride in the south. For me personally, I'd rather double the reg, close the southern trails, and put that money into the north where it's sustainable and attractive to go. The people you might lose over another $50 or $100 bucks a season are not really contributing much into the economy of the sport anyway. (Restaurants, Gas, Lodging. New sleds, etc) Let's be honest, I doubt anybody is going to Derry as a destination for snowmobiling in NH. I have never ridden the southern trails but I'll go try it this year and see what it's all about.
  7. I'm still not really sure about the "Great divide". What does a casual rider mean? You ride 2 days a year? Even if you paid $150 per reg, that is $75 per day. You still couldn't rent a sled for even half a day. It's an expensive sport, it just is what it is.... like everything else. How much is the current NH reg? I'm not even sure. I'd be fine if the southern clubs closed up shop and freed that money to the north. There are 7000 miles of trails... How many miles are south of say Candia and/or are actually usually open Jan-Mar? Those clubs get a 300K groomer and use it for how many weeks out of the season? It doesn't make sense to me... I don't want to see trails and clubs close but if there isn't money and people then make the northern stuff even better.
  8. I wonder how many actual usable days there are for trails south of say Concord? I live in Windham, NH and never bring my sleds down as its so few days where stuff seems to be open. Even if it was open, I'd still rather be riding up north. I add $100 bucks donation to the club during my registrations every year. I register 2 sleds in VT, NH, and ME. I drive a 57K truck with a 5K trailer and 20K worth of sleds in it. A few hundred bucks increase will change nothing for me. Most people will pay it as Northern NH is closest for weekend riding from Mass, CT, RI. As someone else said... it's $100 bucks for 1 day to get a lift ticket.