TTA89

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  1. Affordable Trail Signs Every Club Can Make

    Out of curiosity, what were the reasons stated for not coming up with a standard?
  2. Electric recreational vehicles

    It's only inevitable that gas stations start installing charging stations to supplement the loss of gas volume in the next 10 years. Once this starts in the north country I think it will be viable to run electric sleds. Just think of the battery charging and capacity improvements in the next 10 years. Today? No way... 10 years from now? Maybe....
  3. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    I didn't reply to the other thread but I had similar thoughts. Are those "cheaper" places on the trails or even close to where you actually want to ride? How far away is the off trail riding you want to do? Surely not out the back door in Mexico? I get the attraction to mountain/off trail riding but this isn't the Rockies with vast expanses of open areas to play around. I do agree the speed limits are dumb. It's always wrapped up in the guise of "safety" which is a joke. I've never gotten a ticket, I ride to my ability level and surroundings which is typically above the speed limits. I don't do 90-100 down the straights as I'm always worried a deer is going to jump out in front of me and this is where the fish cops are always shooting radar. You could make the same case about 70mph on 93 as being too slow. It's about revenue generation, not safety. "WideOpen" seems to be strictly concerned about the costs. You gotta pay to play or sit in the car for hours.... I'm willing to spend the money for more riding time and less travel time, the few hundred here or there isn't an issue for me. I want to go where it's great when it's great which is why I have VT, NH, and Maine stickers on my sled. NH isn't perfect, I wish they could adopt some of the VAST ideas but I realize the funding is totally different.
  4. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    Where do you live now that Mexico is a 2 hour ride? Can you show me a 50k-100k house you're talking about in Maine? That seems pretty cheap.... You can always ride back towards the Burg for overnights at the Tall Timber if you bought a place in Maine. I get NH, VT, and ME each year, we ride all over the place.
  5. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    Two points: Point 1 - I live in southern NH and we own a house on 4 acres in Twin Mountain, paid $160K. The house is old and has shitty bones but it has a huge 9 year new 28x54 garage and it's on the trails and close to skiing and hiking. Eventually, I'd like to knock the house down and building a new one. My biggest issue is real estate taxes. My southern NH house is 11K a year and my TM house is closing in on $3500 a year. If we build a new house and get reassessed, I fear the taxes will double and Twin hasn't built a mega mansion school yet. The real estate taxes suck for owning 2nd homes in NH. Point 2 - Location - I'm 1 hour and 40 minutes door to door and 99% of the time I'm not in traffic going up 93. I've done tons of 1 nighters up there as it's close and easy. Where can you buy in Maine for 2 hours or less with reliable snow and good trails? 95 is a disaster with weekend traffic and stop and pay tolls. Unless you don't mind long rides in the car, I don't see how Maine makes sense for people living in Mass/NH if you need to be home M-F most of the time. If I had to do it again, I'd look for something in Vermont at 2 hours at the bottom of the NEK. I don't care about sales/income taxes for a 2nd home and the real estate taxes won't be as nuts as NH. Plus, the snowmobiling is the best around in a 2 hour drive from the MA/NH border areas. P.S. I see tons of trailers in the winter going through Twin, up Route 3 to wherever or riding locally. There are lots of people around. P.P.S I'm 42.
  6. Snowmobile exhaust systems

    I hope this gets pushed for motorcycles as well.
  7. Off Topic

    I'll bet she got a lot more money from the insurance company than she would have got selling the truck. Win for her....
  8. Littleton area is great

    I rode through Littleton for the 1st time from Twin a few weeks ago. It was a lot of fun but def need a good amount of snow to get over there.
  9. Snow Totals

    This is my house in Twin from yesterday to today. They said 8-12 and I expected 6 but didn't even get that.
  10. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    Since it was "free" weekend in VT and Maine I staying in NH and had a blast. I called everyone I knew with a sled and nobody could get up to ride with me so I went alone. I rode out of my place in Twin on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and rode through Twin, Bethlehem, Dalton, Whitefield, Littleton, and Lisbon. I saw more groomers than sleds on Thursday and Friday. It was 5 star awesome out there with blue skies for most of the riding. Glad I got in 250 miles before the torch down this week. I can't image it will be that amazing again for awhile...
  11. Snowy winter on tap?

    We only ended up with 4-5" of new snow in Twin. I'll take 9" on the ground but was hoping for more.
  12. Ski Doo MXZ 600 Ace

    The only 600 ACEs I see are in the rental fleets... Where those go every year I dunno. I love my wife's 900, I ride it more than my 1200.
  13. Ski Doo MXZ 600 Ace

    Is it the 600 ACE or the 600 Sport? They are different, one is a 4 stroke, the other is a 2 stroke.
  14. Snowy winter on tap?

    Everyone gets snow except the White Mountains? Come on...
  15. Snowy winter on tap?

    No warm weather till May!
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.