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  1. Pittsburg-Back Lake Seasonal Rental

    That poor deer is going to freeze stiff as a board unless you get out there and brush that cold snow off its head and back!
  2. Getting state economic impact from a Ridge Runner groomer is not likely to be unbiased nor a valid measurement of state economic impact statistics. UNH is considered a more authoritative source. Like someone mentioned, it's an opinion piece. Talk to real people in North country, it's important. But leaf peeping and skiing are probably equally important. I've read more informative articles with real statics rather than opinions. I was unimpressed with this article. Facts would be more helpful. But researching them them is not as much fun as a ride with a groomer!
  3. 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.
  4. Great video! What a great collection of vintage hardware. I must be getting old, because the only thing that I'd really love to own and ride is one of those model T conversions, preferably with a roof and a heater.
  5. Balsams News - Can't be good

    Unfortunate they have sold off or torn down much of what was needed to make it viable without a large additional investment. All the ski lifts and equipment, kitchen equipment, and furnishings are gone. The factory was demolished and the back buildings. Not sure what shape the golf course is in. Sitting idle for so long without maintenance has taken its toll.
  6. Balsams News - Can't be good

    Heard for a reliable source that Les Otten was anticipating the sale of nearly a billion dollars in real estate. Plan is for a four season resort, so not 100% dependent on winter sports. I agree they need to make the numbers work without state help. If I had known it would sell for $2m I would have figured out how to buy it and run it as it was. Golf course alone is worth $7m, or that's what it would cost to build it. Buildings were fine, but not good enough for fancy NY guests at $400 a night. Sledders and normal folk would have kept it full for $100 a night, even with crappy old furnishings. Over 7500 beautiful acres, golf course and ski slopes for $2M. AMAZING. Just drop the elite appeal and drop the prices.
  7. Skip has lost his mate!

    My condolences to you and your family Skip.
  8. Trail side - camping

    "Just remember the more calories you eat the more water you need to drink. People loose stamina and get cold/hypothermic because they don't drink enough water to process the extra food they eat. " Does it have to be water, or will other liquids suffice? Our neighbors had a bear stick his head into their tent. They chased it off by bopping it on the nose with a container of baby wipes, their only weapon. Next camping season, they bought a shed to sleep in!
  9. Trail side - camping

    I'm not saying that, but if you try it and it works please post your results. I think it's more about being comfortable and surviving long hours in the cold. You will burn more calories just trying to stay warm.
  10. Trail side - camping

    The secret to successful winter camping is intake of massive calories. 5000 recommended. What's not to like about that!
  11. ATV club theft

    Here is a thpught. Why not have one club audit another. You can't have the club you audit do yours. Clubs do it for free for one another and presumably have specialized expertise on what's legit and what's not. They are independent, but not professional auditors. Likely to find problems and mistakes before they become criminal. One club could learn from another, especially if they are more experienced. Volunteers are likely to make mistakes unless coached.
  12. Online Membership Update

    Kudos to the activists that pushed the issues, against great resistance, took abuse, yet prevailed to effect the initiation of change.
  13. Quite the accomplishment! How did you polish the aluminum so nicely?
  14. Southern Nh Trails
  15. ATV / UTV tracks

    In NH there is a width limit. 54" if I recall correctly which is the same as a snowmobile. Tracks seem to increase the width of any machine, but I'm not sure how they measure width for legal purposes. Have heard differing interpretations. Fender to fender, track to track. 54" would rule out most side by sides except the RZR 50" unit, and perhaps one or two other models. Most utvs are 60" with tires and a few are wider. You need an additional registration sticker to the standard ATV registration. It registers as a sled, and costs $16. For the extra cost of the ATV tracks at about $3k, many folks just buy a good used sled which will always out perform an ATV with tracks. Tracks on an ATV have gear reduction that reduces the speed, and increases engine rpm. You have to be careful not to over rev the engine on some setups. On groomed trails in cold weather a wheeled ATV will not tear up the trails unless the rider intentionally horses the machine around. A Sledder horsing around can tear up a groomed trail just as easily. You probably want to read up on the RSAs before making any investment or confronting riders. My comments are from memory from the RSAs when first written a couple years ago. Considering how many tracked sxs I see for sale, especially in VT I suspect there are an increasing number to be seen on the trails.