jhwentworth

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    Loudon, NH

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  1. Early riding

    The BoT news email is out and listed some early riding options. News about early December riding in southern NH isn't all that common, but this last storm did dump some serious snow down there. Early Season Riding Bureau of Trails and Hollis Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club (Nashua/Hollis area) have opened their trail system, including Silver Lake State Park. Some trails have been groomed and the club hopes to have all of them done by Saturday. Note that the abutting trail systems are NOT OPEN at this time. Bureau of Trails has also opened Pisgah State Park (Cheshire County) for riding, within the Park ONLY. Gates in the park will be opened today. Trails leading out of the park to the north are NOT OPEN at this time. Trails will be ungroomed. The following Recreational Rail Trails are also OPEN for riding: Rockingham Recreational Trail, Fremont Branch (Windham to Epping) Rockingham Recreational Trail, Portsmouth Branch (Newfields to Auburn) Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (Fitzwilliam to Walpole). Connector trail through Keene may not be open at this time. Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (Keene to Hinsdale) Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail (Hinsdale) Sugar River Recreational Trail (Newport to Claremont) Hillsborough Recreational Trail (Bennington to Hillsborough) Northern Rail Trail (Boscawen to Lebanon) Recreational Rail Trails in Northern NH are also open for use, but with less snow cover. Note that the abutting lands are CLOSED at this time. This would include the Warren, Ammonoosuc, Presidential, and Upper Coos Recreational Trails. PLEASE NOTE: Gates/crossbars on the recreational trails are still CLOSED. Riders should slow when approaching gates and travel through the gate bypass openings. Again, ALL trails off recreational trails onto abutting lands should be considered CLOSED! Riders need to stay on open trails only.
  2. Snowy winter on tap?

    The weekend+ storm dropped about 7+" of snow in Loudon. I traveled to East Derry today, and they got 16"-17" of snow. Parts of south-western NH got 30+" of snow. Still, got to figure that the brooks, rivers, and swamps aren't frozen down here.
  3. First good snow fall in my yard - Nov 11

    An early December snow storm looks likely, especially for southern NH. Snowfall predictions are all over the place ( min of 3", max of 18"from 4 forecasters). WMUR is going with a foot of snow anywhere south of Concord, but only a couple inches north of the notches.
  4. Electric recreational vehicles

    The Taiga Atlas crossover sled can be equipped with a 180 hp motor and a battery pack good for 88 miles and 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds. "Production is targeted to begin in summer 2020 for initial customer deliveries in time for the 2020-2021 Winter season. Pricing starts at $15,000 USD.. Reserved snowmobiles will be delivered through Taiga partnered dealerships. Once commercially available, select dealerships will carry Taiga snowmobiles, offer servicing and test rides. If you are interested in becoming a dealer, please fill out our dealer application form." Oh yeah, Taiga also makes the Orca electric watercraft. https://taigamotors.ca/snowmobiles/#1559274402704-d50e1098-807d
  5. There are now battery-powered automobiles, chainsaws, and lawnmowers, so why not battery-powered ATV's and snowmobiles? Tesla recently showed off its new electric ATV, and Quebec company Taiga is selling electric snowmobiles. The sleds are in the 500-600 pound range, and "Its electric motor is fed by a 15 kWh battery pack that’s good for 100 kilometres of range. It boasts 107 horsepower, 184 pound-foot torque and has a three-second 0-100 km/h acceleration sprint. " I can see a future where these electric sleds will be mandated for Yellowstone and other environmentally/politically sensitive places. Electric sleds and ATV's will have the same issues as electric cars around charging stations, but that should be fixable for "destination" riders where riding is confined to a fixed geography. . https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-surprises-with-all-electric-atv-at-the-end-of-cybertruck-event/ https://taigamotors.ca/snowmobiles/ https://mountainculturegroup.com/montreal-company-unveils-worlds-first-electric-snowmobile/
  6. Attn: Vintage Snowmobile Enthusiasts

    Buying this sign would be like buying a headache. Back in the day a friend had a Ski-Daddler 493 Mark V that was pretty much useless as it wouldn't steer. About half way through a ride he'd ask to swap machines and you wouldn't see him until the end of the ride. Tomato soup orange didn't help.
  7. Klim Inversion gloves

    No personal knowledge about these gloves, but here's a couple reviews from the Klim site: https://www.klim.com/Inversion-Glove-3161-002
  8. Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg

    Until you find out that his wife's name is Ella Snall.
  9. random photo thread

    Pretty good display today.
  10. Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg

    No, Renegades are ridden exclusively in Pittsburg and Northern Maine.. That's why they have 5,000 miles on a 2-year old sled. Another sled driven in the Lake's region with 1500 miles would be worth much less.
  11. Question about club membership

    Thank you Larry, that's what I thought. I remember that the old NHSA membership fee had become the "portal fee" to get the discount. Oh well, looks like some club donations again this year.
  12. First good snow fall in my yard - Nov 11

    Sounds like you're going to get your wish over the next few days.
  13. Question about club membership

    I guess I must be dense. Who's Jay? Let me simplify. If I apply for membership in a club via paper application requesting that I not be enrolled as an NHSA member, will clubs accept that application? Will the club still have to pay a fee to NHSA? Bonus question: Would I be entitled to the "club member discount" when registering my sleds if I were a club member but not an NHSA member?
  14. Without getting a mud-slinging contest started, could someone update me on the current status of club memberships and the NHSA? Do clubs offer memberships that do not include NHSA membership? I understand that secondary club memberships don't require a payment to NHSA, but is it required on the primary club membership? I'm speaking here about joining a club outside of the NHSA Membership System (the NHSA web site). What are the current rules?
  15. Snowy winter on tap?

    Interesting that there's little talk about early snow, cold weather, and that first ride of the season. Around my area that first ride would probably have been at the Cog Railroad road in Bretton Woods. I haven't been there in years, but it was a popular spot. The NWS is pretty sure we'll have some kind of winter weather in the Tuesday-Wednesday time, but not too sure about precipitation type or amount. They are pretty sure it will be cold (around 10°) on Wednesday night. Coos County could end up with 6"-12"of snow and temperatures in the 0°-10° range, and staying cold into Sunday.