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  1. Official SledNH weather thread

    Well, it's Thanksgiving, and time to speculate about the upcoming sled season. That means guessing temperatures and snowfalls. In line with that plan here's the NWS guess for the next several days. In general the NWS says it's going to be colder than normal and that there are several low pressure systems moving through. That sounds promising. It's especially promising for Coos County. From the NWS 11/25/2021 Overall up north the potential exists for ~24-30 hour snowfall totals of 6-10"...particularly in Coos county NH with a band of 3-5" possible across much of northern Oxford/Franklin and central Somerset counties. Update: As of early Friday morning, the winter storm watch has been replaced with a winter weather advisory. 3"-6" of snow, with maybe more at the highest elevations.
  2. GAS/OIL Mix 96 Doo

    The 1996 Ski Doo Elan 250 didn't have oil injection. 1996 was the last year for the Elan, but it had a 25-year run and didn't change much from 1971. The base Elan in 1996 was still using bogey wheels. https://www.teshio.com/oldski-doosleds/
  3. Big groomers, small trails

    I suspect that the clubs have already resolved the "quick fix" problems. Big groomers seem to be the direction the clubs are going, probably because they can do trails faster, and big groomers need big room. People are talking about funding infrastructure now, and the trail system is our infrastructure. Anybody see a pile of money laying around?
  4. Big groomers, small trails

    Seems to be a common problem: How to fit a large groomer through a small opening. There are still a lot of local trails that pass through small tunnels under roads. Sleds can make it, but big groomers can't. https://www.unionleader.com/voices/city_matters/city-matters-snowmobile-trail-issue-requires-6-million-fix/article_c9334bad-4fbe-5dde-a06e-e2e0888f4ca5.html?block_id=1120512
  5. Getting ready

    I got to thinking about "getting ready" for winter riding back when modern fuel systems, ignition systems, and, most important, electric start were still far in the future. Back when a strong arm and a weak mind were almost mandatory equipment. Now, after charging the battery on my 2009 Ski Doo, i pushed the start button and the motor started instantly and then idled quietly. No smoke, no drama, no work. I came across this YouTube video after doing a search for Yamaha SL396, which was my first sled. At the time, Yamaha was considered to be quite advanced in engineering and manufacturing. As I watched the guys in the video struggle to get the sleds running after a long down time it reminded me of similar personal experiences. Do a web search for: 5 Vintage Yamaha Snowmobile Start Up Contest
  6. Getting ready

    A beautiful November day today, 60 degrees plus, with a lot of sun. A great day to drag the sleds out of storage to see if they'll run another year. A couple of low batteries, one starter that didn't want to work until lube was applied, and some smoke. All of them need a good wash, fresh fuel, and some grease in the right places. Tomorrow I'll check the belts and chain cases. One of the sleds is a 2009 Ski Doo GSX 600 ETEC. I don't use it very much so maybe it's time to get rid of it. I find that I enjoy riding my old (2005) Cat Panther 570cc more. Two antiques I guess. (that would be me and the Panther) The Panther is the sled that puts out the two-stroke smell, the other two are 4-stroke or ETEC, so it's like starting your car. I'm not a vintage fan now, but did put in my time with some of the early sleds. Things have changed over 40+ years.
  7. NHSA trail app

  8. Snow Traveler

    Interesting. What they display on their web site as being in inventory isn't really in inventory. I've checked with another local Ski Doo dealer and they have zero inventory of new sleds, but their web site shows that. That dealer said his spring order was cut and his fall order is uncertain.
  9. Snow Traveler

  10. Snow Traveler

    But just think how much more comfortably and efficiently a new 120 hp sled could kill you. That's what they mean by "getting more bang for your bucks". More seriously, I agree that new sled prices have been climbing, but I'm wondering what's happening with used prices. I haven't seen many sleds for sale yet, but the few I've seen had asking prices pretty close to the original selling price. Maybe the sellers are just being optimistic. One ad I saw was for a 2017 Ski-Doo MXZ Sport 600 ACE 4-stroke with a price of $10,000. That sled listed for $8800 when new. That's optimism! BTW: 2018 was the last year for that model.
  11. Snow Traveler

    I looked at the inventory at Freedom Cycles in Concord. They carry Ski-Doo, Lynx, Arctic Cat, and Yamaha (?). From Ski-Doo they have 29 2022 models ranging in price between a MXZ Sport 600cc EFI 2-stroke at $8.7K to 2022 Renegade Enduro 850cc E-Tec at $16K. For Lynx they had 2 2022 Boondocker 850cc at $15.7- $16.3K and 1 Rave RE 850cc at $17.6K. For Cat they had a couple 2022 sleds, a ZR8000 ES at $15K and a ZR6000 ES at $13.4K. For 2021 Cat's they had a RIOT 8000 at $15Kand a Blast LT 4000 at $8.5K. They have 1 2021 Yamaha SXVenom Mountain at $8.5K. That's a total of 37 new sleds, from $8xxx to $17xxx. Sno-Traveler tested the Lynx Rave RE 850cc, which is the most expensive sled now at Freedom Cycles.
  12. Kayaking in Pittsburg

    As much as I like to place the blame on somebody else, it would be too hard of a job to lay this on Canada, although I do understand and appreciate your effort. Kind of strange, but the northern counties weren't impacted like southern counties during the earlier part of the drought we had. Then in mid-summer 2021 the big rains came for the south and passed the north. For comparison, in 2020 Concord got 33.75" of precipitation versus a normal 41.51". In 2020 Berlin got 42.93" versus a normal 42.04". In 2021 to date, Concord got 32.75" versus Berlin getting 24.65". If you add the 2020 and 2021 data it's 67.58" for Berlin and 66.01" for Concord. Totals are very close, but the timing was different. Now, in Keene they had 42.85" in 2020 and 42.92" so far in 2021, for a 21-month total of 85.77". https://www.weather.gov/wrh/climate?wfo=gyx BTW: To see NH river flows go to https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nh/nwis/current/?type=flow
  13. $3700 Manufacturer is Alcom LLC. Color white. Low miles, very good condition. Hasn't been used for a couple years. A new trailer of the same type lists for $6,500 and sells for about $6,000. Here's the 2022 model, and it looks a lot like my 2014 trailer; https://www.missiontrailers.com/crossover-snow/ GVWR= 2990 Lbs. Shipping weight= 1034 Lbs. Certificate of Origin available.
  14. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

  15. Interesting story about a local guy

    MY favorite line was the statement from the club's treasurer that he "never recalls seeing him (Baily) on a snowmobile". While that's a bit extreme, I think there's a lot of dedicated club members who are in snowmobile clubs for something other than just the riding. I'd say that's also true of volunteer fire departments and many other volunteer organizations. They give a lot, and they get a lot.