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  1. Snow Totals

    April 9, 2019 snow totals. Ground is white in Loudon. Drive up from Derry yesterday was interesting on I93, with lots of flashing lights. NEW HAMPSHIRE ...Belknap County... Lakeport 2 1.0 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 3 SSW Meredith 1.0 600 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob ...Carroll County... 2 SE Madison 6.1 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 5 E Center Sandwich 6.0 600 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 1 N Madison 6.0 118 PM 4/08 Trained Spotter Madison 5.0 214 PM 4/08 Social Media North Conway 5.0 715 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob Bartlett 5.0 303 PM 4/08 Social Media Tamworth 4.0 1100 AM 4/08 Social Media 4 NW Jackson 4.0 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob Freedom 3.0 1137 AM 4/08 Social Media 3 SW Albany 3.0 800 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob Conway 3.0 216 PM 4/08 Social Media Brookfield 2.0 1100 AM 4/08 Social Media Ossipee 2.0 1100 AM 4/08 Social Media Moultonborough 2.0 110 PM 4/08 Social Media 1 SW Wolfeboro 1.4 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 1 SE East Wakefield 1.0 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob ...Coos County... Pinkham Notch 2.1 539 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 1 NE Randolph 2.1 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob Berlin 2.0 707 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob ...Grafton County... 2 NNW Ashland 2.5 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 4 N Plymouth 1.3 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob P.o. Box 197 Wentwor 1.2 700 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob 2 NNE Plymouth 1.0 800 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob ...Merrimack County... 3 E Northfield 1.0 516 AM 4/09 Contains 1 24-hr ob
  2. Something to think about

    The damage to the rental sled would be capped at the cost to replace the sled (maybe $10,000?) The cost of a liability claim by someone you injured/killed, or property damage, through negligence doesn't have such a cap. I suspect that most people don't get the answer to these questions until after they have an accident.
  3. Something to think about

    In an earlier post about ride to Evans Notch I wrote about some folks on rental sleds we met while in the notch. I'd guess they were sled newbies. Today I saw this on the NHSA site. Snowmobile Rental Accidents Out of approximately 42,000+ registered snowmobiles in NH, only 318 are rental units Yet 32% of snowmobile accidents in the 2017/2018 season involved a rented snowmobile Inexperience was a contributing factor in all of those accidents Seems odd that less than 1% of the sleds were involved in 32% of the accidents. These rental sleds probably put on a lot more miles each year than most sleds, but even if the rentals put on double or triple the mileage it's still out of line. There's a parallel with teenage auto drivers: "according to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16- to 17-year old drivers are nine times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults." It's probably fair to say that a person who would operate a sled with minimal training and zero experience could be considered risk tolerant. High risk tolerance and inexperience, what could go wrong? I wonder what the insurance rates are for rental sleds?
  4. No new posts since 3/21/19

    Might be because your average sled rider has moved on. The die-hards may trailer to Pittsburg, but most will call it a day. Boating and ATV sites should be heating up.
  5. Off Topic

    I'm calling this off topic, but there is some connection between sleds and trucks and trailers, so maybe it's not too far off base. Back in 2017 a guy wanted to buy a 2013 F-150 Ford pickup in a private sale from a woman in Laconia. He got permission to test drive the truck and as part of the test towed his boat/trailer to Paugus Bay and attempted a launch. The launch didn't go well when he exited the truck with the transmission in reverse while launching, and boat, trailer, and the Ford ended up in Lake Winnpesaukee. The owner filed a claim with her insurance company and it was settled for $30,691.49 to cover damages. In March of this year the insurance company sued the guy who sank the Ford to recover the money they paid the truck owner. I'm sure there are lessons to be learned here. 1. Have a very good insurance company and agent. 2. Letting an unattended prospective buyer in a private sale test drive a vehicle is a bit risky. 3. Letting a prospective buyer use your vehicle to transport and launch a boat is riskier. 4. See #1 I guess you could substitute snowmobile for boat. I'd also guess that any long term insurance agent could tell a similar story. Full story. I wonder if the woman still has the same insurance company?
  6. Off Topic

    The insurance company is claiming the guy drove the vehicle in an unsafe and negligent manner and wants the money they gave the owner back from the guy. In New Hampshire, the uninsured motorist portion covers only medical expenses. The driver was from Mass, so I'd assume he had insurance, but does that cover a borrowed car? In most cases the insurance follows the car not the driver, although most auto insurance will cover a rental car. For the guys sake I hope he has personal liability insurance in his homeowner's policy along with an umbrella policy. Like I said about #1......
  7. Something to think about

    Over the weekend there were two separate snowmobile accidents in Gorham involving a sled hitting a tree. The sled operators were middle-aged women from Maryland and Florida, and both were wearing helmets but lacked experience. I'd guess that one or both of these accidents involved a borrowed or rental sled. Union Leader GORHAM — A Florida woman was injured Saturday when she lost control of a snowmobile and struck a tree, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said. Christina Coleman, 49, of Juno Beach, Fla., crashed around 6 p.m. Saturday on Bear Spring Trail, Fish and Game said in a news release. Coleman’s son, who was riding with her, assisted her back to the trail and called for help, the news release said. Coleman, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment, according to the news release. Investigators said inexperience was considered the primary cause of the crash. GORHAM, N.H. — A woman was seriously hurt in a snowmobile crash in Gorham on Sunday. At 5:25 p.m., Inna Getsin, 37, of Owings Falls, Maryland, struck a tree when she lost control while navigating a turn on Bear Spring Trail. Getsin was thrown from the snowmobile but was able to get herself back on the trail. Members of her riding party came to her aid and called 911. Getsin was transported by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment. Getsin was wearing a helmet. Inexperience is considered the primary cause of the crash.
  8. Something to think about

    I'd guess that the rental company offers insurance protection at an extra cost, but probably has some sort of liability coverage to protect themselves.. Still, if rental sleds are involved in a third of sled accidents somebody is paying for the damages.
  9. It worked for me. Nice work.
  10. ATVs on public roads issues

    The ATV ban bills failed in all three towns. http://www.colbsent.com/breakingnews.php As for the Colebrook "recreation trails supervisor" position, it died too. Metallak ATV Club president Craig Washburn opened discussion on Article 27, which proposed the Recreation Trails Supervisor position, by stating, "I'd like to know why the taxpayers are going to pay for something I've been doing 40 years for free." Julie Moran pointed out this person would be neutral and work as a mediator "so we can address the issues residents are angry about." Mr. Placy said the board views this as a move that would help the club, but Terry Rosi disagreed with the need for a $10,000 position. "I think this can be worked out between both sides with some transparency," he said. The measure failed, nullifying the next article that would have funded the position, and the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 10:55.
  11. ATVs on public roads issues

    Today's Union Leader has a story on the three North Country towns voting on ATV bans on public roads. This story has been widely covered, but Colebrook seems to be going a step beyond a simple ATV ban. " Colebrook voters will also weigh funding the temporary position of recreation trails supervisor. That person’s duties will include discussing with landowners “possible ATV use of snowmobile trails; working as a facilitator to bring landowners and members of the ATV community together to seek solutions in places known and referred to as ‘problem areas…’” and to seek funding for work on trails and bridges. The board of selectmen would set the supervisor’s salary and he or she would be required to make a presentation at Town Meeting."
  12. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    That's pretty good.
  13. Freedom to Evens Notch

    Trailered to Freedom and headed to Evens Notch. Round trip about 125 miles. Mostly used C-19. Trails in good shape for the morning run up, but showing some wear for the return as would be expected. There were a lot of sleds out there today. Evens Notch is worth seeing. Bottom line is that it's worth a trip to Freedom, the SOS club is doing a good job. As a bonus, take the alternate route across Silver Lake to satisfy that inner lake racer.
  14. Freedom to Evens Notch

    No. Just make sure to stay on C19. You'll also see signs for ITS81 (Maine), but as long as there are C19 signs you're OK.
  15. Snow Totals

    5"-6" in Loudon. Snow is heavy and wet, probably finish up as some rain.
  16. Freedom to Evens Notch

    Yeah, but did you see his tepee?
  17. random photo thread

    Not much like summer.
  18. Freedom to Evens Notch

    I think you're right. From that marina there are several local SOS trails to reach C-19.
  19. Freedom to Evens Notch

    I don't know. From Freedom we traveled north and west to reach C-19 on SOS trails. We parked at a marina in Freedom. I had to be shown where to park, and from looking at a map I'd guess that the distance from Polly's Crossing might be further than we rode.
  20. Freedom to Evens Notch

    We found C19 to be in very good condition, including the rail bed portion. On our return we passed a Maine Warden who was checking registrations as we passed. While we were parked at the overlook a group of people came up to us and asked where they were. They had rented sleds in Gorham (Northeast?) When I told them they were in the Maine section of the White Mountain National Forest they wondered if that was a problem. They had a paper map from the rental group that didn't show trails south and east of Gorham. Told them to just follow the C-19N signs back towards Gorham.
  21. Free Original owners' manuals. Indy manual covers 400-500-650-500SP Classic, Sport & Trail. Gone
  22. Warren to Twin Mountain

    I haven't done that ride, but if you're leaving from Warren on C-5 traveling north towards Littleton you won't be riding on BRVSC trails. Look at this interactive map for possible routes. https://www.jimapco.com/hosted/nhsa/ Look at this interactive map for club information: https://nhsa.com/nh-snowmobile-clubs/
  23. There are a lot of opinions and debate about what needs to be done to preserve snowmobiling in NH. I would agree that some of our issues are as local as our club, our county, or our state, but some problems are national. It's hard to avoid national trends like sled and fuel prices, climate, or average family income. A good swimmer can swim maybe 3-4 mph forward, but a 5 mph rip current will still take you backwards. Each year the International Snowmobiling Makers Assoc. puts out the IMSA snowmobiling fact book. I compared some stats from 2009 and 2018, and it looks like in 2018 fewer new sleds were sold, sled prices went up, fewer sled were registered, riders got older, fewer people trailer their sleds (vacation homes?), about the same percentage ride their sleds on trails, per-person spending on sleds is down, and we're riding less. The question is "how many of these national trends are relevant to NH, and how many of our issues are local?" While there's considerable national data available, state data can be hard to come by. Back in 2002-2003 NHSA sponsored a financial impact study of snowmobile spending in NH; is there something more recent? IMSA snowmobiling fact book In 2009: There were 147,066 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 61,593 were sold in the U.S. and 49,510 were sold in Canada. The average suggested retail price of a new snowmobile sold in 2009 was $8,800 (US Funds). There are approximately 1.65 million registered snowmobiles in the US and 765,275 registered snowmobiles in Canada. The average age of a snowmobiler is 43 years old. Approximately 18% of all snowmobilers are 60 years or older and 37% of all snowmobilers are 50 years or older. 54% of the snowmobilers usually trailer their snowmobiles to go riding. 46% either snowmobile from their primary residence or have a vacation home where they keep and use their snowmobiles. Approximately 80% of snowmobilers use their snowmobile for trail riding and touring on marked and groomed trails. The average snowmobiler spends $4,000 each year on snowmobile-related recreation. The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 1402 miles per year in North America. In 2018: There were 124,786 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 53,179 were sold in the U.S. and 47,024 were sold in Canada. (IMSA doesn't offer an average sled price anymore, but higher end sleds will run $13K-$17K) There are approximately 1.2 million registered snowmobiles in the US and 600,000 registered snowmobiles in Canada. The average age of a snowmobiler is 45 years old. 49% of snowmobilers trailer their snowmobiles to ride. 51% snowmobile from their primary residence or have a vacation home where they keep and use their snowmobiles. 80-90% of all snowmobile riding takes place on trails, where 10-15% of all snowmobile incidents occur. The average snowmobiler spends $2,000 each year on snowmobile-related recreation. The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 1250 miles / 2012 km per year in North America.
  24. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Chris Gamache comments on off-trail riding in the north country. https://nhsa.com/railroads-groomers-and-backcountry-riding/
  25. Posting pics?

    The easiest way is to view/copy the files from your iPhone to a Windows PC using Windows Explorer (File Explorer is the old name for this program) Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC > Open My Computer > Find your iPhone it will appear under Portable Devices Sections. Step 2: Double click iDevice icon to open your iPhone > You’ll see the Internal Storage icon > Double click it to open it. Step 3: You’ll see the DCIM folder that is the Camera Roll folder > Double click open it > Open one folder to see if it contains the photos you want to view/transfer > Select the photo and right click- click Properties on menu- view file type and size. or Select the photos you like and copy them > Paste them to the desired folder of your computer.