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Snowmobile Trail Conditions


January 28, 2015

Statewide, and New England-wide, snows arrived yesterday. YETI was here in NH pulling the storm in and was captured on video in the Lakes Region:



Snow totals vary around the state but it is anticipated that all trails in the NH Snowmobile Trail System will be open this weekend! Riders should expect it to take 2-3 days for clubs to get trails packed out and groomed after the storm, especially in Southern and Central NH. Southern NH has had close to 30”of new snow since last Friday, and Northern NH has had consistent snows all week also.

Some lakes and ponds have open water, which may be covered by snow or blowing snow and riders should use extreme caution.

Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend is upon us! January 30th through February 1st - ride in NH, VT and ME! A valid NH or ME registration or a VT TMA pass is required. Riders visiting NH are reminded that our statewide trail speed limit is “what is safe and prudent for conditions, but never to exceed 45 mph”. VT has a statewide trail speed limit of 35 mph and riders need to have proof of liability insurance.
This coming weekend is also the 2015 Lancaster Grand Prix, January 30th through February 1st -vintage ice racing at its best.

And this storm is perfect for the NHSA 2015 Easter Seal Ride-In (for Camp Sno-Mo), February 6th through 8th, 2015, in Gorham.

If you haven't seen it yet - check out these great video highlights from the Great North Woods Vintage Snowmobile Race that took place in Pittsburg, NH on January 10th:



Northern NH

Pittsburg
As of last report from club - 8” base. 6” new snow. Grooming is occurring nightly, good to great riding conditions. Use caution and watch for icy spots and the occasional bare spot. Trail 137 from the junction of 3130 to 3092 is CLOSED due to logging and Trail 143 from Magalloway Road junction 1776 to junction 533 will remain closed due to logging.

Diamond Pond/Coleman State Park
4” to 8” base. 4-6” new snow. Groomed trails, good to great conditions.

Colebrook
0-6” base. 6” new snow. Trails in town are thin with snows in higher elevations. Groomed trails, good conditions.

Errol
2” to 4” base. 6” new snow. Groomed trails with good conditions.

Milan
2” to 4” base. 8” new snow. Groomed trails with moderate to good conditions.

Cambridge
4” to 6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed trails with good conditions.

Berlin
1” to 3” base. 12” new snow. Groomed trails with good conditions.

East Side of Berlin/Success
1” to 3” base. 12” new snow. Trails are groomed, good conditions.

Gorham
1” to 4” base. 12” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Groveton/Nash Stream
2” to 8” base. 6-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Groveton Village
1” to 2” base. 8-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with marginal conditions. Watch for rails on Corridor 5A

Stratford
4” to 8” base. 6-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Jefferson
2” to 4” base. 9-12” new snow. Groomed trails with marginal to good conditions.

Lancaster
1” to 4” base. 8-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Twin Mountain
4” to 10” base. Trails are groomed with moderate to good conditions.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
1” to 4” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with marginal to good conditions.

Campton/Thornton
2” to 6” base. 5” new snow. Groomed trails with marginal to good conditions.


Central NH

Andover
4” to 6” base. 8” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Ashland/Holderness/Lakes Region
4” base, 10” new snow. Trails being packed.

Baker River Area/Rumney/Wentworth
4” base, 5” new snow. Trails are being groomed. Primary Trail 153 in Groton is also closed due to logging that should be completed in another week or so. The Clough Road parking lot is open.

Bear Notch/Bartlett
3” to 7” base. 10” new snow. Grooming is ongoing as snow conditions exist, with moderate to good conditions. Please remember to be on the lookout for mushers and cross country skiers. Yield to other users and then pass slowly.

Bridgewater
10” new snow. Trails are being packed and groomed.

Canaan
4” to 6” base. 5” new snow. Groomed trails with good conditions.

Castle in the Clouds
1” to 4” base. 10-12” new snow. Trails being packed.

Conway
8-10” new snow. Trails are being packed and groomed.

Mascoma
4” to 6” base. Groomed trails with moderate conditions.

Lake Sunapee Area
10-14” new snow. Grooming ongoing.

Moultonborough
1” to 2” base. 10-12” new snow. Grooming ongoing.

Ossipee
2” to 4” base. 10” new snow. Packing trails.

Pillsbury State Park
4” base, 8” new snow. Packing with good conditions.

Wakefield
2” to 4” base. 12-18” new snow. Trails being packed.

Wolfeboro
2” to 4” base. 12” new snow. Trails being packed.


Southern NH

Hopkinton/Everett
4” to 6” base. 12” new snow. Riding on frozen bodies of water is PROHIBITED – stay on trails! Winter ATV (50” vehicles width maximum)) use permitted on the ATV trails, cannot leave the trail system within the park.

Pisgah State Park
2” to 4” base. 5” new snow. Trails are open, being groomed at this time. Winter ATV use permitted on designated ATV trails (50” vehicle width maximum). ATVs cannot leave the park.

Weare
4” to 6” base. 10” new snow. Trails are open and grooming operations are ongoing.


Recreational Rail Trails:

Please note that the rail corridor gates are still closed unless posted open. Check local club information to see if club trails off of the rail trails are open or closed. Use caution when using pass-throughs.

Ashuelot: 2” to 3” base. 5” new snow. Not groomed, marginal conditions.
Cheshire Line: 2” to 3” base. 5” new snow. Not groomed, marginal conditions.
Fort Hill Line: 2” to 3” base. 5” new snow. Not groomed, marginal conditions.
Hillsborough: 4” base. Not groomed, marginal conditions.
Northern: 2” to 6” base. 8” new snow. Grooming ongoing with good conditions.
Sugar River: 2” to 4” base. 6” new snow. Not groomed, marginal conditions.
Rockingham Trails: 30” new snow. Clubs are packing trail and grooming is ongoing. Winter ATV (50” width maximum) permitted Windham to Epping only.

Railroad Corridors:

Riding on ACTIVE railroad tracks is illegal and extremely dangerous. Riders should not operate along, within, or across active railroads. Railroads that become snowmobile trails are signed open for winter use and are listed on this website.

Concord to Lincoln: Open, varying snow depths. Grooming will be ongoing this week. Use caution – rails are exposed and cover is thin! No riding south of Exit 18! Watch for reroute at switch yard at exit 18 and follow signs.
Bartlett/Bear Notch: 3” to 7” base. 10” new snow. Grooming is ongoing with moderate to good conditions. Ride slowly in Bartlett Village, shared use trail with XC skiers.
Whitefield to Groveton/Corridor 5A: 8” new snow. Watch for rails.


Trail Sign of the Week: STAY ON TRAIL

This Trail Marker sign is generally a 6” x 12” rectangle, orange background, with black letters and border (non-reflectorized). Many landowners request that riders travel in a specific area; these signs echo the landowners’ wishes. Failure to stay on the trail can lead to trail closures!


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Additional Resources and Information

For information on NH’s OHRV & Snowmobile regulations view the NH OHRV & Snowmobile Digest of Regulations at:  http://www.eregulations.com/newhampshire/OHRV.

For more information on New Hampshire's snowmobile trail system watch this video on the NH Fish and Game YouTube Channel: