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Snowmobile Trail Conditions


January 30, 2015

The 3 state riding/reciprocal weekend is here! Statewide, and New England-wide, snows arrived this week with more snow coming in today. The 3 states are expected to get another 4-12” varied throughout the area through Saturday morning.

Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend: 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 liability insurance requirement for snowmobiles and both Maine and Vermont have “safe and prudent” speed condition requirements. Each state has other requirements for riders which should be reviewed.

For information on snowmobiling in New Hampshire, visit:
For information on snowmobiling in Vermont, visit:
For information on snowmobiling in Maine, visit:
Find links to the recent Snow Miser and Yeti videos click here:
This weekend is also the 2015 Lancaster Grand Prix, January 30th through February 1st -vintage ice racing at its best.

And this storm, with the additional snows forecast for Monday are perfect for the NHSA 2015 Easter Seal Ride-In (for Camp Sno-Mo), February 6th through 8th, 2015, in Gorham.

Snows expected today throughout the state. Eastern NH/Maine border expected to get 6-8” of new snows with central and western/VT area expected to receive 4-6” of new snow. Watch for icy areas on hills, under the lighter snows. Riders should use caution on lakes and ponds as some areas are still open and drifting snows can hide pressure ridges and open areas. Most clubs in the state are reporting trails at 90-100% open for this weekend. Many clubs have fundraising dinners this weekend and other activities. Please visit and support the local clubs.


Northern NH

Trails are in good to great condition throughout Coos County. Watch for ice on corners and expect heavy trail traffic this weekend.

Pittsburg
As of last report from club – 8-16” base. 6” new snow. Groomed with good to great riding conditions. 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
6-10” base. 4-6” new snow. Groomed with good to great riding conditions.

Colebrook
4-6” base. 6-10” new snow. Groomed with good to great riding conditions.

Errol
3-5” base. 6” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Milan
4-6” base. 8-12” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Cambridge
6-8” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Berlin
2-6” base. 12” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

East Side of Berlin/Success
3-6” base. 12” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Gorham
4-8” base. 12” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Groveton/Nash Stream
4-10” base. 6-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with good conditions.

Groveton Village
2-3” base. 8-10” new snow. Trails are groomed with marginal conditions. Corr 5A closed (rail corridor) with exposed rails.

Stratford
6-8” base. 6-10” new snow. Groomed with good to great riding conditions.

Jefferson
4-8” base. 9-12” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Lancaster
3-6” base. 8-10” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good riding conditions. Lancaster Grand Prix at Fairgrounds!

Dalton
4-6” base. 10” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Twin Mountain
4-12” base. 8-18” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good riding conditions.

Whitefield
2-4” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with marginal conditions.

Franconia Notch Bike Path
2-6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good conditions. North of Cannon Mountain is marginal riding to Twin Mountain. Visit Cannon Mountain Tramway Restaurant.

Campton/Thornton
4-12” base. 5” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.


Central NH

Andover
6-8” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.

Ashland/Holderness/Lakes Region
4” base, 8-10” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding conditions.

Baker River Area/Rumney/Wentworth
4” base, 5” new snow. Groomed with marginal to good riding conditions. Watch for logging on Primary Trail 153 in Groton. The Clough Road parking lot is open.

Bear Notch/Bartlett
6-8” base. 8-12” new snow. Groomed with good to great conditions. Watch for mushers and cross country skiers. Yield to other users and then pass slowly. Yield to logging trucks on south end of Bear Notch Road.

Bridgewater
6” base. 10-12” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good riding conditions. Watch for exposed RR tracks on Corr 8.

Canaan
4-6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good conditions. Some hills are icy.

Castle in the Clouds
4-8” base. 10-18” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions. Corr 19 RR tracks exposed by McDonalds in Ossipee.

Conway
5” base. 8-10” new snow. Groomed with fair to good riding conditions. RR tracks exposed in open areas of Corr 19A. Trail is shared with logging trucks on Peaked Hill Road, north of Hurricane Mountain.

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

Lakes Region Area (Gilford, Belmont, Gilmanton, Alton)
2-3” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good riding conditions.

Lake Sunapee Area (Newbury, Bradford, Sunapee)
4-6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good riding.

Moultonborough
3” base. 10-12” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good conditions. Trail behind clubhouse temporarily closed.

Ossipee/Madison Area
4-6” base. 10-12”” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good conditions. RR tracks exposed in some areas.

Pillsbury State Park
8” base, 24” new snow. Groomed with good conditions. Watch for logging on south end of the park.

Wakefield
4-6” base. 12” new snow. Groomed with good conditions.

Wolfeboro
4” base. 12” new snow. Groomed with moderate to good conditions.


Southern NH

Bear Brook State Park/Pawtuckaway State Park
6” base. 16-24” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions. Winter ATV use permitted on designated snowmobile trails (50” maximum width). ATVs cannot leave the park.

Hopkinton/Everett
6-8” base. 10” new snow. Groomed with good riding. Riding on frozen bodies of water is PROHIBITED – stay on trails! Winter ATV (50” maximum width) use permitted on the ATV trails, cannot leave the trail system within the park.

Greenfield State Park
4-6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions. Trailhead within the park is open this season. Use caution on railroad corridor as some rails exposed.

Pisgah State Park
4-6” base. 5” new snow. Groomed with good riding. Winter ATV use permitted on designated ATV trails (50” maximum width). 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: 4-6” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding conditions.
Cheshire Line: 2-3” base. 2-6” new snow. Groomed with marginal to moderate riding.
Fort Hill Line: 2-3” base. 2-3” new snow. Groomed with moderate riding.
Hillsborough: 4-6” base. 10” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.
Northern: 6-8” base. 8” new snow. Groomed with good riding conditions.
Sugar River: 2-4” base. 6” new snow. Groomed with good riding 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 in open areas and bridges! 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: