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February 09. 2014 9:09PM

NH snowmobile trails 'in great condition' and 100 percent open

The Granite State has some 7,700 miles of trails for snowmobilers, much of it in the North Country, where Bobby Lemieux of Lemieux Garage in Colebrook reports that trail conditions have been good.

"Basically it (the season) started off well, with good snow and then we had the warm-up and we lost a lot of it," Lemieux said Friday.

Last Wednesday's snowstorm, which buffeted central and southern parts of the state, brought a goodly amount of the white stuff north. That means local snowmobile clubs were out maintaining trails, just as they've done all season long and quite successfully, too, said Lemieux.

"We're hoping to see a good February for everybody," he said.

Lemieux said sales of snowmobiles have been strong, "and everybody seems to be selling this year."

He is hopeful this snowmobiling season will be a long one, noting that with the extended forecast calling for at least one snowstorm a week going forward, it just might be.

As snowmobilers hit the trails, Lemieux asked them to keep in mind some simple rules of the road: "Obey the laws and just remember that when you're going one way on the trail, there's always someone coming the other way. Take it easy and be careful," he said, and as importantly, "have fun."

On Friday morning, the automated "Snow Phone" at the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club was reporting that "trails to the north are in great condition," 100 percent open and being groomed nightly.

Farther south, Ken Bolland, president of the Lancaster Snow Drifters, which was founded in 1964 and bills itself as "the "oldest snowmobile club in America," had a similarly positive outlook on the season.

He also proudly pointed out that the Lancaster Grand Prix, held last weekend, drew almost 4,000 attendees who watched vintage snow-machine races.

jkoziol@newstote.com


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