Reciprocal snowmobile weekend lets riders try trails in tri-state area

January 21. 2018 8:47PM
The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend is Jan. 26-28. (UNION LEADER FILE)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend is Jan. 26-28.

The tri-state event gives snowmobile enthusiasts a chance to explore new trails in northern New England.

“This weekend is one of the highlights of the winter for many resident and non-resident riders, especially with good riding reported in most of the state,” said Fish and Game Capt. Dave Walsh, who coordinates Snowmobile and Off Highway Recreational Vehicle enforcement, registration and safety education for New Hampshire.

Following are the ground rules for the weekend:

All snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire will be able to operate in Vermont and Maine during the reciprocal weekend.

All other Vermont and Maine snowmobile laws and rules must be complied with, including Vermont’s mandatory liability insurance, safety education certification (if born after 7/1/1983), and youth operation requirements.

All snowmobiles legally registered to ride in Vermont and Maine will be able to operate on New Hampshire trails during the three-day open weekend.

To be legally registered in Vermont, snowmobiles must display, pursuant to Vermont law, a valid Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc. Trails Maintenance Assessment as well as a valid registration from any state. All other New Hampshire laws and rules regarding the operation of snowmobiles must be adhered to, such as speed limits, youth operation standards, etc.

For information on snowmobiling in New Hampshire, visit:

• N.H. Fish and Game Department at www.ride.nh.gov

• N.H. Bureau of Trails at www.nhtrails.org

• N.H. Snowmobile Association at www.nhsa.com

• For information on snowmobiling rules in Vermont, visit www.vtvast.org.

• For information on snowmobiling rules in Maine, visit www.maine.gov/ifw/laws_rules/snowlaws.htm.


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