Snowmobiling in New Hampshire
Snowmobile Tours & Vacation Spots
Snowmobile Vacations – Lodging/Trails
Tours, Rentals and Trails
Lil’ Man Snowmobile Rentals – Snowmobile Rentals in Tours in North Conway & Mt. Washington Valley
Northern Extreme Snowmobiling – Guided tours through the White Mountains, Bretton Woods and Twin Mountain.
Town & Country Snowmobling – Located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Snowmobiles and Off-highway Recreational Vehicle Registration
All snowmobiles and off-highway recreational vehicles must be registered unless they are used on land owned or leased by the owner of the machine. Snowmobile and OHRV registration applications are available at any Department of Motor Vehicles office and most snowmobile dealers. These applications can be processed at the Concord Office of the N.H. OHRV Education Program NH Fish & Game.
Average Monthly Weather
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Caution on Ice – Click
Crossing ponds or lakes (water body) there are 2 periods to avoid when accidents are likely to occur. Early in the season when slush ice doesn’t freeze together or late in the season when the ice melts at an uneven rate.
Ice Safety Chart
(In Inches) Maximum Safe Load
4 One person on foot
6 Group in single file
7 1/2 Cars (two tons gross (weight) snowmobiles
8 Light Truck (2 1/2 tons)
10 Medium Truck
12 Heavy truck (Eight tons)
Chart was prepared by Department of Natural Resources, gives general ice thickness& weights loads. For early winter slush ice or late season, the thickness should be doubled.
Tips for staying safe on the ice include:
- Stay off the ice along the shoreline if it is cracked or squishy. Don’t go on the ice during thaws.
- Watch out for thin, clear or honeycombed ice. Dark snow and ice may also indicate weak spots.
- Small bodies of water tend to freeze thicker. Rivers and lakes are more prone to wind, currents and wave action that weaken ice.
- Don’t gather in large groups on the ice.
- Don’t drive large vehicles onto the ice.
- If you do break through the ice, don’t panic. Move or swim back to where you fell in, where you know the ice was solid. Lay both arms on the unbroken ice and kick hard. This will help lift your body onto the ice. A set of ice picks can aid you in a self-rescue (wear them around your neck or put them in an easily accessible pocket). Once out of the water, roll away from the hole until you reach solid ice.
Ice safety should be paramount for anyone recreating on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. Don’t assume ice is safe just because it’s there.