Snowmobiling Through New Hampshire’s Winding, Snow-Covered Trails and Parks
We may be a bit biased, but snowmobiling in New Hampshire is better here than anywhere else in the world. The Granite State features a diverse and challenging terrain in winter that could satisfy any snowmobiling enthusiast. Whether you are racing across one of our pristine frozen lakes, winding through our fragrant forests or careening through mountainous trails, you will be snowmobiling in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. If you plan on visiting New Hampshire in the winter, definitely plan on taking out a snowmobile.
What is so awesome about snowmobiling?
Snowmobiles are designed to race through snow and ice, which is exactly opposite of what most vehicles are made to do. They don’t require a specific trail or road so you can choose to travel straight across snow or ice-covered terrain with few restrictions. Snowmobiles can accommodate two people at once, and the “open-air” feeling of speeding through the winter air is rejuvenating. New Hampshire alone boasts of over 7,000 miles of recognized snowmobile tracks and trails just waiting to be explored!
Snowmobiles were once only used as utility vehicles that could transport goods or people in places where regular vehicles could not travel. However, recreational use of these vehicles quickly took hold in New Hampshire. Around the 1960s, several state snowmobiling clubs had emerged including the Lisbon Stump Jumpers, the Colebrook Ski-Bees, the S-Ki-Mos and the Pittsburgh Ridge Runners. These New Hampshire clubs set the precedent for snowmobiling as sport and amusement here in the state and abroad.
How hard is it to ride a snowmobile?
Riding a snowmobile is much easier than driving a car. There are few technical components and steering the vehicle is relatively simple. As far as sitting on the sled is concerned, there are three typical positions that most riders take. The first and most common form is the seated position. It is the most comfortable way to ride, especially if you plan on spending the entire day on sled. Sometimes though, you need to shift your weight to keep the vehicle’s balance. The second position, which is referred to as the “kneeling” position, allows you shift weight into balance. You bend one knee on the seat and stand with the other leg. This is especially helpful on winding trails with many sudden turns. The last position is the standing position. This is ideal for terrain that is very bumpy or for going over jumps (if you dare!).
What do I need to snowmobile in New Hampshire?
You will need access to a registered snowmobile. You will also need a helmet, gloves and appropriate winter gear to withstand the cold New Hampshire outdoors. When choosing your clothing, keep in mind that there is a chance you could fall off of your sled. Wear more padded and waterproof clothing to prevent injury and to stay dry.
Here are a few links that can help you choose appropriate gear and clothing:
Where are the best places to snowmobile in New Hampshire?
It was mentioned before that New Hampshire has over 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails. This means there is a track or trail for everyone. We find that areas with fresh, powdered snow are better than packed snow because you get to experience the rush of seeing mounds of shimmering snow burst into the air as you race around. For a closer look at available trails and parks where you can snowmobile this winter, click on this link: Snowmobile Trail Information. Here is an additional link with current riding conditions: Snow Mobile Riding Conditions
Is the activity safe for children?
As a general rule, all children are required to ride with an adult on snowmobiles. For more specific information, here is a link addressing the requirements for children and snowmobiles in the state of New Hampshire: NH Snowmobile Age Laws
What is the cost?
As new snowmobiles can cost upwards of $10,000 or more, it is probably in your best interest to rent one instead. For a general sense of cost, please visit this website that lists rental rates per hour and per day: http://www.northernextremessnowmobiling.com/rentals.php
If you have an additional questions about snowmobiling here in New Hampshire, please refer to this link: Snowmobiling in New Hampshire