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Old 11-11-2020, 05:46 PM   #1
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With the US / Canadian border closed and not likely to open any time soon, what are you Canada riders doing this winter for your snowmobiling fix??...

I just cancelled all my Canada trips and will be heading to Maine, probably along with a million other riders!!

Safe travels!

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My buddy is a big rider up there in Quebec area. I tend to frequent Maine. Hoping for snow. Our plan is to ride from NH up to Fort Kent, Caribou area and back.
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Old 11-11-2020, 09:36 PM   #3
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My buddy is a big rider up there in Quebec area. I tend to frequent Maine. Hoping for snow. Our plan is to ride from NH up to Fort Kent, Caribou area and back.
Rode that area in Maine last year...it was nice with plenty of snow!

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My buddy is a big rider up there in Quebec area. I tend to frequent Maine. Hoping for snow. Our plan is to ride from NH up to Fort Kent, Caribou area and back.
4 of us rode from wakefield nh to caribou and back about 10 years ago. Fantastic trip. Maine, nh, and vt will be much busier than usual this season.

Iím planning as much mid week riding as possible.
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Old 11-13-2020, 10:33 PM   #5
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With the US / Canadian border closed and not likely to open any time soon, what are you Canada riders doing this winter for your snowmobiling fix??Ö I just cancelled all my Canada trips and will be heading to Maine, probably along with a million other riders!!

Safe travels!

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..... definitely could have used a large foam noodle or two, sliced length wise and placed between the sno-mo and the roof ...... increases the friction grip between machine and roof .... a less slippery and more secure tie down with using rope tie downs .... plus it saves the paint .... foam noodles to the rescue ..... foam noodles attached to roof racks or a flat surface will increase the friction grip between two items with the rope tie down digging the secured load into the foam so it will not move around so much with the travel movement on a moving car/truck ..... like a sup or a kayak or canoe or 10' piece of construction lumber tied atop car roof racks.

... is all about using your noodle ....... duh!

Why ........ with two foam noodles, you will have no problem carrying four snow machines on the roof of your old Corolla all the way from Meredith to Fort Kent ....... no problem!
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Old 11-15-2020, 10:45 AM   #7
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Usually do our "winter" vacation in the Bingham / Greenville (ME) are with a longer cross the border trip through Jackman (not this year). Nice riding with lots of variety (usually) and pretty good rental cabins. Quebec riding is probably the best I've ever done.

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With the US / Canadian border closed and not likely to open any time soon, what are you Canada riders doing this winter for your snowmobiling fix??...

I just cancelled all my Canada trips and will be heading to Maine, probably along with a million other riders!!

Safe travels!

Dan
Everyone is going to Maine. NH keeps jacking their registration fees, now it's cheaper for a NH resident to register in ME than NH so why not? Any non-residents looking at NH or VT it's even worse.

Good for Maine!
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Everyone is going to Maine. NH keeps jacking their registration fees, now it's cheaper for a NH resident to register in ME than NH so why not? Any non-residents looking at NH or VT it's even worse.

Good for Maine!
It's not cheaper, it's the same price at $99.00. I do agree for what NH has to offer, you are way better off riding elsewhere be it Canada or Maine. Lets face it, the southern half of the state (NH) is iffy at best in regards to snowfall. The southern trails mostly are mediocre at best. The Northern half has SOME nice trails but heck you can see them all in a couple days of riding.

A year long Quebec trail permit will cost you roughly $260.00 USD, this cost includes the required liability insurance they require all riders to have. With the quality of their trail system, non stop grooming and welcoming attitude towards snowmobilers, its money very well spent in my opinion. I'm going to miss it this year!

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It's not cheaper, it's the same price at $99.00. I do agree for what NH has to offer, you are way better off riding elsewhere be it Canada or Maine. Lets face it, the southern half of the state (NH) is iffy at best in regards to snowfall. The southern trails mostly are mediocre at best. The Northern half has SOME nice trails but heck you can see them all in a couple days of riding.

A year long Quebec trail permit will cost you roughly $260.00 USD, this cost includes the required liability insurance they require all riders to have. With the quality of their trail system, non stop grooming and welcoming attitude towards snowmobilers, its money very well spent in my opinion. I'm going to miss it this year!

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Southern NH riding isn't meh, it's nonexistent. These days, Ossipee is the southernmost somewhat reliable riding. I've been paying attention the last few years thinking I might buy a machine, but to get to any good riding from southern NH is half a day/day commute alone.

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Talking ......ugh-ugh-ugh!

Here's my poor man's guide to winter snowmobiling:

Probably the smartest move you'll make here is to totally forget about it. It's all very expensive and includes the snowmobile, trailer, tow vehicle, insurance, registration, gasoline, snowmobile clothing and snowmobile helmet ...... or, for about $150-total, go do some smart shopping at swap.com for a pair of winter walking boots, and at ebay.com for snow shoes ..... and go take a winter hike somewhere local like the Meredith Page Pond Town Forest http://www.meredithnh.org/conservati...nd-town-forest or the www.belknaprangetrails.org in Gilford.

Winter walking has the advantage of no black flies and no mosquitoes, plus you and all your clothes don't end up smelling like snowmobile gasoline exhaust .... ugh, ugh, ugh. ......

More than half the time when you go out with snow shoes, you end up just carrying them along for the walk, tied to your day-pack because there wasn't enough snow or the snow on the trail was too packed down to really need the snow shoes.
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Snowmobiling! Newport to Greenville Maine - 132 miles! ...... Maine family video, 8:17-minutes, March 19 2018

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It's not cheaper, it's the same price at $99.00. I do agree for what NH has to offer, you are way better off riding elsewhere be it Canada or Maine. Lets face it, the southern half of the state (NH) is iffy at best in regards to snowfall. The southern trails mostly are mediocre at best. The Northern half has SOME nice trails but heck you can see them all in a couple days of riding.

A year long Quebec trail permit will cost you roughly $260.00 USD, this cost includes the required liability insurance they require all riders to have. With the quality of their trail system, non stop grooming and welcoming attitude towards snowmobilers, its money very well spent in my opinion. I'm going to miss it this year!

Dan
It's $99.00 for NH residents WITH a club membership.

If you tag on a club membership which is on average about 30 bucks it's more expensive for your first machine. If you opt to just register without a club membership it is $129 bucks per machine plus fees of course!

NH is $119 with a club membership and $149 with out for non residents.

Maine is $99 bucks with or without a club membership for non residents.
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A year long Quebec trail permit will cost you roughly $260.00 USD, this cost includes the required liability insurance they require all riders to have. With the quality of their trail system, non stop grooming and welcoming attitude towards snowmobilers, its money very well spent in my opinion. I'm going to miss it this year!

Dan
Back in 90's you'd pull into town, stop for a beer and they'd steal your whole rig right off the street. No sled / truck /trailer was safe, that all changed when they figured out it wasn't a good long term strategy.....lol..... hopefully they can pull off a decent season, like NH and ME they depend on the Sledders for $$$ god knows the ski areas are going to get hammered
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Last winter the Plymouth Walmart had two bicycles with four inch wide tires for three hundred dollars, and they both got sold while I was thinking about buying one.

A bicycle like that with 4" wide tires is intended for use on snow covered, cross country ski trails, plus it's a lot easier to transport on a small car than that snowmobile on the car roof.

You know the White Mountain National Forest has 7.2-miles of multi-use trails, open to walking, snowshoeing, xc skiing, and pedal bicycling with parking for your car at the Depot Camp parking lot in the north forest area in Waterville Valley.

What you need is either a five dollar/day parking stub, or a thirty dollar/year parking windshield sticker to pahk your car, over there.

So, that's like five bucks to go wide tire snow bicycling, or walking, or xc sking, as opposed to something like $94 to hit the weekend slopes at the very close-by Waterville Valley, ski area.

Such a deal! Plus, most of the downhill trails are usually closed, or in crappy shape. Looking at a ski area's website, and then actually being there, are very different when done and seen in person. So, who is kidding who?

You understand that almost all of the wide tire, snow bicycle riders look like they are about 14-years old, while us older folks plod along the edges of the multi-use trails on foot or on xc skis. Every time, I hit that Plymouth Walmart, I always wander through the bicycle area hoping to find another $300 wide tire snow bicycle so's I can hit the snow trails next December as a seventy year old. Am still looking for that el cheapo deluxo snow tire bike!
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