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New Hampshire

January 15, 2014

Reciprocal snowmobile weekend is coming up

CONCORD —Snowmobile enthusiasts will have a chance to explore some new territory the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 2, during the New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend.

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, also known as the Trails Pass. All other New Hampshire laws and rules regarding the operation of snowmobiles must be adhered to, such as speed limits, youth operation standards, etc.

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 July 1, 1983), and youth operation requirements.

The Three-State Reciprocal weekend will occur annually in January/February (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), provided neighboring states continue to participate. The specific dates for each winter’s reciprocal weekend will be determined annually during a scheduled summer meeting.

“Over the last two seasons, this reciprocal opportunity has proven to be one of the busiest snowmobile weekends of the entire season,” said Capt.John Wimsatt, who oversees the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Snowmobile and OHRV Law Enforcement, Safety Education and Registry programs. “It has helped provide a significant financial boost for North Country businesses, including lodging, restaurants, rental agents, convenience stores and other area businesses.”

For information on snowmobiling in New Hampshire, visit N.H. Fish and Game Department at ride.nh.gov; N.H. Bureau of Trails at nhtrails.org; and N.H. Snowmobile Association at nhsa.com.

For information on snowmobiling rules in Vermont, visit vtvast.org/VAST.html.

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

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