EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 7, 2013

NH Fish and Game officials mulls date for cross-border snowmobile weekend


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials want to set this winter’s weekend dates on when snowmobilers registered in New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine can roam trails in the other two states without being registered there.

Typically held during the fourth full weekend in January, officials are proposing that the 2014 snowmobile reciprocity weekend be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

Fish and Game Capt. John Wimsatt said the department’s proposing the change to select the most convenient weekend for all three states. He said other minor rules changes also have been proposed, including defining a registered Vermont snowmobile as one that displays a valid “Vermont Association of Snow Travelers Inc.” sticker, also known as the Trails Pass.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the division’s Concord headquarters.

Any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three on reciprocity weekend, which runs from Friday through Sunday. In addition to having to be legally registered, all other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont’s mandatory liability insurance law.

New Hampshire and Vermont have held an annual reciprocity weekend since 2010. Maine passed a law in 2011 to join the weekend festivities.