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Worth Knowing: Okay we have snow. How about some tips from the NH State Parks Trails Bureau for snowmobilers.


Submitted a month ago

There's snow on the ground, though not very much and who knows if it's here to stay. But Upper Valley snowmobilers are probably starting to think about pulling out their sleds and gear. Here's some information from the New Hampshire State Parks Trails Bureau that's useful to snowmobilers and non-snowmobilers alike:

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It is recognized that snowmobile operation may be hazardous. Therefore, each person who drives or rides a snowmobile accepts the dangers inherent in the sport and shall not maintain an action against an owner, occupant or lessee of land for any injuries which result from such inherent risks, dangers or hazards.

Landowner Permission: Written landowner permission is required to operate an snowmobile on private property. Snowmobile Clubs and the Bureau of Trails may obtain verbal permission from landowners for public snowmobile trails. Snowmobile operators must stop and present identification to a landowner when requested to do so. 

Posted Land and Duty of Care (215C:34, 212:34): Landowners are not required to post their property against snowmobile use. The absence of signs prohibiting snowmobiles does not imply that snowmobiles are welcome or allowed. Landowners are not responsible to keep their land safe for use by others who may hunt, fish, trap, camp, hike, sightsee or operate snowmobiles. 

Operation (215-C:6): Snowmobiles are not permitted to operate on the traveled portion or within the right-of-way or any public way, including roads, streets, highways, bridges, parking lots, sidewalks or ways that are maintained by any city, town, county, state or federal agency, except when specifically allowed and posted. 

Highway Crossings (215-C:6): Snowmobile crossings may be established across any road except interstate highways, toll roads, and limited access highways. At all highway crossings, snowmobile operators must:

  • Come to a complete stop before the shoulder of the road.
  • Yield to all traffic.
  • Cross at a 90 degree angle
  • Possess a valid driver's license or snowmobile Safety Certificate.
  • For more information, visit the NH Fish and Game site at: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/OHRV/ohrv.htm

Finally, note that most snowmobile trails that are part of the state's network won't be open until mid-December and make sure to register your vehicle!

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