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Old 02-05-2007, 11:43 AM
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I finally got to get on the snowmobile this winter as it snowed 5-6 inches up in the Lakes Region in NH where my buddy has a camp not 80 miles north of where I live.



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Old 02-05-2007, 11:49 AM
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Nice choice of sled! Ski Doo Summit's pretty much rule the roost up here.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:56 AM
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With probably NO trails up there that are groomed, the Summits are necessary for all that Boondocking you can do up there. Here we have 95% of trails that are groomed and very little area that we can go off-trail on. 121" track and a 600cc motor are all I need. Have 5,600 miles since I bought the sled new in 2004.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:05 PM
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You're right. There are a few Alaskan riding areas that get over 10 feet of snow each year. A long track, big paddles, and lots of power are the recipe for success. I sold an older Summit Highmark 151" last year, but I haven't replaced it yet. Most of my friends ride 800 Summits and prefer the 144" track. It is truly amazing how much snow one of these will go through, seemingly with ease.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:42 PM
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You guys are lucky, that looks like sooo much fun
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:18 PM
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You haven't had fun Jim until you wack the throttle and carry the skis up over 90 MPH. Not to long ago if we didn't hit 300 miles in a day it was a bad day of riding.

I'm not a fan of the big twins being built for the last few years but that's the way it is. Old school was triple triples. I was looking at a Ski Doo Mach Z Saturday. Out of the box with 170 HP. Also the Yami Apex 4 stroke with only 150 HP. Good prices lately with the lack of snow for the past 2 years. I prefer big trails and big speeds. If you want to really ride, one goes to Canada. It's the theft problem up there that may get you.

Maybe next year we'll get back into real snow. Moosehead is still well under normal with less than 8"(1-27-07). It should be 4-5 feet by now. It is one of the reasons I've invested so much up there. I LOVE SNOW.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:31 PM
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Have been waiting all year and last year.
In laws live in nh on crystal lake.
I love it but no snow last year or this year.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:27 PM
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We still have all of this month and at least 1/2 of March so all is not lost yet. The nice thing for me has always been that snowmobiling has been like a "season-accelerator" in that the winters would fly by because I'd look forward to every weekend and the weekends would go by so fast from all the riding then next thing I know the winter is over and boating season is here.

Just like some threads that came about with how some people can afford boats and boating, to be able to go dirtbiking, streetbiking, snowmobiling and boating, boy, it cost's some money but man is it FUN! Besides, what else would I be doing with my money?

I would have gone up to Rangeley ME with the guys this weekend but am glad I didn't because it is just way too cold up there this week.

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Old 02-05-2007, 03:33 PM
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did pittsburg nh 3 years ago
some of the best trails i have ever seen
verntured into canada for a few hours
those trail were hardly used.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:55 PM
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From what I've read, Pittsburg NH is the largest town in the USA. All the logging roads made for an awesome trail system, nice and wide open and with so many miles of trails and NO houses or population, the trails stay in great shape so long as there is snow. Only thing is there aren't many places to get gas or eat, just as long as one knows the way to get gas and food then all is well. Decent snow up there now but nothing like where it should be typically.
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Old 02-05-2007, 04:12 PM
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In Minnesota we haven't had much for snow the past few years. I'm heading to the U.P. of Michigan on Friday for the weekend ride.
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Old 02-05-2007, 04:16 PM
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It is nice that even though we boat in season, it is a nice change to ride on the frozen water come winter. I only hear stories about the UP but I might never get myself up there.

For some reason my back tightened up way more than normal the first time up this past Saturday, it is strangely making me evaluate how much longer I might be in the sport. I can't think of anything else I'd do in the winter since everything else is so boring but I can't break myself and not be able to enjoy what I really love in boating and fishing, I'll have to see how it goes maybe this weekend.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:15 PM
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If you think Pittsburg is remote.... Try Northern Maine. There's so much wilderness and thousands of miles of logging roads you want to be sure of where you are and where you are going. The townships have numbers, no names. Don't get hurt, It's hours for rescue.

The biggest problem in Rangley IMO is you feel like your riding in a fish bowl. They have some great bars in the regian and pretty good riding but it always seemed that the trails went round and round. We have done some great off trail rides in the area. Stay off the ITS trails and go local or dead ends. It's amazing what you'll find if you want powder spray in your face. The best part about the area is that they have snow when others do not. Here's a plug for Lakeside Cabins and Peoples Choice Pub. Sno Fest is hard to beat in Rangley. Can't forget about Trailside Lounge. I forget the name of the other bar... Land something maybe? ? ?

Try to get away during the week and avoid weekends. You'll never ride again on a weekend. Too many nitwits.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:19 PM
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I have a 94 Artic Cat EXT which I put an M-10 in about 4 years ago. Best riding suspension period. Rides like a Caddy. My dad has a bad back too but can ride my sled all day. I'd suggest trying one out (make sure it's setup for your weight though). I haven't been to the U.P. yet but I've been all over Northern Minnesota which is some pretty country.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:32 PM
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There is incredible riding in Maine, that is for sure, it all comes down to how far one wants to drive. 8 hours up at Ft. Kent is supposed to be incredible or one can drive 6-7 hours in be in the boonies of Maine, all depends on how far one wants to drive on the sometimes most pot-holiest roads in America. P-burg for me is 185 miles up 93/3, 3-3 1/2 hours and I'm there.

I always fear something happening up there and no help, no cell phone coverage, nothing, just the trees, just the trees.


I'm not too big a fan of Rangley, there are just 4 directions one can go, N, S, E or W, then you HAVE to ride the same trail to get back home as there are no circular trails that you can ride to get back to so it is not one of my favorite places to ride, it is ok but not the best. For many years now they haven't had much snow up that way, just the way it is I guess.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:06 PM
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I understand the drive thing. Door to door for me is 268 miles. It's a drive but worth every minute and dollar spent doing it.

I have a very good friend in Ft Kent. Lived down here 25 years ago and rides like the wind. We've crashed sleds and rebuilt them a few times in his garage. Some of the best riding in the state is in "The County". The International Snowmobile Festival was just a few weeks ago. I was on one of the first ones some years back. (I should look for my pass for memory lane) If you've been there you must know the Lakeside in St Agatha on Long Lake. Burnt my first piston one night on that lake at - 25 degrees fahrenheit. We rode one day with a wood cutter in the back woods. Burnt hotdog's over a open fire and half frozen beers in the absolute middle of nowhere. Ran down the Allagash River for a few miles at high speed to prevent ourselves from getting wet under the ice. Deer, moose, and eagles everywhere. True wilderness. Not many tree huggers that time of year. No gas on weekends at the border or after 5:00 PM so you plan from the town of Allagash or have a stash planned.

Rangley. Like I said, it's like snowmobiling in a fish bowl. Same as boating on a small lake. Better than sitting at home ain't it.

I love New England and the changes of season. Fishing and boating is nice. Hunting too. I just don't think I could do one thing, full time, year round.

Did I say I love winter? ?
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:17 PM
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I'm the same way, I don't think I could live in a place where there were no seasons. I love the spring, summer and fall boating and the different fish that come and go.

I've only been at snowmobiling since 2002, my first sled was a 1997 XLTSP 600 triple. I have been loving it ever since and wondered what I had been doing all the years before, mostly skiing but I can't go sking anymore, wait in lines, just way past it and skiing was my second love after fishing.

Only think is my back tightened up this past weekend but I'm just hoping it was a one time thing because I'd hate to give it up.

I've never been up that way in Maine, only in the areas surrounding Ranglely. Mostly in the Seven Lakes region, Great East Lake/East of Winnepesauke and up in Pittsburg. Was at China Lake one weekend but while they have trails, they just don't have much in the way for grooming, Maine is just too big almost.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:48 PM
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Not too big at all. It just speads them out.

Riding, and the first ride of the season does that to the body. Your using mussles that you don't normally use. Starting in 2002 your just a pup, No offence. The XLT was a staple in the Polaris line for many years. That motor responded well to just about anything bolted or done to it.

I also have a friend on Great East. He's from N. Reading. Everyone knows Poor Peoples Pub

You might think that I know my way around the state by it's bars? I don't really. I've never been to the Downeast coast,,,, yet. I'm working at it.

Sking huh? How about the Backstage on Mechanic St in Bethel? Sunday River Brewery maybe with their 420 IPA?

Enjoy winter.
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:27 PM
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My back feels better now, thankfully, I thought I might have to give it all up or I was crippled, that pain is no fun.

I've only been in the game for a short time now. I'm kind of glad since I have much to look forward to. I put 2,500 miles on that XLT, and she was a good sled, decent power out of that triple 600 and decent suspension from the XTra-12 out back. Now I have 5,700 miles on my 2004 REV so I'm catching up quick in miles as I have some buddies that have been sledding "all their lives" but haven't really done many miles.

Funny about N.Reading, I'm originally from Andover and am now in Methuen and there are guys all over that lake from Danvers, Haverhill, Groveland, Hull and all over MA nearby.

We get to Poor Peoples to eat and the Miss Wakefield Diner.

I might get back up there to just toot around on Sunday as a day drive up to Twin Mtn is 120 miles from me and I can just do 75 mi and ride just as well.
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