Ride-in Weekend Was Lots of Fun and a Great Success
by Edith Tucker
The Berlin Reporter
February 12, 2014
GORHAM-SHELBURNE — Snowmobiling ruled over the weekend! Fresh
snow, sunny weather, a three-hour visit by Gov. Maggie Hassan that included her
riding to the top of Pine Mountain, volunteers from the New Hampshire Snowmobile
Association (NHSA) and local clubs, including the Presidential Range Riders (www.presidentialrangeriders.org),
a raft of cheerful state Fish and Game officers plus good representation from
DRED, including the Trails Bureau, made the 42nd annual Easter Seals Ride-In a
great success, drawing generous Camp Sno-Mo supporters from all across the
“It’s an awesome event,” said NHSA executive director Gail Hanson. “Every year
it gets better, and we were thrilled to have such good snow this year. We had a
really good turnout, and the town of Gorham and the Town & Country Motor Inn
laid out the red carpet of hospitality for this weekend, which benefits Easter
Seals Camp Sno-Mo.”
Three campers — one an alumna who every year commemorates her life-altering
experiences there — were here and able to go on the Kids Ride-In, led this year
by Gov. Hassan and Trails Bureau chief Chris Gamache.
“Snowmobile registrations are up with trails in good shape all over the state,”
Hanson said. “I’d think we are up by 2,000 to 3,000 — a healthy percentage above
our typical membership.”
When asked whether she thought that tensions had relaxed between snowmobilers
and ATV enthusiasts, Hanson replied, “Yes, most snowmobilers also own ATVs, and
almost everyone now is committed to working together. These tourism dollars are
very important, especially in Coös and Grafton County. “Snowmobiling has been an
important winter sport since the early 1970s.
Although snowmobile registrations go up and down yearly, the sport’s economic
impact is greater than ever. Snowmobiles are more sophisticated and expensive,
and riders are more likely to use them on overnight away-from-home trips. ATVs a
where snowmobiling was 30 years ago.
“A recent study done by NHSA shows that the overall impact of snowmobiling on
the state’s economy comes to over $586 million a year,” she said. “There are
more than 7,400 miles of groomed and marked trails throughout the state, many of
which are interconnected and link towns and businesses. It’s a great family
sport that easy to learn.”
Hanson concluded, “I expect that Chris Gamache will soon set the date for a
snowmobile tour, which will still be called ‘the Burton tour’ in memory of the
the Kid's Easter Seal Ride with Governor Hassan
The snowmobile ride stopped
at the top of of Pine Mountain so everyone could enjoy the view.
the Torchlight Parade Held Saturday Night on Main Street in Gorham
Snowmobilers had a good time putting together decorations
to individualize their machines for Saturday
afternoon's Torchlight Parade one of the regular features of the NHSA Easter
Seals Ride-in when the snow is adaquate .
The Ride-in raised almost $85,000 which will be used to
send kids to Camp Sno-mo next summer.
The WMRR club received a plaque for raising the second most money in the State.