Jericho Warming Hut

Visitor Analysis

Winter Season 2013-2014

 

June 9, 2014

 

By Larry Gomes, Assistant Trail Master

White Mt. Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club

Berlin, NH.

and

Paula Kinney, Executive Coordinator

Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Berlin, NH

 

 


 

Introduction

 

This was the second winter of operation for the Jericho Warming Hut and the number of visitors continues to grow.  From the comments in the Guest Book, many visitors came in several times over the winter and they consider the Warming Hut like their second home.

 

The Warming Hut winter season started on December 15, 2012 and closed on March 31, 2013 for mud season.  During the time the hut is open, visitors are encouraged to sign in to a log book inside the hut.   The information from the log book is used to produce the graphs in this report which analyze where visitors are coming from and the peak visiting times.  This report is sent to the NH Bureau of Trails and the City of Berlin so they can be used for future planning.

 

 

This page from the Warming Hut log book shows visitors signing in
from 6 different states including Alabama.

 

Visitors by State and Country

 

The Warming Hut hosted visitors from 23 states and 7 different countries.  Counts are from the guest book only.  Actual visitors could be 2-3 times higher because not everyone signs in.  Out of the 1,541 visitors, only 331 (21%) were from the bordering towns of Berlin, Gorham and Milan.

 

Domestic Visitors

   

International Visitors

 

State

# Visitors

 

Date

City/Country

# Visitors

CT

27

 

12/9/2014

Ulm, Germany

1

FL

10

 

2/25/2014

Ontario Canada

1

MA

219

 

3/4/2014

Hemel Hempstead UK

1

ME

7

 

3/12/2014

Hampshire UK

1

NH

573

 

3/28/2014

Cayman Islands

1

NY

10

 

Total Visitors

 

 

5

PA

4

 

Total Countries

   

4

RI

68

         

VT

10

         

TX

3

         

MS

1

         

VA

1

         

NC

2

         

CA

2

         

NJ

5

         

IL

2

         

AL

5

         

HI

1

         

MI

1

         

PR

1

         

AZ

1

         

KS

1

         

Total Visitors

954

         

Total States

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors by Week

 

The snowmobile season started on December 15, 2013 but there was not enough snow to start grooming operations until January 28, 2014.  Grooming operations stopped on April 6, 2015 and the park closed on April 14, 2013.  During this time almost all visitors came to the Warming Hut by snowmobile, but there were a few dozen ATV riders at the end of the season.

 

Domestic Visitors

#  Visitors

 

Comments

DEC13-WK3

3

 

Limited snow

DEC13-WK2

1

 

Limited snow

JAN14-WK1

9

 

Trails closed due to ice

JAN14-WK2

1

 

Trails closed due to ice

JAN14-WK3

14

 

Limited snow

JAN14-WK4

20

 

Grooming started 1/28/2014

FEB14-WK1

111

 

Easter Seals Ride-In

FEB14-WK2

88

   

FEB14-WK3

99

 

MA School Vacation Week

FEB14-WK4

143

 

NH School Vacation Week

MAR14-WK1

72

   

MAR14-WK2

149

 

Snodeo in Colebrook

MAR14-WK3

114

   

MAR14-WK4

55

   

APR14-WK1

56

 

Grooming Ended 4/6/2014

APR14-WK2

19

 

Park closed on 4/14/2013 for mud season

Grand Total

954

   

 

 

Visitors by Distance

 

Over half the visitors (506 or 53%) traveled between 100 and 300 miles to visit the Warming Hut.   The bulk of these visitors reside in central and southern NH and Massachusetts.  Local residents traveling 25 miles or less comprised 31% of the Warming Hut visitors.

 

Domestic Visitors

   

International Visitors

Distance Traveled

# Visitors

   

Distance Traveled

City/Country

# Visitors

1-26

303

   

8,996

Cayman Islands

1

26-51

26

   

3,605

Ulm, Germany

1

51-76

24

   

3,178

Hemel Hempstead UK

1

76-101

48

   

3,160

Hampshire UK

1

101-126

101

   

405

Ontario Canada

1

126-151

109

   

Total Visitors

 

 

5

151-176

81

   

Total Countries

   

4

176-201

71

           

201-226

66

           

226-251

61

           

251-276

7

           

276-301

10

           

>301

47

           

Total Visitors

954

           

 

 

 

Summary

 

The statistics gathered at the Jericho Warming Hut continue to provide a valuable insight into where visitors are originating their trips to the Berlin area and peak visiting times.   We hope these statistics will be helpful for anyone planning enhancements to Jericho Mt. State Park or the infrastructure in the area.

 

The White Mt. Ridge Runners club plans to produce these reports at the end of each season as follows: 

         Snowmobile Season: December 15th until the park closes for mud season (Usually in April)

         ATV Season: Park opening day (usually in May) until the start of snowmobile season on December 15th

 

The original sign-in sheets and spreadsheet data is available to anyone who is interested in taking a closer look at this information.  We also welcome any suggestions for additional reports or improvements to the current reports.

 

 

Snowmobiles gathered at the Warming Hut in March of 2014.