Snowmobiling in Ashland, New Hampshire


The winter wonderland of the Northeast is finest skilled on New Hampshire’s frosty snowmobile trails and if you happen to’ve by no means been it’s a number of the finest enjoyable you possibly can have this time of 12 months. And enjoyable is precisely what we had on a current journey the place we went snowmobiling in Ashland, NH. Right here’s our story.


When you will have a pal who owns a campground that simply so occurs to take a seat proper on the snowmobile trails of center New Hampshire, you go see that pal, proper? The reply is a powerful sure and that’s precisely what I did.

Determined for a break from the temperate 60-degree winter I used to be struggling by in Southern California I made a decision to amp it up just a little bit. You realize, combine in just a little -8 diploma climate and the fun of hurtling a mechanized sled throughout a frozen lake at 60 miles per hour.

I’ve written in regards to the Ames Brook Campground earlier than after a fall go to to see the leaves and blend in some picturesque golf. However this journey was about snow, snow, and extra snow. The campground shuts down for the winter, however my pal and the current new proprietor of the campground retains a few snow machines on the property.

I booked an affordable Southwest Airways ticket within the midst of snowmageddon considering I had a 50/50 probability of truly making it to New Hampshire given what number of flights have been being canceled, and whereas I did expertise some wonkiness together with a delay, a cancellation, a rebooking and a standby flight to Boston’s Logan Airport (as an alternative of my authentic vacation spot Manchester) I made it in safely.

We slowly slogged our means as much as Ashland for the evening whereas Nature did her finest to provide us recent powder to chop up on the subsequent morning.

And lower it up we did!

Whereas I’ve ridden ATVs, Jet-Ski’s, bikes, dune buggies, and different motorized fun-machines, I’d by no means straddled the again of a snow machine earlier than so I used to be a bit nervous. However, with an inexpensive quantity of hubris, I figured it may well’t be that arduous to study, proper? Really, it wasn’t. In truth, it was fairly straightforward.

We met up with a crew of hardcore snowmobilers and hit the paths. Vacation spot: breakfast in Plymouth, NH. A few of my pal’s mates met up with us on the property and we hit the paths with my 5 minute tutorial on how-not-to-die-on-this-thing safely within the books.

Ashland New Hampshire Snowmobiling

I can solely think about how the crew of fellows felt after they realized a first-timer was rolling with them; a first-timer from the sunny paradise of Southern California no much less. However, they have been gracious, providing extra suggestions, have been affected person as I discovered my groove, and in the long run, have been a enjoyable group of fellows to trip with.

The Reside Free or Die state is infamous for being pleasant and this group of well-to-do guys was rattling nice. After just a few miles of zipping up hills and round bends, over a river (on a practice trestle…gulp) we pulled our machines proper into downtown Plymouth and parked them in entrance of the restaurant.

As a cold-weather vacation spot, snow is just part of life and well-groomed trails spiderweb throughout the state, by folks’s property, into cities, over bridges, lakes, and just about all over the place and the state incorporates snowmobiles into on a regular basis life.

New Hampshire Snowmobiling

After an ideal breakfast at a neighborhood Plymouth diner named Annie’s Overflow, full of excellent laughs, a pleasant waitstaff, and attractive meals, we hit the paths once more, however not earlier than sliding our machines over to the native gasoline station to gasoline up.

After zipping throughout a lake we bid the blokes farewell and turned again in direction of our cabin in hopes of discovering some extra espresso and a fast relaxation earlier than a day session.

After a quick relaxation, we hit the paths once more for what was deliberate to be an extended session out into the hinterlands, however one of many machines tossed a belt and we needed to pull over and cope with that drawback. As soon as mounted, we opted to inch our means again to the cabin somewhat than threat a mechanical subject within the sticks – and it was the good transfer.

With the fun of my first snowmobile journey within the books, I mirrored on the distinctive ways in which society and cultures adapt to their environment. Minus 8 diploma climate? No biggie. Let’s invent a mechanized sled so we will nonetheless get round. It’s fairly cool to see how a spot like New Hampshire, blanketed in snow for a number of months, merely adapts, discovering methods to make life enjoyable and purposeful, irrespective of the temperature.

I additionally mirrored on the folks I met and interacted with and the way gracious and type they have been to this wimpy Californian. Each go to I’ve ever made to locations like Maine, or New Hampshire, or Vermont is all the time marked by nice interactions with the locals who appear content material with their life and their local weather, and within the case of these in NH…their freedom.

Using a snowmobile was a bucket record merchandise for me and I’m glad I made the trek. I’d encourage you to provide it a go if you happen to ever get the possibility. Belief me. It’s price it! And if you happen to can go to center New Hampshire to do it, even higher. You’ll have a good time. Belief me.

Ames Brook Campground Cabin in Snow

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