January 20, 2015

Free Snowmobile Weekend Slated for January 30-February 1

Snowmobilers will have the opportunity to enjoy the trails in neighboring states for free during a special weekend shared by Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This annual three-day event will take place January 30-February 1, 2015 and allows all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont without being registered in those states.

?This means that all snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire and Vermont can be operated in Maine without a current Maine registration,? said Governor Paul R. LePage. ?We welcome these snowmobilers to explore more than 14,000 miles of Maine?s interconnected, groomed and marked trails. As always, we encourage them to enjoy Maine?s beautiful outdoors, but also urge them to ride safely.?

The Maine Warden Service reminds snowmobilers to ride with caution at all times.

?With the increased traffic anticipated during the reciprocal snowmobile weekend, we remind all riders to obey laws of prudent operation, do not drink and drive, and be mindful that this is a family sport, so please keep our trails safe,? said Maine Warden Colonel Joel Wilkinson. ?Pay close attention to ice conditions on all Maine waterways especially when travelling at night. We hope that enthusiasts participate in this great opportunity to discover Maine?s tremendous snowmobiling opportunity.?

Snowmobilers should stay off roads, ride at a reasonable speed, use hand signals and ride to the right.

If you need to register your snowmobile in Maine, visit: https://www10.informe.org/ifw/atv-snow/.

For information about snowmobile laws and rules in Maine, go to: http://www.eregulations.com/maine/atv/snowmobile-laws-and-rules/.