Heat winter means powerful occasions for outside recreation in NH

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WMUR TRIES US LIND SHOWS US HOW THEY CAN TRY TO ADJUST. If you’re reading this, you can tell. IT IS NOT A GOOD SIGN. DURING THE LAST WEEKEND OF JANUARY, YOU USUALLY FIND THE WHITE PARK POND FROZEN AND FULL OF PEOPLE. THE BLACK ICE POND HOCKEY TOURNAMENT LAST WEEK OF JANUARY SHOULD BE THE COLDEST WEEK OF THE YEAR. IT’S HISTORICAL THAT I WANT YOU WE SHOULD BE GOOD. CHRIS BROWN THIS TOURNAMENT 12 YEARS AGO AND WITH TWO WEEKS TO PUCK DROP HE SAYS THIS YEAR IS NOT LOOKING GOOD. I AM NOT OPTIMISTIC. I MEAN NEXT WEEK IT WILL BE COLD FOR FOUR OR FIVE DAYS AND THEN IT WILL BE WARM AGAIN. SO IT’S JUST THIS TREND GOING ALL WINTER. CHRIS SAYS TO HAVE THIS EVENT THE ICE HAS TO BE AT LEAST 8 TO 10 INCHES THICK. AND WHEN MOTHER NATURE IS UNPREDICTABLE, YOU NEED PATIENCE AND A GOOD SECURITY. IN EACH ARENA JUST DOWN THE STREET. PLAN B IS WE TAKE IT IN MARCH. BUT WE CAN STILL DO IT. NOW, AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PARKS, ALL PUBLIC AND CLUB TRAILS IN THAT STATE ARE CLOSED. NOW WE ARE HERE IN BARE BROOK STATE PARK, AND AS YOU CAN SAY, THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH SNOW. I DON’T BELIEVE WE ACTUALLY STARTED RIDING BEFORE THE THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY LAST YEAR. SO WE’RE HOPING FOR SOME POSITIVE WEATHER PRESS AT HOOKSETT POWERSPORTS CO-OWNER JIM WALLEY SAYS SALES HAVE NOT FALLED DUE TO PRE-ORDER SALES AND OTHER PRODUCTS ARE PERFORMING PRETTY WELL. BUT THE NEXT WEEKS COULD BE HARD IF THERE IS NO SNOW FALL. YES, WE NEED SOME MORE SNOW TO CREATE SOME EXCITEMENT. THE FACT WE HAVE SOME SNOW UP NORTH, THE FACT WE HAVE SOME SNOW IN MAINE, WE NEED MORE OF IT. BUT HELPFUL. BUT ONCE THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE GETS ENOUGH SNOW, IT’S WORTH GOING TO THE CLUBS EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY. A LOT OF SNOW. THE CLUBS DO AS BIG WORK TO MAINTAIN THESE TRAILS AND KEEP THEM AS GOOD AS IT CAN BE. SO I WOULD SAY YES THEY ARE TRAVELING WITH THE SNOW BUT THE CLUBS ARE SO A HUGE PART OF WHAT SNOWMOBILING S DOES

Warm winters mean tough times for outdoor recreation in New Hampshire

Pond Hockey Tournament in Danger; All snowmobile trails closed

Updated January 13, 2023 6:23 p.m. EST

Late January is typically the coldest time of year in New Hampshire, but temperatures were well above freezing, impacting businesses and winter events. On the last weekend in January, Concord’s White Park Pond was frozen over and packed with people for the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament. “The last week of January is supposed to be the coldest week of the year,” said Black Ice Pond Hockey board member Chris Brown. “It’s historical and you say, ‘We should be good optimistic,'” he said. “Next week it will be cold for four or five days, then it will be warm again. It has been like this all winter.” Brown said the ice needs to be at least 8 to 10 inches thick to make the event dense. Since the weather is so unpredictable, Brown said he has a backup plan at the Everett Arena down the street. “Plan B is we bring it indoors in March, but hopefully we can pull that off,” he told the New Hampshire State Parks website. All public snowmobile and club trails are closed. “I don’t think we actually started riding until the third week of January last year, so let’s hope for some positive weather,” said Jim Whalley, co-owner of Hooksett Powersports – Order sales and other products doing well, though the next few weeks could be tough if there is hardly any snow. “We need a little more snow to generate more excitement,” he said. “The fact that we got some snow up north, the fact that we got some snow in Maine — we need more of that, but that’s helpful.” Once the northern part of the state gets enough snow, Whalley says that the clubs ensure that the trails are in good condition. “Even if they don’t have a lot of snow, the clubs do a great job of grooming and keeping these trails as good as they can,” he said. “So yes, travel where the snow is, but the clubs are such a big part of what makes snowmobiling so successful in New Hampshire.”

Late January is typically the coldest time of year in New Hampshire, but temperatures were well above freezing, impacting businesses and winter events.

On the last weekend of January, Concord’s White Park Pond was frozen over, packed with people for the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament.

“The last week of January is supposed to be the coldest week of the year,” said Black Ice Pond Hockey board member Chris Brown. “It’s historic, and you say, ‘We should be good.'”

Brown founded the tournament 12 years ago and with two weeks to drop the puck said this year is not looking good.

“I’m not optimistic,” he said. “Next week it will be cold for four or five days, then it will be warm again. It was that trend all winter.”

Brown said the ice needs to be at least 8 to 10 inches thick to have the event. Since the weather is so unpredictable, Brown said he has a backup plan at the Everett Arena down the street.

“Plan B is that we bring it indoors in March, but hopefully we can pull that off,” he said.

According to the New Hampshire State Parks website, all public snowmobile and club trails are closed.

“I don’t think we actually started riding until the third week of January last year, so let’s hope for some positive weather,” said Hooksett Powersports co-owner Jim Whalley.

Whalley said they haven’t dropped due to pre-order sales and other products doing well, but the next few weeks could be tough if there’s little snow.

“We need a little more snow to create even more excitement,” he said. “The fact that we got some snow up north, the fact that we got some snow in Maine — we need more of that, but that’s helpful.”

Once the northern part of the state gets enough snow, Whalley says the clubs make sure the trails are in good condition.

“Even though they don’t have a lot of snow, the clubs do a great job of grooming these trails and keeping them as good as possible,” he said. “So yes, travel where the snow is, but the clubs are such a big part of what makes snowmobiling so successful in New Hampshire.”