Warm winter could affect next year's snowmobile season

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A warm winter is proving to be a double whammy for snowmobilers in northern New England.

Not only are thousands of miles of trails closed due to lack of snow, but the corresponding drop in snowmobile registration and club membership could jeopardize money that clubs hoped to get in future years.

In New Hampshire, the state distributes some of what it collects in registration fees to clubs for grooming equipment purchases and other projects. The state is considering a two-year moratorium on capital equipment grants since so little money is coming in.

The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers also might put its equipment grant program on hold due to dropping membership.

Maine officials likewise are watching the situation carefully, saying a dip in registrations could affect grants next year.