Dec 6, 2015 11:53 AM

No snow yet, but snowmobilers and businesses still expect strong season

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PITTSBURG - Few flakes have fallen so far this winter, but snowmobilers and the businesses that rely on them say they're still expecting a strong season.

“There have been years we haven't ridden until January, and there have been years we've ridden until May,” Gail Hanson, of the NH Snowmobile Association told the Union Leader. “And if we lose it (snow) on one end of the season, we get it on the other. I think we're in for a good season.”

Snowmobile dealer Steve Livingston who runs Livingston Sales in Hillsboro, said sales tend to be strong right up through Christmas if the previous winter was a good one.

So far in 2015, “sled sales are great, and service is booming,” he said. Sales of new snow machines were up between 25 and 30 percent while the demand for servicing snowmobiles has forced him to add three more mechanics, he said.

Cindy Howe, director of the Pittsburg Ridge Runners snowmobile club and a restauranteur in the North Country, knows she and other businesses in the area count on snowmobilers. A study of the 2010-2011 season found that snowmobilers directly spent $203 million in New Hampshire.

“I've learned through the years not to get too nervous about it, but we'd like to have it for Christmas week,” which is one of the busiest of the entire snowmobiling season, Howe said.

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