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Mike Carr has logged more than 60,000 snowmobile miles in 21 states and provinces, including his home state of Wisconsin. Every winter, he expands his riding horizons.
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Copper Harbor, MI
1 COPPER HARBOR, MI.
When talk is about legendary Midwest destinations, Copper Harbor is always mentioned. This iconic town near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula has it all – majestic scenery, outstanding trails, and huge lake effect snows thanks to Lake Superior. Overlooking it all is Brockway Mountain, where a trailside lookout provides an incomparable view of the town, its harbor, and nearby Lake Fanny Hooe. Beyond it all, the endless expanse of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Nearby trails allow sledders to run along Brockway’s length and tour the peninsula’s tip as part of an unforgettable experience. Trail Towns: Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor. Highlights: Brockway Mountain trail and lookout, Eagle Harbor Info: Keweenaw County Visitor’s Bureau, 888-766-0325, www.keweenaw.info
Pittsburg, NH
2 PITTSBURG, N.H.
In recent years, New England has been blessed with an abundance of snow and long seasons. In northern New Hampshire, the town of Pittsburg and surrounding region have been drawing sledders for decades; it’s a prime venue for riders. The centerpiece is First Connecticut Lake, a large body of water amidst a network of well-groomed forest trails, many of them on unplowed roads with broad, sweeping turns. Bring your passport and enjoy the short cross-border round trip to nearby Chartierville in Quebec, the only segment not requiring a Quebec snowmobile permit. Trail Towns: Pittsburg, Colebrook, Stewartstown. Highlights: First Connecticut Lake, Diamond Ridge, cross-border ride to Chartierville, Quebec. Info: Pittsburg Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, http://pittsburgridgerunners.org
Bayfield County, WI
3 BAYFIELD COUNTY, WI.
Bayfield County is the top of Wisconsin, and its northern end jutts into Lake Superior. The location, along with elevated terrain in the north central part of the county, means that it’s regularly blessed with big “lake effect” snowfall. This sparsely populated region has plenty of state and county forestland that is criss-crossed with marked trails as well as town and forest roads that are ideal for riding and exploration. This is often the last place to ride in Wisconsin at season’s end, making it a good March destination most years. Trail Towns: Bayfield, Iron River, Cornucopia, Cable, Drummond, Port Wing, Herbster. Highlights: Valhalla Recreation Area, Bayfield / Madeline Island ice crossing, Red Cliff Casino. Info: Online snowmobile map, www.bayfieldcounty.org
The Forks, Maine
4 THE FORKS, MAINE
This small town in western Maine near the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, is a highlight. There’s a great trail network with opportunity to enjoy forests, lakes and mountains. When conditions are right, you can ride to the summit of Mount Coburn (3,750’) for a 360 degree panorama. Another must-see is the B-52 crash site on Elephant Mountain. The debris is a memorial to the airmen who died January 24, 1963. Trail Towns: The Forks, Greenville. Highlights: Dead River’s Grand Falls, Elephant Mountain, Moosehead Lake, Mount Coburn. Info: Maine Snowmobiling Association, www.mesnow.com, Northern Outdoors resort, (888) 770-SLED, www.northernoutdoors.com
Elko, Nevada
5 ELKO, NEV.
Northeastern Nevada isn’t high on the list of Western destinations for snowmobiling, but the Elko region offers two starkly different riding experiences. North of town, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest features rolling, high desert terrain. Forest Service roads provide access to wide open areas and vast snowfields that offer off-trail riding. South of town, the Lamoille Valley trail takes riders into the craggy, Alpine-like Ruby Mountains, climbing almost a dozen miles before reaching a classic cirque, or box canyon. In town, dinner at the historic Star Hotel is a “must” if you want to try tasty Basque cuisine. Highlights: Merritt Mountain, Lamoille Valley, Star Hotel. Info: Elko Convention & Visitors Authority, (775) 738-4091, www.exploreelko.com
Lanaudiere, Quebec
6 LANAUDIERE, QUEBEC
Quebec is a prime destination because it’s a vast province with endless, well-groomed trails. There are many different regions and the Lanaudiere – directly northeast of Montreal – is one of the nicest. Routes criss-cross and there’s a variety of terrain, from rolling farmland, small towns, deep forests and remote back country. There are countless loops including through the massive Mastigouche nature preserve.

Trail Towns:
Saint-Damien, Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Saint-Come, Saint-Donat, Mandeville. Highlights: Lac Taureau, Mastigouche nature preserve, Saint-Maurice River snowmobile bridge. Info: Main Quebec, www.bonjourquebec.com/snowmobile; Authentic Quebec, snowmobilecountry.ca/en/discover
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