MILLINOCKET — The snowmobiling season started off slow, but all it took was a little snowfall for people to get riding.
“We got several snowstorms, got rain, but it seems to be holding pretty good for the last two weeks,” said Michael Rioux, trail master for Northern Timber Cruisers.
Rioux said the conditions aren’t ideal, but people are taking advantage of the snow while it lasts.
“Probably seen several hundred trucks and trailers going through and sleds every day going through,” Rioux said.
The trails in the Millinocket region typically attract both residents and visitors.
“The further north you go, the better the trails are,” said Dick Harmon, a Millinocket resident. “Around this area, it’s all good.”
“We love this trail. It goes quite a ways,” said Brenda Bernardini of Millinocket.
According to Rioux, snowmobilers help boost the town’s economy.
“It helps the restaurants, bed and breakfasts and hotels,” Rioux said.
Harmon owns a lodge in the area and said he had to give up some reservations earlier in the season, but things have since turned around.
“I couldn’t house everybody that wants to come out, which there’s a lot of lodging in Millinocket,” Harmon said.
Rioux said he wants to remind people that snowmobiling is a COVID-19 safe activity.
“You’re social distancing, and you’re on your sled. You’re six to 10 feet apart from each other,” Rioux said. “It’s a good activity, a good family activity instead of sitting in the house.”
He said he’s worried the warmer weather may melt the snow that’s currently on the ground but is hoping for more before the season comes to a close.
“Pack up your gear, and get up here, and go snowmobiling,” Rioux said. “The economy needs it up here. We have snow on the ground, so take advantage of it.”