Monday, January 15, 2001
9:30am – On the road. We arrived in Lincoln by 11:00am (we were due to check in to Alpine Adventures for 12:30pm for the 1:00pm tour.) The directions we received from their website and brochure were great! Take I-93 to exit 32 take a left Alpine Adventures is directly across the street from the Rite Aide.
When we left Manchester it was snowing lightly and it was expected to snow for both days we were away. (So before we left we checked the weather on-line at WMUR TV9. (Accumulation was estimated at 2-4 inches in the White Mountains Region.)
The driving wasn’t bad, it took the estimated 1 1/2 hours to get to Lincoln from Manchester. Since we arrived there a bit early we decided to eat at KimberLee’s Diner, located just up the road from Alpine Adventures. What a nice place! We were greeted by a very friendly young man who accommodated our request of only 1/2 of a sandwich (rather than a whole sandwich listed on the board). Our soups were homemade and our 1/2 sandwiches were great! We were the first to arrive for lunch and as soon as we entered the building they turned on the music (which was big band and blues, my favorites!)
12:00pm – We decided to check in early at Alpine Adventures. I was a bit nervous because we had never snowmobiled before. My fears were soon calmed. Everyone was so nice. They went out of their way to make sure we felt welcomed. They answered our questions, helped us picking out our helmets and chatted about the weather (of course, it was snowing and their motto is “Pray for Snow!”)
Judi’s Notes: Dress warmly, wear snowpants, good fitting gloves, good snow boots and a warm coat/jacket. Alpine Adventures does rent snowsuits and boot (you need your own gloves). You don’t need a hat the helmets (required) are warm and fit tightly. I had a pair of light weight, waterproof, snowpants which worked fine. I really did need new boots, though. Before we left Manchester, I shopped and shopped and couldn’t find any that I liked…then, in the shop at Great Glen Trails (day 2), I found NEOS (New England Over Shoe Boots) They didn’t have my size but when I got home I went on-line and found the ones I wanted “Blazers”. They don’t sell on-line any more but Northern Boot Company on North Elm Street in Manchester [Great Place…you should stop in] had them in stock. Their store is located across the street from North end Superett on Elm Street in Manchester.
1:00pm – Right on time…Alpine Adventures had us all get into their yellow van for a 5-minute drive to the “trail head” (cool terminology for you to use when snowmobiling). Only 3 of the 8 of us had ever snowmobiled before (One of “us” being a 6 year old with his Dad). My husband and I were the only two who doubled up on a snowmobile (except for the youngster). It was a beautiful day! We toured up to the Gorge, the Old Man in the Mountain and through the woods. BEAUTIFUL! It was snowing lightly and everything was white and pristine. Our guides were great (note: yes, tip the guides). There were two guides for our group of seven snowmobiles. They went over the basics of the machines. Then we got on and drove! Easy as pie! When we got to the first stopping point (about 1 minute into the ride) we stopped our machines and the guides gave us more tips. They let us ride around the open parking lot to get a feel for the machine. Then we were off. The guides broke us into two groups. One guide leading four machines and the other leading three.
Judi’s Notes: Don’t double-up! I didn’t think I could drive it myself… being out of shape, not athletic and short! But this little ity-bity girl who was on our tour handled the machine fine. It was VERY difficult for me to hold on to my husband…I think I was more sore because I was on the back of the machine and was bounced around much more than the drivers…I think that I would have had more control if I was driving myself. The machine would have also performed better with less weight on the back… Everyone told me so, my brothers (who snowmobile all the time) my husband….everyone….but I didn’t listen…So please, don’t be like me and take my advice….rent your own machine (even if you are scared)!
3:00pm- We were finished our tour and back at Alpine Adventures office right on time! We tipped our guide and stopped to speak with the staff….. Nice trip, wonderful service, great time! We’ll be back… and, obviously, tell our friends, family and the three million people who come into the Manchester Airport!
Florida Family Touring during Christmas Break 12/29/00
Hello, Thank You for the wonderful, most exciting time of out recent vacation during the Christmas Holidays.
My Family and I had to reschedule our snowmobiling trip because our daughter got sick, and as a result we went out with Mike and his partner on Friday, (yesterday) before the big NorEaster Storm hit.
We would like to say, THANK YOU, for the HIGHLIGHT of our vacation. The Snowmobile trip was just awesome and the most fun our family has had in some time together. Our kids, Justin and Jenni talked about it all afternoon, last night and all the way back to Tampa today. During our trip my daughters hands got cold, Mike gave her a pair of his gloves to keep her hands warm, She couldn’t believe that he would just give her a pair to wear, but I wasn’t surprised, because of the way the entire office staff at your location presented themselves I expected such professionalism from them.
As you are aware, your best advertisement is by WORD OF MOUTH, and believe me my family and I will be GOOD WORDS for your tours. My only regrets of the whole week we spent there, is that we didn’t take your trip more than once. My brothers family is looking for a place to spend next Christmas and I will make sure that he uses your staff to view the sights of the mountains. We hope that the BIG storm today has left you with more new snow for the next week of visitors.
Again, A BIG THANK YOU, for making our vacation a big success, Our kids will remember this for many years to come.
We invite you to come to Florida to enjoy our Sun, Beaches, Fishing and other things as well.
Mr. Richard Cabaniss, Wife Patti, Son Justin and Daughter Jenni Lynn.
Getting “First Tracks” 2/17/01 and driving “through a postcard.”
Dear Alpine Adventures:
Please post this where all can read.
This past valentine week we signed up for your 3 hour “first tracks” tour which left at 9am on thursday morning.
We arived at 8:30 to prepair for our adventure, they have all the the gear (except for gloves bring your own) you will need, helmets, snowsuits, boots, the works. We piled into the van and took a short ride down the road to where the snowmobiles are kept. If you have never ridden a snowmobile before no worry’s! My girlfreind and my freinds girl have never been on one before, so Dave our guide showed everyone how to operate the machine and gave instruction on how to ride. Off we go, a short ride to an open area so you can putt around a little and get used to how your snowmobile feels, once everyone was ready we where off.
To describe the time we had I cannot come up with a single word to sum it all up. The night before it had snowed about 4 inches to add to the already 30 or so inches on the ground. All of the trees where covered in snow, it was like driving through a post card. We went to the “old man on the mountain” viewing area and snapped some great pictures (bring a camera!). We rode along groomed trails and over bridges to arrive at cannon mountain ski resort for a quick break and some hot chocolate. The rest of the trip was through snow covered trees back dropped by white tipped mountains, along trails that passed little brooks that where covered in ice and snow, and if your nice ask Dave or one of the other guides to show you the “hidden lake” in the mountains, trust me it’s really beautifull!
We arrived back at base 3 hours later with some huge smiles on our faces and good times had by all. A short ride back to the shop, a tip for Dave (yes tip your guides) and a round of thank you’s for everyone.
All in all it was an awsome time, I highly recommend this adventure to everyone. A little tip…. each person ride there own machines, we where glad we did, it makes the trip that much more fun, and also ask for Dave if you can.
Rob, Krissy, Tj, and Kelly