MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With plenty of fresh snow covering much of northern New England, this winter's snowmobile season is off to a good start.
That's good news in an era when scientists predict the warming climate is going to reduce the amount of time people will be able to cross the countryside on their motorized sleds.
Southern Vermont trails are mostly ready for use by snowmobilers after a recent heavy wet snow last week set the base. In northern Vermont, there's been mostly light snow.
A spokesman for the Chester Snowmobile Club said they haven't had much early-season luck in recent years.
The American Council of Snowmobile Associations says there is similar good news across much of the country, including the upper Midwest, but it is spotty out west.