STEWARTSTOWN — The organizers of The Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club’s N.H. SnoDeo thought they’d seen it all, and then the winter of 2015-16 came along. After having to cancel last year’s SnoDeo for the first time in its history due to a lack of snow, SnoDeo is back, celebrating its 25th anniversary.
This year’s SnoDeo would’ve been a milestone already celebrating its 25th year, but the Swift Diamond Riders Club made another announcement last fall as planning went into full swing; a new location.
SnoDeo has been moved down the hill from the event’s longtime home in Coleman State Park to a four acre site behind the Swift Diamond Riders’ warming hut on Diamond Pond Rd. in Stewartstown. Club president, Tim Anderson explained the move, “We had maxed out the area we were using in Coleman. We also were looking to control our costs better by moving to the club’s own land. We’re fortunate that it’s a location that snowmobilers already know.” Anderson noted that the club feels they’ve ensures a solid future for SnoDeo.
The SnoDeo is known as the first place in the Northeast where snowmobilers can test ride the next model year snowmobiles. All four of the major snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo and Yamaha are returning with new models. A new company will be offering test rides this year. Moto-trax of Moscow, Idaho, is coming to Stewartstown with their snow bikes.
After a two-year absence, the vintage snowmobile tent is returning. Rave X Performance’s annual freestyle show and autograph session will be on Saturday morning of SnoDeo.
Log Haven in Millsfield, and White Mountain distributors will host a new event to help raise additional funds for the Swift Diamond Riders Club and SnoDeo. “Braaps & Brews” is a beer tasting event scheduled for Friday night, March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., with 603 Brewing Co. and Henniker Brewery will feature local craft beers for tastings. According to a release submitted by the Swift Diamond Riders, organizer South End Media and the event’s hosts are promising a fun and responsible event they hope will become a SnoDeo tradition.
The Swift Diamond Riders Club is a snowmobile club based in West Stewartstown. Named one of Snow-goer Magazine’s “Top 10 must experience snowmobile events” in the U.S., the SnoDeo is March 3 and 4. It benefits the club for trail maintenance, as well as other club activities that promote snowmobiling in New Hampshire’s North Country. To learn more about the event and the club, visit nhsnodeo.com, facebook.com/nhsnodeo, twitter.com/nhsnodeo or on Instagram @NHSnoDeo.