Warmer weather puts end to 2 NH attractions for this year
With February 2017 coming in as the seventh warmest on record for New Hampshire, some winter attractions have had to reschedule, cancel or shut down for the year.
The ice castles in Lincoln announced Monday that they are closed for the season. The closure comes about a week sooner than the 2016 season; however, the castles opened almost a full month earlier for this season than they did in 2016.
In 2016, the season ran from Jan. 22 to March 5. This season, the castles opened on Dec. 30, 2016, and closed Feb. 27.
Another casualty of the warmer temperatures is the Tamworth Sled & Skijor Race. The race was originally scheduled for late January and then postponed to March 4-5. But organizers say with just a thin layer of ice on Lake Chocorua, conditions aren't safe and they're canceling this year's event.
As many as 70 teams typically compete in the race, which was first run in 1937. It includes both traditional dog sled races and skijorking, where dogs pull a cross-country skier.
Earlier this year in Concord, the annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship has to be postponed. The tournament was scheduled to start Jan. 27 but was pushed back to the weekend of Feb. 10.
Ice conditions have been dangerous this year, with three people dying in a single weekend.
In 2016, only one person died because of thin ice. Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan has contributed the difference in numbers to the lack of snow last year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.