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Fisherman Matt Weber writes book on snowmobiling

02/12/2019

Monhegan Island might seem like an odd place to hatch an idea for a book about snowmobiling in Maine—snowmobiles aren’t even allowed on the island. But commercial fisherman Matt Weber, who has lived on the island for more than 20 years, did just that. His book, Making Tracks: How I Learned to Love Snowmobiling in Maine will be published by Islandport Press in October.

“This book came about, in part, because I simply couldn’t find a book that deals with snowmobiling in Maine,” said Weber. “I have always been an avid reader and was surprised, and then dismayed, to find this out. I hope newcomers to snowmobiling may find this book a bit of a guide, and experienced riders may get a chuckle out of my stories and mishaps while comparing them to their own experiences.”

Making Tracks recounts Weber’s adventures and misadventures learning the ropes of snowmobiling—from choosing a sled and trailer, to learning the ins and outs of the Interconnected Trail System (ITS), to exploring all the regions across the vast state. Weber, joined by family and friends, brings readers along as he buys his first snowmobile and sets about exploring four regions of Maine—Jackman, the Western Mountains, Eastern Maine, and The County—in a series of rides that produce learning, laughter, and the sheer joy of experiencing the outdoors in winter.

Matt Weber grew up in Stillwater, Maine, and got his first taste for snowmobiles working with the snowmaking crew on the slopes of Sugarloaf. But Monhegan Island, a small island about ten miles off the coast, called him instead and he became a commercial fisherman on an island where snowmobiles aren’t even allowed. He and his family also started a brewing business, and now own Monhegan Brewing Company and Lake St. George Brewing Company in Liberty. In 2013, he grabbed at a chance to take up snowmobiling again, and hasn’t looked back since.  

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