- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - The newest, nine-passenger Mount Washington winter tour vehicle called the SnowCoach is more energy efficient.

The vehicle that climbs to the tree line on Mount Washington now uses propane. Two other coaches used for guided tours in the summer have already been converted and more are planned for 2015.

The SnowCoach also is using a lighter, steel track system that increases traction and stability, even in the deepest snow. The new tracks weigh about 170 pounds each; older ones weighed 700 pounds each.

The vehicles climb about 4,200 feet, about two-thirds the way to the 6,288-foot summit.

“We are really excited about these upgrades to the SnowCoach program,” said Nate Harvey, Great Glen Trails manager. “Our tour schedule will be more consistent for guests, passengers will get a softer, more comfortable ride, and our mechanics may actually enjoy a day or two off once in a while.”

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