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Snowmobile Enthusiast Loves the County So Much He Built Storage Units for Bikers

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CARIBOU, Maine — Daniel Jarosz of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, snowmobiled in Caribou with friends nearly 23 years ago. Since then, he has not only become addicted to the sport, but makes it easier for runners to visit each season from other places.

Jarosz turned his hobby into Aroostook’s first storage units primarily for snowmobiles and ATVs. With his growing business, Jarosz wants to help other snowmobile enthusiasts spend less time lugging gear and more time riding in the county, an area of ​​Maine that relies on snowmobile tourism to boost its economy for the winter season.

Daniel Jarosz, owner of Caribou Climate Storage, describes his plans to create more storage units on land he now owns near the edge of the Caribou River. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Aroostook Republican

Two weeks ago, Jarosz opened Caribou Climate Storage, which has two climate-controlled buildings to store snowmobiles, ATVs, boats and RVs during the off-season months.

Located on a hill above the still-developing shoreline of Caribou and nearby trails, the main building can accommodate at least 100 machines, and five snowmobiles are already stored there. A second smaller building contains 30 storage units.

Both buildings are insulated two and a half inches outside and inside, with concrete in the middle, intended to keep the snowmobiles cool in the summer and running smoothly in the winter.

Jarosz’s motivation for the business comes from the experiences he and his friends have had dragging snowmobiles on long rides from Massachusetts and other New England states.

Daniel Jarosz, owner of Caribou Climate Storage, poses near a Welcome to Caribou, Maine sign during his first snowmobile trip in Aroostook County. Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Jarosz

“It comes from many years of my friends hauling snowmobiles in a trailer from Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire,” said Jarosz, who runs a plumbing and heating business in Rehoboth. “Why pay extra for fuel when you can just store your sleds here for the winter?”

Jarosz also wants to connect more runners with the region he considers his second home.

In 1999 Jarosz did his first hike in Caribou with a close friend and his friend’s father. Although northern Maine was the coldest and wettest winter destination he had ever experienced, he marveled at the wide, well-maintained trails and open snowfields.

Caribou Climate Storage, owned by Massachusetts native Daniel Jarosz, includes two storage buildings for snowmobiles, ATVs and other recreational vehicles. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Aroostook Republican

Jarosz has covered thousands of miles on the Aroostook trails from Allagash to Oakfield every winter since that trip. Rides aside, he mostly enjoys catching up with local snowmobile buddies.

He loves Caribou so much that he builds a house in the town and hopes that he and his family can eventually settle there.

“People here are extremely nice and welcoming,” Jarosz said. “I walked into Tim Hortons today and met people I had met three or four years ago.”

Now that Caribou Climate Storage is up and running, Jarosz wants to put even more personal roots in his new favorite city and help the local economy.

Daniel Jarosz, owner of the new Caribou Climate Storage facility, purchased this former locomotive building near the edge of the Caribou River, hoping to expand his business operations. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Aroostook Republican

Jarosz plans to level the hill overlooking Limestone Street next spring to create outdoor storage units for snowmobilers to use in the winter. He also bought an old locomotive warehouse near the Aroostook River.

Jarosz expects these projects to keep him busy for at least the next four years. He is still debating how to transform the locomotive building in a way that will help Caribou redevelop the waterfront.

“I could turn it into storage, but it could also be a great rooftop bar. There’s a great view of the river from there,” Jarosz said.