We are Getting There
(05:45 AM, Jan 22, 2019)
Tues, Jan 22nd, Club #1
In less than 24 hours, we are getting a big bite of our trails groomed. We are gradually working our way west from Bathurst catching all of local trails as we go and a double pass where we get most on a return run. The #1 is currently on Trail 22 and will be doing the 507, 508 the 40 Cluster, 509 Muddy Lake Cluster, Nine Mile Cluster, and into Rogers Lake on Trail 23 from the two shelters at Red Pine and Nine Mile. Once that is completed and a shift change at Rogers Lake, Jack will head for Serpentine sometime today. The #2 has completed Trail 19 from Bass River to the Atlantic Host and is currently on Trail 23 past Nepisiguit and up to Nine Mile Shelter. It will return from here to East Bathurst sometime today. By sometime tomorrow we should be getting back to normal and will be refreshing all trails by the end of the week if not sooner.
“How are the conditions” depends on a lot of things, the cold weather for setting up, the Brapp Brapp boys, and the snow depth (of which we have lots). These last two storms dumped a total of 100 CM in the Bathurst area, so we’re not hurting in snow depth which is approaching 175 CM. We have not seen a January like this in years as it is highly unusual, where this month we are usually dealing with the lack of snow or “a January thaw”. This is more like a March month where we deal with “Nor’easters”. According to the weather reports this last storm was the coldest storm for ever recorded for this area.
Just a few tid bits: Wednesday night supper sponsored by the Atlantic Host and always the reminder to sign up for the snowmobile rally in Bathurst on Feb 15,16, 17 http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur
Register & win Major Prize for Snowmobile Rally in February
(11:30 AM, Jan 21, 2019)
We are offering a snow mobile suit valued up to $1000 from any of the local suppliers. The suit will be awarded in a draw for all registrants who have registered by 12:00 midnight on January 25th, 2019. This will be a great event highlighted by a steak barbecue meal and entertainment on Saturday evening February 16th. Tables of eight or six can be reserved when checking in on the weekend of the event. See details below.
Tour De Chaleur Snowmobile Rally
On the weekend of February 15th -17th we are hosting a wonderful snowmobile experience for all Atlantic Canada and beyond. This is the first year of the event and it is called the Tour de Chaleur. It offers all snowmobilers an opportunity to come to our Chaleur Region and experience snowmobiling at its best.
The event is hosted by the three main snowmobile clubs in the region, Nepisiguit, Chaleur and Supervillage of Belledune. All three clubs will have their trails groomed and ready for all participants. There will be special events at all three clubs with numerous prizes and food available.
Saturday evening will see a magnificent evening at the K C Irving center. There will be several exhibitors showing their products related to snowmobiling. The world record snowmobile for speed in the 1200cc class will be present on the floor at one of our booths. Also, a strip loin steak supper will be served at tables set up over the covered ice surface for all 500 participants. Tables of eight or six can be reserved for those that register early. Two cash bars are also set up on the floor to serve the participants.
Following the meal we have exciting entertainment for you to enjoy. Nathan Dimitroff will lead off with some great stand up comedy and he will be followed by the highly acclaimed band “Wild Pitch”.
We will have a free shuttle service from the center to local hotels for those wanting to use the service and there is free and ample parking at the K C Irving center for vehicles,trailers and snowmobiles. The area is supervised with full security.
This event is being hosted to say thank you to all our supporters over the years who continue to travel to the Chaleur Region for their snowmobiling. We hope you will join us for this great weekend and please register soon as we are limited to 500 particpants. The cost is a very reasonable $60 per person and includes the Saturday evening meal and entertainment.
We are booking up very quickly so do not be disappointed and become part of this event whether you are local or out of town snowmobilers.
To register simply go to one of several web sites listed below and click on event information. All registrations are on line or you can register by visiting or calling the K C Irving ticket office.
For more information on the Tour de Chaleur click on the following link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur
Links: Bathurstrails.com : Tourism Chaleur: Events Bathurst: City of Bathurst
Tour de Chaleur- Host Committee
Another Dumping + Update #1 + Update #2 + Update #3
(05:40 AM, Jan 21, 2019)
Update #3 6.00 PM
The #1 is about 2.5 hours from Rogers Lake. Ron just finished the 502 and had two more clusters to do. He will be relieved at Rogers Lake and the #1 will continue opening up Trails Like the 22, 507 Cal Loop. The #2 is about two hours from the Host on Trail 19. He has to deal with a marooned sled on his way. Josh will be relieved by Bryan who will back track towards Nepisiguit.
This is the last post for tonight. Check in the morning for a new post.
Update #2 1.30 PM
I spoke with Ron on the #1. He said there is a lot of snow, but the unit is purring right along. He just turned into the Nepisiguit Lodge. He has some clean-up to do around the sled yard then he will be of towards Rogers Lake. Will do the Austin Brook Cluster (Trail 502) on the way by and both clusters on Nine Mile West. He will have a shift change tonight at Rogers Lake. The #2 has been to Bass River and is near Red Brook Shelter on 19. Josh will end up at the Host late this evening. Both units are hauling their drags.
Update #1 10.30 AM
Both #1 and #2 are on the move. The #1 left about 2 hours ago and the #2 about 1/2 hour ago. Both are cleaning up road crossings as they proceed. This slows the grooming operation down significantly. The #1 is heading towards Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and the #2 towards Bass River where it will turn and head for the Atlantic Host. It should arrive there sometime late tonight.
Mon, Jan 21st, Club #1
Another major dumping for Bathurst. We are looking at 50+ centimeters down and there still is a flurry going on. We have both groomers in position for running in tandem leaving East Bathurst shop on Trail 19. We are headed to Nepisiguit and a split towards the Host. We will let you know when they start moving. Higher than 70 Km/hr winds during the storm did not help, so we’re expecting severe drifts in open areas. Currently winds have died significantly.
Tour de Chaleur!! We need everyone to step up and Register Now!! only 5 days left to have a chance to win the Early Bird $1000 value Snowmobile Suit from any Manuafacturer. Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23 and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200.
Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200
We will reserve tables for you and your friends in groups of at least 6 people
Bathurst Snowmobile Festival
(10:20 AM, Jan 20, 2019)
Tour de Chaleur!! We need everyone to step up and Register Now!! only 5 days left to have a chance to win the Early Bird $1000 value Snowmobile Suit from any Manuafacturer.
Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23 and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200
We will reserve tables for you and your friends in groups of at least 6 people
Should be an Interesting Day +Update #1 + Update #2 + Update #3 +Update #4 + Update #5
(05:40 AM, Jan 20, 2019)
Update # 5 9 PM
39 CM, Still coming down very hard. Ron just emailed me with "if we go out in the morning schedule"
Update # 4 6 PM
28 CM, and snowing very hard. In 10 hours = 2.8 CM / Hr last 5 hours 4.4 cm / Hr
Update # 3 4.20 PM
21 CM, and snowing hard.
Update # 2 1 PM
Starting to come down pretty good. About 6 CM so far and picking up fast.
Update #1 8 AM
First snow flakes in Bathurst. -22 C -7.6 F
Sun, Jan 20th, Club #1
I don’t think at this point that anyone knows how much snow we’re going to get, but all I know is that it will be too much. We brought the #1 unit down out of the Boonies yesterday and parked it where we can get at it. Both the #1 and #2 are parked at our shop in East Bathurst on Trail 19. Depending on when the snow lets up, will determine when the groomers get out, which looks like sometime Monday, but things could change.
Traffic was steady but noticeably down for a Saturday. Very cold plus a lot of sledders headed home before the storm. Looking at the hourly, there is a period of about 5 hours where the snowfall is 5 cm per hour. If you decide to venture out, please partner up with someone as crazy. Put it his way; it’s going to be interesting.
Lodge will be open.