Lots of Work in Progress June 8th
(07:00 AM, Jun 8, 2018)
The season is over, but business goes on with the club, We have many things in progress and on our plate. We will have some news on these items as soon as we can get third paties on board with our proposals, which ar very benificial to you snowmobilers; ie, DNR, city and the NBFSC
(05:45 AM, Apr 16, 2018)
Monday, April 16th, Club #1 Closing Message
On behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. As far as the season went, we had the busiest season on record. With barely no down days due to sloppy weather. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Jesse, Mitchel, & Travis at the lodge plus Pat who had to leave us due to moving elsewhere. To Ron Scott who stepped into my role (I did stay on for this year to help in the transition) to look after the trail system and did a lot of grooming himself and the looking after of our operators; Michael, Josh, Leo, Melvin, & Billy, on the Groomers.
Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers which were a good draw again this year. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We had great snow most of the season and to look at what we have on April 16th , the conditions are still exceptional. If you look at how early we’ve had snow way back in November, it is truly unbelievable that we could see the same by the month of May. Just a few numbers for your info: over 2600 hours groomed and 22,000 Km of trail groomed this year. Both are records for our club and more than likely for the province.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away. We are looking at replacing one of our groomers and we should have one on the snow for next season. We are not ruling out the possibility of adding a third groomer to the two we have in use at present. The club is also in need of new and more directors to ensure the longevity of the club. We don’t have problems with getting volunteers, but it is at the administrative end where numbers are lacking. I will be stepping back even further in my role with the grooming / trails with excess of over 18 years in that role. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Surely out of the nearly 950 members we will have someone to step up.
In closing we would again like to thank all for your support for this past year and look forward to seeing you all back next year. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
Trying to Clean up Before Next Nor'easter
(06:00 AM, Mar 12, 2018)
March 12th, Monday, Club#1 -1 at post. I'm not sure how the boys will make out on the trails with the temps still at zero at 1 AM this morning. Mickey and Josh both got on the trails just after midnight. The #1 is on a 17 hour run to Serpentine from Rogers Lake on Trail 23 and the #2 is on a similar run from East Bathurst up to Nine Mile Shelter and eventually to the Atlantic Host. We're trying to get the trails back from the 40 cm of heavy snow from last Thursday with the anticipation of an upgraded storm of 30 cm for Tuesday and Wednesday.
There is a real problem occuring now with all this snow and mild temperatures in that there is a lot of melting taking place under the existing trail bed and the more insulation of more snow snd no "set-up" time after grooming. You are going to see more sink holes occurring as a result. This wouldn't happen on established roads but on trails that go through old logging trails that are not maintained as roads in the off season. There is a "ton" of snow in the Bathurst area but all this snow does not make for great conditions on the trails, contrary to what some people that may think that way. Clubs are stuggling in that respect.
If you look at the next 14 day forecast, show me one day where you can see consistant grooming temperatures below zero degrees celcius. This is more like spring riding with snow conditions that are hard to cope with. It is what it is and sledders can complain all they want, but there is not much you can do about it except try and do our best.
Don't panic with the rain
(07:00 AM, Feb 5, 2018)
Monday, Feb 5th, Club #1
+temps today with some rain. Don’t panic and don’t worry; this will not hurt us any. We need a little moisture to tighten up the trail surface. Temps should drop tonight, so we’re going to take a little breather and start on the trails tomorrow. In the meantime we have a little TLC work to be done on the #2 and we should have that cleared up by the end of the day.
I want to take a little time today to tell you how great our members are in there support and understanding in knowing what it takes to get our system like it is. We thank you for your tremendous support to our club and lodge and of course your generosity. We have tremendous support from our corporate sponsors, whether it be in your donations, web advertising, signage ads, repairs resources and our Wednesday Night Suppers. To all of you; THANK YOU. All monies raised go right back into our trail system, whether it be grooming, signage, trail maintenance (year around) and repairs. Our budget is just around half million and it takes everything to keep things going, so the next time you stop at the lodge for something to eat or fuel up that money is well spent.
13 Year Grooming History
(08:00 AM, Jan 31, 2018)
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 13 years.
Dec 10 to Dec 15, Received up to 40 Cm by then
Dec 14 Floated #2 to Rogers Lake close to 45 Cm above the lodge
Dec 17 By them 75% of system groomed including to Bathurst Trails 7 out of 10
Dec 23 & 25 Received another 40 Cm and we were V Good to go
Jan 4/5 Another 62 cm Drifts as high as 8 feet
Jan 12 35 mils of rain & 5 cms of snow Trails still good.
Jan 15 to Feb 15 Lots of snow with some rain mix. Trails awesome
Dec 3rd 15 to 50 cm of snow down from Bathurst to Serpentine
Dec 14 Floated #2 to Nepisiguit close to 3 feet at lodge
Dec 15 Groomed Nep Lod to Serpentine
Jan 10th Excellent conditions 3 to 4 feet of snow, great base
Jan 11 to 13 a little melt, but no damage, other than icy bed.
Jan 13 to Jan 31 trails in excellent condition. Ice storm of 2017 didn’t affect us.
Feb 1st to Feb 23 trails very good. A little wet spell for two days, nothing major
Mar 15th excellent trails everywhere in the north 12” of wet snow put a big damper
Mar 28 more snow 3 to 4 cm trails still good from Bathurst to Serpentine
Apr 3 Last day of any significant grooming. Conditions bad to good to great.
2404 hours groomed record for us.
Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen
Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.
Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming
from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province.
Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out.
Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge.
Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.
Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions
Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast
Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable
Apr 8 last day of grooming still decent conditions up high
Up to 3 feet of snow, but very wet underneath. Lots of holes and water cuts
Dec 15: Started prepping the trails and lots of traffic.
Dec 25: 25 MM of rain , but still going, Need big time freezing.
still great sledding through the north
Jan 26 to 30 Rc’d about 60 cm of snow
February: Trails in phenomenal shape
March 31: All trails stiil great with no severe melt downs yet
April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed
Dec 15: Started packing & grooming
Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow
Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube?
Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there
Lots of snow from now until end of season Stopped grooming Apr 10
after some rain, but trails good to excellent. Some sledding into may
Best season on record. Over 2000 hours groomed.
Dec 28: Started grooming right from Bathurst,
Conditions From Bathurst to the Lodge were doable.
Grooming all trails above Lodge.
Dec 27 8 to 10 inches conditions much improved. As time
progressed towards Jan 12 snow gradually wore out
between Bathurst and the Lodge where conditions just
became doable in that stretch
Jan 13 /14 Mild spell 4 to 11 deg forced to call Everything
closed from the City, doable from Lodge out to shelter
Jan 22 Reopened the trails after 10 to 15 cm Still scratchy
Jan 31 All Trails closed in NB due to rain & meltdown
Feb 3-4 10 cm snow open from lodge west but icy no grooming
Feb 9 Major storm to the south 15 cm in Bathurst
Feb 17 & 20 Two majors in a row total close to 95 cm Back in Business
Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge going West
April 8. Last grooming. Trails fair to poor on what is left
Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions were not that great.
A bit of mild towards Jan 1.
Jan 4 People running off trail. Limited grooming.
Jan 8 to 9 Broke Trail from Host to Lodge, Not much snow
+ overhanging alders. Great freezing temps with no water.
Great conditions with not much snow in PEI/NS
March 18, 19 temperatures near +28 degrees Season is toast
Dec 28 Preping Trails Dec 26 .
Dec 28 Started grooming after Storm on Dec 26 & 27
Extremely mild weather. Lots of washouts and wet areas.
Conditions much improved by Jan 20.
Feb 21 over 260 Cm down in Bathurst area with great conditions.
Mar 14 20 mm rain on 11 & 12 but very manageble. -5 deg
Mar 31 No trails closed yet with great base depth
Apr 15 Last day out of the Lodge. Still great up high
Apr 07 08 09 Last Grooming Days
Apr 23 Lot s of people still sledding in the golden triangle
Apr 27 Game over with the rain & mild weather
Dec 29 Started grooming
Mar 28 last grooming Poor year as far as linking trails
throughout the Province. We had a good year except for
linking to the City
Year 08-09 Start-up Dec 16 and never looked back.
Year 07-08 Start-up Dec 15 and never looked back.
Year 06-07 Preped Trails on Jan 15 and started Jan 19.
Year 05-06 Dec 25 50 cm storm and started on 26 and 27.
Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50 mm of
rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3
due to ice and not enough snow cover.
Jan 10. Started back up
Mar 28 Last day grooming