Good Sledding Weather + Update 10 AM
(05:55 AM, Feb 23, 2020)
Update 10 AM: #1 still on the trail. Ran from Rogers Lake 23, 507, 22 to the 301/22 intersectio back to Rogers Lake then down to Nepisiguit on Trail 23 and is on the way back to Rogers Lake at post.
#2 ran from Atlantic Host to Nepisiguit and back to the Host. (trails 19 & 23) Currently parked.
Trails 8 to 10
Sunday, Feb 23rd, Club #1
-5 at post in Bathurst. Our two running groomers were out again last night on their 10 to 12 hour runs.
With zero temps we’re into April type grooming hours. Looking at the temperature trends for the next two weeks shows a strong trend towards the same along with not much snowfall. This has been an excellent year so far for sledding and grooming with just the right amounts of snowfalls from time to time and looking back there isn’t too many years that we can find the same conditions, especially province wide. The Farmers Almanac gives you a trend, but I find their forecasts a little to be believed. These next two weeks are going to be excellent for sledding. See attached temperature trends.
Same safety message as yesterday: Please let us keep safety in mind. Slow down on turns, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the trails. About 15% of our trails are cut out of old roads that are not summer maintained except for the clubs that use them. THEY ARE NOT ENGINEERED ROADS.
Busy Weekend: Ride Safe
(05:45 AM, Feb 22, 2020)
Saturday, Feb 22nd, Club #1
-18 at post in Bathurst. We have one groomer out with a bad drag, which will only be repaired at the beginning of the week so the onus is on the two remaining groomers on a busy weekend. The #1 was around the Cal loop and down to Nepisiguit with the #2 up from Bass River & East Bathurst on 19 & 23 to Nepisiguit Lodge then back to the Host in Bathurst.
There was good traffic on the trails yesterday and it is partially attributed to the free weekend pass plus good weather. Please let us keep safety in mind. Slow down on turns, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the trails. About 15% of our trails are cut out of old roads that are not summer maintained except for the clubs that use them. THEY ARE NOT ENGINEERED ROADS.
Good Weekend Coming
(06:05 AM, Feb 21, 2020)
Friday, Feb 21st, Club #1
-20 again this morning here in Bathurst. The #2 left the Atlantic Host on Trail 19 East yesterday for our shop in East Bathurst for a thaw out of the unit. It seen drifting and a lot of snow iced the unit up with these cold temps. The #1 was out of Rogers Lake on Trail 23 to Serpentine; still on the trail at post. The #3 Big Blue was out of Nepisiguit and was supposed to run to Rogers Lake on Trail 23, but looks like he encountered problems so he turned at the 430 highway. It is currently on the way back. Trails are 9 to 10.
I would like to think that our snowmobiling public are people that look after each other and I still think that 99.99% do just that. We had another incident at our Nine Mile Shelter where we had another axe stolen. With these cold and treacherous temperatures it would be nice to have an axe to split up some kindling but when it goes missing, need I say more. The axe which was just placed there was drilled and a cable secured with Crosby clips went missing. This was just a cheap hatchet axe purchased at Canadian Tire; $10 or so on sale. A regular axe is in the $50 range and of course it would be fool hardy to put one of those. But I guess we will have to credit the .001% for our troubles.
There has been some crazy swings in temperatures and it is not going away with temps of -15 yesterday and mostly plus over the next three of four days. This is the best and most consistent trail conditions around the province that I’ve seen in years. Not as much snow as in previous years, but enough to keep good lube and flat conditions everywhere. No melt downs except a little before Christmas, but it was a contributing factor on what we seen so far. I’ve always said that a little rain here and there is always good for the trails.
Just to bring you up to date on our remaining list of events for this year:
February 26th - Wednesday- 6:30pm- Supper at Lodge- “Hip of Beef”-Doucet Landscaping and Blanchards Ready Mix
Feb 29th - Saturday- 12:00pm- 4:00pm- Rogers Lake Lodge
24th Anniversary of our famous“ Danny Burger Run”- Big D Drive In
March 4th - Wednesday- 6:30pm –Supper at Lodge- Chicken Cordon Bleu- Maurice’s Gas and Convenience / Service Master
March 7th - Saturday - Wings & Mussels Day - Boucher Machining, DonTech Industries, Steve’s Electric, City Center, Junction Lumber at Rogers Lake Lodge
March 11th - Wednesday- 6:30pm- Supper at Lodge- Strip Loin Steak- Thirteen Barrels / Bradley Jenks Exc.
March 12th – Thursday – 6:30 PM - Supper at Lodge - Bar-B-Q Chicken – All proceeds to Miramichi Snowmobile Club
Big Thank You to City Center Service, Steve's Electric and Boucher Machinig
(10:00 AM, Feb 20, 2020)
Another sell-out supper at the lodge last night. We want to thank Steve’s Electric, City Center Service Station Ltd and Boucher Machining Inc. We had people in from PEI, a big contingent from our good neighbors from the Miramichi and different parts of NB plus a couple Gary & Eilene from NS. The turkey supper was fantastic, prizes were great and everyone had a great time. A special thanks to our own volunteers with Dennis, Dave , Richard and Kirk plus our staff Joan, Charlene, Micheline, Bryce and Jessie. Claude and Nicole were on hand to help with the prizes and a special thanks to Claudes wife Nicole for making the awesome deserts. Thank you all for all showing up to a great social event. See you next week at our next supper (roast beef and all the fixens) sponsored by Doucet's Lanscaping and Blanchard's Ready Mix. Call the lodge 548-9174 for tickets as they will be going fast and they could be sold out already.
Groomers are out.
(05:50 AM, Feb 20, 2020)
Thursday, Feb 20th, Club #1
-19 at post and it is looking like another busy weekend on the trails. We have our three groomers on the trails at post . The #1 & 3 groomers were out early last night around 8ish. The Big Blue was down to the highway 360 then back towards Nine Mile Shelter and will end up at Nepisiguit this morning. The #1 was out of Rogers Lake and up Piston Alley (Trail 23) and is over on the 503 and it will backtrack to Rogers Lake up to Nine Mile Shelter. It looks like Ron & Roger fixed the #3 problem on Tuesday as it did the Cal Loop and the 507 + 22 up to the 22/301 intersection over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Bryan is taking the #2 from the shop in East Bathurst over to the Atlantic Host. It spent most of the day down 19 and the 331 and returned to the shop area early last evening. See Maps below.
I spoke to some lads from Parsboro and they said trails were excellent all over. There was a bit of drifting from the snow we had over Tuesday night and it was still galing into last night. Andre (PEI) said the same thing about conditions. We had a great supper last night and will report on it later this morning. Be careful out there as the season is half over and we don’t want you hurting yourself or better yet, Someone else!
I’ve been noticing numerous clubs from around the province and also in Nova Scotia and PEI having notices put to snowmobilers to “STAY ON MARKED TRAILS”. All clubs have gone through agreements with landowners to cross their land for trail use through their property. If we continually ignore these privileges, the possibility of losing these trails is very evident. These private crossings are essential in maintaining the snowmobile trail infrastructure that we have and abuse by free riding over these properties puts this infrastructure in jeopardy. Please stay on the trails while riding across farmers fields and private properties.