May 8th Update for Club #1
(, May 8, 2017)
Just a brief update on the club operations. We have been working on both groomers getting them ready for next year’s season. There is always a lot of small details that have to be covered and both are showing their grooming hours after 8 years and two huge years back to back of grooming hours. We are working on them a couple of 6 hour stints a day per week when we are able to get some free time to do so.
The club attended the NBFSC Annual General Meeting held in the Miramichi on April 9th and 10th and we had 6 delegates in attendance. Not much to report with a few major announcements. They came up with an emergency plan for moving groomers throughout the Province in case of a breakdown of a member club’s grooming equipment. This action would have to meet certain criteria of availability. There is a very small increase in annual trail permit prices after a three year pause of no increases. Go to our permit page for the details and note that our trail application form has been updated as well for our non New Brunswick members. Anyone can just click on the form (Non NB resident Permit Application 2017-2018) and download it. Of course this will be also mailed out in the Fall to our last year’s members as well.
There is always the usual things that happen in the off season as well such as; getting our shelters and ready for firewood, trail signage, lodge upgrades and upkeep. There is a major replacement to be carried out this summer on the Little River Bridge located on Trail 19 about 13 Km east from the Atlantic Host (you may have noticed in your travels this winter that some of the material has been brought to the Job Site.
Anyone that is willing to step up to get involved with the club, please give us a call. Have a good summer and we’re hoping it gets a bit warmer.
Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Closing Message to Members and all Snowmobilers
(07:00 AM, Apr 15, 2017)
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. There were a lot of positives to take away this season and the only negatives were that we could have used an extra groomer or two to keep up with the traffic. 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, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Leo, Billy, Michael & Daren 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 were a good draw again this year with a few bumps due to inclement weather. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We good snow most of the season up until warm soft weather kicked in on the first week of April. At times we could have used four groomers just to keep up, due to the lack of snow south of the Miramichi line.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and we have our usual problems of keeping the system running. Presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away and making them ready for next year. We made significant upgrades in two bridges being built and a significant upgrade in the trail 19 from East Bathurst, which I might add gave us a little problem getting the trail established due to the late finish in construction of both. We have a third bridge going to be constructed in the Little River area of Trail 19 and that will take place this summer. We are in the process of upgrading the groomer fleet with the purchase of a new groomer with trade-in of an older unit. 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 also put up my notice to the executive that this will be my last year running the grooming operations after 14 years. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Without someone stepping into this job will be very difficult with the club moving forward, so we are hoping that out of the 850 members we have, that surely someone is willing 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”
Little River Bridge
(08:00 AM, Feb 6, 2017)
There will be a minor disruption on Trail 19 (about 10 Km from the Host) to facilitate the moving of material near the site of the construction of the Little River Bridge which will take place next summer. The contractor is taking the opportunity of moving bridge construction material in near the site while the ground is still frozen. The trail detour is only ¼ kilometer in length and should be no problem for us to get this done. This will take place in the next couple of weeks.
Trail 19 about 10 Km east from Atlantic Host Little River Bridge
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails
(05:10 AM, Jan 4, 2017)
-3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst.
Final Safety Message
(11:00 AM, Dec 29, 2016)
Final Safety Message #5
Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail, hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion.