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Oct 20th, Monday, Club #1
 (10/20/2014)

     The mail-outs should be completed by the end of this week. Our NB members will be getting our message letter along with the schedule of events. All out of province members will get the above plus a registration form for Club #1. We want to thank the City of Bathurst for completing this task for us.


Workers Needed at Nepisiguit Sports Lodge: Nepisiguit Falls
 (10/13/2014)
Looking for two mature dependable women to work at the lodge. Send resume to Richard at the Big D Restaurant. 

Oct 7th, Tuesday, Club #1
 (10/07/2014)

     We were back up on “The Line” on Monday mainly to widen the start. For the first ¼ mile the trail has crept in from the side, which was basically 12 feet wide. We now have it almost 2 drags wide (20ft) after Monday’s work. The sheepmobiles will feel a lot better while driving down the center with plenty of room on either side. We will finish it off with the grubber.


Oct 3rd, Friday, Club #1
 (10/03/2014)

       We started to brush some trails this week. The tractor has worked the run between the Host and “Good Bye Hill” (where trail leaves the highway 11 along the power line in Bathurst) and has completed to the end of the big field. Good job by Denis, Brent and Blake. We are doing some manual bushing on the line and high tree limbing. Still have work to do on the Line. Just got an email from the “Down Shore” group concerning the Trail 19 east of Bass River to the highway 11.  They’ve bushed down so far, but will tackle the remainder after Thanksgiving. We are still waiting on some movement from any group from Bass River going East on Trail 19.

This is all great news!!!!!!!


Tim
 (09/22/2014)
Tim Wood: Lost your email

Sept 21 st, Sunday, Club #1 Wood For the Lodge
 (09/21/2014)

      We got the Lodge wood in for the upcoming snowmobile season. Thanks to Anthony, Jesse, Mel, Blake, Eilene, Gary, Don for this years job. It was a great day and we finished it off with a little hot dog B-B-Q. More pics in Media Gallery.


Wed Sept 17 Club #1 Wood Cutting & Storage
 (09/17/2014)

NOTE: We will be cutting/splitting/storing up the wood for the lodge this weekend Saturday, Sept 20th, 9 to 10 AM. We now have lots of help. Thanks to the committed ones.


Sept 16th, Tuesday, Club #1
 (09/16/2014)

We got it done. Thanks Mel, Stu, Blake, Don. 4 Hours work!


Sept 15th, Monday, Club #1
 (09/15/2014)

     Progress to date:

1. Revamped signage between Little River and Blue Mt.
      Highway 430. Plus a lot of brushing

2. Completed Bridge on Trail 19.

See Below on remainder of jobs and we could use your help on most.


Sept 11th Pre Season Work
 (09/11/2014)

Nepisiguit Work to be looked at before next season


Trails:
Trail 19

1.  Bridge near St Anne St. Need 2 pallets to plug up holes.

2.  Bridge 19 about 17 Km from the Host needs relocation & rebuild
   2A: Revamp signage Blue Mt Trail 19
  2 & 2A DONE
3.  The Line Rail Bed:

                 Brush cutting alders plus some Tree cutting   

                 Culverts need to be cleaned out
                 Pallets to be picked up

                 Knights Brook: Needs to be widened.
                  (possibly just two long logs on either side)
                 Pipe needs to be installed( Lodge side of knights brook)

4.   Beaver problem from Key Anacon Rd down to Red Brook shelter

5.   Trail 23 from Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection
      and brush cutting

6.   Beaver problem from Key Anacon down to Red Brook shelter

7.   Trail 19 from Bass River Bridge to Jays place:

This trail needs to be widened. What is taking place is that overgrowth of trees is making it very difficult for groomers. Nepisiguit did a job on their section of trail last year to their border (just beyond Bass River Bridge to the Byron Ronald’s property). That section was cut up at least ten feet high where (and could be higher) tree limbs were over hanging into the groomer path. On occasion in years past, the Nepisiguit club would groom down as far as the highway 11, but it has got to the point where these tree branches are causing damage to the groomers. This section is in the Caraquet domain, but is not written in stone that we would not occasionally do this grooming, but until something is done with the tree limbing, this will be a problem. If someone from that area is willing to take on this project, Nepisiguit will supply the resources such as chain saws and tree limbers.

 

Trail 23 West of the Lodge
8.   Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection and brush cutting

9.   Nine Mile West to Rogers Lake Lodge  Trail inspection

10. Brushing required: TV Tower from Trail 23 road to top of hill
11. Trail 23 from Lodge to Nine Mile: Beaver problem + inspection
      and brush cutting
12.  Meridian Brook.  Check culvert (gave us problems last year)
        and brushing

13. Red Pine Shelter:  New Signage Post
14.


15. Fuel Tanks at Governors need to be inspected.

16. Need wood for shelters. 9 mile, Red Pine, Red Brook. 
      
Does anybody have any ideas here? ie local camp owners.
17. Wood for lodge needs to be cut and split, piled into wood shed
          Done Sept 20
18.  

 

Grooming Equipment

1.   Both Groomers have been inspected and serviced with just

      minor details to be performed.
           #1 groomer was sent to Tracadie to install cruise control.

           #2 already has one.
2.   Both #2 and #3  drags have been inspected painted and are

       ready for the trail
3.   Major upgrade required on  #1 drag plus paint


Aug27th, Wednesday, Club #1
 (08/27/2014)

     Mel has been working feverishly on getting both groomers up to snuff for the winter season. A lot of small things were done including paint touch ups on both. There is always a list that we make up so that we can address them at our leisure. Both groomers are ready for the snow. We have an issue with the #1 drag, which we hope to address in the fall or depending on availability of a welder. The club has 4 drags. Three 10 X 18 units and one small 10 X 10 unit which we can use if needed for breaking trail.
      Come Sept, we will be looking at some trail clean up ie: downed trees and trail widening.

This is the #1 unit

Whether it is summer or winter, work still has to be done. Mel got the #2 drag all painted up and as you can see with the groomer it is ready to go as well.


Aug 5th, Tuesday, Club #1
 (08/05/2014)

      Arthur Results: Took a quick run with the wheeler above Nepisiguit Lodge on the snowmobile trail. In a stretch of 7 Km there were some trees down. Couldn’t deal with the larger ones alone, but cleared the smaller ones. It is a good indication that we will have some work cut out for us this coming Fall in areas where there is no traffic on trails other than by snowmobile, but we will have it done. This will be typical through New Brunswick where we had high winds.

      On another note, I was speaking with a member from “Down Shore” on the possibility of getting the Trail 19 widened from Bass River down to Janeville. He said there are people considering getting this done. Once Fall comes around and the temps get a little cooler, we’ll get the ducks lined up and get this done.


Keep on enjoying this great Summer and we’ll keep you posted on jobs for the trails prep for the coming snowmobile season. If you are willing to help with some coming projects, contact the club.


April 20th, Sunday, Club #1
 (04/20/2014)
     This has to go down as one of the best snowmobiling seasons on record and conditions for April 21st are still good to great in the Golden Triangle. As of today the Nepisiguit Lodge is closed (again another record) so this will be our final message to all our snowmobiling friends.
     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 a very good year, both with groomer reliability and traffic through our lodge doors, but will only know how we faired once all the numbers come in. Fuel & labour costs are always the big items, especially the fuel as it kept forever increasing. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Nathalie & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Blake, Mark, & Leo on the Groomers and last but not least all of our sponsors who helped us out tremendously through this season.
      Our membership numbers are not complete for this year, but indications are that we held our numbers from last year. According to the NBFSC the provincial numbers rose again this past year. In closing we will have periodic reports through the year just to let you know what is going on with the club and we have lots to do before the next season begins, which is normal. Also we want to thank all of you for your great comments. See you all next year.

Lodge Signs for Sponsors
 (12/06/2013)

This is permanantly fixed in our Calander of Events page

Fax Number: 
1-506-545-6565

Email:  dontech@rogers.com , hanns@nbnet.nb.ca  and/or info@bathursttrails.com

Phone:  1-506-545-6565

 

To:  Sponsor

 

      The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 450 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We run two Lamtrac groomers and run these units for 1500 to 2000 hours in a season. With the trail system we have it is near impossible to run this equipment with the expenses they incur on Trail permits alone.

       We would be proud to count on you as a sponsor of a small bill-board on which we can display your advertisement for your business at our lodge.

       We would require from you a bill-board with exact dimensions 12” X 24” at your cost. We can help you in that regard as we have a local business that can do it for $30.00 or you can get it done yourself. Your email, contact person & mailing address is also required.

       From this point on we will then invoice you for a yearly fee of $100.00 + HST. Below are some examples of the signs that we display at the lodge.

 

                                   Don Basque: Advertising Director  545-6565
                                   Marc Hannan: Co- Advertising Director   544-5445

                                   Richard Dobson: President Nepisiguit Sports Lodge


Nine Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit
 (09/16/2010)

Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.

Year 12-13       
      
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


Year 11-12       Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions
         were not that great. A bit of mild towards Jan 1. People
          running off
 trail. Limited grooming Jan 4.
         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
        
Year 10-11 Preping Trails Dec 26 . Started grooming on the 28th
        
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

Year 09-10  Start-up Dec 29 last grooming Mar 28
         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.
Year 04-05 Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50mm of  
             rain
on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3 
             due to ice and
not enough snow cover. Started back up on Jan 10.