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April 27th, Club #1

     Lots of rain today and very strong winds. Word is Piston Alley is done, but with very cold temps as of late, there should be trails up in the high country still very doable, but weather is not cooperating with the rain.

    We are cleaning up on little fixes and other on both groomers getting them ready for next year. Great weather to be doing that type of work.

April 24th, Club #1
       So, how was your summer? Temperatures are hovering at zero and snow on the ground with a mixture yesterday of snow and rain. Mostly snow in the high country. 43 MM so far this week so there is a strong chance that there will be no running from the Nepisiguit lodge. Your best chance is the sugary, governors or Holtville. More of the same weather today and changing to rain over the weekend.
      We started prepping both groomers this week for next season. Working slowly at it, but forging ahead.

April 21st, Club #1

15 to 25 mm of forecasted rain this week. This will no doubt close some trails to the Hard Core guys. Low temps may be the saving factor, so it will be a wait and see game for what will play out this week. Should be still decent in the wooded sections of the trail ( TV Tower, over to Island Lake, the Sugar Shack, sections of Trail 22, Trail 58) and up from Governors to Serpentine plus plenty of off trail.

April 20th: Update on conditions

We were over to your area Saturday, put on almost 300 k, it was a great Day, sunny and  warm!! The trail out from the Lodge is going fast  but passable. The 23 Trail into Nine Mile shelter and beyond on Trail 22 where it was plowed earlier has a few bare spots showing. From the 507 to Island  Lake it is the best I have ever seen for this time of year, so good that we came back that way  and down to Piston Alley to  TV Tower and back out and down to Governors. Piston Alley is melting real fast with a couple of spots with just a strip of snow by the side of the trail.  Not much traffic on the trails, saw a few sleds at Governors. We had a great day !!  Gerard

We were out for our last two rides last Wed @ Thur. Trail in our zone still ok but four wheel trucks will put a end to good Skidooing. On our last two trips did not see a lot of sleds but did see a lot of moose on the groomed trails, ride with caution???. until next season all the best and thanks for the good trails.  Reid

April 17th, Club #1
     Trails are officially closed. Ride at your own risk.
Brian: Left from Nepisiguit Lodge. Went for a 300km run today.....for the 16 of April.....very good except for a little water spot on Piston Alley but very minimal, a little dirt going up the hill at Doodles (Rogers Lake ) very good going up Serpentine, and Island Lake. Very nice for this time of year.
     Drop us a line to on conditions if you are doing any sledding going forward.

Mike's Update: Trails 301/22/19
Left Sugar Shack at 7:00pm April 15th, very little snow in their yard, headed across the road to Caribou Lake, into the 44, and out to Island Lake and back to the Sugar Shack. Trails were pretty good. Lots of moose tracks and actually saw two on the way back near Caribou Lake..take care. Thanks for a great season! Mike

April 16th, 6 AM, Thursday Snowmobile Club #1 TRAILS CLOSED
     This will go down as one of the best snowmobiling seasons on record and conditions for April 16th are still doable out of Bathurst and good to great in the Golden Triangle. As of today the Nepisiguit Lodge is closed 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 and even with fuel being down our costs were more due to all the extra grooming. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a quality product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Donna, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Blake, Billy, & Ryan on the Groomers.
      Although the trails remain decent, the trails are officially closed and all leases are ceased and you must expect anything from here to the END; washouts, wheelers, 4X4 traffic. We had people into the Lodge from the Miramichi yesterday (first time on this date ever), so this tells you that most trails are still good, barring the above. Got a call from Alyre at Serpentine and he is anticipating traffic as Iā€™m sure Mark at Governors and Doodles at Rogers Lake.
      We had some great comments  on our FB page as well as to our site. Thanks to all.

Nepisiguit Lodge is Closed Starting April 16

    We regret to inform you that the lodge will be closing its doors for another season.       
    It does come a time where you have to say"Thats it, we're done" . On behalf of Club #1 I want to say a big THANK YOU to all who patronized the lodge and especially to all our members. Remember us next year and that old saying "BUY WHERE YOU RIDE". We h
ad one of the best seasons on record for the snowmobiler. We started grooming on December 15th with no interuptions and had a record year for grooming hours with over 2250 hours groomed for the season.
    There is still good riding yet and we'll try to keep you informed as much as possible. The trails are officially closed tomorrow, April 16.

April 15th, 6 AM, Wednesday Snowmobile Club #1

      This is the last official day of the snowmobile season for this year and after 12 midnight all trails will be considered closed. However, this does not mean that snowmobiling is done as all trails still range in the doable to very good for conditions. Caution is the key word for conditions.
      The Nepisiguit Lodge is still open and it will be as a wait and see operation for this week only. We have terminated grooming for this year for obvious reasons. At this time the club wants to thank our 4 operators that worked for us this year: Melvin Vienneau, Blake Sealy, Billy LaPlante, and Ryan Scott. The boys put in some long lonely hours on the equipment this year. We surpassed the grooming record for hours groomed by the club by over 260 hours. This was the first year on record where grooming was not interrupted by some kind of mid season delay due to a winter thaw of some sort as there never was a drop of rain, except for a little on  Christmas day.

     We will still be doing some trail reporting, and I ask you to drop us a line on conditions if you are doing any sledding going forward. It can be really helpful to all sledders with their decision making. Please read yesterdays report.

Lodge Signs for Sponsors

This is permanantly fixed in our Calander of Events page

Fax Number: 

Email: ,  and/or

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 12ā€ X 24ā€ 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

Ten Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit

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

Year 13-14   
      Dec 15: Started packing & grooming 
      Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest ever. All trails groomed. + snow
      Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
      Jan 16: another 40 mm rain
      Jan 17: Some water cuts , but al trails very doable. Lube??
      Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair
      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.

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.