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Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Walsh family in the passing of Robert "Bob" Walsh. Bob was our club's NBFSC Zone 5 director and a very knowledgeable member of the Canadian Snowmobiling Federation as well as the NBFSC and was also past president of those two bodies. He will be greatly missed by the snowmobiling community.
Apr 24th, Trail 19, Route 360 to Red Brook Shelter
In regards to a possible reroute to get away from the Red Brook flooding plus the annual beaver problems, we did have another meeting with the DNR plus this time with the Licencee present. I have to say that it was quite productive and Fornebu Lumber will get back to us on the status of their woods operations in that 11 Km stretch. There will be operations in that area for the next five years, but not every year. This will be dealt with from an operations perspective at those times and listening to them they are more than willing to work with us when those woods operations will arise. There will be more communiqués with them in regards to their future plans, including a block on the Gloucester Junction side of Red Brook.
Our present plan is to widen an old road on the east side of Red Brook from the shelter up towards the CNR tracks and make a new crossing of Red Brook and connect to the newly developed woods road (shown in yellow) that has been made in the last few years. Our major project in this area is to make a new crossing of Red Brook, which the location has yet to be decided on.
On the first map we show the proposed new trail in Yellow. On the second blown up version shows the new trail on an old existing woods road that has to be developed to 30 meters wide and it will cross Red Brook to connect to the new developed woods road. This crossing has not been determined yet and will hopefully be dealt with in the near future. Fornebu will also look at the possible crossing.
In conclusion we have started the ball rolling on this issue and when the proposal is finalized we could be calling on volunteers to get some of this work done. The DNR and Fornebu have been very cooperative on this issue.
Club #1 Final Message for the Year
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 an up and down year. There were a lot of positives and we had our share of negatives. 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, Donna, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Leo, Billy, Ken & Michael on the Groomers.
Our season started off quite normally with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 18th after the big snow on the 15th & 16th. We had a just above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers were a good draw again this year. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We did not have great snow most of the season until near the end and due to no snow below the Miramichi line the trails had never seen that much traffic in years. At times we could have used four groomers just to keep up, and then came a three week downtime on one of our groomers, thus compounding the problem of keeping up.
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 are also looking at the possibility of a reroute on Trail 19 from Gloucester Junction to Highway 360. We are currently in meetings with the DNR and the licensee (Fornebu Lumber). We should know more by April 21st on the status of the reroute. 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.
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. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
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Trail 19 Towards East Bathurst/Caraquet
This is in the area of Red Brook Shelter on Trail 19 East towards East Bathurst. Considered closed unless you're hard core with scuba gear.
Ten Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
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 still great with no severe melt downs yet
April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed
Best Season on record. Over 2250 hours groomed
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
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
Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge
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.