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Mar 31st, 7 AM, Tuesday Snowmobile Club #1
0 at post. Temperatures didn’t get low enough for any kind of grooming last night. It looks like tonight and tomorrow are the only real long windows for any serious grooming from now until the end of the season with temps getting down to double digits.
There was some traffic through the lodge yesterday with sleds mainly from the peninsula. Trails are reported in decent shape through the system. We would appreciate some reports on any trails in the Nepisiguit system. Reports of any defects or holes that we can pass on to other sledders would be great for us to pass on. Also reports on conditions (good or bad) that we possibly may address. Send reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nepisiguit lodge will remain open as long as there is traffic form the Eastern parts of the trail system. All ice crossing are still good, but could be starting to get wet if you don’t mind running a bit of water.
Mar 30th, 6 AM, Monday Snowmobile Club #1
-5 in Bathurst at post. We had the #1 unit do a short run out of Rogers Lake last night. He could only leave at 1AM this morning due to temperatures and ran down to Nepisiguit on Trail 23. He is on his way back at post. Trails out of Bathurst
are still very good so far, but they will be tested later this week with some rain in the forecast. It looks like there may be a wider window for grooming on Wednesday. We shall see when that time comes on a long run.
There was very good traffic at Nepisiguit over the weekend. All river crossings are still good so far. We have a major concern at all brige crossings to warn you about. There is up to 3 to 4 feet on the bridges, but the problem is that the snow is also melting off of the sides of the bridge bed causing them to narrow up. So every time that you approach these bridges it would be good to slow down as they are getting quite narrow.
Mar 29th, 6 AM, Sunday Snowmobile Club #1
-11 in Bathurst at post. We had one groomer out last night. Groomed from the Atlantic Host to the Lodge and back to Bass River on Trail 19. Trails are still very decent, but we’re seeing signs of water here and there. Nothing serious yet, but we can expect holes showing up if we keep getting the high sun with temps in the positive each day. Caution should be the norm going forward and we would appreciate you stopping to warn others of potential pot holes with sticking a branch or a marker near the hole.
There is still good traffic on the trails, but come Monday we should see a significant drop off for the week. Still good parking if you’re trailering to the lodges of Nepisiguit and Chaleur. Roads are a bit muddy on highway 430 towards Rogers Lake.
Mar 28th, 9 AM, Saturday Snowmobile Club #1
-4 at post in Bathurst. Looks like another great day for the trails. There was a good turnout for the Miramichi Wings Night at the lodge last night. We had a great turnout from both clubs and they sold out on the wings.
Trails are still in very good shape. Both groomers were out last night and Trail from Rogers Lake to the Atlantic Host was done plus the short section of trail 22 from Nine Mile Shelter to the 22/507 intersection was done. Looking at the tracking system it appears that he had certain areas where he spent some time due to the drifting. Providing we don’t get any significant snow these sections should be okay going forward.
Mar 27th, 6 AM, Friday Snowmobile Club #1
0 at post. Trails didn’t dry out last night so there was no grooming. It looks like we could get out tonight for a stretch. Trails are holding out well, especially the bed which is minimum 3 feet thick and as high as 6 feet in drifted areas. But we notice the snow levels drop quite dramatically in the last few days. Be aware of possible trail defects in the next weeks. Just cut the speed down a bit and always anticipate the worst.
The Miramichi Valley Snowmobile club will be hosting a Wings, Ring and Things Night tonight at Nepisiguit Sports Lodge starting at 7 PM. All proceeds from their Wing Night will go to them.
Mar 26th, 6.30 AM, Thursday Snowmobile Club #1
-1 at post: We sneaked a groomer out last night around midnight to do a do-over on Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection. It should be back at Rogers Lake shortly. As you look at the long range forecast this looks like it is going to be the norm, unless the weather gives us a wider window for grooming, so our 20 hour runs in the far reaches of the system may not be doable. We will have to rely on Mother Nature to help us with the grooming. This is the phenomena where the sun peels off the top layers of the trail bed. It does work to an extent, but your cooperation will help in the laying off of the throttle and not spinning up the trail especially in the corners.
The Miramichi Valley Snowmobile club will be hosting a Wings, Rings and Things Night this coming Friday night at Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. All proceeds from their Wing Night will go to them. 7 PM
On a further note highway 430 on the unpaved section is turning to mud, especially in the daytime with the warm sun beating down on it. You can park at Nepisiguit Lodge or The Chaleur Club if you don't want mud on your vehicle.
Mar 25th, 9.30 AM, Wednesday Snowmobile Club #1
-9 at post. No early post due to catching up on some ZZZZ. All trails except for a small section of Trail 22 are done from Bathurst / Bass River to Serpentine have been groomed since Monday morning. Most are in great shape and we have make a do-over on Trail 22 due to a lot of drifting. Temperatures in the short term aren’t quite favorable for grooming, but for now trails are in pretty good shape.
We had a major delay in our grooming due to the incident on Trail 19 beyond East Bathurst. It was taken care of by the ORVE and local city police. OUCH! It can be a fool hardy adventure to attempt to drive a street vehicle on a groomed snowmobile trail. It is illegal and can be damaging to the vehicle plus the potential for a huge fine ranging from $180.00. Just pass this message on and for those who witness such an incident. This is what you do; record the time, date, licence plate and the approximate area of the incident. A photo of the licence plate would also be helpful, then report to the authorities.
Mar 24th, 6 AM, Tuesday Snowmobile Club #1
-12 in Bathurst this morning. The trails are getting groomed, but it is a slow process on some with all the drifting. Trails are groomed Bathurst / East Bathurst to Governors, TV Tower, 507, (Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection, will have to make a do-over on this one).
We have a little issue on Trail 19 from East Bathurst to Bass River. We can’t get by a truck buried in the rail bed just past St Mary’s Ave. Ditches are too deep to get around.
8AM: I was just speaking with Doodles at Rogers Lake and he said the road Highway 430 was completely drifted in and the DOT had to hire a private contractor to snow-blow the road. That gives you an idea how much drifting we're dealing with.
Lodge Signs for Sponsors
This is permanantly fixed in our Calander of Events page
Fax Number: 1-506-545-6565
Email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
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
Ten Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
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.
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.