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Jan 25th, 6 AM, Sunday Snowmobile Club #1

     -4 at post and 5 to 10 cm down in the Bathurst area. This snow is just what we needed to help with the lube situation plus there were a few trails that had gone to just ice. 90% of the trails were flat and hard so little grooming is required in the short term, but we will look at trails that require it most.

     It should be another decent day on the trails with forecasted partial sun and single digit temperatures. All lodges seen very good traffic on Saturday. Please keep the speed down as the trails are still slippery under that fresh snow.

Jan 24th, 6 AM, Saturday Snowmobile Club #1
    -6 in Bathurst at Post. We suspect it to be a busy day at the lodges in the area today in advance of 10 to 20 cm of much needed snow in the next 24 hours and the forecast is changing by the hour depending on the flavour of that hour. Trails done in the last 48 hours are Trail 23 from the 19/23 intersection to Popple Depot, Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection, Trail 19 from East Bathurst to Bathurst proper, Trail 507, Trail 503 TV Tower. The #2 unit is still on the trail at post.
     Trails are still hard and flat with some lube for the most part. This snow is just what was needed to get the trails back to some normalcy. This past rain is just a reminder of what can happen in January. This was a little disruption, which was only minor when considering what we went through last year with plenty of rain. (Jan 4th 25 MM, Jan 10 40 MM, Jan 16 40MM. We managed to pull through with minor damage, but a lot of work to keep the trails in top condition.) If you look down at the bottom of this page and the ten year history of grooming then you would conclude this is normal. I keep a history of all trail reports since the inception of the web site.

Update : 7.15 PM

    The #2 unit has been on the go since Thurs afternoon and is currently coming off the 503 TV Tower and on its way to Governors. It will return to Bathurst by sometime tomorrow morning.

Jan 23rd, 6 AM, Friday Snowmobile Club #1

      -22 at post in Bathurst: Trails are very hard everywhere, but also very flat. We are doing our best to get lube onto the tails and where possible to haul some snow from the sides. We have done an excellent job from Bathurst to the Lodge and have been working the trails west of there on 22, 23 and 507 so far and the increasing traffic every day also helps with the lube situation especially with sleds that are “picked up”. We may see some snow sprinkles starting this afternoon and into tomorrow, which will bring more traffic for sure. Hotels look like they’re booked pretty solid, but there are still a lot of rooms to be had in Bathurst with minor trailoring.
     This is a report given to me from our PEI friends who travelled much of the trails north of Trail 23: “
Hi Don---Just thought I would let you know that we were on the trails Tuesday and Wednesday. The trails for the most part are perfectly flat--- Studs are not a necessity but would be much nicer to have them as the trails are slippery and packed hard---I wouldn't even consider heading out without ice scratchers on!!!”

Jan 22nd, 6 AM, Thursday Snowmobile Club #1

     -20 at post in Bathurst. First, thanks to Danny’s Inn and Atlantic Host for the wonderful supper [as always] with another great attendance. Thanks as well to Kerrs Chain Saw in East Bathurst for all the wonderful prizes. People in from NS, PEI, and as always our faithful guests from the Miramichi. Next week is Pork Roast sponsored by Full Throttle Power Sports out of Dartmouth, NS.

     The trails are extremely hard and in some cases lube is an issue. As reported in our update yesterday we have had limited success in getting some lube up via grooming. However, we had the No 2 groomer run from East Bathurst to Atlantic Host on Trail 19 to Nepisiguit Lodge with decent success and fixing the odd bobos in the trail. Any trail that was plowed up for wood hauling has gone to ice with little lube if any. We are not committing to any more grooming unless we see an absolute need for a specific trail repair or a much needed snow, which we may see by the weekend. All trails are good to excellent, but as I said, lube can be an issue on some trails. Depending on who you talk to, comments run from great to so-so. My take is, the weather is great going forward and if you take your time and don’t mind a little stress here and there, then go for it. We still have a great trail base and it is only going to get better. All water crossings are still good and with the low temps these last few days, those issues are a non factor.

Update; 1.30 PM

    We made a couple of test runs with both groomers this morning. With the drag on the No 1 unit it was basically a waste of fuel after about ½ hour on the trail. We adjusted the blades as far down beyond the rail with limited success so we turned back. The No 2 however, is a different story and is still on the trail to the lodge from East Bathurst. The difference is in the drags, one is a deep snow drag and the other is a regular drag with a different cutting configuration, thus the difference in cutting this hard surface.

Jan 21st, 6 AM, Wednesday Snowmobile Club #1

    -15 in Bathurst at post. All reports are that most trails are flat and in decent condition. These last couple of days gave us an opportunity to get some good service on our units. We are ready to roll and may make a short run on Trail 19 today to test the conditions. According to Mark at Governors there is no change in trail conditions that way, which I know was very good to excellent on Trail 23 and TV Tower as this area was the last to be groomed on Sunday. Expect hard conditions on the trails and please keep the speeeeeeed down. Stopping could be an issue.  

    Thanks Paul for the little hand signal flier. A lot of sledders should study this and USE these signals out on the trail as it is very obvious seeing the lack of these signals with a lot of people. It is very important  for people in your party to use these signals especially for warning on coming sleds that there are people behind you.

Update: 6.30 PM
Up at the lodge today. About 12 to 15 sleds dropped by. No complaints on the trails yet. I suspect that lube could be a problem, but didn’t hear that from anyone. The Host is filling up and lots of calls from our neighboring provinces. I would say bring it on. Supper tickets sold out for tomorrow night.

Jan 20th, 6 AM, Tuesday Snowmobile Club #1
-3 in Bathurst at post. Temps are supposed to drop to about -7 today so this will help to tighten the trails back up to par. We received about 10 MM of rain according to EC, which will have minimal effect on the trail bed other than possibly be a little light on lube in certain areas like Piston Alley. They tell me that water flows downhill so we will not see immediate results of this rain we had yesterday, so expect possible water cuts here & there going forward. Other than that, we should be good to go here in the north of the province. We most likely will not be grooming until we get some reports back as the trails were relatively flat from the Saturday and Sunday grooming.

Jan 19th, 7 AM, Monday Snowmobile Club #1
+4 at post in Bathurst. Sorry for the short sabbatical as I was gone longer than anticipated with the groomer (+24 hours). There will be no grooming today and tomorrow. Today for obvious reasons and tomorrow to allow the trails to heal after we see how much wet stuff we get today. We advise everyone to stay off the trails at least for today to avoid damage to the trail bed, which is relatively flat right now. After tonight the temperatures are predicted to plummet to well below freezing, so this will be the only positive. With the 10 to 15 mm of rain forecasted, it should have only minimal effect on the trail system and lube could possibly be a problem for the first few days after we get back to normal. We hope tomake an assessment by mid tomorrow.----On another note, the wood haul on Nine Mile East Rd begins today. We advise everyone to use the temporary side trail for this 1 Km stretch of Trail 23 until the haul is over. The appropriate NBFSC shared trail/road signs have been up for a few weeks in this area.------------ EC forecast for tonight; Rain ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or drizzle changing to 40 percent chance of flurries after midnight. Fog patches dissipating after midnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Wind becoming west 20 gusting to 40 after midnight. Low minus 8.

Update: 6.30 PM
Groomers will be out tonight. No trail report tomorrow until at least mid afternoon.

Update: 9.30 AM
The #1 is nearing the lodge on his overnight run and the #2 is on its way to Bass River on Trail 19. It shoud be finished around noon today. Both groomers will be parked until tonight. Should be a lot of traffic around the trail system today. Last report until tonight. Heading to Nepisiguit.

Update: 6 AM
Groomers are still out and will be off the trail near Noon today. The #1 unit has just come off the Trail 22 and is on its way to Rogers Lake where he will double back towards the Nepisiguit Lodge. The #2 is on its way back from the Host (Trail 19) and is currently on “The Line”

Jan 17th, 2.30 AM, Saturday Snowmobile Club #1
-22 and a -34 wind chill at post. I was just speaking with the #2 operator ad his reaction was ”Man, it’s cold out here”. He is at the Atlantic Host from East Bathurst on Trail 19. He unhooked the drag at the Host and plowed down the moguls over the hill towards the river. This was done for the Chaleur club as they can't cross the river. Currently the #1 has just turned around on Trail 22 at the Trails 22/301 intersection. It came from the Nepisiguit lodge.

Rogers Lake Lodge Smelt Fry
Doodles is having a Smelt Fry Today: Time 5PM until quantities last. Meal consists of Smelts, Fries, and Cole-Slaw for $10.50. Rogers Lake is on Trail 23 about 30 Km from Nepisiguit Lodge. This year he has Betty helping him out and he says she is a better cook than he is and of course it goes without saying, better looking.

Jan 16th, 6 AM, Friday Snowmobile Club #1
-14 at post in Bathurst. The #2 unit just got back from Serpentine (25 hour run) this morning. The #1 is on the trail from East Bathurst to the Lodge. Decent traffic today. Trails are holding, but both groomers will be out tonight on short 10 to 14 hour runs to try and maintain conditions with the anticipated heavy traffic. Weather is really holding up for January. We just need a few centimeters here and there to maintain lube, but by all reports it is good going through the northern system. We are a full month grooming at this point and it seems like a full season with all the grooming by the club.

Update: 6.30 PM
The #2 groomer is still on the Trail 23 coming back from Serpentine. It is about 3 hours from Governors. It may be back at the lodge by 4 AM tomorrow morning. We have the #1 operational and it will be out on a brief run tonight. We had two steering cylinders overhauled today and it works just fine. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUPPER TICKETS FOR NEXT WEEK’S LODGE SUPPER HOSTED BY DANNYS AND THE HOST ARE SOLD OUT.

Jan 15th, 6 AM, Thursday Snowmobile Club #1
It is -24 in Bathurst at post. We still have a steering problem on the #1 unit. Thought we had a fix yesterday, but operator says no. We’ll be checking it out again this AM. Good traffic on the trails yesterday and it showed at the club’s Wednesday night supper. Thanks to Kenny’s trucking for an amazing roast beef and their famous Banana Split dessert. Great attendance (165+) with at least 25 Nova Scotians and 15 of our sister club from the Miramichi (remember that all of these much needed funds raised go right back into maintaining our trail system). All good reports coming from the trail system as far as conditions. Our last leg in grooming is this morning on our trip to Serpentine on Trail 23 from the Nepisiguit Lodge. The #2 groomer is currently on the trail. After this run we will regroom trails that show need. See yesterday’s report on trails groomed this week.---- Good News from Doaktown: Their club groomed Trail 58 From Trail 42 to Trail 23 near Serpentine. This puts another loop into the system (Miramichi, Doaktown, Bathurst).

Jan 14th, 6 AM, Wednesday Snowmobile Club #1
Both Groomers are still on the trail this morning Trails done up until 6 AM This Morning: 1. Host to 19/23 intersection, 2 passes --- 2. Trail 19 Bass River to East Bathurst, 2 Passes ------3. Trail 19 East Bathurst to Nepisiguit Lodge, 4 Passes ----- 4. Lodge to Nine Mile Shelter 4 passes . ----5. Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection 2 Passes -----6. Trail 23 to Rogers Lake Lodge 4 passes ------ 7. Trail 23 Rogers Lake to Governors 2 passes. ---Trail 507, 2 passes. ----8. Trail 503 TV Tower 2 passes. -------------------------The #1 unit will be coming back to East Bathurst this morning on a cylinder problem. The #2 will head for Serpentine today if everything goes well. If there is anyone in the Popple Depot area was so inclined to cut some branches in the Merridian Brook area (Trail 23 between Governors and Serpentine) we would deeply appreciate it. Chain saw or folding saw required. If this is not done we will only groom as far as there next time out. Try to attend our lodge supper tonight, served up by Kenny’s Trucking; Roast Beef and Banana Split for dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the lodge 548-9174.

Update: 4.30 PM
The #1 unit just arrived back from its overnight run and has currently left with a fresh operator. Lodge to Nine Mile Shelter on Trail 23, Trail 22 to the 22/301 intersection and back to the 22/507, 507 to Red Pine Shelter back to 22/507 back on 22 to Nine Mile then into Rogers Lake for Relief tomorrow morning. The #2 will be out to Bass River, then to the Atlantic Host on 19, back to the Lodge and return to East Bathurst on the 19.

Lost Back Pack
I lost a back pack shortly after leaving there on Sunday, it was on trail headed towards mirimachi. Call us at Nepisiguit if found.

Jan 13th, 6 AM, Tuesday Snowmobile Club #1
-18 at post. The #1 groomer is still on the trail. By the end of today trails from East Bathurst, Trail19 to the Lodge, Trail 23 from the Lodge to Governor, Trail 503 TV Tower, then back to the Lodge will have been done. It went from crazy busy on Saturday, to basically zilch yesterday, which basically is okay for grooming wise. All trails in the Nepisiguit system should have seen a groomer by Wednesday night, at which point we will look at seeing which trails might need another look. --------------------------- Try attending our next lodge supper this Wednesday night, served up by Kenny’s Trucking; Roast Beef and Banana Split for dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the lodge 548-9174.

Jan 12th, 6 AM, Monday Snowmobile Club #1
It is a real balmy day here in Bathurst with a sweltering -11. We really went through some cold weather these past two weeks, which what was needed to get a lot of clubs going. We will have the groomers out this afternoon starting a scrub on the system. The base is now set up pretty good and with a bit more snow it will really help to establish the already good base.-------------- Our next lodge supper is on Wednesday night, served up by Kenny’s Trucking; Roast Beef and Banana Split for dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the lodge 548-9174 and remember that these much needed funds are needed to maintain trail maintenance. ----------Just checking the groomer operating hours and we’re up to 611 hours total since Dec 15th.

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 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.

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.