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Aug27th, Wednesday, Club #1
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
Aug 5th, Tuesday, Club #1
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.
Trail 19. Brushing required
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.
April 20th, Sunday, Club #1
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
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
Nine Year Grooming History for Nepisiguit
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
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.