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New Hats For Nepisiguit Club #108:00 AM - Jul 21, 2017
May 8th Update for Club #1- May 8, 2017
Just a brief update on the club operations. We have been working on both groomers getting them ready for next year’s season. There is always a lot of small details that have to be covered and both are showing their grooming hours after 8 years and two huge years back to back of grooming hours. We are working on them a couple of 6 hour stints a day per week when we are able to get some free time to do so.
The club attended the NBFSC Annual General Meeting held in the Miramichi on April 9th and 10th and we had 6 delegates in attendance. Not much to report with a few major announcements. They came up with an emergency plan for moving groomers throughout the Province in case of a breakdown of a member club’s grooming equipment. This action would have to meet certain criteria of availability. There is a very small increase in annual trail permit prices after a three year pause of no increases. Go to our permit page for the details and note that our trail application form has been updated as well for our non New Brunswick members. Anyone can just click on the form (Non NB resident Permit Application 2017-2018) and download it. Of course this will be also mailed out in the Fall to our last year’s members as well.
There is always the usual things that happen in the off season as well such as; getting our shelters and ready for firewood, trail signage, lodge upgrades and upkeep. There is a major replacement to be carried out this summer on the Little River Bridge located on Trail 19 about 13 Km east from the Atlantic Host (you may have noticed in your travels this winter that some of the material has been brought to the Job Site.
Anyone that is willing to step up to get involved with the club, please give us a call. Have a good summer and we’re hoping it gets a bit warmer.
Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Closing Message to Members and all Snowmobilers07:00 AM - Apr 15, 2017
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 the busiest season on record. There were a lot of positives to take away this season and the only negatives were that we could have used an extra groomer or two to keep up with the traffic. 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, Charlene, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Leo, Billy, Michael & Daren on the Groomers.
Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers were a good draw again this year with a few bumps due to inclement weather. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We good snow most of the season up until warm soft weather kicked in on the first week of April. At times we could have used four groomers just to keep up, due to the lack of snow south of the Miramichi line.
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 made significant upgrades in two bridges being built and a significant upgrade in the trail 19 from East Bathurst, which I might add gave us a little problem getting the trail established due to the late finish in construction of both. We have a third bridge going to be constructed in the Little River area of Trail 19 and that will take place this summer. We are in the process of upgrading the groomer fleet with the purchase of a new groomer with trade-in of an older unit. 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. I also put up my notice to the executive that this will be my last year running the grooming operations after 14 years. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Without someone stepping into this job will be very difficult with the club moving forward, so we are hoping that out of the 850 members we have, that surely someone is willing to step up.
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. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
Little River Bridge08:00 AM - Feb 6, 2017
There will be a minor disruption on Trail 19 (about 10 Km from the Host) to facilitate the moving of material near the site of the construction of the Little River Bridge which will take place next summer. The contractor is taking the opportunity of moving bridge construction material in near the site while the ground is still frozen. The trail detour is only ¼ kilometer in length and should be no problem for us to get this done. This will take place in the next couple of weeks.
Trail 19 about 10 Km east from Atlantic Host Little River Bridge
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017
-3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst.
Final Safety Message11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016
Final Safety Message #5
Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail, hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion.
Hand Signals Make Trails Safer11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016
Safety Message #14 Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.
Communication is an important part of staying safe, having
fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail.
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.
LAST SLED IN LINE
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Dec 27, 2016
Safety Message #3 Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself.
Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you:
S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E
Parking on the trail.11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016
Safety Message #2 Parking on the trail. It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.
Vehicles on the Trails01:00 PM - Dec 21, 2016
Here we go again: We had a reported 4 wheeled vehicle on the trail yesterday. 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 for driving a four wheeled vehicle on a snowmobile trail. Just pass this message on and for those who witness such an incident. We can’t do anything if that vehicle is not reported to the proper authorities unless you do this; 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. 1-877-449-2244 http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/jps/public_safety/content/drivers_vehicles/content/off_road_vehicle_enforcement.html or the club. We had 5 such incidents on our system last year already. Three of which received fines, because they were reported as per the above. In yesterday’s case the vehicle escaped because it had left the scene. If the above procedure had been done that owner would be receiving a knock on his door and fined accordingly.
New Web Site- Dec 4, 2016
As you see, we have our new web site up and running. We want to thank Josh Gammon and Web Solutions www.websolutions.ca for the work done on the new site. It is a very fresh start for us and is a welcome look for all our sponsors and a quick link to their businesses as well, which we have more work to do to see that they get the proper exposure and recognition. This will be addressed soon as we are attempting to get their proper business connections through their logo. We admit that we still have some work to do bringing the site up to speed and we will do our best to see that this gets done. We would appreciate your comments.
10 Year Grooming History08:00 AM - Apr 24, 2016
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen
Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.
Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming
from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province.
Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out.
Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge.
Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.
Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions
Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast
Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable
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 stiil great with no severe melt downs yet
April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed
Dec 15: Started packing & grooming
Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow
Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube?
Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there
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 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
Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions were not that great.
A bit of mild towards Jan 1.
Jan 4 People running off trail. Limited grooming.
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
Dec 28 Preping Trails Dec 26 .
Dec 28 Started grooming 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
Dec 29 Started grooming
Mar 28 last grooming 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.
Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50 mm of
rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3
due to ice and not enough snow cover.
Jan 10. Started back up
Mar 28 Last day grooming
Nepisiguit Club #1
The Nepisiguit Snowmobile club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 826 registered last season (849 for 15/16), (794 for 14/15), (809 for 13/14), (765 for 12/13), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.
Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls and Bathurst.
Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.
MORE TO COME