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Update 10 AM10:00 AM - Feb 23, 2018
Great Grooming Day yesterday05:40 AM - Feb 23, 2018
Friday Feb 23rd Club #1 Both groomers covered a lot of trail yesterday and well into last night. The #1 covered from Rogers Lake down to Highway 430 on Trail 23 then back up to 301/22 intersection then back to Rogers Lake and up to Nine Mile Shelter. Trails covered 22, 23, 507. The #2 was up from East Bathurst to the Host turned up to Nepisiguit and onto Highway 430. Turned there and headed back to the Host. Trails covered 19 and 23.
Trails covered are flat and hard. Next runs #1 to Serpentine. The #2 will be out tonight. Traffic was decent yesterday, but that could change beginning today. Sled Safe!!!!!!!!!!
Update 4 PM04:00 PM - Feb 22, 2018
Update 11 AM11:00 AM - Feb 22, 2018
Update 9 AM09:00 AM - Feb 22, 2018
The #2 has been on the trail since 4. 30 AM. It is running Trail 19 from East Bathurst to The Atlantic Host in Bathurst. It will be stationed there for the weekend and run Friday and Saturday nights from there to cope with that traffic out of Bathurst. The #1 will be out of Rogers Lake later today. All trails should be decent going into today. Hotels on the trail system remain filled and if you are looking for accomos there are other hotels in town; namely the Quality Inn, the Comfort Inn and the Best Western all excellent hotels. (not on the trail system). SLED SAFE
Fluctuating Temps05:35 AM - Feb 22, 2018
Thursday, Feb 22nd, Club #1 -10 in Bathurst at post. Hard to get ahead on these temperature bumps. It rocked between -17 to +8 then down to -7 overnight. Trails remain in good shape despite the temps rocking back and forth. We are approaching March sledding and this is the type of weather to expect at this time of year. It gives you that nervous feeling at times that it could go to hell in a hand basket at any time. Looking at the 14 day, however it looks pretty darn good. We have a decent trail base and it can withstand the odd blurp in the weather.
Going forward into the weekend we have great temps all in the negative or near zero. Looks like it could be another busy weekend shaping up, so the groomers will be out every night doing their thing on our trails. In anticipation of heavy traffic, we are asking everyone to drive with caution. Again I’m still harping to sledders to stay on your side of the trail. Slow down a notch and enjoy the scenery (and we have plenty of that).
Our groomers seen limited work since Tuesday as well as all neighboring clubs, which I'm sure will be out in full force in the next day or so. Sometimes it helps to scroll down a few blogs or so to get an idea of what has been done in the last few days.
Last nights supper report at 8 AM
Temperatures Fluctuating05:45 AM - Feb 21, 2018
Wednesday, Feb 21st, Club #1
We had the oil changes on both groomers. The #2 was out last night from East Bathurst to Nepisiguit Lodge on trails 19 & 23. All trails are in decent shape in the Nepisiguit system. Neighboring clubs have been out as well. Trail 52 from the Miramichi was done yesterday.
Traffic has been down substantially over the last 48 hours, so trail maintenance will be curbed back to Thursday. Predicting the weather from here in will not be an easy task as I see temps near -1 & -2 during the daytime over the next couple of weeks with a bunch of snow days. That is all good for sledding as long as it stays that way. Today they’re calling for +10 so we know that isn’t good. It creates sinkholes in the marshy areas of the trail.
Tonight’s supper at the Lodge is Roast Beef with all the trimmings. Our sponsors for this Wednesday’s supper are Doucet’s Landscaping Ltd. and the Blanchard’s Ready Mix. Call 548-9174 for tickets.
All Trails Groomed up In our System11:15 AM - Feb 20, 2018
Trails coming Back06:00 AM - Feb 20, 2018
We've had the groomers out since Sunday evening. Trails are not great yet, but we are getting there. Weather is now becoming a factor with fluctuating temperatures. The%1 was out since late yesterday and is currently coming back From Serpentine on Trail 23. The #2 has been down to Bass River on Trail 10. It will be going through an oil change this morning.
This Wednesday`s supper at the lodge is a roast Beef sponsored by Doucet’s Landscaping and the Blanchard Group. Call 548-9174
Supper Wednesday Night05:00 PM - Feb 19, 2018
Update: 10 AM10:00 AM - Feb 19, 2018
Just a little modification in trail grooming from the 7 AM post. The #1 is on its way to Governors and will return to Rogers Lake and will be replaced by a second operator and will run to Serpentine on Trail 23.
The #2 decided to return to the Host where it will pick up a new operator and will then run to Bass River. We are making changes as required, trying to cleanup the best way we can. All operators are in on the conversation mix.
Trails Took a Beating this past Weekend07:00 AM - Feb 19, 2018
Monday, Feb 19th Club #1
Groomers were out early last night trying to clean up after a busy weekend traffic on the trails. The #1 did the California loop as well as the Trail 22 as far as the 22/301 intersection. It is currently on Trail 22, The #2 is currently onTrail 19 heading for East Bathurst. It left the Atlantic Host to Nepisiguit to Nine Mile Shelter and turned to head to Bass River on Trail 19.
Here is the status on some of the trails: Trail 19 and 23 from Atlantic Host to Niepisiguit to Nine mile East, Good. Trail 22 from Nine Mile Shelter to Intersection 22/301, Good, but rescrub in order. California Loop (Rogers Lake, 507, 22 Nine Mile Shelter Rogers Lake) good and presently on it, could use a rescrub. Trail 23 from Red Pine Shelter to Governors to Serpentine, Moguled.
Weather in the next couple of days is not great for grooming, but we will do our best.
Update 10 AM10:00 AM - Feb 18, 2018
Groomers were on the move this morning from 8 PM last night. The #2 did from Atlantic Host to Nine Mile Shelter on trails 19 23. The #1 did the California Loop (Rogers Lake to Red Pine Shelter 507 , 22 to Nine Mile Shelter down into Roogers Lake then back on same track. Also went out on Trail 22 to the 22/ 301 intersection and back. Both will be out again early this evening. Soft weather coming early this week. Not Good.
Temps were better yesterday.05:40 AM - Feb 18, 2018
Sunday, Feb 18th Club #1 It was a more frigid day yesterday and it firmed up the trails. As the winter progresses the up and down temps will be the problem considering the much increased traffic. Both groomers were out at around8 PM last night. We are trying to maintain the busiest sections of our system. It is not the ideal way but it is the best we can do with two groomers. There was extreme traffic for the last two days all over the north and more so on some main arteries. We`ll have a report later on what trails were groomed as both groomers are still on the trails.
Update 2 PM02:00 PM - Feb 17, 2018
The #1 just came off the trail after its run. The complete double pass on the California Loop, trail 22 to Island Lake Shelter, 4 passes on trail 507. Just a warning that there are sink holes appearing and the ones that we seen last night were repaired. There may be more so if you see any mark them with a branch or other.
we want to thank Rolland and Denise for making a cleanup at the Nine Mile Shelter this morning. garbage, recylables, etc.
Update 9 AM09:00 AM - Feb 17, 2018
Trails done last night: The #2 just arrived back at the Atlantic Host in Bathurst. It was up on Trail 19 & 23 to Nepisiguit and over to 9 mile shelter. The #1 is still on the trail. It started at Rogers Lake out to Red Pine Shelter up the 507 then 22 out to Nine Mile Shelter, turned an went the 22 as far as the Island Lake Shelter on Trail 19/22. It is currently on Trail 22 back to Rogers Lake. Both groomers will be out tonight.
Soft Day Yesterday05:40 AM - Feb 17, 2018
Saturday, Feb 16th Club #1 After a mild day yesterday, temps dropped to –17 last night giving the operators a better chance to do something more positive on the trails. Both groomers are on the trails this morning. There was a lot of traffic yesterday as well and it will be more so today. With that soft weather it also had a diverse effect on the trail base as it moguled up a bit easier. All clubs are doing there best to keep the trails up and this freeze overnight will definitely help.
You must remember with the big snow cover we had early in the season held out the deep frost, therefore with the mild weather you will see sink holes more and more as the season moves forward. We’ll give you an update later on. Always keep safety in mind during these busy times. Have a good day on the trails.
Update 2 PM02:00 PM - Feb 16, 2018
Groomers are on the Move05:30 AM - Feb 16, 2018
Friday, Feb 16th, Club #1
We took a chance on weather holding at -1 and both groomers were out last night. The #1 is up on trail 23 from Rogers Lake to Serpentine and the #2 is up from Atlantic Host on Trail 19 and 23 to Nepisiguit and Rogers Lake. It was a busy day at the lodge yesterday with sleds from all over the Maritimes. All hotels along Trail 19 are booked for the weekend and if anyone is looking for lodging there are hotels on St Peter Ave at the Lakeview and the Comfort Inn.
It was a beautiful week for sledding this week so far and by the looks of the weather it will be another good few days temperature wise coming up. Anyone looking for trail permits, they can be purchased at The Atlantic Host, Nepisiguit Lodge and Rogers Lake for Club #1. It was a little soft yesterday for a couple of hours and more of the same today, but looks good for Saturday.
With the possibility of increased traffic today and over Saturday we are asking everyone to heed safety rules and keep the speed down. “Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion”.
Trails Are in Great Shape in "We the North"05:30 AM - Feb 15, 2018
Thursday, Feb 15th, Club #1
Both groomers were out yesterday on getting the trails set for what looks like a busy weekend coming up. The #2 covered 19 and 23 from East Bathurst to Nepisiguit and back to the Atlantic Host. The #1 is still on the trail since 8 PM last evening and will remain until trails from Rogers Lake to Red Pine (23) to Nine Mile Shelter (507 & 22) to Nepisiguit (23) back to the 301/22 intersection (22) are done.
Talked to a lot of sledders at the lodge and they all say that anywhere in the north is all great riding. A lot of the good conditions are a result with the right amount of snow along with a rain mix and of course grooming. Trails are hard and fast with great lube just about anywhere.
Just a word on safety going into what looks like a busy weekend here in the North by telling you to stay on your side of the trail. I’ve had some good feedback on this issue and as you noticed we have been stressing this very point quite often. I’m sure we’ve had hundreds of near misses with one occurrence that I’m aware of. If you look at the pyramid effect with hundreds and one accident (that we are aware of) then the next accident I do not want to mention it here, but you get the drift. So please stay on your side of the trail when riding.
See 8 AM post on last night's supper at the lodge.
Groomers will be out Today05:45 AM - Feb 14, 2018
Wednesday, Feb 14th, Club #1
Tuesday was a TLC day on the groomers. Traffic was down so trails remain good to excellent. Made a double pass from Rogers Lake to Governors on Monday. Both groomers will be on the trails today. The #2 stared out early today and is on Trail 19 from East Bathurst to the Host then will be up as far as Nine Mile Shelter on Trail 23. The #1 will be out this afternoon on Trail 22 and the California Loop.
We had another “vehicle on the trail” issue yesterday. It was stuck just off St Anne street in Bathurst. It was reported with no information except location and it was reported to the ORVE. It was gone by the time they got there. I’m not sure how many times I’ve posted this, but without this information they can’t be charged. 1. Time of incident 2. Location 3. Vehicle licence # a forth option would be a picture of the vehicle.
Supper tonight. Call lodge for tickets. 548-9174 see our Monday 8 AM post for details or our FB page.
Groomers Given the night off.05:30 AM - Feb 13, 2018
Tuesday, Feb 12th, Club #1
Not much to report as we gave the #2 groomer and the operators a night off, but we had the #1 unit out on Trail 23 dealing with a trail issue. All trails have been groomed in the last 48 hours. Not much traffic, but an absolutely gorgeous day it was yesterday. Getting close to that March sledding, which is more temperature friendly. Read yesterdays posts.
Safety is such an important part of snowmobiling and I can't emphasise it enough. I was going through my log on safety issues and this was given to me by a sledder a few years ago and I want to share it with you unedited.
“I was involved in Trail Enforcement until a couple of years ago, for a period of about 15 years. I have seen the causes and results of Snowmobile and ATV crashes on the trails, and it's not pretty. The great majority of which are attributed to one or more of the following factors... Excessive Speed, Alcohol, Reduced Visibility. The resulting chaos after one of these events is that in most cases panic sets in, and people who are normally quite familiar with their surroundings, suddenly don't have a clue where they are, thus not being able to properly convey their location to first responders, and/or their ability to being able to make coherent decisions is suddenly jeopardized. The end result of all of this of course, besides the obvious, is the negative impact on witnesses, and family members back home, who learn of the aftermath. Don your safety messages are a wake-up call, are very valuable, and should be adhered to, by all trail users.”
Grooming Last Night05:30 AM - Feb 12, 2018
Monday, Feb 12th, Club #1
It was a little milder at -6 to -8 last night and with a tinge of moisture. The #1 unit is on the way to Serpentine from Rogers Lake on Trail 23. It left around midnight. The #2 has been on the trail since 7.30 PM from the Host to Nepisiguit to Rogers Lake on trails 19 and 23. It will return to Bass River and eventually to the shop. We have some work to do on the #2 as it has a valve cover oil leak. We will probably have it down until at least Wednesday if we get the gaskets required. Once the boys get their runs done we’ll have at least a one day break in grooming, but we will have done all trails in the last 48 hours in our system.
We are getting to that time of year where sledding is getting better as far as the temperatures are concerned. It was a very busy weekend especially on Saturday. Sunday was quite normal but steady. A couple of “stay” statements; Stay on your side. Stay out of the snow dust. Remember “Garbage in Garbage out”
By the way and for your information: The vehicles that were caught on the trails on Jan 15th were paid a visit and were fined.
Update 9.20 AM09:20 AM - Feb 11, 2018
First of all I want to thank all for your gracious comments and some noting the safety messages (a must read in our comments section). They feel the messages are gradually seeping through, but alas, there are the few exceptions.
Back onto the trails as I was speaking with Ron on the #2 this morning and he said that he was pleasantly surprised how the trails kept as well as they did after Saturday’s traffic, although yes we have to keep up with our due diligence in keeping them groomed. As I said in earlier posts the weekends demand that we groom what we feel ar the most traveled trails. Ron doubled passed the trail 19 & 23 from the Host to Nepisiguit to Nine Mile Shelter last night and will be pulling back into the Host shortly. Mick is on the California loop and after a slow start with changing out an bogey on the trail late last night he will be up towards Island Lake Shelter on the 22. It will be his decision on how far he will go today giving the circumstances. For everyone’s info the California Loop is Rogers Lake, 23 to Red Pine Shelter, Trail 507, Trail 22 to Nine Mile Shelter to Trail 23 to Rogers Lake.
Don't panic with the rain07:00 AM - Feb 5, 2018
Monday, Feb 5th, Club #1
+temps today with some rain. Don’t panic and don’t worry; this will not hurt us any. We need a little moisture to tighten up the trail surface. Temps should drop tonight, so we’re going to take a little breather and start on the trails tomorrow. In the meantime we have a little TLC work to be done on the #2 and we should have that cleared up by the end of the day.
I want to take a little time today to tell you how great our members are in there support and understanding in knowing what it takes to get our system like it is. We thank you for your tremendous support to our club and lodge and of course your generosity. We have tremendous support from our corporate sponsors, whether it be in your donations, web advertising, signage ads, repairs resources and our Wednesday Night Suppers. To all of you; THANK YOU. All monies raised go right back into our trail system, whether it be grooming, signage, trail maintenance (year around) and repairs. Our budget is just around half million and it takes everything to keep things going, so the next time you stop at the lodge for something to eat or fuel up that money is well spent.
10 Year Grooming History08:00 AM - Nov 30, 2017
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
Dec 3rd 15 to 50 cm of snow down from Bathurst to Serpentine
Dec 14 Floated #2 to Nepisiguit close to 3 feet at lodge
Dec 15 Groomed Nep Lod to Serpentine
Jan 10th Excellent conditions 3 to 4 feet of snow, great base
Jan 11 to 13 a little melt, but no damage, other than icy bed.
Jan 13 to Jan 31 trails in excellent condition. Ice storm of 2017 didn’t affect us.
Feb 1st to Feb 23 trails very good. A little wet spell for two days, nothing major
Mar 15th excellent trails everywhere in the north 12” of wet snow put a big damper
Mar 28 more snow 3 to 4 cm trails still good from Bathurst to Serpentine
Apr 3 Last day of any significant grooming. Conditions bad to good to great.
2404 hours groomed record for us.
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
Apr 8 last day of grooming still decent conditions up high
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
New Hats for Sale at Nepisiguit Club #108:00 AM - Nov 6, 2017
At the end of last season went out on a mission to procure club hats. These will be on sale in the coming season at the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club's Lodge. We are now looking at purchasing shirts for the club.
We have them in three different colors, thinking that one color may be more predominent than the other. SEE PICS
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.
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 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16), (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (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 where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn. Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.
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