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House For Sale in Prime Snowmobile Area05:00 PM - May 18, 2020
House For Sale: Located in the heart of snowmobile country with easy access! Winterized cottage and garage; completely furnished on double lot. Full basement, newly renovated with new wood stove, heat pumps, large garage for all the toys! 5 minutes from Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Reasonable offers considered. Flexible closing date.
Snow Anyone07:25 AM - May 9, 2020
Saturday, May 8th, Club #1
Snowing here in Bathurst, but not near as much as up in Serpentine. Just got off the phone with Alyre and he said you can barely see more than 500 feet. It snowed yesterday but didn’t accumulate much as it kept melting as it hit the ground, but through the night the temps dropped to -9 and as of his phone call there is 9 inches on the ground. There are people coming in from Freddy tomorrow.
He was also saying that in some of the trails there is up to 2 and 3 feet of winter snow left and he can’t recall it being so bad at this time of year. He lost a lot of business with his bear hunting as there was no one traveling due to the pandemic. Also his four wheeler business is down due to too much snow. His fishing experiences will be down as well.
Austin Brook Cluster
Big River Bahurst
Snowed Last Night in Bathurst07:00 AM - May 5, 2020
Tuesday, May 5th, Club #1
Good morning from Bathurst to all our friends everywhere. We had a little surprise this morning upon wakening to a layer of “Farmers Fertilizer”. Yes and it is still snowing. It is zero at present and this will all disappear by the day’s end. However, there is still decent snow in the woods up in the lodge area as well as through Nine Mile, Rogers Lake and I’m sure towards Serpentine. I’ve seen pictures of good snow through the camp areas of Nine Mile East. It was not unusual to see sledders come up for a short run from the lower pars of NBat this time of year, just to say “I was up sledding in May”. Of course if anyone knows “Kevin” (not mentioning his last name here) I know he will be sledding until there is none left. The trail base does stick around for the longest time, especially where it is shaded.
Cottage for sale in prime snowmobiling area04:00 PM - May 2, 2020
Testing New Groomer06:00 AM - Apr 18, 2020
Saturday, April 18th, Club #1
We were over to the shop early (6AM Friday) yesterday morning on a very cool -9 degree morning to look at a test on our new groomer. We still have a decent base to do some testing locally, but it was on a pretty iced up frozen trail in East Bathurst.
On a side note the trails in the upper regions of Nepisiguit still have a decent trail base (even though closed) as info trickles in from sledders.
Two Days Left. If you're Sledding, Take your snacks.05:40 AM - Mar 21, 2020
Saturday, Mar 21st, Club #1
That was a long day yesterday with a lot of banter going back and forth with trying to explain the fact of this CO 19 crisis is the reason why the NBFSC shutting down the trail system. As everyone knows by now Sunday midnight the NBFSC is closing down the trails and also the grooming. We will be moving the groomers back to the shop tonight. The Nepisiguit Lodge is still in the close down mode and that will be happening through Sunday when we will close our doors for the season.
Take this for what it is worth; the trails are in excellent shape and will remain so for weeks even without grooming. I’ve been told that the private clubs will be selling gas as long as the snow lasts, but no other amenities and they are Rogers Lake, Governors and Serpentine. Even though the trails are shut down the NBFSC has lease rights until April 15th and no other vehicles are legally allowed on these trails.
I was a bit curious about all of grooming termination dates as I have records going back as far as 2005 and the average runs around April 4th to 5th and in a lot of cases we would only have one groomer running just to touch up here and there. The earliest was in 2012 when we went from winter to summer in two days March 19 and 20 when the temperatures reached 28 degrees centigrade. Now as I also reflect back there were many years where sledding continued well after April 15th.
We'll Be above Water after Tonight05:00 AM - Jan 30, 2020
Thursday, Jan 30th, Club #1
Good morning to you from Bathurst. I’m feeling a little better this morning as we’re starting to see some daylight with our groomer problems. Ron worked on the #3 yesterday and had it back on the trail last evening. The #2 should be floated to Bathurst sometime tonight and put to work ASAP once hooked back up to the drag where it was left on the side of the trail for the past 2 & 1 / 2 weeks. The #1 will be out this morning on the California Loop out of Rogers Lake plus trail 22 up to the 22/301 intersection. The #3 did down to Bass River and back to Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and not sure on he plan for the remainder.
I was up to the lodge last night and had good reports from sledders on all the trails. We know we could use more snow in areas of 19 from the Nepisiguit Lodge and Bathurst on both the East and West legs of Trail 19. We’ll keep doing our best with what we got to work with in those areas, so just bear with us until we get more snow. These sections rate between 6 & 8.
I will report on the supper later, but for now it was a complete success. I will not be answering any questions today as I had an invitation to go sledding today with a good friend. We’re headed up to see Alyre. My first run this year.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Jan 21, 2020
Safety Message 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
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.
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