Trail Conditions

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We're Still on our Feet. Just Barely

06:00 AM - Dec 15, 2019

Sunday, Dec 15th, Club #1
    + 2 in Bathurst. Well folks we can relax as we r’cd 25 mm of rain and it is over + C since last evening and we have wind gusts in the 30’s. We were a bit fortunate when the rain was coming down as the temperatures remained at +1 so we did not lose much snow and the high today of +7 will be short lived as it will be negative by early evening. Not looking great for next week, but Ron is going to take a hard look at what is doable grooming wise. We have our groomers in position at Rogers Lake and Nepisiguit and if there is a chance to run groomers it would be out of Rogers Lake going west on 23 and north on 22, but as I said we’ll wait for Ron’s prognosis on Monday. If it is anywhere near doable we may shift Big Blue to Rogers Lake as well. This week doesn’t show any snow so we might as well complete the last minute Christmas shopping and wait to see what Santa brings after next weekend, which looks promising for the whole week unless the Grinch shows up and steels Christmas. Have a good day. I just realized this is my 16th year doing these reports, which are very important to all you folks from PEI and NS. Not to nice if you load up for a 300 to 600 Km drive and not knowing what is in store for you. will update later today.

Update 7 PM

07:15 PM - Dec 14, 2019

+ 1 and Raining Heavy in Bathurst at post. It is supposed to slow down dramatically in the next hour or so. My rain gauge says 20 mm.
Plus they're calling for +9 tomorrow. Could be the knock out blow.????

We're not throwing in the Towel Yet

06:00 AM - Dec 14, 2019

Saturday, Dec 14th, Club #1
    We’re i the second round of the prize fight and we’re not doing so good; not as much snow as they said and more rain than forecasted. Yup they’re fighting dirty, but we’re not throwing in the towel. We’ll see what takes place at mid afternoon when it looks like we may get our @$$ kicked. Check back then. 

A Little Update for you to Chew On

06:00 PM - Dec 13, 2019

    6 PM:  Well here we go again with the guessing game. This is just like a Prize Fight; us against the weather, but you know who is always the eventual winner. Snow starts out tonight with about 3 to 4 cm by morning then comes the rain starting around noon and we could be in the 20 mm range here, but if we can get the temperature down near zero we could have a mix of snow and rain. Let’s hope for the latter, then we could call this fight a DRAW.
    Ron will have the groomers in place today or tomorrow and if there is any decent grooming to be had, we could be on the move early Monday. I’ll use what is becoming my worn out phrase “Lets wait and see”. 

We're Teetering on the Edge

06:00 AM - Dec 13, 2019

Friday, Dec 13th, Club #1  -17 at post
    We’re living on the edge with this weekend’s weather. WN is calling for +2 in Bathurst with 15 MM of rain, then if you look towards Popple Depot they are looking at -1 with 20 cm of snow. Basically Bathurst is at sea level and Popple Depot is at 800 feet so there in lies the difference. Given that Rogers Lake is basically at the same elevation as Popple Depot we can hope the at least we can get some snow there. At Nepisiguit we are at around 550 feet. So with all this being said lets hope we can get some snow up in the high ground. All trails are very rough due to the heavy pre season traffic then the thaw plus the freeze. Okay; chew on that info for a while. LOL 
    BTW Last business day to pick up your early bird permit. Check down a few posts maybe we can help you.

Trail Permits for Club #1

06:00 AM - Dec 12, 2019

Thursday, Dec 12th, Club #1
     Just a footnote from Alyre at Serpentine as of 6.30 AM conversation with him. He had two sleds in from Rogers Lake. They reported extremely rough and hard. Was there enough snow to groom? They reported yes, but if we get what is coming on Saturday, that notion is out the window.
     -14 at post which is a bit on the positive side when it comes to freezing. It was as low as -18, but it is not too encouraging looking at the weekend weather as they are calling for more rain and very positive temps. Ron is going to check over parts of the trail system above Rogers Lake on Friday. We know that there is snow in places but it won't take much bad weather to make it much worse than it is now.
      There are only two business days left for early registration. For our friends in PEI and Nova Scotia they should be available for easy pick up at these locations in Winslow, PEI at Toymaster and in Dartmouth, NS at Full Throttle Power Sports as well as West Pubnico a the Petro Canada Service Center. The trail permits are also available for out of province members at SNB and also through our mail in application form on our web site at step #2 on “Permit Information”. If you have a problem with the above you can call Don at 548-8241 

Crazy Weather

06:00 AM - Dec 11, 2019

Wednesday, Dec 11th, Club #1  See Interesting comment in the Comment Section
     -7 in Bathurst at post and temps are supposed to drop significantly over the next few day then going to be mild again on Sat & Sun. With temps up into +10 to +12 yesterday it was what I expected with this new snow. It melts very easily under yesterdays conditions. I would estimate we lost a good 2/3 rds of the snow we had on the ground, which would translate to about 6 inches and less left on the trails near Bathurst and to about maybe a foot of snow up in the high ground. With all this melt plus the fact that there was no frost in the ground, some sections of our trails where there are wet spots will be nothing but mud if we dare pass a groomer through. At this point it is "just and wait and see" scenario until the weekend. We might see some shades of pre five years ago when this was normal for this time of year.  
     I was looking at the WN report Sunday night and they were fearing that the water will be held up by the frozen ground. I'm not sure where they are getting their info, but I never seen any frozen ground yet this year. 
    Ron had a meeting last night with the exec plus all of the operators going over everything regarding the grooming operations for the coming season. We are attempting to put a strategy together for this coming weekend, but we still have to see what the weather will bring us on the weekend. One thing that will not happen soon will be the trail from Bathurst to Nepisiguit lodge. It is too wet and we lost a lot of snow. From Rogers Lake going west will happen first, and we know that even this section will present problems in that this latest melt and freeze will play havoc with the bumpy conditions they were left in with all the early riding.

19 MM of Rain Over Night

06:35 AM - Dec 10, 2019

Tuesday, Dec 10th, Club #1
     + 9 deg in Bathurst; We received 19 mm of rain last night. The rain started here in Bathurst at about 7 PM last evening and the forecast was for 15 mm, which wasn’t too much to worry about. The problem is the temperature at 8 to 10 deg which will be sustained until tonight plus the 15 to 20 Km/Hr wind from the S & SW. That plays hell with the snow melt. Mind you we do have a decent snow cover, but it is mostly new snow, which is very susceptible to deterioration. We should know more where we stand by tomorrow morning. 

Monday Update for Club #1

07:00 AM - Dec 9, 2019

Monday, Dec 9th, Club #1  
      There are reports that the trails are getting on the rough side with all the traffic, but we look at it on the positive side where the trails will be packed with no air in the snow. They should be extremely easy to set up. 
    The 14 day forecast has its ups and downs, but look on the bright side, there is 4 months of riding and this will be an early start-up. 
    Peter and James put the new windows in at the Nine Mile Shelter on the weekend. The club really appreciates the volunteer efforts this year with the shelters. Thanks to Joel Hachey for donating the windows, another great example of corporate support.      We had our last vacant location for corporate sign advertisement at the lodge. It was filled by our first sponsor From PEI; Hydraulic Power Plus. Thank you all.  

Weather is a little suspect

06:00 AM - Dec 8, 2019

Sunday, Dec 8th, Club #1 -10 in Bathurst
     We are keeping a close eye on the weather. This weather Monday and Tuesday will not hurt us too much as we have so much snow down that it will just mix with the base, however; next weekend may be the kicker, but that is a week away. It will be a “wait and see”. 
     There was plenty of traffic out of Rogers Lake and the Nepisiguit lodges. We are looking at opening Nepisiguit for this coming weekend. 

History of Start Ups and Closures

06:00 AM - Dec 7, 2019

Year 18-19

    Great snow from Oct to Dec 15. Sleds moving in the highlands

    First time ever that we had groomers out prior to Dec 15th prepping trails

    Dec 15. All groomers on the move

    Dec 15 through March 1 phenomenal snow with up to 6ft

        + perfect trails for the most part with no major disruptions

    Mar 1 to Apr1, not much snow, about 30 cm in all but great sledding

    Apr 1 to 15 Still great sledding 4th Groomed all trails Bathurst to Serp

Year 17-18

     Dec 10 to Dec 15, Received up to 40 Cm by then

     Dec 14 Floated #2 to Rogers Lake close to 45 Cm above the lodge

     Dec 17 By them 75% of system groomed including to Bathurst Trails 7 out of 10

     Dec 23 & 25 Received another 40 Cm and we were V Good to go

     Jan 4/5 Another 62 cm Drifts as high as 8 feet

     Jan 12 35 mils of rain & 5 cms of snow Trails still good.

     Jan 15 to Feb 15 Lots of snow with some rain mix. Trails awesome

     Mar 8th to the 15th three Nor’easters with a total of 90 cm but very warm temps,

     Mar 31st up to 4 feet of base and trails excellent, Not much grooming mild.

     Apr 4th Noreaster with 30 cm of snow

Year 16-17

     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

               on conditions

     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.

Year 15-16

     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

Year 14-15

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

Year 13-14

      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.

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.

Things are Looking Up

06:00 AM - Dec 6, 2019

Friday, Dec 6th, Club #1
      Here we are with 6 business days left for the “early bird” price of a Trail Permit, so if you’re just thinking of it, now is the time to act before OMG sets in. Ron had the #3 unit moved to its location yesterday at Nepisiguit Falls and the #1 will be moved to Rogers Lake late next week. The #3 will be stationed at our garage or the Host for the season. 
     There is a minimum of two feet at Nepisiguit and reports of over three feet in the high ground. It looks like we have a little blip coming in the weather coming at the start of next week, which will help settle the snow and eventually harden the base with some severe temps following that. 
     The lodge is in good shape physically and besides stocking up for what we hope will be another great season for Club #1, we are ready to rumble. Our events page has been updated for the last month and is “chock O block” full of activities including our famous Wednesday night suppers, which will kick off on Jan 8th. 
    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will post the history of the season start-ups for the club. It is too long a read to post here today. Have a good weekend and be safe, Christmas is just around the corner. 

Almost Mid Winter Conditions

06:00 AM - Dec 5, 2019

Thursday, Dec 5th, Club #1
     With this new snow down on top of what we already have, you’re talking almost mid winter conditions. Historically January is never a good month for snow, so the snow we get now is a bonus. One thing that has been happening over these past 4 weeks is that sled traffic is really packing the trails for us from the Nepisiguit Lodge going west to Serpentine, so one or two passes with the groomers should make for great sledding. 

     We would like to thank these four business’ for just recently signing up with us for sponsorship: Thirteen Barrels Brewing Silver Level. Pelouse Brunswick Lawn, Burke’s Towing and Angela Boyle Royal LePage in the Bronze Level. Note that we can take more sponsors, just see two posts down.

Temperatures are favorable for Start-up Going Forward

06:00 AM - Dec 4, 2019

Wednesday, Dec 4th, Club #1
     Well, there is another 12 to 18 cm on the ground this morning here in Bathurst. -2 at post and it looks like we’re into -1 to -4 daytime temps for the next couple of weeks and around -10’s at night. As long as we can keep away from the wet stuff, we should have a clean start-up on the 15th. 
     For anyone with business’ out there read our last post.  

Sponsors for Club #1

07:00 AM - Dec 2, 2019

Sponsors for Club #1
      Club Business Sponsors: First we want to thank all of our business sponsors for all the help that you give to our snowmobile club. Without your continuous support, whether it be financially or with other donations, we could not survive with the expenses incurred with trail grooming. 
        The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 300 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We are running three groomers this again this year, which have run at least 2000 to 3000 hours for the past five seasons, by far the most in the province. With the trail system and heavy traffic 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. Besides having your sign at the lodge we also give your business the Bronze Level advertising on our website. From this point on we will then invoice you for a yearly fee of $100.00 + HST. 
      You can also check our different levels of advertising on our website by checking or “Sponsors” page below.  Our Sponsors are key to our organization. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please Contact us. 
    I would like to thank newest sponsors that recently signed up with us and they are: "Silver Level" Thirteen Barrels Brewing from Bathurst (They are co-sponsoring a Wednesday night supper at our lodge), "Bronze Level"  JT Motor Sports from the Miramichi (recently acquired the former City Argo), "Silver Level"Baxter Trucking from Amherst Nova Scotia (they build snowmobile bridges for our clubs here in NB and NS).
      Below are the sponsors of every level that are proudly presented by the club at our Lodge

2019-2020 Long Range Weather Forecast for Atlantic Canada

06:00 AM - Nov 23, 2019

Saturday,   Nov 23,    Club #1  Weather today: Clear -1 and - 6 tonight   Yesterday: Light mist most of the day in Bathurst. Good snow in the high ground.
      Winter temperatures will be near or slightly above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid-December, mid- and late January, February, and early March. Precipitation will be below normal in the north and above normal in the south. Snowfall will be above normal, with the snowiest periods in mid-November, early to mid- and late December, January, and early February. April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation above normal in the north and below normal in the south. Summer will be warmer than normal, with rainfall above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The hottest periods will be in mid-June, early and mid-July, and early August. Watch for a tropical storm threat in mid- to late July. September and October will be warmer and rainier than normal, with a tropical storm threat in late September.

Good Snow down in the High Ground above Bathurst

06:00 AM - Nov 21, 2019

Thursday, Nov 21st, Club #1
     I was up to Rogers Lake Lodge yesterday. As you can see from the pics below there is enough snow down. Estimated 18 inches of settled snow from Rogers Lake out on 23 west. There is a good 15 inches at Nepisiguit Falls and that number should increase going west to Serpentine and Island Lake. The trail from the Nepisiguit Lodge hasn't been snowmobiled on as of yesterday, but should be able to bust through with no problem. On another note I was speaking with a DNR Ranger last night and they were into 3 feet of snow over the wind tower area, so there is lots of snow in different areas.
      Trail grooming only starts on Dec 15th and trails remain closed and you are riding at your own risk. Drive safe if you do go out. Rogers Lake is anticipating a busy weekend as there are calls coming in from Nova Scotia. There is also a lot of snowmobile traffic talk on social media.

Ron Scott's Report on Trails

08:00 AM - Nov 20, 2019

Ron Scott: 
    I have covered about 85 percent of out trail system checking and repairing signs . I replaced missing signs and also sings that were damaged or aged . Denis did a great job cutting trails with tractor.
    The rest of the signs will be checked by groomer operators when we get out there . The signs on the new 501 are also done just need a couple more going to comfort inn and squire green which will also be done when we start grooming. Message on the 501 "this trail goes through private and City Property and it is very important to us that snowmobile users STAY ON THE TRAIL, otherwise we could end up losing permission to cross properties".

Snow for the Hard Core

08:00 PM - Nov 17, 2019

Sun, Nov 17th, Club #1
      More snow is not too far off for Bathurst. It is surprising how long this last 6 inches is staying around. We had it fall Monday over into Tuesday of this past week. Some diehards and hard core guys were out but admitted it was a bit rough. Another 4 inches will make a big difference, but you must remember that trucks are still running the roads at this time of year. We have the shelter in place at Popple Depot and I’m not sure of the wood supply for it as well as the new shelter at Red Brook in East Bathurst. Another reminder to get your trail permits while the price is still lower than in the regular season. 

Trail Permits for Club #1

07:00 AM - Oct 5, 2019

Sat, Sept 5th, Club #1
     Great news for our members from the Yarmouth, Pubnico, Barrington, etc. areas. Julie Muise of the Petro Canada Service Center in West Pubnico will be selling our trail permits for Club #1. Permits will be available sometime this month in this location plus the two other standbys; at their location; 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth as well as PEI at Toymaster in Winslow .
 We Just received them so they will be mailed out ASAP . 
     Substantial savings for everyone by signing up before the “Early Bird Date” of Dec 15.  

Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails

05:10 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 Message

11:00 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 Safer

11:00 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. 
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.  

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Bathurst Trails - Nepisiquit Sports Lodge

The Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club is located just south of Bathurst in the community of Nepisiguit Falls overlooking the Nepisiguit River.


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