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Last Supper at the Lodge Tonight05:35 AM - Mar 21, 2018
Wednesday, March 21st, Club #1
Grooming has slowed down due to lack of traffic. We have the #1 and #2 in the shop area. The #1 will have a good look-over as it is basically stuck in the woods at its base at Rogers Lake. The trails are in decent shape with the #2 out yesterday on a double pass from East Bathurst to Atlantic Host (unfortunately it had a broken spindle and we didn't have a replacement but should be rectified today). At the same time the #1 came down to our shop in East Bathurst from Rogers Lake on 23 & 19 so the link down to East Bathurst must be tabletop, which should be good sledding to our final supper for this season at the lodge. It is a Bar-B-Q Strip Loin steak done up by Lee Stever. This supper is sponsored by Stotharts Mechanical and Tim Hortons. Looks like we may get a snow flurry on Thursday, maybe up to 15 to 20 cm.
I had a treat yesterday with our good friend Gary Scothorn from Nova Scotia. It was my first time on a sled in three years and we traveled the 23 from Nepisiguit to see Alyre at Serpentine Lodge. Had a great time on a beautiful day with not much traffic and had a good visit with Alyre with lots of laughs and a bit of reminiscing . Of course I had to have his famous fries and a burger. Thank you Gary. Met a good crew from PEI in our travels and we sledded back together.
Not Busy on the Trails Today05:35 AM - Mar 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 20th, Club #1 -7 at post here in Bathurst. We didn’t have the groomers out last night. The #1 arrived at midnight from its run to Serpentine on Trail 23 and this morning Ron is picking that groomer up and grooming to the shop in East Bathurst. It will get a thorough look-over and a few little fixes here and there. The #2 will be out this morning on Trail 19 west from East Bathurst up to the Host (should arrive there by 11 AM) and Nepisiguit. Trails are in good shape, but I’m sure there are few spots here and there. All trails have seen the groomers at least two times since the storm and some up to 6 times. It wasn't busy on the trails today with Leo only seeing 8 sleds in the 168 Km trip to and from Serpentine.
They say it is the first day of Spring today. It use to be the 21st when I was growing up, but in any case it sure doesn't look like it here in the north. We have up to 4 feet of trail base in areas and off trail is just a big question mark. We have to be so careful when grooming that each side of the trail is a ditch.
I never heard of any incidents on the trails and haven’t written too much on safety for a while, but again let us keep safety in mind when on the trails. Keep the speed down and in control, stay on your side and always think of yourself and your family back home. It is too late in the season to do something stupid. From here to the end of the season there will be some great weather and good riding. Get out and enjoy our great northern scenery.
Update 8 PM08:00 PM - Mar 19, 2018
Just a little up date before hitting the hay. The #1 is on the return trip from Serpentine on Trail 23. It just passed Governors and is on Piston Alley on the way to Rogers Lake. The #2 did down to Bass River on Trail 19 this afternoon. Great grooming weather. Not much going on tonight and will give you a little update in the morning.
Both groomers on the trails this Morning05:40 AM - Mar 19, 2018
March 18, Monday, Club #1 Both groomers were out since yesterday morning. There was good grooming temperatures in the last couple of days. The #1 was out from Rogers Lake 507 then to the Island Lake Shelter on Trail 22 and the Trail 22 was done an extra two paases from the 507/22 intersection to the 301/22 intersection. Did the Cal Loop and Nine Mile East Trail 23 to Highway 430. The #2 was out of East Bathurst to Atlantic Host on Trail 19. It then headed to Nepisiguit and up to Nine Mile Shelter on Trail 23. Coincidently the two groomers met on Nine Mile East Road. The #2 is back on Trail 19 back down to Bass River.
When the #1 unit returns to Rogers Lake, it will make that extra run back to Serpentine. As noted from the Friday night run, it could use another scrub, because of the huge amount of snow, After this the trails should be in pretty good shape. Traffic should be an a minimum this week.
Update 1.20 PM01:20 PM - Mar 18, 2018
Both groomers are on the Trail at post. The #1 is out of Rogers Lake and is heading for 507 and trail 22 out towards highway 180 and the #2 is out of East Bathurst on Trail 19 west towards the Atlantic Host. Probably could use five groomers at this stage. Sledders know we're trying and that is good.
Happy St. Patty's Day Everyone05:00 PM - Mar 17, 2018
Sorry about forgetting all you Irishwo/men out there. Happy St Pats Day. The #1 has just started it up Trail 23 beyond Governors to Serpentine.
Ron was into 506 to Dry Gulch Cluster on the way by. He should be back sometime tomorrow on this run. There is a lot of traffic today in and out of Nepisiguit. Trails are holding, but also could use a regroom. That will be looked after late tonight by the #2. Operators are resting.
Update 10.30 AM10:30 AM - Mar 17, 2018
Report from the #1: Trail 22 from the 22/507 intersection to the 22/301 intersection was a mass of drifts and at one time had to disconnect the drag and plough the road off. It is currently at Rogers Lake for a refuel and will leave for Serpentine immediately. (good luck on that one!!). The #2 is on its return trip from Bass River on Trail 19. He reported big drifts as well on trail 23 between highway 430 and Nine Mile Shelter. All trails turned out well but they will need a do-over.
Reworking some Trails and Pushing Through on Others05:45 AM - Mar 17, 2018
Saturday, March 17th, Club #1 On Thursday we had trouble in some areas just locating the trail. We slid off a few times so the first runs above the lodge and will need rework, which we were doing last night. Following snowmobile tracks is not such a good idea either as they would venture a little off of the trail as well. The #1 has basically reworked the Cal Loop plus went out the 22 as far as the 22/301 intersection, which can be a nightmare considering the last storm. The #2 reworked the trail 23 from Nepisiguit Lodge to Rogers Lake then turned and is heading for Bass River on Trail 19.
Still a Ways to go yet With Regrooming05:40 AM - Mar 17, 2018
Saturday, March 17th, Club #1
It was no picnic on the Serpentine run with the #1 groomer; Drifts and plenty of snow. Spoke with Ron last night and he said that trail needs another pass, but this won’t happen for a few days as we have plenty of other trails to cover. You can only do so much. The #2 was out of East Bathurst at 4 AM and is on a rerun on trails east of Nine Mile Shelter, which includes Nepisiguit, the Atlantic Host and back to East. When the #1 gets back from Serpentine it will be back on trails west and east of Rogers Lake Lodge around noon today.
I was quite surprised at the amount of traffic yesterday given all the snow in other parts of NB, but there is still a lot of PEI and NS sledders and heavy traffic from the Peninsula via 19, 23, and 48 and from Trail 52 from the Miramichi. It is nice to see the cooler weather which is more conducive to grooming.
Update 9.15 AM09:15 AM - Mar 16, 2018
The #1 contending with heavy going on the California loop as explained in the 5.30 post. 45 km in 10 hours means a lot of drifting in places. He is now doing a rerun on same. The #2 just left the Atlantic Host on its return trip to Nepisiguit. Reports from the #2 that it is good going, but that is on a trail that has already been groomed.
We are Moving Slowly05:30 AM - Mar 16, 2018
Friday, March 15th, Club #1
There is one whack of snow out there as we received in excess of 40 solid and heavy snow. What we groomed the previous night really ended up not bad as it packed really solid as the snow had a lot of moisture in it. We had to stop with the #2 around 3 PM as it was too sticky due to the rising temps. When 8 pm rolled around we got right at it again. Once the road was ploughed into Rogers Lake, Mickey got to the #1 and is currently on the California loop out of Rogers Lake and doing all the camp clusters on his route (due to safety for those who may have been storm stayed). He will probably do a return trip once the loop is completed. (the Loop is 23 to Nine Mile Shelter, 22 to 22/507, 507 to Red Pine shelter and 23 into Rogers Lake. The #2 went from Nepisiguit Lodge with Leo at the helm out to Nine Mile Shelter on Trail 23 and is on a return trip to Atlantic Host and will end up back at the Lodge today.
The temperature at post is -3 and tonight and into the weekend will be awesome temperatures for grooming. Providing the equipment holds together we should see 24/7 grooming. We are progressing slowly with drifts and deep snow and with diminished traffic due to snow everywhere in the province we should be able to hold the trails to a little higher standard. Show us some patience for the next few days.
We had the Miramichi supper at the lodge last night sponsored by our club and it raised $2700 for their club. Club president Ron Kierstead was on hand and thanked all sponsors and supper patrons. There was a great contingent from the Miramichi as well as local plus our regular Nova Scotians. Our last supper will be next Wednesday and it looks like it is sold out already, but it won’t hurt to call the lodge 548-9174 to check on cancelations. The strip loin steak Bar-B-Q is sponsored by Stotharts Automotive and Tim Hortons.
Update 9.30 AM09:30 AM - Mar 15, 2018
Found out why the #2 went back to East Bathurst from the Host instead of going up to Nepisiguit. He wasn’t feeling well. We have it back on the trail again to Nepisiguit. Should arrive there around noon. At this stage Trail 19 from East Bathurst to the Atlantic Host has been completed and by tonight both groomers should be on the trail. Hopefully the road 430 is acessible.
We Got another Major Dumping05:55 AM - Mar 15, 2018
Thursday, March 15th, Club #1
Before I get to the Trail report, I just want to remind everyone about the Miramichi Supper tonight. It is a fund raiser for our good neighbors in the MVSC, which is sponsored by our club in appreciation of their support. It is a Bar-B-Q chicken supper served with all the fixens and from what I understand is a ton of prizes that their club has picked up. Spoke with Ron Kierstead (Club President) and he said their should be a good turnout from their members. Trail 52 will be groomed from the Miramichi to the head pond.
Now to the trail report; the #2 was able to get out last night primarily because it was stationed in Bathurst. It ran from East Bathurst to Atlantic Host on Trail 19, fueled up around 1 AM and is on the 19 back to East Bathurst. (not sure why). The #1 is at Rogers Lake and as soon as we’re able to get an operator out there, hopefully by tonight. The temperatures were very favourable last night at -1 to -3 but the snow was very heavy and lots of it with snow rolling over the blade into the windshield. It is supposed to go to +3 today with the possibility of a slight snow rain mix. Since last week we've had well over 80 centimeters of snowfall with 40 cm from this storm with high winds to boot.
There is cooler weather coming Friday night through the weekend and we should be able to run 24/7. Some streets in Bathurst are barely passable and the urban areas are seeing banks of 15 to 20 feet high. The city has their work cut out for them and your patience is required here as well. Most trails in the area today would give you an off trail experience and with this amount of snow, make sure you have a gas caddy on board and DO NOT TRAVEL ALONE.
Still blown n snown in Bathurst11:00 AM - Mar 14, 2018
11 AM: We have approximately 15 cm down at post, the big snow is coming between 3 PM and 8 PM and it should die down from that point. We have the #2 unit in East Bathurst and we may try to get it on the trails late tonight, but the #1 is up at Rogers Lake and to get an operator out there tonight will be a little risky. Nepisiguit Lodge is open.
WARNING: DO NOT TRAVEL ALONE AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU'RE AT CONSTANTLY.
Waiting for Accumulation05:45 AM - Mar 14, 2018
Wednesday, March 14th, Club #1
They got the GPS tracking fixed. Storm is in full bloom. Groomers are parked after being on the trails since the last storm. We’ll sit and wait to see what is coming. Yesterday The #2 groomed from Atlantic Host out to Nine Mile Shelter, back down towards the Host as far as the highway 430 turned on another pass to Nepisiguit and ended up back in East Bathurst. The #1 did the Trail 22 from Rogers Lake and also out on 23 to Nine Mile Shelter plus the clusters on Nine Mile West Rd. Trails turned out well especially Nine Mile East.
It should be interesting once we start grooming with the possibility of rain at the end of the storm plus it would appear that wet heavy snow will be an issue. Just have to wait and see.
Supper at the Lodge is cancel tonight due to storm; however, the Miramichi supper is still on for Thursday night.
Wednesday Niight Supper Canceled Due to Impending Storm01:00 PM - Mar 13, 2018
This week's Wednesday night supper has been canceled due to impending storm. The Strip Loin Bar-B-Q steak supper sponsored by Tim Hortons and Stotharts Automotive has been moved to next Wednesday March 21st. Again the Miramichi Bar-B-Q chicken supper is still on for this Thursday night at 6.30 PM with tons of prizes to be won. Call the lodge for both suppers at 548-9174.
Groomers out Last Night05:30 AM - Mar 13, 2018
Tuesday March 13th Club #1 GPS tracking stopped working last night at 1.05 AM on both groomers and assuming on the NBFSC fleet of groomers so their exact location is a mystery right now. On Sunday night we got the trail to Serpentine done before the next storm beginning tonight. The #2 ran from East Bathurst on 19 to the Nine Mile Shelter on Trail 23 then Back to Atlantic Host from there coming back mid day in wet snow.
Last night the groomers ran in cooler temperatures for the first time in5 days; -3 to -5 at post. Josh on the #2 will be grooming from host to Nine Mile shelter back to host . He left around 10 PM. Ron on # 1 from rogers lake to 507-22-301 back with two passes on 507 -22-nine mile shelter-RL Turn back out 23, then 509 shaddy lane -22 back through cal loop-507-RL.
Then we wait out this storm and it is another Nor'easter starting sometime today. Wednesday night supper has been canceled until next week. Miramichi supper is still on for this Thursday.
Trying to Clean up Before Next Nor'easter06:00 AM - Mar 12, 2018
March 12th, Monday, Club#1 -1 at post. I'm not sure how the boys will make out on the trails with the temps still at zero at 1 AM this morning. Mickey and Josh both got on the trails just after midnight. The #1 is on a 17 hour run to Serpentine from Rogers Lake on Trail 23 and the #2 is on a similar run from East Bathurst up to Nine Mile Shelter and eventually to the Atlantic Host. We're trying to get the trails back from the 40 cm of heavy snow from last Thursday with the anticipation of an upgraded storm of 30 cm for Tuesday and Wednesday.
There is a real problem occuring now with all this snow and mild temperatures in that there is a lot of melting taking place under the existing trail bed and the more insulation of more snow snd no "set-up" time after grooming. You are going to see more sink holes occurring as a result. This wouldn't happen on established roads but on trails that go through old logging trails that are not maintained as roads in the off season. There is a "ton" of snow in the Bathurst area but all this snow does not make for great conditions on the trails, contrary to what some people that may think that way. Clubs are stuggling in that respect.
If you look at the next 14 day forecast, show me one day where you can see consistant grooming temperatures below zero degrees celcius. This is more like spring riding with snow conditions that are hard to cope with. It is what it is and sledders can complain all they want, but there is not much you can do about it except try and do our best.
Is it Over Yet05:50 AM - Mar 10, 2018
Saturday, March 10th, Club #1
Still a snowing lightly (more like a freezing drizzle at -2) here in Bathurst and you’re going to ask how much. Well, that is hard to say when you have 35 Km winds with stronger gusts, so the answer is between 0 inches and 6 feet from what I can see out of my back door. It started to taper off near midnight and Environment Canada has it at 20 cm and adding up the previous nights total that would be 35 cm minimum. I think central New Brunswick got the brunt of this storm and looking at the radar the Doaktown area got hit hard.
So if you want to do some “off trailing” on the trails, this would be perfect day to do that. Watch out for drifts and DON’T TRAVEL ALONE. Grooming: We can only do what we can do when we start moving (operators have driveways to shovel out as well). Temps will approach zero this afternoon.
As far as I know at this point the Annual Mussels and Wings Fest held again at the Rogers Lake Lodge is still on. See details on previous posts.
A couple of Nor'easters to Brighten up the Day05:45 AM - Mar 9, 2018
Friday, March 9th, Club #1 The Nor’easter is here and gone, but another one is in the making for tonight. With this downtime we fixed up the blade on the #2 again and some minor fixes with cleats. It is ready to go, not sure when is the problem. Went up to change the engine oil on the #1 and noticed a few problems with it. We’ll be working on those fixes today. It is zero and about 13 to 15 cm down at post and barely snowing. Temps are going as high as +4 today and with the snow down from last night plus what is coming tonight will be a wait and see.
MUSSSELS, WINGS & THINGS FEST Snow or Shine
Our last major event will be the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Annual Mussels and Wings Fest held again at the Rogers Lake Lodge on this Saturday March 10th beginning at 1 PM and ending when all food is gone. It was a huge success last year and the weather forecast looks like snow, but hey this is snowmobile season and the fun is not over yet. Sponsors are Rogers Lake Lodge, Junction Log Homes, Boucher Machining, Don Tech Industries, and Steve’s Electric.
Lost PEI Licence Plate03:00 PM - Mar 8, 2018
Last Night's Supper at the Lodge08:00 AM - Mar 8, 2018
Another great Wednesday night supper at the lodge with a great turnout. A Bar-B-Q strip sirloin grilled up by master chef Lee Stever served up by the Nepisiguit staff and volunteers and sponsored by Bradley Jenks Excavation and Jean Coutou Pharmacy.
We had a wonderful contingent from outside the Bathurst area. We hope you all enjoyed our supper and you are welcome to come back any time.
Next week is same; Bar-B-Q Strip Loin sponsored by Stothart's Mechanical and Tim Horton's . Call 548-9174 for tickets. They are going fast again.
Nor'easter Storm Brewing05:35 AM - Mar 8, 2018
Thursday, March 8th, Club #1
Both groomers were out last night getting the trails touched up before the next storm. The #1 covered the 23 from highway 430 above the lodge all the way to the 22/301 intersection and the #2 did the same from highway 430 on Trail 23 right back to East Bathurst on trail 19. Trails were just starting to come around from early week soft period.
It is hard to get a read on what we’re going to get, but it looks like by the time Saturday rolls around we could be looking at close to 30 cm. It looks like it will start out on the dry side then turning to a wet snow on Friday. Not the best conditions for grooming, but we have to play the hand we’re dealt. It looks like it could be the same conditions throughout New Brunswick. Hopefully this is the St Pat’s storm for this year.
We're just going to wait this one out and we have a bit of service to do on the #2 unit in the meantime.
Still Wet Conditions05:50 AM - Mar 5, 2018
Monday, Mar 4th Club #1
Groomers were out late last night trying to their best under almost impossible conditions on the trails. The temperature at post is -1 with a light freezing dizzele, which will turn to a light snow later on Dragging heavy will cause balling and too lightly will just ride the moguls. The #1 is working above the lodge on Trails 22 & 23 and the #2 is currently onTrail 19 heading towards the Atlantic Host (about a half hour away at post) and hopefully over towards East Bathurst eventually, At present the trails are not great but very doable with plenty of base. Watch out for snowballs on the trails.
Weather in the next couple of days or more are not great for grooming, but we are doing our best.
Steak supper this wednesday at the Nepisiguit Lodge as well as The Miramichi Valley Snowmobile Clubs supper on Thursday night. All proceeds raised goes to their club. Bar-B-Q chicken on the menu.
Numbers Comparisons02:00 PM - Mar 1, 2018
Some interesting numbers comparing this seasons grooming hours 2017/18 with last Years 2016/17. Basically the same.
Period Groomer #1 Hours 17/18 Hours 16/17
Dec 15/Jan 1 178.9 199.9
Jan 1 / Feb 1 407.8 360.7
Feb 1/ Mar 1 375.6 339
Period Groomer #2
Dec 15/Jan 1 174.67 208.4
Jan 1 / Feb 1 314.93 365.8
Feb 1/ Mar 1 311.82 309
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.
13 Year Grooming History08:00 AM - Jan 31, 2018
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 13 years.
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
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:
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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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