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Trail Permits06:00 AM - Oct 16, 2017
They have the beams on site to begin the final phase in getting the Little River Bridge completed. The final phase of brush cutting will take place in the next week or so. That will be the East Bathurst / Rough Waters area on Trail 19. Denis White on the brush cutter did a superb job for us again this year.
The Trail permits are available now at Service NB and for people wanting to sign up for our Club #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club just make sure you designate Club #1 on your permit. We urge the slogan “Buy Where You Ride”. For our members in Nova Scotia you can pick up your permit at http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ in Dartmouth. For all other out of province members or want to be members you can use the application form mailed to you or download the form in the “permits” section of our web site (save $15; the mailing fee by doing so with our club). Substantial savings for everyone by signing up before the “Early Bird Date” of Dec 15.
Oct 13 A little update with Club #107:00 AM - Oct 13, 2017
Update on What is Happening with Club #1
1. We are not done with brush cutting yet. The last go was up on Trail 22 and hopefully down to East Bathurst next. 2. We are cutting a new trail up near the Nepisiguit Lodge in conjunction with NB Power. This is to give them access to a test point just below the power dam. 3. The bridge on Little River is under construction and word is that the contractor should have the 60 foot beams (see pic below) in place by this weekend. 4. By now you should have received your mail-out letters containing our newsletter and schedule of events. Also in the package for out of province members is a registration application form (same as in our Permits section). 5. We have some things left to do on our groomers, but nothing too major. 6. Getting the ceiling painted in the Lodge.
Nine Mile Shelter06:00 AM - Oct 9, 2017
Took advantage of some help while up on the moose hunt. Thanks to Ron Scott for the delivery and Fornebu Lumber for the wood. Got a crew together to tidy up around the shelter by putting last years remnants of the old wood into the shelter and also splitting up 80% of the delivered wood and stockpiling into the wood storage shed plus topping up the inside. The part that wasn't split was stored behind the shelter for next year. Thanks to Don, Bruce, Maurice, Harvey, Sydney, Tom and a few more who showed up a little later after them hunting moose. It was a great day and a lot of fun. Still looking for a director to handle such tasks. Red Pine wood????
Moving the Trail near the Lodge07:00 AM - Oct 4, 2017
We had to move the trail to accomodate NB Power on Trail 23 near the Lodge in the proximity of the Hyro Dam. This was done for them to access a monitoring point just down the trail from their plant. We have a very good relationship with them as we run across their property and anything to improve our trails with a safer route is good for both of us. You will see the difference for the better when you ride through this winter. A few pics below.
Club #1 Mail-outs07:00 AM - Sep 26, 2017
The mail-outs to all our members and those who purchased day permits with our club have been completed by the City of Bathurst and are in the process of being mailed. Contents are as follows: New Brunswick; Club Letter, Event Calendar. Out of Province; Club Letter, Event Calendar, Permit Application Form.
Notes above mail-out: 1. All NB residents must register at SNB. 2. For out of province residents you can use the above registration form, follow the directions (you can save $15 by using this form, which also can be downloaded from our permits page).
Hopefully you can expect the letter within a couple of weeks. The permits will also be available at SNB and the clubs within a few weeks. We will let you know.
Event Calendar updated07:00 AM - Sep 24, 2017
We just released our events list for the upcoming season. These events are a must for our club to help us overide the cost of grooming. The trail revenue from the trail permit alone does not "cut it". All profis as well as at our Nepisiguit Lodge go right back into the trail system. A percentage of our income goes into the infrastucture as well. Trail brushing, signage, trail devlopement/improvement all add to the cost of keeping the system in shape. It takes a """LOT""" of work.
Shelters Update06:00 AM - Sep 21, 2017
Thursday, Sept 21st, Club #1
Update: We now have the wood at the shelters, but needs to be split and stored. Need someone to step up and get this done.
Topic for today is shelters: First we would like a few volunteers to come forward and get some scrap wood for the shelters at Nine Mile East and Red Pine Shelter (no softwood please). We do have a line on some wood but it will have to be prepped to proper size. This wood will likely be placed at either shelter by next week. Need wood splitter plus help. Call Ron Scott as he will be delivering the wood.
It would be helpful to have a person in charge of either shelter from year to year, then they could coordinate the task of getting the wood plus the electrical/battery operated light system. This is not a demanding job by any stretch, but it would be one less task for our executive to deal with. There are a few camp clusters in the area that have many members of the club. Preferably the people that would offer for the task would come from there. I know there has been a lot of help from there in years past and we thank those who have helped.
In need of Director: Shelters
Responsible to Director of trails and possibly share some of the items for directors in
your level. Groomers, Bridges, Signage, Trail Maintenance. Share in the team aspect.
Locations: Three Shelters:
Red Pine Shelter at Trail 23/507 intersection
Nine Mile Shelter at 22/23 intersection
Red Brook Shelter on Trail 19 towards East Bathurst.
Contact: Club #1 Director of Trails: Presently Ron Scott.
Wood Supply: Have a year supply of wood for each shelter by the fall and store only
in late fall.
Maintenance: Make sure each shelter is maintained for paint, lighting, windows each year.
During the season make sure adequate garbage facilities is supplied and one
could have local camp owners help assist in this effort. Groomer operators to
check and haul garbage + supply garbage bags. (this is optional)
Membership07:00 AM - Sep 19, 2017
Not much to report with the trails with people on vacation. We have the groomers 90% ready to go except for some issues that will be taken care of over he next few weeks when people are available. We had a big bump in membership over last year and you can read about it in our about us as it has been freshened up. The 3 and 1 day passes were up dramatically as well given that there was not much snow last winter in our neighboring provinces.
If you are at the lodge this winter and see our membership list on the bulletin board, I would like to point out that this list is for the previous year's membership. It is virtually imposible to keep the current year's membership updated because currebt registrations are ongoing through the season. and those names are only available by late spring at best.
Mail Out letters to all members of Club #108:00 AM - Sep 13, 2017
We are ready to do our annual mail-out, which includes our letter to all our members and any snowmobiler that had purchased a daily permits from Club #1. In the package is also our permit registration to Club #1 plus a copy of our club events for the upcoming season. (note: If you did not receive a package, it is because when filling out the permit form it was either incomplete or indiscernible). In the events schedule is a list of dates for our famous Wednesday night suppers along with our major fund raisers namely the Danny Burger Run and our Wings and Mussel fest.
The permit registration form for all out of province members only to our club can be found on our site under Permits. Just click on the down load our form. Our Suppers/Events will uploaded shortly.
We also would like to express our thanks to the City of Bathurst for doing our annual mail-out.
Note: All of our registered members that had a yearly pass in 2017 will have their names posted on our bulletin board at Nepisiguit Lodge. We take great pride in making you feel part of Club #1. Thanks for your continued support.
Brush Cutting Sept 1206:00 PM - Sep 12, 2017
Back on the brush cutting today. We went from Little River Bridge area on Trail 19 through Blue Mountain across the highway 430 and went towards Highway 360 (Key Anacon Rd) We stopped 5 Km short of 360 due to time restraints. In all, 15 Km covered plus all the signage as well. Denis did a bang-up job with the bush-hog. Not bad for a couple of old cronies.
Vanier Blvd Bog09:00 AM - Sep 11, 2017
Trail markers were installed between Vanier Blvd and St Anne St. just out from the Host. This is an area that can’t be grubbed by our bush hog due to it being very soft. The markers were installed mainly for the groomer. This area is problematic every start-up because of the bog and you can sink to the windows of the groomer if not careful. Stop and stop-ahead signs were also installed on St Anne Street. People just love these signs as we have to install new ones yearly.
Once we get this groomed up we'll have to get someone to do some minor brushing with a machetti or saw. "Any volunteers?" about 1/4 Km in length.
New Club Signs08:00 AM - Sep 6, 2017
Brush Cutting update, Sept 5th08:00 PM - Sep 5, 2017
Tuesday, Sept 5th, Club #1
In three days we got as far as we can on Trail 19 towards little River Bridge.
We got as far as a Beaver swale and as you can see by the pics below, we can’t go further with the tractor bush-hog, so there is about a 3km stretch that will have to be done by the groomer crew. Other pics show some of the work done on Friday Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.
Sunday Sept 3rd update on brushing08:00 PM - Sep 3, 2017
Friday, Saturday and Sunday were days spent brushing trails. We’ve completed about 15 Km from the Host out on 19 East towards Nepisiguit. We got stopped by snowmobilers worst enemy; &%^$#& Beavers. We’ll have to either wait until Hell freezes over or come up with a brain storm; frankly it is a bit frustrating or we could call in trump to threaten illegal’s.
Looks like rain for the next week so we’ll probably be taken some time off. The worst sections are done and we should have good going from hare in.
More Brush Cutting07:00 AM - Aug 31, 2017
We did some more brush cutting and sign tuning on Tuesday. We’ve completed from the Atlantic Host out to Good Bye Hill along the Highway 11. Next we’ll continue on from there out to Little River Bridge. There is a lot of work in this stretch with Beaver ponds.
Speaking of Little River bridge, we had a little glitch in procuring the proper paper work for the rebuild permit, but with a few phone calls and connections, it will be a go in the next week or so.
Brush Cutting11:00 AM - Aug 23, 2017
We started on our Brush Cutting on Tuesday Aug 22. This will happen on different sections of trails where needed as time permits and volunteer availability. We've been working at the same pace on signage upgrades as well. Now that we've come close to September, we will provide as much info as possible on different activities and changes made through the off season and into the Fall as noted: New Volunteers ( we need more), Lodge updates, Shelters, Bridge updates, brushing, state of groomers, etc.etc.
New Hats For Nepisiguit Club #108:00 AM - Jul 21, 2017
May 8th Update for Club #1- May 8, 2017
Just a brief update on the club operations. We have been working on both groomers getting them ready for next year’s season. There is always a lot of small details that have to be covered and both are showing their grooming hours after 8 years and two huge years back to back of grooming hours. We are working on them a couple of 6 hour stints a day per week when we are able to get some free time to do so.
The club attended the NBFSC Annual General Meeting held in the Miramichi on April 9th and 10th and we had 6 delegates in attendance. Not much to report with a few major announcements. They came up with an emergency plan for moving groomers throughout the Province in case of a breakdown of a member club’s grooming equipment. This action would have to meet certain criteria of availability. There is a very small increase in annual trail permit prices after a three year pause of no increases. Go to our permit page for the details and note that our trail application form has been updated as well for our non New Brunswick members. Anyone can just click on the form (Non NB resident Permit Application 2017-2018) and download it. Of course this will be also mailed out in the Fall to our last year’s members as well.
There is always the usual things that happen in the off season as well such as; getting our shelters and ready for firewood, trail signage, lodge upgrades and upkeep. There is a major replacement to be carried out this summer on the Little River Bridge located on Trail 19 about 13 Km east from the Atlantic Host (you may have noticed in your travels this winter that some of the material has been brought to the Job Site.
Anyone that is willing to step up to get involved with the club, please give us a call. Have a good summer and we’re hoping it gets a bit warmer.
Little River Bridge08:00 AM - Feb 6, 2017
There will be a minor disruption on Trail 19 (about 10 Km from the Host) to facilitate the moving of material near the site of the construction of the Little River Bridge which will take place next summer. The contractor is taking the opportunity of moving bridge construction material in near the site while the ground is still frozen. The trail detour is only ¼ kilometer in length and should be no problem for us to get this done. This will take place in the next couple of weeks.
Trail 19 about 10 Km east from Atlantic Host Little River Bridge
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017
-3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst.
Final Safety Message11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016
Final Safety Message #5
Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail, hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion.
Hand Signals Make Trails Safer11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016
Safety Message #14 Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.
Communication is an important part of staying safe, having
fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail.
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.
LAST SLED IN LINE
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Dec 27, 2016
Safety Message #3 Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself.
Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you:
S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E
Parking on the trail.11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016
Safety Message #2 Parking on the trail. It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.
Vehicles on the Trails01:00 PM - Dec 21, 2016
Here we go again: We had a reported 4 wheeled vehicle on the trail yesterday. It can be a fool hardy adventure to attempt to drive a street vehicle on a groomed snowmobile trail. It is illegal and can be damaging to the vehicle plus the potential for a huge fine ranging from $180.00 for driving a four wheeled vehicle on a snowmobile trail. Just pass this message on and for those who witness such an incident. We can’t do anything if that vehicle is not reported to the proper authorities unless you do this; record the time, date, licence plate and the approximate area of the incident. A photo of the licence plate would also be helpful, then report to the authorities. 1-877-449-2244 http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/jps/public_safety/content/drivers_vehicles/content/off_road_vehicle_enforcement.html or the club. We had 5 such incidents on our system last year already. Three of which received fines, because they were reported as per the above. In yesterday’s case the vehicle escaped because it had left the scene. If the above procedure had been done that owner would be receiving a knock on his door and fined accordingly.
10 Year Grooming History08:00 AM - Apr 24, 2016
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 10 years.
Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen
Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.
Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming
from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province.
Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out.
Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge.
Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.
Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions
Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast
Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable
Up to 3 feet of snow, but very wet underneath. Lots of holes and water cuts
Dec 15: Started prepping the trails and lots of traffic.
Dec 25: 25 MM of rain , but still going, Need big time freezing.
still great sledding through the north
Jan 26 to 30 Rc’d about 60 cm of snow
February: Trails in phenomenal shape
March 31: All trails stiil great with no severe melt downs yet
April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed
Dec 15: Started packing & grooming
Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow
Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube?
Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there
Lots of snow from now until end of season Stopped grooming Apr 10
after some rain, but trails good to excellent. Some sledding into may
Best season on record. Over 2000 hours groomed.
Dec 28: Started grooming right from Bathurst,
Conditions From Bathurst to the Lodge were doable.
Grooming all trails above Lodge.
Dec 27 8 to 10 inches conditions much improved. As time
progressed towards Jan 12 snow gradually wore out
between Bathurst and the Lodge where conditions just
became doable in that stretch
Jan 13 /14 Mild spell 4 to 11 deg forced to call Everything
closed from the City, doable from Lodge out to shelter
Jan 22 Reopened the trails after 10 to 15 cm Still scratchy
Jan 31 All Trails closed in NB due to rain & meltdown
Feb 3-4 10 cm snow open from lodge west but icy no grooming
Feb 9 Major storm to the south 15 cm in Bathurst
Feb 17 & 20 Two majors in a row total close to 95 cm Back in Business
Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge going West
April 8. Last grooming. Trails fair to poor on what is left
Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions were not that great.
A bit of mild towards Jan 1.
Jan 4 People running off trail. Limited grooming.
Jan 8 to 9 Broke Trail from Host to Lodge, Not much snow
+ overhanging alders. Great freezing temps with no water.
Great conditions with not much snow in PEI/NS
March 18, 19 temperatures near +28 degrees Season is toast
Dec 28 Preping Trails Dec 26 .
Dec 28 Started grooming after Storm on Dec 26 & 27
Extremely mild weather. Lots of washouts and wet areas.
Conditions much improved by Jan 20.
Feb 21 over 260 Cm down in Bathurst area with great conditions.
Mar 14 20 mm rain on 11 & 12 but very manageble. -5 deg
Mar 31 No trails closed yet with great base depth
Apr 15 Last day out of the Lodge. Still great up high
Apr 07 08 09 Last Grooming Days
Apr 23 Lot s of people still sledding in the golden triangle
Apr 27 Game over with the rain & mild weather
Dec 29 Started grooming
Mar 28 last grooming Poor year as far as linking trails
throughout the Province. We had a good year except for
linking to the City
Year 08-09 Start-up Dec 16 and never looked back.
Year 07-08 Start-up Dec 15 and never looked back.
Year 06-07 Preped Trails on Jan 15 and started Jan 19.
Year 05-06 Dec 25 50 cm storm and started on 26 and 27.
Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50 mm of
rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3
due to ice and not enough snow cover.
Jan 10. Started back up
Mar 28 Last day grooming
Nepisiguit Club #1
The Nepisiguit Snowmobile club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 826 registered last season (849 for 15/16), (794 for 14/15), (809 for 13/14), (765 for 12/13), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.
Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls and Bathurst.
Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.
MORE TO COME