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Trails are Still Closed. Drive with CAUTION06:00 AM - Nov 20, 2018
Tuesday, Nov 20th, Club #1
As everyone knows, the trails are still closed to the snowmobile federation. Having said this a word of caution to all who are riding. Please drive with care and attention to hazards. There have already been two fatalities in Quebec. If there is ever a mishap on any of the roads you are snowmobiling on, the chance that an immediate rescue may be short coming. Just take your time and have your family know where you are off too and roads you are sledding on. Drive with multiple friends and have ample tools with you to take care of any mishaps.
Great News on 503.07:00 AM - Nov 19, 2018
Monday, Nov 19th, Club #1
We have secured the approval of the new route for trail 503. Much work has gone through the pipes to get this done. We want to acknowledge the work from Kyle Good, Trails Manager NBFSC, Ron Scott and Don from the Nepisiguit Club for making this happen. This trail will replace the TV Tower Trail, which has been giving us many logistical problems over the past few years. If anyone is familiar with the Popple Depot area, there is a pit just up the road on Trail 23. The trail will start there and run through Upsalquitch Lake across Highway 180 (Road to Resources) and terminate at Simpsons Fields on Trail 19. Sign posts at Trail 23 and 19 are being constructed and have yet to be positioned. There will be signs to be installed as well. The shelter in the pit near Popple Depot has been placed and some wood has been procured for the shelter (thanks to local camp owners).
This trail will offer spectacular views in the area of Popple Depot and I’m sure the sledders familiar with this change will be anticipating a great ride. We’ll do our best to keep this groomed, which I’m sure will be a task in itself. See map attached.
This is one of many non stop issues so far this pre season.
More Snow06:00 AM - Nov 17, 2018
Saturday, Nov 17th, Club #1 -4 C
With the storm that came on Tuesday (it settled by about by about 6 cm) and the 20 + centimeters we got in the last 18 hours, Bathurst has a minimum of 35 to 40 cm down and there could be more in the high ground. With this snow down, we could use some soft weather to get the snow settled to a little harder base. So far so good. Haven’t seen this since the 70’s and 80’s. Like I said earlier 7 months of winter .
Spoke with Alyre last night 9 PM and he said at that time he had about 18 inches down. Whatever the number is there will be tons of snow up in the Christmas Mountains and Serpentine areas.
Weather System Coming Today07:00 AM - Nov 16, 2018
Friday, Nov 16th, Club #1 -14 in Bathurst
I was checking on last year’s trail reports to see when we had rideable snow. It was mainly near the end of November when Serpentine was booked for the 28th with around 12 inches of snow. Although sleds were out in that Oct snowfall this year, it basically disappeared until we got about 20 cm this Tuesday. If we get this snow forecasted for another 15 to 20 cm today, this would put us ahead of last year.
It has been cold with high winds most of this week. But as I had the conversation about where we live here in the Maritimes, we should be thankful for the little hardship of shoveling a bit of snow compared to other parts of the continent with all the environmental weather related disasters. There is nothing much we can do about the weather except be environment cautious .
We have some good news coming and waiting on more. If you are out riding this weekend, please ride with extreme caution. Also a mention for anyone in the Popple Depot area, we are looking for people to add to the wood pile for the new shelter. Someone has stocked the shelter with about a 3 week supply of wood. We just got the new shelter last week, so with this weather, it kind of put us behind the 8 Ball on this one. Any help would be appreciated.
For NS and PEI Sledders07:00 AM - Nov 15, 2018
REMINDER Take advantage and sign up for the early bird Trail Permit, a savings of $75 +HST prior to Dec 16th. 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 your convenience our members and anyone in Nova Scotia you can pick up your permit at http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ in Dartmouth. For our members and anyone in Prince Edward Island you can pick up your permit at https://www.toymaster.ca/ in Charletown. 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.
Update 10 AM10:00 AM - Nov 14, 2018
Well it is only Nov 14th and I’m already into updates with a big correction this morning. I found this out when I walked out this morning and seen a minimum of 8 inches down, 20 CM for the younger folks. It could be more in the immediate outskirts. 25 CM at Nepisiguit Falls. More coming Friday.
Winter Wonderland07:10 AM - Nov 14, 2018
Wednesday, Nov 14th, Club #1 -6 C
It is a winter wonderland here in Bathurst as we get ready for another 7 months of winter. We may have about 6 to 7 cm down around the city, and a little more in the highlands. I was speaking with Alyre from Serpentine and he has about 3 to 4 inches down and a lot of wind. He has lots of fuel and food, but still has a lot of work to be done to get ready for the coming season. It was wet and heavy and should make for a good base if it stays. There were remnants of snow down in the highlands from previous snowfalls and this addition will help the hard core plus there is more coming on Friday.
Tyler has all the wood procured for and installed at all our shelters (thanks to the many volunteers that helped him get this done) except the new one at Popple. This snow could put a damper on that so we’ll see what happens with that. I’m sure it will be taken care of as we have a lot of good members in the Dry Gulch Camp Cluster that can get that done.
We could see an early start again this year. Remember to try and sign up before Dec 15th and pick your club location. It is very important as that particular club receives a good portion of your permit fee. In our case it is Club #1.
Note that all trails are closed until Dec 15th and anyone riding is at your own risk. Drive safe if you venture out.
Lest We Forget07:00 AM - Nov 12, 2018
Monday, Nov 12th, Club #1 -4 C
We remember the fallen and honour those who defend.
I was talking with Alyre at Serpentine. There is about 4 inches down from the Friday precip. Not enough to try running. There is a lot of wind fallen trees down just about anywhere and if anybody is traveling the woods, make sure you have a cutting tool on board.
Our shelter director Tyler is making sure we have solar powered lighting in our shelters. We`ll see about the new Popple shelter, which is now in place. He said wood will be handled for the Red Brook Shelter on Trail 19 towards East Bathurst. I`m sure we have volunteers lined up for that. Ron, Denis, and Don have been busy with the 501. Things are progressing smoothly with a few bumps here and there.
Looks like we could have some snow this week and with the highs near zero and below and some ice forming, you never know; we could see an early start again this year. Remember to try and sign up before Dec 15th and pick your club location. It is very important as that particular club receives a good portion of your permit fee. In our case it is Club #1.
New Shelter at Popple Depot06:00 PM - Nov 7, 2018
Wednesday, Nov 7th, Club #1
It has been non-stop on numerous issues. We are closing in on the Dec 15th deadline for early registration. Looks like possible snow in the near future so when you’re signing up remember your location of club preference is very important as that particular club receives a good portion of your permit fee.
We have 90% of all trail brushing completed and likewise with signage. There are a few issues left with signage, but this may only happen with the groomer once it is out on the trail.
The new shelter at Popple Depot is in place. This was done today with a big Thank You to Kyle Good of the NBFSC and our own Ron Scott. The location as previously mentioned is near the intersection of Trail 503 and 23 close to Governors. Wood has yet to be procured. A reminder as well that this shelter is only on loan from the NBFSC and we are responsible for it’s well being.
Trail 50107:00 AM - Oct 30, 2018
We have the sign structure up on Trail 19 exiting to our new trail to the Civic Center. Trail has to be cut out. We are looking for help to cut this trail out. Need chain saws and some people to throw brush. Could be happening either this Thursday or for sure next week.
The signs came in today for this trail plus the 502 into the Austin Brook Cluster, which by the way has been brushed out. Thanks to those who did this work.
Trail Permits06:00 AM - Oct 30, 2018
Take advantage and sign up for the early bird Trail Permit, a savings of $75 +HST prior to Dec 16th. 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 your convenience our members and anyone in Nova Scotia you can pick up your permit at http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ in Dartmouth. For our members and anyone in Prince Edward Island you can pick up your permit at https://www.toymaster.ca/ in Charletown. 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.
Shirts and Hats07:00 AM - Oct 29, 2018
Lodge Looking Great10:00 AM - Oct 21, 2018
Sunday, Oct 21st, Club #1
Lodge is looking great with 95 % of the work completed. Things are moving along nicely with some good news coming on 503 as well. Anyone willing to donate good used or new deep freeze for our new expanded storage room at the lodge will be appreciated. Chest or upright any size.
Bringing you up with club #1 projects and trails:08:00 AM - Oct 19, 2018
Friday, Oct 19th, Club #1
TRAILS: 1) Trail 501 into Civic Center and Quality Inn is only 10% done pending a new trail off Trail 19. Tree and brush cutting and signage. 2) Trail 502 into Austin Brook 80% completed with some brush cutting left plus some minor signage tweaks. 3) Trail 503 from Popple Depot Trail 23 into Simpsons Fields via Upsalquitch Lake 30% done pending some approvals and signage with brush cutting as well. 4) some bush hog work still left to be done on other trails.
PROJECTS: 1) Lodge storage expansion 95% completed. If anyone out there wants to donate a deep freeze chest or upright please let us know. Need three units and second hand will also do OK
OTHERS:1) Mailouts are completed 2) Permits have been given to Full Throttle Power Sports in Dartmouth and Toymaster in Charletown for ease of registering. 3) Club Annual General Meeting Oct 25th 7 PM at the Atlantic Host. 4) ordered two feet of snow for Dec 15th. 5) Some good announcements coming regarding our club and to your benefit.
Sponsors07:00 AM - Oct 18, 2018
Oct 18, Club #1
Club Business Sponsors
The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 300 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We run two Lamtrac groomers and run these units for 1800 to 2500 hours in a season. 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 bathursttrails.com 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. http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/sponsors
Our Sponsors are key to our organization. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please Contact us.
Please Note: To all those who have sponsored signs at the Nepisiguit Lodge your invoices for the 18/19 season will be either mailed or emailed by November 25th.
Firewood for Nepisiguit10:00 AM - Oct 16, 2018
Club #1 Mail-outs06:00 PM - Oct 11, 2018
The mail-outs to all our members and also those who purchased day permits with our club have been completed by the City of Bathurst and have been mailed. For those who have indicated their email, the City has used it for this letter. 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) (This is a service that the club has been providing for years).
3. Another option for our NS people is that you can purchase your permits at Full Throttle Power Sports at their location on 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth (they are being couriered on Friday and our PEI people at Toymaster on Campbell Rd, in Winsloe. 4. When filling out the application form please indicate the club that you want to belong to. In our case it would be CLUB #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club, Bathurst. It is very important that you pick a club in the area that you most frequently do your snowmobiling, because some of the revenue generated through your trail permit goes directly to that club. In other words "buy where you ride".
Hopefully you can expect the letter within a couple of weeks by snail mail. The permits will also be available at SNB on Oct 15 and also from all clubs.
Lodge Storage is coming right along06:00 AM - Oct 5, 2018
Just a little update on the lodge addition: We are making good progress on the new storage. We were a bit undecided on the finish so we went with steel all the way on the parking lot side plus the new addition. Looks great!!! Putting in the electrical this weekend along with a heat pump (donated by NB Power for the use of the lodge all summer plus they are still using it).
We updated our membership list on our bulletin board. Big increase over last year.
Trail 19, Steel Bridge on "The Line"07:00 AM - Oct 3, 2018
We inspected the steel bridge on Trail 19 between The Host and the Nepisiguit Lodge yesterday amid reports that it sunk on the south west side even more. Looking at the pictures taken back in 2004 and today's look, it dose not show any deterioration in that respect. See pics below. On another note we have made some progress on the club mail out. We used what info was provided on the registration form and we are using email to mail out to those members and day permit holders to our club #1. We are currently working on the remainder with a hard copy to mail via Canada Post.
Oct 2nd Update for Club #107:00 AM - Oct 2, 2018
Tuesday, Oct 2nd, Club #1
We're moving closer to the Oct 15 day when trail permits become available. There are many things on our agenda before Dec 15th. 1) Trail brushing. which we began last week. 2) Settle the movement of Trail 503 to Popple Depot through Upsalquitch Lake to Trail 19 via Simpson Fields. 3) The Trail 502 into the Civic Center and signage. 4) Repair on Steel Bridge on Trail 19 “The Line” 5) Trail 502 into Autin Brook Cluster (needs brushing and sign completion) 6) Wood for Red Brook Shelter 7) Wood for Lodge 8) October 25th - Thursday - Annual meeting Atlantic Host 7:00pm 9) Completion of Lodge addition 10) Club Letter should be soon ready for mailout over 1700 to do so be patient. This year we are doing the mail-out via email for the people that provided us with their email contact and for those who didn't we will be sending by regular mail 11) Trail Permits available after Oct 15th Remember “buy where you ride” Club #1 is our identity on the trail permit.
Update on Club #108:00 AM - Sep 10, 2018
Sept 10, Club #1
A few Items:
1) removed all signage on the old 503 TV Tower.
2) Made another visit to the new 503 (Popple Depot to Simpson Fields) Still yet to be approved.
3) Put up new sign post for the new 502 to Austin Brook Cluster (need residents there to get involved in brushing about 1 Km of trail) (someone
from the cluster has to step up here).
4) progress on the new lodge storage is progressing.
5)Trail 501 from Trail 19 to Civic Center and Quality Inn yet to be determined as to what route to get there. 5) Newsletter to members close to being done.
6) Trail Permits only available after Oct 15
Trail Map LOCAL07:00 AM - Aug 13, 2018
August 13, Club #1
Made some updates for the 18-19 season on the web site
1. New local trail map, which has the new trail through the Upsalquitch Lake
area. Hopefully this can get done by Sept/Oct for the 18-19, plus Trail 502
into the Austin Brook Cluster. We could use some help in developing both of these trails.
2. We have the Schedule of Events as well with some additions to come
3. The Trail Permit page has been updated. The new application form for non New
Brunswickers. No increase in trail permit prices for this year.
We are starting with a new addition to the lodge addition to our storage room facilities and an overhang for our Bar-B-Q area. We will thank our help for this addition when it is completed as we have donors already on tap for material and equipment. There is always something to do and I know there is more o report, but yes, we’ll keep you informed.
Whats Happnen #307:00 AM - Aug 9, 2018
August 09, Club #1
We are still waiting on the city for approval Trail 501 linking 19 near St Anne Street to the Civic Center and into more hotels. There were many meetings with parties concerned about this last winter, to provide more access to Hotel rooms within the City. The parties were looking at establishing a trail that would access the Civic Center and into St Peter Avenue to the Comfort Inn. We also discussed overnight parking for trailers and easy access to trails in the Bathurst area. Time is running short on making this happen.
We are very pro tourism, but sometimes the powers to be, local or provincial, just seem oblivious to more potential for tourism in the winter months.
Whats Happnen #207:00 AM - Aug 6, 2018
August 06, Club #1
We all know that last season was one of the best on record for this corner of New Brunswick and that reflected into one of the busiest seasons on record. Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club saw a significant increase in membership as well as day permits coming mainly from Nova Scotia and PEI due to what I expect by those provinces lack of snow. With a lot of fist time riders to this area I could hear a lot of very positive comments coming from those newcomers on the extensiveness of the trail system and conditions, which in some cases puts a huge burden on the northern clubs for grooming but overall we attempted to keep up with the traffic. The club put in over 2500 hours of grooming last season which was another record set the previous year.
Our web site has been updated in a few areas; about us and permits. We are currently working on our mail-out package and it should be in the mail by late September. There are a few things that we have to shore up before doing so. I`ve noticed that some addresses and names were missing, so this is a problem in mailing. This is supplied by the office of the NBFSC and we reconcile the document as best we can and with over 2000 names this can give us a problem, so if you do not see your letter, then the possibility of an address error is the problem. There was 15,760 seasonal members registered with the NBFSC last year and over 3500 daily permits issued as well.
Our club proudly posts our membership on the lodge bulletin board for the previous year only as it is virtually impossible to keep up with the current season as that membership is only updated occasionally by the NBFSC.
Keep checking with more info on “What’s Happnen”.
"Whats Happnen" #108:00 PM - Aug 4, 2018
August 04, Club #1
Just a few updates to get you up to date on “What’s Happnen”.
Someone just told me that “Don, you’re not getting any younger” Just turned 74 the other day. Keep bearing with me with any mistakes I may make.
We want to thank Fornebu Lumber for a generous donation of 2 X 6 lumber this past week along with a huge cheque. They called us if there was a special need for lumber and that was affirmative with a need for more storage at the lodge. Hopefully we can see some movement by September on this.
There will be some trail modifications this winter with new addition just past the lodge on Trail 23. It will be a trail into the new cluster at Austin Brook. (note that we would like to see someone from that cluster to widen the trail in places out to Trail 23). We are taking out the Trail 503 (TV Tower Rd) due to safety reasons and other issues. We already have an application in to move that trail to run through the Upsalquitch Lake area. This trail will be 20 Km in length and will link Trail 23 starting about 1/2 Km east of Governors and exit onto Trail 19 at the old Simpson Fields location. Sections of this trail will give you a very scenic perspective of the mountains in that area.
I will be reporting again soon with more info on “What’s Happnen”.
Lots of Work in Progress June 8th07:00 AM - Jun 8, 2018
Closing Message05:45 AM - Apr 16, 2018
Monday, April 16th, Club #1 Closing Message
On behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. As far as the season went, we had the busiest season on record. With barely no down days due to sloppy weather. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Jesse, Mitchel, & Travis at the lodge plus Pat who had to leave us due to moving elsewhere. To Ron Scott who stepped into my role (I did stay on for this year to help in the transition) to look after the trail system and did a lot of grooming himself and the looking after of our operators; Michael, Josh, Leo, Melvin, & Billy, on the Groomers.
Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers which were a good draw again this year. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We had great snow most of the season and to look at what we have on April 16th , the conditions are still exceptional. If you look at how early we’ve had snow way back in November, it is truly unbelievable that we could see the same by the month of May. Just a few numbers for your info: over 2600 hours groomed and 22,000 Km of trail groomed this year. Both are records for our club and more than likely for the province.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away. We are looking at replacing one of our groomers and we should have one on the snow for next season. We are not ruling out the possibility of adding a third groomer to the two we have in use at present. The club is also in need of new and more directors to ensure the longevity of the club. We don’t have problems with getting volunteers, but it is at the administrative end where numbers are lacking. I will be stepping back even further in my role with the grooming / trails with excess of over 18 years in that role. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Surely out of the nearly 950 members we will have someone to step up.
In closing we would again like to thank all for your support for this past year and look forward to seeing you all back next year. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Closing Message to Members and all Snowmobilers07:00 AM - Apr 15, 2018
On behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. As far as the season went we had the busiest season on record. There were a lot of positives to take away this season and the only negatives were that we could have used an extra groomer or two to keep up with the traffic. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Leo, Billy, Michael & Daren on the Groomers.
Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers were a good draw again this year with a few bumps due to inclement weather. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We good snow most of the season up until warm soft weather kicked in on the first week of April. At times we could have used four groomers just to keep up, due to the lack of snow south of the Miramichi line.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and we have our usual problems of keeping the system running. Presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away and making them ready for next year. We made significant upgrades in two bridges being built and a significant upgrade in the trail 19 from East Bathurst, which I might add gave us a little problem getting the trail established due to the late finish in construction of both. We have a third bridge going to be constructed in the Little River area of Trail 19 and that will take place this summer. We are in the process of upgrading the groomer fleet with the purchase of a new groomer with trade-in of an older unit. The club is also in need of new and more directors to ensure the longevity of the club. We don’t have problems with getting volunteers, but it is at the administrative end where numbers are lacking. I also put up my notice to the executive that this will be my last year running the grooming operations after 14 years. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Without someone stepping into this job will be very difficult with the club moving forward, so we are hoping that out of the 850 members we have, that surely someone is willing to step up.
In closing we would again like to thank all for your support for this past year and look forward to seeing you all back next year. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
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.
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
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017
-3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst.
Final Safety Message11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016
Final Safety Message #5
Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail, hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion.
Hand Signals Make Trails Safer11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016
Safety Message #14 Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.
Communication is an important part of staying safe, having
fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail.
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.
LAST SLED IN LINE
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Dec 27, 2016
Safety Message #3 Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself.
Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you:
S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E
Parking on the trail.11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016
Safety Message #2 Parking on the trail. It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.
Nepisiguit Club #1
The Nepisiguit Snowmobile club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16), (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.
Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn. Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.
Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.
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