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We are Getting There05:45 AM - Jan 22, 2019
Tues, Jan 22nd, Club #1
In less than 24 hours, we are getting a big bite of our trails groomed. We are gradually working our way west from Bathurst catching all of local trails as we go and a double pass where we get most on a return run. The #1 is currently on Trail 22 and will be doing the 507, 508 the 40 Cluster, 509 Muddy Lake Cluster, Nine Mile Cluster, and into Rogers Lake on Trail 23 from the two shelters at Red Pine and Nine Mile. Once that is completed and a shift change at Rogers Lake, Jack will head for Serpentine sometime today. The #2 has completed Trail 19 from Bass River to the Atlantic Host and is currently on Trail 23 past Nepisiguit and up to Nine Mile Shelter. It will return from here to East Bathurst sometime today. By sometime tomorrow we should be getting back to normal and will be refreshing all trails by the end of the week if not sooner.
“How are the conditions” depends on a lot of things, the cold weather for setting up, the Brapp Brapp boys, and the snow depth (of which we have lots). These last two storms dumped a total of 100 CM in the Bathurst area, so we’re not hurting in snow depth which is approaching 175 CM. We have not seen a January like this in years as it is highly unusual, where this month we are usually dealing with the lack of snow or “a January thaw”. This is more like a March month where we deal with “Nor’easters”. According to the weather reports this last storm was the coldest storm for ever recorded for this area.
Just a few tid bits: Wednesday night supper sponsored by the Atlantic Host and always the reminder to sign up for the snowmobile rally in Bathurst on Feb 15,16, 17 http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur
Register & win Major Prize for Snowmobile Rally in February11:30 AM - Jan 21, 2019
We are offering a snow mobile suit valued up to $1000 from any of the local suppliers. The suit will be awarded in a draw for all registrants who have registered by 12:00 midnight on January 25th, 2019. This will be a great event highlighted by a steak barbecue meal and entertainment on Saturday evening February 16th. Tables of eight or six can be reserved when checking in on the weekend of the event. See details below.
Tour De Chaleur Snowmobile Rally
On the weekend of February 15th -17th we are hosting a wonderful snowmobile experience for all Atlantic Canada and beyond. This is the first year of the event and it is called the Tour de Chaleur. It offers all snowmobilers an opportunity to come to our Chaleur Region and experience snowmobiling at its best.
The event is hosted by the three main snowmobile clubs in the region, Nepisiguit, Chaleur and Supervillage of Belledune. All three clubs will have their trails groomed and ready for all participants. There will be special events at all three clubs with numerous prizes and food available.
Saturday evening will see a magnificent evening at the K C Irving center. There will be several exhibitors showing their products related to snowmobiling. The world record snowmobile for speed in the 1200cc class will be present on the floor at one of our booths. Also, a strip loin steak supper will be served at tables set up over the covered ice surface for all 500 participants. Tables of eight or six can be reserved for those that register early. Two cash bars are also set up on the floor to serve the participants.
Following the meal we have exciting entertainment for you to enjoy. Nathan Dimitroff will lead off with some great stand up comedy and he will be followed by the highly acclaimed band “Wild Pitch”.
We will have a free shuttle service from the center to local hotels for those wanting to use the service and there is free and ample parking at the K C Irving center for vehicles,trailers and snowmobiles. The area is supervised with full security.
This event is being hosted to say thank you to all our supporters over the years who continue to travel to the Chaleur Region for their snowmobiling. We hope you will join us for this great weekend and please register soon as we are limited to 500 particpants. The cost is a very reasonable $60 per person and includes the Saturday evening meal and entertainment.
We are booking up very quickly so do not be disappointed and become part of this event whether you are local or out of town snowmobilers.
To register simply go to one of several web sites listed below and click on event information. All registrations are on line or you can register by visiting or calling the K C Irving ticket office.
For more information on the Tour de Chaleur click on the following link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur
Links: Bathurstrails.com : Tourism Chaleur: Events Bathurst: City of Bathurst
Tour de Chaleur- Host Committee
Another Dumping + Update #1 + Update #2 + Update #305:40 AM - Jan 21, 2019
Update #3 6.00 PM
The #1 is about 2.5 hours from Rogers Lake. Ron just finished the 502 and had two more clusters to do. He will be relieved at Rogers Lake and the #1 will continue opening up Trails Like the 22, 507 Cal Loop. The #2 is about two hours from the Host on Trail 19. He has to deal with a marooned sled on his way. Josh will be relieved by Bryan who will back track towards Nepisiguit.
This is the last post for tonight. Check in the morning for a new post.
Update #2 1.30 PM
I spoke with Ron on the #1. He said there is a lot of snow, but the unit is purring right along. He just turned into the Nepisiguit Lodge. He has some clean-up to do around the sled yard then he will be of towards Rogers Lake. Will do the Austin Brook Cluster (Trail 502) on the way by and both clusters on Nine Mile West. He will have a shift change tonight at Rogers Lake. The #2 has been to Bass River and is near Red Brook Shelter on 19. Josh will end up at the Host late this evening. Both units are hauling their drags.
Update #1 10.30 AM
Both #1 and #2 are on the move. The #1 left about 2 hours ago and the #2 about 1/2 hour ago. Both are cleaning up road crossings as they proceed. This slows the grooming operation down significantly. The #1 is heading towards Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and the #2 towards Bass River where it will turn and head for the Atlantic Host. It should arrive there sometime late tonight.
Mon, Jan 21st, Club #1
Another major dumping for Bathurst. We are looking at 50+ centimeters down and there still is a flurry going on. We have both groomers in position for running in tandem leaving East Bathurst shop on Trail 19. We are headed to Nepisiguit and a split towards the Host. We will let you know when they start moving. Higher than 70 Km/hr winds during the storm did not help, so we’re expecting severe drifts in open areas. Currently winds have died significantly.
Tour de Chaleur!! We need everyone to step up and Register Now!! only 5 days left to have a chance to win the Early Bird $1000 value Snowmobile Suit from any Manuafacturer. Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23 and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200.
Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23/the-2019-snowmobile-rally-tour-de-chaleur and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200
We will reserve tables for you and your friends in groups of at least 6 people
Bathurst Snowmobile Festival10:20 AM - Jan 20, 2019
Tour de Chaleur!! We need everyone to step up and Register Now!! only 5 days left to have a chance to win the Early Bird $1000 value Snowmobile Suit from any Manuafacturer.
Go to this link http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events/23 and click on buy tickets or call the KC Irving Box Office at (506) 549-3200
We will reserve tables for you and your friends in groups of at least 6 people
Should be an Interesting Day +Update #1 + Update #2 + Update #3 +Update #4 + Update #505:40 AM - Jan 20, 2019
Update # 5 9 PM
39 CM, Still coming down very hard. Ron just emailed me with "if we go out in the morning schedule"
Update # 4 6 PM
28 CM, and snowing very hard. In 10 hours = 2.8 CM / Hr last 5 hours 4.4 cm / Hr
Update # 3 4.20 PM
21 CM, and snowing hard.
Update # 2 1 PM
Starting to come down pretty good. About 6 CM so far and picking up fast.
Update #1 8 AM
First snow flakes in Bathurst. -22 C -7.6 F
Sun, Jan 20th, Club #1
I don’t think at this point that anyone knows how much snow we’re going to get, but all I know is that it will be too much. We brought the #1 unit down out of the Boonies yesterday and parked it where we can get at it. Both the #1 and #2 are parked at our shop in East Bathurst on Trail 19. Depending on when the snow lets up, will determine when the groomers get out, which looks like sometime Monday, but things could change.
Traffic was steady but noticeably down for a Saturday. Very cold plus a lot of sledders headed home before the storm. Looking at the hourly, there is a period of about 5 hours where the snowfall is 5 cm per hour. If you decide to venture out, please partner up with someone as crazy. Put it his way; it’s going to be interesting.
Lodge will be open.
Another Big Dump Coming + Update 9AM05:30 AM - Jan 19, 2019
Update #1 9 AM
The #2 turned in East Bathurst this morning and is making a rerun to Highway 360 (KeyAnacon Rd) and will return on 19 to Bass River then back to the shop and park until tomorrows storm is over. The #1 just arrived at Rogers Lake and will be brought to the shop in East Bathurst as explained in the 5.30 AM post. I see the forecast bounced again. LOL on that.
Sat, Jan 19th, Club #1
In the past three days, we got all of our main trails looked after before the ‘Big Dump”. Last night the #1 covered the 23 to Popple, 503 over to 19 and up to the 19/22 shelter and back to Rogers Lake. The #2 covered the 19 from Atlantic Host to East Bathurst and back to the Host. Trails are in great shape all over NB. Andrew Wallis sledded from Amherst, NS to Bathurst Yesterday. Great trails all the way.
There was good traffic yesterday and today should be a traffic fest before the big storm tomorrow, which is giving everybody fits with the bouncy forecast. Not going to commit just yet but wait for a later forecast. The club is not taking any chances of marooning our groomers where we can’t get to them so Ron is getting them stationed in East Bathurst tomorrow at our shop and both will start from there sometime Monday. We’ll see what takes place on Monday.
Just a word on the proposed 501into the civic center and Quality Inn: We did about $2000 worth of trail expansion to get there including cutting almost a Kilometer of trail through the woods off Trail 19 + all the signage. DTI have refused four proposals from us to cross Highway 11 in the vicinity between St Anne St and Vanier Blvd. We are now back to square 1 and are currently in conversation with the City of Bathurst, who were with us from day 1 on this link to the civic center, and we are now looking at coming in at the tunnel of Trail 500 and making our way through that way. Nothing physical has been done in this regard as this has become quite a chore for us at this point in the season with all other responsibilities at this time of year. The initial trail that we did cut and removed all of the signage is now being used by the locals through Parkwood Hieghts subdivision and it is easy access to the Civic Center. We can`t condone anyone from crossing route 11, but the locals have been doing this for 30 years and now we`ve provided them with a better trail. Hope this is an adequate explanation.
Groomer Out Last Night Update #1 4.35 PM05:55 AM - Jan 18, 2019
Update #1 4.35 PM:
The #1 just left Rogers Lake on Trail 23 heading towards Popple Depot. It will do the 503 to Simpson Fields and also the 9.5 Km on Chaleur's 19 to the Warming Shelter at the 22/19 intersection. We didn't get the #2 back yet but we should have it by this evening. We have an operator on standby to leave on 19 East from the Host.
Fri, Jan 18th, Club #1
Trails should be super today above Nepisiguit. The #1 is on a little marathon getting the trails spruced up for the weekend. The #1 unit just came from Serpentine on Trail 23 then Jack did Trail 22 and around the California Lake loop. (California Lake Loop = Rogers Lake, Trail 23 to Red Pine Shelter, 507 to 507/22 intersection, Trail 22 to Nine Mile Shelter, Trail 23 into Rogers Lake) Almost 30 hours of strait grooming. The #3 was also out and made its normal run from Nepisiguit out to the shelter.
All clubs surrounding Bathurst are up and grooming. Trails 19 and 23 from the Peninsula are good plus trails 52 and 48 from the Miramichi are all groomed up. It would be safe to say that most trails in New Brunswick are very good leading into what could be a major dumping, so looking at the forecast the trails will be flat in anticipation for more snow coming today 1 to 3, which has been severely downgraded from a 5 to 10 but giving the current temperature of – 26, that is understandable. The forecast for Sunday is still 30 to 40. We really don't need all of this, but I guess as you would say "Money in the Bank". We'll see what transpires until then. These frigid temps don't make it safe for sledding let alone grooming.
Last Nights Supper07:00 AM - Jan 17, 2019
It was great first Wednesday night supper at the lodge. We want to thank Kenny's Trucking / Curts Auto Repair for a fantastic roast beef supper, and of course their famous banana split dessert. They had lots of prizes and all had a fun night thanks to Bernie, Curt and special thanks to Stacey. They were one of the original sponsors when we started these events back 23 years ago. Since these suppers started we estimated that these suppers generated well over a half million dollars. Thanks to all these supper sponsors. Without these events and more fund raisers we could not survive on Trail Permit sales alone. Also with support from revenue from our Nepisiguit Lodge is another contributing factor that goes into the expense of trail grooming.
The highlight of the night was the celebration of the oldest snowmobiler in North America. Elmer runs his own sled and is a member of good standing with Club #1. It was indeed a special night to honor this special man.
Next week is the Chicken & Ribs supper sponsored by the Atlantic Host. You had better get your tickets early as this supper is quite popular.
Great Comments Coming from Sledders * Update #105:45 AM - Jan 17, 2019
Update #1 7.30 AM: -20 degrees in Bathurst at Post: The #1 unit just turned at Serpentine on Trail 23. Roger and Troy left Rogers Lake last night. Once they return to Rogers Lake, Jack will do Trail 22 and around the California Lake loop. (California Lake Loop = Rogers Lake, Trail 23 to Red Pine Shelter, 507 to 507/22 intersection, Trail 22 to Nine Mile Shelter, Trail 23 into Rogers Lake). Looking at the forecast the trails will be flat in anticipation for more snow coming Friday 5 to 10, and Sunday 30 to 40. We really don't need all of this, but I guess as you would say "Money in the Bank". We'll see what transpires until then.
Thurs, Jan 17th, Club #1
All reports are that the trails are in good shape. The #3 was out on its short run on Trail 23; Lodge to Nine Mile Shelter and down to the 19/23 intersection on the Line. The #1 is back on the trail after engine repair to manifold and water pump and some shop TLC. It headed out for Serpentine last night. It should be back at Rogers Lake sometime tonight. We will have the new groomer back tonight and ready to hit the trails from the Atlantic Host.
We had a good turnout for our first supper with many in attendance from through the Maritimes and plenty of local people. Summary at 7AM
Trail Are Good05:40 AM - Jan 16, 2019
Wed, Jan 16th, Club #1
Trails are in decent shape and if we can get by today, we should be in half decent shape. We had the #1 down for a new Manifold and water pump at Bathurst Heavy Equipment. Got the unit back at 5 PM yesterday (good turn around)and put some of our own TLC on it as it doesn’t come down out of the woods very often except for something that you can’t do at -20. That unit will be floated back to Rogers Lake this morning. The #2 should be back tomorrow night. The #3 (Blue Monster) will do its regular run between Nepisiguit and Rogers Lake on Trail 23.
I have a new complaint to tell you about “I would like to make a formal complaint on trail the perfect conditions my 600 etec was not able to make it to nepisiguit without blowing a belt it’s much too fast.” I’m not sure if the trails are that good, but most are V Good. I was speaking with Alyre (Serpentine) yesterday and he said traffic was down more than usual last weekend so he said Trail 23 to Serpentine must be still good. Ron has scheduled the Serpentine run Trail 23 for tonight and upon its return the following evening, Jack will be out on the 22 and Cal Loop. A little Post Script; did you see the forecast for Sunday.
Kenny's Trucking / Curts Auto Repair Supper at the lodge tonight. I’m thinking it is a sellout. Elmer’s 101st birthday is on.
Looking Good for a Few Days05:50 AM - Jan 15, 2019
Tues, Jan 15th, Club #1
Trails are good to very good to awesome. We busted our @$$ to get as much trail groomed since Sunday because we have the #1 in the shop for a new manifold and water pump as of late yesterday (should be back on the trail Wed morning. The #2, which ran since early yesterday morning and was on the trails until late last night is being shipped to Lamtrac for adjustments. We should have it back late Thursday.
We finally got the Trail 500 done because of the big snow we got. It runs on Golf Course property, therefore we need enough snow to prevent any damage to the course. Here is operators statement on Host to Lodge after last nights run "Trail put to bed untouched going to be mint and solid in morning."
To summarise all trails in our system should be decent and hold up until we get our equipment back. Just another reminder that we will be having our first Wednesday night supper on Jan 16th. Kenny's Trucking / Curts Auto Repair will be hosting a delicious roast beef supper. That night we will be honoring Elmer Vienneau on a belated 101st birthday. Elmer is the oldest active snowmobiler in Canada. Get you tickets early, because this will be a sellout. Call the Lodge at 548-9174 to reserve get your supper tickets.
Trails are Good Following Another busy Weekend06:00 AM - Jan 14, 2019
Mon, Jan 14th, Club #1
All three groomers were out yesterday at different times during the day with the #1 & #2 groomers out again this morning. We are trying to get in as much Trail TLC as possible because both of these groomers will be out of action for short periods. The #1 is on a little marathon with 24 + hours running Trails 23 From Nepisiguit to Red Pine Shelter 507 Trail 22 to the 33/301 intersection back to Nine mile Shelter into the Austin Brook Shelter finally. Currently it is working a roughed up section From Rogers Lake to Red Pine Shelter with multiple passes. It will be out of service for two days as it will have a manifold change out at Bathurst Heavy Equipment tomorrow. Tow truck will be picking it up this Morning. The 32 Will be working the trail 19 from East Bathurst to Nepisiguit and The Atlantic Host over the next 24 hours. It is going back for warranty adjustments as well late tomorrow.
Trails should be in decent shape by tomorrow morning. We’ll have them ou on the trails as soon as we get them back. With this last big snow, it has really helped in our problem areas. In total there is in excess of 4 feet of snow and close to a foot of packed base on some sections of trail. Traffic will be at a minimum over the next few days barring Wednesday which is when you usually get a bump in traffic.
Just a reminder that we will be having our first Wednesday night supper on Jan 16th. Kenny's Trucking / Curts Auto Repair will be hosting a delicious roast beef supper. That night we will be honoring Elmer Vienneau on a belated 101st birthday. Elmer is the oldest active snowmobiler in Canada. Get you tickets early, because this will be a sellout. Call the Lodge at 548-9174 to reserve get your supper tickets.
Trails Looking Good + Update #105:50 AM - Jan 13, 2019
Update #1: The #2 and #3 are off the trails. The #1 is currently on Trail 22. It will be off sometime tonight.
Trails are very good
Sun, Jan 13th, Club #1 -15 in Bathurst
Trails held up good over Saturday and traffic was up with sledders from all over the Maritimes. With all trails groomed up by all clubs surely brought traffic from all corners of the surrounding area. All three groomers are out at post on small runs. Hey should be off the trails by noon. Most trails rank from good to V Good. We groomed over the 503 yesterday, which was the last major trail to be done. I would emphatically like to point out that the section of 503 near highway 180 is shared with camp owners for about 1km in towards Upsalquitch. Please do not harass these people. They access their camps via wheelers. We plan to share one side of that trail with them. They were there first and we should respect their rights to go to their camps. So far we’ve had no incidents.
We have our first Wednesday night supper on Jan 16th. Kenny’s Trucking will be hosting a delicious roast beef supper. That night we will be honoring Elmer Vienneau on a belated 101st birthday. Elmer is the oldest active snowmobiler in Canada. You had better get you tickets early, because this will be a sellout. Call the Lodge at 548-9174 to reserve get your supper tickets.
Trails are Firming Up05:50 AM - Jan 12, 2019
Sat, Jan 12th, Club #1
Trails are staring to firm up with traffic and grooming. The temperatures are on the cold side so they are setting up nicely. We are on he last legs of getting our trails done. The #1 just got back to Rogers Lake from Serpentine on Trail 23 with Roger at the helm. Jack turned it around and is heading back on 23 towards Popple and will be doing the Upsalquitch Trail 503 out to Simpson fields. The #2 has been on the trail since 9 PM last night. After a four hour break and doing down to Bass River it headed out on Trail 19 from the shop, went to Nepisiguit and should be at the Host by 8 AM this morning. The #3 looked after the trail 23 from Nepisiguit to Rogers Lake. It will be back out sometime this morning. The #3 is a two track New Holland and this kind of deep snow gives it a hard time. We were venturing in the new 502 trail and had to turn (just barely) due to deep snow. We’ll have to get at it with one of the other groomers to break that trail.
There should be big traffic today as all trails leading to Nepisiguit are groomed up; trails 52 48 19 23 are done on the East and south side of Nepisiguit.
Two groomers on the Trail this Morning + Update #105:45 AM - Jan 11, 2019
Update #1: 2 PM Three groomers on the trail at Post. #1 left Rogers Lake this Morning and is heading towards Serpentine. Should be back around 6 AM tomorrow morning. #2 left the Host this AM and just left Nepisiguit and is now approaching East Bathurst on 19.
#3 left Nepisiguit this AM and is turning at Rogers Lake at post. Will return to Nepisiguit.
Fri, Jan 11th, Club #1
-6 in Bathurst with a flurry down overnight. It was a slow start yesterday, but we got all groomers up and running. It will be a few passes over every trail before things get back to normal. Trails yet to be groomed are 23 Governors to Serpentine, Trail 503 Popple Depot to Simpson Fields on 19. We should have those trails done by weeks end. They take a bit more planning.
It was a long run, but we got to the Host at 3.30 AM. Now that the trail is broke, that return run to Nepisiguit will be easier, which is taking place at post time. We had an operator change after fueling. Once Josh gets to Nepisiguit he will turn back towards East Bathurst on Trail 19. The #1 completed the Trail to Popple Depot and is currently on the "Trail to Hell" on Trail 22 as far as the 301/22 intersection. The #3 will be back out this morning.
This is a very good snow with lots of body to it. We didn’t do the 502 Austin Brook Cluster last night (it was too Late). It will get done today. Trail conditions will definitely vary from bad to good, depending on grooming and traffic over them. Most clubs are grooming all around the province. Locally Caraquet has groomed the 19, Miramichi has done the 52 to the head pond, Chaleur has groomed the 19 to Simpson Fields. https://nbfsc.evtrails.com/#
Tons of Snow Down in the Region + update #1 + Update #2 + Update #3 + Update #404:45 AM - Jan 10, 2019
Update #4 6 PM We are slowly making progress. The three groomers are out, Be it s little late with the #2 (circumstances beyond our control). It is about 1.5 hours from Nepisiguit and will be at the Host before midnight if everything goes according to plan. All clusters have been done in the Cal Loop. When the #3 returns to Nepisiguit tonight it will do the 502 Austin Brook Cluster. The #1 will trek to Governors. It is extremely slow going with drifts up to 5 feet, but the snow is absolutely perfect; very dense and a little moist. Last report for the night. Check in the morning to see how we're doing.
Update #3 2.30 PM Three groomers are now on the move. The #2 was just delivered to the groomer shop in East Bathurst and Bryan is running it to the Nepisiguit Lodge without the drag (reason: because that is where the drag is). On his way up he'll take care of all road crossings, plus the drifts. He'll then hook the drag and go to the Host and change operators. Looking at about 10 PM. The #1 is almost completed to Nine Mile Shelter (40 cluster trail 508 is done). The #3 is up to Nine Mile shelter and into that cluster. Once the #3 gets to Rogers Lake we'll have an operator switch and that unit will return to Nepisiguit and do the 502 (Austin Brook Cluster) on the way back.
Update #2 12.30 PM I was speaking with Ron on the #3. He said very heavy going. Snow is pretty dense and with -2 temps it will tend to settle. This is very good snow and will pack well. Ron is running from Nepisiguit to Rogers Lake. He is about near half way there. Roger on the #1 is out of Rogers Lake up to Red Pine shelter on the 23, over the 507 to Trail 22, south on the 22 towards Nine Mile Shelter. He currently is on the 508 into the 40 cluster. The #2 will be on the trail at about 2 PM. (east Bathurst to the nepisiguit Lodge.
Update #1 10.30 AM We have two groomers running. The 430 into Rogers Lake is still not ploughed except for what they did last night at 5 PM. Roger made an attempt and made it. He just called and said he was Okay. The #1 will do the Cailfornia Loop, Check all the camp clustrs to assure that no one is stranded. Ron on the #3 left Nepisiguit about an hour ago and is heading for Rogers Lake. The #2 was in Tracadie for some adjustments and was supposed to have been back in Bathurst yesterday. With the snow that came it was delayed until today and it isn't here yet. Please read previous reports.
Thurs, Jan 10th, Club #1
I’m not sure where to start at this point except that we have 35 to 50 cm of snow down and it is still snowing at a rate of 1cm per two hours since midnight. I’ll start with a word of safety: It is too dangerous to venture out with a snowmobile unless you are totally prepared and are traveling with no less than 4 people. Have extra fuel on board and a survival kit plus make sure your cell phones are charged. It will be a task for us to get the trails ploughed up, let alone groomed. Providing we can even get to where the groomers are stationed this will be a monumentous task once we start. The boys have to get themselves “shoveled out” then they have to get to where the groomers are. We’ll see what takes place from now until then. Usually the Highway 430 is done up to Rogers Lake, but it is not always the case. That is where the #1 unit is stationed. There was a report that even highway 8 was down to one lane so the government priorities are not going to be Highway 430 into Rogers Lake.
Ron has all the operators lined up and once we get started it will be 24/7 grooming. Just be a little patient and as you know, we always get it done. This is going to be a little slower with the amount of snow down all at one time.
If you are out we would appreciate you reporting back to us via FB or email to let us know the amounts of snow in different areas. Hopefully by noon, lodges will be open for services. We will let you know when Nepisiguit lodge will be open. Rogers Lake, Serpentine and Island Lake have someone there 24/7.
Storm Today +update #1 + Update #2 + Update #3 + Update #405:45 AM - Jan 9, 2019
Update #4 9 PM Storm is still raging. Just guessing because of all the drifting, but I would guess at 35 cm right now. Should be much more by morning if this keeps up. I think the boys might be a while before they are able to get to the groomers in the morning.
Update #3 6 PM Hard to say how much snow is down , but looking at the forecast, they are looking at non stop snow for the next 36 hours, most of which will be flurries. As of 6 PM it is still coming down hard and furious. I'll give you the accumulation at 8 PM of what is down now. This is a note that will be repeated tomorrow morning: "A word of safety is in order. Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be back. Don’t go alone and try to go as a group of three or more. It would be handy to have extra gas on board as well + an emergency kit." We will be lucky to get one groomer out in the morning, but we will see. Read first part of this blog at 6 AM. bottom of page
Update #2 4.10 PM 20 CM down in Bathurst. White out conditions on Highway 8. Do not travel this highway. 2 to 3 cm per hour until at least 7 PM
Update #1 1.30 PM Snow is falling at a pace of 2 to 3 cm per hour. It is supposed to fall at this rate for about 8 hours then taper off to approximately 1 cm overnight.
Wed, Jan 9th, Club #1
Trails were still decent yesterday. The snow has been falling since last evening, but not much accumulation yet with about 3 cm down at post. It is going to come down pretty good this afternoon. I’m hoping everyone got the notice that our Wednesday Night Supper has been canceled for tonight.
Our groomers will be ready to go on Thursday morning, but it may be a slow start as all of our groomers are located where the roads may not be ploughed in the morning ie; Rogers Lake or Nepisiguit Falls. There was some traffic yesterday and some reports that I heard was that trails were very good. This snow will put us over the top and it will be close to Saturday where we will be where we want with getting that snow groomed in. It looks good temperature wise for setting up. We'll update the snowfall different times during the day. The forecast calls for a big hit from the Miramichi to Bathurst.
The Elhatton’s Wednesday night supper has been pushed to the end of the season, which will be at a date to be announced in March. Our supper on Wed Jan 16 will be hosted by Kenny’s Trucking. It will be a roast beef supper along with their famous Banana Split dessert. Call the lodge at 548-9174 to reserve your tickets.
We'll be out on Thursday.05:50 AM - Jan 8, 2019
Tues, Jan 8th, Club #1
The three groomers are parked after discussing with exec. Due to the pending storm on Wednesday, we concluded that we wait until Thursday morning. Facts considered were 1) We had all groomers out Sunday night and early Monday morning 2) Trails are in very decent shape. 3) Complete lack of traffic after this weekend 4) Fuel savings for the storm that is coming.
We also canceled our first Wednesday night supper. This supper will be had later in the season. It was a disappointing call, but we can’t jeopardise people’s safety in such a big storm. Kenny’s Trucking will sponsor our next supper on Jan 16th; Roast Beef with their famous Banana Split.
There was very little traffic out yesterday. Christmas and New Years vacation come and gone. There was some good weather had and we hope everyone enjoyed their runs on our trails. The trails are in fairly good shape, but we could use this coming snow in a few places where it is quite sparce.
Grooming Last Night + Update #105:35 AM - Jan 7, 2019
Update #1 7 PM: We had a meeting today about more grooming before the storm on Wednesday. The conclusion was that we wait until Thursday morning. Facts considered were 1) We had all groomers out last night 2) Trails are in very decent shape. 3) Complete lack of traffic after this weekend 4) Fuel savings for the storm that is coming. I'm sure 95% will understand for the other 5% that never understands anything no matter what the reason.
Mon, Jan 7th, Club #1
The three groomers were on the move last night #1 is still on the trail from Rogers Lake to Govermors up the 503 to Trail 19 back to the 23 and up 5 Km towards Serpentine. The #2 is now parked as it made a double pass yesterday from East Bathurst to Host To Nepisiguit and back to East (finished early this morning). The #3 covered between the Nepisiguit Lodge and Nine Mile Shelter.
The trails are in Very good condition and we will have a meeting this morning to discuss if it is worth going out again considering 40 cm of snow coming Tuesday & Wednesday. We should know by the end of the day as we are heading for a slow-down in traffic after such a busy weekend.
Brapping Noise in Residential + Update #1 + Update #206:00 AM - Jan 6, 2019
Update #2: 1.15 PM The 4 1 has completed his run Trail 22 , 507 California Loop. All double pass Table Top. The #2 is just pulling into Atlantic Host for Fuel from East Bathurst an Nepisiguit Lodge. We could use more snow on some parts of that trail, but extremely manageable.
Update #1: 7 AM We have two groomers still out on the trails. The #1 still has 7 hours left and the #2 another 10 hours. Trails are very decent where we have good snow on the big roads. Where we have need for more snow is in the choppings and non roads. Please ride with care through these areas.
We are receiving flack from people who live along our trail system, specifically on the rail bed on Trail 19. I have nothing against pipes, but if you insist in brapping all hours of the night in close proximity of houses, well I’ll leave it to your imagination as to whether we will have a trail in those locations; besides there are laws that prohibit such actions. It is just common sense that we control our sleds in those areas to limit the noise to a bearable level for residents.
Under Required Safety Equipment
• Off-road vehicles must have a muffler or exhaust system that complies with the manufacturer’s original specifications
• Operators are prohibited from driving off-road vehicles that cause excessive or unusual noise
Tour De Chaleur Snowmobile Rally11:55 AM - Dec 22, 2018
The Tour De Chaleur Snowmobile Rally is now open for registration.
For information and Registration snowmobilers or anyone can go to the events page http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/events and scroll down to February 15th and click on the event for more information. Cost is only $60 per registrant and includes a great supper followed by Comedian Nathan Dimitroff and then The Band "Wild Pitch" at the Kc Irving Center Saturday evening plus much more.
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.
MORE TO COME