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Thee Night Grooming Window

05:55 AM - Mar 25, 2019

Mon, Mar 25th, Club #1
     All three groomers were out last night and are still grooming at post. The #1 has been stationed to Nepisiguit from Rogers Lake due to road conditions. It left Nepisiguit for Serpentine and should return sometime late tonight on Trail 23. This is at least a 24 hour run. The #2 is on Trail 19 from East Bathurst to West Bathurst o the Atlantic Host. At Post it is on the return leg. The #3 ran from Nepisiguit down “The Line” on Trail 23 turned at the 19/23 intersection and did the 23 up to Rogers Lake and back to Nepisiguit Lodge. This was the first good window for grooming and after Tuesday night it looks like it could be our last for the short term. So, the next two days could determine our season for grooming unless we get some negative temps over the next few weeks. 
   If you want tickets for the remaining two suppers you had better book soon
Wednesday: March 27th, Pork Roast: Sponsor  Elhatton's Funeral Home
Wednesday: April 3rd , Bar-B-Q Chicken: Sponsors Hatheway Group Ford-Nissan-Toyota/Maritime Refrigeration/ Elm Tree Resources 


OSM Magazine

06:00 AM - Mar 24, 2019

Sun, Mar 24th, Club #1  
There has been a change in the OSM Magazine and television show. They have changed their schedule as follows.
Jacquet River to Super-village club on Sunday.
Serpentine Lodge through Nepisiguit Club on Tuesday.
Back to Nepisiguit to nine mile east for groomer shots by drone on Tuesday.
Grooming: I’m assuming that the groomers will be out tonight after the temperatures drop. It looks good for grooming after today. There is a lot of wet snow down after the snow rain event Friday night through Saturday with varying amounts of heavy wet snow from 10 cm up to 25cm depending on elevations from Bathurst to Serpentine.
    I’m sorry that I’ve been out of the loop with the club these past days, but am going through some family health problems here at home, which is much more important to me. I’ll do the best that I can giving the circumstances. 


Messy day here in Bathurst

09:00 AM - Mar 23, 2019

It's a messy day here in Bathurst. Rain then snow,back to rain, then snow. Power was out at different times throughout the night. Once the temperature drops, we could possibly get out  and  groom. There could be a problem with tree overhangs.

Trails in Great Shape

05:50 AM - Mar 20, 2019

Wed, Mar 20th, Club #1 -15 at post
     We had the good with the bad yesterday.. Te #2 and from the Host to the Nepisiguit Lodge up the 23 and into the 502 Austin Brook Cluster and return to East Bathurst. Most parts of that trail were 11/10. For everyones info the mess near Cloucester Jct. on Trail 19 has been cleaned up (See Map Below). The #3 Big Blue groomed from the Lodge out 23 to Nine Mile Shelter and continued on 22 to the 22/507 intersection Trail is 10/10. The bad was on the #1 where we were going to make a rerun to Serpentine yesterday morning. Couldn’t start the unit. Electrical problems with the starter wiring. Floated it to Bathurst Heavy Equipment. Should be ready this AM, but grooming from here to Sunday does not look good with temperatures out to lunch. 
     For all you Southern sledders there is no worry of the lack of snow or trail base. We should be good up this way until the first of May. Yes, down the road there will be problems, but keep tuned in to this site and we'll do our best to keep you informed.


Weather Looks Good Going Forward

05:50 AM - Mar 19, 2019

Tuesday, Mar 19th, Club #1 -11 at post
     All three groomers were out again yesterday. The major was the #1 going to Serpentine on Trail 23. Trails are approaching 9/10 while 50 % is 10/10. The only trail not done in the system is the 503 and reports are that it is still great. We’ll see. 
      A lot of visitors on the trail system yesterday and the trend may continue into the weekend. The weather looks good up until Friday where the forecast keeps changing from rain to snow. The good thing is, that there isn’t much to the precip.
Tickets are completely sold out for the Steak Bar-B-Q supper for this Wednesday nights supper at Nepisiguit Sports lodge.
If you want tickets for the remaining two suppers you had better book soon
Wednesday: March 27th, Pork Roast
Wednesday: April 3rd , Bar-B-Q Chicken 


All Three Groomers out Yesterday + Update #1

05:45 AM - Mar 18, 2019

Update #1 2.30 PM
Tickets are completely sold out for the Steak Bar-B-Q supper for this Wednesday nights supper at Nepisiguit Sports lodge.
If you want tickets for the remaining two suppers you had better book soon
Wednesday: March 27th, Pork Roast
Wednesday: April 3rd , Bar-B-Q Chicken 
The #1 groomer turned  and it is on it way back from Serpentine on Trail 23 See Map


Mon, Mar 18th, Club #1 -10 at post
      All three groomers were on the move yesterday. The #2 was out at 9 AM and groomed Trail 19 from Bass River to the Host. Also covered the line Trail 23 to Nepisiguit. A triple pass from Route 360 back to Red Brook Shelter was necessary. In most cases the trail was very decent proving the fact that the sun peeling off layers does work. We installed the tire on Big Blue and it did its thing between Nepisiguit and Rogers Lake. It is great to have our ace in the hole back on track. We were fortunate to not have this breakdown during a heavy grooming period. The #1 did Trail 22 and the Cal Loop. It will be off to Serpentine today. 
      Once the trails are completed in this go around, we’ll pick and chose trails where grooming is needed. Info from the public is welcome. We have our Bar B- Q steak supper on Wednesday night. I’m not sure how the ticket are going, but past history shows it is always a sell-out. This weeks supper is sponsored by Tim Hortons and Stotharts Automotive. We have two suppers left after Wednesday. 
      Unlike last year March has come in like a little kitten where last year it was a lion of a month dumping over 150 cm of snow. Great sledding weather so get out and enjoy.  


Only 5 feet of Snow left in Bathurst: Don't push the Panic Button Yet

05:40 AM - Mar 16, 2019

Sat, Mar 16th, Club #1 +3 at post
     People are wondering how the trails are. They are great for the most part. We only had 3 to 4 ml of rain yesterday with a smidge more forecast for today and 6 degree weather, which is great spring riding weather. There is no water on the trails and the only thing that is happening is the phenomena known as self grooming. This of course happens during those sunny days and days with mild +degree temperatures where millimeters of trail base is melted off each day. The snow depth really dropped over the last few days, but not to worry; we only have about 5 feet left and a solid two feet + of trail base, which is always the last to go. 
    Temps should be getting back to steady minus tomorrow for at least a few days and the groomers will be out in full force. 
    Here are some events remaining with our club over the next few weeks:
1. Tonight at the lodge 7 PM to 11 PM: Music by Red Hunger
2.  Wednesday: March 20th, Strip Loin Steak Bar-B-Q
3.  Wednesday: March 27th, Pork Roast
4.  Wednesday: April 3rd , Bar-B-Q Chicken
Also note that OSM Magazine will be in the Bathurst area for three days doing a feature on snowmobiling here in the great white north. This will be great exposure for the area as this is the biggest magazine for the sport of snowmobiling. 


Great Sledding Weather + Update Trail 19 in East Bathurst + Update see map

06:00 AM - Mar 15, 2019

Update: 6 PM  see attached map
Do we know why they blocked trail 19 in east at the end of the rail bed in rough waters?
The Gov wanted the banks shoved back on that side of the road to prevent flooding on the road. It will be fixed once we get the groomer out there. They (the Gov) are going to knock the banks down today.  Any inconvenience will be temporary.


Fri, Mar 15th, Club #1
   Not much to report other than the trails are holding up very nicely. + 8 yesterday although it felt like +15. Great sledding weather. We’ll be out on Sunday by the looks of the weather. 
   We received the tire for Big Blue and we’ll have it on the trail shortly. Both @1 & #2 are parked as well. Las grooming was Wednesday night.  


Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Closing Message to Members and all Snowmobilers

07:00 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 rain

07:00 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 #1

08:00 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 trails

05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017

    -3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
     Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst. 


Final Safety Message

11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016

 Final Safety Message #5
   Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail,  hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion. 


Hand Signals Make Trails Safer

11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016

Safety Message #14  Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.

Communication is an important part of staying safe, having fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
RIGHT TURN
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
LEFT TURN
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
SLOWING
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
STOP
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.
ONCOMING SLEDS
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. 
SLEDS FOLLOWING
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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