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Good Sledding Weather + Update 10 AM05:55 AM - Feb 23, 2020
Update 10 AM: #1 still on the trail. Ran from Rogers Lake 23, 507, 22 to the 301/22 intersectio back to Rogers Lake then down to Nepisiguit on Trail 23 and is on the way back to Rogers Lake at post.
#2 ran from Atlantic Host to Nepisiguit and back to the Host. (trails 19 & 23) Currently parked.
Trails 8 to 10
Sunday, Feb 23rd, Club #1
-5 at post in Bathurst. Our two running groomers were out again last night on their 10 to 12 hour runs.
With zero temps we’re into April type grooming hours. Looking at the temperature trends for the next two weeks shows a strong trend towards the same along with not much snowfall. This has been an excellent year so far for sledding and grooming with just the right amounts of snowfalls from time to time and looking back there isn’t too many years that we can find the same conditions, especially province wide. The Farmers Almanac gives you a trend, but I find their forecasts a little to be believed. These next two weeks are going to be excellent for sledding. See attached temperature trends.
Same safety message as yesterday: Please let us keep safety in mind. Slow down on turns, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the trails. About 15% of our trails are cut out of old roads that are not summer maintained except for the clubs that use them. THEY ARE NOT ENGINEERED ROADS.
Busy Weekend: Ride Safe05:45 AM - Feb 22, 2020
Saturday, Feb 22nd, Club #1
-18 at post in Bathurst. We have one groomer out with a bad drag, which will only be repaired at the beginning of the week so the onus is on the two remaining groomers on a busy weekend. The #1 was around the Cal loop and down to Nepisiguit with the #2 up from Bass River & East Bathurst on 19 & 23 to Nepisiguit Lodge then back to the Host in Bathurst.
There was good traffic on the trails yesterday and it is partially attributed to the free weekend pass plus good weather. Please let us keep safety in mind. Slow down on turns, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the trails. About 15% of our trails are cut out of old roads that are not summer maintained except for the clubs that use them. THEY ARE NOT ENGINEERED ROADS.
Good Weekend Coming06:05 AM - Feb 21, 2020
Friday, Feb 21st, Club #1
-20 again this morning here in Bathurst. The #2 left the Atlantic Host on Trail 19 East yesterday for our shop in East Bathurst for a thaw out of the unit. It seen drifting and a lot of snow iced the unit up with these cold temps. The #1 was out of Rogers Lake on Trail 23 to Serpentine; still on the trail at post. The #3 Big Blue was out of Nepisiguit and was supposed to run to Rogers Lake on Trail 23, but looks like he encountered problems so he turned at the 430 highway. It is currently on the way back. Trails are 9 to 10.
I would like to think that our snowmobiling public are people that look after each other and I still think that 99.99% do just that. We had another incident at our Nine Mile Shelter where we had another axe stolen. With these cold and treacherous temperatures it would be nice to have an axe to split up some kindling but when it goes missing, need I say more. The axe which was just placed there was drilled and a cable secured with Crosby clips went missing. This was just a cheap hatchet axe purchased at Canadian Tire; $10 or so on sale. A regular axe is in the $50 range and of course it would be fool hardy to put one of those. But I guess we will have to credit the .001% for our troubles.
There has been some crazy swings in temperatures and it is not going away with temps of -15 yesterday and mostly plus over the next three of four days. This is the best and most consistent trail conditions around the province that I’ve seen in years. Not as much snow as in previous years, but enough to keep good lube and flat conditions everywhere. No melt downs except a little before Christmas, but it was a contributing factor on what we seen so far. I’ve always said that a little rain here and there is always good for the trails.
Just to bring you up to date on our remaining list of events for this year:
February 26th - Wednesday- 6:30pm- Supper at Lodge- “Hip of Beef”-Doucet Landscaping and Blanchards Ready Mix
Feb 29th - Saturday- 12:00pm- 4:00pm- Rogers Lake Lodge
24th Anniversary of our famous“ Danny Burger Run”- Big D Drive In
March 4th - Wednesday- 6:30pm –Supper at Lodge- Chicken Cordon Bleu- Maurice’s Gas and Convenience / Service Master
March 7th - Saturday - Wings & Mussels Day - Boucher Machining, DonTech Industries, Steve’s Electric, City Center, Junction Lumber at Rogers Lake Lodge
March 11th - Wednesday- 6:30pm- Supper at Lodge- Strip Loin Steak- Thirteen Barrels / Bradley Jenks Exc.
March 12th – Thursday – 6:30 PM - Supper at Lodge - Bar-B-Q Chicken – All proceeds to Miramichi Snowmobile Club
Big Thank You to City Center Service, Steve's Electric and Boucher Machinig10:00 AM - Feb 20, 2020
Another sell-out supper at the lodge last night. We want to thank Steve’s Electric, City Center Service Station Ltd and Boucher Machining Inc. We had people in from PEI, a big contingent from our good neighbors from the Miramichi and different parts of NB plus a couple Gary & Eilene from NS. The turkey supper was fantastic, prizes were great and everyone had a great time. A special thanks to our own volunteers with Dennis, Dave , Richard and Kirk plus our staff Joan, Charlene, Micheline, Bryce and Jessie. Claude and Nicole were on hand to help with the prizes and a special thanks to Claudes wife Nicole for making the awesome deserts. Thank you all for all showing up to a great social event. See you next week at our next supper (roast beef and all the fixens) sponsored by Doucet's Lanscaping and Blanchard's Ready Mix. Call the lodge 548-9174 for tickets as they will be going fast and they could be sold out already.
Groomers are out.05:50 AM - Feb 20, 2020
Thursday, Feb 20th, Club #1
-19 at post and it is looking like another busy weekend on the trails. We have our three groomers on the trails at post . The #1 & 3 groomers were out early last night around 8ish. The Big Blue was down to the highway 360 then back towards Nine Mile Shelter and will end up at Nepisiguit this morning. The #1 was out of Rogers Lake and up Piston Alley (Trail 23) and is over on the 503 and it will backtrack to Rogers Lake up to Nine Mile Shelter. It looks like Ron & Roger fixed the #3 problem on Tuesday as it did the Cal Loop and the 507 + 22 up to the 22/301 intersection over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Bryan is taking the #2 from the shop in East Bathurst over to the Atlantic Host. It spent most of the day down 19 and the 331 and returned to the shop area early last evening. See Maps below.
I spoke to some lads from Parsboro and they said trails were excellent all over. There was a bit of drifting from the snow we had over Tuesday night and it was still galing into last night. Andre (PEI) said the same thing about conditions. We had a great supper last night and will report on it later this morning. Be careful out there as the season is half over and we don’t want you hurting yourself or better yet, Someone else!
I’ve been noticing numerous clubs from around the province and also in Nova Scotia and PEI having notices put to snowmobilers to “STAY ON MARKED TRAILS”. All clubs have gone through agreements with landowners to cross their land for trail use through their property. If we continually ignore these privileges, the possibility of losing these trails is very evident. These private crossings are essential in maintaining the snowmobile trail infrastructure that we have and abuse by free riding over these properties puts this infrastructure in jeopardy. Please stay on the trails while riding across farmers fields and private properties.
Free Weekend Pass for Visitors to New Brunswick this weekend05:40 AM - Feb 19, 2020
Wednesday, Feb 19th, Club #1
- 6 and a bit of snow on the ground this morning. We had an issue with the #1 groomer yesterday with it cutting out, which looked like fuel problems again. It looks like they rectified the problem as it was out on a short run, for test purposes. This moved us back a day on grooming, but it will be caught up shortly. The #2 unit ran from the Host to East Bathurst and the #3 unit ran from Nepisiguit down The Line to highway 360 back on Trail 23 to Nine Mile East to the 430 then back to Nepisiguit. Trails remain 8 to 10.
All clubs around the province are all out grooming with decent snow on the ground and all trails are very good for the amount of snow we have. The NBFSC is offering their “Free Trail Permit Weekend” for visitors to New Brunswick on Feb21, 22, 23 https://www.nbfsc.com/images/whatsnew/docs/FreeTrailPermitWeekend.pdf
Looks like perfect weather for snowmobiling coming for the next 7 days with sunny weather through out this stretch. It is almost like late March and early April sledding. Sun is higher and out longer and with temps from -2 to +5 during the day, there will be peeling of layers on the trail base. Supper is on for 6.30 tonight at Nepisiguit.
Trails were busy for a Monday05:50 AM - Feb 18, 2020
Tuesday, Feb 18th, Club #1
-20 in Bathurst overnight. The temperatures are really erratic over the past week or so. Yesterday the trails seen steady traffic as well as all lodges. It had to be the layover of this weekend plus the holiday. The groomers were out again last night to make sure the trails were kept decent in the busy sections. I was up to the lodge late yesterday and everyone was saying how good the trails were. Trails are 8 to 10.
Last night we had the #1 on Trail 23 out of Rogers Lake up to Nine Mile Shelter, turn there and was supposed to be up Piston Alley again, and over on the 503, but Its engine was cutting out with fuel delivery problems so Ron will be checking it out today. The #3 was also on Trail 23 on the important highly traveled section between Nepisiguit Lodge and the Nine Mile Shelter. The #2 will be on Trail 19 from the Atlantic Host to East Bathurst today. It will do the Trail into Squire Green on the way by.
Rolland Landry and 2 friends installed the battery in Nine Mile Shelter this past weekend and also installed some wood into the same from the wood storage.They will check on it by this Friday again.
This Wednesday’s supper is sponsored by Steve’s Electric, City Center Service Station Ltd and Boucher Machining Inc. It will be a Roast Turkey supper with all the fixens plus Joan’s dessert desert, which is always a surprise. Unfortunately it is all sold out so tickets are a rare item as of today.
Groomers were out Last Night06:00 AM - Feb 17, 2020
It looked like there was good traffic this weekend. I was down in Fredericton and I was a bit out of touch. From what I'm hearing the trails remain good, but our groomers were out again last night getting our Trails touched up for the week. Trails from the Atlantic Host in Bathurst all the way to Mount Carleton Park have bee groomed. Trails 19, 23, Piston Alley and the 504 to the park have been groomed.
Groomers are out.05:50 AM - Feb 14, 2020
Friday, Feb 13th, Club #1
#1 Groomer Thursday morning Roger and I went to Rogers lake to service our # 1 Unit . We also installed new heater assembly . Checked all cleats had to change 2 cleats. Also the Right rear slider was worn out and we had to remove the slider assembly and bring it to Boucher Machining for welding repairs. I picked it up at 4 PM and installed a new slider on the slider frame. Roger installed it on groomer last night and headed off to Serpentine. He is still on the trail at post.
#3 Groomer Last night Troy is grooming Trail 23 down to the 360 back to Nine Mile Shelter then back to Nepisiguit.
#2 Groomer Last night AJ groomed from the Atlantic Host on Trail 19 down to the shop in East Bathurst . It will be serviced today for tonight’s run
Be safe out there. Pessimist "Season is half over" or Optimist "We have still have two months left"
Trails are Very Good05:45 AM - Feb 13, 2020
Thursday, Feb 13th, Club #1
-4 in Bathurst this morning. The three groomers were out last night with the #1 up Piston Alley and over on the 503 to Simpson Fields on Trail 19. It then carried on Trail 19 to the Island Lake Shelter at the 19/22 intersection to Help out Club #4 Chaleur as they were having Groomer problems. The #2 groomer was out of Atlantic Host on Trail 19 up to Highway 360 and back. The #3 Big Blue was down "The Line" to the same point ( highway 360 ) and turned there and headed to Nine Mile Shelter. It is on the trail at post heading back to Nepisiguit on Trail 23. There was great reports from all sledders that trails were V Good yesterday. We’ll continue spot grooming through tomorrow and through the weekend. It looks like a beautiful weekend for snowmobiling coming up and it could be busy on the trails. Here is urging everyone to drive with safety on their mind. “Put your head in gear before turning the key”.
We’ll have the new battery into Nine Mile Shelter by this weekend to replace the stolen one. Since we’re on the subject of Nine Mile Shelter, we are going to have a rebuild of a new shelter in this location, which will take place between seasons. There is a tremendous amount of interest in really putting up a new and better shelter in this location under the guidance of our Shelter Director Tyler Mullins. There will be more on this before seasons end.
Great turnout for last night’s supper and report will come later this morning.
Trails reaching good condition since the Storm05:45 AM - Feb 12, 2020
Wednesday, Feb 12th, Club #1
-3 at post and it is looking good for a run with temps approaching zero today. Trails are coming around very good since the snow with regrooming to get them near where they were before the storm last Friday. All three groomers were out yesterday and last night. Trails are 8 to 10 where groomed. #3 is still on the Trail 23 at post. See NBFSC map.
Supper is on tonight at 6.30 PM. Call the lodge for tickets 548-9174. Tonights Bar-B-Q chicken is sponsored by Hatheway Group, Elm Tree Resources and Maritime Refrigeration. See you there.
Still Grooming this Last Storm Into the Trails + Update #106:00 AM - Feb 10, 2020
11 AM Update #1. -11 in Bathurst with a light snow falling. 6 CM so far. The #1 unit is about 3 hours away from Rogers Lake from Mt Carleton and it will turn around with a new operator and head to Serpentine tonight. The #3 just completed its run to Rogers Lake and it is now parked at Nepisiguit.
Monday, Feb 10th, Club #1
-12 at post and warming to -7 today with a sprinkle of snow. With the cold temps the trails that have been groomed are setting up nicely. The #1 was up Piston Alley and on to Mt Carleton on the 504, The #2 ran last evening down to Bass River on Trail 19 then up to Nepisiguit Lodge 19 & 23. The #3 ran from Nepisiguit up to Rogers lake. #1 & #3 are still on the trail at post.
There was very good traffic on the trails with the boys trying out their paddle tracks getting a taste of off trail snow. Tickets are on sale for this weeks Bar-B-Q chicken for this Wednesday nights supper at the lodge. Call 548-9174.
Slow Going with 40 CM plus Drifts06:00 AM - Feb 9, 2020
Sunday, Feb 9th, Club #1
-18 at post. Slow going with the grooming as there were drifts to contend with. It is going to be a while getting all the trails looked at, then regrooming will take place as we push through this. See map on current grooming status. Trails are not going to be great for a while at least until we get multiple more passes.
I know that 99.99% of the snowmobile population won't see you stuck or cause any problems, but someone in the .001 % lifted the battery in the Nine Mile Shelter warming hut. Shame on you. These batteries are used to provide power for the lights. We normally take them out in the spring when the rats come out, but there must be a rat running around in a snowmobile suit.
We'll Be above Water after Tonight05:00 AM - Jan 30, 2020
Thursday, Jan 30th, Club #1
Good morning to you from Bathurst. I’m feeling a little better this morning as we’re starting to see some daylight with our groomer problems. Ron worked on the #3 yesterday and had it back on the trail last evening. The #2 should be floated to Bathurst sometime tonight and put to work ASAP once hooked back up to the drag where it was left on the side of the trail for the past 2 & 1 / 2 weeks. The #1 will be out this morning on the California Loop out of Rogers Lake plus trail 22 up to the 22/301 intersection. The #3 did down to Bass River and back to Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and not sure on he plan for the remainder.
I was up to the lodge last night and had good reports from sledders on all the trails. We know we could use more snow in areas of 19 from the Nepisiguit Lodge and Bathurst on both the East and West legs of Trail 19. We’ll keep doing our best with what we got to work with in those areas, so just bear with us until we get more snow. These sections rate between 6 & 8.
I will report on the supper later, but for now it was a complete success. I will not be answering any questions today as I had an invitation to go sledding today with a good friend. We’re headed up to see Alyre. My first run this year.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Jan 21, 2020
Safety Message 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
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.
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