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History of Start Ups and Closures

10:00 AM - December 07, 2019


Year 18-19

    Great snow from Oct to Dec 15. Sleds moving in the highlands

    First time ever that we had groomers out prior to Dec 15th prepping trails

    Dec 15. All groomers on the move

    Dec 15 through March 1 phenomenal snow with up to 6ft

        + perfect trails for the most part with no major disruptions

    Mar 1 to Apr1, not much snow, about 30 cm in all but great sledding

    Apr 1 to 15 Still great sledding 4th Groomed all trails Bathurst to Serp

Year 17-18

     Dec 10 to Dec 15, Received up to 40 Cm by then

     Dec 14 Floated #2 to Rogers Lake close to 45 Cm above the lodge

     Dec 17 By them 75% of system groomed including to Bathurst Trails 7 out of 10

     Dec 23 & 25 Received another 40 Cm and we were V Good to go

     Jan 4/5 Another 62 cm Drifts as high as 8 feet

     Jan 12 35 mils of rain & 5 cms of snow Trails still good.

     Jan 15 to Feb 15 Lots of snow with some rain mix. Trails awesome

     Mar 8th to the 15th three Nor’easters with a total of 90 cm but very warm temps,

     Mar 31st up to 4 feet of base and trails excellent, Not much grooming mild.

     Apr 4th Noreaster with 30 cm of snow

Year 16-17

     Dec 3rd 15 to 50 cm of snow down from Bathurst to Serpentine

     Dec 14 Floated #2 to Nepisiguit close to 3 feet at lodge

     Dec 15 Groomed Nep Lod to Serpentine

     Jan 10th Excellent conditions 3 to 4 feet of snow, great base

     Jan 11 to 13 a little melt, but no damage, other than icy bed.

     Jan 13 to Jan 31 trails in excellent condition. Ice storm of 2017 didn’t affect us.

     Feb 1st to Feb 23 trails very good. A little wet spell for two days, nothing major

     Mar 15th excellent trails everywhere in the north 12” of wet snow put a big damper

               on conditions

     Mar 28 more snow 3 to 4 cm trails still good from Bathurst to Serpentine

     Apr 3 Last day of any significant grooming. Conditions bad to good to great.

Year 15-16

     Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen

      Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.

     Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming

      from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province.

     Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out.

     Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge.

     Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.

     Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions

      Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast

      Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable

Year 14-15

Up to 3 feet of snow, but very wet underneath. Lots of holes and water cuts

      Dec 15: Started prepping the trails and lots of traffic.

      Dec 25: 25 MM of rain , but still going, Need big time freezing.

       still great sledding through the north

      Jan 26 to 30 Rc’d about 60 cm of snow

      February: Trails in phenomenal shape

      March 31: All trails stiil great with no severe melt downs yet

      April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed

Year 13-14

      Dec 15: Started packing & grooming

      Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow

      Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week

      Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube??

      Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there

      Lots of snow from now until end of season Stopped grooming Apr 10

      after some rain, but trails good to excellent. Some sledding into may

      Best season on record. Over 2000 hours groomed.

Year 12-13

      Dec 28: Started grooming right from Bathurst,

            Conditions From Bathurst to the Lodge were doable.

             Grooming all trails above Lodge.

      Dec 27 8 to 10 inches conditions much improved. As time

             progressed towards Jan 12 snow gradually wore out

             between Bathurst and the Lodge where conditions just

             became doable in that stretch

       Jan 13 /14 Mild spell 4 to 11 deg forced to call Everything

           closed from the City, doable from Lodge out to shelter

       Jan 22 Reopened the trails after 10 to 15 cm Still scratchy

       Jan 31 All Trails closed in NB due to rain & meltdown

       Feb 3-4 10 cm snow open from lodge west but icy no grooming

       Feb 9 Major storm to the south 15 cm in Bathurst

       Feb 17 & 20 Two majors in a row total close to 95 cm Back

           in Business

       Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge

               going West

       April 8. Last grooming. Trails fair to poor on what is left

Year 11-12 Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions

         were not that great. A bit of mild towards Jan 1. People

          running off trail. Limited grooming Jan 4.

         Jan 8 to 9 Broke Trail from Host to Lodge, Not much snow

         + overhanging alders. Great freezing temps with no water.

          Great conditions with not much snow in PEI/NS

          March 18, 19 temperatures near +28 degrees

          Season is toast

Year 10-11 Preping Trails Dec 26 . Started grooming on the 28th

         after Storm on Dec 26 & 27 Extremely mild weather. Lots of

         washouts and wet areas. Conditions much improved by Jan 20.

         Feb 21 over 260 Cm down in Bathurst area with great conditions.

         Mar 14 20 mm rain on 11 & 12 but very manageble. -5 deg

         Mar 31 No trails closed yet with great base depth

         Apr 15 Last day out of the Lodge. Still great up high

         Apr 07 08 09 Last Grooming Days

         Apr 23 Lot s of people still sledding in the golden triangle

         Apr 27 Game over with the rain & mild weather

Year 09-10 Start-up Dec 29 last grooming Mar 28

         Poor year as far as linking trails throughout the Province

         We had a good year except for linking to the City

Year 08-09 Start-up Dec 16 and never looked back.

Year 07-08 Start-up Dec 15 and never looked back.

Year 06-07 Preped Trails on Jan 15 and started Jan 19.

Year 05-06 Dec 25 50 cm storm and started on 26 and 27.

Year 04-05 Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50mm of

             rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3

             due to ice and not enough snow cover. Started back up on Jan 10.



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