10:00 AM - January 22, 2023
-15 in Bathurst at post. It looks like we are going to miss out on the original forecast of 20 cm over tomorrow with just a flurry.
It was another day of heavy traffic on the trails yesterday. It was very busy at the Nepisiguit Lodge over the last few days and it should be the same today. Last night the boys were out again and the Trails are completely groomed from the Atlantic Host in Bathurst through trails 19 & 23 to Nepisiguit Lodge trail 23 through Rogers Lake, Piston Alley to Popple Depot. Note that these are double groomed. Please note that the rail 501 down towards the Civic Center and Quality Inn. Our groomer is unable to get under the tunnel across the CNR railbed because of height restrictions on the groomer. That however is passable by snowmobile to the Quality Inn. The club wants to thank a group of snowmobilers that helped Bryan on the #1 groomer in repairing a sink hole on Trail 19 along highway 11 last night. I'm thinking a lot of snowmobilers realize what a fragile season this is turning out to be with it being so mild, especially here in January.
It looks like as we approach the end of January into February the temperature seem to drop, which is quite favorable for grooming. Also in that stretch it looks like we are going to get a bit of snow as well. Overall that is good. Things are going to get better.
Koodos to the Caraquet Club for breaking through from Grande Anse on Trail 331 the rail bed to reach Trail 23 in Bass River. It looks like they tried the trail 19 but only got so far. It could be bogs on the Hydro Line preventing them from breaking through the full distance. Also the Tracadie club groomed the 23 from Tracadie to Trail 19 on the route 360.