It is absolutely perfect riding now….both for trail riding and boondocking in the hills. The kind of conditions where you can do a diving carve off the side of the trail, bury to the windshield and with a fist full of throttle literaly jump out of the hole. All repeat customers today…..a couples day. They had a ball. A few caribou…maybe a dozen of 15. Best of all though was the weather. Even though the sun had the power to stip down to a riding jersey the snow did not get heavy but stayed soft and very dry. Its going to be an awesome April for riding I think. The snow is very deep now and the base is more solid than I have ever seen it.
Been snowing here for a couple days now and we are buried. Just went for a quick ride just 4 km in the road and the amount of snow is awesome! You cant get off your sled without going to your waist. Best of all its fairly dense so not just light powder. Stuck many times tonight on the trails. Flurries all day tomorrow but Friday is the day so get the sleds out for then because there is warmer weather on the way for Sat. Sunday looks like its going to be an awesome day as well. We are full here at the chalets on the weekend but we still have some openings on weekdays. Its going to be a good long winter!
I apologize for not updating the blog in a while. I have been posting on FB but neglected my blog. Its been snowing for two days now and we are buried in Central. About time! Now we need it to settle so we can get around the hills without so many stucks. Its been a busy past couple weeks at the chalets with snowmobilers and people are loving all this snow. Load em up and come on in!
What a day on the Gaff yesterday! Tons of snow and awesome conditions. Check this video out by Jamie Elliot for the vids of the day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3esJ_bnPEE&feature=youtu.be
What a day on the Gaff. Tons of powder. Lots of stucks. Great day….the pics say it all. We had Tom Caines along today which is why I am posting so many pics….hard to choose. Thanks Tom! The only unfortunate event of the day is I cracked off my front tooth. No I wasn’t flying a 20 foot drop……but simply removing my glove with my teeth. Oh….another sign of age lol. Off to the dentist in the morning.
I was having bad dreams last night hearing rain pound on the window but was pleasantly surprised to find 6 inches of HEAVY snow on the ground this morning. It rained slightly off and on this morning but turned cold early and started to snow. Took a group into Hodges today and had the place to ourselves with not a track in sight. What a day! I am satisfied now with conditions. You can go just about anywhere now and there is a good base over the rocks. What I would like to see is a good freeze for a few days and then another storm. The freeze has started now come on with another storm! You can NEVER have too much snow….only makes the winter longer.
Excellent going now after that one. We received maybe 8 inches I figure….was hoping for more. Another dump on the way tonight of 10 – 20cm; downgraded once again fro 25 – 35 cm. I have a group going out tomorrow and I hope to try to get up to the play areas around twin ponds (Hodges) depending on the amount of snow that comes tonight and their abilities \ machines. I really don’t know how much snow is up there yet as I haven’t been there yet this season. Where’s our 50cm storm? That’s what we need to get to where we should be right now. I suspect there is lots os snow on the Gaff now and will be heading there early this week.
Despite the rumors that are constantly feed by those who have not been into the country and are only going by what’s on the side of the highway and their front lawn….there is a fair bit of snow in Central. I just checked out Hodges since the last rain and 90% of the trails are very good riding, and there is plenty snow. Its hard packed but the riding is decent. Also, it would take only 3 to 4 inches of snow to be excellent. There was some sections that were rough and icy where water overflowed onto or ran down the trails but overall the trails are good. Last weekend we were riding the Dawes Pond area and there is even more snow in that area. Just drive 34 km West of the chalets on the TCH, off load and go. I was just speaking a friend from Buchan’s just now and he said the going is good up there as well. I have attached a picture of near the top of Hodges and as you can see most of the snow has been lost but the trail up there is in very good shape. The open country in Peace Valley (you can see Hodges in the back-round has been flooded and then froze. The riding is a little rough but not bad. Once again, 3 or 4 inches of snow and the Valley would be excellent riding. So, in a nutshell, most of the trails around here are good riding and there is no shortage of ground to cover. Most of the water from last weeks rain has run off now so a little snow would upgrade conditions from good to excellent. If you want powder play you have to head further West but if its trail riding you are after, Central is as far as you need to go. As always, I recommend you install the spring type scratchers in case you need them……Central or Western NL. But whatever you do, don’t stay home because we have snow…..you just have to ask the right people.
I was in a few km today to check the trails our for a client who was wanting an afternoon riding leaving from the chalets. We got about an inch of snow up here yesterday which can make all the difference in the world. The trails are hard where beaten down but off to the sides there is plenty soft snow. Given the snow we got yesterday cooling was not an issue today. So there is lots of snow in the Hodges area but hard packed. They reported the “trails were good”. It really doesn’t seem like we lot a big lot with the rain but that’s because it was such a solid base already from the type winter we have been having. I am sure if it had of been powder we would have lost much more. The only thing is that it is rough for the first 3 km getting in cornfield road from trucks driving in.
Just got back from a great day on the sleds. It wasn’t a powder day….that’s for sure but there is tons of snow. Lots of areas to be cautious of from flooding but for the most part the going was good. Some fresh powder or sun would have been nice to soften the snow but off to the sides was plenty soft to avoid overheating. Dawes Pond Road is 34 KM West of the chalets on your left. Just before that North Twin road looked good too. Getting to Hodges from here will be a pain unil we get the ice covered. It wont take much though. Where the heck is our Central winter?