"The best ride they ever had" is how they put it. Took 6 guys on a one night (ended up being two nights) for a night ride into Hodges the eve before and a full-on tour of the Gaff yesterday. Tons of snow of course but the crossing from Sandy Pond to the Quarry was a mixture of powder and wind beaten snow. We ducked into the few treed spots on the other side of the Summit and the real fun began. Mary March Brook was awesome with tons of powder, endless drift jumps and deep powder to carve for kilometers. Several riders in the group were able to take riding to a new level with these condition……they will have a lot more fun from now on! We took Patrick’s pond – South Brook back to the vehicles for a nigh ride out. South Brook was supposed to be one of the highlights with and endless meandering track of deep powder but we were all dead tired and didn’t play a lot….although conditions were ideal. Once again had the pleasure of having Tom Caines along for the ride. Thanks for all your help yesterday Tom. I know it was very much appreciated by all!
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After a successful ride clinic by Sledcore at the chalets, Jonathon Anstey, Andrew Goldsworthy, Jordon and I headed to Hodges today. We had planned a Gaff trip but winds were supposed to be 50 KM…..ground storm conditions in the high country. So we settled for Hodges but I can tell you the boys were far from disappointed. In fact they were very impressed! Have a look at Jonathan’s FB. We have a one chalet open this weekend due to a cancelation and a few openings on weekdays so gas em and load em and come on out! Don’t forget, we ride here until the end of April which still has lots of opening. My favorite month to ride!
By the way, on Friday Riverfront Chalets was awarded Business of the Year award at the HNL conference! A big deal and an honor to say the least. To be chosen for this with so many excellent business’s out there right across the province is humbling. We would like to give thanks to all of our customers who came and left ranting and raving about their experience here. We might be the owners but our offerings are designed for you and by you. Thanks so much!
Paul and Joy
Very sore today! The four of us (me, the Peyton Bros and Tom Caine’s) went to the White Hills – Barneys Brook area of the Gaff. I had a full loop planned including Mary March Brook to show the boys around but we didn’t even get half way. The riding was so good we couldn’t pass up the bowls and hills along the way. We were waist deep and beyond all day! It was more like a day on sea-doos rather than sleds! The play spots along the sides of the plateau are just endless…..and impossible to pass by. I’d say we had more miles from spinning tracks distance traveled! Thanks God for our snow bungee because with about 100 stucks, at least, we wouldn’t have lasted the 12 hours or riding. A long day indeed…..we were still on Barneys brook when we lost all light with a night ride back. The boys were blown away by the terrain and the conditions. It does not matter how good a rider you are, there are countless lines that will be plenty challenging. In all the excitement I managed to get a few good pics but if you look at Tom Caine’s (Gander) Facebook page I am sure he will have lots more. We will soon have to plan another trip to show the boys a few more highlights the Gaff has to offer.
We have one chalet open this weekend due to a cancelation…..I expect it will go quickly after this post. We also have some weekday openings for next week. We are full during Mid Winter Bivver weekend but we do have one sled rental available.
What a day on the sleds! Tons of powder both on the ground and still falling. I had a small group of 4 people out today who rode 2-up so we were a little limited as to where we could get but the conditions were superb! One of the guys is a BC rider so he drooled all day looking at my sled. He got a few good rips on it when we got to the hills though. He thought the terrain here is much the same as the mountain riding he does in BC. Heading to then Gaff on a personal trip tomorrow so I will be posting again to let you know the conditions up that way. First trip of the year there so I am supper stoked!
Lots of fun today and lots of stucks (30 at least)! We used the “Caine’s Toss” to get a few sleds out. Thanks Caine’s bros for showing me that one. For those of you who are not familiar, pick up the front of the the sled until balanced on end, rotate until you are pointed in the direction you want and let her drop. Now Tom, try using reverse on a steep decent LOL! It works great! I rode with Jonathon Simon today but we met up with 5 riders from Lewsiporte who stayed at the Monica Chalet last night. We all had a ball today but not everyone was within their comfort zone LOL. Lots of lines but need at least 5 more feet of snow to open up all the usual lines. Sounds like a lot but in there one or two decent storms and we will be top notch! I’d say there is 4 to 5 feet of snow down so far.
Yesterday was a good ride as well. We had a group of 6 out, two single riders and two double so we didn’t do anything extreme. As for conditions it depends on where you are. On the South side of Hodges there is plenty snow but the beaten trails are hard. Its been snowing a bit here and there so its been improving steadily, especially today. We do need more though so come on with another storm! The group, from CBS and avid West coast riders were very surprised at the terrain in the hills. They will be back for sure! Nothing changed on the open country like Peace Valley and 9 Mile….still need more snow but passable. Overall, conditions are pretty good and off trail it is very good.
I am happy to say that the 10 – 15 mms of rain in the forecast yesterday was preceded by snow into Hodges so there was very little damage. At the Monica camp there was high winds and drifting. Had a great day on Saturday. Lots of snow around the hills although we could use more to open up more lines. I was a bit disappointed in the amount of snow on the open country though but the rain a couple weeks back melted most of the snow on the bogs so still need more snow there. Had some energetic snowshoers here at the chalets the weekend, conditions on Saturday were ideal. Still lots of snow here and you can still go anywhere you want but another foot would be nice.
According to the amount of snow I plowed this morning there is no doubt that conditions are excellent now. I will be heading somewhere for a rip today. Cant wait! Lotsa powder to tear up now!
I didn’t get to go far on sled today but a group was into Hodges and reported conditions as looking “not too bad”. I was in as far as Aspen pond and the conditions were much better than expected and we had a great ride. Lots more snow on the way for Wednesday and Saturday so we are in great shape! Yahoo! These are a few pics the boys took…
I took a rental in today for comfort and so I didn’t have to worry about overheating. I first took a scoot towards Badger on the groomed trail (yes it is actually groomed). The trail is flat as a pancake and as far as I went, well covered. No problem to pick up snow off on the sides for slides and engine cooling. I suspect that any wide open areas may have bad spots though….but maybe not. Then I went in Cornfield and took the first right. Cornfield Rd, as you can see is ice but there are many places you can ride on the sides to pick up some snow. Besides, you really only have to drive 3 km of it. At first the trail was in really good shape for a trail ride. But as I got into the more open areas there were sections where I had to slow down to avoid bare spots. But I got by no problem. For the most part there is still enough snow in the woods to do some more technical riding between the trees and I was tempted but didn’t have the time or the machine (or a buddy for that matter). I checked out Hodges Trail and although the beginning was washed out, the rest of the trail was actually in really good shape. Again there were plenty spots I was tempted to make my way into the trees for a bit of fun. You can still pick your way to the last shoulder before the final accent to the peak, but that’s as far as you can get. I took a snap from there and as you can see Peace Valley is almost bare. This area goes quick during a mild as it fills up with water. All the same, from what I saw, the bogs and open country are nearly bare. It was a nice ride I must say, not winter wonderland but still good for a ride. Not the riding I usually enjoy but it’s a nice break not to be practically ripping my arms off my shoulders LOL. I have posted some pics of the good and bad. You will see both on a ride here now but 95% will be good. As for the ice…there is lots. I was all over several lakes today. To look at the bright side of things, we needed this, not so much but after the next decent batch of snow the ice will be perfect and we now finally have an awesome base down. Scratchers are a good idea. In a nutshell, take your machines if you are coming to the chalets. You might also might want to plan not to spend a little more time at the chalets as you probably wont be able to entertain yourself for 8 hours of riding a day.
Conditions are good as of today. The breakdown is the roads and trails are in great shape including the trail to Hodges. Most people, including me wouldn’t bother trying to pick our way to the very top as the snow is not there but getting to the last shoulder is easy going….even two up. The cutovers need more snow but you can get around. The bogs are in great shape but could use some powder in places to soften the ride. With the exception of 9 Mile Bog though, if you are breaking your own path the there is maybe 8 inches of powder. The ice is much better since Tuesdays rain. Saw lots of riders today, more than I have seen in a long time. Broke the trail up Hodges Pass today. A few stucks with some machines but the challenge was fun. Stopped on the second pond but with the right crowd and machines there is enough snow to keep going. Saw 4 lonely caribou on 9 Mile today. Most of the animals have moved off to avoid the cold. Now I keep hearing a lot of rain for this area for the next few days but I just checked the forecast and I am only seeing 10mm in the morning and only 2mm for the rest of the day….then cold again. We don’t need this rain now but if that’s it it wont do any damage. Lets hope that’s it! As for the picture of the lady on the ground, she was a casualty of being a passenger of mine. Two up was proving difficult for some getting over the first climb at Hodges Pass. I offered to go back down and bring her up. I guess she didn’t have much to hold onto lol. Of course I had to get a snap before helping her up…..a good sport!