Archive for the ‘Winter Trip Reports’ Category

Where to go today?

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Well guys I went into Hodges this morning to check conditions and there is lots of snow but lots of ice.  We went in Ten Mile.  If we had received the couple inches we were supposed to get yesterday evening (and if we never got 53mm as opposed the 20mm – 30mm that was forecasted) it would have been good going.  So that’s out.  However, I was just speaking to someone who went in Dawes Pond Rd this morning and said the going was good with plenty soft snow on the surface… that’s where we are going today.  With that news Id say anywhere that the path was not well beaten should be good, and I can see the trails leaving 10 Mile this morning were good as long as not previously packed down.  Happy trails!

We will survive the storm….I think!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Lotta rain last night….again!  Its starting to slow a little and there is still snow around the chalets so there still should be plenty inside.  What we need now is cold and a little snow which is on the way mid afternoon.  I am 95% sure the trails around Hodges are going to be very good in the morning.  I am a little concerned about some of the brooks flowing over ice so that may require alternate routes….but maybe not.  If you are from GFW and East thinking we are done…..load your sleds in the morning and head up this way.  Should be a great day on the trails.  Of course if you want boondocking keep heading West as they are getting dumped on. 

Still good to go despite the rain

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Just got out from Monica Camp.  We were stuck in there for two nights with the rain and wind.  Yesterday morning we awoke to –10 and 4 inches of fresh snow but over a period of an hour the temperature rose 15 degrees and it poured for the afternoon afterwhich it dropped back down to –15 in an hour.  A wild mood sing from mother nature for sure.  This morning we came out and were pleasantly surprised at the conditions.  In fact, it was the best ride I had so far this year.  We lost what we got two nights ago but not much more than that.  I was even ditch banging around all the way out with an 8 foot sled behind me lol.  Beautiful day for a ride so I will be heading out for another ride this afternoon for sure!  As for an udate on the Monica cabin the roof is finally done and looks great!


Hodges Trail Good to Go!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Hello all.  I had a group report today that the trail to the top of Hodges is in great shape.  I saw reports of the same from others on FB today too.  I would have been there myself but stuck in meetings today….yuck!  I think it’s a pretty safe bet that there is lots of snow on the Gaff now.  I guess the rain we received last week was snow at higher elevations.   Shaping up to be a good winter afterall!

Good Riding on the Roads!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Well I shouldn’t be but I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of snow that fell into Hodges.  I only had to time to scoot in about 5 km and the roads were excellent riding.  Id say we are pretty well back to where we were before before that rain storm.  Not much fell at the chalets, a little more than 3 inches.  Seems like twice that fell inside and it was dense.  If it had of been powder it would have been 10 inches.  Were were all in around the woods looking for the end of I trail I recently cut to avoid Cornfield road and lots there too.  Good ride!


Rain Rain….GO AWAY!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Now if only the weather the other day had brought snow instead of rain….yuck!  We didn’t lose all though, but we are back to a base.  Seems like about maybe 6 to 8 inches and less in places.  Hopefully we will get the snow tonight to bring conditions back up to where we were before the rain.  Do your snow dance today…..the snow starts at 3 oclock!

Good going!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

There is a bigger smile on my face today.  A decent storm last night took the first half day to clean up and the second half to ride.  The first half was painful!  Duties done Jack and I went went for a rip up Aspen Brook and the snow was pretty deep….considering what we had in this neck of the woods.  Cornfield road was all powder and excellent riding.  Jack, my 8 year old has nearly caught on to riding on edge now….if I can only get him to slow down!  Anyone riding in this area should do so with caution as rocks lurk below this powder still.  Fun day though and sledding again tomorrow!  If we get the storm forecasted on Tuesday we will be all set!


Current Snow Conditions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I apologize for the late report but I was away for the better part of this month and was hearing some different reports as to the conditions.  However, I was into Hodges yesterday for a ride and can offer you accurate conditions now for this area.  The roads are pretty good but more snow is needed.  Looking at the weather network for the next week or so its on the way in small daily amounts but we need a storm.  The water bodies are excellent riding and the “not to rough” open country are passable to good.  In a nut shell, come get onto your machines and burn take advantage of what we have but stick to the beaten paths as the riding is good there.  At least we have enough for that.  As many of you know the higher country on the West Coast has tons of snow and steady belt falling!  The lower areas around Deer Lake look much the same as here at the chalets.   I wish we had that here but we will get it soon enough!  I am waiting for a report on conditions at the Gaff as I hear lots of sleds up there.  If anyone has been there please feel free to comment or email me but I have a feeling there is tons of snow.  I hope to get there this weekend…or sooner!


Last Trip to the Gaff

Monday, May 5th, 2014


I must say we all had a great day yesterday but it might have been my last day on sled.  Still lots of great riding to be had in certain areas and still some good hill climbing too.  However getting there is getting a little difficult, although still possible for the few diehards that want to get in a last ride for the season.  We had a big crew out too…..ten I believe.  The bulk were from the East coast (Sledcore) and central.  The bare road sections had some fairly long bare sections but once you get past Joe Glodes most of the bare spots can be bypassed by riding on the marsh.  Once again we saw lots of caribou and geese.  Although the snow took a good cut on Thursday the areas where the snow is deep is still excellent riding.  If you stick it out and pick your way along as far as the arch bridge on Mary March you will ride right into winter.  Don’t bother with the main top or anything on that side once you reach the summit.  There is some excellent hill climbing on the slopes of the Mizzen and Hinds.  Just make sure you check your carbides before you leave.  If you lose a carbide and have to ride out you will also wear your ski to the point of replacement.  I didn’t see any difference in my skegs or skis after the trip.  One poor fella lost both carbides on the way in though so he will need new skis.  All in all, an awesome day by all but I have been riding since November….time to put the sled away and focus on the summer season.  Thanks to everyone who came out this winter to ride Hodges and the Gaff.  Hopefully, I will see you on the river this summer!  Thanks to Tom Caines and Keith Peyton, two excellent riders whom I will be riding with as long as I am riding I am sure!  For many more pics of this past trip have a look at Tom Caines and Andrew Goldsworthy’s FB page.    Its seems this blog has become a valuable resource for many people riding in Central this past few seasons.  For this I am very proud.   I will be continuing to post up to date and accurate riding conditions next year.     Until then, enjoy your summer and hope for an early winter.  Funny thing though… I write this blog there is a snow storm happening outside my window!

What a day on the Gaff!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014


Very large on the Gaff today.  Large comes to mind because of the expanse of the country up there.  It stretches out in all directions farther than you can see, especially on a day like today.  The day started off with about 60 caribou and 30 geese, plus a few stragglers here and there.  The dirt patches along the road and tracks are getting longer but nothing to hurt your skis.  Conditions on the open country are much the same as two weeks ago….really good riding.  We went to Hinds, Lobster House, Gaff and the Main today.  Lots of high marking, side hilling and climbing, especially at Hinds.  We were on the snow nearly 11 hours and the day still wasn’t long enough!  Back again on Sunday with Sledcore!