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Awesome Conditions

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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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!

Awesome Ride Today!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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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.

Good To Go!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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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.

Excellent Conditions

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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!

Lookin Good!

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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…

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Most but not all is gone

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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.

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Jan 11th Good Conditions

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

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!

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Excellent Conditions

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

The snow has been piling up and settling so you can go pretty well anywhere you want now.  The very top of Hodges would be difficult as the snow has been blowing off so there would be some picking around to get there.  Had a group of somewhat novice riders out yesterday with two rentals.  It was an easy day for me and always a pleasure to introduce people to the pleasure of riding.  Needless to say they had a ball.   As usual saw a few caribou but this time right at the base of Hodges.  Not the first time I saw boos here but rare.  I am sure the cold is driving them down from 9 mile bog.  Also in yesterdays news was the river backed up farther than I have ever seen it before.  Look out Badger if this cold weather keeps up!  I took a couple snaps to post.  The picture taken showing the ice upon the deck way leading to the fireplace was taken at ground level.  If I had been standing you would see that the ice is nearly as high as the top of the light pole along shore.  I would estimate that the ice is 30 feet thick at least!  Not far off usual but higher for sure.  Like I said in November…..looks like a good old fashioned winter so get your sleds out!

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Not Fit

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The rain did a lot more damage than I thought it would.  Just took a dart on quad up the ridge access road.  There was some bare and snow covered sections.  Although the snow covered sections were improving as I drove in it is not worth the ride.  I spoke to a friend on the way out who had done the loop the day before.   He said much the same.  He did say there from just above cornfield to about half way around Ridge Road there was tons but once again getting there is not worth the hassle.  Perfect conditions for a 12 Elan!  Speaking of which I am looking for a 12 Elan for my kids if anyone out there knows for one LOL.  Stay tuned for updates.

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Todays Ride

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Only 4 days riding so far this year and all the old aches and pains are back!  I just cant ride along….I have to be rippin along looking for trouble.  That’s what its all about for me LOL.  Anyways, another awesome day on the snow.  Chris Tuck and I headed in well before lunch “lookin for trouble”.  I think I was more the instigator there…sorry Chris, but I hope you had fun anyways LOL.  Conditions are the same.  Although the snow is settling more each day, when you get closer to Hodges it is still dry deep powder and snowing fairly regularly.  We took our time going up today and ripped up some side roads and found some nice tight treed hill climbing…..lots of fun and no trouble to find many routes up the hills.  Met up with the Caine’s Gang…..(that’s what I am going to call them for now on) about half way out.  From what I can see on Tom Caine’s Facebook, they had a great day.  We decided to head on out….I have to learn to pace myself as I ride like this most everyday and lots of winter left….especially this year.  Exiting early start!DSC01267photo