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Update on Hodges

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Just getting out from a Hodges trip.  It is amazing how just an hour ago, 15 kilometers away we were in a snow storm with high winds and 8 inches of dense powder.  Here at the chalets right now it looks like I should be storing the machine for the season.  Its also amazing how many people I know who already have their sleds stored and summarized.  For those of you who do not we have our annual April offering – snow or your money back until the 15th, guaranteed or your money back.  For the last 6 years we have had some of our best rides in mid to late April.   I did not take any pictures today because it was too stormy but we have more snow now than the last post.  I am hearing the same is true for the West Coast…lotsa snow so keep sledding!

Hodges Excellent!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

What a weekend on Hodges!   It has been snowing since Wednessday and the riding is awesome.  We had a mixed group this weekend so I took the Lewis Hillbillies in the day before so they could break from the group and have some hill climbing fun en route today.  Worked out great and all hands had a great day!  There is loads of snow in the hills and you can go anywhere you want and we went everywhere.  I am sure the Gaff is awesome too.  Got a couple really nice pics today…..have a look.DSC_0130DSC_0125DSC_0145DSC_0178

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Testimonial from Today

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I thought it would a good thing to add this testimonial to todays blog.  Have a read……

Lew & Mark – CBS
Chalet Rental – Snowmobile Tour

March 28, 2013
Thanks again Paul,
Mark, Des, Andrew. Joe and I had the repeat pleasure of free riding with our friend Paul Rose, the owner of Riverfront and the Ambassador of snowmobiling in Central Newfoundland, truly a great Father and Son multi-generational experience that will not be forgotten. Having made the mandatory West Coast pilgrimage two weeks ago my sledding’ Buddy Des and I asked each other why drive the extra kilometers when you can experience the greatest terrain you could ever ask to ride minutes from the best accommodations anywhere in Atlantic Canada. Listen to Paul’s Blog his report on Snow Conditions are truly accurate, 8" of fresh spring powder today, the season is not done in Central wow!
Thanks from all of us.

Awesome riding at Hodges! March 28th

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s Thursday evening now and we are just getting back from Hodges.  Actually most of them didn’t want to leave and stayed back for another couple hours.  This group has been here before and know how different it can be just 10 km North.  Still they were blown away by the difference…it’s like someone turned on the snow switch at about 1000ft up.  Here at the chalets there is no fresh snow and we had to pick around exposed dirt here and there to get in.  However, 20 minutes later we were carving 6 inches or fresh powder on a bottomless base of snow.  As said on previous posts there are a few places where the wind took most of the snow off of the tops of hills but as you can see from the pictures it is still winter wonderland here.  The same group is headed to the Gaff Topsails (White Hills area) tomorrow.  If Hodges blew them away with the riding the Gaff surely will.  Expect a testimonial later this evening on the blog from them about todays trip.  We had a few stucks today climbing around the hills!  Enjoy the pics!

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Gaff was awesome today! Meteorite landed in Dawes Pond!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Yes.  The title is correct!  At the end of our ride we ran into a friend who lives on Dawes Pond.  Yesterday, a meteorite landed in front his cabin in Dawes Pond.  He didn’t see it but people heard it.  The hole is about 10 feet wide and maybe 100 feet long so it was small and came down at a low angle from the North East.  It is an amazing site!  You can see where the hole was made in the picture as well as where the water splashed out and froze. For something that apparently was traveling at 1000s of mile an hour is is a neat hole…almost like a lazer had cut it.   Amazing to see!   I would expect international coverage within a couple days.  Now to the riding conditions on the Gaff.  Today was a personal ride and I must say, one of the best ride of my life.  The Northwest end of the Gaff is absolutely buried and the riding is amazing as you can see from the pictures!  The first pic is taken not far from the highway on Dawes Pond Road…obviously lots of snow!  Hills, bowls and ravines to challenge just about anyone.  I can’t wait to go back!   That’s me straightening out my handlebar after I crested a hill (not the one in the picture….much larger and steeper!) and lost my line.  I had to stop but the brakes did nothing as I was not far off 45 degrees and it was not powder but I couldn’t bury it.  I had two choices….bail and let her  go back or try to go forward in which case the machine and me would have likely dropped over a 30 foot cliff just to my right before a long tumble.  Of course I bailed and down she went.  A long slide backwards over a near vertical climb, 6 rolls, back on her feet and then rolled on her own for another hundred feet.  I slid behind it the whole way.  Main thing is we got the carnage on video…well worth the cost of the handlebars! Tough machine though (Freeride) with the only damage being bent handlebars on one side.  If that had been my Expedition she would have been in pieces! 

If anyone want to go see where the meteorite landed and do a Gaff run while are at it I would be happy to take you.  Might as well capitalize on it LOL!

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Good to go around Hodges

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

An awesome day had by all yesterday around Hodges.  I think we had more sleds at the chalets this weekend than we ever had!  As for the snow conditions there is still lots, especially in the higher elevations.  Its like April riding here now though.  If it is a cold day, conditions are hard but not ice.  I didn’t need scratchers yesterday with a 2.5 inch paddle on my sled.  On sled out of the 6 we had on tour did have overheating issues.  I just happened to have a new spare set of scratchers in the garage so we installed them and he was fine for the day.  It was a cool day so the snow didn’t soften much until a bit later but we all had a great ride.  You could go anywhere…that’s the trade-off!  We have a few days coming up with the temps rising above zero so it will be really good riding then!  Once again….lots of caribou on 9 Mile Bog.  About 50 we figured and they are so used to us they don’t even bother to stand up or stop eating anymore.  Here are a few pics!  We are wide open at the chalets for some reason for until Wednesday.  I guess people think we lost all our snow like most of the island but as you can see we did not.  Give me a call and come on out to do some riding.  We have discounted the chalets for the weekdays this week to fill em up!  Don’t listen to the rumors of no snow and don’t mind the lack of it around the chalets….there is lots of snow just 20 minutes skidoo ride fro the chalets…..guaranteed!

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Hodges Good!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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I was in around Hodges today and was relieved to see there is still lots of snow….especially on the higher elevations.

Peace Valley has had a lot of water in in most of which has run off now although we had to skip across a few spots. Both side of the hill are great for climbing now….probably too easy though with the dense snow so if you want a challenge you will have to go steeper.

All cold weather in the forecast which is good but as the snow dries out it will get harder.

For this reason I decided to downgrade to good. Saw about 50 caribou on 9 Mile again today in two herds.

We pulled through!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Looks like we survived the rain!  I was on the West Coast doing a sledding course on Sunday and it rained on us all day.  All the brooks are running wild….lot of damage but still lots of snow left in the higher country.  All the way back on Monday morning you can see  the vast amount of snow lost.  I was getting pretty worried  but the closer I got to central the brooks were not running as bad.  Aspen Brook and most of the others around are running over the ice but are not out.  Had a tour on the Gaff today and the riding was better than good so I am going to leave it at excellent as it is only going to improve as the water runs off.  Had a beautiful day with light snow but a great cook up of ham and beans.  Really we never got the rain the East and West got.  At least here around Badger it was mostly just steady mist.  I am headed into Hodges on tour tomorrow but looking at the road and also talking to a friend who was in today….I expect much the same.  We are safe again! 

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Excellent Conditions!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

The conditions are awesome!  We just had two days of clear skies with temps just below zero and no wind.  Saturday we broke a good portion of trails and the riding was just perfect.  Lots of stucks while up on Hodges and a sore back today!  Got some great pics too.  We had 8 people out and we all had a ball.  They will be back!  Today I took Keith Small out from Destination Labrador to show him where we tour.  He was very impressed to say the least.  We saw lots caribou on 9 mile bog and Monica Bog as well as lot of tracks in Peace Valley.  Fox and coyote were everywhere as well as a fresh set of lynx tracks.  On Saturday a cross huge fox ran across right in front of me in Peace Valley and another was hanging around the chalets.  The nice weather brings out the wildlife for sure!  Hodges again tomorrow and the Gaff on Wednesday.  I am having a ball!  Lotsa great pics over the last two days.  It was hard to pic a few to post!

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Excellent Conditions

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Let it snow!  After two recent storms we are in awesome shape!  The backcountry is buried and you can go anywhere you want.  The ride today was absolutely perfect!   After a heavy snowfall last night followed by a small amount of freezing rain which knocked the powder down just right.   It snowed off and on all day in the backcountry with a few flurries at the chalets.  It is steadily accumulating with snow coming all week.  And, to boot, the groomer is out! 

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