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Hodges Ski/Seadooing

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

What a day!   Kinda rainy a few times but for the most part it was a jersey day on the sleds.  Snow took a cutting though but still lots in the hills.  The bogs were cut down to scrambling along the edges by later today.  By the end of tomorrow I’d sat all the brooks will be wide and high so if you want to get into Hodges you have to like skipping water…which I do!  For the most part the roads are still excellent going with a few bad patches here and there.  We ain’t done yet but will see if we get cut-off from the snow this week.  Had a nice boil-up today considering the weather. 

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Hodges Report

Friday, April 19th, 2013

A great day on Hodges today!  Had a group of 6 in from Marystown who were looking for one thing….play!  My new riding buddy Keith was with us as well.  It was pretty cold here last night and never warmed up today.  In fact it snowed pretty steadily all day.  Most areas into the higher area saw about 4 inches.  The result was harder than prefered conditions.  Not ice by any stretch but just not soft.  The good thing about it was that we could go anywhere.  That is until we got to the North East side of the hill which is usually the lee side.  Here there was plenty soft snow and with that….lots of stucks.  Keith and I found a new line that brought us up to the base of a the cliff on a steep slope and down the other side.  It was nice!  I am taking the same group in tomorrow and its is going to be an awesome day with 16 degrees in the forecast!  I fear the warm temps the next couple days might cut us off from the snow though.  If it like the past 7 years since I have been doing tours up there, our season ended abruptly around the 20th of April with a slew of extremely warm days that cut us off.  I hope not!  We are heading to the Gaff on Monday.

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Hodges Testimonial from Saturday

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I have been in St. Johns all weekend missing the riding.   I expect to get in around on Wednesday after a days catch-up.  Meanwhile, I thought I would post a few pics and some testimonial from this past weekend.

“Hey Paul,
Just wanted to let you know we had an absolute blast this past weekend.  The conditions on Saturday was the best day riding we had all year.  Here’s a few pics that sum it up!
As hard as it is to do, the sleds are now being stored…… see you in the raft in August!
Des”

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Hodges just keeps getting better!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Just got out from an afternoon trip with two chalet clients and my new ridin buddy Keith.  It snowed pretty much the whole time we were in there, meanwhile it was clear skies at the chalets.  Not the best day for pics with the snowfall and dim light but I got a few good ones worth sharing.  We tackled a pretty steep and gnarly run tonight.  It took us up a narrow line up to the base of a curtain waterfall.  You really had to hold your edge at the top to move along to the nearest line down.  Without reverse we would have slid uncontrolled into the trees.  A guy on a riding course I took in the Lewis Hills taught me that one.  It works wonders and I use it a lot!  You can stop on pretty much any slope and certainly needed it today.  Pictures never do justice though!  I’d say we will be good to go until very late April.  I won’t be posting any conditions blogs until Tuesday as we are at the Glacier Tradeshow this weekend.  If your around…..drop over for a chat.

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Awesome Hill Climbing Today!

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Well we will all sleep tonight after several hours of aggressive riding in the hills and I have no idea how many stucks.  We were a bit discouraged on the way in as it was cold and the snow was not softening at all.  I had hopes though that at the higher elevations the 8 inches or snow that fell yesterday was still dry and soft.  I was right!  Conditions we perfect….nor hard at all.  We had a blast!  A group from Gander joined us for the day who were here last week.  He couldn’t wait to get back…see his post http://www.westernsnoriders.com/wsrforum/showthread.php?2716-Hodges-Hill-Seeing-what-Central-has-to-offer!!!  with lots of great pics from last week.  The only difference is a fair bit more snow since those pics were taken.  Keith Peyton from GFW was with us as well.  He is an awesome rider who usually traveled west but I’d say he will spend a lot more time into Hodges now.  Nice having you today Keith! 

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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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