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Central Conditions

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Despite the rumors that are constantly feed by those who have not been into the country and are only going by what’s on the side of the highway and their front lawn….there is a fair bit of snow in Central.  I just checked out Hodges since the last rain and 90% of the trails are very good riding, and there is plenty snow.  Its hard packed but the riding is decent.  Also, it would take only 3 to 4 inches of snow to be excellent.  There was some sections that were rough and icy where water overflowed onto or ran down the trails but overall the trails are good.  Last weekend we were riding the Dawes Pond area and there is even more snow in that area.  Just drive 34 km West of the chalets on the TCH, off load and go.   I was just speaking a friend from Buchan’s just now and he said the going is good up there as well.  I have attached a picture of near the top of Hodges and as you can see most of the snow has been lost but the trail up there is in very good shape.  The open country in Peace Valley (you can see Hodges in the back-round has been flooded and then froze.  The riding is a little rough but not bad.  Once again, 3 or 4 inches of snow and the Valley would be excellent riding.  So, in a nutshell, most of the trails around here are good riding and there is no shortage of ground to cover.  Most of the water from last weeks rain has run off now so a little snow would upgrade conditions from good to excellent.  If you want powder play you have to head further West but if its trail riding you are after, Central is as far as you need to go.  As always, I recommend you install the spring type scratchers in case you need them……Central or Western NL.  But whatever you do, don’t stay home because we have snow…..you just have to ask the right people.

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Hodges Update

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

I was in a few km today to check the trails our for a client who was wanting an afternoon riding leaving from the chalets.  We got about an inch of snow up here yesterday which can make all the difference in the world.  The trails are hard where beaten down but off to the sides there is plenty soft snow.  Given the snow we got yesterday cooling was not an issue today.  So there is lots of snow in the Hodges area but hard packed.  They reported the “trails were good”.   It really doesn’t seem like we lot a big lot with the rain but that’s because it was such a solid base already from the type winter we have been having.  I am sure if it had of been powder we would have lost much more.  The only thing is that it is rough for the first 3 km getting in cornfield road from trucks driving in.

Plenty of snow in Dawes Pond Road

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Just got back from a great day on the sleds.  It wasn’t a powder day….that’s for sure but there is tons of snow.  Lots of areas to be cautious of from flooding but for the most part the going was good.  Some fresh powder or sun would have been nice to soften the snow but off to the sides was plenty soft to avoid overheating.  Dawes Pond Road is 34 KM West of the chalets on your left.  Just before that North Twin road looked good too.  Getting to Hodges from here will be a pain unil we get the ice covered.  It wont take much though.  Where the heck is our Central winter?

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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…..so 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!

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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!

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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!

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