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Very good going since the rain

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Well as usual, the rain we got wasn’t near extreme as received East and West of us.  I am guessing maybe 15mm? Still tons of snow on the trails and open country.  The trails, for the most part are flat and hard but not ice by any means.  Plenty powder on there to keep machines cool, but some machines will need scratchers.  Anywhere off to the side you are still sinking.  We had a trip across the Gaff which was pretty good going.  In fact, better than before the rain.  The climbing hills into Hodges are better now since the rain.  We needed it…..it was getting annoying getting stuck and going up to my neck in snow so often.  Now you can go anywhere but the snow is still soft and deep.  I don’t have a lot of pics today but I have a few.  See Tom Caines FB page for pics of Hodges.  I threw in one pic of my little guy Jack (8 years) jumping on his Freestyle.  We used this pic on his birthday cake yesterday!  Give it to her Jack!

Gaff Tour yesterday was full-on!

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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"The best ride they ever had" is how they put it.  Took 6 guys on a one night (ended up being two nights) for a night ride into Hodges the eve before and a full-on tour of the Gaff yesterday.  Tons of snow of course but the crossing from Sandy Pond to the Quarry was a mixture of powder and wind beaten snow.  We ducked into the few treed spots on the other side of the Summit and the real fun began.  Mary March Brook was awesome with tons of powder, endless drift jumps and deep powder to carve for kilometers.  Several riders in the group were able to take riding to a new level with these condition……they will have a lot more fun from now on!  We took Patrick’s pond – South Brook back to the vehicles for a nigh ride out.  South Brook was supposed to be one of the highlights with and endless meandering track of deep powder but we were all dead tired and didn’t play a lot….although conditions were ideal.  Once again had the pleasure of having Tom Caines along for the ride.  Thanks for all your help yesterday Tom.  I know it was very much appreciated by all!

Very Fun Day

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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After a successful ride clinic by Sledcore at the chalets, Jonathon Anstey, Andrew Goldsworthy, Jordon and I headed to Hodges today.  We had planned a Gaff trip but winds were supposed to be 50 KM…..ground storm conditions in the high country.  So we settled for Hodges but I can tell you the boys were far from disappointed.  In fact they were very impressed!  Have a look at Jonathan’s FB.  We have a one chalet open this weekend due to a cancelation and a few openings on weekdays so gas em and load em and come on out!  Don’t forget, we ride here until the end of April which still has lots of opening.  My favorite month to ride! 

By the way, on Friday Riverfront Chalets was awarded Business of the Year award at the HNL conference!  A big deal and an honor to say the least.  To be chosen for this with so many excellent business’s out there right across the province is humbling.  We would like to give thanks to all of our customers who came and left ranting and raving about their experience here.  We might be the owners but our offerings are designed for you and by you.  Thanks so much!

Paul and Joy

Gaff Trip Full-On!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Very sore today!  The four of us (me, the Peyton Bros and Tom Caine’s) went to the White Hills – Barneys Brook area of the Gaff.  I had a full loop planned including Mary March Brook to show the boys around but we didn’t even get half way.  The riding was so good we couldn’t pass up the bowls and hills along the way.  We were waist deep and beyond all day!  It was more like a day on sea-doos rather than sleds!  The play spots along the sides of the plateau are just endless…..and impossible to pass by.  I’d say we had more miles from spinning tracks distance traveled!  Thanks God for our snow bungee because with about 100 stucks, at least, we wouldn’t have lasted the 12 hours or riding.  A long day indeed…..we were still on Barneys brook when we lost all light with a night ride back.  The boys were blown away by the terrain and the conditions.  It does not matter how good a rider you are, there  are countless lines that will be plenty challenging.  In all the excitement I managed to get a few good pics but if you look at Tom Caine’s (Gander) Facebook page I am sure he will have lots more.  We will soon have to plan another trip to show the boys a few more highlights the Gaff has to offer. 

We have one chalet open this weekend due to a cancelation…..I expect it will go quickly after this post.  We also have some weekday openings for next week.  We are full during Mid Winter Bivver weekend but we do have one sled rental available. 

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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More Rain Last Night!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Why couldn’t this be snow?!  It was zero and colder and it still rained last night…a lot!  I don’t need to run in again and check it out as I am sure it is much the same only the bad sections just got worse and the open country is more bare.   Not good!  Hopefully we will get that bit of snow on Saturday to pretty things up a little.  What a shame.