Archive for November, 2013

Lot of Rain

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

As you all know we had a lot of rain the other day…24 hours of pouring rain with little slack.  Bad news is we lost a lot of snow.  Good news is I passed I was in Cornfield Road yesterday and the access road at the sign is still snow covered with maybe 4 inches.  If this is covered I suspect there must be snow covered enough to get into Ridge Road.  I think once you get in there there is still some good riding but I cant say for sure.  I f I had some time on my hands I would definitely try a ride but I have been so busy building my basement before the cold arrives I haven’t had time to go in.  If anybody does head in please email so pictures and comments so I can post them on the blog.  Some more good news is there is more snow on the way early this week.  Some borderline rain but it will likely be all snow into Hodges.

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

Family Ride

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Had a beautiful day riding here in Central.  Still no power here at the chalets….no better way to pass the time waiting!  We went around the other side of Hodges this time to check conditions.  9 Mile bog is good to go however the larger ponds are not frozen and the smaller ones are likely not safe.  Its hard to tell what’s deep and what’s not with these smaller holes so best to avoid or rip.  Still some grass and shrubs showing in windswept areas but plenty snow to move quickly in any direction.  As usual around the edges there is plenty snow for carving and jumping.  The road on the way in has a few spots where there is not much snow and others that has several feet depending on exposure to wind.  Down at the chalets it was hovering around zero but up on 9 Mile and Ridge Road there was plenty of snow blowing around reducing visibility but making some nice powder.  Group of riders coming from Gander and maybe a couple from the West coming out tomorrow….not a tour….just going for a rip.  Should get some good pics to share.  The picture of the fellow (my brother) standing on the stones was taken last week on a quad trip to the Gaff Quarry…very neat place.  From what I understand the Gaff Topsails are buried so I hope to get there sometime this week.DSC01236DSC01239DSC01247DSC01256DSC01264DSC01260

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November 22 and awesome riding

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Just got back from an awesome night ride into Hodges.  November 22 and I would have to say its one of the best times I ever had carving!  The snow here at the chalets is 8 inches at the deepest.  Just a short ways in it is 3 feet and in much deeper in places.   Being a night ride and first ride of the season we stuck to the road first but it wasn’t long before we started swing down into the ditches.  We were not well prepared as we thought it would be an easy road ride just to say we did it.  No shovel, rope or bungee.   But all three would have come in handy tonight!  I lost count of how many times we got stuck.  Mostly hopping out of the deep snow to carve in the opposite direction and landing on too sharp of an angle and going down on our side.  What a riot!  Keith Peyton was with me as well as my little guy Jack.   Pretty hard carving with a 7 year old on the front but he is used to it and cheered me on for full action!  I have a few pics posted here I took with my camera but the best pics are still on Keith’s iPhone.  I will post his tomorrow when I get them.  We do have two chalets left tomorrow night but we haven’t got power back yet so availability is not for sure.  Supposed to have power by 5:30.  However, if you ware willing to do the drive load em up and come on out for a rip!  You will be amazed at the amount of snow!  If you haven’t seen the November issue of Sledworthy with the Jan 5th cover shot taken on Hodges check it out but there is much more snow here now than then.

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Introducing our Snow Condition Monitoring System

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

DSC_0040We will be regularly monitoring the local snow conditions on the Gaff Topsails and Hodges Hill area.  You can view these snow reports on our website and our highway sign.  Once the snow arrives, Paul will also be making regular blog posts providing all the details.

The snow, or lack thereof, on the highway is an inaccurate way to determine the conditions on the trails and backcountry, and the weather forecast in Grand Falls-Windsor is just as misleading.

The rating system is as follows:

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• It’s a winter wonderland!  Excellent conditions for winter activities!

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Consistent snow base.  Good conditions for all winter activities.

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Some snow, not ideal conditions but winter activities are possible.

Based on the previous four seasons, you can book with confidence that we will have good or excellent snow conditions from the beginning of February right through to Easter.  Weekends are quickly selling out already, so please book your vacation soon so you are not disappointed.  You should consider traveling on a weekday; our weekday chalet and snowmobile tour packages start at just $105/person!

Hope to see you this winter!

Sledworthy (November Edition)

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Hi everyone,

First off I would like to say a belated THANK-YOU to all our summer season visitors and friends.  This past rafting season was fantastic…both weather wise and business wise!  We must be doing it right when everyone, hands down, walk away with a big smile on their face saying it was the best day they ever had!  What a sweet business we have here, and such a pleasure to run.  This Fall, the chalets have been super busy with a 70% occupancy rate right up until today so word is getting out.  But now my sights are set on sledding, especially since the November edition of Sledworthy hit the shelves.  We made the cover!  Too boot we made the cover on a trip we had on the first weekend of January!  Last year we rode from January first right up until the end of April.  As always, this year we will be having our snow guarantee for the month of April, so if you are one to put your sled away on March 31st, you are missing out on one of the best parts of winter….April.  I reposted last years blog post of the Sledworthy trip below with some different pics for your enjoyment.  Hopefully this year, like last year I will get to ring in the new year on sled.  If you are one of the lucky people who are booked for New Years Eve, keep an eye on my blog post for snow conditions because you might want to bring out your sleds!  Hope to see ya soon!

Paul

Sledworthy Weekend

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Hello everyone,

Well it was a great time having the Sledworthy crew out for an awesome weekend of riding!  I officially accepted my Sledworthy award up on Hodges.  The boys were tempted to drive on to the West Coast when they saw how little snow was around the chalets.   Lets just say they were glad they stayed and they will be back!  We spent two days ripping up the backcountry.  There were some places we couldn’t get because we need another few feet of snow to get there but the roads trails are in awesome shape and the ditch bangin is coming along too….lots of deep powder along the higher roads.  We all opened up across 9 mile bog with plenty jumps along the way.  The West end of Barrens Pond is starting to drift in…not like it will be a bit later but we all had fun ripping that up for an couple hours.  There were some nice jumps too as you can see from the pics.    The climb to the ice castle was good to go too!  I still haven’t been to the Gaff but the boys in chalet #3 were and said there was lots of powder and huge drifts.    I hope to get there over the couple days.  I have been on many of the larger lakes now and there is plenty ice and plenty of snow on them so that’s all good to go.  It’s shaping up to be a great winter of riding here in Central!

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