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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
Conditions are really shaping up in this area. Had a big group out today, three families staying at the chalets for hockey (with some riding on the side). We made it to the Monica Lake camp with ease. There was one section of trail near Monica that had some big boulders that need more snow to pass with ease but other than that the going was excellent. Still not enough for banging around the ditches although it looks good so be careful. Despite the warnings on the news all the ice was excellent going too….tons of ice. Even places where I normally see more open water are frozen. It was snowing most of the day so we didn’t get up on the open country but a fine day on the trails for sure. Anyone looking to go for a ride this weekend I would recommend 10 mile, Badger Lake, up around North and South Twin, Dawes Pond. All these roads are really good riding right now. Hopefully we will get that snow next week. I want to get into the hills!
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!
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!
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!
I apologize for the late report but I was away for the better part of this month and was hearing some different reports as to the conditions. However, I was into Hodges yesterday for a ride and can offer you accurate conditions now for this area. The roads are pretty good but more snow is needed. Looking at the weather network for the next week or so its on the way in small daily amounts but we need a storm. The water bodies are excellent riding and the “not to rough” open country are passable to good. In a nut shell, come get onto your machines and burn take advantage of what we have but stick to the beaten paths as the riding is good there. At least we have enough for that. As many of you know the higher country on the West Coast has tons of snow and steady belt falling! The lower areas around Deer Lake look much the same as here at the chalets. I wish we had that here but we will get it soon enough! I am waiting for a report on conditions at the Gaff as I hear lots of sleds up there. If anyone has been there please feel free to comment or email me but I have a feeling there is tons of snow. I hope to get there this weekend…or sooner!