May 22nd, 2014
We are proud to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row! The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
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Another writes "Book with Riverfront and you won’t be disappointed. The accommodations and view of the river and nature are stunning. The adventures are endless and the people are awesome."
Based on the reviews of our customers, we have been rated Newfoundland & Labrador’s #1 specialty lodging destination on TripAdvisor.com for over three years! A HUGE THANK YOU to all our customers who took the time to share their experience with TripAdvisor! We are glad you all enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again soon!
April 21st, 2014
We lost so much snow last week on that warm windy day I am amazed! Took a ride into Hodges today expecting not too much change but anywhere that was exposed to the wind on the higher areas of Hodges week are wiped out. All the way in was good riding but after we left Cornfield Road the snow loss became evident. The higher we got the more snow loss in the open areas. Some parts of the road were bare for good stretches and I had to pick my way along the sides. There is still lots of good riding to be had but you have to stick to main roads and groomed trails. I was on a fair few ponds and lakes today which were all solid but you have to be careful of inlets and outlets of brooks as they are all running. I did get into the tower hill which still has tons of snow but it was a bit of a task to get there with some bare spots on the bogs and cutovers. On the brighter side I hear the Gaff and Buchan’s Plateau are still good to go. The Gaff was my intention today but my riding buddy had to cancel last minute but I am hoping to get up there this week. Also on the bright side I put in for a 2015 154 Freeride pre-season today, probably the best sled on the snow, for next season. Tomorrow is the last day for pre-season orders with BRP. The Summit and Freeride have a bumper to bumper 4 year warranty! Who can resist that?
April 10th, 2014
Well the phone calls are coming in lately and the rumors are flying! No snow in Central! Well we have tons of snow and unless we get drastic weather, we will be riding until May. Now when spring riding you must realize that in the mornings, the snow is hard and you may need scratchers. Then, assuming the sun is out, riding is superb from late morning until maybe 4 o’clock. After that, you must stick to the beaten paths as the snow gets too soft. This is the average day here in Central and West. If it remains cold and the sun does not shine, conditions will be hard. If the night does not cool down you may be confined to the beaten paths. That is spring riding. The smaller brooks are starting to bust out now which, in my opinion makes backcountry riding a bit more fun. The larger brooks and rivers, are still solid but wont be to long before they start busting out. A client was trying my machine and struck a rock, did quite a bit of damage but fortunately replaceable parts. She will be back on the snow on Tuesday morning after 12 hours labor and $500 in parts. Thanks to Marsh Motor Sports who is footing the bill for some of the labor to get me on the snow again! For now though, I am riding a 600 Grand Touring! Nice comfy sled but not what I am used too. If the tour on the Gaff this weekend is hard conditions I will be glad to be sittin on the GT though. Either way, the Gaff is God’s country! My little fella Jack and I went in this eve for ride to check out the brooks ect. These are a few snaps from a few hours ago.
March 30th, 2014
You just cant get any better than a ride on a day like today. Its personal riding time now, tours are slowed to a trickle albeit I have no idea why. April is my favorite month and hardly a machine to be seen! We have more snow than we have had all winter…by far! We did have an excellent tour on Saturday with two families (one group). What a great day to be out and conditions could not be better! Right after the tour Jack (my son who just turned 8 on the BRP Freestyle ) turned around and headed back to the Monica cabin for the night…so on this post there are pictures from two trips. Over the weekend we saw many caribou. They are spread all around now from 9-mile right on down through Peace Valley. Jack and I spent the day winding around the hills between the trees and looking for jumps. Its not like you would expect riding with an 8 year old would be though. I did not have to look back often as he rarely got stuck….always behind me, and I never held back too much with choosing difficult lines. He rolled once, caught a tree on a side hill and fell into a brook after hitting a jump (which took well over an hour to get out). Riding this past few days has been such a pleasure with the warm sun and not being stuck every 15 minutes in deep powder. The snow in the trees, as always, is still soft and deep so when you do get stuck….well, you are good and stuck! For all of you who have grass on your lawn and sleds put away, not only on the East Coast but closer to central, I feel for you. I don’t know if it is that you don’t know what you are missing with spring riding, that you don’t realize winter Central and West lasts til the end of April and beyond, or the grass showing has you thinking about golfing instead of riding but you are missing the best time of year. Winter here in Newfoundland is 4 months not 3. I’d say I will burn two more drums of gas yet. Make no wonder I get two years max out of a sled! I am really enjoying this old time winter!
March 26th, 2014
Hello all. Just a note to let everyone know we are still locked in winter wonderland here at Riverfront Chalets. We didn’t get the rain the Eastern half of the island got. In fact, we have more snow now than we have in years. There is no sign of Spring here and lots more snow on the way! We had a last minute cancelation for one chalet this upcoming weekend and sledding conditions are awesome, so give us a call, load up your sleds and come on out! For those of you who are not familiar with the sledding season here, we always ride until the end of April or close to it. Last year it was April 27th. This year, unless we get drastic amounts of rain, we will be riding into May. We have two chalets available for the second weekend in April and and plenty openings on weekdays. April is my favorite month for riding here in Central with the warm sun….no need to go to Florida for a tan! Nothing beats riding with a t-shirt or jersey on! Believe me, you don’t have to go far on sled to see a lot more snow that in this picture of the chalets I took this morning! Don’t use the view from the TCH as a indicator as it says nothing about the snow even just behind the trees. Hope to see you in April!