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  1. 19 points
    iceman

    joyeux Noël

    Twas the night before Christmas.....still can’t ride from the house. Not a groomer out working down here in the south. The helmets are hung by the chimney with care. In the hope that the groomer soon may pass here. The sleds all nestled snug in the shed. While vision of more snow and groomed trails danced in their heads. Mrs. Iceman in her kerchief and I in my cap. Had just settled in to take a little nap. When out in the driveway there arose such a clatter. I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash. Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below. When what to my wondering eyes should appear. It’s the men of Team Iceman I’ve been waiting all year. First out the trailer who could it be? On the 154” was easy to see. It surely is Quick Nick none faster than he. He turned and called to the rest of the Team. He whistled and shouted and called them by name. Now Snohorse! now PLAYHARD! now NHmoose! and Scorpionbowl! On Iceman! To the trail, to the trail. Now Ride. But not yet. Merry Christmas Stay Naughty.
  2. 16 points
    iceman

    Iceman 2020 Opener

    Ride 1 Gotta Love snowmobiling, year after year the off season seems oh so long. Yet I remount my trusted machine and seems like just yesterday I patked her for the off season. So nice to be back on the trail seems like I just left it. Like riding a bike they say and oh so true, you never forget how it’s done. This trip came together as most, kind of a last minute deal. But as I have said in the past when the boss (not the wife) asks if you want to go to Matane for a ride or stay and work? Hmmm let me think? Not a very tough decision. The boys will have to manage things without me until Friday and do without my big truck as they are not authorized to touch it. They have their own trucks they can work with those. Boss Man mon ami Alain arrived at 1pm Sunday at chez Ice. My sled already in his trailer as he had picked it up fro Moto Thibault Friday afternoon.(more on that after) Snow had stopped in Shawinigan area by now and we hit the road enroute for Matane. Nice ride all the way to just near Montmagny here we hit more snow and wind still I have seen much worse but this will surely affect our travel time. Further east we go the more snow and wind. After Rimouski is onto the single lane stuff and a bit more white nuckle. We finally arrive at Matane 7pm not bad only one hour longer than a day with zero weather issues. Our issue was the other people scared to death driving like they never saw snow. For us not an issue. Into Hotel and only six other sleds here. I am very surprised. Now the fun begins. Unload gear into room and time to drop sleds. I open trailer go to start my sled and realize straight away, Houston we got a problem. Mon ami left my key on when he loaded my sled. She is dead. Like that Iranian general, seriously dead. Well not to mention the wind is howling and still snowing albeit not alot. Oh joy. We drop it on the ground. With the With the battery not very accessible on the grand touring of Alain We decide to use the truck the F250 will do just fine. We put the mini booster cables on it and let the truck charge it up a bit. She fires up and we park it for the night knowing fair well we are to repeat this process again in the morning. The real question is will it be ok after I ride it to La Cache and shut if off there? We shall see. Had a nice dinner and chatted it up with the other gang of riders from Nova Scotia on their way back to the trucks in Point a la Croix. They came up the 595 yesterday and were going back through Amqui today. Day 1 Monday Matane to New Richmond TQ5 to 595 to TQ5 Up early at breakfast at 6:30 dressed and out at 7:15. Yup gonna need to jump it again. We get my ride breathing and hit the trail. 7:30am. Beautiful conditions and just after the bridge here in Matane fresh groom on TQ5 it’s delicious. Great run all the way to St Paulin and onto the 595. Super conditions. Crossed the River Cap Chat on the new ice crossing made by club to bypass a bridge that is gone. Surely 595 will be cut off on that end sooner than usual when Spring has sprung. Saw one moose and one nice sized coyote. Arrive at La Cache it’s 10:30am. Took the gas and since the Relais is officially open as of this past weekend we go inside. Lots of time on our hands. So far we have seen zero other sleds since hotel parking in Matane. ZERO. Gas super is $1.69.9 litre. Pay up. We chat it up well mostly me as the Relais is owned by First Natiions people and they speak perfect English. They have owned it since 2017. We start talking and the manager pulls up with a truckload of groceries as they just opened and had nothing. I help them bring in the stuff as I was doing nothing else anyway. We met Josh the manager, Justin is the chef, Dennis pumps the gas and helps with everything else. I start to explain Quebecrider to Josh the manager and he looks at me in wonder. He says we have been hearing stories from other communities about a guy named Chris Snowmaster2112. You are not him are you? Now I had two options here. My mind is racing do I say yes? Hmmm? Maybe he has beaver and a 60 pack of Bud and a hidden chalet. Well, honesty got the best of me, plus knowing Alain is not gonna be venturing off on any adventures to a chalet with these guys beaver or no beaver, I would but surely not Alain. I said no I am not. He said thank god we have been told he eats all the beaver and most of the beer. But they love him in the north and kids are writing songs about him and I think they will name the new school in Miquelon after him. Damn word travels fast. Anyway I think I convinced them to come onboard as an advertiser we will see if I get a call from the owner next week. Just as we are getting ready to leave 2 sleds arrive from the south. We chat with a couple. Guy with his girlfriend from near montreal. He first day in her life on motoneige first trails ever. She is loving it. I told the guy she won’t want ride anywhere else after this. He said I chose here for her first ride so she is guaranteed to Like snowmobiling. Smart man. Uneventful run down and into Hotel Francis. Just 2 deer near Pin Rouge Trails beautiful no other sleds none. One groomer headed up 595 close to New Richmond. No other sleds at hotel. Lots of Jack Daniels in my bag. Well there was alot. Not as much tonight, that’s why no report yesterday. Sorry. Day 2 New Richmond to Chandler TQ5 No hurry today was planned this way to relax today with all day to go a half day’s ride. Just what Alain wanted and fine with me and Jack. Went to breakfast at 8:30 thats like noon time on a regular day for Alain. But we are making exceptions this run. TQ5 flat frozen and fast. Beautiful. Not far along we see the first sleds coming at us since leaving Matane one group of three. Maybe 10 minutes later two more coming. That was it no others all the way to Chandler. Trail was so frozen in one spot I had to deploy my scratchers as my temp light came on. Not for long maybe 5-6km. Then put them back up. Came across a gang of club volunteers cutting branches back just before Port Daniel. Then we cruised on into the Relais at Chandler. 1pm. Day all but finished. Here we are the only ones they have seen all day the bartender was happy to have someone to talk with besides the chef. We eat and the operator of the surfacer arrives to prepare the machine for his run tonight. His name is Marc. He says for sure alot less snow right now then this time last year but the snow is frozen nicely and makes his job easier. Left relais at 2:30. Petro Canada for fuel then backtrack to Motel Fraser. Done. Alain needed his easy day because tomorrow is a big day for him. 320km from here to St Anne des Monts thru Murdochville and Mont St Pierre.
  3. 16 points
    Here is the map of our first 2-day ride from Champlain to Lac-Édouard and then St-Raymond Saturday morning we left Champlain (east of Trois-Rivières) accompanied by our partner Snowcruiser under a cloudy sky and a temperature of -21C . Just decent snow along the St-Laurence river but it quickly improved as we ride toward north and the trail base was hard and well groomed. We went up to Grand-Mère where we took the trail on the St-Maurice river We rode few miles on the river up to the #23 trail junction which we took north. The long trail that continue up on the St-Maurice river is also already open and marked. Under good conditions we passed St-Tite village Just before crossing the Des Envies river, we stopped to give some help to bring back on the track a snowmobile that had gone straight into a curve. Fortunately no injuries but plastics are not tought at -20C when it stops on a tree ... We then continued on the #23 whose path is improved this year to make less roadside We stopped at Ste-Thècle to refuel and continued via trail #351 to go to dinner at the Tawachiche relay just at the entrance of the Zec After a good warm up and meal we continued north It was riding well even in this part where the trail base is really uneven, just barely a few bumps still present. I do not know the reason but the trail is actually diverted in the wood on the part just before connecting with the #355 instead of staying under the power lines like by the past years Here a rear view at the #355 junction, looking towards the Pipeline section further south. There was a lot of wood cut on the right! We then continued north. Here near the big railway bridge over the rivière du Milieu The conditions were very good on #355 and we see more snow to the ground as we go up. Before Lake Wayagamac, we forked on the local trail Lt1 on the right We then took the #73 east and finally the #355 for the last stretch towards Lac Édouard. The trail was a bit bumpy but the snow cover is impressive We missed the junction for the lake trail and finally ride the whole path on the land trail And we arrived at our destination at Gite d'Edouard just before dark with 150miles on the dreammeter. It is a place that we have visited few times in the past years and the owner Nicole has again received us as well with great hospitality and generous/delicious meals. We had a real good time there after our day ride and we had relax and chat alot before a good night at warm On the next morning, a little layer of fresh cream was on our sleds We had retraced our steps on the #355 trail. The groomer was passed overnight leaving us a perfect trail to start our day We then switched east on the local Lt2 trail. There was only one sled track in the 3-4 "of new snow at this place and we had great fun to play in this nice powder We took a short break near the relay at the entrance of the Zec Jeannotte And then continued on #73 trail east We took another short break near the "Marmitte" We passed Rivière à Pierre and continued on the #73 towards St-Raymond and my Kristine managed to catch this beautiful action shot at trail speed. We then stopped for lunch at St-Raymond and ate well at the Paquette pizzeria. We then continued south, our goal being to loop back in west direction to Champlain. We had a little overestimated the progress of the trails opening in the south in this sector and our first try proved being unsuccessful: we tried to take the trail to Ste-Christine just south from St-Raymond but after a couple miles in an AtV shared trail under the power line, the ATV trail turns left and the snowmobile trail.... well it was just not done yet. Here right after we turned back. So we took the #23 trail east to loop a little farther south east. They had made a first groomer pass but the trail was not so good. Near St-Basile the #3 trail was even worse and we really think to turn back but after talking with a guy coming from the opposite direction we were knowing that is was better a bit farther and it was not a dead end so we kept going forward at very low speed. We cross some people that were at installing stakes and signs When we were near Portneuf Station, to get better conditions, instead of keeping on the #3 we went up on #23 to make a loop a little further north. The trail base was good and although a little bumpy it was perfect after what we had rode just before! We took back the #3 trail just a little before St-Marc des Carrières The rest of the trails further west toward Mauricie were all good and the 5 to 6 inches of new snow allowed us to ride at a very good pace We got back at our starting point in Champlain around 5 pm with 165 miles for the day and 315 miles for the 2 days. An other great ride for us!!! The snowmobile season is finally off to a good start and with the snow fallen in the weekend it is only a matter of a few days to have all the south trails completed and the trail network fully connected. It's now finally the time to enjoy it and hit the trails for saddlebagging trips. The best of the season is just ahead us! To see the state of the trails in Lanaudière and Mauricie, here the trail conditions site: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ Alain
  4. 16 points
    First day of riding for the new season. I was a little worried if the conditions would be good enough. Well, from what we saw today, it was amazing, midwinter conditions in most areas we rode. Yesterday's afternoon flurries left about 2 to 5 inches in most areas. Trees are caked with snow. The groomers had been over about 95 percent of the trails we rode. Jack and Sandi, Jak, and I had a great day. Ate at Chevelliers Club House. We started out going west along the St. Lawrence. Not as much snow there, but enough that it was very good. From then on perfection. We next headed south to trail #5 and dropped down to 561 going south. We went down the lake, it used to be 35 and is now 561 this year. Lake was kinda slushy in spots. Got gas then lunch. Continued southeast on 35 to almost Cabanno and began working our way north weaving in and out of some of the loops off the rail bed. Sandi did an amazing job leading followed by her posse of misfits. FYI My ATM card would not work this year at the ATM inside the Universel. Desk clerk believe a new ATM card with a chip is now needed. Drove down to the bank and their's accepted my card.
  5. 16 points
    revct1

    2020 Jack & Sandi's trips

    We are back from our ride and back from supper. Sandi had a Greek style pizza with artichokes, black olives, red peppers, feta cheese and I have no idea what else was on it. I got to try a little piece because she couldn't finish. It was good! I would have never ordered it but I might now. So this morning, where do you want to ride? It is Jan 1st and not every place is open. I ask at the front desk if they could call Auberge des Battures. Other QR people have had great things to say and we have never stopped there. The receptionist makes the call and yes they are open for lunch, yes the trail is open but not great and lunch is only a big brunch buffet. Usually we have something light at lunch so I pass on the Auberge. We will have to hit it some other day. Could you call Relais des Lacs please. She calls and yes they are open but for breakfast only. They are closing at 12:30 today. OK make a reservation for us please. Back to our room and plan a route so we end up at Relais des Lacs by 12:00, our reservation time. There are four of us today. Michelle and Chris from Mass are joining us. We have to cross the two bridges and then how about a big loop on 367. OK sounds good. On the sleds and our normal route from the Sag on 83 to 367 and cross the two bridges. A little rough as expected. On the north side though, 367 is pretty good. Thru St Ambroise and 93 has been groomed. Up thru the potato fields and Sandi is beating feet. A little fluff on the nice smooth trail is just what we need. We pass the junction with 328 to Begin and then the next junction where 328 goes toward St David. This is just fine. A little further up by the cabins on the lac there is some logging activity. Nothing today being New Year's Day but a lot of wood has been cut. The snowmobile trail winds back and forth crossing the new logging road. I hope that logging road becomes the trail next season. It is wide and gentle. Oh one can only hope. The logging stops just before the junction with 482 to Onatchiway. 367 is now on the original trail all the way to Relais Mont Vilain. There is one section just before the local trail to Lamarche that is not groomed. A few miles of bumps here. There is a swampy section that the groomer can't pass yet. After that it is fine to Relais Mont Vilain. We knew they were going to be closed from when we stopped here the other day. Sandi drops down on the river and off she goes. Not groomed of course but no bumps. A couple of miles later and Sandi gets on the connector that brings us from the river back to 367. This is still good and what a nice ride this is. Running along the blueberry fields, wide and flat with just gentle turns. We get on 553 and Sandi gets us to Relais des Lacs at 11:45. As they say up here, Perfect! Only one other sled but a pretty big group of at least twenty that must be locals. They drove here. We order a light breakfast and sit back. We chat about how nice the trails are and no one is out riding. We have only seen a couple of other sleds today but that is how Jan 1st is, quiet. Back on the sleds and u-turn. 553 to 328. Watch out for the drifting here in the fields Sandi. Oops! I didn't realize you were stopping. I'm off in the poof and with a little body English, back on the trail. A stop at L'Acension for gas. Easy stop right on the trail. Sandi continues down 328 and turns left on 93. I know this is going to have bad spots but lets go. The new detour at Alma for 93 to get around the road work that was going on last season. Some thin spots in the fields and hills and then on the other side of the hill is all the snow that has drifted. After St Nazaire 93, which was bad, is now fine. The groomer made a pass last night and turned the ugly into the pretty good. Thru St Ambroise and back on 367. We cross the two bridges and pull into the Sag. Home once again. Another day on the trails is done. As usual, some good and some bad but it is still riding. It is starting to look like winter. Jack & Sandi
  6. 14 points
    Brutally cold day but an epic day of 200 miles of perfect groomed trails hardened by the arctic blast. Even the sleds liked it, they were slot cars. Coffee at Club Hiboux (like Club Med only much older crowd). Lunch at the club in St. Pamphile, and headed over the mountain. The mountain trail was the best its ever been, and Jak and I were grinning ear to ear at the end of those 40 miles. Add in a lot of sunshine and an average speed for the day of 41 mph. mike
  7. 14 points
    markusvt

    Northern smack down 2019

  8. 13 points
    Ha ha ..very true. If we had only known. Summer started riding snowmobiles with me at age 8. Loves the snowmobile, refuses to ride the ATV or HD. If my memory serves me right I put a 1+1 seat on my 2006 MXZ-X 800 while her older sister Taylor inherited my 2000 MXZ 700. Aside from moving up from a 2013 - 600 ACE Renegade & currently running a brand new, out of the box, 2020 900T Summer is a very fortunate young lady for many reasons. One of which, in October 2017, at the age of 20, Summer was in Memorial Sloan Kettering here in Manhattan where she underwent liver resection surgery. Since recovering Summer hasn't missed a beat. Her surgeon states Summer is the poster child for liver resection & wishes everyone could do as well as she did. Needless to say, it is a delight to see Summer so happy on the sled, loving life & wanting to spend time with family while on winter break from her last few months in college.
  9. 13 points
    Mike, looks like you guys found some good going too today, as we mentioned at breakfast, we went east towards Rimouski and down to St Gabriel de Rimouski for a great lunch at the Restaurant de table Le Maman. I would definitely stop here again for lunch. We to were pleased with the conditions. Yesterday when we were out the snow was loose and pliable, last night the base set up nicely and we had very similiar riding conditions as Mike described, and on top of that a Blue sky day! One definitely will not be disappointed with the riding in this region now. We talked with a gentlemen in Rimouski who said that this good snow had just come with that storm and the riding was not that good prior. Tomorrow we head east to meet some friends riding up from Lac Etchemin. We will connect for lunch at St Pamphile with them and ride back to RDL for the night. Here are some pics that resemble Mikes, just great conditions for sure RR
  10. 13 points
    revct1

    2020 Jack & Sandi's trips

    Hello Everyone, Another season has started. Boy does it feel good to close up the shop and head north. We left Connecticut early this morning. Drove up to Valcourt and picked up the trailer and sleds. I had brought the sleds up a couple of weeks ago to get them to Canada for the winter. Not much snow thru Vermont. A little in the Eastern Townships but not enough to ride on. About 30 miles before Quebec the drizzle started to freeze on the road. In Stoneham it turned to sleet and then finally it turned to snow. All the way thru the park it's snowing. The trail that crosses at L'Etape had been groomed and it had sled tracks on it. We didn't stop at L'Etape but there were sleds in there. This is a good sign. As we continue up, we see more trailers heading north and south. The southbound guys must be the ones that were up over Christmas. One of them may have been EastMark. Hi Mark. We get to the Sag and there are about ten trailers here. There is snow cover and the groomer map had shown that it was groomed here in town. We will see if we can get any info at supper. Happy trails. Jack & Sandi
  11. 12 points
    bonsoir !!! sign day !!! awesome weather !!!...fun day !!!
  12. 12 points
    iceman

    Northern smack down 2019

    You will from now on be called the Ambassador. forget snowmaster he is no more. it is QR Ambassador of Indigenous Affaires Done. All in favor?
  13. 12 points
    iceman

    2019-2020 Shawinigan Snow Reports

    31 December -1c snow continues. It is a whole new world today compared to yesterday morning. Close to 8” so far.
  14. 11 points
    grumpysanta

    A little trip to LSJ..

    Well we were up for 4 days of riding and to break in the new sled with 1100 km. Only one off trail adventure and no one was injured in that unexpected experience.. As for trail condition 23 was bumpy to l'tape but good north to hebertville , all lower LSJ is just passable . L'tuque. north to is ok not great and the trail from relais 22 to hedgewick has the first 20 km torn up by bulldozer for some logging. You have to go more north of LSJ. to get good snow,we stuck mostly to the west side and did the tour of the 49 th. passere // e du , big push on this year to promote this side of Mt. valin area. and definitely worth it.. MT. vilain was good and met some nice people.. Not the same crowd that you get on the west side.. GOOD to get out for the first time this year and meet CT rider to do the trip together .They are expecting 30 plus cm of new snow in next couple days ..We headed out before the freezing rain , just got a touch friday morning leaving hebertville .All is good can't wait to go again after this weather settles down..
  15. 11 points
    iceman

    Happy New Year

    Wishing you many KM of happy trails.
  16. 10 points
    Here is the ride we did on Sunday January 5, 2020 This last weekend was our first opportunity since several weeks for us to ride again. Saturday would normally have been our first choice but the temperatures were far too mild since several days so we decided to wait on Sunday where colder temperatures were expected. We were not disappointed with a good frost overnight and a winter normal temperature of -10C during our day. From what had been groomed during the night and following TrailBlazer advice, we chose to start from St-Zenon and going to lunch at Marineau in Rivière Mattawin which give us an easy hundred miles to do before lunch. We started from La Glacière around 9:20 am under a cloudy sky The snow cover, although limited, is good enough to give a more than acceptable trail on # 350 which was freshly groomed The # 23 towards the Cabanon was also freshly groomed giving us a nice ride A surprise for us, the route from #23 trail is deviated from the usual path for 4 miles because they will plow a section of road for wood transport(the interactive map is up to date on this change). This different trail path was great After connecting the usual route a little before the Cabanon, there is some sand mixed with snow on some spots as we often see in this sector but beautiful trail no bump. We continue on 345 towards the dam It was also freshly groomed, the first part of4 miles which leaves the forest road was a little less beautiful with some spots of dirty snow and some rocks but immediately returned on the forest path it was nice and fast, but with few visible ice spots The last 0.5miles before the dam still shown some potatoes but it's really short The Taureau reservoir is already lowered by half and there is still huge water amount still flowing out Then we had a 10 miles rought that had not been groomed on the #360 between the dam and the junction for the #345north( in Repos direction). Here is a pic from my gopro this time, Kristine was using her two hands to stay with me! Once past junction #345 north, The #360 had been groomed by the Mattawin club for the rest of the trip and was nice and fast We stopped to take a short break at #440 rest area to enjoy the view of the river And then took back the trail again, still beautiful and fast the other classic point of view The last stretch of 8 miles out of the Zec Chapeau de Paille was notch down given the limited snow cover but still nice and practically no bump. The cabin with the barrier in the middle of the road at the entrance of the bridge is no longer there... We arrived for lunch at Marineau around 12:30 with just 101 miles on the dreammeter. It's always as nice to stop there, just good things to say about them! After refueling, we chose to take the exact same path for the return. We usually choose to loop through the M20 /#345 but the #360 was far too nice to look any further. The traffic of the day did not wear it and we returned toward the dam at a very good pace. The small rought section before the dam wasn't any better, the #345 south of the dam showed some wear, not much bumpy but have swept/icy curves but not enough to really slow us down, just a bit in the big curves. We cross 2 groomers thay were about to start their run when passing at the Cabanon. The#23 south from there had stay beautiful, giving us a dessert to finish the ride. We came back at La Glacière around 4:30 pm with 202 miles on the dreammeter, giving us a very nice ride for the day In sum, the snow cover is not very generous yet, but is sufficient with cold to give very acceptable trails like the ones we had on Sunday. It was nice to have the 10 inches of new snow we had last week , but without cold trail condition was bad with alot moguls . With the cold coming back, the trails will hold and keep good. We hope for more snow to continue to shape up the already opened trails and to continue the enlarge the playground down south. You can also take a look at the updated trail condition site here: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ Alain
  17. 10 points
    revct1

    2020 Jack & Sandi's trips

    Well I was out with the GutZ boys and got back late. Good thing is no disaster. This morning I take off heading to the Delta. I'm a little late and the boys are waiting. They were thinking about going up towards Milot. OK. A lot of that area was groomed last night but the Millot trail gets groomed tonight. We are off on 383 to the two bridges. Bumpy. On the other side of the bridges, 93 is still pretty good. Running along thru the scrubby pines. Dust in the air and smiles on our faces. We get to St Ambroise and turn left onto 93. Going past Relais Montangarde I notice a couple of vehicles. It looks like they are getting ready to open for the season. Cruising along on 93 we turn right onto 554. From here on up, the map shows all groomed. We are at Relais des Lacs in no time. We aren't ready for a break with the trails this good. Trail 328 to 554 north. So good. We catch up to a couple of two ups. they slow down and let us by. A quick thank you wave and we are back up to speed. Left thru the blueberry fields and right on 367. We get to the junction at the top of 367 and 373 just before the river. Decision time. Relais Vilain or the truck stop at Milot. Its a little after 11:00. We opt for Relais Vilain. On the river and we are at the relais in a few minutes. We go in and order lunch. The sleds keep rolling in. It's busy today. Always good food here and super friendly wait staff. After lunch, we get back on 367 west. This is one of my favorite rides. When 367 is groomed, it is so much fun. It seems like we are at the junction with 93 in St Monique in a blink of the eye. I've been negligent and forgot to fill up the oil on the 850 today and yesterday and when did I do it last? My low oil light has come on. We aren't that far from DRC in Alma. Lets head there and grab a liter. We turn right on 23, cross the Alma bridge and take local 562. Oh the groomer hasn't been here yet this year. Boy this is tough to take after such a nice ride on 367. I hope that water crossing is frozen because I don't want to u-turn and ride this a second time. We get to the water and yes it is frozen. The ice huts are out, it is staked and they are a lot of tracks. Lets go DRC is only a few miles away. Around the airport and there is DRC. Oh not so good. They are closed. That's right, it is boxing day. Ugh! A quick check of my oil tank and there is still a fair amount of oil. It is just below a quarter of a tank. We can't do anything here. Back on the trail. We stay on 562 and turn left onto 383. This is a little better. We get to Relais Genouille and this is busy. It is now around 4:30. The GutZ brothers decide to take a break here. I give it some thought and tell them I'm going to continue on. I'll run 83 all the way back. I ask them to keep an eye out for me on their way back just in case. We part and off I go. Take it easy Jack. I'm in no hurry. Reasonable speed, conserve my oil. No need to do something dumb. The first part of 83 is rough but the headlights really light up the trail and it is easy to pick the best path over the bumps. As I get closer to the Delta, 83 is deteriorating. This is falling apart. Bumps and more bumps. I take another look at the oil tank and still good. From the Delta to the Sag is the worst section all week. I pull in and park in front of our room. Sandi is there waiting and has a big smile on her face. It's late but I'm back and the sled is fine. A big hug with Sandi and boy does it feel good to sit in a soft chair after trail 83. She is feeling better. She said by noontime the stomach had calmed down. She just put her feet up and relaxed all day. This was a very typical early season ride. Some good trails some bad trails. Enough snow to ride out of the hotel on but as always, a little more snow would make things nicer. The temps were mild, -15 C to 0 C. The trails need some cold temps to let the snow pack really firm up. The snow cover gets soft during the day and gets pushed around. Plan your trips folks. the season is here and there is no time to waste. Our next trip is going to be at RDL starting January 14th. We hope to see Mayor Mike there and a few other QR members. Be safe. Jack & Sandi
  18. 10 points
    PLAYHARD

    Happy New Year

    Don't wanna randomly hijack just any thread with this, so first: Wishing a Happy Healthy Groomed New Year to all! So now... How perfect is this wubbie I got from a favorite niece?!... For those times when the Mrs. is having those "power-surges" (aka: hot-flashes) and somehow the room temp's been dropped to sub-polar!... And for those times when she'll swear she told me stuff, and swear I was looking her straight in the eye at the time of the alleged telling!...
  19. 10 points
    revct1

    2020 Jack & Sandi's trips

    So Sandi, with the fresh snow and some wind this afternoon, where to? Maybe stay out of big fields as much as possible. This morning might not be too windy. Lets go to Mt Apica. We haven't been there yet. Six inches of snow and here we go. On the sleds and 83 east it is. A few sleds have been out ahead of us so Sandi has something to follow. Ah, nice fresh snow. A little track spin here and there. We turn right on to 368. This was groomed yesterday so it is smooth underneath. Quite a bit of snow dust behind Sandi. The past couple of days there hasn't been any snow dust. Maybe dust dust and rocks would have been more like it. We are out of the fields now and into the woods. Nice riding here. We pass the 383 junction and start climbing. We get to auto route 175 and not much traffic. The road is in good shape. We cross and continue on. Some logging going on in here. Not disturbing the trail much. We get onto the section of 368 that is on the old road and it is beautiful. The trees hanging over and covered with snow. So pretty. We have only seen a couple of sleds so far. Nobody else out I guess. We get to the junction with 23. Sandi looks around and notices something is missing. What's missing Sandi? The warming hut is still there. Looks like it has new metal siding. Sandi looks at me and says "No porta potty!" Oops. I guess guys don't notice that but the ladies would. So attention all ladies, the porta potty is gone. You must plan accordingly. Alright, Sandi turns left and heads to Apica. It will be a good lunch stop. 23 isn't quite as nice as 368 which was flawless. 23 is good but a little chop in the corners. More traffic on 23 of course. A quick ride and we arrive at Mt Apica. Only five sleds outside and the guys are with the sleds chatting in French. We park and Sandi looks in. It is dark in there. She goes up to the door and it is locked! What does that paper sign on the door say Sandi? Dec 31, Jan 1 and Jan 2 CLOSED. Open Jan 3. Very important folks. I know a lot of riders depend on this stop for fuel to get to the Lac. No one is here. No food. No fuel. So for everyone that can't make Hebertville, make sure you tank up at L'Etape. U-turn it is and back up 23. I've got a gas caddy with me but we will have plenty of gas in the sleds. After we pass the 368 cut off, 23 gets better. A lot of traffic from the previous days takes 368 so this section of 23 stays in better shape. We get to Presbytere and drop down on the lake. At the end of the lake is the steep climb up to the road. There isn't a snow bridge yet and it is a bad spot because you pop up in the road. Have to be very careful of auto traffic. I look around and see a sled track about a few hundred feet before where we are and it is going to the edge of the lake. Lets go over there and check it out. A much gentler climb up the bank, a slight turn to the right and we are on the side of the road. Nice. We run the edge of the road back to the trail and off we go. We pull into the Petro station and top off. We still had plenty of fuel even though my low fuel light had come on. Lets continue on 23 north and then circle back on 383. Well we notice that the snow is thinner here. We aren't that far from Chicoutimi as the crow flies but there is only two inches of fresh here and this part of 23 hasn't seen a groomer this year. Going from a really nice 23 to a single sled wide path stinks. I know 383 is only about 5 miles up so keep going. A few stakes in some of the fields but some fields have none. Just following tracks. The fields are wind blown and bumpy. You see the harrow marks from the farmers still. It will be over soon. Finally we get to 383. This has a little more snow and maybe has seen a groomer awhile ago. Keep on trucking. We get to the Relais Grenouille (bad spelling) and this is busy. From here on it is 83. This was groomed but it is still rough. We were on it yesterday and a groomer did make a pass but it just gets so much traffic and there isn't a lot of snow to work with. Passable but we got spoiled with how nice 368 and 23 were before Hebertville. You got to take the good with the bad. We push our way thru and wave to the Delta as we go by. We will be there in February. Only another 10 miles Sandi. Chin up. We top off the sleds at the Ultramar just before the Sag. One more mile on the spur and we are in for the night. It was a very good ride until Hebertville and then it went downhill from there. We didn't see too many sleds today but there must have been a lot of traffic on 83 to beat it down like that. I don't expect and groomers to be out tonight and probably not until tomorrow night. We will have to plan accordingly for tomorrow. Happy New Year to everyone. Ride safe and look forward to another great season. Thanks for being with us. Jack & Sandi
  20. 10 points
    snowmaster2112

    Northern smack down 2019

    I bought this from Nancy at the store in Desmairsville this afternoon and only had two left by the time I hit the Chapais Clubhouse
  21. 9 points
    MrGutz

    Iceman 2020 Opener

    Now we need Team SnowMaster2112 Stickers, "The Beer and Beaver Tour" !! IceMan, Great Pics! Thanks GutZ
  22. 9 points
    Good read: Sent from my iPhoner incident last weekend in the Chic Chocs. I assume most of you have already heard the general story, so I will quickly summarize that. I mostly wanted to note what we used (and wished we had) that allowed us to spend almost 40 hours in the woods at 0F and be rescued by a Canadian military helicopter. Hopefully it can help someone be more prepared than they are now. A couple guys from our group of snowbikes dropped over a ridge into a section of steep trees that would have been easily rideable if the snow was different. That day, the snow was super powdery, bottomless, and filled with buried trees. I went in to help Leon get unstuck, and quickly found that getting back out the way we went in wasn't going to be possible. We sidehilled horizontally across the mountain as long as possible, hoping to intersect the ridge and ride out the top. The tree line was super dense at the top, and riding through it wasn't possible. The tree line gradually forced us downhill into a river bed, where we decided to head for a "road" on the GPS that would lead us to an old trail, then out. We battled the creek bottom, open water, tons of stucks, trees, dead ends, etc well past dark The “road” wasn’t there. The sides of the ravine were too steep, deep and dense to get out, the way we came in was out of the question, and the way we were heading was dead ended everywhere we looked. Eventually, wet, cold, exhausted and almost out of gas, we decided to set up camp and try again in the morning. The next morning, my bike wouldn't start. Obviously a few mistakes were made that got us in there in the first place, but dozens of good choices followed that allowed us to stay the night, the next day, and half of the following night until we could be retrieved. Search and rescue had attempted to reach us by snowmobile and snowshoes for almost 24 hours and were unable to get to us. It goes without saying that you absolutely need to be able to start and maintain a fire if you expect to spend any amount of time in the woods in the winter. Besides that: The #1 most valuable asset we had was my Corona folding limb saw. I have been carrying this saw since I started riding the backcountry in 2008, and it was in someone's hand cutting almost 100% of the time. It is super efficient and durable, and easily cuts up to 12" logs. DO NOT TRUST THE SHOVEL SAWS!! They are brittle, bend, and break, and will wear you out. Fires in the snow take a surprising amount of wood to make heat. The wood is almost guaranteed to be wet and/or green. We had stockpiles of different wood and tended the fire constantly, and still froze. Don't leave home without a good saw. #2 Garmin Inreach. This is a small satellite communication device that allows you to send messages and your coordinates through text. Not only did this take the guesswork out of where we were for search and rescue, but it allowed us to communicate to our families that we were ok, etc. We all feel terrible about the worry and chaos that this situation caused our families, but it would have been much worse for them if no one knew where we were, and if we were alive, injured, lost, etc. I had just gotten the Inreach for christmas and almost didnt take it. Without it, you are limited to radio contact and old fashioned hunting. #3 Good gear. Space is limited on what we can carry every day, but we all wished we had a spare, dry layer to change out at night. We were all wet from riding/digging/working, and even the best gear takes a long time to dry out when it's 0 degrees. Even with good gear and a solid fire, we all froze all night. I was more sore from shivering and being tense all night than I've ever been from any exercise or activity. Any gear can be waterproof, but if it doesn't breathe, your inner layers will stay wet. Breathability is what drys you out and warms you up. There is a reason I wear and sell Klim. And I think we all know by now, no cotton. #4 Batteries. Almost all of our "life saving" equipment relies on batteries. Charge everything every night. Dont use it during the day if you don't need it. Keep important, small devices close to your body to keep them warm. Cold kills batteries even if they aren't being used. The equipment is only worth having if you can turn it on and use it, and chances are if you need it for an emergency, it is going to be needed for a long period of time. Carry a small recharging battery and the correct cables, and keep it warm. #5 Mental and physical aptitude. Always be thinking. Make only careful, methodical movements to make forward progress and avoid mistakes, stay calm. Panic will never help anything and is usually dangerous. Luckily we all kept calm, worked together, and were in pretty good shape (for old guys). This got really long. Huge thanks to the local Search and Rescue team, the helicopter crew, our snowbike buddies who did everything in their power to help us out, the Sled Den, and our families for not chopping our heads off when we got home... Live and learn, send and return.
  23. 9 points
    nyskidooerinnewhampshire

    Great conditions ééé

    Summer loved her first trip to Quebec. Here are a few photos of Summer on her maiden voyage with the new 2020 - 900T. Normally I would have liked for her to ride it first in Pittsburg in case of any hidden gremlins but we didn't have the choice so we rolled the dice & thankfully the sled ran flawlessly. She enjoyed the lengthy straightaways in the blueberry fields. Additionally, we had the weather in our favor. Had it been this weekend with the frigid temps I don't think she would have enjoyed it as much. We are blessed.
  24. 9 points
    I thought about bringing George on this trip, but was worried about smuggling him across the border and the problems that could bring. Plus my wife gave me that 'look' that comes with having a monkey traveling friend. But I think maybe George needs to come next trip, no matter what it does to my reputation on QR.
  25. 9 points
    dooright

    No Rain north of La Tuque

    Yesterday , Sunday west of Relais 22 on the 83 . No rain, lots of fresh all the way from Barrage Gouin to La Tuque .
  26. 9 points
    snowmaster2112

    Northern smack down 2019

    So in summary we only road about 45 miles yesterday but it was 45 I will never forget till the day I die. i had a BLAST and these particular Québécois are some of the finest you could ever meet. The whole experience was icing on the cake to all the epic ness I have had in the last 4 days. We all went to the Chapais clubhouse from the camp and had some fine Canadian cuisine. getting a late start today again (these reporting/posting duties sure take up a lot of valuable riding time) ...LOL im thinking I’m going to Mistissini again today. Why not? It will be my 3rd (140-150 mile round trip) up there. I might go play some hockey in the streets with the kids. Staying at the Opemiska one last night tonight as this shit storm passes the lower areas of Quebec. Tomorrow heading out EARLY and blasting 225 miles back to Auberge Timblemont. Should have some nice “cream cheese “ on top for the ride back.
  27. 9 points
    iceman

    TQ 83

    Club Passe-partout Roberval reports... Ice bridge complete on 83 between Roberval and Relais 22. Still looking kinda thin on snow. Patience, soon come.
  28. 8 points
    Traveled through the park on the 175 black trail on Monday, sadly not without incident. In the end, all is well. Conditions are optimum out of the Delta. Below are a few photos of my wife & daughter from the top of Mont Apica. Those on the fence, trying to consider whether or not to jump should make the trek.
  29. 8 points
    Snobeeler

    Ride Report 1/13/20 Thru 1/18/20

    7 of us rode out of Cabanon 3 days and then did a 3 day loop. Overall trails were 7-10. Area received 8-12 inches of snow the day we arrived. Rode thru the following places during the week. 1,000 miles total 6 days of riding. St Zenon, Mattawin, Repos, St Gabriel, Kanawata, Weyomentaci, Relay 22, La Tuque. Only 1 potato in St. Michel. Trails south toward Gabriel were fine. Cant say enough about how much I like this 2020 Renegade Enduro 900 Turbo for Quebec riding. Was snowing good when we left also.
  30. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning !!! back from tq 5 ...little bad luck last night ...started again this morning ...lots of snow...not much cold....-9c at 10 pm ....traffic is very low... saw a few local tourists !!! climbing hill with antlers and down to the cb ...a foot of fresh sow !!!...started snowing while climbing...an extra 3 '' !!! jean-guy
  31. 8 points
    Jak, The green key is optional for 4 strokes and gives them an extra 20 horsepower. You should get one from your dealer to use before you and I have our yearly drag race against each other. mike
  32. 8 points
    So just to be clear, a QuebecRider member is going to be beat with a frying pan by a lady that doest want to have her picture taken, and you are going to buy them a beer, 40 miles away in RDL. I did not want to miss any of the fine details of your contest.
  33. 8 points
    snowmaster2112

    Northern smack down 2019

    One last post on this crazy thread. I want to thank ALL OF YOU for following along and commenting. If you enjoyed it as much as I did reading your responses then we all made out good. something no one (except my wife and best friend know) until now is this ride was for and dedicated to Peanut she was our beloved cat that was our baby girl for the last 10.5 years she had chronic asthma and was on hi doses of steroids which finally took their toll on her. We had to put her to sleep less than 24 hrs before I left for this trip. She is (and has been) for years on my “splash” screen on my Garmin GPS. So when I turn it on the first thing I see is “Peanut” We miss you baby girl and will see you again someday. here Peanut in her better days
  34. 8 points
    snowmaster2112

    Northern smack down 2019

    A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the folks who made my trip so memorable, comfortable and just downright FUN FUN FUN Bobbi & Manon at Auberge Tiblemont on Lac Tiblemont- two GREAT hosts and people. I will be back for sure and would never hesitate to recommend their establishment to any snowmobilers either passing through or basing out of. Isabelle (the Gazelle) & Pierre-Luc from Hotel Opemiska in Chapais. The place simply cannot be beat David, David , Janelle and Pierr-Luc for showing me the cabin and how boondockers in Quebec ride Nancy from Desmairsville for always being the sweetie she is. (Natives were telling me secret stories of Nancy from long ago) Kenny Loon from Mistissini and his lovely wife for cooking the great native food and sharing/teaching me about native traditions Bruce Wapachee police officer from Mistissini for not arresting me and taking me to jail Eddy from the front desk at Auberge Mistissinni for showing me the rooms and talking with me about all things Mistissinni The people from Adele’s restaurant in Mistissinni (forgot to ask if Adele was there) I want to meet her The people in Chibougamau who put on the LOVELY Christmas themed display on their property The Lord Savior Jesus Christ (otherwise just known as Eric) in Chibougamau for pulling me out of the ditch and saving me and my back And a special thanks to Alex, Elphonse and Samuel for taking/inviting me in and giving me a New Year’s Eve I will never forget BUT.........the MOST IMPORTANT thanks goes to my lovely wife Sandy who has supported (and continues to ) support all my crazy snowmobile activities over the years. Thanks honey !!!! I owe ya big time. 1539 miles on my new Enduro now from the last two northern runs. Two SPECTACULAR trips that will never be forgotten
  35. 8 points
    The nightly report by Jack & Sandi: This morning it is a little cooler than it has been, -15C. The forecast is for a clear sky today. The map shows grooming activity in St Nazaire, L'Ascension and the Lamarche area. What do you think Sandi? We haven't been to Relais Mont Vilain yet. 367 to St Ambroise is never groomed this early and a small section of 93 isn't groomed but the rest looks good. OK we agree. First stop I want to make is at Club Saguenay by the Delta. We haven't received our trail passes yet. Long story but I ordered them online Nov 29th. No passes yet. I've called FCMQ, left voice mail and sent e-mails. No response so far. I thought maybe someone at the club might be able to get thru to the FCMQ. So on the sleds and we head to Jonquiere. The clubhouse is on 83 about an 1/8 mile past the Delta. We pull into the parking lot and no cars. I go up and tug on the door, locked. It is dark inside Sandi. No sign on the door with their hours. I had looked at their website and the hours weren't posted there either. I have a printout with us that is the confirmation that I tried to purchase the passes but it would be so much easier to have the stickers. We can't do anything here. Back on the sleds and 83 to 383 to the two bridges. Good ride but I'm not looking forward to 367 to St Ambroise. Well 367 is as I expected. The first couple of miles where the snowmobile trail and quad trail run together is OK. The quad trail has been groomed. Then the trail turns to crap! I'm not surprised. The groomer doesn't hit this because the area of 367 thru the scrubby pine trees is swampy and the groomer will sink. Keep going Sandi. It will get better, eventually. No way around this unless we go all the way to Alma on 83 and that wasn't as bad but it is a long way around. Dah dump, dah dump, dah dump. As we cruise along at a snails pace. Only 5 more miles. Keep going. Finally we get out of the scrubby pines and get to the field by the Le Geant trailer park. More trailers again this year. This end looks like year round trailers. The lights are on, cars are in the driveways and the road is plowed. Oops! Watch out for that ditch Sandi. That hasn't been filled in yet. The trail goes around it over in the field. OK. We are in the old trailer section. Across auto route 172 and left on 93. This has been groomed and Sandi is picking up speed. Still some brush coming up thru the trail but it is smooth brush. Cruising thru the woods and we get to the intersection with 556 that goes down to St Charles. Wonderful. This groomer has been out too. On we ride. A few miles from Relais Montangarde and the groomer turned around. Why? You were doing so good. We are back to the goat path and only one sled wide. 4 or 5 miles of this and the trail widens out a little. Not quite as bad. We get to the junction with 554 and this is where the map showed it was groomed and the map is correct. Yippee! We turn right on 554 and start making some time. Nice ride to Relais des Lacs and we get on 328 for a short ways and then turn right on 553. Oh this is Quebec at its finest. What a difference in trails. 553 is perfect. Flat, smooth with some gentle curves back and forth. Watching the blueberry fields go by clicking off some miles. We turn right on 367. Not so good here. Instead of going thru Lamarche, we stay on 367 and a couple of miles later where the little local connector joins in, it is groomed to perfection. This is where 367 runs along the side of the fields and it is flat and smooth. Before we know it, we are pulling into Mont Vilain. A few sleds here but quiet compared to mid season. A beautiful day. We are on nice trails and a great place for lunch. After lunch we run Lac Tchitogama west for a couple of miles and then get back on 367 west. 367 goes near Relais Jos Bonka but didn't go thru the parking lot like in years past. I didn't see any signs for the relais either. Hmm? Will have to check it out. We take the little connector to 328 and stop in L'Ascension for gas. It is getting a little windy here. Back on the sleds and in the open fields it is very windy. Some of the trail is wind blown and snirt on the windy side of the hills. It is smooth snirt though! Left on 93 and now we are driving into the wind. The groomers have been out but it is thin here. The wind does damage. Last year there was road construction in the area where 23 and 93 meet. This year there is a re-route to go around this. Easy enough to follow but like most new trails, it is rough in some spots. It needs more snow in the fields. We get to the junction with 554 where we turned this morning and I know what is ahead of us. 30 or 40 miles of ugly. OK Sandi, we have had some good trails now it is time for the bad. We suck it up and get past Relais Montangarde. Back on a decent trail til St Ambroise. We go by Le Geant trailer and I am not looking forward to the next 10 miles. Just after the trailer park the trail goes to the right into the woods and I can see the headlights from a couple of sleds heading towards us. Lucky them. They are at the end of the rough stuff and we are just starting the torture. Wait. Those headlights are far apart and, and is that a groomer, YES! Salvation is coming towards us. Our prayers have been answered. We pull way over to the side giving the groomer plenty of room. He gets a big wave and smile from both of us. I'm parked and as the groomer goes by, I can feel the ground shake. It is like sitting in traffic on a bridge and have a tractor trailer move by you. You can feel the bridge shake. Well, this is what the ground did. It must be all swap underneath. We don't have to fly over this. Just sit back and enjoy no bumps. All the way to the two bridges is smooth. Some brush and snirt in the trail but who cares. We cross the two bridges and stay on 367 to 83 to the Sag. Back at the hotel. What a nice ending to the ride that we thought was going to be horrible. Maybe some snow in the forecast. Happy trails to all. Jack & Sandi
  36. 8 points
    I was so offended that I just took a plane and spent Chrismas in Martinique! here on Christmas eve... (this pic is not intended to be in the boobs contest!!!😅) We had been invited by Kristine's sister and her husband to join them for few days on their sailboat in the Caribbean... if we had to have our feets in water at Chrismas, this one was a good choice!!! As for my thread, don't feel bad for me! but I agree that Snowmaster reports deserve by far to have their own thread here, his reports are always in the 5 stars range and more than entertaining, we should rename him "reportmaster"!!! I'm sure everybody don't want to miss one! So we are now back home, having a couple new year partys ahead and some jobdays... we should hit the trails again on next weekend to see how the trails looks like in my neck of the woods. stay tuned!
  37. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning !!! back from tq 5 ....when i left , it was -6c.....snow and windy most of the time... deer are back on the trail in town !!! jean-guy
  38. 8 points
    revct1

    2020 Jack & Sandi's trips

    Good morning. What a good night's sleep. Back in Quebec and no phones to answer and no customers to worry about for a week. It is 6:30 am and there are a few sleds already running out in the parking lot. A couple of inches of snow yesterday. The groomer map shows that 83 around Chicoutimi, Jonquiere, 383, 23 down to L'Etape and 93 on Mont Valin all were groomed. Today we get our snow legs under us. Maybe a ride to the north side and up to Onatchiway would be nice. 93 was groomed yesterday and Onatchiway looks like that was groomed the day before. The trail condition overlay shows the trails either green (good) or yellow (acceptable) for the whole area around Lac St Jean. Usually the west side by Roberval isn't open this early. We aren't heading that way but it is a good sign. Sandi is on her yellow 2019 MXZ 600 and I am going to be breaking in my safety yellow/green 2020 Renegade 850. Sandi says it is so bright, she needs her sunglasses. We will report back tonight. Jack & Sandi
  39. 8 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    joyeux noel !!! jean-guy
  40. 7 points
    After a foot of snow yesterday we thought the trails would be soft with no steering grip. Wrong. Despite the sparse groomer report this morning, many trails had been groomed, and those that weren't were still packed from yesterday's traffic. Plus we met lots of groomers during our ride. All was well until we decided to take the green trails back to RDL from the Verte club house and hug the St. Lawrence. Quite a ways in we lost the couple sled tracks we were following. Conditions were drifty and deep snow. We doubled back a ways and found an old trail a couple sleds used and was going in the right direction. Really a sketchy trail and surprised we made it thru to the main trail. Then had any miles where some wheeled vehicle went thru. There were areas by the river where all the snow was blown off the trail, and along the river with huge ice heaves. Once we got to the helecoptor pad the rest of the way was fine. We did see one stuck groomer. He had a helper who was putting big pieces of wood under the cleats to get traction. Never saw that before. Worked slick. The snow in many areas is now deep enough you would not want to try off trail, even in some of the fields. mike
  41. 7 points
    Retirement means never having to go out on a day like this. About 8 inches of snow on the ground and winds starting to pick up, supposedly 50 kph winds later this morning, Oh the drifts. New Brunswick group headed for home:
  42. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    salut smclelan !!! he was struggling a little....around 7 30 am ....gorgeous weather...super nice !!! few pics from this morning and yesterday !!! yesterday morning ,stopped at the post office to say hello to the ex secretary ...she was all smile !!! jean-guy
  43. 7 points
    iceman

    2019-2020 Shawinigan Snow Reports

    Safe to cross in St Etienne.TQ3 in Grand Mere is safe but just the part near 23, cannot go up river yet. All trails here are just seeing first passes with groomers. Some shows groomed but trust me, some places they have just passed with dozer no drag. To pack and fill. By end of week should be shaping up.
  44. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    Team Travels

    A bit more crowded, but still rockin the airport bar!...
  45. 7 points
    RoadRunner

    Western Run

    Dooright and Playhard, oh the Beaver that snow master had looked like a treat, we were tempted! And yes Dooright, we had time to get to Misstassini today, but didn’t, what a fast, flawless run today. The trail was perfect all the way, and traffic was heavy😳....we met 2.....sleds all day long! The traffic hasn’t picked up any snowmaster from your trip. We did get to encounter a “registration” check at the road crossing coming into Chibougamo, huh, he must have gotten a call that 3 strange sleds were in town lol. While waiting for the check, one of our riders turned and was doing a normal nature call, when the officer came back he said he could right him a ticket for that, we said seriously, and he said with no humor, yes 😳yeah I guess I get it but we are in Chibougamo! and not even in town We cleared the check and on we went. As Snowmaster documented last week, for those looking for mid winter riding conditions, it’s here! A perfect trail day today, Happy trials RR
  46. 7 points
    Trailblazer

    Hit the North again

    Snuck out for a last minute decided 3 day ride with the hopes of completing the break in process on the new Extreme. Friday am we drive to Labelle for a 9 am departure, plan was to ride to Mt.Laurier visit the mountain sleep in town then ride north. The Petit Train du Nord is not open yet officially as per say but many tracks riding it. We meet the club director leading the groomer in Lac Saguay and says to us they got the permission from the MRC to groom and started this morning from Barrette. Around Mt.Laurier was thin as expected, the mountain was plentiful. Sat morning we see the trails north of Ferme-Neuve are showing groomed, this where we’re heading. As stipulated it was well worth the ride up to Lunic. One incident with the Sidewinder and the ZR 9000 steering is freezing up. Nicknamed buddy Arnold. After a little snack and receiving some trail info in Lunic we learn trail heading south to Mekoos is in dire straits, I suggest an alternative off trail route down to Mekoos. 3 outta 4 is a yea 1 a nea, not so spirited so he solos down to Mekoos while the rest of us bust through a foot and half of powder 80 k down to Mekoos. We arrive 10 minutes after our solo buddy. Sunday we head for the trucks looping the west side of the Kiamika reservoir crossing a couple dikes and a dam, little rough for about 20 k out of Mekoos some bypass trails around the reservoir but all in great shape back to Labelle. Break in complete.
  47. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning!!! back from grooming tq 5 ....mild temps....0c at 1 am ...even foggy on some hills... machine and drag very heavy with that sticking snow !!! jean-guy
  48. 7 points
    Cobra

    St Zenon-Le Cabanon

    Hey guys, just got back from the LaCabanon 26/31. Actually left while the 6 + inches of snow was going on. You’ll have no problems leaving sleds in the corral, Dennis does a nice job having a night watchman walking the trailer pen throughout the night keeping an eye on any suspicious activity. Be careful out on the trails because underneath all the new snow there are icy turns with some rocks but believe me it’s not as bad as the INTERNET says it is. Signage is not 100% with a lot of reroutes north of dam.Was able to ride 910 miles while up there. Who ever is considering going up, just go and have fun.
  49. 7 points
    Oops! Sandi it is after 6:00 am and we are still in bed. I know we are on vacation. Slow down, no hurry today. Breakfast with Jay and Christina. They trailered to Valinuet yesterday and said it was pretty good. Sounds good to me. We will head to the north for today's ride. Note: I bought the toolbox LinQ set up. Guess what. It doesn't fit with the fuel caddy. I'm going to have to ask the dealer. Maybe I'll get a different storage unit. We are on the sleds and stop at the Ulltramar to fill up. Off we go. The spur hasn't been groomed in awhile. Turn right on 83 and this is good. Turn right on 367 heading towards the two bridges. Not bad for this early in the season. Some of the corners have a little snirt. A few weeds sticking up thru the trail but overall, better than I thought it would be. I can smell the paint burning off the exhaust. That new sled smell. Sandi is leading so she doesn't have to put up with the stink. We cross the two bridges and turn right on 134, aka Pickle Park. Oh this is bad. I thought the groomer map had this as being groomed recently. Maybe 10 days ago. We go past the first water tower and turn right leaving the road and staying on the trail. This is pretty poor too. Winding around thru the woods the trail comes back to the road by the second tower. Sandi, stay on the old road. Everyone else has run the road. I don't think the trail has seen the groomer in a long time. The road is good. We turn at the cemetery and this is good too. Along the power lines it gets rough again and we get to the junction with 93. We stay straight on 134. This was groomed. Finally, the groomer map is telling the truth. Easy riding up to 328. Right to St David and top off the tanks. We have only been 40 miles but I know St David is open and this will give us enough gas for the day. Staying on 328 a few more miles and onto 476 to Onatchiway. The lower half of 476 is twisty and today it is also bumpy. As we get further along 476 straightens out some and gets smoother. The last few miles into Onatchiway gets rough again. Wow! 12:45 and the place is packed. I was hoping everyone would be over on Mont Valin but they had the same idea as us. There must be 60 - 70 sleds here. Trucks and trailers are lined up down each side of the road. Sandi finds us a pair of seats in the corner. This is fine. At least we got a place to sit. A few other riders come in behind us and they have to wait for someone to leave before they can sit. We order a light lunch and relax. Oh this feels so good to be riding again. The summer is way too long. (Time to go have supper. I'll finish a little later. Sanid is hungry.) Jack & Sandi
  50. 7 points
    snowmaster2112

    Northern smack down 2019

    So.......I gotta go eat some beaver...... stay tuned later as there is bound to be some more crazy s*&t in my day as it’s not even dark yet i leave you with a picture of Kenny showing me the bear and moose meat cooking away