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  1. 18 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    Day 5 from Manicouagan reservoir back to km 31, pushing miles and miles of snow, snow was really sticky and we were chewing up fuel and oil faster than whimpy eats burgers. Arrived last night into km 31 around 7 pm with 300 miles for the day a big day for sure. The teamwork of this group led by Team Maine’s Early Rider is nothing short of amazing. After 1,000 miles of extremely adverse conditions not being on any marked trail this is truly an adventure not for the faint of heart. Take care signing off from km 31. 603 Backcountry
  2. 16 points
    With the new snow fallen during this last week, we went for another last ride with our friend Luc yesterday, April 13, 2019 in Lanaudière On this exceptionally snowy season the trails of northern Lanaudière were still surprisingly good, here on #23 trail south of Cabanon The temperature was very mild since a few days, no freezing during the night so we got very soft trail. Here passing at Cabanon in the morning We left in dam direction. The whole reservoir loop had been groomed during the week! The conditions were nice for an April 13th but very good from the dam trail junction(on the # 345) and for all the reservoir loop up to St-Michel des Saints It's not visible on the pictures but it was so windy there that I had hard time to stay still the time of the pic, I almost went with the wind! The #360 around the reservoir was candy to ride, just superb. We did very good tempo on this stretch... The reservoir is always impressive to see once emptied ... I read from a buddy that the emptied reservoir shortcut was still ok on Friday, so with the good visibility we had, we tested our luck despite the wet conditions It was not for the fearful ones, alot of surface water on the ice. It looks worse than it realy was because even if there was water, we ride on ice already leaning on the bottom of the reservoir on more than 90% of the way but the rivers(yes there are rivers in there) where worrisome. I would suggest every body to go around by the trail, I personally would not do it again this season! Luc learned the risks associated by following us too closely ... he arrived on the shore a little wet! We arrived for lunch at the Central in St-Michel around 12:15 After a good lunch and a great talk with Luc we headed south on #63. The strong sunshine combined with good winds at 10C made the trails tender and juicy ! Without surprises, we found some dirt spots near St-Michel village on the larges south-facing hills But a little further it was still very snowy Back in the Cabanon courtyard, we could see how much it had melted compared to the morning pic We switched into the Mastigouche Reserve on trail #345 to loop back. As I expected beautiful conditions, very snowy ,almost no traffic and not a single bump Among the best conditions of the day. We also saw some fresh moose tracks on the trail. A nice spring ride for us at its best! We stopped a few minutes at Koubec (which was closed) And we came back on #350 trail which was also in very good condition In sum a beautiful spring ride of 170miles for the three of us. With the reservoir loop groomed during the week, it was definitely a record in the area to ride recently groomed trails on a April 13th. A big thank you to the clubs involved! It could close our season with 4830 miles on the venture dreameter...unless Kristine twist my arm for another last one somewhere !!! Alain
  3. 13 points
    Day4 Well all I can say is this was one of those days you remember! Out of the gate Tq3 freshly groomed in stellar shape! The run to godbout was outstanding! Probably one of the nicest trails in QC. Truly a roller coaster groomed to perfection! Fuel in bae trinity and a depanaur sub. After the hills nice to have flat high speed run into sept tiles for the night at the comfort inn. Trails absolutely mint! 185 miles. Plan tomorrow is to scope out if it’s doable farther East. Awesome day!!!!
  4. 12 points
    NHTOM

    20 000 miles 900 turbo!!!

    Amen to that. Bill told me in February that he wasnt on because the Delta wasnt an advertiser, and he stays there,... something to that effect. Still makes no sense, Why would he care? I know his last post was about his on board fire extinguisher, a couple of folks replied and i dont think he liked the replys. That was Last year... Ice took exception to a reply someone gave him on his trip in early February and he replyed back. His reply was removed and I guess that was enough to cause him to go MIA. Its a real shame because we all go to this site for real time info from the serious riders who live there. Their knowledge, stories, advice is what made this site. I cant offer diddly from down here in Cow Hampshire about anything current up there. The reality is we are rewarded by Iceman, Bill and others being on here, They dont really get much back in return, so when they go, its Our loss.
  5. 11 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    Some more pics from day 4 up they the gorge trail and even came upon a nice herd of Caribou. Huge country up here and big big areas of nothing.
  6. 11 points
    With thaws on Thursday/Friday, it is not easy for snowmobile clubs to shape up the trails for us. It was the second consecutive week with essentially the same scenario: too hot and too wet Friday night to be able to groom. Although it was riding up north, we waited for Sunday to try it out. We left from home in St-Thomas around 8:00 Sunday morning under a temperature of -6C. Very spring conditions with hard as concrete trail. Scratchers were mandatory not an option. Another sign of spring: here on the picture near home, we can see that the trail that crosses a ditch has begun to drop a bit ... I personnaly really like hard trails, my venture ride on it like a train on rails. You just touch the throttle to ride at very good speeds and the track hangs so nicely... Here in the fields towards St-Norbert. Joliette had not groomed after the thaw but with the 2 scratchers down, it was a race track! And here in the maple grove just north of St-Norbert Farther, the snowmobile club of St-Gabriel Brandon had groomed all its territory in the night giving us perfect trails. The best ones of all the ride in fact My intention was to go to Mandeville so we went to take a look at Lake Maskinongé shortcut. Pretty much water over the ice that has wear through snow so the club had closed it So we continued on #63 trail And then took #345 trail to Mandeville Mandeville had not groomed after the mild weather but it was riding well, the trails were in good condition. We took the trail # 349. There are some sections on forest road, just enought snow on the edge and it was fine. The snow banks are still impressive! We stop at 10:00 at the Lac Blanc outfitter to refuel before going in the Mastigouche reserve The lake infront had pretty much water on the ice... We then came back a bit and took the #350(trail a Gaston) toward the Reserve. Freshly groomed trail with some new snow over gave real nice winter conditions We continued to #23 trail in the Mastigouche Reserve that we took to the west to go to St-Zenon. Not groomed recently but a beautiful layer of new snow on a hard base, ride nicely even with a bit of ripples in the curves We rode it all the way to the junction with #345 trail (Cabanon/Taureau Dam) that we took south We then took the #63 to go to St-Michel des Saints. We arrived for lunch at the Vieux Moulin à Scie around 12:30 with 134miles on the venture dreameter After a very good meal and a fuelup for the venture we left on #33 trail toward the west Had a small tear on my cheek when passing infront the Rouge-Mattawin relay closed this winter Just across the new trail to Mont-Tremblant Park We continued on the #33. The 2.5 miles of road side was on limit to be good, they should trace us a sidewalk on the edge because the dirt was very near on some spots We then took the 1st local trail (orange on the map) to go on the #63. We pass at La Glacière We then took the #350 trail in front And catch the #23 trail down south to St-Gabriel and took the same route as in the morning. Here at the Hut at the top of the hill at St-Damien. It was impressive the difference just 1mile further down the hill. The trail went from winter condition to advanced spring condition, very very soft. It rode well but have to hang on the bars tight! We followed our morning path and came back home around 6:00 PM with 255 miles on the venture dreameter. Surely the last one starting directly from the home, the trailer will have to take back service to stretch the season a little more. Riding will still be possible in the weeks coming but not everywhere, some clubs south of Lanaudière have started to close mainly because of rivers but the north is still strong. The weather will play a big part for the next, in anyway the trail condition web site is always a good place to have details on the clubs: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ Good end of season everybody! Alain
  7. 10 points
    gowser

    Spring Riding

    Still plenty of snow. Probably 2 more weeks of riding. Sketchy getting out of Laurier but plenty good if you drop at the Airport. 13, 63, 53 all very good. Outfitters are closing.... 100 lacs has gas but closed other than that as is Meekos. Food and fuel at Unik Fer A Cheval may be closing too so call ahead. Piteman still grooming out of St Anne but limited hours at the restaurant and motel so call there too. Trails are great above st Anne. Getting beat a bit close to Laurier. Be heading out again thursday 😁
  8. 10 points
    PLAYHARD

    Spring Fling

    Who was it used to say they subscribed to two magazines for the same reason, National Geographic and Playboy: “To see pictures of places I know I’ll never get to visit in person”
  9. 10 points
    Here is the ride Kristine and I made yesterday Saturday, March 30, 2019 On friday night the weather forecast was really bad announcing a mix of snow ice/rain even for the north of our area from the beginning of the afternoon Saturday, so we canceled our sled ride plans and decided to stay at home. Having nothing on plans for early saturday we had gone to bed late after midnight, and on Saturday morning, looking at the forecast, the weather cocktail was delayed to the end of the afternoon to 4or 5 pm ... Ok change plans again, hook on the trailer and go to St-Zenon! We managed to hit the trail around 9:45 It started to snow just as we started our ride. Freshly groomed trails from the beginning, not brought back perfect but it ride very well. We passed by the Cabanon The #345 trail was beautiful up to the intersection with the #23 east toward the Mastigouche reserve. Then pretty bumby up to the junction to the Dam that we took. The trails after this point were all nice with only few bumps in some curves here and there Sorry for the white spots in the pics, we had forgotten to turn off the camera flash that reflects on the falling snow flakes... it gives some style! The Taureau reservoir is already lowered to its lowest, ready to receive spring water. Water goes near the base of trees at its summer level The #360 was nice and fast as usual And the river's views are even nice under this snowy weather We arrived for lunch at Marineau around 12:45 with 102 miles on the dreammeter. Learned today that we just missed a part of the 6 amigos crew by just few minutes...too bad it would have been so nice to meet them completely unplanned over the trail, sometimes the world is really small!!! . After a very good meal, we left and retraced our steps up to the M20 trail that we took to loop on The M20 was beautiful, as nice as usual to do. There was already about 4-5 inches of new snow over the trail and it was snowing hard some moments At the end of the M20 we took the #345 trail toward St-Zénon And then went back on the #360 as on our morning path It was starting to fall something other than snow that was begin to freeze in my windshield Halfway on the #345 the rain became more present. It must have been very close to the freezing point because it was freezing on the sled but my heated visor was ok, just had to wipe it every 10 seconds! We did a last refuel at Le Cabanon and passed through #63 trail (village of St-Zenon) to return to La Glacière. Apart from the very bigs hills that were deep bumpy, the rest was nice Here we see the ice in the branches and the clouds hitting the mountain We got back to the trailer around 5:40 PM with 220miles on the dreammeter Very happy with our ride but a little wet and icy! The Venture pass the 20 000miles mark during this ride, still running strong! Grumpy Santa asked on my last report what would be the next one ? no decision taken yet other than the venture should be strong enough to give me one more season... as for new touring sled choices, not much options other than taking a turbo or not! [/URL] So we were really happy with our final decision to having went for it, despite the not perfect weather because at this time of the season the remaining riding opportunities are on the low side... In summary still a lot of snow in the area but we board in April tomorrow ... some clubs will close, some others will leave the signs in place but stop grooming: in sum we really arrive at the end of the season. It will still be possible for die hard one to do some miles but you will need to do your homework before leaving because it can change quickly depending on the weather. The snowmobile country trail conditions site is always a good place to have last informations on snowmobile clubs: https://www.snowmobilecountry.ca/en/conditions/ happy season's ending! Alain
  10. 10 points
    Day6 Woke up to an awesome sunrise this morning nice place the manoir but food not so good! Tq3 east still in great shape into the relais in escoumans for lunch. Other then some sections hardpacked and icy trails super for almost April. Into tadousac to catch the ferry, trail pretty well baked. Right on like they waited for us. Off the ferry tq3 through the twisty section flat as could be and into st Simeion for the night 240 miles.
  11. 10 points
  12. 10 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Ding ding ding! Winner! My first time inside here. Tres bon. They've got the whole package. I love riding with my first-timers. I love riding with my some-timers, I even love riding with my all-tzheimers! But even after 20 yrs of touring up here, I'm learning a thing or two riding with these QR Ninjas. And I'm getting the feeling that some of their stories are true!
  13. 9 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    We arrived last Friday at km 31 on Saturday morning we headed out into the country for 5 days of off trail adventure. The first day was an adventure over to km 94 relais manic outarde. Breaking trail the whole way sleighs in tow we managed 208 miles for the day. The second day we left and headed for relais Gabriel another 215 of serious trail breaking. Day 3 was 100 miles of beating thru the woods and rivers putting in a trail up 80’ waterfalls stuck in deep snow . Day 4 was a loop east from Gabriel to the old trail along the gorge up to petite Manicouagan back to Manicouagan reservoir in for the night another 190 miles of adventure. Day 5 loaded all back up and headed southwest back to km 31, 300 miles of breaking trail 150 miles of it rivers and reservoirs, ep plus gallons of fuel burnt and 1 plus gallon of oil gone, all in all a great day. Sorry for the long post pics and comments to follow.
  14. 9 points
    Well it’s the final run of the season, 4 of us met at camp in lake George Phil1, scranton1, me and Eric to finalize the plans for the run. After cocktails and pizza and a lot of great ideas we accomplished nothing! Plan was to drive to matawin and wait for Trailblazer and playhard to meet up and have a second pow wow to figure out where to. Finally at 1:30 we’ll head to Lac Eduard for the night at gite Lac Eduardo great little place. Trails super soft a little whooped in the corners but light traffic. All in all a good first day which was a bonus day anyway. 100 miles blue skys! Still up on the fence to head west or East once at the lake in the morning.
  15. 9 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    I saw a guy coming down the mountain from the west, so I waited until he was on his ramp up, then I got myself to mid-span and waited, but when I put up my high-five it took him a second to realize I was waiting for him to reciprocate, which he eventually did, but I ain't got mad skills like Scranton1 so sorry no video. And there it is, in case any a-hole needed a sign...
  16. 9 points
    Yeti62

    One More From The Trail!!

    BTW if anyone has information to send La Cache I talked to them they would like to become an Advertiser on this site for next Season!!!
  17. 8 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    Another set of falls to traverse and endless miles of powder.
  18. 8 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    First time I have ever climbed an 80’ high set of falls with water ripping below the shelf ice and many holes to avoid. Definitely have to be on your game. 8B213D96-8B95-4DD5-BE75-825E63AB4CED.MOV
  19. 8 points
    Fozzy

    20 000 miles 900 turbo!!!

    Before asking to get these people to post here we should be focusing on trying to get Iceman and Sag Bill back. Not sure what the hell happened to Iceman or who pissed him off but the site is not the same without him or Bill.
  20. 8 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Sorry if this is boring anyone!
  21. 8 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Some of these may look similar, because the trail was MINTY-MINT all day!
  22. 8 points
    Day5 Another cold morning -3f felt warmer with finally no wind. Plan was to continue East to the moosie river. Playhard headed West Solo to be back to his truck early. Tq3 in perfect shape, 25 miles later we cross the Moosie and have a team meeting. It’s freshly groomed! Now what? Was like having the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other! We don’t have time for this to be back to Matawin on Saturday. What to do! Screw all responsibilities or do the right thing. Probably the toughest sledding decision! May not have another chance like this. Welp the angel one, head to Bae Comeau for the night where we are now at le Manior. Beautiful place right on the water. Tq3 stellar the whole way. Fuel in port Cartier with lunch at some chicken shack. 230 miles. Westbound in the morning
  23. 8 points
    Phil 1

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Beautiful day in paradise.
  24. 8 points
    Day3 woke up to clear skies and -2 temps. Plan is Bae Comeau. 93 to pelchat and the ungroomed orange to forestville for lunch. Pelchat in great shape, ungroomed section started out great first tracks then turned to rutted frozen moguls, not so great! One to the tq3 fresh groomed to Bae comeau at the travelodge for the night. Off to Sept tilles in the morning. 230 miles
  25. 7 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    Cruising for miles and miles, weather and visibility has been tough at times
  26. 7 points
    mikerider

    20 000 miles 900 turbo!!!

    121 days of riding. I would need a Go Fund Me page for just the bar bill.
  27. 7 points
    Well, whatever type of slithering fellow this might be, I think you need to keep an open mind. With a little creativity, and perhaps a bit of nurturing, this guy could be an asset to your future snowmobiling trips. There are many uses that I'm sure you haven't even thought about. For instance, he could be used as a deterrent to the theft issues we sometimes face north of the border. Just lay him across the seat when you check into the hotel each night, that should keep the thieves at a distance. Also.....in the event of a missed turn in deep snow when you need a tug, he could double as a pull rope. And the obvious off season use of him would be to store him in the engine compartment to ward off any pesky mice trying to make your sled their home. Much the same as Mikerider adopted a monkey this winter, 'Copper' could be your new pet. It may take a while to adapt, but before long he'll be riding in your jacket pocket with you on your adventures to the North. Just don't forget to check him in at customs.... sorry.....having snowmobile withdrawals.......
  28. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Speaking of just can't ever get enough... Got some lunch-time face-time with the hardest working lady & gent in show business!...
  29. 7 points
  30. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Got it done, safe n sound, and hit the highway southbound. Banter forthcoming!...
  31. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Too whooped (like the last 25 miles into here) to go downstairs to Dijon to eat, so they delivered while I set out the soaked gear for the short ride tomorrow... So the next time someone says it's not going to rain, you might wanna just go with that! MOV_20190328_1740041~2.mp4
  32. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Onward And backward And MOOSE! Tall-boy walked down the trail a bit, I started and killed the light/engine a couple of times, and he hoofed it off the trail.
  33. 7 points
    Just a quick update of George. He has settled into what may be his forever home after I found him hitchhiking on trail #5 this winter. He keeps asking for EddieSkiDoo and SkiDoo420; wants another weekend in Amqui with them. He is getting along with everyone in the household just fine. Still likes to monkey around and get himself in trouble occasionally. Says he likes the tropical weather of Maine better than the arctic cold of Quebec. He does miss happy hour at the Universel Hotel bar. He is currently appealing his illegal immigrant status.
  34. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Don't wanna make no scandal here, but... there's LOTS of bonsai tracks all up in there! All righty, a couple more.
  35. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    He was moving too quickly to get the rig pic, but a Groomer went by with his ruffles-have-ridges blade (zoom on the far side), in case anyone from that club didn't have scratchers!... And even the well ridden stuff was still perfection.
  36. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Solo's not really (like never) my thing, but today was truly dreamy (like epic). And I made allowance for those who take & share pics, cuz I sure appreciate yours!..
  37. 7 points
    I don't know (or care) if odo or gps is more accurate, especially since the white asphalt was not conducive to track spin, but it was a FREAKING AMAZING ride from Sept Isles to Forestville with ZERO bumps and blue skies the whole way!
  38. 7 points
    Best sign! Funny, not funny!
  39. 7 points
  40. 7 points
    MOV_20190325_1734330.mp4 MOV_20190325_1734330.mp4
  41. 7 points
    Oilman

    4 Day Trip

    Day 1: Left Wilson Mills Maine for Quebec City (Quebec In) 260 miles. X through NH. Great running. Nobody on trails! 03/20/19 Day 2: Quebec City to Jonquière (Delta) 235 miles. Good trails for most part. Little bumpy from Saint Raymond to L’Etape. Getting very thin around Jonquière. 03/21/19 Day 3: Jonquière to North Quebec City (Signature hotel, old 4 Points) 230 miles. Took 83 south, Clermont Express. Fresh snow in the hills, wet in the valleys. Over all good running. 03/22/19 Day 4: Quebec City trailered across and headed back to Wilson Mills via Couburn Gore ME. Fresh snow the further we got south. Around Lac Megantic and Wouburn QC, there was 18 inches of fresh snow. Broke trail 50 % of the way. Still a great adventure. 280 Miles. Great trip: little over 1000 miles 4 days.
  42. 7 points
    Gullyrider

    Live pic from LeCabanon this a.m.

    You don't have to go too far north to find snow cover! I'm only a 20 minute drive north of the Masson-Cumberland ferry, and this is what our place looks like at 9:30 this morning ... at a whopping -9 degrees C.!
  43. 6 points
    lindasledgirl

    Happy Birthday Jean-Guy Halle

    https://youtu.be/OR8dtTMeDZ8 Happy Birthday to my amazing Gaspesian Lumberjack, Groomer, Guide and best friend. 57!!! Wow you’re getting old lol 💋
  44. 6 points
    Well in that case count me in !!! LOL. No seriously...send me one of those invoices. Im happy to contribute to this site.
  45. 6 points
    603backcountry

    Spring Fling

    Another eventful day we left km 31 and headed west thru some bush trails and ended up on the west side of the pipmicuan reservoir. Headed north to chutes de passes, from there we headed east to track the north side of the reservoir snow was deep once again. We had a fuel pump problem on one of the 850’s so we loaded it onto the Sleigh and towed it back to km 31. Also broke the tongue off one of the sleighs but we repaired it trailside. 301 miles for the day and in by 9:15 pm. Time to eat, signing out for the evening 603 backcountry
  46. 6 points
    PLAYHARD

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    Seriously-seriously, touched down @ 4-Points/Signature! More detail to follow shortly! I don't know what all the fuss is about, Bullwinkle and I got along fine!
  47. 6 points
    lindasledgirl

    One More From The Trail!!

    Good work Jean-Guy!! I am sooooo tempted to return!
  48. 6 points
    Phil 1

    6 Amigos on the move, the final run!

    I struck up a conversation with the Gentleman the right about F1, talked about being a Ferrari and Vettel fan. He asked where are you from I said PA he took his shirt off and gave it to me, a bit in shock I accepted his gift. 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
  49. 6 points
    Awoke yesterday morning (Monday) at the camp , had breakfast, cleaned up and headed the 75 miles back to the truck at LeCabanon had a GREAT 2.25 day Season ender BLAST that my buddy and I agree would be nearly impossible to beat again. 407 miles of smiles here my buddy resting at the camp. He actually got a light sunburn. Everyone have a great summer and see ya on the trail next season !!
  50. 6 points
    It's full-on winter up here, like stupid cold, so other than sidewalk & sidestreet snow getting wiped out by the rain, the trails are solid, like a rock, scratchers are a need-to-have, wheels are a nice-to-have.