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  1. Quebec is way nicer, but the UP does a good job maintaining the trails. They just get way more traffic, so they need constant snow to keep things good. A little tighter in terms of stops, but when you need to ride it's not a bad second choice. Off trailing is fun, lots of two tracks and typically lots of snow. Just have to stay out of the swamps.
  2. Wonder if this will land where it did last year, everyone who spring ordered and pushed the issue got the $500. Can't believe BRP is doing this again as last year turned into a nightmare for them.
  3. Does anyone have any experience with the Chatterbox Slim? I had friends years ago that had these and the range was incredible, but not sure about the Mic
  4. Thanks Iceman. We've been using Collet for years and the last set we purchased are poor performers. BTW, saw someone taking after you and Playhard at Kanawata Saturday. He had some form of stuffed bear attached to his Polaris.
  5. Looks like the specs on the Sena 20s Evo state an operating temperature of 14 F or -10 C. Does anyone who uses these have problems with it's cold?
  6. Awesome, thanks all! We will be sure to do our part.
  7. We will be through there in a few weeks. Do you know if they have one at the gas station? Otherwise, we will stop at the hotel.
  8. Thanks Bob! That was very kind of you.
  9. Finally made it up for the first time this year this past weekend. We rode Friday through Sunday in the St. Zenon area, as far south as St Damien, North as Lac Repos, east over to Sacacomie and slightly west of SMDS. About 570 miles in the three days that we rode. We found excellent snow coverage almost everywhere along with excellent conditions, especially considering weekend riding. Classic Quebec trip!!! Introduced two newbies to the sport and got them spoiled out of the gate. As no surprise, we encountered fantastic customer service everywhere we went. It had been awhile since I was in this area. I chose it because of the newbies and our ability to ride day loops without back packing. That concept seems to be a bit scary for a newbie! I noted a handful of trail changes between this time and the last. Just wanted to give a shout out to all of those involved in one way or another in planning, preparing and maintaining the trail system. Many other areas, Ontario, Michigan, NY never seem to take pride in their trail systems in terms of spending time to correct problems. If there's forestry working taking place, they don't seek out a reroute, snowmobilers just have to deal with it or they close the trail down. If there's a road that must be ridden, again, it must be dealt with and they don't even seem to think about grooming the berm. Not the case in Quebec. It seems like every effort is made to make this province a snowmobiler haven! So for those of you who make that effort day in and day out, I sincerely thank you and appreciate all the hard work. It is clear reciprocity, the folks know the importance of snowmobilers and snowmobilers feel important and welcomed. Can't wait to back pack in a few weeks with my traditional group!
  10. Well, how was the weather over the weekend? I see the area ended up with lots of snow, but was there much rain on the front end? Had a group of newbies for the weekend and none of them were too eager to back pack, so we ended up heading for the UP of Michigan instead.
  11. Yes, I've noticed that. Keeps getting warmer! At home, last night they were calling for 50 degrees on Saturday, now they are calling for 60 degrees here. I realize the jet stream can make all the difference in the world, but we were to leave Thursday and I have been down this road way too many times in the past and it hasn't worked out. Hopefully, murphy's law will be in affect and my decision to back out will bring feet of snow to the region and zero rain!!!
  12. Yep, cancelled our reservations yesterday. This winter was off to such a great start and then it fall on its' arse!
  13. That's awesome that your group has grown this way. I have a similar story with a gentlemen I met in the early 2000's in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we have become very good friends although we don't get to see one another often as I have a love for snowmobiling Quebec and not so much the UP anymore. I too had a core group of 4 but unfortunately, they have all got out of the sport due to the added stresses of life today and the addition of children to their families. I, like many others it sounds, don't have children. My wife and I have one spoiled border collie, so it's easy for me to leave throughout the winter. I have been re-building my group over the past few years, but their interests aren't nearly as aligned as our initial core group. I am thankful I still have riding partners to enjoy the sport with even though it will never be quite the same as it was years ago when we would back pack and back country, now we tend to sit tight in one place and only ride trails in and out each day. Unlike you Chris, I don't think I would or could ever have the courage to solo. My mind would drift to all the "what could go wrongs" and talk myself out of it before ever getting started.
  14. Hats of to you Snowmaster! First off, a trip like this solo takes some serious guts, but IMO your willingness to meet new people in take risks to create adventure is amazing!! I have totally enjoyed reading this entire thread and look forward to your next adventure.
  15. It looks like awesome remote riding, which is what I prefer!