Gullyrider

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Gullyrider last won the day on September 17 2018

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    Hill and Gully Riders (Québec Version"

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    Mayo, Québec
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    2012 Ski-Doo MX-Z 800

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  1. Well this sucks .... the restaurant at Rapide-Sept has gone up in smoke.
  2. So far, one of our groomer operators has seen it flash once .... when he met a neighbouring club's groomer at an intersection. Oh well .... at least we know it's hooked up right!
  3. Yep ... it's a good spot for snowmobilers and locals alike to drop in on winter weekends. We sure do miss it once the snow's gone, but the off-season traffic doesn't warrant paying a someone to man the place during the spring, summer and fall.
  4. Hi doo4adoo, I try to get to the clubhouse when I can, mostly on the way home from some excursion or other, and certainly at all the parties and special events. The fellow you're remembering is Jeff Muldoon who has a cottage at Hawk Lake and I believe works (worked?) for Goodyear. I can't claim to know him very well, but I certainly remember him from various events, and, as you say, he is a well liked and fun fellow. Apparently he used to sled back in the day. Exceptionally, the clubhouse will be open this Friday morning for the launch of our annual club trip, so I'll ask our bar gal Tammy if Jeff has been around so far this winter .... if anyone would know, it would be her.
  5. Hey, we're not proud .... we'll take your "accidental" money! Still, we are very lucky to have the AMVN as neighbours. Their grooming and signage are top notch. I think we're there with our grooming, but it will take us years to match their signage! I'll keep an eye out for N.Y. plates in our lot 'cause we're always pleased to be able to host our American neighbours. Have a great winter ...
  6. Hi Blueskyride ... if you're using Google maps, or perhaps a GPS, our civic address is 149 Chemin Inlet, Mulgrave et Derry. Parking is available to everyone 24/7, and the clubhouse itself, which is a licenced bar/restaurant, is open weekends from 9:00 am each morning. So, there's no need to suit up out in the cold if you're leaving on a Saturday or Sunday. We're located about a kilometre or so directly north of Lac La Blanche, and the trail passed right through the yard.
  7. Hi Sledfarmer ... Thanks for the compliment! Up until this past weekend, conditions from the clubhouse north were all-round excellent. Now, we're currently facing a minor challenge as the John Deere that grooms north towards Duhamel from the Clubhouse calved Saturday evening, and we only managed to limp it home yesterday morning (a hydraulic hose for the ramsteer popped a fitting and, while attempting to limp it home Sunday, electrical problems erupted. We thought it was a bum alternator, but it turns out an electrical junction box under the cab became mangled. We're currently waiting for our chief mechanic/dozer driver's garage to be available before trucking it south for repair. In the meantime, our Pisten Bully will be doing double duty. It will be heading up that section of trail starting 5:00 am tomorrow morning. That heavy wet snow was just what the doctor ordered to put the finishing touches on our trails. Once we get that all groomed, now that it's cold, things will be in great shape! We're still lacking in the signage department, though, so the iMotoneige app would be a nice feature to have on your phone. Dan
  8. Absolutely! I'm not interested in how many riding buddies you have .... keep you hands on the friggin' handlebars.
  9. One of the francophone forums has a lot of detailed discussion of this tragedy by people who are either from the area, or are involved. Once again, "get-home-itis" played a significant role. They departed later than scheduled that morning, the trajectory was too long (350km) for tourists, and they arrived late, north of Alma, with still an hour to go if they took the marked trail through town versus 15 or 20 minutes across the unmarked lake. The guide made the wrong choice, and led most of his party, including himself, to their deaths. Why people continue to ride on unfamiliar or unverified ice confounds me too. However, in this case, most of the victims were blameless.
  10. Thanks for your understanding, Playhard. Case in point: Virtually all of our trails were dragged within the past 24-48 hours, but the trail conditions still show "closed". I contacted the director in charge, and she explained that she couldn't get the spreadsheet to open while she was at work and, while drafting a message to that effect to the tourism authority, someone came into her office with some crises or other (she's a fairly senior manager) and that was that. She only realized just now, while trailering to Ste-Anne-du-Lac, that the information wasn't relayed. She's trying to do it in transit from her phone, but I doubt the regional people are at work today (they're Mon. - Fri. 9 to 5'ers). Oh well ... it is what it is .... now ... bring on that storm!!
  11. The new "trail conditions" function is causing some confusion. The FCMQ has allowed each regional tourism authority back-end access to the interactive map. Each region has a point person who is supposed to upload data gathered from each club in their respective region detailing trail closures, conditions and the odd information note. What's happening, even in our club, is that the groomers are running around packing, or even grooming, but the club is being hindered from designating the trail "open" for various reasons. Thus the "grooming delay" function shows groomer activity, but no one has yet made the call showing the trail "open". It could simply be a matter of the club representative not having yet completed the requisite spreadsheet that has to be forwarded to the regional authority. Our club gal contacted me this evening wondering when we can designate sections of our network "open", but we'll have to hold off until tomorrow evening when we get reports from our drivers who will be out tomorrow grooming what we hope to be 10 cm of snow (though it's looking more like 5 cm or less - oh well ... there's more coming to our area on the weekend). Very long story short ... another duty has been downloaded on to the club executives' shoulders, and there will be teething pains until everyone is comfortable with the new arrangement. It should work well eventually, however, when it's all sorted out and everyone's comfortable with the system.
  12. Yipper .... we drove into Mékoos from 100 Lacs late Friday afternoon in a very light freezing mist. We woke up to pouring rain Saturday morning, but it had quickly turned to wet snow by around 10:00 am. By the time we left Mékoos for the trucks at Ste-Anne Sunday morning, there was close to a foot of good snow on the ground and still falling. On the way home, it had thinned out a bit by Mont-Laurier, and diminished to about an inch of wet snow by the time I reached home in Mayo. Anyway, Ste-Anne-du-Lac to Fer-à-Cheval and on towards 100 Lacs then back Ste-Anne via Mékoos was all good .... 10/10 I'd say.
  13. We drove up the hill immediately past the main entrance to the building and there was a decent sized lot up top. We had three pickup's with trailers and there was lots of room for them.
  14. We can vouch for this resort. It's luxurious and affordable, and they treat sledders like royalty. Moreover, the nearby Hotel du Chasseur is a great little spot to pop into for a pint and a poutine, wings or any other pub grub that suits your fancy.
  15. I agree with CNC's comment that the contractors hired by the FCMQ to process the requests were probably overwhelmed by the last minute rush. I was monitoring daily pass sales in our own club, and, up to the last two days, was starting to get a bit worried. Then ... boom ... they all started flooding in. Multiply that by 199 clubs, most many times larger than our own, and you've got quite the logistical challenge. As for the $15.00 charge, again, as CNC said, that's Canada Post's premium mail charge. When I was personally mailing them out for our club, I sent them registered so that I could track the delivery and have it confirmed by signature. However, that capability ended at the Canada/US border. We had one Vermonter complaining about us on Hardcoresledder, wondering if he'd been scammed because, weeks after his credit card had been debited, he still hadn't received his pass. After I contacted him, we found out it had been sitting in his post office up the street all along! The funny thing was, on HCS the Ontario Hill & Gully Riders were taking the fall for this as most didn't realize that there was also an identically named club in Québec! Phew ..... dodged a bullet there ....