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  1. *** 5 december 2019 update*** The trail that I strike in red have been closed on the 5 december 2019. The Sepaq that manage the Mastigouche wildlife reserve plowed the #31 road (the trail) for maintenance on a bridge so the Royaume snowmobile club have no choice to close this section for 2 weeks The royaume snowmobile club post on facebook an image of which trails are open actually (thursday 5 december19) that i copy below
  2. Thank you quebec bob! it's an early start this year even a bit later than last year but way better than many other years! I'm confident that things will continue to shape up, we are in a cold temperature wave and it seems to stay there in the long term weather forecast below the average. I wish you a great season with many miles and smiles! Kristine says: Thank you grumpysanta! You are welcome 800steve! I hope I will be able to make many mores! Thank you Playhard! Kristine said: Merci beaucoup!
  3. In fact, the circuit we traveled yesterday was 95+%perfect when we did it, way more than acceptable: very nice... but thin and not strong yet which is normal with the snow we have for the moment. The sled season is just starting and it looks really promising! You are welcome Mike! yes I know I'm a darn lucky guy!!! Beeing healty with a lovely wife and sharing the passion of sledding with her ... on the top, before most of the others sledders: I am spoiled by life and really appreciate it!!! You are welcome Pipemaster! obviously it may be a torture to wait so long before riding your new toy, I wish you sooner!!! It always take a while before the trail system get connected but this year the winter hit us 2 to 3 weeks sooner as for the temperature. It is darn cold for this time of the year and even I would not ride on any lake yet, most of them are already frozen which is surprisingly early. Can't say what's mother nature have ahead for us but It's look really promising for the next Thank you smclelan! i'm looking forward to do many more too!!! Kristine wants to say thank you to all of you for the birthday wishes, she had a really great day!!!
  4. Today is the birthday of my sweet half, I would not think of a better way to celebrate than to start our 2019-2020 snowmobile season in our prefered playground in St-Zénon! Here is the path we traveled together today *** 5 december update*** The trail that I strike in red have been closed on the 5 december 2019. The Sepaq that manage the Mastigouche wildlife reserve plowed the #31 road (the trail) for maintenance on a bridge so the Royaume snowmobile club have no choice to close this section for 2 weeks *** 5 december update*** The trail that I strike in red have been closed on the 5 december 2019. The Sepaq that manage the Mastigouche wildlife reserve plowed the road (the rail) for maintenance on a bridge so the Royaume snowmobile club have no choice to close this section for 2 weeks Despite the actual limited snow cover, the Royaume snowmobile club has started grooming some trails that have a fairly flat forest road base, so they require less snow to be functional. There are still few trails that have been groomed and we have rode the majority of them as shown by our today traveled path (in pink above) We started our ride directly from the Auberge Le Cabanon in St-Zenon around noon We started in southbound direction from the Auberge. The main road being plowed, the trail is beside with a rough base and the lack of snow is immediately obvious By cons, about 2 miles further when the trail takes the forest road path conditions become very nice. This is what looks like most of the trails that have been groomed yet: flat base ones It was very cold last night, the temperature remained cold at about -7C in the warmer part of the day and there is almost no one in the trails: we have the ideal conditions to keep the trails in good shape here a good reference on the snow cover. What is on the table is not really indicative because the first precipitation had melted but what is on the ground compared to the bench is quite fair: around 1 foot of snow with the first half in the bottom very crust/icy which still gives an acceptable amount of material to start a trail base Here, a partridge was sunbathing in the middle of the trail! we almost had to stop before she decided to let us go. once at the junction with the #31 road of the reserve, the trail is groomed on both sides. We took the east side first that we rode back and forth because it's a cul de sac for now (not groomed further) but the conditions were perfect We then continued straight to get to the #345 trail. Again, a beautiful wide base of forest road so beautiful trail Once on the #345, we took the direction of the dam. The last mile before reaching the dam is rough and lack of snow due to unperfect base and there are some rocks. The level of the reservoir is nearly at its maximum We crossed the dam for a photo before turning back Note: as mentionned in an other post, the trail to the Mattawin River Bridge will be closed this season. Following an inspection, the bridge was deemed unsafe and the bridge was closed to traffic. You will have to go through the dam to cross the Mattawin river As expected, the 3 miles section of trail which is not on the reserve road before arriving at Cabanon is lacking snow. The rest of the # 345 is very nice. We were back to the trailer around 4pm with 89 miles on the dreammeter. In summary, there are few trails currently open (something like 70miles) because the actual snow cover does not allow much more. The cold conditions we had in the last days combined with moderate traffic allowed the current trails to remain very nice overall but the base is thin and could not endure milder temperatures or heavy traffic or worse, a combination of the 2. Conditions can change quickly, both for the worst or the best if the snow and the cold are ahead. It will depend on what Mother Nature reserves for us for the next days /weeks Pays de la motoneige web site is always a good source to observe trail opening No doubt it's still a good season early start so far and things are shaping up nicely, hoping for the best next!!! Alain
  5. Yes I confirm, they closed the bridge for safety issue. Here is what the snowmobile club published on Facebook about that: Following a thorough inspection, we made the decision to completely close the Mattawin Bridge. The bridge is not safe enough. You will have to borrow the bull dam Taureau. The change has been reported to the federation and will be visible on your snowmobile app(imotoneige). 🔐 And yes the crossing on the dam Is ok now it have been reworked, the central section is wider and pretty straight on the west side.
  6. Yes!!! the snowmobile Club du Royaume (Cabanon) had begin grooming yesterday Thursday 28, they did a 50 miles loop in the Mastigouche Wildlife reserve. It is the beginning, I have not been there yet, I may give it a try at the beginning of the next week... Stay tuned!!! Alain
  7. It is a good question! The facts are that the trail bypass have been completed with all the required authorizations but on the section along the #117 road, the trail pass on the back of some houses nearer than 30meters and some owners are unhappy about it and already protest against this new trail before it open. Legally there was no authorization to ask to the owners because the trail is not on their properties, it was on the side of the road but the distance is a fact. Also, to build the trail, they remove the trees that were making a sound barrier between the #117 and their houses... at this point, a committee was formed and is trying to find a solution to the problem for opening this trail... we are waiting for their output. They have to be carefull because the actuel timing is not good at all with the"immunity against prosecution"for offroad vehicule trail ending on the 1st january 2020 From what I understand in the above link, the Mont-Tremblant trail will remain open this season no matter what's happen with the St-Faustin Bypass but nothing sure for the next seasons.
  8. The Goverment keep the authorization for the snowmobiles to use the Caribou trail of the Mont-Tremblant Park for the 2019-2020 season with the exact same conditions as last season. The text is in french but it is the same as last season. They underline that it is a special authorization given because of the St-Faustin trail not officially open yet...
  9. My pleasure Playhard! yes when we cross the 2 sleds on the top of the hill, they were the first we met since the lunch time 2 hours before so it startled me a bit! When both sledders are on their side: no problemo!!!
  10. looking like winter more and more each days with more snow on the forecast for the next week! Here is an outstanding drone's pic taken this last week by a photographer name Olivier Langevin in the 7 falls section of the #131 road south from St-Zénon 😍
  11. Already in november, time flies!!! we got our first snow drop in the province in the last days, not much but it got more real that we are gone sledding soon 😎 I post you today a shorth video of the last part of our season ender on the april 13 2019 : trail riding on a small mountain trail with nice scenery on the #350 trail between Koubec and the #23 trail junction. As usual, crank up the quality +switch on the speakers to best enjoy the ride!
  12. You are Welcome Jim & Gemma ! If we start our season like last one, if would be in less than 5 weeks! time flies fast it's incredible! My pleasure Quebec Bob! Congratulation for your new ride, wish you many miles&smiles with it! yes, won't be long... and I can't wait!!!
  13. Condolences Andy, our toughts are with you and we wish you the best to pass through those hard time Rip to your Brother Ward
  14. still from our last season ender on the 13april2019, the beginning around St-Michel des Saints village was slushy but the rest was nice, especially the 2nd part past Le Cabanon in the Mastigouche wildlife reserve. Many of you will recognize some of the spots I guess... Crank up the sound and quality and enjoy the ride again!
  15. Thank you! I love this music track too, it's similar to Johnny be good song, really nice! I always use right free music for my videos and it's tought to find some real good stuff but there are, like this one. I had listen many many tracks in right free music libraries on the net and kept those one that I like in my own music bank on my PC. it's in this bank that I "shop" my I do my video editing. it's a reservoir so we always need to take care, especially at this time of the year but yes it was a funny one! .. and you know the rule on a lake: if in doubt, push the throttle!!! You absolutly got it!!!😁 among other events, after we got out the last river, before the last stretch around 1:30 on the video there was a big puddle in front and I just didn't think further than hitting the throttle hard to fly over it... but we had our friend Luc behind that was about getting out of the river... he had just the time to put his head down before gettingt a pressure wash shower directly at him 😂 😂 to bad the camera was pointing forward!! 😂 He is real good partner and i'm sure he will take is revenge one of these days! 😅
  16. We did this strech on our season ender on the 13april19. I had seen that a body of mine did it the day before and it was fine so I was thinking it would still be dry... but it was not! Most of this stake's path is on ice laying in the bottom of the reservoir so the water spots on those sections are more impressive than dangerous. The rivers crossing, especially the sides of them worried me a bit but others sleds infront open us the way. We finally really enjoyed playing like kids in the puddles but not sure I had done it if I had know before!! Crank up the sound and enjoy!!!
  17. I don't know all the details but here some maths: Like Cnc point above, the #323/#325 detour through Labelle to Rivière Rouge is 52kms(32miles) vs the usual path on the #63 24kms(15miles) an addition of 28kms(17,5miles).... but there is fuel in Labelle!!! so the fuel autonomy we need to have is St-Michel/Labelle which is 142kms(89miles)...not that bad... The other question now is how the snowmobile clubs will be able to manage the grooming. The FrancNord snowmobile club that groom the #63 in Rivière-Rouge/Macaza area have to groom up to the middle of the Rouge-Mattawin reserve to join with St-Michel des Saint club... are they able to get around the closed spot by the road with the Dozer? or have a dozer on each side of the closure? or find an alternate trail path to get the #63 around the closed spot(which would be the best option). The #323 trail is groomed by Labelle snowmobile club up to the #63 junction... would it be possible they go further on the #63 trail to join the St-MIchel des Saint club in the middle of the rouge-Mattawin reserve??? There are options/solutions... the #63 trail is a main trail, many people are working on this problem right now, I'm confident we will have a solution in the next weeks. Alain
  18. Thanks! I had to admit my video files this year kept me in the mood of sledding more than any years before. Playing with the files for editing is a fun time for me! Many already told here that late riding is more than often the best rides! but this one was very late for this area.. in the record department! I will post soon the reservoir crossing video clip... it was a wet crossing!!! we had fun like kids 😂
  19. Hi guys! We got some outstanding conditions on our last season ender ride, mid april in Lanaudière. Not only the snow condition for the date but the warm temperature and the clear blue sky with the strong sun of april made it easy for me to catch some very nice footage of this nice ride. Here is a first video all taken on the loop path around the taureau reservoir Crank up the quality and the sound and enjoy the ride! Alain
  20. You bring us some real great pics Chris! I prefer the white scenery but the summer on have some charm... You seems to had a great summer run 👍
  21. the "ice wall" on the barn was around a foot thick on the top and two feets on the bottom! I had not really realize before you write about it that the lignthouse bend so much when on the side of the image...funny effect! I am used to this because I always film in superview, I may take a look when doing my next editing I think it is possible to remove the fish eye...
  22. Thanks 800steve! yep, last season opener was on the 1st december! Thanks Jak! You certainly recognize most of the scenes of the video and relive the trip! Those blue Jay day are not only a blast to ride but also give outstanding good result on the camera. It is like this for the pics but even more on the video. We had been lucky and had many good video shots last season. Pretty sure you were the only one! You are welcome for the sharing 👍 We had a real blast on our summer roadtrip in the west usa! we had it on the bucket list since a while but always postpone because time missing or too expensive but this time we pull the trigger even not having the ideal conditions and we don't regret a single minute of this trip, even doing 7000 miles(11000+kms) in 15 days was a challenge... we were not at our first challenge!!! 😉
  23. I hope everybody have a great summer, Kristine and I have a nice one! 1rst september today, the daylight started to shorten and the evenings are a little cooler ... good feeling!!! I had begin to edit some untouched video files I took last season and leave you this morning this one: The Isle Verte/Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs video overview It's Mr and Mrs GT Rider that talked me about this place when we met them in RDL last season. They also did put some nice pics/details in their photo report. They receiveid the hint themselves from mikerider, so I want to thank all of you for having lead us to discover this nice hidden spot! It is a small island in the St- Lawrence river approximately 20 mile east of Rivière du Loup which is connected to the south shore via a ferry in the summer, but only accessible in winter by sled via an ice bridge . They have their own groomer that surface the island road and little part of the ice bridge up to the main section of the river. Since there is no car traffic on the island, the trucks and cars are all buried in the snow and they use snowmobile as a daily transportation. Their trails are probably not federated because they are not on any trail map, it is not a well known spot for sure!. It's a small place(around 8 miles long) that comes out of the ordinary with beautiful coastal lanscape/colored houses, also their lighthouse worth the view... by the way it is the 3rd oldest in Canada and the older on the St-Laurence river, built in 1809! As usual, it's best viewed in 1080p on large screen with the sound "on"....enjoy! Alain
  24. Yep it's right, the collected money goes to the sepac (park administration). It's not a big deal to pay $8,60 to cross the Mont-tremblant Park but I exactely know where it can lead us in a couple years. The Atv summer users had live with this problem for years before. By example doing an atv ride Shawinigan/LaTuque round trip on 2 days was $54 just in Zec acces fees. Their federation FQCQ had work hard and negotiated an agreement with the Zec to autorise Fqcq members to pass on federate trails on the Zecs without having to pay zec fees. This agreement is new from 2 years ago and have been renew again this season but no garanties it will next years... Anyway for the park we will need to wait at fall to know what will happen for the next season... If St-Faustin/Mt-Tremblant(city) new trail is done, not sure the park will be reopened.
  25. Yes there was a green collection box at both park entrance each ends and you should put you payment in an envelop, keep the receipt that was attached to this envelop before dropping it in the green box. If you got ckecked in the park, you need to show your receipt and the agent take the number on it with your personal information and later they verify with the receipt number if your envelop contain the payment... if not, a fine is sent to you by mail. It is a similar process already used for ZEC acces( Z.E.C.= (controlled harvesting zones) ) in the summer for all users(car/atv/motorcycles...) that acces them outside cashier opening hours or by some gates without cashier. Those same ZEC that we travel for free in winter and there are many in Lanaudière that the trail network pass on: Zec des Nymphes, Zec Lavigne, Zec Chapeau de Paille just to name few and they are all independent one from the other... this is also why it's worrysome to see some park organisation starting to bill us for passing in winter, not good at all.