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  1. 7 points
    iceman

    Interesting FCMQ news

    I knew nothing of this. Perhaps someone here can explain it more? https://motoneiges.ca/actions/page?docId=12224&ctx=ctx&p=Projet Objectif 2020 vu par un motoneigiste apres 2 ans&request_locale=fr Objective 2020 project seen by a snowmobiler after 2 years Denis Lavoie President, Senior Columnist - Bas-Saint-Laurent // Gaspésie 2021-05-07 In recent weeks, we have seen several newspaper articles as well as various social media posts about the Objectif 2020 project initiated by the FCMQ. Opinions differ greatly and are often decided. Some are for it while others are fiercely opposed. Among those who oppose it are usually the bigger clubs which can count on a strong membership. They are naturally against the sharing of the money between the various clubs in the province. A bit of history ... Let’s go back in time ... A little over fifteen years ago, FCMQ clubs set up an equalization system to help smaller clubs make ends meet. Along with this, since the early 2000s there have been numerous club mergers. So we went from around 240 to 198 clubs in 20 years. All of this has had an impact on the quality of the trails over time. However, we see that some big clubs are practically rolling gold while others are pulling the devil by the tail. This definitely has an impact on the maintenance of the trails and therefore on the quality of these. Objective 2020 project seen from a snowmobiler There are several reasons for this situation, such as the proximity of clubs in major centers, the number of kilometers of trails maintained, the snow level, the average length of a season, the type of terrain (plain, hilly or mountainous), the reality local climate ... We can therefore end up with a club of 3000 members which has 75 kilometers of trails to maintain and whose average season lasts 3 or 4 weeks. While another club with 150 members maintains 140 km for 12 weeks ... It does not take a master's degree in accounting to see the contrast between these two examples ... The current equalization system was a step in the right direction, but it does not strike the right balance across the network. The objective of the Objectif 2020 project is to better distribute financial resources in order to offer snowmobilers the same quality of trail, wherever they ride and regardless of the time of the season. I can understand that some clubs are reluctant to adhere to this model since they will then have to assume a substantial loss of income. Some say the 2020 Goal strips Paul to dress Peter. If we only look at the local point of view, it may seem true, but shouldn't we look at it from a more provincial point of view? But what is this new method of financing? In the proposed mode, each of the clubs receives: $ 200 per kilometer of trail $ 10 per member $ 70 for each hour of surfacing These amounts could be adjusted over time to optimize the system. The big advantage is that clubs get paid for every hour of surfacing done. For smaller clubs, this often allows them to go from one outing per week to two or even three, for example. This has a direct impact on the quality of the trails. Clubs no longer have to adjust their surfacing schedules to the available balance in their bank account. Objective 2020 project seen from a snowmobiler Snowmobilers' expectations As a snowmobiler, what are our expectations of the clubs when we buy our right of access? Of course, we expect them to offer us safe, well-signposted trails, which give us access to the main services, but what is important is that these same trails are well maintained and on a regular basis. throughout the season. In addition, the reality today is that we risk driving our snowmobile on the trails of several clubs in the same day. What is the point of having impeccable trails on a club's territory if you end up on completely destroyed trails in neighboring clubs? What will you take away from your snowmobile day? As part of the Objectif 2020 project, apart from mechanical breakdown or unfavorable weather conditions, clubs will theoretically have no more excuses for not adequately maintaining the trails in their territory throughout the season. The snowmobilers are the winners! My observations after two seasons of the pilot project I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Bas-St-Laurent and Gaspésie regions. We are usually very fortunate in terms of the amount of snow and the average length of the season. However, there are also several clubs in the eastern part of the province with a very low membership. Over the past two years, the Gaspé clubs have been part of the pilot project. So I had a front row seat to see the impacts directly on the trails. Objective 2020 project seen from a snowmobiler For my part, I have seen an increase in the frequency of surfacing in the majority of clubs in the Gaspé. This is all the more marked at the very end of the season. Even in times of high traffic, the quality of the trails has improved. So I feel like I'm getting more for my money if you want. I cannot speak for all snowmobilers, however, my expectations when buying my right of access are simple: no matter where I am, I want to be able to ride on well-maintained trails, with good signage and well. heard safe! Plus, I want to be able to do it for as long as the snow conditions allow. Everything else is secondary to me. I'm sure my vision is the same for the vast majority of trail snowmobile enthusiasts. So the Objectif 2020 Project, with all due respect to its detractors, has the potential, over time, to improve the general quality of conditions within the 30,000 km of groomed trails in Quebec. Basically, that's all the 100,000 members crave. Is this your case? We look forward to seeing you on the trails next season!
  2. 7 points
    PLAYHARD

    Interesting FCMQ news

    Yep, like another artist gent we appreciate in Gaspésie, we also had our eyes opened to this by Pierre Coulombe (owner of the former Yammi shop) in Mont-St-Pierre. He's always been a fanatic about his local club & trails with a passion for delighting folks passing thru, from building reroutes with better views, to smoothie-smooth surfacing (on butt-puckery cliffs w/switchbacks). But just like Causapscal, riders are "passing thru" on these vital connectors, and not buying their passes from these small club's with small memberships & light on funds.
  3. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    back from my camp... still raining ....snowing way up the hills !!! met a few tourists !!! jean-guy
  4. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    when there was snow .. april 29 th .....2020 !!! jean-guy
  5. 7 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour!!! drove up to the lake this morning .....heavy traffic.....2 cessnas and 2 747 outside town and once at the lake , 2 cl 415 !!! jean-guy
  6. 6 points
    iceman

    Beer here.

    Micro Brew from Roquemont
  7. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! yaaa...was waiting for that ... r d l is roughly 150 miles from here....rimouski , 75 pics of the partridge....spent close to half an hr there....partridge was '' clapping '' her wings....his girlfriend was next to me....talking alone jean-guy
  8. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! et walla !!! jean-guy
  9. 6 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! morning traffic jam !!! jean-guy
  10. 6 points
    Just saw this post my condolences to Jim and Gemma. Rode 4934km or 3065 miles all here in NB. Would have done a few more but I had a chance to sell my 2021 900T for a good price and I spring ordered a 2022 Ren X 900R. 5-10 cm was forecast and this is what we ended up with!
  11. 5 points
    Snappy Hank

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    Well I pulled the trigger today, for a 22 YAMAHA SIDEWINDER LTX - GT, ink blue/regal gold, with EPS. I’m banking on the fact that the border will open this fall, hopefully sooner. It was a very disappointing season, as I was only able to get 370 miles on my 21 sidewinder LTX - GT. I will be posting pictures shortly, of a 2014 viper LTX -DX for sale. just wondering how many other people have SPRING ORDERED new sleds. HANK
  12. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour smclelan roughly 10-12 miles...hard to tell ...first time there by truck since 2013....my gps was a little bit rusty... did nt go to fast ...lots of curve and narrow at many places... yaaaa...thats hog's back !!! jean-guy
  13. 5 points
    iceman

    Sad but True

  14. 5 points
    iceman

    Interesting FCMQ news

    This was a pilot program they tried out in Gaspe region for the past two years. I think it makes sense. However it is far from being accepted by all the clubs province wide. I believe like everything else you will never make everyone happy. I like the $70 for each hour of surfacing. Very good idea.
  15. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    chez nous , cest skidoo !!! jean-guy
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour smclelan !!! wrong answer.....the one who was there ,first time you came to camp... did nt ask ...last night or this morning .... snowed a bit there yesterday heavy traffic at municipal airport this morning jean-guy
  18. 5 points
    DareDog

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    20 years been on 2 strokes. my first 4 stroke this year. 2022 Skidoo Renegade XRS 900 R Turbo. going from 120hp 600 etec to 180hp 900R.
  19. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour playhard !!! im 18 !!!....bienvenue!!! back from skydiving in st alexandre.....took pics on the way down !!! all pics in the vicinity of st alexandre!!! jean-guy
  20. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    yaaa...nice when big !!! -4c this morning and sunny .... still too much wet snow to ride my 4w...i ll wait a few days... pics from may 13 th .....2017 .. jean-guy
  21. 5 points
    EastMark

    Covid 19 Discussion

    Life goes by whether we live it or not....so live it up. Makes good sense to me. 🙂
  22. 5 points
    EastMark

    Covid 19 Discussion

    The politicians only ever imagined with glee a time when they could have this much control over the people, and here we are. Masks outside are foolish for example. Shots in arms situation is great. The vaccine is amazing beyond hopes. Those who want it got it. Lets move on with life. There is always risks no matter what....when you live life. Lets go back to living.
  23. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    went on logging rd up to where local trail cross the rd... 6-8'' of wet snow !!! jean-guy
  24. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! went up for a short drive toward the lake .... missed mom and calf....looking the wrong side of the road...when i saw the calf...he was already in 5 th gear ... jean-guy
  25. 5 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    good morning playhard !!! ahhahaha...always the right video... i don t need to go to figthertown or laguardia to see big birds.. i just open the door here....ding !!! .they are right there....ahahaha -4c this morning !!! jean -guy
  26. 5 points
    doo4adoo

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    Ordered a new Mach Z, first ski-doo since 2006 to see what I think. Excited about the new suspension feature. I may have also ordered a new Tcat with EPS but in case my wife troll's this I can't confirm or deny this. Having driven an Apex in 11 with the EPS i though that was the greatest option to sleds and with a bad back this may keep me going a bit longer.
  27. 5 points
    Blueblood

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    ordered two sleds a 2021 skidoo 900r renegade xrs. and also a polaris xcr 650 136. one for quebec and one for new york.
  28. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! back from a pirouette along the river !!! jean-guy
  29. 4 points
    quebec bob

    Interesting FCMQ news

    you make some good points and thoughts ....You are correct and it has been very clear over the years that some powerful clubs would groom areas locally beneficial to their club or lodges, inter connectivity is what this is about, that should work for everyone.
  30. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! memories !!! may 6 th ....2020 ....and snowing lightly this morning jean-guy
  31. 4 points
    Je me souviens

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    Snowtrax just released a sneak peak for 2022. Yamaha motor, Polaris front end, Ski Doo tail end, clutches of your choice and is also available in green just in case you felt left out. Options include a new M-80 rear suspension. (I heard it really pops) Lynx decals. Danny ditchbanger handlebars. Johnny stand up windshield. Same company also has a new Nitrogen helmet, boasting that it fogs up instantly with or without glasses. If the border opens up by December they are offering group tours out of the Cabanon that start with a minimum of 500 people
  32. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir je me souviens !!! oui , flat tire...my first ride in about 2 weeks....they graded logging rd roughly ....full of tiny rocks....so , 2 weeks ago , rode on ones of those patches of rocks...i guess i did nt slow down enough ... very tiny hole....not sure if i have the right word...i put a wick tire....but still losing air very-very slowly ...the hole is right in the middle of tire...should have new ones before bringing my 4w to my camp.....i keep them for now because i ride large roads at this time of the year....always pedal to the metal ....tires are melting faster reminds me....8-10 years ago ...on my way to see a friend...20 miles from my camp .....i knew there was a bad spot ...very rough ...landed there too fast ....first thing i heard.....ding-ding-ding ...rocks hitting the axle i guess....then ....flat tire....went back to camp on 3 wheels....long ride..1 inch long hole in the side of the tire....and they were brand new i bring air compressor and hand puller....and shovel at this time of the year.. jean-guy
  33. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! back roads pics....went to the marsh ...then heavy traffic at local airport !!! ............and snowing up the hills !!! jean-guy
  34. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    less 5k...thats some huge difference ....winter is nt the same !!! few pics from april 5 th ....2019 jean-guy
  35. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir smclelan !!! i took weekend off......vacation !!!....ahahha seriously ,grey sky till 4 pm ....went to lac casault ......6 to 8'' of snow there.....not much to take pics of....beside the river... lake still icy ... old pics from april 24 th ......2017 jean-guy
  36. 4 points
    GSX800

    Say it aint so, Joe.

  37. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonjour !!! earlier this morning !!! between 7 15 am and 8 am ....snowing like crazy ...big snowflakes and falling very fast !!! jean-guy
  38. 4 points
    NSHM

    Covid 19 Discussion

    That does not bode well for the outfitters. I saw on Monday Ontario shut down golf courses. If you can't be outside and socially distant golfing one year later ??.......
  39. 4 points
    Pipeman

    Covid 19 Discussion

    Government health care, that is why. Government does not invent things , private industry does. The USA received the vaccine for that very reason
  40. 4 points
    MrGutz

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    well... -New Exit Shocks in the Front ( slightly used, if you count the tuning process ) -HD Custom Front and Rear Bumpers. -Heated Seat -New Larger Windshield -FAST Air Middle Shock, Custom Controllers for it. -ISO Vibe. Powder Coated. Yup all for 200.00 Got a deal....... LOL, im screwed! GutZ
  41. 4 points
    Cnc

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    Your screwed, where is 200 bucks gonna get ya?😁
  42. 4 points
    NSHM

    Covid 19 Discussion

    They have been locked down far worse than most of the US and are getting nowhere fast.
  43. 4 points
    MrGutz

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    I am afraid of getting Covid, and my wife selling all my snowmobile stuff for what I told her I spent on it to pay medical bills!!!!!! LOL!! GutZ
  44. 4 points
    quebec bob

    It really is this simple

    Yes, they were writing them in August, he probably has no idea what he has signed, and we don't either....this executive order trash , where you just do what you want.....Washington has moved from representing or leading...to governing...and thinking they know what is good for us....I am confident that all the real heroes and patriots will right this ship in the mid-terms. Patriots....a word some today are trying to associate with law breaking extremists.....totally wrong....real definition for me is...people who believe in hard work, prosperity, A moral compass/honor and most importantly....Freedom....I still think that there are enough to stand up and vote this back to where it belongs....and the way things are going....more people should be realizing we are heading in the wrong direction.
  45. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir je me souviens !!! hahhahaa....might happen ....better wait to get close to bc or godbout before having one ...could have some other '' feelings '''...aahha sorry for the long wait , i spent the day working with chainsaw...helping a friend.......no dancing tonight ....but still not bad for my age... most of the winter rust came out ......returning tomorrow not much imagination tonight ...old pics !!! sunny and colder than yesterday ... jean-guy
  46. 4 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! yaaaa...sunny ...but still fresh ...windy today ..and we still mid april !!! we re 1 month ahead !!! 4 moose this afternoon...few gaspesie poulets...and 3 traffic jams jean-guy
  47. 3 points
    MrGutz

    Please DO NOT "like" this post:

    *Changed the Like, I appreciate info, and Liking it is more for the effort not the content, changed to Thanks. I dont think they are right, Ive been up for days reading articles on this, and I feel the government is hiding something, and a few of us "in the know" realize it.... A new article just popped up, how did they know I wanted to read it , this is great! or is it..... Unfortunately it has become Un-Social Media. Later GutZ
  48. 3 points
    groomer

    Pics from the Matapedia Valley !!!

    bonsoir !!! this morning , i woke up with 2 left foot, no camp ... but around noon , i decided to go up logging rd....at least up to the 84 ...to see a bit of mt albert... but landed at the 99....and up the mountains on trail 595 ... left before 2 pm ...and back at 8 pm ...windy all day jean-guy
  49. 3 points
    NSHM

    Covid 19 Discussion

    That makes sense...that why children are less likely to get it and pass it on.
  50. 3 points
    800steve

    2022 NEW SLED ORDERS

    Good buys. I bought a 600 Polaris this year for Vermont. Save the 900t for Canada.