Previous Eastern Trail Conditions
Groomer left Saturday evening around 7 after temperature got colder. Heading up #217 towards New Perth and will do #103 into Georgetown before heading to Mt Stewart and back. Will also do 305 and if all goes well hope to do #104 from Pisquid to Murray River before it gets too busy in the morning.
Groomer left Vernon River this evening and heading to the 305 towards Murray River. Will also do the 305A before doing trail #217 to New Perth and then back to Vernon River.
There will be no grooming tomorrow during the day because of expected large amounts of traffic but will be going out tomorrow night.
Groomer is heading out tonight to do trail into Mt Herbert and then will do trail#104 up to Pisquid through Lake Verde. Will do trail #103 between Mt Stewart and New Perth before coming through Greenfield overnight
Groomer went all night Tuesday and has been going all day today. Completed so far since yesterday evening; Trail from Vernon River through Greenfield and New Perth to Mt Stewart has been done with double pass. Trail#305 from Greenfield to Murray River was given a double pass last night as well as #305A.
Today trail to Ashton ( #221) was also completed. Groomer will continue through the night and will be doing the #104 to Murray Harbour and then doing another pass on Trail#103 from New Perth to Mt Stewart.
Groomer left early this afternoon. Snow was a little sticky but getting better as day went along. Trail to Mt Herbert done as well as #104 from Lake Verde to Pisquid River.
We will continue through the night heading for Greenfield and Mt Stewart on the #217 and #103
Groomer kept going through Thursday night as we did trail up through Ashton and then did Trail #100 from St.Peters to Elmira as well did trail into Souris. Came back down through Ashton today and did trail #103 to Mt.Stewart and then did Mt.Stewart to Morell but could not go to St.Peters because of ice and gravel issues. Did trail #104 from Pisquid to East Uigg as well. Trails are decent with some icy and some bare spots but much better than was expected. We can only hope snow finally does come this weekend and Monday.
Groomer left this morning from Vernon River heading east. We did New Perth to Mt.Stewart and into Georgetown on the #103. Trail is decent with good loose snow cover but some icy patches in open areas. Most fields are passable but very icy. We are on route now to Ashton on the #221. Operator says same thing, fields are low in snow cover with lots of ice but woods and unplowed seasonal roads are decent going. Most of this trail is unplowed roads so should be decent going. Will continue into Souris and Elmira through the night. Will update in the morning
We sent the groomer out on Tuesday heading south to Murray River on the #305. Trail is mostly unplowed seasonal roads and the snow was decent for grooming. The trail is not perfect but passable. There are still some icy patches on this section and most fields have very little snow cover. Snowmobiles can go to the outsides of the fields to get around where there should be more snow. On Wednesday we did the #104 to Murray Harbour. The closer we got down that way the better the snow conditions were. We also did the #305A which has turned out quite well. There are still icy spots so please be careful when traveling. we are going to attempt to go east tomorrow to Ashton if conditions allow. I will update tomorrow evening.
Unfortunately we did not receive enough snow here in the Eastern section of the trail system. Most of the fields have less than 3 or 4 inches and with the ground froze as hard as it is it would be rough on grooming equipment as well as snowmobiles. The railbed trail has many spots that were completely bare but the bigger problem is the amount of ice on the trail and with very little snow cover it would be easy for the groomer to slide off under these conditions
Groomer is still running as we have completed the #104 to Murray River from Vernon River. Last night the groomer did the #305 to Munn's Road and the #305A from County Line Road through the Klondike Road. After refueling the groomer headed East on the #221 through Cardigan, Dundas and Ashton. We have a driver change at 8.00 am and will be continuing back from Ashton and then doing the #103 from Mt.Stewart to New Perth before returning to Vernon River for fuel and then doing the #105 into Mt. Herbert again. Reminder that Trail #104 from Pisquid to Lake Verde is closed due to construction.
It is a shame that almost every time it snows we have to get a mild spell as well. I think we are a little better off after last snowfall even with rain and 24 hour mild temperature. We tried this evening to see if all the water under the snow would rise to the top after going through with drag but it appears we will be ok. Concern was that water would make trail very icy. Operator indicated trail is shaping up well after one pass with drag. Tonight we will be doing Trail # 105 into Mt. Herbert and then onto Greenfield #217 and Mt. Stewart on the #104. Groomer will continue to run as we will do our best to have all trails open for the weekend. Big thanks to the group of volunteers who spent today trimming the trail on the #305 to Murray River. There were many low lying trees in this area and going to be nice to have it cleaned up.
We kept grooming all d ay Monday even with the wind, mostly railbed trails so were somewhat sheltered. Did the #104 from Vernon River to Murray Harbour as well as trail into Stratford. Last night we were heading down the 305 when the tire on drag blew around 11.30pm. We had a spare and were going by 8 this morning. Finished the 305 to the Floating Bridge and are now heading to Ashton on the #221. We may have a fix for section of trail from Pisquid to Lake Verde, will be meeting with some land owners today to get permission. Further update on that section of trail tomorrow. Hopefully we do not get too much rain tomorrow.
What a great snowfall we had last night and today. It was well needed as there were many spots coming up gravel after Saturday mild weather. Groomer left this evening after temperature got cold enough and heading for Mt. Stewart through the # 217 and #103. Will also do into Georgetown tonight before heading to Murray River and Stratford. More updates in morning
Trail # 305 down to Murray River was finished up yesterday evening and after refueling in Vernon River the groomer went towards Ashton on the #221. Fields are still rough but woods and unplowed roads have excellent snow conditions. We will do another pass on the trail between Mt.Stewart and Greenfield today. Hopefully more snow is on the way.
The groomer left Vernon River yesterday after the wind went down and did trail #105 to Mt.Herbert and then did The 104 from Vernon River to Murray Harbour. After filling up with fuel at 2.00 am this morning it headed through Greenfield to Mt.Stewart and did a double pass from there to Georgetown. Plan is to do the 305 to Murray River this afternoon and check out the 221 to Ashton. Reports are that snow cover is good on rail bed but poor in many parts of the cross country trail because wind blew most of the snow off the fields. On another note the trail between Pisquid and Lake Verde is under construction in sections and there are bare spots as the construction company is cleaning snow off the trail in this area to apply shale, Avoid if possible