Do not put away those sleds yet. There is still some good riding up here in Jackman country!
It is almost mid March and you all probably have green grass by now. Not so in Jackman. We are still covered in snow and ice.
This image was from Jenn at Pittston Farm last eve.
We did have some warmer temperatures last week but the nights temperatures dropped down pretty quick, keep the trail conditions solid. Even with the bit of rain we had the other day, no trails were lost, especially north and east of us.
I have reports, mostly from our guests, that the border loop is still an awesome ride as well as to Pittston Farm. One group went over to Kokajo on Friday and they said for the most part, still in good shape.
Another guest went up Coburn Mt yesterday and said it was a bit bumpy but a good amount of snow and the view at the top was worth the ride.
We also heard that there is little snow left in the Forks.
The latest forecast is for snow on Tuesday which will sweeten the trails even more, giving the groomers more to work with.
Sounds funny to be excited for a big snowstorm but this week, I think we had the most snow fall in one day then we had all season. We had high winds most of the day so the snow was blowing sideways. Toward evening, the winds calmed down and these huge fluffy flakes fell. At that moment, it was simply beautiful.
By morning, the groomers went through the trail system for some of the best riding options all season.
We heard the temperatures will increase next week with the possibility of rain but have no fear, our trails are not in danger of going away.
Call now for your March reservation. If you do not have a snowmobile, no worries. You can rent them in town or maybe try snowshoeing or X-country skiing.
There are so many people trying to come to Jackman this weekend to ride and I believe town is full. What I hope you all realize is that March offers some of the best riding options so make those reservations now. Don’t wait until the Wednesday before to try and get a place to stay.
Trails are in excellent condition. With the snow we are getting today and more in the forecast for next week, no one is complaining.
Denise and Bill who have come up school vacation week for many years rode every day, something that has not always happened. They said riding was the best they have ever seen.
So call us now if you want to ride a weekend in March. We have openings the third weekend. Talk to you soon.
After that last storm, we, as well as the clubs around Jackman are all reporting excellent trail conditions.
From those who ride, our guests, have all said the trails are in awesome condition and the best rising all season. Even route 66 to the Birches is now “pristine”. Note: The Rockwood Club posted that there is a young moose hanging around the trail near Rockwood so please use extra caution.
Today it is sunny with blue skies but very cold. Bundle up.
More snow in the forecast for Tuesday.
Plan on riding in Jackman well into March.
This is a photo shared to the Jackman-Moose RIver Chamber of Commerce of the coburn summit trail. This trail is not for the timid but the views we have seen are incredible. Perfect shot we wanted to share.
What a crazy winter we are all having. Where is all the snow? Luckily, I think Jackman is the only place to find any decent riding. No it is not perfect and thee are some areas south and east of us getting a bit rough but there is still plenty of trails to enjoy.We have a pretty solid base so any snow the higher elevations did get, has helped. The groomers went out Monday and will go out again tonight to do areas needed.
Reports from our guests say that once you are out of town, the trails are holding up. The ride to Pittston is good as well as to the border. We had a few who went to the first clubhouse in Quebec and said that area was awesome.
Another option is off trail or on un plowed roads. Since there has not been a lot of snow, you will not get stuck as easy and yet plenty to ride on.
From other clubs: Pittston has been grooming and went up toward Kokajo also. They say the trails are in great shape. Many have said Rockwood and Greenville riding is pretty rough but the club said they groomed on the 28th. Parlin area is holding up. They said to watch for some rocks around Coburn Mtn and some bare spots in the woods. They say most bad spots are passable but rough.
SO simply, yes you can find some good riding but be aware of some rough areas, icy curves and all the clubs are recommending scratchers. There will be a lot of people out there this weekend so ride to the right and stay safe!
In town Jackman did not get the 6-10 inches of snow that was in the forecast last weekend but we did get about 2 in town. The good news is that in the higher elevations, where the trails are, about 6-8 .inches fell. Then this past week we have been snowing off and all, giving us here, about an inch or so a day.
As you can see from these photo taken (I think around Long Pond) by Riverview yesterday, the trails are in great shape. All the trails have been groomed. They found some rough areas but all in all, not bad considering. North of town seemed to be the best ride at this time.
The weather forecast is calling for rain throughout the state on Saturday, but will that happen here in Jackman? One never knows. It seems like the weatherman change the forecast every day. Keep doing the snow dance.
Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to
a great new year in 2020.
Hopefully as you sang all the Christmas songs you included and sang loudly the chorus of “Let it snow, let it snow let it snow”
Now for the snowmobile trails: They are still closed. We have a decent base of ice in most areas but there simply is no snow to groom or to ride on. The trail-master has said we need about 6-8 inches before he will open the trails.
SO now is the time to do that snoopy snow dance.
The 2020 snowmobile season is approaching fast. We have already had some snow but trails are not open until December 15th, depending on the conditions. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear more. There have been some guys out riding the un-plowed roads and a bit of off trail. Remember to respect all land owners.
Hopefully you have tuned up the sled, checked your equipment and made your reservations. It won’t be long until we here the vroom vroom of sleds.
It is kinda hard to believe that the snowmobile trails are still in such great conditions. Reports from local groomers (on the 3rd) as well as Pittston Farm say “they are better then ever.” The rain packed it down a bit and now new snow is expected this week. Some reports say 8-12 inches.
Blue Ridge and Summit riders have stopped grooming but our trailmaster in Jackman said as long as the nights are cold enough and people are riding, they will continue to groom until April 14th, as trails here will close on the 15th.
Come on up for one last ride!
A snapshot from our webcam this morning.
It is a beautiful sunny, cold and breezy day out. The group of riders leaving today had nothing but good reports on the trails in the area. Ryan did over 300 miles yesterday.
Reports from surrounding clubs are also pretty good. It’s not too late to get at least another week of awesome riding.
The Border Riders Club will continue to groom until April 15th as long as the nights are cold.