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.
We had about 14 inches of snow last week, then a bit of rain which really only improved the trails. Yesterday the groomers all went out and worked their magic.
This photo is the bridge that crossed over Moose River.
But I like this one as he captured the trail in front of him as well as what is behind him. Nice shot Matt Stone!
Reports from our guests and others on the BRC FB page is that the trails are awesome, “mint” and perfect. The skies are blue today and a perfect day to be out on the trails.
More snow in the forecast!
No, that is not what this is but with all the wind and the snow drifts over the ice, and how the sun is hitting it just right? It could be waves on a white ocean?
WOw, this is the first time in the 15 years we have been here that they can actually say that the trails are open on December 15th! Of course not everything is in good condition yet but this is going to give us a good solid base. It seems if everyone can just wait a bit to ride, the trails will get better with more snow.
It is simply beautiful out there and I had to share this with you. I took this photo about 10AM, and it is still snowing. I estimate that the total amount at that time was about 9 inches but we have started to get a little wind. Some snow blew off the deck and maybe some snow added to it. They say our totals should be over a foot after all said and done.
Hopefully, trails will open early this year.
Yes we did get snow last week and more expected Tuesday and Wednesday. We are already getting the call asking if the trails are open.
In Maine, the trails are not to open until December 15th. There is a good article by Joe Higgins, who is the supervisor off road RV Programs, which I will post the link to it below. But basically, this date is because landowners have asked for this. Plus there is still hunting muzzle loader hunting for a couple more weeks.
Our club posted that riding un-plowed roads right now is your only option. Please remember not to ride on plantations or where marked “no Snowmobiles” and respect our landowners.
I believe most trails are signed and work completed so that if this snow continues, our trails will open mid December but we will have to wait and see what the club and trail master decides. We will update you as soon as we know more.
Here is the link to the article.
This seems way too early for this much snow but here it is. We measured about 7 inches and it is still snowing.The forecast though for tonight and tomorrow is high winds, blowing snow, and temperatures below 20.
It won’t be long before the snowmobiles are running and the ice fisherman are fishing. Are you ready?
The lake rose last week so it is well beyond our shoreline. This morning, we could not even see anything from the webcam with the snowfall and fog coming off the lake. You can almost see the island now.
Of course, the first thing Maggie did was bury her nose in the snow, but in the air, I think looking for the grass? Or maybe just to play. But how cute is this?
The first day of spring was last week but we are far from that I fear. You all may already have daffodils popping up and maybe even cut the grass but here, in Jackman, we are still covered in white.
This past weekend we had riders and ice fisherman that all had a wonderful time. The days warmed up so late in the day, the trails became a bit soft but the night went back down to the teens.
Our ice fisherman all came back with a nice sun kissed glow to their faces. It was beautiful all weekend with blue skies.
SO far this week, we are hitting the high forties but I just do not see the white going away yet, well at least not our piles. Think SPRING!
I cannot say this this is a trail update as I think I only posted one trail report to the blog this season. It has been a crazy winter. More cold then snow.
Last weekend seems like it was the best storm we had for the trails. Needless to say, this weekend will probably be the last and best of the whole season.
We have a solid base, the snow we did get last week gave the groomers something to work with. And the temperatures….really cold at night. The trails are flat and firm and fast.
Don’t forget ice fishing. We have at least 3 feet of ice out on Big Wood. Wonder if they will extend the ice fishing season in our region this year?
We just received trail update from the Border Riders Club. Technically, the rails are open but they have only been rolled and panned so far. We need another 6-8 inches before we can start grooming them. With the snow today and more expected next week, they should be good to go for NEW Year Weekend.
The foresters notified the Club last week of areas affected which means, again, this affects our trail system. Many people have been working hard to re route some trails and add new signs so that you all can get where you want to go. Many changes this year so until they can get a new map printed, please watch for signage.
Here are some of the key changes:
The clubhouse trail (North on the Dumas Road) will only be open on weekends, due to wood harvesting.
The Pittston Farm trail has changed dramatically – a longer ride. Right now there is a rough section where we just excavated to connect to the Pittston trail.
There is no Alt ITS 89 South route this year as they will be wood harvesting.
There will be a section of ITS 88 that will be shared or rerouted in a couple weeks due to wood harvesting.
A firm reminder from the club: Stay off any plowed road and do not ride in any wood plantations. We do not want to loose our landowners permission to use their land.
I hope this helps for the first of the year trail report.
LET IT SNOW!!!