Wednesday, January 30, 2008

If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes it will change

Here is the weather report for this week. I can be very accurate because this is what has already happened.

The little skiff of freezing rain that we got on Sunday night didn't make any difference. All it did was scare everybody into staying indoors. No change to the trails then.

Nothing Monday night but it did get quite mild on Tuesday night and then some rain came. Not much snow was lost. By 8:00 am Wednesday though things had changed again. The temperature dropped to well below freezing in a couple of hours and it has started snowing.

Hard to say how much will fall but most of the icy spots are now hiding under the snow.

I had two riders in yesterday that had come from Pembroke and were heading to Bancroft. Other than running out of snow around Kilaloe they said that the rest of the trails were in good shape. Still a few washouts but nothing serious.

They groomed to Bancroft on Tuesday night and I'm not sure where else they have gone.

I'll be back tomorrow sooner if something exciting happens. Don't hold you breath!!!

Let's hope for a good weekend.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pleas don't let it rain.

The weather does not look great in the next few days. I will be sure to post regularly this week, if I'm not too depressed to keep you updated.

Today was excellent. Perfect temperature, sunny, every trail groomed like a show dog and hardly a sole in sight.

The conditions had better hold on because Larry from PA will be really angry when he gets here on the weekend and things have gone for a slide after missing such a great weekend.

Keep thinking snow.


Friday, January 25, 2008

Hey Larry!!!!

Hey there Larry, Dan was in today for lunch. They are having a great time, trails are great. They wish you were here.

See you next weekend!!


My plan for next week.

Okay-All you riders this weekend work it out among yourselves. But we want some of you to phone in sick for Monday and Tuesday and the rest to call in for Thursday and Friday. The ones that can just do one day can pick Wednesday. That way you will get to enjoy all the great weekday riding when things are quiet. It gets very lonely up here when everyone goes home after the weekend. If you need an alibi just give your boss my number and I'll cover for you.

It is still snowing and has done every day this week. The groomers have been working every day so the Maple Leaf Trail System is in great shape.

Steve from Birds Creek (let's hope the third motor lasts longer that the other two) has been on Baptiste Lake this week. I'm not sure if it's safe or if you just have to know where to go. Not much action on Lake St. Peter but I have see a few tracks from my kitchen window. I will check on lake conditions with riders this weekend.

Keep the rubber side down!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.

What a great day for sledding today was. Just cold enough to remind you it's winter, sunny all day, great conditions and nobody around to get in your way.

Both groomers have been out every day since last Thursday. The trails won't be in much better condition than they are now. We have had a little snow almost every day for a week now. It has piled up more than you would think.

Riders in this week (and there haven't been many) have all reported that the trails are in great shape.

The locals are starting to hate me for wishing for more snow. They don't want me to do the snow dance anymore. But will I listen? I THINK NOT!!!

Not a moment too soon the execs of the MLSS opened the trails offically on Monday. Go figure.

Well load em up and get up here.

See you on the weekend.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Confusion in the MLSS club.

Well there seems to be some sort of lack of communication in the local snowmobile club.

I called the president this morning to see why all of the trails are still closed after all the snow, grooming and hard work folks have put in this week.

My answer was to call the trail boss because he is the one that orginizes the grooming and only he knows for sure when they should be open. The pres can't just update the web site without being told to apparently. The fact that he sledded here on Saturday (on the same closed trails) and said that condtions were good wasn't enough of a clue for him to reopen the system.

I guess it's no skin off this teeth because he is not trying to run a business that relies on the sledders to survive.

I have put a call into the Trail Coordinator to see if he can call Mr. Pres to ask him if he can possibly find the time to hit the web site before next Friday and maybe try to open a trail or two. I realize that this is asking alot but I thought it might be worth a try. Let's just see how long this will take.

I hope that the executive will have a meeting to decide when they should have a meeting to decide when they should open the trails again.

Now that I have finished my rant without uttering one swear word (it wasn't easy) I will tell you that everyone in this weekend had a great ride. There are still some wash outs in spots but other than that conditions are good to excellent depending on where you are. It is really cold today and not expected to warm up for a few days. This will be good for the water crossings but maybe a little to cold for snow.

I will update in a couple of days or sooner if it snows.

Until then, have a great week.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Oh-It's like living in a snow globe.

Just sitting here at the lap top behind the bar looking out the window at the snow swirling down and it looks like a snow globe outside. But then I have a pretty vivid imaganation.

What a great day. It's bright, cold and the snow has been coming down since 11:00 last night. We got about six inches overnight and added to what fell earlier in the week it has made conditions decent.

I don't know if the trails are offically reopened or not but they are offically groomed. Both groomers have been out for two days straight and the guys have been out brushing the trails for the three days. The two riders in this morning came from Bolter. They said that the riding was great. Broke trail most of the ride until they met the groomer heading toward Combermere.

Riding this weekend should be great so load up those sleds and head north.

See you soon.

Oh-It's like living in a snow globe.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We're back in business again!!

We can all be thankful for the local heros that have been out brushing the trails. Two went out yesterday to check the trail to Whitney. It took them 5 1/2 hours and three chainsaws just to get there. A group of 5 headed out today to Madawaska. Most of these guys still work and took a couple of days off to do this so if anyone has any complaints about trees on the trail and how much they spent on a permit, blah, blah, blah I'll send one of them over to you for some clarification!!

The groomers headed out again this morning, one to Bancroft the other North but I'm not sure where. I just saw the fresh trail on my way in this morning.

We've had a little snow each day. Not much but enough to make a difference. It is quite cold and really sunny. A perfect day for riding. With more snow expected Thursday and on the weekend it should be a good weekend.

I'll post again by Friday for a weekend update.

Hope we see you this weekend.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Things are back to normal now.

Hydro One as a corporation pretty much sucks, but kudos to all the guys in the white trucks and cute orange coveralls. You did a great job getting things back up and running as quickly as you could. You had a few long days here and judging by the number of trucks passing by every day you are still cleaning up. Thanks a lot.

Now on to the good news. The temperature dropped a day or two ago and everything has frozen up again. It started to snow last night and today. Just a couple of inches so far. It's that really fine snow that takes a long time to amount to anything but when it does it sticks around. If this keeps up we will be back in the snowmobile business this weekend.

There are probably a lot of trees down over the trails after the storm. As the groomer has not been able to go out yet I haven't heard anything specific.

I will update again tomorrow if I hear anything worthwhile. If not by Wednesday or Thursday for sure.

It's pretty quite around here without you guys and the sleds so I hope Mother Nature smartens up!!

See you soon.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

And the fun just keeps on coming!!!

Well the fog has lifted, the rain has stopped, the temperature has dropped, the sun is out and unfortunately so is the hydro. Yesterdays storm left a trail of downed trees and hydro wires everywhere. Oh some hydro wires are not down they just have great big trees lying on top of them. Yes that would be my neighbour who doesn't like to cut down any trees even the dead ones. So every time there is a bad storm we go over there to see which tree is on the hydro wire now. The hydro is out on Lake St. Peter, Mink Lake and Boulter Lake. It never went out on the highway so we were able to stay open. It's been a over 24 hours now with no end in sight for a while.

The trails have taken a real beating. We have lost about two thirds of our snow. The trails are closed for a while until we get more snow.

There is not too much snow coming in the next few days, but who knows things change around here daily.

Well lets see what the weekend brings. I hope it is snow and bright lights.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Things are not looking good.

Life in Lake Saint Peter is getting depressing. I have never seen fog last so long here. It's been three days of fog, mild weather and rain. If it's not dirty snow you're walking on, it's mud or ice.

I'm glad I have friends with neat toys. Thanks Doug for sanding the lot on your way home from work yesterday. Of course that means there will be no more skating out front.

The temperature is to start dropping Wedensday. If this brings snow I'll update right away. We always get rained out one weekend in January. I hope that this is it and we can get back on track.

On the bright side I finally had bar fixed so that when you sit at it your knees don't hit it and you are not so far away from your drink! Again nice to have friends with neat toys and talent.

I will keep you posted as soon as the weather turns around. But for now, I'll just pout.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Years Greetings From Lake Saint Peter

What a great weekend we had here. Lots of snow, lots of great people, lots of riding. What more could you ask for?

It's still snowing but I understand the south is getting blasted too. The groomers have been out again and most trails are all done for those that didn't have to go home Tuesday. In fact one is sitting in the lot right now after just grooming up to Whitney today.

They have been running Lake St. Peter but it is not staked yet. The man that stakes the lake is not ready to go out onto it yet. I haven't talked to anyone that was on it but I understand every one that started at one end got off at the other!!! Brave souls. I don't know about any other lakes yet.

All the best for the new year. I'll update before the weekend.