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  1. It is at the site of Dunc Lake Resort, West of White Lake PP I believe. Several years ago (spring of 2011 I believe) the building burned down and this was built as the replacement.
  2. matt17

    MOTS deadline September 6/2018

    I guess it depends on how the district sets things up. Our district/grooming association has a system where regular maintenance is paid by the clubs currently but the district keeps a pool of money aside for significant unforeseen issues. If the groomer or trail issue exceeds a clubs ability they go the the district and request additional funding. Kind of like an insurance plan if you will, each club doesn't have to have funds on hand to deal with the worst case situation as it can happen to anyone but unlikely to happen to everyone. As to the responsibility placed on operators I have a bit of an interesting view on that as my second trip out I had a little incident (with the guy training me taking a nap in the passenger seat on an 18 hour run) and pretty much snapped on of the wings off the bush side on a Pisten Bulley. Sometimes I wish I got "fired" (we were and are still primarily volunteer operators in our district) after that as I would have 100s of hours of extra time and way less stress as it is unlikely I would end up in the position as president I am now. I guess that explains why I have a bit more sympathy for issues such as this, sometimes "poop" happens. As to the repairs in that instance and others we (volunteers) got the repairs done as quickly as possible and the district providing some funds (can't remember exact cost but it was well into the thousands and thus ). There was never really any discussion or debate on how things would get repaired, they just were done in as timely a manner as we could to ensure that we could continue to provide the best trails possible for the permit buyers, isn't that why we all do what we do with respect to volunteering with our clubs/district/ofsc?
  3. matt17

    Summer Projects

    For the first year in many I do not have a major summer plan. I am hoping to tie up lots of loose ends on projects started previous years. Finish the last bit of landscaping and trim on fence (last years project), finish siding and build wood lean-to off back of the garage (summer project 2 years ago), finish some interior and exterior trim on my screen porch (400 sqft porch on a 900 sqft house) that I built 4 years ago, and finish off my pilot's license (started 2 years ago) because apparently I don't have enough expensive hobbies and have lots of spare time . . . . . Oh and try to spend a few days organizing and doing some trail work and maintenance days in the shop with the club to make the fall/early winter less stressful when trying to open up the trails.
  4. matt17

    Sault Ste. Marie - Area

    Probably something like this. A quick 100km after work. Used lots of gas pushing about 4” of slush.
  5. matt17

    Sault Ste. Marie - Area

    Don't know anything about a set closure date. We are not grooming (nor have we for the past several weeks) because the trails have stayed in good shape and it would be a waste of time and money to groom with the amount of traffic they are seeing.
  6. matt17

    End of season prognosis

    Based on the long range forecast I would say the conditions in our area (Hornepayne) should continue to be good. Minimal melting in our forecast and our base is still pretty think and rock hard. Wawa was out grooming earlier this week and conditions looked great from the pictures I saw. Again things can change rapidly but based on current forecasts I am planning on several late April rides to collect signs and generally get out (especially once the walleye season closes on the 14th). I am still holding out hope to ride South to the Kaby river (division with the Dubreuillville club) May 1st just to say I did. Also we have not groomed for the past couple of weeks but the trails are still in some of the best shape of the season. Traffic has died way down here at least (saw the first sleds in 3 days here in town) and the cold nights have the base set up like concrete. Although if it stays cold with minimal snow I would suggest scratchers especially early in the morning if we continue to get the warm during the day, cold at night weather pattern.
  7. matt17

    March 31 Longlac Ride

    Was a great day out. A little less crust off the trail would have been nice for playing but otherwise great. Was a pleasant surprise running into Scott and Paige at mooseland, I was going to run a few Kms south to check out the trail conditions but got a good report from Scott so I didn't have to go as far. On the return trip I just stayed on the pipeline to cross the Pagwa river. Didn't want to subject my sled to more road running on the highway than necessary, I let Denis and Doris play on the pavement with their roller skis. With the "hero" snow crust I wasn't worried about running the pipeline (and there were lots of other tracks). Banks at the river were steep, I think I would have been fine in deeper/fresh snow, not sure how shorter tracks would fair.
  8. I had meant to stop and hang some flagging tape there on my return trip on Saturday but my sled starting acting up about 30 km south of the river so I forgot and just wanted to get home (discovered a clogged fuel pump and 2 bad plugs once I got home). Having said that there are good sight lines and a "slow" sign coming into the corner at the top of the hill on the South side. While not ideal it is something that a "safe and prudent rider" operating according to the posted limit would have no difficulty navigating. I have marked the spot with my GPS and will be putting in some weeping tile next fall as this is always a problem and is actually much more dangerous for the groomer than for sleds.
  9. matt17

    Geraldton/Greenstone Reconnected

    Looks like you had a good trip. I passed you guys about 30 km south of Hornepayne, solo rider on a Summit with a shovel strapped to the back, probably stuck out like a sore thumb . Denis and I have discussed trying to do the trip to Longlac at some point this year too, quick one day trip though, meet at warmup hut, ride to longlac and return. I feel like my problem will be resisting the urge to burn excess gas taking the direct route up some of those gullies. Trying to tell by the picture, did you meet our groomer at the river?
  10. matt17

    It Doesn't Seem Right

    At this rate we will be riding well into April. There is no significant warmup in our forecast for the next 2 weeks. Lots of sun will clear roads in town and at crossings, but still getting cold at night so minimal melting on the established trail base. Maybe I will see if I can beat my record or sledding to the Kaby river later than April 26th like I did 4 years ago (too be fair I did trailer 2km south to the airport to avoid the road running in town). Not worried about fishing the walleye closer (April 14th) from a boat this year either.
  11. matt17


    Groomer they received was from within the district (from Val Rita) with the Kap and I believe Mattice clubs extending their runs to cover that area while their groomer was on loan. This was the lowest cost and quickest option. Within hours of PBRs Facebook post the groomer was on the float and was on the trail that night.
  12. matt17

    Chapleau Accomdations

    Yes contact aux trips moulins. They have purchased the riverside motel as well. (We stayed there for sports last year, register at 3 mills then drive to other hotel).
  13. matt17

    Disappointing to read this.

    Yes in our district clubs pay all operating costs out of our per hour district funding.
  14. matt17

    Disappointing to read this.

    Different clubs also have different fixed operations costs as well. How do you compare a club that does not pay or pays a minimal cost for a groomer shop to a club that pays all costs (heat/hydro/taxes). With the groomers being as complex as they are having access to a space to thaw them out is important for longevity. Our club needs to pay full costs for our facility and conversely we while not broke need to pinch pennies to the extreme, comparing us to a club that has free access to space and has extra at the end of the year. We are paid the same for our grooming but our costs vary wildly for performing the same task. Does that make us bad at managing money or just unlucky? In our case the decision was made years ago when economics were very different( heating fuel costs were 30-40cents/litre not 1.20/litre now. As well costs are not the same for all club in similar situations. We have to heat with Oil when you compare us to a club that can heat with natural gas our heating costs are substantially more expensive but we have no other options. Again bad at managing money or unlucky and have to make the same amount of money go further? I don't know what the answers are but treating everyone with a one-size-fits-all approach is not ideal and creates discrepancies.
  15. matt17

    Wawa conditions

    Just saw on Facebook they will have both their groomers out tonight fixing the trails up. Keep in mind that this was their busiest weekend of the year with the fish derby (1400 participants) many of them use sleds to access the lakes. On top of trying to recover from 3+ feet of snow in some areas the weekend before. On top of having 2 groomers in various states of broken. Additionally many of the key Wawa Snow Riders volunteers are also key organizers of the fish derby (which is by far the biggest event of the year in Wawa with over $140, 000in prizes up for grabs). So take comments about last weekends conditions with a grain of salt. I believe that Luc also groomed the D trail as far as Hawk Junction last weekend to help the Wawa club out with their trails.