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2013-12-20 at 15:24

Snow problem

By Jamie Smith,
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Snowmobilers in the region are facing their own version of water water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

While storms have dumped a lot of snow in the area this month, Thunder Bay Adventure Trails says it's not the right kind to open any of the club's 300 kilometres of trail yet. Lead groomer Adrian Tessier said there's 50 centimetres on some trails west of Shabaqua but cold conditions have made for dry snow.

"It's like sugar, there's no strength to the snow and it doesn't compact," he said Friday.

"When you walk on it you sink virtually right to the ground."

Since a lot of those trails go over swampy areas, the club could run the risk of damaging its grooming equipment.

"They're not designed to go over that rough territory," Tessier said.

He's hoping that maybe 30 per cent of the trails could be open after next week but even then it would be in a limited capacity and the 60 or so people who bought passes for the club would have to use a lot of caution.

"There might be a rock or a stump sticking through the snow still," he said.

It's still a lot better than last year when the groomer wasn't on the trail until Jan 23. Tessier said they should have all trails open by that time this season. In the mean time, he's hoping for the good stuff to start falling.

"The stuff you make snowmen and snowballs out of, that would be perfect," Tessier said.


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brooky says:
Back in the day when I had a snowmobile, when we had snow, you went out with your machine and had a blast. Now you have to pay to drive on crown land. There's usually not enough snow in recent years, but apparently this year, the snow is not good enough? Throw in 12 grand for a new machine, and no wonder it's a dieing sport. I used to see people riding along the hwy all the time, but this year I haven't seen a sole, or a single snowmobile track.
12/20/2013 8:55:56 PM
rootbear says:
Heck, my dad used to drop me off at Boulevard Lake and ride all day! Snake field and the swamp. There was even bush in my back yard up Black Bay and I would go riding after school. All us kids out having fun everyday, fresh air and exercise. Too bad kids, you missed a very fun time. Now back to your computers and smart phones. Sorry, kinda rambled there.....hope they get the trails open.
12/21/2013 10:34:11 AM
hunterthedog says:
I thought that I had heard it all from these guys through the years. Not enough snow. Too much snow. Too cold for the equipment. To warm. Equipment broken. Now: Not the right kind of snow?? Wow. This is why I never have, and never will buy a trail pass. Except in the States, of course...wonder if the snow is different a half hour south of here?
12/20/2013 10:16:52 PM
kuha says:

the snow must be different there. the trails are in excellent shape and only $36 per year for a permit not the ridiculous $210 up here. i used to faithfully buy a permit but every year less trails and open later and more more.
12/21/2013 8:38:33 AM
moi says:
Sledding has become a rich man's sport,that many of us can no longer afford...
12/21/2013 9:22:28 AM
rootbear says:
This is why I bought a motorcycle last year!
12/21/2013 10:35:42 AM
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