Trail Conditions

Trail Master’s Report 3/17/2019

We’re running out of steam, so short and sweet!  Trails are 8 to 8.5.  Can’t groom the tracks, rails are showing.  But, Definitely worth riding.  You guys stayed off the trails during the warm up, that helped, A LOT.  Hardy Country groomed, go out and have a nice ride around the lake, get some lunch, gas, a new snowmobile and relax.  Did you know you can do that all on our trail system?  #true

We should be in good enough shape tkmride next weekend too!  We’ll report back.

 

Trail Master’s Report 3/16/2019

So it’s warm right now and will be for the whole day.We have not groomed since earlier this week...at one point earlier this week the trails were good and flat.We did ask that you stay off the trails during the past two days of hot weather, but we know that everyone doesn’t has Facebook or the internet...so some missed our posts and some are just gonna ride cause they paid to ride.In either case, expect full on Spring conditions and watch for water bars and fallen snow bridges.  As temps fall tonight we’ll groom as conditions allow.

 

Trail Master's Report 3/14/2019

It didn't get as cold as we expected last night and we did not groom. Please stay off the trails today and tomorrow to help preserve the base and recently groomed surface. It's going to be very warm today and tomorrow. Colder weather coming for the weekend nights and we'll groom then. Thank you for your cooperation!

Trail Master’s Report 3/11/2019
This morning temps were just low enough for us to groom the tracks (Corridor 8 ). They were pretty rough from Saturday and we couldn’t get to them yesterday. Also groomed 24e and 24w then heading back home.

This week brings a new weather pattern which is not especially favorable for sledding. We’ll report back later this week to see if weekend riding is in the plans. Try and stay awake today guys and enjoy the extra daylight this afternoon!

 

Trail Master’s Report 3/10/2019

You guys sure did enjoy yourselves yesterday and it did get warm too.That combo has allowed us the pleasure of grooming some trails twice this morning!  So things have taken us a little longer today.

Spring riding continues and we’re still grooming right now as of this post.We’re expecting snow in about an hour and a warm up again this afternoon.It’ll be another great day on the trails with the fresh snow falling.

Groomed this am: Corridor 8, 24, 150, The Lake Trail, Store Trail.That’ll be what we can get to today.

 

Trail Master’s Report 3/9/2019
Corridor 8, 24, 150, Lake Trail touched up and literally being groomed right now. Trails will be great early and likely a little bumpy later as it warms during the day. Ride early and often!

Had a little trouble with one of our own machines while riding yesterday and guess what? Tow straps come in very handy! And I towed it right down to Outdoor Performance the local Ski-Doo dealer right on the trail system. They have new and used sleds, oil, accessories and parts...and yes, repairs! That worked out great!

Enjoy what will surely be a beautiful day! (And stop calling me Shirley!)

 

Trail Master’s Report 3/8/2019
We had a very productive club meeting last night! Many thanks to the guests that attended and expressed their enthusiasm and support for local riding.

We attempt to time the release of these reports so you have adequate information to make your weekend plans. 6am Video passing through your news feed and we hope you see it so you can make some decisions about what to do and where to go.

Check out today’s video on Facebook...and know this...riding is stellar in our area and surrounding areas. We predict this is THE weekend to ride local as the weather is making a big downward slide into spring after Sunday. Have fun everyone and watch out for your fellow riders

 

Trail Master’s Report 3/3/2019

How deep will this season go?Who knows...ride it now!Two shifts of grooming took place last night between Eric and Don and we went over all the major trails you might ride today.This will be one of those warm days where the temps will creep up over 30 degrees and trails will likely bump up this afternoon.Expect a lot of fellow riders.Be safe!

Trail Master’s Report 3/1/2019
Happy March BMSC’ers! The cold continues and so does our grooming and A+ plus trail conditions. The more we have this cold and new snow every now and then, the better the trails will be. The groomer has been out since 1am and Corridor 8 has been done, 24e and West, and Primary 150. We’ll continue these efforts all weekend for your riding pleasure! Stop by and visit BMSC...we’ve got a store that sells fuel, bait, and snacks, a sled dealership, and two very fine restaurants. Oh, and we got snow...you know that right? Check the snow depth!

 

Trail Master’s Report 2/26/2019

Let’s just say it’s been a little “breezy”...

For your midweek riding pleasure, Corridor 8 (railroad tracks), 24e & 24w, Talcott, Primary 150, The Lake Trail, and Skyview have groomed last night and early this morning.Trails are VERY GOOD!

Temp is 12 degrees and wind NW at 15 to 25mph.Trails are packed and flat.Dress like you mean it.Ride with a smile and kiss a groomer operator if you see one.  Ok, maybe just wave, it is flu season after all.

Trail Master’s Report 2/24/2019
We’ve been out for the past several hours grooming at the coldest point in the day to garner the most favorable result for the trails. And you! We are truly pleased to see so many folks had a great time on the trails yesterday...they were beat!  We've done 24E and 24W, we'll do the Store Trail and Primary 150.  If we have time, we'll hit The Lake Trail as well.  Don't worry if we get a little rain later, we'll do just fine.  Ride safe and watch for ice lurking under snow on the hills and corners later in the day.
Trail Master's Report 2/22/2019
Trails have been touched up again and conditions are rated as "VERY GOOD".  We've been testing a demo groomer and hitting 24 quite often and also using our own machine for the rest of the system.  Trail Master says that conditions are as good as they're going to get...time to ride guys!  We'll be touching up the trails all weekend and all next week for NH school vacation. 
Also, the Newfound Lake ice fishing derby is this weekend...weather will be great for riding and fishing.  Come up and enjoy the area!

Trail Master’s Report 1/21/2019
Time to ride guys! The days are getting longer and we never know how deep the season will go. We have very good coverage and we’re burning up the hours and fuel to make the trails sweet just for you! We’re hitting just about the whole system every day and we’re ready to groom all weekend and next week for NH school vacation week!  The additional 3" of snow we go last night really freshened up the trails.  Conditions are VERY GOOD!

Trail Master’s Report 2/18/2019
If you rode early am yesterday you know the trails were in good shape. If you rode late afternoon, you know and FELT that there were a lot of sleds out. Most likely you felt that in your lower back! Corridor 8 (railroad tracks) got hammered!

We’ll continue to groom Corr 8, 24E and 24W and do what we can before sleds start riding this morning. And we’ll continue to touch up trails as needed all week. Please know that we’re having challenges with ice on hills in 3 areas; The Lake Trail, The Store Trail, and Drew’s Hill (heading towards Corridor) on 24E.

We’re out grooming Corridor 8 right now and we’ll try to make a few passes. A lot of extra work (we call it hours) needs to be out into this area due high traffic and damage caused by other vehicles. You may have seen wheeled ATVs on the tracks yesterday and it is legal for those wheeled vehicles to ride the tracks. We’re not looking for a debate here, you can contact the Trails Bureau if you want to express anything about it.

Trail Master's Report 2/17/2019
Trails are all touched up as of this morning...except for The Lake Trail...we could not get up the steep hill a few days ago and we are reluctant to head back down there until the snowpack changes. We are on the trails right now, 7:44am heading to get fuel at Newfound Grocery. You might see us heading back by way of P150 and 24E.
Don't forget The Homestead is open for lunch/dinner on the weekends and so is Bridgewater Inn. Newfound Grocery has premium fuel and snacks, etc...Outdoor Performance is the snowmobile dealer on the trails open until 12noon.
Watch for other riders out there, everyone is having fun just like you! AND...be sure to share the trails and wave to other folks skiing, mushing, snowshoeing, whatever...ride on!
Trail Master's Report 2/15/2019
We've been out yesterday, last night, and this morning.  The snow we have has been challenging...it's making it difficult to groom.  The snow is simply not binding together well and our groomer cleats keep dropping right down to hiding ice.  Last night, we were not able to get up the steep section on the Lake Trail...we had to turn around and drive up the road to get back to another junction.  The Store Trail and the Lake Trail will be a little rough...make sure you have studs and good skills! 
Just know that we're making real efforts and putting in the time for the next two weeks so you can enjoy your MA and NH school vacation weeks.  We'll groom the hell out of that snow, but know that it will get loose real fast.  And you'll likely burn up the snow on the hills right down to ice. 
Be careful and watch your speed...easy in the corners...easy on the throttle...easy on the throttle up hills...try and help us keep the snow on the trails.  We'll groom it up at night as best we can. 
Trail Master's Report 2/14/2019
Early AM we groomed Corridor 8 (Railroad tracks) and 24 east and west.  We'll actually groom 24 west to where it meets Route 3A...this is Hardy Country's trail, but there is an icy section that is preventing their groomer from getting up the hill.  We won't groom the hill either, but we'll groom 24 west to that hill.  Just helping out our friends (ps...they'd do the same for us!)
 
Otherwise, trails look good today and folks were riding after we groomed yesterday.  The snow we got yesterday was very granular and did not set up well so the traffic that was out may have bumped it up quick.  Even though there is a brief warm up coming for tomorrow, we won't worry too much as we think it will help bind the snow together.
 
Planning to groom again tonight.  Weather forecast looks good for the next weeks...first of which is MA vacation week and the following is NH vacation week.  We'll plan to do our best to keep up with traffic so you guys can enjoy your winter breaks. 
 
Happy Valentines Day BMSC'ers!
Trail Master’s Report 2/13/2019
Received about 6” of new snow and we’re out packing it down now and trying to fix low spots and holes.  Any maybe even trying to cover some sketchy ice bubbles.  It will warm up today and we expect that to help settle the new snow (watch the video). We may get a little flurry later today if the weatherman gets it right.
 
Hoping for some good local riding this weekend with you guys!
Trail Master's Report 2/8/2019
Doesn't look good for weekend plans at the moment boys and girls.  As of noon today, we're holding at 39 degrees and the rain gauge is .44 in of rain.  We've driven around by truck to places where the trails cross the roads and we can see some standing water here and there.  We suspect that some hilly sections are VERY sketchy; Store Trail, Lake Trail, etc.  You saw from our video on Wednesday that trails were icy then and we had difficulty getting up the Store Trail, in fact we would get up in the groomer!
 
Weather is calling for a cold front to come through later this evening bringing freezing temps and sustained winds of at least 20mph for the next 24 hours.  Saturday will be freak'n windy and cold! 
 
So what does that mean for you?  Means our trails will likely be treacherous due to widespread icing.  Just because it gets cold this afternoon doesn't mean we can just head out and groom.  The surface of the ground needs to get a little colder and the water needs to drain from the snow.  We'll attempt to head out early tomorrow morning (before you get out of bed) and see if we can make any improvement to our lower trails.  If we can get some results, we'll head up the hills. 
 
We're not closed...but we don't think conditions will be worth risking getting injured or damaging your machines if it's as icy as we think.  You're smart enough to know what risks are out there...ride if you want, but we're not sure it's going to be all that enjoyable this weekend.  We'll report back ASAP tomorrow am. 
Trail Master’s Report 2/6/2019
Yes, the 50 and 60 degrees days back to back hurt the trails in our area. Trails are icy and we can hardly move the groomer around.  We are suspending grooming until Friday night. We suggest that you suspend riding for your own personal safety and to prevent damaging your machine.  If we can't move around, you likely cannot move around!  Watch the video on Facebook for more details!
Trail Master's Report 2/1/2019
Time to ride guys! We're back in really good shape and the entire system has been groomed...from the new Homestead Trail, Lake Trail, 24E, 24W, Primary 150, Talcott, to the Store Trail and Railroad tracks. Temps are cold, but it keeps the surface in good shape. Get out and ride and expect to see other riders taking advantage of the great conditions. Ride safe all!
Trail Master's Report 1/30/2019
7-9" of new snow in the lower elevations.  We expect more snow up high.  As of 5:30am today, we are heading out to groom Corridor 8 before the wind takes the snow off the tracks.  We'll attempt to get to most of the system over the next 48 hours and we'll be in great shape for the weekend! 
Trail Master's Report 1/25/2019
Ok guys, here is the deal.  We evaluated the conditions in partnership with our friends to the north/northwest, Hardy Country.  Our review was based on driving around to several areas to view trails and potential problem areas. 
Overall, our high-country trails are better than expected with decent snow still on the trails despite receiving over 2 inches of rain.  Down low, where our trails travel into Plymouth, the trails are literally under water...this is behind the Senior Center ( Corridor 8 ).  And where Corridor 8 meets 24, there is a decent sized meadow and it crosses a bridge there...that is underwater and not passable either.  Anywhere else that has a low flat meadow or field is suspect with a snow/slush/water mixture. 
We are not going out on the trails with any grooming equipment until Sunday night.  We've worked hard to create snow-bridges and if we run the groomer over these right now, it will collapse these soft bridges and just create open waterbars.  And yes, we don't think it's a great idea to ride the trails this weekend until things freeze up.  We can't tell you to stay off the trails, but we think it's best to stay off the trails until water recedes and everything freezes up solid.
You are welcome to post photos of scenes from our trail system here.  Sorry for the bummer-post, but this is the reality for most of the state right now.  More snow is expected for Tuesday.  We'll report back Sunday.
Trail Master's Report 1/21/2019
We've done a double shift today with Don earlier this morning and Eric this afternoon.  Eric is out right now (4:30pm).  Eric has done Talcott Trail 2x and he's headed down to the Lake Trail and Store Trail now.  Don did 24 and Corridor 8 (railroad tracks) earlier this morning.  According to the boys, the "trails are coming out great" and despite the cold, there are quite a few sleds out today.  You guys are hard-core sledders!!!
Just be careful guys, watch for blowing snow, drifts, and frostbite!
Trail Master's Report 1/13/2019
We went out and groomed 24 East, Talcott, and 150, and Poole Hill.  Trails saw A LOT OF PRESSURE which was awesome to see.  Keep speeds down as there are still random frozen waterbars (little dips, most are frozen, some are deep).  We need more snow to fill those in.  But overall, considering what we have, you can have a nice day out on the trails.  Enjoy and be safe.
Trail Master's Report 1/11/2019
As of today we've groomed the entire trail system, except Corridor 8 (tracks, not enough snow).  Some trails are as wide as the width of the drag or "one lane" and  some are "two lanes" meaning we've passed by twice.  We're leaving snow on the sides of the one-lane areas to pull snow into the trail tomorrow night to freshen things up for Sunday.  Know what we mean? 
Trail Master's Rating:  "Some areas are a 5...which includes some frozen water bars on 24.  Some lower areas of the Pemi Trail are thin in the woods.    A lot of areas are are solid 8.  Bring a camera with you; its' just plain beautiful out!" 
Thank you groomers for spending many hours cutting trees and getting in and out of the cab!  Thanks Don and Eric!
Please note that The Homestead is open for dinner only only Saturday.  You can get lunch on Saturday at Bridgewater Inn or Newfound Grocery.
Dress warm BMSC'ers, it's going to be a cold one! 
Trail Master's Report 1/9/2019
We have what we think is decent news: 24 hours and a different situation.  We have picked up another 4 to 5 inches of heavy wet snow and it's still coming down.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of trees hanging low; we need the wind to knock down the snow and cold to firm things up, which is coming. 
We are not going to groom today.  We will let this new snow settle on our recently groomed base.  Going to be really cold tonight, we will head out early am tomorrow and hit Pemi, Talcott, the new "Homestead Trail", and the Lake Trail first.  Then head for Village Trail (to Newfound Grocery), hopefully switch operators and hit the north side, 24, etc. 
No grooming today as snow is wet and we want (all the snow) on the ground to fill in holes, also need the wind to get snow off the trees (and land on the trails!). This will help greatly. 
Once the cold is here tonight and tomorrow and for the next several days, we'll have the best possible riding so far this season.  We thinks it's time come see us and ride local!
Trail Master's Report 1/4/2019
Local clubs to the north, east and south of us have announced they're open.  Here's the deal for us...we'll say we're not closed.  You can ride, the gates are open, and there are some good sections, ugly sections, and everything in between. 
 
Yes, you can ride, but use extreme caution.  The recent light snow is hiding hazards that are looking to ruin your day.  The worst of which is likely solid ice that has bubbled-up and froze...that means no brakes, steering, no traction, no safety!  Watch for water-bars and have REALLY LOW expectations. Like old school 70's snowmobiling expectations. 
 
We've NOT been out to survey the trails and we know there are a few trees down, but we're waiting to get the groomer out and address these trees while grooming.  If you see something small in the trail, please feel free to help out and clear it off the trial. 
 
We're not going to groom tonight or tomorrow...too warm and likely too thin.  You see, it's early season conditions are we just don't want to damage the equipment when we think good snow is right around the corner.  we may start to work on the trails Sunday night which marks the arrival of colder temps.  And...Tuesday may bring a reasonable storm so keep those fingers crossed! 

 

Trail Master’s Report 12/28/2018
So...not great news guys. We are just hoping that the rain for later today does not further erode the base. Almost every club south of Coos is pretty much in the same boat. You might get some riding at Bear Notch Road, and up at SDR and Pittsburg and a few other locations around the Presidential Mountains. We'll provide an update over the weekend if things change, but it appears that we'll be closed again this weekend.

 

 

Trail Master's Report 12/24/2018
Merry Christmas fellow BMSC'ers!

Sorry to report this guys, but we're still closed. We have some base, but nothing that would allow for safe or fun riding. We have some snow, and plenty of ice, dirt, and water. Yes, this truly stinks! We definitely need more snow to be open and maybe a few solid storms to get in shape.

We're very thankful to all of you members that have joined BMSC early to support our efforts to get the trails and equipment ready before the snow flies. Be patient, once the snow arrives, we'll work hard to make the trails great again!

 

Trail Master's Report 12/21/2018

Trails are considered closed at this time.  So far today we've received .5 inches of rain and 2" are possible once this weather event is over.  Please stay off the trails this weekend and until we report back.  There will likely be no riding this week south of Coos County and even that (Coos) may not be rideable as this rain even is covering the whole state.  Be patient, we're ready to get things in order for you guys.  We'll report back over the weekend.

 

Trail Master’s Report for Weekend Riding 12/15/18 & 12/16/2018
Just like George, we cannot tell a lie. We do have snow, a lot of it some places...other places...aaaaahhhh not so much. It's just that conditions are not consistent enough to have a good ride and not cause potential harm to your machine (or body). If you have an older beater-sled or work-sled and want to head out, trim some branches, move some limbs, have at it! But otherwise, we'd suggest waiting for the next storm system to pass...please don't drive 2 hrs to get here and ride...we don't want you to be disappointed. But there is snow on the ground and gates are open and we'll consider the trails as "open". (and before you ask, no the lake is not frozen and we'll never tell you if it's safe or not!)

Go north young man! Coos county seems to hold the jackpot on snow this weekend. We'll see you soon enough!