Bridgewater Mountain Snowmobile Club
3/17/2021 Trails are Closed for the Season
3/11/2021 We have a special request!
Trail Master’s Report 3/7/2021
Trail Master’s Report 3/6/2021
Trail Master’s Report 3/5/2021
Groom has been out early this morning shaping things up. Word to the wise...ride now! Trails in higher country are in very good shape considering this year's snowpack. Be advised, The Lake Trail is in rough condition...snow cover is thin, so thin that we could only get half-way down the trail today and had to turn back. You can get through it, but it ain't pretty. Likewise, the Store Trail to Newfound Grocery/Bridgewater Inn and Outdoor Performance, is thin but in better shape; just watch for ice. That trail has been getting tremendous pressure all season long.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that there is warm up forecasted for mid-late week this upcoming week. Our neighboring clubs have nice conditions, so get out and ride local, hit some restaurants, and enjoy some local riding. Be safe!
Trail Master’s Report 2/28/2021
With yesterday’s few inches of snow ending with some rain and warm temps, we didn’t groom last night. Forecasted high temp today is 43 degrees...it might be a good day to do some ice fishing with the derby going on.
With the weather being a little funny, we will try to bring trails back to life on Monday night and Tuesday night if temps allow. So long as it’s viable will try to keep trails it in shape. It will be day to day and we’ll see how goes. Spring is getting here...have fun outside!
Trail Master’s Report 2/21/2021
Trail Master’s Report 2/20/2021
Trail Master’s Report 2/19/2021
Trail Master's Report 2/17/2021
Trail Master’s Report 2/13/2021
Trail Master's Report 2/9/2021
Trail Master’s Report 2/5/2021
Trail Master's Report 2/4/2021
Trail Master's Report 1/29/2021
Trail Master's Report 1/27/2021
Trail Master's Report 1/22/2021 (and for the weekend too)
Trail Master’s Report 1/19/2021
Trail Master's Report for 1/8/20221 and the Weekend
Trail Master’s Report 1/2/2021
Every little bit helps, however we need another 8 inches on top of this new “base”. We did get (so far) 2 inches of frozen sleet pellets which don’t bond well when you run a drag over it. What ever there is over the whole system, nothing we received today will put us back in opening condition. The gates are not closed, but we and the state consider the trails closed.
But! This is a helpful start to making a base. A little more moisture and freezing temps may turn this into a nice base. More snow on the way Sunday night.
Trail Masters' Report 12/28/2020
Trail Master’s Report 12/25/2020
Until we can survey the trails, we’ll call it closed for now. We saw a high temp today of 60 and rain all day. We presume there are open waterbars and sparsely covered trails all over the system. We’ll report back tomorrow with more details and photos.
Please stay off the trails so we can preserve what little base we have left and so you can preserve yourself and your machine.
Trail Master's Report 12/22/2020
Trail Master's Report 12/18/2020
Trail Master’s Report 12/9/2020
At this time, all gates and trails are considered closed. Trails do not open until 12/15/2020 and even then we may not be "open" if we don't have have sufficient snow cover. At this time it doesn't appear likely that we will be open for 12/15. Be patient, we need some cold weather to freeze up the ground and running water first. Then snow...lots of it! In the mean-time, join club BMSC and register those machines. We'll get down to brass tacks asap!
Trail Master’s Report 3/26/2020
All trails in the State of New Hampshire are closed for the season. See you next year!
Trail Master’s Report 3/9/2020
Trails are closed. Currently 55 degrees and we're on our way up. Record for today is 73, don't think we'll get there, but it will be 60-something shortly. And likely 60 tomorrow too. We're pretty close to saying it's over for the season, barring some string of cold days followed by a blizzard. So yeah, it would have to get crazy around here to open back up. Who knows, stranger stuff has happened!
Trail Master’s Report 3/4/2020
Trails remain closed at this time. We lost a bit more snow yesterday, got up to 60 degrees with temps as warm as 40 overnight. Our trails in the low country are toast...up high we do still have a base, so if we do have a decent storm we could be riding again. We would close gates, but most of the gates are frozen in snowbanks or ice. Please respect the landowner property by staying off the trails.
We have a club meeting tomorrow night, 7pm at the Homestead. All are welcome to attend.
Trail Master’s Report 2/28/2020
Trials are considered closed for right now. Since Sunday the average temp this week was 43 degrees with a few days above 50. We received rain instead of snow in the last "storm". There were some high winds yesterday and we don't know if we have trees down. Lower trails were already thin and now it's worse...no snow!
To preserve the landowners' property, we must close the trails. Most of the gates are frozen in ice or snow so we cannot close them, otherwise we would. The season is not over by any means...but we need a good snowstorm or two to open. Some of our neighboring clubs are in the same boat. Sorry for the news guys.
Trail Master’s Report 2/26/2020
34 degrees this morning. Ugh. We cannot groom without more new snow. Don't know how to phrase this any other way. "Risk reward" takes hold in this situation...damage to equipment and damage to landowners property? Groomer is parked for today. We’ll report back after we get some new snow.
Trail Master’s Report 2/24/2020
It was 53 degrees today, but not much traffic We will not get out tonight; just too warm. Weather forecast says 8” to 10”Wednesday night and Thursday. More importantly, it will be colder. A lot of rails showing, however we still have snow be patient things are not all lost. Grooming suspended until it cools off.
Trail Master's Report 2/21/2020
Currently -2 and trails are setting up real nice and hard. We groomed Corridor 8 earlier this morning and that end of 24 as well. Heading out towards 150 and will be down the Lake Trail around 9ish.
Trails are going to be real nice today and tomorrow...Sunday brings a warm up and warmer still on Monday. Ride it now BMSC'ers! You never what you're gonna get (next week)...ride safe!
Trail Master’s Report 2/17/2020
We did not groom last night as we've been working hard for the past three days. And, we surveyed the trails by sled yesterday afternoon and overall we're still in in good shape...here's our report...Corridor 8 (railbed) is in good condition with rails showing in a few spots. There is one small bridge that could not be filled in due to lack of snow to push around...slow down and it's a non-issue. 24 is in good shape. Talcott is in very good shape. Store Trail is getting high pressure and thin in spots, but passable. The Lake Trail is getting thin and the steep hill is getting a bit snirty. We are hoping to pick up some snow tomorrow and hopefully we don't get rain. If we get the snow, we'll groom up everything asap. You'll see a reoccurring theme in the local area...trails up high are good...trails down at lower elevations are getting thin.
Trail Master’s Report 2/16/2020
Trails groomed last night; Corridor 8 (tracks, thin in spots) watch out for switches in Plymouth, they're exposed in town. Also groomed is 24, 150, the Store Trail and Talcott. Snow is a bit loose today, but trails are in great shape. Ride conservative; lot of sleds out and several accidents were reported in the area yesterday...stay on your side and stay alive! Have fun all!
Trail Master’s Report 2/15/2020
Trails tuned up last night; The Lake Trail, Primary 150, and Corridor 24. With the cold last night and this morning, trails should have set up very well. The northern section of the rails (from 24 to Plymouth) we groomed yesterday...they are a little thin, but decently passable. Rails from 24 south were not groomed as the cover over the trestle was too thin for the groomer to pass over.
Dress warm this morning and watch for traffic as there are several sled events going on this weekend. Trails are the best they’ve been all season. Get out and ride!
Trail Master's Report 2/10/2020
Trailmaster’s Report 2/9/2020
Out grooming right now. Where we have snow the trails are grooming up quite nice. Trouble spots still include water-bars. Lack of consistent cold and thin snow don’t leave us much to work with, but we’re trying. Working down to Homestead and Pemi Trails this morning. All main trails will be groomed today. Very cold this morning, -6! Ride with caution and keep looking for water-bars.
Note: sorry, posted conditions here yesterday but it did not save.
There’s a storm predicted for later this week and we really need it. Grooming ops are still on hold until we get new snow. As we’ve said in prior posts, we simply don’t have enough consistent snow to run the equipment. Once we do have snow, we have operators ready to work non-stop to get us back in shape. Keep in mind we need a good amount of snow to make that happen.
Trail Master's Report 1/31/2020
Trail report for the entire weekend...keep going north if you want more consistent conditions. We just can’t offer good continuous riding in our trial system right now. We have some sections that are downright lovely and others that are downright treacherous. Frankly we don't think conditions are safe for riding...too much ice, still have open water-bars, to variable...sorry to say but it's true.
Maybe do some ice fishing on the lake and pick up your bait and license at Newfound Grocery? You can still enjoy the great outdoors in the Newfound region!
Trails Report 1/28/2020
Not much to say right now BMSC peeps except this. If you have a beater sled and you don’t mind dunking it through water-bars, some mud, snirt, ice, and snow, then go for it. Otherwise we’d suggest you stay home until we get some new snow...grooming ops are on HOLD until snow arrives. Conditions are poor at best. There might be stretches of goodness in spots, but they’re interrupted by moments of hell.
Trail Master’s Report 1/26/2020
We didn’t get hurt as much as we thought by the rain in the past 24 hours, but it is warm. And it’s going to warm again today. Grooming operations are on hold until we get more snow. We simply don’t have enough snow to work with and we can’t afford to damage our equipment. If you decide to ride, use extreme caution and be ready for full-on spring conditions.
Trail Master’s Report 1/24/2020
We have more of the same to report...little bit thin, we’re grooming what we have to work with, we’ve got water-bars...and we need snow. Suspect weather is coming in Saturday night and it could be @#$*$%&# rain into Sunday. The forecast could change, we’ll have to wait and see. We will report back Saturday. Otherwise, get it in today and tomorrow morning!
Trail Master's Report 1/20/2020 - From the Cab of the 180
We groomed yesterday from 3pm to 9pm after you guys packed the trails down. The warmer temps and riders helped gel the snow together and then a quick drop to freezing temps allowed the trails to firm right up when we ran the groomer over things later in the day. There were a LOT of sleds out yesterday...very cool to see that. Just understand with so much riding pressure and a thin base, please adjust your expectations.
8:44am. We're out right now and just groomed the Lake Trail for the first time this year and it came out ok. Thin but ok.
Groomed Yesterday: 24, 150, Skyview, Poole Hill
Groomed Today: The Lake Trail, Store Trail, Homestead Trail
Tomorrow: Pemi Trail, Talcot, 24, part of 150
We do need snow and we do still have a few water-bars, but it's getting better. We'll call trail conditions a 5 or 6 on average..."thin but rideable". Enjoy!
4:30am. Snow has stopped here, about 5 inches of new accumulation, chilly 15 degrees, no wind. So please ride it and have fun. We’d prefer to have your sleds just pack it down and help it adhere to the existing base. The snow texture is granular with light moisture and if we let it sit with the slightly warmer temps that we’ll have in the afternoon, it should help it set up nice when we groom later today. (Little bit of melt = stick) We need to let it sit prior to grooming. Grooming will commence at 3:30pm. There was no wind last night so there should be no drifting. Go have fun in the fresh snow. BUT! The new snow may be hiding water-bars...watch your speed and be ready. We’ll report back after we groom again.
32 degree and snowing...wet snow, the kind we need and it's snowing moderately. This won't be "the" storm we need to get back in shape, but it's just one of a few that should help us out. Frigid conditions are coming for tomorrow and Saturday. These cold temps and snow expected for Saturday night should help lock up water-bars and provide a "new" base for which we can begin to get the trails in shape. We'll update you with a report tomorrow.
With this weekend’s forecasted 50+ degree temps and rain, it would be a HUGE help if everyone would stay off the trails while they are soft and slushy. If people ride while the trails are soft, everything will get all rutted up and then when things re-freeze they will be a mess. We understand that registrations aren’t cheap and riding time is limited, but by staying off the trails while they are soft it should help us preserve our base, and then when things turn cold again and we get a little more snow, our amazing groomer operators will be able to work their magic and get things back into good shape for us all to enjoy.
The above was copied from the ANDOVER SC’s facebook page...so well-said it deserved to be repeated here. We’ll report back ASAP after Sunday.
Trail Master's Report 1/9/2020
Trail Master’s Report 12/31/2019
This is what we wanted! Well it’s pretty close; wet snow that could compress and freeze would be the best for early base snow...we got a snow mixture of ice pellets, snow, wet snow, which does make it a little tricky for the snow to gel together and “stick” but we’ll take what we have! We were out yesterday and we’ll finish up today so you can ride today!
Consider this early season conditions...there may be low spots, water bars, branches down. Bring a small saw just in case limbs come down and feel free to help us out and move debris off the trail.
Check online to make sure our friends to the north (Hardy) and friends to the east (Squam) are grooming too so you can move around...we can’t speak for those fine folks. Park at Newfound Grocery, Bridgewater Power Plant, and maybe even The Big Catch. Don’t even think about asking us if the lake is safe!
Trail Master's Report 12/26/2019
Trails are still closed, gates are closed. We don't have enough snow to groom just yet. Hang in there, we'll report back as soon as we have good news.
Trail Master's Report 12/21/2019
Trails are still closed, gates are closed. We don't have enough snow to groom just yet. Hang in there, we'll report back as soon as we have good news.
Trail Master's Report 12/02/2019
We've got snow but no trails to ride on yet. The trails are closed until we announce that the trails are open. Get your BMSC membership renewed and then check back here for conditions on 12/15/2019. 🙂
Trail Master's Report 3/28/2019
It's sad and bittersweet, but we are officially closed. We've held onto snow up top, but down low there are many locations where the ground is showing and we've got to preserve and protect the landowners' property. We'll see 60 degrees this coming Saturday. Time to pull the plug, officially. Don't forget, there is still riding to be had in Coos County though.
Trail Master’s Report 3/24/2019
We did not groom last night and we suspect that our grooming for the season is over.Our groomer is parked in the low-country and snow is getting very thin and our biggest hurdle is that Bridgewater Hill Rd is a mud bog.That’s the road (Corridor 24) you have to ride on the shoulder and then it turns to dirt/mud.Tracks have rails showing in a lot of spots.Water is starting to run.There is some decent riding up high on the mountain, but getting there is an issue.
It’s been a great season overall guys and there is still riding to be had TODAY locally...Hardy Country groomed last night and they have good snow on their western trails.I’ve read Central is in good shape too.You can likely piece together one good local ride today.Go out and have some fun and enjoy some classic local riding in the Newfound area.
This is not goodbye, but we’re standing on the steps talking about...most likely we’ll say we’re closed next weekend...
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.
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 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.
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!
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 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!