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|March 31, 2010 |
Today was the last day of the 2010 riding season. This was the worst season for riding that we have had in the last 13 years.
|March 30, 2010 |
Mama bear and her three cubs were eating cherries out of our small tree last night. * It looks like the riding is over for this season. Hope next year is better. It couldn't get much worse.
|March 28, 2010 |
My 'rib' and I went over to the God's Country Snowmobile Club for the last breakfast of the season. It is a pretty long ride for us but I look forward to seeing a lot of my fellow snow-lovers. The club really does a great job on the breakfasts and I am proud to be one of their members. For those of you that don't belong to their club, our club or any other clubs in your area, you should consider joining one or more snowmobile clubs. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that is going on all year long that most of you don't even think about. Meetings with Landowners, DCNR, Township officials, trail clearing, clubhouse maintenance and operating costs, etc. A lot of the clubs also have volunteers who go out and groom their trails so you have a smooth and safe ride. * We are adding new business members all the time, so make sure that you check that section often. Support the people that support your sport!
|March 27, 2010 |
It looks like this trail reports section will be coming to an end in just a few days. This section will be put to bed until next snowmobiling season starts after deer hunting season ends in Dec. The 'What's Happening?' section will take its place. We have added a link to wildlife cameras from all over the world. I was watching a barn owl sitting on its eggs, a hummingbird nest with babies in it and a water hole in Africa with elephants and antelope there. Since most snowmobilers are outdoor oriented people, we thought you might enjoy this. Don't forget our business members. They help pay for this website and all the info that it brings to you. Please email your feedback on this new addition to the site or any other comments that you might have.
|March 26, 2010 |
We had a couple inches of snow last night. - TOO LITTLE - TOO LATE! It looks nice, but you can't ride on it.
|March 25, 2010 |
Web Site: Correction!!!
OOPS! I made a mistake. The Kettle Creek Outdoor Show is going to be held on Sat. Mar. 27, NOT on Sun. Mar. 28. Sorry Bout That!
|March 21, 2010 |
There is not too much going during the week. On Sat. the 27th head for Cross Fork for the annual Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show. 9a til 4p Adults - $3.00 Kids 12 and under - Free ** Sun. the 28th is the last breakfast for the season at the God's Country Snowmobile Club over near Germania. This is a corrected version of an earlier report.
|March 17, 2010 |
E-Mail: Happy Saint Patricks Day!
We have had some riding on this day in the past, but not this year. * I was talking to my neighbor who has a farm and he had some concerns about snowmobilers riding on his fields. I don't ride here, I prefer those nice groomed trails over in the canyon area. He doesn't mind sledders on his property but asked me to pass the word about not riding across the middle of his fields. He showed me where the snow was worn thin and the sleds caused ruts where they accelerated. If you have permission to cross a farmers land, please stick to the edge of the fields unless he or she tells you otherwise. You don't know what is planted under that snow.
|March 15, 2010 |
Web Site: Caught In The Act!
Here is a pic of the sow and her 3 cubs in that little cherry tree that I had to prop back up
|March 14, 2010 |
If you check out this mornings snocam picture, you will see that we had a little snow last night. We also had a sow bear with 3 cubs and she pushed our young cherry tree over and ate all the cherries on the low side. (also in picture) At the right is a picture that I took of Auggie the doggy smelling the bear's scent on the cherry tree. If you look at that picture and then click on the picture on the snocam, you will see why I am trying to get a better quality camera for the snocam. * I set all the clocks ahead before going to bed and our power went off at 3 this morning so I had to reset them all over again. * After I finish this report, I am heading over to the God's Country breakfast. There are only 2 left after today and that will be it for the season. * This trail condition report is for the motor vehicles. The back roads to the clubhouse have been trashed by all of the heavy gas well drilling equipment traveling on them. When you drive to their clubhouse, take the shortest amount of dirt roads that you can. Especially if you are driving a low vehicle.
|March 11, 2010 |
I was typing up last months minutes for our meeting tonight. One of the figures that bothers me is the membership numbers. I know that a lot of you renew when you come to the clubhouse, but with the lack of snow in this area, that didn't happen. We have the same expenses & overhead snow or no snow. So if you are a member from last year, please send your renewal check to us. You don't need to fill out any forms, we have all of your renewal info on the computer. If your are in the area, stop in the clubhouse tonight for the meeting.
|March 10, 2010 |
While there is a faint chance of getting some snow, I would not bet the farm on it. We did ride on Saint Patrick's day a couple of years back. * We have some more new business members - the Black Forest Inn, Canyon Vista Motorcycle tours and a real estate business that I don't have all the details of yet. Please support the people that support your club and the sport of snowmobiling!
|March 8, 2010 |
The warm temps have turned much of the snow to mush. I refuse to put my sled away until April 1st. There is always a faint glimmer of hope. * I have been tapping my maple trees for the last 4 days and I'm almost done. Auggie the Doggy has been there with me and we had a close encounter the other day. He is black & white and hard to spot in the snow. I was using the chainsaw to cut some trees on my lines and he usually keeps his distance when I am operating the saw. When I was done, I started calling him. I saw something black & white coming thru the brush and thought it was Auggie until it got closer. It was a Skunk! I had to stop calling for the dog because I knew he would go after that skunk. About 10 minutes went by and here comes Auggie with his nose to the ground hot on the trail of that skunk. I started calling him and he listened for a change. I packed up and went back to the homestead with a clean smelling Auggie. When I went to the God's Country breakfast Sunday morning, one of the members asked me, "How's Auggie?" I had to tell him about our close call. I hope the next report is about some snow.
|March 5, 2010 |
Trail Alert - DCNR was out grooming last night and there is a pickup truck stuck in the snow on a sharp curve on Wilson Point Rd. It is located at the pipe line crossing that is the nearest to Leetonia Rd. I think that is the third crossing from the Ridge Rd. end. Use Caution!! Here are a couple of suggestions for you desperation riders who want to get one more ride in. It is supposed to get very cold tonight. The snow will be nice and hard for at least the first half of the day. There is no snow down low, so trailer to the lot at the top of Pine Mountain on route 44. Unload there and ride on the Tioga State Forest side. Everything has been groomed over there. Ride until the snow starts to get soft or you get hungry, whichever comes first. Then load your sled and trailer either to the Black Forest Inn or down to Hotel Manor in Slate Run. There is also Forry's store down in Oleana at 44 & 414. If Pine Mountain is too far you could go to the field at marshlands at the foot of Thompson Hollow Rd. and go up Cedar Mountain Rd. I am not sure what the conditions are like over on Denton Hill.
|March 4, 2010 |
I met up with Jim Baney over at the Marshlands area and we parked at the field near the end of Thompson Hollow Rd. We rode up Elk Run Rd. to Cedar Mountain Rd. and turned on Ridge Rd. The snow was in good shape once you got away from the lower elevations. The trails were well groomed with no bare spots. A big thumbs up to the Tioga State Forest grooming crews! We went out Wilson Point Rd. and made our way to the top of Pine Mountain where the pipeline crosses route 44. The trail along route 44 was in good shape for the first couple of miles and then it went to where we don't want to be in the next life. We crossed 44 and went out to Robinson Rd. and proceeded to Benson Rd. We stopped to try and assist a couple of riders who were having a serious problem with one of their sleds. I will take the fifth amendment on the brand name. We then proceeded to the Black Forest Inn for some lunch and relaxation. The return ride was very rough until we got back to the trails in the Tioga State Forest. There will still be some riding up there for a while, but you won't be able to get to a gas station or restaurant.
|March 3, 2010 |
9:00pm report - I was just outside and the temps are in the mid-twenties and the snow has firmed up. It looks like early morning and after dark riding are all we can settle for in the next couple of days. The daytime temps are supposed to be in the 40s for Sat. & Sun. which will make for poor conditions. But, don't put that sled away for the summer until after April 1st. What's the hurry? You have the whole spring to get it ready for summer storage.
|March 2, 2010 |
6:30pm report - I was out with my rib running some errands today and stopped by our clubhouse. The trails down low were bare and I swung by the DCNR station. I found out that they had groomed last night and the trails up in the higher elevations were in good shape. As I was leaving there, I heard some sleds coming down Colton Road. I went over to where they were getting ready to load their sleds on their trailer. They were a couple of guys from Dushore and were glad to give me a trail report. They said that up on top, the riding was great! But once you started to go down to the lower elevations, everything was skimpy. They also told me that they stopped and chewed the fat with some members of our club. I asked them if one of them was named Wilmer. It was! He and Corny and some others were out riding today. **Just received an UPDATE from DCNR - The Tioga State Forest grooming crews will be out at night all week at as long as the temps stay down. They also confirmed that all the good snow was up on top.
|March 1, 2010 |
I have a picture here of Nipper with the new sled that his wife, Mary won at the God's Country S.C. winter picnic. If she paints the hood pink, it would look like a 'poodle skirt' with skis.
|Feb. 28, 2010 |
It was my turn to man our clubhouse today so I stopped in and turned everything on and then went up the road to Nancy & Ron Tyson's Colton Point Motel for breakfast. They had a bunch of riders staying there and there were so many sleds out front, I had to park my truck down at the end. I needed the walk anyway. After enjoying their hospitality and a good breakfast, I went over to the clubhouse to take care of business. We had a lighter crowd than yesterday, but hey - when the Miller family shows up, that's a crowd in itself. It snowed a lot today but the temps at the clubhouse were a little on the warm side. When I left the clubhouse at 2:30 this afternoon, it was forty degrees. Much to my suprise, when I got home it was 30 degrees with 4 inches of fresh snow in my driveway. I had to replow my driveway and shovel off my deck. When I tried to take mt ATV up the hill behind the house it got buried and I had to back down. There was over a foot of snow up there! I think if you ride at night or early in the day this week, you will be in for some good riding in the higher elevations. It's a liitle skimpy down low. If you ride at night, please avoid occupied dwellings. If you have loud pipes, please do us all a favor and stay home!
|Feb. 27, 2010 pm report |
We had a nice turnout at the clubhouse this morning. The Miller family showed up in force but there was one member missing. Poor Dwane couldn't make it. His other brother Darryl, who couldn't make it last year was trying his best to force a smile along with the rest of the Miller family, but I could feel their grief. They did a wonderful job of hiding their true feelings. * The club's groomer took care of the Left Asaph this morning and there was supposed to be a crew doing the Right Asaph this afternoon. The temps went up a few degrees and made the snow a little too soft this afternoon. We are getting some more snow and colder temps tonight so the early riding should be OK tomorrow.
|Feb. 27, 2010 |
4814 Route 6 Wellsboro, PA 16901
We hit a new high for hits on this site yesterday -1061- That is the first time that we have broken the 1000 mark. I checked some weather sites this morning, some are saying snow on tuesday, others are saying wednesday. Take your pick! * I met some nice folks from Port Trevorton last night at the service station. We were both gasing our sleds up. I was headed home and they were just arriving. They remarked about the website and commented about the snogage having small numbers. The problem is not with the gage, it is with the camera that we are using. We are using a webcam that is not intended to be aimed at something as far away as our gage is. Also, the gage doesn't get as much snow as it should because of nearby pine trees. If we had a better camera we could relocate the gage to a more open area. We had nine inches here but it only looked like five on the gage. You could help us get a better camera by becoming a Family Member, ($10.) Business/Booster member ($25) or sending a donation. Or both! If you would like to donate to the camera fund please send it to PAGCSC 4814 Route 6 Wellsboro, PA 16901 Please mark 'camera fund'on your check. Thanks
|Feb. 26, 2010 |
There is a winter weather warning until 5 pm for this area. Snow & wind until then. I have 9 inches to shovel off of my deck. There is a lot of blowing & drifting happening. ** UPDATE! 7:30pm I received a phone call this morning from one of our members asking me if I wanted to go ride with him and his rib.(wife) I knew that I would be tied up tomorrow at the clubhouse and would maybe get a little riding in late in the afternoon. I met them at our clubhouse and they had hooked up with another couple who are also members of our club. The five of us proceeded to make our way over to Hotel Manor in Slate Run for a delicious lunch. The trails, while not groomed were in pretty good shape. Starting out from the parking lot at Colton Point, the trails were a little thin down low, but as soon as we went a few yards into the forest there was plenty of snow. We went over through Leetonia and out Bear Run Rd. to Francis Rd. Bear Run was a little bumpy and Francis was a little boney as you got to the lower elevations. Slate Run Rd was in good shape. A 70 mile round trip. After I got home, I realized that I hadn't plowed my driveway before I went to ride. So as soon as this report is finished, I will be back out in the snow.
|Feb. 25, 2010 |
9:15am - It is snowing and 2-4 inches are expected today. The snow is supposed to intensify late this afternoon and tonight. Will post updates as conditions change. * The winner of the 550 Polaris Fan Snowmobile at the God's Country winter picnic was Nipper Peterson. Nipper had put his wife's name on the ticket and rumor has it that she wants to paint it PINK. Way to go Nip! * 5:30pm UPDATE - There is 5 inches of new snow on the ground and it is supposed to snow all night. The clubhouse will be open Sat. & Sun.
|Feb. 24, 2010 |
It looks like the heaviest snows are going to the east of us, AGAIN! But this storm is supposed to be a nasty one so that might not be a bad thing. As of now, we are supposed to get from 4 to 8 inches. As always we will just have to wait and see. We know that a lot of you want to make plans for the weekend, so updates will be posted as conditions change. ** UPDATE I have been checking the different weather web sites and there is a little bit of infighting between the various forecasters. The national weather service is calling for 3-7 inches while accuweather is saying 10- 12 inches. We won't know until tomorrow afternoon or later. We will post updates, PROMISE!! If we get enough snow, we will have people at our clubhouse. Stay tuned!
|Feb. 23, 2010 |
I have lived here for 13 years and this is the worst season that I can remember. (So Far) Another snow storm passed to the east of us. There is a big storm brewing for thursday but it is too early to tell how much we will get here.
|Feb. 18, 2010 |
I thought that I had my day all planned out. I had some honey-do's to take care of and then had some material to drop off at a friends house and off to Pine Mountain Summit to check out the trails over that way. For now, the only snow we have to ride on is in the higher elevations and it is not the greatest. After I finished getting everything done, I checked the weather forecast on the net. There was a warning for freezing drizzle for the area that I was heading for. Since I was going solo, I decided to stick around the homestead instead of driving 55 miles and chancing on getting stuck on an icey mountain. The weather man got me again! I didn't see any freezing drizzle all day and I could have gone over there to check things out. * Don't forget the God's Country S.C. winter picnic this saturday at their clubhouse over near Germania. I was hoping to go by sled, but it looks like a truck ride again.
|Feb. 17, 2010 |
We still do not have enough snow! * I received an email from Don Graves the PSSA director for region 11. He and several other riders almost got hit head on by some throttle jockeys coming around a bend at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the trail. This was in the Mile Run area. Come on guys! We all want to enjoy riding and not end up in the emergency ward & also have a smashed up sled. Slow down on curves and hilltops and don't outdrive your eyes. * There is another snocam in the area. I am not sure exactly where it is located, but it is supposed to be in the Germania area somewhere. It is bundled with the Haneyville & Short Run Rd. snocams. It is a daylight only snocam. ** This is something I felt should be passed on to all of you! - I was issued a rebate VISA card when I purchased some tires. If you get one of these cards, make sure that you spend the entire amount when you make a purchase! I used all but 2 cents of it and they were going to charge me a $3.95 monthly maintenance fee until the expiration date which is not until the end of the year. There is no maintenance fee for the first 3 months, but I would have ended up paying $35.55 in fees for the next 9 months for a 2 cent balance. So, if you get a rebate card, read the fine print and make sure you spend the entire amount within the first 3 months. Also, if you tell them the card was lost or stolen, they want to charge a replacement fee. WHAT A RIP-OFF
|Feb. 15, 2010 |
The forecast is for 3-6 inches for tonight. After having 4 major storms pass us by, I will believe it when I see it. Speaking of major, my buddy Doug of Major Builders in Johnstown has so much snow in his driveway, he is running out of room to push it to! My sister is Dallas, Texas has had more snow this year than we have had around here.
|Feb. 13, 2010 |
Web Site: lhsc.net
If you want to see some snow, go on the snocam listing on this site and scroll down to Laurel Ridge State Park. They have 2 ½ feet. It is so deep in some spots, they had to use a groomer without the drag to break thru the drifts. ** We have added a 'club link' on our site to the Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Club. They have snow down there (a little too much) and their website has lodging & dealers listed on it. I know there are a whole bunch of you who are itching to ride but we just don't have the snow right now. If you contact these folks, make sure you tell them you saw it here! I don't have an email address just yet but I will try to get one.
|Feb. 12, 2010 |
There have been record breaking snows south and east of here. That makes 4 storms that have passed us by. It looked like this last one was going to help us out, but it fizzeled out. The sun was out yesterday and it went above freezing. As a result we lost some of what little snow that did have.
|Feb. 11, 2010 |
There was just a dusting of snow overnight. There is only 'a chance' of snow for the next few days. We really could use some more. The good news is that it is supposed to stay cloudy with below freezing temps for the same period. We won't lose a lot to the sun. * Our monthly meeting is tonight at the clubhouse. - 7:30pm Stop in if you are in the area. This site had a new record number of hits yesterday - 962 - There are a lot of you chomping at the bit to get riding. Remember to be extra careful around the drilling sites. * UPDATE - 8am - Well, the weatherman got me again! When I put this mornings report on this site, it was still dark out. I went by the forecast that said 'Cloudy', not partialy cloudy but cloudy. The sun is shining brightly and there are only a few clouds in the sky.* UPDATE!! I just received a phone call from a member who said that one of our guys took a ride up towards Colton Point and without a base he was cutting right through the snow to the bare road. He didn't go very far and turned around. If anyone finds some decent riding, please email me. I am bummed out, I was looking forward to riding tomorrow. The temps went above freezing today, another weathermans lie.
|Feb. 10, 2010 |
6:50am - We have about 3 inches of very light fluffy snow on the ground so far. The snow has lightened up for now but is supposed to increase later on this morning. There is no base under this snow and we need a lot more before we can ride. Will post updates later on today. We know that there are a lot of you who have a long weekend coming up and want to make plans, so we will check around and keep you posted. * UPDATE 3pm - It was looking pretty IFFY for awhile here. The snow has picked up and it is coming down heavier. It looks like we will have a riding snow, but without a decent base under it, I hope we get a lot more. Will post more updates later. ** 7:30pm UPDATE - The snow has slowed down for now but I hope we will get a little more before it's over. It is a soft snow with no base and I don't think it will hold up to a lot of traffic. Of course snow can change with the temps and in this case it might help us if it warms up just a wee little bit. * I just had our member from Sneads Ferry, North Carolina call me on his cell phone. He is probably our only member from that state and he wanted to know how much snow we had. He said he was northbound on I-81 in Virginia. I told him he better find a room because I-81 was closed at the PA-MD line. I went on the web to double check it and called him back to confirm. I hope he can find a vacancy. We have had over 960 hits on this site today. UPDATE* 10:30pm It looks like the snow is finished for now. We could get a little more overnight, but not much. There is enough snow to ride, but with all the traffic that this weekend could bring, the trails could get hammered pretty quickly. Will add updates if conditions improve.
|Feb. 9, 2010 |
After a few days of hemming & hawing, we finally got the engagement ring from the weatherman. The latest forecast is for 4 to 7 inches. I hope he keeps his promises better than the government does.
|Feb. 8, 2010 |
Just finished checking 5 different weather sites this morning. They all agree that we have SOME snow coming, but will it be enough? One site said moderate accumulation, whatever that means. Another said 1-3 inches with another 1-3 inches the next day with the heaviest snow going to the south of us (again) - The others just said snow with no mention of the projected amount. These guys are like a bunch of politicians, they don't want to take a firm stand on anything! As always, we will just have to wait and see.
|Feb. 6, 2010 |
GOT SNOW? We don't! If you look at the radar picture, you will see that 65 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania are blue (snow)
|Feb. 4, 2010 |
It looks like another big snow storm is passing to the south of us. If conditions should change, we will post a notice here. As of now, it looks like we are only going to get a couple of inches.
|Feb. 1, 2010 |
We had a little teaser snow last night. Just enough to whiten the ground. Still waiting for that big one to come. Sure hope that is soon. Don't see any big snows in the forecasts yet!
|Jan. 29, 2010 |
I think the snow gods must be angry with us this year. We have had snow to the east and snow to the west and snow to the south who usually has less. Do the snowkey-pokey while your sled sits at rest. Put your left ski in and your left ski out, cuss at the weatherman and blame George Bush for the drought. That's what it's all about! Please forgive me for the corn. There is not much else to put on here until we get some real snow.
|Jan. 26, 2010 |
The rain has passed and washed away much of the ice base. We still have plenty of time for more snow to come. This morning's radar picture has a lot of blue coming this way. I don't know if it will be enough to ride on though. Will have to wait and see.
|Jan. 25, 2010 |
It is raining cats & dogs this morning, but it is supposed to snow late tonight. There is some snow in the forecast for the next few days, but no large accumulations are mentioned.
|Jan. 23, 2010 |
Web Site: poconosnowmobilerentals.com
Even though we have a statement on this site explaining that their are NO RENTALS in this area, we still get emails asking about rentals. I did some surfing on the net this morning and found a place over in the poconos that rents sleds. Just like us they don't have enough snow to ride at the moment, but for you folks that want to try it out, at least it's still in Pennsylvania. Make sure you tell them you saw it here! Once you get hooked on sledding, go to our business member section to find a dealer. Then buy a sled and come to the canyon for some of the best riding in the east. (When we have enough snow)
|Jan. 20, 2010 |
I just finished looking at several weather sites on the web and it doesn't look like we will have any cold weather until next week. I was over to our clubhouse yesterday and the yard is bare. What will be will be! But, the fat lady hasn't sung yet!
|Jan. 16, 2010 |
We received a report from some members that were out riding today. They couldn't ride from where they were staying because the snow was too skimpy in the lower elevations. They trailered their sleds to a spot near the pipeline up in the higher elevations. They rode over to the Black Forest Inn for a bite to eat and managed to get some riding in around that area. The snow was getting soft & mushy this afternoon due to the warm temps and bright sun. This is like the riding in mid-March. We really, really need some colder temps and a good shot of snow. Some of our guys are going to the God's Country breakfast tomorrow morning. It looks like they will be traveling via wheels instead of skis. ** This kind of weather really hurts all of the clubs in this area. A lot of you don't bother to renew by mail and renew your memberships when you come to the area. No snow, - no renewals! While we know that a lot of you can't get away to come to meetings & clear trails, etc. and you come to the area to relax and have a good time and get away from work, all of the clubs need your financial support to keep up with their bills. We go out every fall and clean, trim & mark trails, snow or no! There is taxes, utility bills, insurance & clubhouse maintenance to be done no matter what the weather is like. So please don't forget to support your club (You can belong to more than one) and don't blame us for the weather!
|Jan. 15, 2010 |
I spoke with some riders late yesterday and they said the trails were still rideable but getting thin in the lower elevations. We have a couple of guys going out riding today and they are supposed to call me with a report when they get back late this afternoon. ** We had a visitor outside our window. When he saw me at the window, he ran like a wild pheasant would. Usually those stocked birds just stand there and look like they are waiting for a bus. *** 5:30pm TRAIL UPDATE - I spoke to 2 different sledders who went out today. The trails on the lower elevations are bare and in poor shape. There is snow up high between the Black Forest Inn and going towards Cherry Springs and Denton Hill. The fields around the Germania area are mostly bare as is the trail behind our clubhouse. Our clubhouse will NOT be open this weekend due to a lack of snow. I truly wish we had a better report, but we keep it honest, even when it hurts. We have a couple more new business members, check them out and support the people that support your sport.
|Jan. 13, 2010 |
Tom, Dave & I took a ride down to Pat Reeders for lunch today. Colton Rd. had icy bare spots on the curves which is normal for this amount of snow. Most of the other trails were smooth with few bumps and an ice base. Bear Run Rd was choppy with some very thin spots at the lower end. We took Slate Run Rd. to Manor Fork Rd. and then out to route 44. The trail that goes along the side of route 44 was in pretty good shape except between the Black Forest Inn and where Manor Fork Rd. connects to it. That portion was the roughest trail that we were on today. We rode 95 miles in all and if we don't get too much sunshine and it stays cloudy, we might have some rideable snow thru the weekend. It will be thin with bare spots at the lower elevations along the stream bottoms, but should be O.K. up on top.
|Jan. 12, 2010 |
I received an email from a rider from Westfield who had put in 400 miles this weekend. He went on to say that after going to bed after a hard days riding, some idiot came by his home at 2:30 am on a sled with loud pipes. This woke up him and his wife! It is not just the antis that hate loud pipes, it is your fellow sledders too. Get smart! Lose the loud pipes and slow down. ** I am going to meet up with a couple of the guys tomorrow morning for a ride. I am not sure where we are heading, but we usually go somewhere for lunch and depending on the trail conditions, take a different route back to the canyon. Will report on the conditions early tomorrow evening. We are still getting a couple of blank emails every day. If you are trying to email us, make sure that you put some content in your message.
|Jan. 11, 2010 |
There is a new snocam in the area that we have a link to. It is located off of Short Run Rd. near Carter Camp. Brian H. owns the camera and it was hooked up with the help of Bill H. of the Haneyville Snocam. Bill was a big help getting my snocam hooked up. Craig S. of the Sweden Hill Snocam has also been very helpful with my snocam problems. There are now six snocams in the Northcentral PA Wilds. ** A friend of mine emailed me yesterday and gave me some bad news. He was riding on Cedar Mountain Rd. and had one of those throttle jockeys come around a sharp curve and came very close to hitting him. When the Elk township supervisors decided not to pass a resolution opening their roads to snowmobiles, this tripled the traffic on Cedar Mountain Rd. This road has many blind curves and steep dropoffs. I expressed my concerns about this months ago to fellow members and the folks at DCNR. They have their hands tied and the township has the final say to the portion of their roads that are not located in the state forest. * Our monthly meeting is this Thursday night at 7:30 pm. Come on out to the clubhouse on route 6 if you are in the area! * UPDATE - 8pm - A couple of our guys rode from Ansonia out to the Black Forest Inn. They had lunch there and returned to the canyon area. They said the trails were in good shape, but Bear Run Rd. was a little bumpy.
|Jan. 10, 2010 |
I bet some of you Eagles fans that stayed home this weekend wished that you hadn't! * It was minus one here this morning and that is a tad bit nippy, don't you think? There is not a lot of snow in the forecast for this week but the good news is with these cold temps, we aren't going to lose much either. * Update - We had some riders stop by the clubhouse today and they said the trails were in good shape. I haven't been out yet, but am hoping to get riding by the end of this week.
|Jan. 9, 2010 |
We ended up with about 5-6 inches of new snow. The clubhouse will be open today & tomorrow. Stop in to get warm and get something to eat. It is going to be pretty cold today, the high in the teens - so dress warm. We had 738 hits on this site yesterday, not a one day record, but getting up there. We still get a lot of emails asking about renting sleds. Sorry, but there are no rentals available in this area! However, we do have several snowmobile dealers in and out of the area who have new and used sleds for sale. Just check our business member section on this site. We also have a member who has a trailer with 2 sleds for sale. email me if you are interested. ** Trail Update! I went over to the clubhouse this afternoon for a little while. Ron McClure, one of our business members called and asked about the trail conditions. I hadn't spoken to any riders but I told him I would stop and ask some and post it on here. I stopped and asked 3 riders (I forgot to ask them where there were from) how the trails were and they said for the amount of snow that we received, they were in very good shape with some icey spots in areas. These were younger guys and they don't feel the bumps as well as my old bones do. * We will have someone at the clubhouse tomorrow from about 10 til 3
|Jan. 8, 2010 |
Web Site: LOUD PIPES = TRAIL CLOSURES
We have about 3 inches of light fluffy snow so far. It doesn't look like we are going to get much more. It is not the best riding snow, but it's SNOW! * Dave & I stopped in to see one of our business members yesterday. There was a gentleman there that said how much he hated snowmobiles. When we asked him why, he replied LOUD PIPES!!! Loud pipes are the number 1 complaint that we hear. If you have loud pipes, stay home or get rid of them. We can't afford to lose any more trails. * Note to Frank from Southamton - I tried to reply to your email but it was rejected. Thanks for the nice comments about the website!
|Jan. 7, 2010 |
There is finally some snow in the forecast. Not a chance of snow or snow showers, but SNOW! While we still could use a lot more, at least it should provide some riding. There are still a lot of ruts and ice under the snow, so there still will be room for improvement. The clubhouse will be open this weekend! Homemade soup, burgers & dogs * One of our guys was talking to a couple of sledders last Sunday at the God's Country breakfast. They said that there were some trees down across the Dry Hollow Trail and they had a tough time getting around them. DCNR was notified and the trees were removed.
|Jan.6, 2010 |
There have been reports coming in about the snow depth in different local areas. Some of these storm cells have dropped a few inches while others had very little. This results in some good areas and some that are just awful. So you will be able to get some decent riding in, but you might not be able to get to your favorite spot to have some lunch. We need a area wide snow to come through, not these localized cells. It is very hard to give a decent trail condition report with these conditions. ** There are still some of you who are sending us too much money for your membership. We only have two memberships, the one being the regular or family membership. This is $10.00 per year and covers you & your spouse and children under 18 still living at home. The other is our business or booster membership which is $25.00 per year and includes an ad for your business or camp. Of course, we always accept donations! * We received some fresh snow last night. There is supposed to me some more coming before the weekend. MAYBE we will have enough for some decent riding. We will update as conditions warrant.
|Jan. 4, 2010 |
There is still a lack of a good smooth base in most areas. If it stays this cold, maybe all of these 'Snow Showers' will add up to be a rideable snow. We will still have a rough base until we get a 'Dumper' We don't see any big snows in the forecast, but somtimes these storms form in just a couple of days. ** We have gotten a lot of new visitors to this site in the past couple of weeks. WELCOME! we appreciate all comments, pro & con but we can't make snow! We just tell it like it is.
|Jan. 2, 2010 |
Received a call this noon. There is some riding on the pipeline, but the forestry roads are rutted and rough. Beware when riding pipelines! Because they are so wide, they give you a false sense of security. They are not roads and are not maintained like roads! Every hill and curve could have a downed tree or some other hazard waiting for you. Don't outdrive your eyes! This is also true for anywhere else you might ride. ** UPDATE! Received a report from a couple of our members who rode from Potato City to Cross Fork today with a stop at Keener's in Cherry Springs. Riding was good with some thin spots.
|Jan. 1, 2010 |
7:00 am - Just finished checking 5 different weather forecasts for this area. They all said a chance of snow or snow showers. Only one of them mentioned any accumulation to speak of. Also checked the radar and it didn't show any large formations. Judging by the current forecast, It doesn't look too promising. However if I had a dollar for everytime the weatherman has been wrong, I would be a wealthy man. We will check the forecasts as the day goes on and will update as necessary.
|Dec. 31, 2009 |
Web Site: Happy New Year!
December was a letdown when it came to riding. There was a little desperation riding out there, but not enough snow to groom. The snow word is in the forecast, but no big snows coming for the next week. As always, the forecast is subject to change. The first of the year is a good time to renew those smoke alarm batteries as well as any other battery powered electronics that you may own. Please don't forget to renew your snowmobile club membership. Also include a note stating if you want a card or not. ** Update - We had between 1 - 2 inches of fresh snow this morning. I took my ATV back on my trail and it cut right through to the ground. There is no base under the fresh snow. ** I received a phone call this evening that some sledders were up on Ridge Rd. and got some riding in. There were ruts under the snow and while it certainly wasn't prime riding conditions, if you were 13, had passed your safety course and had your first sled, you wouldn't feel any bumps at all!
|Dec. 28, 2009 |
We didn't get as much snow as promised. Maybe later in the week! Everybody is getting Antsy to ride.
|Dec. 27, 2009 |
Web Site: Black Ice Warning!
If you are going out early this morning, use caution! There is a black ice advisory for North Central Pa. It should be O.K. after the sun warms things up a little. * It looks like we might get some snow tonight!
|Dec. 26, 2009 |
It is 36 degrees with some drizzle. The weather forecast for the coming week says 'A chance of snow' for every day but Wednesday. Yeah, right, I have a chance of hitting the lottery too! ** Update! 7:30pm - Just checked a couple of weather websites and now they are starting to use the accumulation word instead of 'a chance of' Do these guys run for public office after they flunk out of weather school?
|Dec. 24, 2009 |
Merry CHRISTmas! Keep Christ in Christmas! * The God's Country / Black Forest Snowmobile Club will host their first all-you-can-eat breakfast of the season this Sunday, Dec. the 27th. You do not have to be a member or even own a snowmobile to come to the breakfast. The breakfasts will be every Sunday (except Easter) until the end of snowmobiling season. Snow or No! Come on out and enjoy a good breakfast with your fellow snow lovers!
|Dec. 23, 2009 |
4814 Route 6 Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-2888 clubhouse
The weather forecast for the next few days isn't very promising. It is calling for rain & freezing rain. It is 10 degrees right now, but I guess it is going to warm up some. By the weekend there is a chance of some snow but nothing major right now. Checked several forecasts and they are pretty much the same. * When we do get some riding snow, don't forget to use extra caution out there! There is a lot of gas drilling activity going on with a lot of equipment moving around. There is also a lot more truck traffic on the highways around here so be careful in your motor vehicle too. Please don't forget to renew your membership this year. A lot of you don't renew until you come up to ride and we have the same expenses to pay, snow or no. * We have some more new rental propertys and other new business members in our business member section of this site. There are more coming all of the time, so check it often. Support the people that support snowmobiling! * The Ansonia Country Store & gas station will be closed again this winter, so make sure your sleds are gassed up before you arrive here. * We have been getting several emails in the past two weeks that are blank with no content. If you are trying to contact us, you have to type in more info.
|Dec. 20,2009 |
It is with much saddness and deep regret that we announce the passing of one of the founding members of our snowmobile club, Ralph Weaver. Ralph was involved with the club since it's inception and was involved in the planning, fund raising & construction of our clubhouse. He was also in charge of our kitchen and put out many a tasty meal for the members and guests at the clubhouse. Viewing will be at 10am this Tuesday 12/22/2009 at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main St. Wellsboro, PA Services will be held at 11am. In Lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary P.O. Box 293 Wellsboro, PA 16901
|Dec. 18, 2009 |
It looks like the big snowstorm that is coming from the southwest is going to miss us and pass to the south of us. However, there is a large storm forming out west which MAY bring us some snow towards the latter part of next week. It is too soon to tell.
|Dec. 17, 2009 |
Received a phone call last night from one of our friends from the God's Country snowmobile club. He said they were out riding in that freezing rain the other day. Now that's some diehard riders! They even had their new groomer & drag out for awhile! * We get a lot of emails asking about lodging. We are getting new business members all of the time. We just had a few rental cabins sign up. We have hotels, motels, rental cabins, campgrounds - you name it! We will have 2 more new businesses as soon as they send me their info - A rental property in Potter County and a towing & repair service. Want to become a business member? 25 bucks a year! That's less than fifty cents a week for an ad on the internet. The best advertising buy you can find. This sight had over 13800 hits in Jan. of 2009.
|Dec. 15, 2009 |
We received a very nice email from a neighboring club member this morning. He stated - 'Keep up the good work guys,not only on the trail work but on the web page as well. You have the best site on the computer and it is the first one I open every day.' Thanks, Dan * Augie the Doggie and I took a walk back in the woods this afternoon. Everything was white but the snow was very soft due to the warmer temps. We saw a lot of bear tracks both in the woods and in our yard. * Colder temps are coming, but no big snows in the forecast for now.
|Dec. 14, 2009 |
We hear the question, 'Why Should I Join A Club?'. There are too many answers to list here, but for starters here are a few. * We met this morning and proceeded to a landowners property to do some trail maintenance and snow fence placement. We spent about 4 hours trimming brush, putting up snow fence and posts and also cutting dead trees off of the trail east and west of the landowners property. * We also spend time going to meetings with townships, DCNR, landowners, the Chamber of Commerce, political officals, the recorder of deeds office and taking trail violaters to court. We spend many unpaid hours making sure that we don't lose any more trails because of jerks with loud pipes and other rider behavior problems. We are going to have to deal with a lot of gas drilling and logging activity this year and the next few years to come. While we don't like having our trails disrupted, we have to respect their right to make a living. We also have a bunch of people on the other side of this earth protecting us who would give their right arm to ride a snowmobile right now. * Back to trail conditions - We are good to go, just give us the snow! Amen!
|Dec. 13, 2009 |
We are supposed to go to the clubhouse this morning and do some last minute trail work. They are calling for freezing rain today changing to all rain. It is too early yet to tell what is going to occur. * I was in the woods yesterday afternoon and there was just barely enough snow to ride on. It wouldn't hold up to very much traffic. There is a crunchy, icy covering on top of the snow. I haven't gotten any reports from other areas but when I venture over to the clubhouse I am not taking my sled. We need some more snow before we can get any decent riding. * UPDATE! We met and sat and drank coffee waiting for the freezing rain to stop. After one of the guys slipped and fell on the ice, we decided to call it a day and return tomorrow.