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Trail Report

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March 26, 2017

Hi Gang,

As of 12:00 today, all Snowgang trails are “ride at your own risk”! Both groomers are done for the season, and have been sent to the barn for the Summer!! All ITS Trails have been groomed over the last 24 hrs. With this big warm up coming, trails will deterorate rapidly, so we are calling it a season. Thank you all for your support, and we will be back next season. Have a safe Summer!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 22, 2017

Hi Gang,

All Snowgang trails will be groomed Fri/Sat. nite in temps. cooperate to get us set up for the weekend.Riders need to be aware of deer & moose using all trails to get around.

Remember, it is Spring riding and waterholes may open up at any time.

Also, there has been a logging operation move onto ITS# 81 just past the State garage in Sherman – cautions ARE IN PLACE!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 19, 2017

Hi Gang,

With good new snow, and colder temps in place, my trail report is as follows:::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with excellent conditions!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed with excellent conditions! Both Mattawamkeag and Eastern clubs have groomed also!!

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – Closed,due to heavy logging!

McAvoy club trail is rideable, but not being groomed because of a large waterhole!!

NOTE**** Deer and moose using ALL trails to get around, give them the right of way! Remember, it is ILLEGAL to chase or harass them in any way!!

NOTE**** Check with “locals” before going on any ice – conditions are changing daily!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 16, 2017

Hi Gang,

ITS# 83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed,with good conditions!!

ITS# 81 Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with good conditions!!

Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls CLOSED due to logging!!

NOTE**** McAvoy Trail is closed for the season!

NOTE**** Deer and moose using all trails, give them the right of way – do not chase – it is illegal!!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 15, 2017

Hi Gang,

With close to 2’ of new snow on the ground my report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – groomed, with good conditions!!

All other ITS trails will be groomed before the weekend – SLOW DOWN, Spring conditions.

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 9, 2017

Hi Gang,

With 12” of new heavy,wet snow to work with, my report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with good conditions!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta --- Groomed, with good conditions. Grooming from Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff has stopped, as Mattawamkeag has stopped grooming on this end for the season due to water issues.

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED for the season due to heavy logging.

NOTE**** All ponds, lakes, and rivers are not safe – check with locals before going on them!!

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Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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March 2, 2017

Hi Gang,

With warmer temps in place, trails are still holding well. With that being said, my report is as follows:::

ITS# 83 --- Sherman/Whetstone Falls --- Groomed, with good conditions. Have a couple water holes opening up on the edges – they are flagged!!

ITS#81 --- Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag --- Groomed, with good/excellent conditions. Have 2 water holes opening up, both are flagged!!

Municipal Trail #70 --- Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED, due to heavy logging!!

NOTE**** Moose & deer using all trails – SLOW DOWN!!!

NOTE**** Very warm temps, save our trails --- GET OFF THE THROTTLE!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 28, 2017

Hi Gang,

With temps. staying well above average, my report is as follows:::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with good conditions!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with good conditions!

Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED, due to heavy logging!

NOTE**** All trails becoming soft at this time, due to warm temps. – get of the throttle!

NOTE**** Deer & moose using all all trails – SLOW DOWN!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 22, 2017

Hi Gang,

We took somewhat of a hit the last couple days,with temps. in the 50’s and some rain on top of that. We have sent both groomers out today to fix what we can as temps. have become seasonal again. With that being said, my report is as follows::::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls-- groomed, with good conditions overall. Riders may encounter a water bar – SLOW DOWN!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – groomed, with good/excellent conditions!!

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED due to heavy logging!!

NOTE**** Riders will encounter icy spots on all trails,especially in the corners – SLOW DOWN!!

NOTE**** Moose & deer using all trails to get around, give them the right of way. Remember, it is ILLEGAL to chase or harass these animals in any way!!

NOTE**** 2nd annual Snowgang Fishing Derby is Sat. Feb 24th on Plunkett Pond in Benedicta. Lots of money up for grabs, concessions in place – Should be a great time!!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 21, 2017

Hi Gang,

All grooming has stopped until this warm weather goes away. The temp. is supposed to go back down to seasonable levels tonight, and we will assess water damage tomorrow. We would ask that you ride very easy until things get back to normal!!.

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 13, 2017

Hi Gang,

With the temps. cooling off nicely last night, our system has or is being done now.

With that being said, my report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with excellent conditions!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – will be groomed today, condition will be excellent!!

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED, due to heavy logging!!

NOTE***** Deer & moose using all trails to get around. Give them the right of way—They were here first!!

NOTE***** With this warm up, trails will be icy, especially in the corners – SLOW DOWN!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 9, 2017

Hi Gang,

With a warm up coming tomorrow, sledders need to be on the lookout for snowsnakes!! That being said, my report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with excellent conditions!!

ITS#81—Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed,with excellent conditions!!

NOTE**** All trails have some icy conditions, especially in the corners!! SLOW DOWN!!

NOTE**** Moose & deer using all trails to get around, give them the right of way – they were here first! It is against the law to chase or harass them in any way!!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 8, 2017

Hi Gang,

After receiving 8” of new “white gold”my report is as follows:

All Snowgang trails will be regroomed before the weekend to set up some fantastic riding.

Please note that deer and moose are using all trails to get around.

Also, please use caution and SLOW DOWN as some corners may be icy. Ride safe & to the right.

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 6, 2017

Hi Gang,

With the possibility of 6-10” of snow for tomorrow, my report is as follows:

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls—groomed, with excellent conditions!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – groomed, with excellent conditions!!

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED due to heavy logging!!

NOTE**** Moose & deer using all trails – SLOW DOWN!

NOTE**** All trails have some icing -- SLOW DOWN!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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Febreuary 2, 2017

Hi Gang,

About 4” of new powder this morning. That being said my trail report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with good/excellent conditions! (This trail will be groomed again tonight!)

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with excellent conditions! The Mattawamkeag Roadrunners have also groomed to meet us – excellent all the way!!

Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – This trail is CLOSED due to heavy logging!!

NOTE::::: Seeing lots of deer, moose, and turkeys on all trails, give them the right of way, they were here first.

Remember, it is ILLEGAL to chase or harass these animals in any way.

NOTE*** There is lots of ice under this new snow, so SLOW DOWN and stay in control of your machine!!!! Ride On!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 31, 2017

Hi Gang,

ITS #83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with good/excellent conditions!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with excellent conditions!

Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED, due to heavy logging!!

NOTE**** Deer & moose using all trails to get around. Give them the right of way, they were here first!!

NOTE**** Moderate icing on all trails, especially in the corners – SLOW DOWN!!!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 29, 2017

Hi Gang,

Trails are great right now, here is my report::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with excellent conditions. Trail is very fast, with some icing, Riders need to slow down!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with good/excellent conditions!!

Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – This trail is CLOSED due to logging!!

NOTE**** All trails are being used by deer & moose to get around, be on the lookout for them – they have the right of way!

NOTE**** All trails have some icing,especially in corners – SLOW DOWN!!

NOTE**** Groomers may be running daytime in “low snow” conditions – they have the right of way!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 25, 2017

Hi Gang,

Sunny and bright today with temps. in the single numbers, my trail report is as follows::

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls – Groomed, with good/excellent conditions!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomed, with excellent conditions!

Municipal Trail#70 -- Benedicta/Whetstone Hall – CLOSED, due to heavy logging!!

NOTE*** Moose and deer using all trails. Remember, it is ILLEGAL to chase or harass these animals in any way!! Also, if a moose turns on you, HE WILL RUIN YOUR DAY – AND YOUR RIDE!! Give them the right of way --- they were here first!! Ride safe, and to the right!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 23, 2017

Hi Gang,

After receiving 4-5” of good snow last night, as of 1:00 this afternoon we are looking at hard rain,with the possibility of an inch and a half of rain over the next 24 hrs. As of right now, we are hoping that this rain will subside and leave us with some base. All grooming has stopped until trail conditions can be assessed.

I suspect that ITS# 83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls will have water problems, as this trail has a lot of woods and swamp.

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff should hold up fine if we don’t get 2”of rain. Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls is closed due to logging.

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 19, 2017

Hi Gang,

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls --- Flooding has been taken care of, so the trail has been reopened and is groomed the whole length at this time. We still have some icy spots so caution is urged! Conditions are good/excellent !!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff --- Groomed, with good/excellent conditions! May have some icing in corners!

Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls --- Trail is CLOSED due to logging!!

NOTE ***** – Deer & moose using ALL trails to get around!! Give them the right of way – they were here first!!! Remember, NO CHASING --- that is a chargeable offense!!!! Ride safe & to the right!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 17, 2017

Hi Gang,

ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls is still CLOSED due to flooding in the area of Swift Brook bridge. Water is still over the bridge, will update as soon as passable. Please use alternate routes. ITS#81 – Sherman/ Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff—Has been groomed, with low snow in fields and icy conditions in some areas. Have talked with Barney Robichaud, head groomer operator for the Mattawamkeag Roadrunners, and he tells me that our sister club will not groom in our direction because of high water areas until next week. Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls – CLOSED for the season, due to heavy logging NOTE*** – Deer & moose using all trails, give them the right of way, they were here first!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 15, 2017

Hi Gang,

Typing at 10:00 on Monday, have just been informed by Groomer Operator Brent Kelley and club V.P. Stu Kelley that E.Branch Bridge on ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls is flooded out with water coming OVER the bridge at this time. This trail will be CLOSED until further notice!!! ITS#81 --- Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff – Groomer will be on this trail this afternoon assessing damage,fixing waterholes, and grooming where possible. Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls --- CLOSED for the season due to heavy logging.

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 10, 2017

Hi Gang,

With 1-2”rain coming Thursday night and Friday, the Snowgang is concentrating on getting all trails flat and ready. ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone Falls is being groomed today, and ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag will be groomed tomorrow. Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls is CLOSED for the season due to heavy logging. Conditions on all groomed trails are considered good/excellent at this time. Riders need to be aware that ALL trails are being used by deer,moose and other critters --- give them the right of way – and no chasing, it is a law!!!! Ride safe and to the right!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large

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January 8, 2017

Hi Gang,

First report after our 18” blizzard goes something like this::::::::::: ITS#83 --- Sherman/Whetstone Falls --- Groomed, with good conditions!!

ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff --- Groomed, with good/excellent conditions.

McAvoy Trail has not been broke out, will be, as time allows!!

Municipal Trail #70 --- Benedicta/Whetstone Falls --- CLOSED FOR THE SEASON due to heavy logging. NOTE**** – Watch for deer and moose on ALL trails, as the snowpack is getting a lot deeper!!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large


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January 4, 2017

Hi Gang,

With a blizzard of 12-18” coming today, we will suspend all grooming until after this snow event is over. I anticipate that grooming will be done again on Sat. ITS#83 – Sherman/Whetstone was broken out and groomed yesterday. ITS#81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff will be broken out and groomed after the storm. Municipal Trail#70 – Benedicta/ Whetstone Falls is CLOSED in the season due to heavy logging!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large


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December 27, 2017

Hi Gang,

We received up to 12-14” of new snow on Christmas Day. All trails are being ridden by club officers to spot any damage and new blowdowns. We are in hopes to be grooming by the weekend, before the next storm hits. ITS# 81 – Sherman/Benedicta/Mattawamkeag Cutoff is all ready to go, ITS# 83 – Sherman/Whetstone is being cleared again and new blowdowns cut as I write, Municipal Trail #70 – Benedicta/Whetstone Falls is CLOSED for the season due to a large logging operation. Dangerously cold temps. may hamper some grooming efforts, depending just how cold the wind chills are. We will NOT send operators out in a dangerous situation. Be patient, it’s early season riding!!

Jim Splan

Reporter @ Large


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