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Riders report-just getting in now from a buzz around our trails. The tucker has been out the last couple of days, and things are looking pretty good. A lot of the icy areas have gone away with the warmer temps, and there is more lubrication for the sleds. There are still a few large holes that just won't fill in yet-colder temps and more snow will fix that! Leaving the clubhouse and going out Cheever is a little thin, but on the clubhouse side, everything has filled in. Once you cross Rt118, there are a couple nasty holes, then good to Bailey Hill Rd. Between that and River Rd are a couple more larger water holes to cross. From there to Rt 118 again, is pretty good. After the crossing, there are a couple more places to get through, but all in all, not too bad. Once you reach the chip pile, the riding is good-lots of snow up that way! The Hog Hill area was groomed as well, and is very good. Going up to the green camp is thin, but once you pass camp victory, the snow gets deeper again. The power lines have good spots and some that are very thin, some of it has been groomed. The guys are doing the best they can with what they have been dealt, and overall the riding is pretty good. Be aware of changing conditions on all trails, and watch out for hazards-Ride safe!!

STAY ON THE TRAIL!

"TRAIL-countable noun-definition: A trail is a route along a series of paths or roads, often one that has been planned and marked out for a particular purpose." Yes, planned, and in our case, the purpose is snowmobiling. So when sleds go off trail, it presents a problem for the club. We work closely with landowners in gaining permission to develop and maintain trails on their property. The club spends hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on keeping the trails well maintained for riding. Volunteer groomer operators spend long nights driving along at 8 miles per hour, burning 4-5 gallons of fuel in that same hour, and pulling a drag behind him to smooth those trails out again and again (usually after working their day job) so the riding is good for all. The landowners generously allow us to enjoy their land by staying on these marked trails while riding. And for the most part, everyone does. But there’s always “that guy” or even “that group” that puts it all in jeopardy. This post goes out to those riders who continue to ride off trail, thereby putting all of the trails we maintain at risk. The rules apply to everyone, and when we receive permission to maintain a trail on PRIVATE property, the landowner expects that ALL OF US will abide by them. He doesn't care what the excuse is, because there is no excuse for OFF TRAIL riding. This lack of respect to our landowners is becoming more rampant every year, and all the good a club does can be lost with a single act-don't be the reason we lose trails! Remember that riding is a privilege, and NOT a right-like the sign says-STAY ON TRAIL OR STAY HOME! Please share this and get the word out that there is NO OFF TRAIL RIDING IN BAKER RIVER!! We are not the only club to find ourselves in this difficult position with our landowners, and it is not just long tracked sleds that are the offenders. We trust that all our members and guests riding the trails here will respect ALL of our landowners now and well into the future. No matter where you are riding, whether here at BRVSC, or in another trail system, SOMEONE OWNS THAT LAND..............abuse it and we will surely lose it!

weekend update

here's a quick report on trails for the weekend: All trails in higher elevations are very good-there is plenty of base, and we are grooming. The lower trails do have some water hazards-please be very cautious while riding them. The rain and now freezing temps have left some icy. Still early season riding, be aware of changing conditions! The best bet out of the clubhouse is by the green camp. Cheever trail does have some water holes that are not frozen over yet,the trail is ride-able and recently groomed, however there are bumps. The clubhouse will be open this weekend-stop in for some home made mac'n'chz on saturday! Mother Nature-more snow please!

**MERRY CHRISTMAS**

Merry Christmas from all of us at BRVSC!!! The clubhouse will not be open so that all our volunteers may spend time with their families this weekend. We are planning a bonfire on New Year's Eve day at 2pm in the field on Rt 118. It should be accessible by sled and vehicle. Please use caution as you enjoy the early season riding we have! More snow will certainly help, but we are off to a great start!

ALMOST!

What a difference a year makes-the snow has been falling here a couple inches at a time-probably 4"-6" from this storm. With any luck, we will be able to open the trails! If you need to join the club to get your voucher to register, you can either print off the application and send it in with a check, or you can go directly to www.nhsamembership.com and create an account, and join the club in comfort of your own home! It's easy, fast, and secure. You can then print out your voucher, and take it with you to register your sleds. Don't wait-register today! The clubhouse will not be open of saturday, December 17th as Marie will be conducting a safety class. If we have enough snow to open the trails, we will also open the clubhouse on sunday. The season is just about to start.....................brvsc-application http://www.nhsamembership.com/

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