Tantramar Outdoor Club

Active Living in Sackville and the Tantramar Region

Trail Etiquette Refresher January 6, 2017

Filed under: Activities,Membership,Ski Conditions — dougskijors @ 2:37 pm
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Concerns have been raised about the cable by the driveway going into Doncaster’s property at the  pond. This is meant to dissuade ATV’s from entering and should remain up at all times. It is easy to duck under, or unhook and hook up again if bending isn’t your forté.
Donnie Doncaster remains very supportive ,as he always has, of skiers crossing his property and using the trails there on.
All the ski trails after crossing the Access Rd are on private lands and our use of them is by the consent of the landowners. Please be respectful of this. If you do accost motorized vehicles on the trails to discourage them from being on them, it is usually a good idea to make sure it is not the owner you are admonishing.
Finally, with the dusting of snow last night the trails should be very skiable- likely a violet wax or waxles skis would work today.

See Facebook page for details of yesterdays grooming.


Potluck, Signs, Cabin January 10, 2016

Filed under: Activities,Membership,Ski Conditions,Skiing,Trail Clearing — dougskijors @ 10:56 pm

1. Tantramar Outdoor Club pot luck. Saturday January 23. St Ann’s Church Hall , Westcock.  Socialize with fellow skiers and snowshoers starting at 5:15; Pot luck supper to be served at 5:45 pm. Update from the executive following the dinner. We hope all will attend, including the families of the skiers enrolled in our Jack Rabbit program.

Many of us recognize each other from passing on the trails. How about taking a selfie  or full picture of yourself in the outdoors, print it off, and put your first name on it, and pin it to yourself! Your outdoor club name tag!

Questions about pot luck, contact Susan Kastuk-Ridlington meals@nbnet.nb.ca or 536-3345

2. Thanks to Pat Hayes for creating, and erecting,  the handsome new trail wood engraved signs you will notice on the ski trails. I guess with the paucity of groomable snow he found another great way to help out. Many people think that La Rond is spelled incorrectly. Apparently, in French, you can say Le Rond, or La Ronde. Since this is an inclusive club, and mostly since this writer is somewhat(my kids would argue extemely) illiterate in the French language, the sign stays as is. Hope it doesn’t make you fall over.

3. The new cabin, likely to be known as “The Birches”, is now open for business.
The fire take lots of air and blowing to get going as the wood is a bit damp, and you shouldn’t shut the turny vent knobs on the doors all the way unless it is really hot.
We would ask that in the non snow season that dogs stay outside. As before, dogs are not permitted on trails when in use for skiing.
If you aren’t sure where it is, take a left at the green outhouse on the Yellow trail, halfway along the Birches.
Finally, Cy and I have each placed our favourite broom behind the door. Please let us know if you like my blue one, or Cy’s red one, the best.
See you in 2 weeks, Ross


Moonlight ski Friday the 30th January, meeting at 7 p.m. at the cabin January 29, 2015

Filed under: Activities,Evening Skiing,Ski Conditions — dougskijors @ 8:33 pm

There will be a moonlight ski tomorrow, Friday the 30th January, meeting at 7 p.m. at the cabin. BYO Refreshments after at the cabin. The moon is waxing so should be fairly high in the sky by then, albeit a bit obscured by the clouds of our next snowfall, so you may want to bring a headlamp.

Perhaps more importantly, if you haven’t been skiing today you should definitely get out. Pat has been a very busy beaver grooming this morning and the trails are incredible, at their best of course between -9 and -3 degrees when there is still good grip and enough water in the snow to make the gliding almost effortless. (Yes, others have commented on my delusions before). Trail updates are often available at  tantramaroutdoorclub.org and click on <trail condition report> at the top right of the screen. If you actually post a comment at the very bottom of the comments section, it gives you the option to receive updates by email, and I am sure you are all anxious to receive more email…

Finally, if you have paid your membership and haven’t got a card yet,  and need one because you are going shopping at Mike’s bike shop and want to avail yourselves of the 15% off regularly priced items for TOC members, drop Kate a line kate.bredin@gmail.com .

Happy Skiing, Ross


Updates 15 Jan 2015 January 15, 2015

Potluck Reminder at St Anne’s Church Hall, this Saturday the 17th January. Social starting at 4:45; dinner at 5:30 pm. St. Ann’s Church Hall, British Settlement.
Kate will gladly accept annual dues and hand out Membership Cards.

Cross Country NB Maritime cup races-17th January at Dieppe-Freestyle/ 18th January in Mirimichi-Classic Agegroups from 4 to really old. consult CCNB web site for details.

Woman’s ski weekend in Charlo 31st January and 1st February. Contact Barb Hurlbut barbntom@rogers.com for details. Several of our members have attended these fun and informative sessions in the past and really enjoyed the marvelous facilities in Charlo.

Susan Kastuk-Ridlington has put forms at the cabin and will have some at the potluck to try to find ways for folks who want to ski with company to get together. There is likely a simple way to do this via the TOC Facebook page and if anyone wants to enlighten me I will send out the details.

Cy and the chain saw boys have cut a lovely new 2 km loop trail which includes the new Coombs bypass(parallels Coombs Rd at the start of the Yellow). We will be doing a tour Saturday a.m., leaving from the Reservoir Gate around 0930. Look for tracks and orange flagging at the start and end of the Coombs Rd.
We are also looking for a name. So far we have Lost Lagoon Loop, Coombs Mountain Loop, and The Roundabout. If any of you poets want to suggest something equally flowery let me know.

Grooming. As you will have noted Pat packed the trails, with difficulty, last week but even with the dusting we had Monday there is not quite enough snow to set track. Our snow princesses have some sort of ritual planned for the potluck to bring on the Nor’ Easters.

See you Saturday, Ross


February 19, 2013

Filed under: Ski Conditions,Uncategorized — grothomas @ 12:01 am

Reservoir Trails broken and mostly cleared of trees. Take a saw or pruning shears if you go around yellow.


Rails to Trails February 15, 2013

Filed under: Ski Conditions — dougskijors @ 7:12 pm

The Rails to Trails beyond Midgic is in decent shape.
cheers, Doug (& Strider, & Pirate. WooHoo).


Ski Map 2013 January 21, 2013

Filed under: Activities,Maps,Ski Conditions — dougskijors @ 3:18 pm

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