hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby Johnny » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:19 am

Still snowing here... Yet another 20cm this morning... I'm leaving for my daily hike right now... I'm bringing Helge with me ... ;)

The BC woods are now open for the second time since november... 34th powder day of the season... 8-)
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:39 pm

So- after half a week of pretty decent skiing- my winter wonderland has been turned into frozen white concrete-
ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE!!!
I am now on Christmas Break- and all I can do is dream of soft snow!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby fisheater » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:01 pm

My snow just came last week and I am down to 4" and 40 degrees tomorrow. This seems to be following pretty close to the predictions from the Farmers Almanac. If they are correct, it will be not so great until Jan 7th. After that 5 weeks of good winter. That was as far as the forecast I read went. For me I will suffer quietly to have 5 weeks of uninterrupted solid winter. Then again I don't get winter break. Hope you shovel snow soon.

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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby connyro » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:33 am

Would love to see some more photos of your woods/hills and farm LC! Do you farm exclusively for your own family or do you sell meat/vegetables to locals as well? Ski conditions looking up yet?

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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:51 am

Our primary focus is growing food for our extended family and friends- meat and fresh, in-season vegetables.

We do sell enough meat to pay for a bit more than our operating costs. Looking like we may begin to sell some breeding stock as well. We breed and raise hogs (Berkshire), sheep (Katahdin), cows (Dexter), and chickens (Plymouth Rock). All of our animals are raised and live outside- year-round- though the chickens do of course have to come in at night- but I only close them in the coop when it gets below -20C ambient temperature. Sheep are bred to lamb in late winter- when it is beginning to warm up. Sows are bred to farrow around the third week of May so that they can be born outside. Our cows can calf at any time of year really- but, I do prefer to breed them so that I can do some hand-milking during the growing season.

Slowly and cautiously increasing our efficiency, obsessed with reducing our costs and maximizing the use of our 110 acres.

I am terrible for never taking photographs-videos. My wife does have a huge library though.

It has been slowly and gently snowing huge fluffy dry flakes for about 18 hours now- supposed to continue into the night. This should be all I need on top of the 2 foot-base of frozen white concrete!

BIG SNOW in my local forecast for the weekend and into Xmas Day!!!! Sunday looks a bit too warm for comfort (around freezing)- BUT, it usually snows instead of rains at this elevation at that temperature.

Looking up for epic skiing next week!
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:02 am

My winter wonderland is back! Snowed for about 30 hours straight- slow, gentle, lovely large cold flakes! This all on top of 2 feet of refrozen consolidated base!

GLIDING SEASON IS ON!

Big snow in my forecast starting on Saturday clear into early next week- AND I dont need to go to town until after New Year's! WOOO! HOOOO!
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby Cannatonic » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:38 pm

great to see these pics of your stomping ground! 110 acre untracked paradise, now I see why you like the 210 Asnes!

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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:40 pm

Our property borders 1000s of acres of woodlots and public forest land. 40 minute downhill commute into the "big city" of Fredericton.
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:37 pm

Just came in from my second tour today. (At this time of year I can book-end even my weekday with a decent 1-2hr tour).

Snow conditions keep improving- loads of nice settled soft, cold snow over 2 feet of dense refrozen base.
Major snow in my forecast starting tomorrow night and into Xmas day.

Snow conditions are still poor under dense softwood (conifer) canopies- keeping to fields, trails/woods roads, and hardwood stands for now!

Was out on my E-109 Tours tonight- perfect conditions for this ski- solid base with soft snow on top- lots of XC snap and dreamy, smeary turns....I'm in love...
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Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby RacehorseStu » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:58 pm

I just so happen to be passing through your neck of the woods lilcliffy! Staying at a bnb in Fredericton, almost slept in the back of the truck but it's just too friggin cold - colder than Halifax, and it's making me jealous. I'm on my way to the Laurentians for xmas, supposed to be even colder there.

I'm stopping by the Rossi HQ on my way through Montreal to pick up some skis - still haven't decided between BC100 or BC110, and still not sure which length. Will probably figure it out when I get there.

Here's to hoping for snow in the maritimes by the time I get back.


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