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    The DMBA now has permission to use a mechanical groomer in Durham Forest and the trails are excellent now. We have the OK to groom 15 km of single track which covers most of the single track north of the Huston Road road allowance. We are using a Snow Dog with a tow behind grooming platform. Works pretty good even in the tight sections of single track.

    It has a 20 inch wide track which keeps the tread width minimal and still allows it to maneuver well. It is quite the workout controlling this contraption in the tight and twisty sections but I prefer this workout to pulling the tires while snow shoeing.

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    Has DMBA used the groomer yet?

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    Yes the trails gave been groomed with the Snow Dog and are in great shape

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    Only rode the Northern top but Hilton/Agreement/Mohawk etc is great atm.
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    Lorree forest in Collingwood was spring conditions last weekend. The loops were still snow covered but barely.
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    Anyone have an update on what the trails at Durham Forrest are like for today? Mild weather, would love to ride but don't want to mess up the trails. Will be using a fatbike with 4" tires.
    Great job DMBA by the way for grooming and maintenance.

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    Lorree forest was absolutely fantastic on Saturday.

    I'm hoping to hit 3 Stage next weekend.
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    found some fresh POW in Mansfield yesterday
    The trails are amazing atm
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    The conditions were just right out in Bruce county this weekend😎

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    That's awesome! I guess it is time to try and keep this updated for Fat Bikers out there. A group of us are going to try and keep 17km of single track open again this year for Fat Biking. We "human power groom" (snowshoe or Fat Bike pulling a trailer tire...awesome workout!). We managed fine last year with the help of many ambitious folks to keep it open all last year.
    Right now all 17+ km of trails are groomed and in great shape! They are groomed to about 15" wide and they are the same trails ridden during the snow-free times so it's a great single track experience. Currently hard packed snow-no ice. I'll do my best to keep this updated as the winter continues. I usually have updates posted on our website at teamvango.ca under the "trail info" tab. Lots of great opportunities in a number of places for Fat Biking!
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    Hey Hekler, The Mansfield trails are always a blast! Cheers to all you good folks who make it possible🙌

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    Was at Ravenshoe on the Fatbike Saturday and Palgrave Tuesday on my MTB. Both were great. Palgrave has a few icy spots.

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    Was at Durham Forest Monday evening for a run (and looking for that dog... that was found) only a dusting of snow, maybe 1”.
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    Anyone been into Durham this week?

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    Durham is a little slick atm 😁
    Studs or a lot of finesse are a must


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    You will need studs for sure

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    Does ravenshoe have thick layer of snow?



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    No. Ravenshoe looks to be in the same boat at Durham; no snow and lots of ice.

    You need to go north for snow.

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    We found a bit of snow at twin ponds yesterday. Fun place, with quite a few trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT. View Post
    We found a bit of snow at twin ponds yesterday. Fun place, with quite a few trails

    Where is the twin pond?

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    otherwise known as Puslinch tract

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    Hilton / Mohawk west side is pretty good atm. I was in the northern part a week ago and it was very icy. Today on the west side there was virtually no ice, just riding on frozen mostly bare ground.
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    My wife and I took the skis out to the Agreement Forest on Sunday. Conditions were good for fat biking at the time, some trail had been broken already. It is probably good for regular MTB tires by now too. Hoping it does not turn into an icy mess after Wednesday!

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    Anyone know how Albion and Palgrave are after this week’s rain?


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    I posted this on the DMBA FB page late last night:

    Good news to all Fat Bikers (and non Fat Bikers!).

    I just heard from our winter trail groomers and the new SnowDogs had their maiden voyage this evening! Terry and Brian (be sure to thank them if you see them out on the trails) managed ~10k of the 15k loop, which with our current cold temps will set nicely this evening and be good for riding this weekend. The trails not completed at this time are Burnt Toast/Bowes and the Butters which hopefully they will get to over the next few days.

    Enjoy the ride, and remember regardless of what you do ride, lower tire pressure is key. When I was riding in the winter I went down to 3-4psi and traction was almost like being on dirt.

    Also, remember to dress appropriately finding that balance of clothing for when you start and are cold and 15min in when drenched in sweat can be a challenge. I carried a change of clothes back at the vehicle if I got too sweaty while riding. A nice warm drink in a thermos is always a good idea as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by osteo View Post
    I posted this on the DMBA FB page late last night:

    Good news to all Fat Bikers (and non Fat Bikers!).

    I just heard from our winter trail groomers and the new SnowDogs had their maiden voyage this evening! Terry and Brian (be sure to thank them if you see them out on the trails) managed ~10k of the 15k loop, which with our current cold temps will set nicely this evening and be good for riding this weekend. The trails not completed at this time are Burnt Toast/Bowes and the Butters which hopefully they will get to over the next few days.

    Enjoy the ride, and remember regardless of what you do ride, lower tire pressure is key. When I was riding in the winter I went down to 3-4psi and traction was almost like being on dirt.

    Also, remember to dress appropriately finding that balance of clothing for when you start and are cold and 15min in when drenched in sweat can be a challenge. I carried a change of clothes back at the vehicle if I got too sweaty while riding. A nice warm drink in a thermos is always a good idea as well.

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    Pushing the limits of a singlespeed with 3inch tires this weekend in Brant 😀

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    A little slick out there this weekend on the local trails 😁

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    Hilton area was really good yesterday. Snow on ice but mostly bonded and textured from use so pretty grippy. Definitely icy in some corners and 'downhills' but if you're not at flying speeds it quite good. Today will be the same.

    The rest of the week is looking interesting.
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    Went to Ravenshoe for a Fat Bike ride this afternoon. There was a small loop (a few km) including Stinky, the middle N-S doubletrack, Cry Baby and the McCowan lot run that was pretty good. Most of the rest of what I checked out was unridden and in a lot of cases unwalked and tough going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC4ME View Post
    Went to Ravenshoe for a Fat Bike ride this afternoon. There was a small loop (a few km) including Stinky, the middle N-S doubletrack, Cry Baby and the McCowan lot run that was pretty good. Most of the rest of what I checked out was unridden and in a lot of cases unwalked and tough going.
    Are the trails groomed?

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    Albion has received a ton of mostly foot traffic - fatbike loop is mint currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_o View Post
    Albion has received a ton of mostly foot traffic - fatbike loop is mint currently.
    Their xc ski trails on the other hand are an icy disaster. Can't believe they didn't groom this AM after an incredibly busy long weekend.
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    Hilton Falls/agreement Forest trails are in great shape, possibly the best this year. There was a lot of traffic packing down the latest snowfall so almost all trails have had at least 3 to 30 riders on them. And the are NO mosquitoes!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s-worksalot View Post
    And the are NO mosquitoes!!!!
    Amazing how quick I forget how bad they can be in the summer!
    ..now just tinker with our bikes and feed the cats. - oldbear52

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    Some of the lads went in on a Snow Dog with a grooming attachment and another group is using an old Elan snowmobile with a home built groomer and we've had some good freeze thaw action so the trails around St. John's, NL are in amazing shape this winter. We had a bit of a thaw and a small amount of new snow on the weekend so I shaped up the transitions on a trail with a bunch of gnarly rock rolls before it froze up again Sunday night. They can't get the groomer down this trail so it's often not open in the winter. I rode it last night and it was an absolute hoot. A fat bike is not even necessary. I rode my Troy with studded 2.6s last night, no problems at all.

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    Marked fatbike loop at Hilton has some icy spots towards Guelph Line. The less traveled trails are stellar.
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