Stayed all week at the Delta Hotel. 10 stories of rooms. Late afternoon they put out a big coffee urn of Caribou for in coming sledders to warm them up. It does the job, and will curl your toes, big alcohol content!
Quebec has GPS trackers on all their groomers. Each morning you can see your area and see what was groomed in the past twelve hours, it is posted at 6AM.
Quebec sled federation has a lot of money. They put in so many bridges that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In this case the car bridge was made into one lane for the winter, one way traffic with traffic lights, barricades put up and a snowmobile lane added with traffic light and timer saying how many seconds til it turns green (since you can't
Early in the season I wasn't sure if I liked my Rene 900 over my last sled, a TNT 900.
Hands down the new RENE is my favorite sled. Will either keep this one or get a new one if it gets the new styling for 2017.
On an average day of riding up here, I see about 90% less traffic than in the snow belt of Maine. Quebecers do not tear up the trails like US sledders do. Trails last far longer. Some mornings we have 100 miles on by 10:30 AM and have not met a sled which is hard to believe if you saw how many sleds are at the hotel. Last night at 7 PM my friend counted 118 sleds in the lot. They continued adding to the count as we heard sleds rolling in up to 11:00 PM.
I was in the same area the past week. Had some of the worst trails I've seen up there. Did 1400 miles and at least 500 miles was bumpy trail.
It's a great place to ride but when you hit a 100 miles of so so trail, makes for a long day!
We did not have any breakdowns. There has been some over the years. Tow to nearest business. Either call a tow company to bring a flatbed truck or someone at the restaurant or business knows someone with a pick up truck who wants to make a buck. Too far and cold to tow back to hotel.
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