Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Beautiful but Cold

Beautiful but Cold describes conditions at camp this morning. But after the wicked winds of yesterday with below zero temps and wind chill readings of 12 below, I'll take it. There is not a cloud in the sky this morning and with the sun's warmth, the temperature has already climbed from 9 below to 1 above zero. The winds have calmed and with the three inches of snow we received on the 28th, the trails should be great today.

Of course many families have taken this week between Christmas and New Year's to vacation so we have seen lots of people for lunch over the past few days. I'm sure this upcoming weekend will bring many more as we ring in the year. Of course, the pending storm might change plans for some, but we could be in for a substantial accumulation of snow Friday into Saturday. We'll have to wait and see,

Monday, December 28, 2009

OK, I have good news and better news this morning. The good news is, the groomer from Oquossoc completed the entire trail and made it into camp late Saturday night. Although we did receive rain and freezing rain yesterday we had enough snow on the ground to absorb it. Since the trail was groomed the night before and the weather was so miserable yesterday, the trails should have frozen to a nicely groomed surface. The better news... it's snowing here already this morning even though the forecast indicated the snow wasn't scheduled to arrive here until about noon today. We're hoping that means a decent accumulation. We are also keeping our eye on the upcoming weekend as we might just have a "major" snow event over the New Year's weekend. Now wouldn't that just start the new year off right?

As a reminder, Big Buck Dining Room is open for breakfast from 7AM to 10AM, lunch is served from 11AM to 3PM with a limited menu (soup/stew/chili/hot dogs) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and full menu Thursday through Sunday. Dinner is served at 6PM and we ask that non-lodging guests call at least 24 hours in advance for a reservation if joining us for dinner. Please stop in if you happen to be in our neighborhood.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us; Mike & Wendy, Shawn, Melanie and Ann, here at Bosebuck Mountain Camps!

I snapped this photo this morning standing in the driveway looking out across the lake toward Greentop Mountain. As you can see, the higher elevation received another good charge of snow overnight.

Hope you all enjoy time spent with friends and family during this holiday season.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It is absolutely beautiful here at Bosebuck Mountain Camps today. The sun is shining in a brilliant blue sky and the reflection off the snow begs for sunglasses to protect you from the glare. The temperature has already reached 27 degrees and although we have a slight wind from the north, it's barely noticeable.

All you sledheads will be happy to know that the groomer from Oquossoc has made it all the way to the "depot intersection" just 3 miles north of us. As I have related in prior posts, a portion of ITS 84 will be shared with active logging operations this winter, so that portion of the trail north of camp that runs on Parmachenee Road is plowed but is posted for shared use. We did receive another two inches of fresh snow overnight Tuesday and had light snow showers all day yesterday.

Have you considered ringing in the New Year at Bosebuck? In lieu of our traditional 6:00PM dinner, we are offering a buffet special beginning at 4PM. For $15.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity) we will be serving soup, beef stew, chili & chips, various other hot & cold appetizers along with other sweet treats throughout the evening. We will have a roaring bonfire to keep you warm and include a champagne toast at midnight. We do have cabins available too if you would like to spend the night. Please RSVP by 12/27/09 if can you join the celebration.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Although we did not receive two feet of snow like some parts of the east coast, we do have snow and the trails are open. Reports from the trail range from great to OK to need more snow. The trails from New Hampshire are fully groomed and all seem happy with the current conditions. The groomer from Rangeley hasn't quite made it to Bosebuck yet, but it's on the way. As I mentioned in my last post, a portion of the trail is shared use along Parmachenee Road. Please watch for trucks and equipment in transit and traveling the road. Plenty of snow in back country if that's what you are looking for.

Temperatures have been on the cold side with somewhat windy conditions. We have overcast skies today with the forecast calling for light snow showers throughout the day and again tomorrow. We are watching another another storm due to arrive Christmas night and into Saturday which will hopefully provide significant snowfall for the trails.

In order for our staff to celebrate Christmas with their friends and family, Big Buck Dining Room will be open on the 24th and 25th but only serving a limited menu; soup, stew, chili, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches. The fryolater and grill will not be fired up until Saturday.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trails are Open

We got the call last night - the trails are now open. Please keep in mind that there are several active logging operations at various locations in and around the Rangeley Lakes trail system. Also, the groomer has set out, but due to downed trees and the extra time required for the first trip of the season, they hope to make out as far as Clark's Crossing for the upcoming weekend.

A portion of the trail north of camp that runs on Parmachenee Road will be shared with loggers this winter. Although it is not yet posted as such, permission for shared access has been granted. Please keep speeds down and an eye out for trucks and equipment in the road.

We will be open for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and fuel is on hand. Maine snowmobile registrations are available (cash only) - no increase in fees this year - $89.00 for the season or $44.00 for a 3-Day. The 10-Day registration has been eliminated.

We awoke to very cold temps this morning, with a current temperature of 7 degrees below zero. The sun is shining and the winds should lessen as the day progresses. There is about a foot and a half of snow on the ground with higher amounts at elevation. The lakes are NOT safe, so please stay off them!

Don't forget we have gift certificates available for any amount. What better present cold you give? You know the recipient will love it and it's the perfect size.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. That's when Bosebuck is the place to go. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

We received a couple inches of snow yesterday and it's still snowing this morning. The extended forecast is calling for up to a foot of snow on Saturday with another storm coming early next week. I hope you have your sleds ready and gear packed.

Trails have NOT opened yet so be sure to check trail conditions before heading out. We have been advised that several logging crews will be operating north of camp this year so a portion of the trail will be shared use. You will also need to keep alert for logging trucks traveling in and out the length of the road. Just a reminder - NO PARKING along Parmachenee Road as it makes it difficult to plow and hazardous for two-way traffic.