hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

This is the World Famous TelemarkTalk / TelemarkTips Forum, by far the most dynamic telemark and backcountry skiing discussion board on the world wide web. We have fun here, come on in and be a part of it.
User avatar
lilcliffy

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
XCD KNIGHT
Posts: 1761
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada

hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:15 am

So I decided to try my hand at taking some photos of some of my backyard backcountry skiing. (I apologize- they are not very good).

My daily skiing involves a series of loops that range from 5 to 25kms. During the week I typically daily do the 5 km (staying on my own woodlot) or the 15km loop (if I have enough time). On the weekend I get in a longer loop ranging up to 25kms or so.

The BC skiing here in central New Brunswick ranges from skiing through open fields; to skiing on trails through very dense forest; to skiing through open hardwood forest.

The forests here are at the northern limit of the temperate zone, and the southern limit of the boreal. Therefore the forests are a mix of northern temperate and boreal forests. This type of forest is known as a “hemiboreal” or “temperate-boreal transitional forest”. Hemiboreal forests exist in the northeast of the US/south-eastern Canada; and extend down into the Appalachians at high elevation. The climate in much of the Maritimes and part of Maine is cool/cold and humid- as result of the cold waters of the North Atlantic. Year-round precipitation is high; and the temperatures are typically moderated by the ocean. This climate produces a unique forest region known as “the Acadian Forest Region”- which is distinctly different than the hemiboreal forests of western NB, QC, ON, New England and the northern Great Lakes.

The conifer and mixedwood forests here are very, very dense. Skiing on classic long skis can only effectively be done on trails, fields and through open hardwood stands.

There are endless interconnecting trails and closed woods roads transecting through the hills and forests of NB. In this part of New Brunswick elevations top out at about 350m. But the topography ranges from rolling, to rugged, deeply cut stream and river valleys.

My closest XCD “playground” is steep descents into Giants Glen along the Nashwaak River.

What follows are a series of photos taken along one of my typical loops- this one about 15kms.

The view out my backdoor.
P2110329.JPG

A pic of a few of the girls.
P2110330.JPG

A trail down along one of the brooks.
P2110333.JPG

A recent timber harvest I completed on our woodlot.
P2110334.JPG

The view from the bottom of our largest field.
P2110335.JPG

One of the many woods roads on our property.
P2110336.JPG

A field up on the "plateau".
P2110337.JPG

A view down into the Glen- with the top of the Village of Stanley in the background.
P2140351.JPG

The Finnish Commando Trail.
P2140346.JPG
The pursuit of XCD balance: cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry

User avatar
athabascae

Rank: XCD Pinhead
XCD Pinhead
Posts: 179
Joined: Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:17 pm
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby athabascae » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:44 am

Little bit of heaven you have out your back door. Nice pups too. Lucky guy!

Great description and photos. Thanks for sharing.

Tom

connyro

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 775
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:46 pm

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby connyro » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:54 am

Thanks for sharing LC! Your landscape looks similar to some interior parts of the UP of Michigan. Very beautiful country you live in. Would love to see what your hills look like!

User avatar
MikeK

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
XCD KNIGHT
Posts: 3516
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:12 pm

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby MikeK » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:37 am

Nice. I see why you like long skis!

User avatar
lowangle al

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 930
Joined: Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:36 pm

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lowangle al » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:05 pm

Nice place you got there Cliffy

User avatar
lilcliffy

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
XCD KNIGHT
Posts: 1761
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:41 pm

WELL- the snow has finally come!!!!

30cm Saturday night- more on the way tomorrow and end of the week.

Got my first ski of the season in at midnight Dec. 9- VERY late for my neck of the woods!

Spent all yesterday afternoon playing on backyard slopes with my 3-year old on our Hoks.

Out again this morning and did so yo-yo laps with my current Rock skis- 195cm Eons.

Man- I feel good! Feel strong, but a bit out of shape! :oops:
The pursuit of XCD balance: cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry

User avatar
t-$

Rank: XCD Pinhead
XCD Pinhead
Posts: 244
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:29 am

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby t-$ » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:05 pm

wow, that's pretty dang nice! good on you for making the most of it! i wish we had your snow :oops: also i guess i need to step up my picture game...

its like fucking courier and ives up in there, merry christmas!! hahahhahah, keep posting the trail reports!

User avatar
fisheater

Rank: XCD Pinhead
XCD Pinhead
Posts: 381
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:06 pm
Location: Oakland County, MI

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby fisheater » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:34 pm

Beautiful country Gareth, do you have a girl fond of feed bin or are ewes on the way. Funny time of year??? Looks like you have a couple reliable ski partners. Thank you for sharing.
Mike, have not heard from you in a while. Don't be a stranger.

User avatar
lowangle al

Rank: XCD Guide
XCD Guide
Posts: 930
Joined: Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:36 pm

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lowangle al » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:22 am

[quote="lilcliffy"]WELL- the snow has finally come!!!!

30cm Saturday night- more on the way tomorrow and end of the week.

Got my first ski of the season in at midnight Dec. 9- VERY late for my neck of the woods!

Spent all yesterday afternoon playing on backyard slopes with my 3-year old on our Hoks.

Out again this morning and did so yo-yo laps with my current Rock skis- 195cm Eons.
that
Man- I feel good! Feel strong, but a bit out of shape! :oops:[/quote

That does sound late for up there. I also got my first ski in this week end back in Pa. It was good cold dry snow that made me feel like I was in good shape, but I'm probably not.

User avatar
lilcliffy

Rank: XCD KNIGHT
XCD KNIGHT
Posts: 1761
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:20 pm
Location: Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada

Re: hemiboreal forest skiing in New Brunswick Canada

Postby lilcliffy » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:47 pm

Got a real shit show mess of precipitation over the last 36 hours.

Started with almost 40cm of beautiful soft snow- then finished with freakin rain this morning and 5C!!!??? Temperature will be almost -20C by dawn tomorrow morning, FRACK!

Just finished marking all of my exams for this semester tonight- ready for a break!

And my snow has gone to frozen shit...

Quebec City got 50cm of snow in this storm- the northern Laurentians got even more!!! :mrgreen: :twisted:
The pursuit of XCD balance: cross-country AND down-hill skiing in the backcountry


Return to “Telemark Talk Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: aquamogal and 5 guests