Last weekend we took 5 days and headed out to the Shuswaps. I always love this trip as Crowfoot has so many sweet lines for snowboarding and endless open bowls for sledding. There's about 4 or 5 different mountains you can access depending on both knowledge and gas (Crowfoot, Mobley, Fowler, Lichen and Pukeashun). This is a quick clip of the lines from the main cabin at Crowfoot (there is no sound). They are a perfect length and a ton of fun. This clip represents about half or less of a run.
There's an incredible backcountry lodge near Pukeashun that is only accessible by sleds. We tried to get there from Crowfoot (which I was told was possible) but we ran out of daylight and gas so we turned back. The lodge is called Grizzly Lodge and looks like an amazing place! It is a completely catered facility with power, food, luxury rooms, gas and is fully staffed. Hopefully next season we can book trip and stay here.
www.grizzlylodge.cawww.crowfootmtn.webs.com/ (Crowfoot Snowmobile Club)
The video below will accurately depict the way day #1 went. With no trail to the alpine we spent most of the afternoon circling the woods searching for the way to the virgin powder.
After an extremely late start (Faceshots norm), we had an amazing day. The snow was perfect, Dan's new M8 ran like a dream and we got a great sweat going digging guys out.
Have a look at the video below and we'll see you tomorrow.
Fixin' the old Polaris again.
It looks as though Pola-Rach may be retiring the old Polaris and if all goes well he should be bleeding orange and sweating green by Christmas. This is a big step for the back country engineer as he probably won't have any more wrenching to do in the parking lot before we head out.
Let us know Dan when you've made your move so we can adjust your team jacket this year to Arctic-Dan or maybe something a little more feminine like Danny-Cat.
The first successful trip of the year has come and gone and almost without a hitch. The snow was excellent early season powder, everyone's sleds made it back in one piece and the sun was shining most of the day. There was a few big exposed sections and the lake was marginally frozen but for the most part it was perfect.
First days are always choice, whether it's the first day shredding in the mountains, the first glassy day on the lake or the first hockey game of the season, the anticipation is always huge and rarely (if ever) do you ever have a bad first day.
I got thinking about what my best first day ever was and why, and I can't even start to pin point a single day. I've had so many epic cat skiing trips where you can't wait to make your first turns, or crazy opening days in Fernie or Golden where the fight is on for the first chairs of the season. Sledding's a little different in that you're always a little cautious about unexposed boulders crushing through your tunnel or bending your A-arm on the first day out but the anticipation is still huge and the build up to those first few turns is still the best.
The one thing I've noticed and we can always count on with the Faceshots Crew is a heavy night of drinking on the eve of any great first day. I've yet to be on any sort of trip where we weren't so excited when we got somewhere that the party wasn't off the charts and full of great vibes about the day ahead.
I'm not sure if this is just our crew or if everyone does this but I'm pretty sure we're not alone.