Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by The Powerhouse
Turtle Mountain 2013-01-19
As daylight broke, it was apparent that the Revelstoke Valley was completed clouded in, totally socked in. With the promise of sunshine in the forecast we made plans to ride Turtle Mountain and cross over to Eagles Pass and head North up to the Monster Bowl area.
Present in our group today, we had my brother visiting from Saskatchewan and several other friends here to join us; including Jim Clipperton of Armstrong, Rob MacDougall of Lashburn, SK, Sean Reece, also of Lashburn, Megan Render of Rimbey, AB, Daryl Kiesenwetter and Sean Stevenson, both of Vancouver, as well as Laird and myself. We staged at the Boulder parking lot and were on the nicely groomed trail by 10 am. The valley was still clouded in thick as we ascended through the CMH Heli Ski runs. As we were nearing the Alpine the clouds were thinning noticeably, getting brighter with every hundred feet of elevation. By the time we pulled up onto the first Heli Pad, the ski was brilliant blue with not a cloud in the sky. Of course the valley was still socked in by the inversion.
We rode back through Turtle and dropped our spare fuel on Pebble Beach. The Sister Chutes were looking too inviting for some of us to resist. Rob ripped over on his new Pro and made a few runs, stopping short each time at the rocks. Jim and Laird couldn’t resist and were soon pulling some warm up runs themselves. Sean was first; he pulled the right one of the three Sister Chutes and easily made it over on his Boosted Nytro, Jim and Laird planned to run simultaneous runs on the two left chutes, which they did, then Megan pulled the right Sister as well.
Paul and the Impulse Crew from Utah pulled up to make some assaults as well.
We ventured onwards, crossing over to the Eagles side riding in complete sunshine, playing in the POW all the way. We pulled up onto the Lake below the Monster Bowl. Rob cruised over the top on his new Pro, making it look easy. Sean Reese did as well. We then went down the west valley and pulled up onto one of our favourite little lakes that usually see very few sleds, an ideal spot to have our afternoon lunch snack. Our secret spot didn’t disappoint as the sun was reflecting into the bowl from all around, it was warm and scenic.
After lunch, we dropped down through the trees toward the “Burn Area”, did a bunch of tree riding, shot some video and enjoyed the untracked powder for a few hours of boondocking and ripping.
It was starting to get late and time to head out. By the time we got back to our fuel drop at Pebble Beach it was dark; time to switch on those new LED headlights which are most excellent BTW. On our return trip we had encountered an abandoned sled down in one of the steep little canyons awaiting a Heli ride back to Revy no doubt. The remainder of our trip out was uneventful, but also very enjoyable in the dark. We took in a beautiful sunset from the summit for a few minutes until it sank into the black of night. The ruts were deep as we dropped through the cut blocks back to the trail, some pitching and bouncing, but no crashes.
The groomed trail was a delight after a full day of exercise. We pulled back to the Boulder staging with only fumes in our sleds, a 96 kilometre day, no break downs, lots of fun with good friends.
Cheers! Cpt. Ron