Published on January 31st, 2013 | by The Powerhouse
Turtle Mountain 2013-01-28
I gave in to pressure to come riding with the group, as it was a Monday, I had to shut down the shop and called it a Product Testing Day… I was keen to go anyway as it was a good group and we had some fresh snow in town.
We staged at Boulder parking lot, there was about 3 inches of fresh snow and very few other riders, again, as it was a Monday. The group consisted of Duke and Clint of Red Deer area, Neil of Boost-It, from Ponoka, JP of Red Deer, Brendon of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, of course Laird and myself, and joining us today was Rick of OFT Racing in Anchorage Alaska.
Brendon was riding Neil’s new “Low Boost” turbo kit on a 2013 Pro, Brendon’s Nypex had a fuel leak and opted to test the boosted Pro for the day. It worked very well, quite amazing for a pump gas turbo kit on an otherwise stock sled. JP was riding his new “Old Spice” wrapped and Boosted 2013 Pro, …an upgraded version from the Boost-It shop, it looked good with the HTR Designs wrap, and it works well too!! Laird was on day four of consecutive riding on his Apex-Pro, …the rest of us were on our regular iron. Rick from Anchorage was a custom Nytro with twin Turbo’s.
The fresh snow depth was increasing as we proceeded west and started up the trail to Turtle. By the time we got to the 1st Heli Drop we were in about a foot of fresh snow. This continued to increase as we ventured along the ridge, then when we crossed over the ridge to the other side it doubled. As we were crossing the ridge it just got exponentially deeper, as we were dropping down we were pushing huge cones of snow in front of our sleds. Two feet of beautiful fresh POW, no other sleds but us and obviously not a track to be seen. We were concerned about potential avalanches as that layer of ice from last week’s rain was definitely there under all of the fresh snow. We checked it out in several areas and the ice was always present and always about a 1/4″ thick. We saw no evidence of anything sliding, but as a group we made the decision to stay off of all open and steep slopes, …we opted to stay in the heavily tree’d areas and open meadows. We boondocked and played in the powder for hours, using it up as we proceeded over to Pebble Beach.
I took some pictures of the boys working their boosted sleds around at the first lake. However, before too long “Smiley’s” sled decided to eject a clutch weight from the primary clutch under extreme load, …opening up a sizeable window in the belly pan in the process. Could have been worse of course, it could have gone through the secondary clutch, or up through the hood to greet Clint as he was driving!! As inconvenient as it was, Clint was a bit lucky and still smiling, …although he was going to have to leave his sled on the mountain overnight and double down the mountain with Duke on his trusty Apex. All other sleds ran great, …Rick’s twin Turbo Nytro blew the charge tube off once, …too much Boost!! No worries though, he had it back on soon and was back in the POW!!
We worked our way down somewhat earlier than we normally would have with Clint’s sled down. The snow was incredible. The Honda was submarining around with the intake looking like a snorkel only occasionally sticking out of the snow, …you could hear it gasping for air at times, haha. Come to think of it, I was gasping a few times as well with numerous facefull’s of snow filling my face mask, ..it was over the handlebars regularly.
An uneventful ride back to the Boulder Staging area, …the guys organized the next days required sled recovery, getting parts and tools together. Another great ride at Turtle Mountain. I never rode the next day with shop commitments, but apparently there was another foot of fresh on top of Clint’s Nytro back by the Lakes, …SWEET!!!
Cheers! Cpt. Ron