Published on February 14th, 2013 | by The Powerhouse
Turtle Mountain 2013-02-10
We all went to Rozzy’s cabin for dinner and refreshments last night, as such, it wasn’t the earliest start to our Sunday ride. The dinner was fantastic, …good friends and good eats!! The wine, beer and rum were good too, haha. Surprisingly, Laird and I were not the last ones ready to go on Sunday morning, we actually had to wait for others for a change, lol.
Staged at Boulder parking lot in the sunshine, with plans to ride Turtle and go for the tour back through Eagles. Same group as yesterday with the addition of Ray Smith and Kevin Trottier, adding to our regular list of Rozzy, Clint, Shane, Ryan, Laird and myself.
The trail was groomed smoother than the Trans Canada highway, and frozen hard from the cooler overnight temps, …scratchers were deployed and foot dragging was highly recommended to keep some cooling happening for the sleds. In no time we were at the trail-head to Turtle and working our way up the 4 km’s of moguls. The track up through the cut-block and trees was well set and easy, in some areas icy and well trenched. It never fails, …come around a corner through this section and find a calamity of stuck sleds, …we blasted around the stuck sleds and up in a heartbeat. In just minutes we were in the alpine and shredding pow!!
Most of the group dropped down into a deep canyon on the south side, I blasted around the top side to get into position to grab some photos as they climbed out. We soon lost visibility as we proceeded across the crossover, the clouds were hanging heavy on us for the next few hours with ice crystals in the air. We continued on towards Eagles in hope of finding more blue sky. Vis was ok when we were lower in elevations, but as soon as we climbed onto the ridge above Pebble Beach, you could see approximately your front bumper, …lol.
Laird managed to find a course through the thick haze and before long we were dropping down into Eagles with the fog drifting in and out in patches We dropped down into a small lake play area that we hadn’t explored for years, …2 feet of fresh untracked pow to rip up. Lots ripping and climbing, some “baiting and fishing” again, hahaha!! Some good wipe-outs and stucks!!!
We mostly played in the trees and deep powder all afternoon, around 4 PM it seemed like we should start working our way back and out. Those of us that had packed fuel were adding it, those of us that hadn’t were nursing their fuel supplies. As we approached the ridge the fog closed in again like a blanket, such that we were climbing and subsequently dropping into an opaque abyss.
We enjoyed some beautiful sunset views as we crossed over the range bringing us back to the Columbia Valley side, it appeared that Revelstoke had enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day while we were back in the fog and clouds. The sun is continuing to elude us this season, with only flirting temptations!!!
Again we rode out in complete darkness with a couple of sleds requiring more fuel to get back to staging at Boulder. We seem to be making a habit out of it as once again we met the Groomer out doing his evening work while we were returning. Nothing more to say but another fabulous day of sledding with good friends!!!
Cheers! Cpt. Ron