Sunday, March 31

Sledding Addiction

Even though our Club's last scheduled ride was on Sunday, a few of us just had to do a "wee bit" more riding.  We headed back to Big Timothy on a glorious blue bird Friday.  The only thing missing was the  powder.  But hey, you can't have everything.  After all, it is spring!
It was a bit icy going in but that improved as we got further in and the temperatures warmed.
One good thing about spring sledding is you can challenge the hills.

Here's a few pics of our day:

Sledding "addicts"
And yet another beautiful view
Jeanne tracking out the hills
Jim "hot dawging" it
Looks like lots of untouched snow down there
Miles of visibility from the peak
View of Mica Peak and area (where we were on Sunday)
Checking out the view over the edge

For those who can't quit sledding, keep sending in those photos..

Wednesday, March 27

Mica Mountain

Our Club's last scheduled ride of the season was on Sunday.
Thanks to Greg for leading our small group on an awesome ride out to Mica Mountain.
Hard to believe that there are days when they can't even make it to the meadows and "gas rock".
It was "a piece of cake" on Sunday :)

What an absolutely all-around perfect day to end our riding season.

Pics taken by Marcel, Jeanne and Kathi

Greg leads the way

All the sleds make it up
Last one up is a rotten egg
Views from the top:

This is how to turn a sled into an airplane!

How come the last rider to leave the bottom is the first one up?
OR what happened to the other riders?
Endless playground meadow
Up, up and away

That's it for another season!!

Monday, March 25

More Photos

Photos at Wells taken by Jeanne.

I wonder how many "stucks" you're allowed before your husband quits riding with you!

Check out that snow load - there's an outhouse in there too.

Photos at Big Tim taken by Marcel and Kathi.

The sky is falling.

Michelle giving Kathi some riding tips and tricks....okay, maybe no tricks yet

Friday's Ride

I can't believe the Club's riding season is coming to an end....boohoo.
Here are some pics from our ride on Friday to a secret riding area.  Great day and still amazing snow conditions.
Click on photos to enlarge.
Total whiteout!

Waiting for the visibility to improve
Still lots of snow

Finally can see to ride again

The guys plotting their next challenge

Looking for a alternate shorter route 

This wouldn't have happened with an 800

Wednesday, March 20

Wells Pics

A couple more pics of our weekend at Wells submitted by Jeanne.

Check out all that open riding area

Miners cabin on the road back to Barkerville

Tuesday, March 19

Wells Weekend

This was our club's 4th annual weekend excursion to Wells.  As always, it was a weekend of delicious food, great hospitality, lots of laughs and two awesome sledding days.
We arrived on the afternoon of Fri. March 15th, a week later than normal, so we weren't sure what to expect for snow conditions.

Saturday, Harold from the Hubs Motel along with 2 other local riders led our group to the Proserpine areas.  Did I say we were worried about snow?  The snow was deep but also heavy and for the less aggressive riders, proved to be a real challenge.  It was snowing and the visibility was terrible so some of us opted to go back to the motel early in the afternoon.
The guys (and Jan) decided to seek more adventure.  They rode up to a different area and Jan was having fun carving and weaving through the snow when Harold announces, "now let's go and have some real fun".  Off they went for an afternoon of weaving through trees and gulleys, side hilling and challenging the deep powder.   Apparently the snow was over the front of their sleds.  Hats off to Jan for keeping up!!

Sunday, we awoke to a glorious blue bird day.  Harold was groaning about having to leave his work at the motel once again :) and was joined by RCMP Constables Jason and Rod as well as Rod's son.  They took us to the large area before the climb to Yanks Peak.  The snow conditions were awesome for everyone.  After we tracked that out, we climbed a short way to a second play area.  Some of the group went exploring and discovered another great area.  Apparently this new area was so huge, you could ride and play for miles.  Okay - so now we really have to go back next year!!

Throughout the weekend, there were some intimate moments with trees as well as close-up inspections of some deep holes but we all survived unscathed (well...maybe a few bruises and sore muscles).  What a fun weekend.

Dave and Cheryl from the Bears Paw always make sure we have to go on a diet when we get home.  Dianne from the Hubs Motel didn't get to ride with us but baked us her famous cookies as well as delicious pecan cinnamon buns.  Where else can you stay and get that kind of service!

The blog editor is guilty of having too much fun riding and not taking many pics, but here's a few photos of the weekend:

Saturday morning - getting ready to ride

What colour are those sleds?

A moments rest

The Prez entertaining us

Dinner at the Bears Paw

Other half of the table - Chris is practicing his french

Day 2 - Check out that blue sky

The trail into riding area

Harold giving us an overview of the "known" hazards

Monday, March 11

Harp Mtn - Clearwater

March 9th was a blue sky day and eight members of our club enjoyed an outing at Harp mountain. We enjoyed spectacular views, untouched meadows, some hill climbing and a bit of tree hugging. Kudos go to Dave and Gary from the Clearwater club for leading the ride!!

Dunn Peak
Father and son moment

Hill Climb Area
Lunch Time

North Barrier Lake

Stuck time
Thanks to Michelle for the ride details and awesome photos of the day.

Friday, March 8

Sledding Playground

On  Wednesday, our club went back to Big Tim for the 3rd time this season.  Despite the long drive, this is still one of my favourite places to ride.  After unloading, we discovered that other darn sledders had been in before us!  Fortunately, it's a large area so there was still lots of untouched areas to explore.

Check out the "highlights" of our day.

1, 2, 3 stuck sleds....(one hiding behind the tree)
"If our kids could see us now".
Should have brought our binoculars for a better view...
Looks like those "doo" skis are up in the air  !!

Top of the World
Jan wasn't wasting time posing for photos
The Explorers

More mishaps....

Jeanne waits patiently in the hole for a rescue

A little bit of "Girl Power" and Andy working at getting the sled out.  

Dispatcher coordinating rescues for all the stuck riders
Double boulder hazard
Double roll-over