So it dumped a foot and a half of pow-pow- and I had nobody to go tow laps with. I wasn’t gonna let fresh pow in May go to waste so I saddled up solo with my snowboard, surfboard, and camera and headed west (of the parking lot). I arrived to light dry pow that was dificult to snowmobile in and not super stable sitting on a solid melt/freeze crust. So i decided not to try hiking up anything or snowboarding any of the usual stuff since I was by myself and didn’t feel like dying in an avalanche. Instead I would ghost ride my sled to get up to the tops and surf my way down. I found a bunch of pretty cool features- a baby step-up, some windlip slashers, a hip style booter, and a cornice to drop.
The yurt and surrrounding areas- pretty good shredding up hear- tough tow arounds though.
This yurt is the mother of all yurts if you ask me. It’s at least twice the size of any other yurt I have yurted in and you can ride your sleds to it. The Crow’s Nest is a huge plus adding light and a lovely little place to chill out. They had moved it to a new location since we were here last so it was a bitch to find. It took brock/craig and crew 4-5 hours to get from the parking log to the yurt. It was the middle of the night and they were prolly wasted by this point so that made things that much more complicated.
Over the past few of years I have been doing more and more snowboarding without the binding thing. I started off back in ’99 just surfing my split-board since it had grip (the pieces holding the board together, some stomp pads and the teleporters). Then came the snowskate which is absolute genius – except you cant ride more than a few inches of pow. So around 2001-02 Saunders and I broke out the Winterstick roundtail that had nubbies all over the top, a huge fish nose and a skinny round tail- this thing works perfect as a powsurf board. I didn’t have a Winterstick of my own, so I did the next best thing. I brought the cut down Sims Blade out of retirement and have been surfing that alot in the past few years. Not the best solution, but it works way better than a regular snowboard.
The blade and I enjoyed many deep pow runs via the snowcat at Mica Creek Lodge -Interior B.C.