Here it is early September, and we begin our countdown to sledding in mid to late November. We can't wait until we get the call that the snow has arrived and there is lots more fresh pow about to hit. We will do our final checks for the season and ensure our equipment is ready. We will review the weather bulletins and watch for the massive fronts that head to Revy in November and December. We are hoping this year will be another epic sled season, the Almanac predicts above average snow and cooler temperatures for the BC southern interior - fingers crossed. The previous two winters we had lots of moisture but warmer temperatures, resulting in almost no snow in the valley and the lower trail system, and sometime wet heavy snow up top. We certainly love to see lots of snow in the valley as that makes for better riding in more areas, it allows for access to more riding zones and relieves the pressure on the main riding areas in Revy. Cooler temperatures also make the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club groomers job easier, they hate the “mashed potatoes” snow that makes it really hard to put in good trails that can handle the trail traffic in Revy. Of course, keeping a good solid trail is also related to rider input, a steady throttle up the trail helps ensure there are less bumps being created. When a rider spins the track with lots of throttle, it creates a pile of washed-out snow, this is the basis to a bump and with more traffic, a mogul, soon you get a lot of these, and the trail conditions become terrible. So, a steady throttle is best on the trail, once off trail, wick the throttle as mush as desired.
The great thing about early snow season is the many challenges of bottomless snow and the many open creeks and uncovered stationary objects. A bump in the snow is probably a stump or rock, so tread carefully, you don’t want to damage your sled or hurt yourself. Some riders don’t like the early November riding for these reasons, but, we find the the excitement to get out riding overwhelms our trepidations. So, as the nights get cooler and the days shorter, we are prepping for our first sled rides in just a few weeks. We hope to see you out on the hill and in and around Revy this winter. When we arrive on the mountain for our first ride of the year, especially when it's covered in fresh deep snow, we will give thanks Old Man Winter!
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We are people that love sledding in the backcountry, we love getting out and away from the crowds and enjoying the challenge of the deep snow and mountains. We love the Revelstoke area, we believe it to be the best place to backcountry sled. We are people that dedicate a lot of time to becoming better sledders and we want to pass this passion onto others as we believe there is no better sport than sledding in the backcountry.