We are always looking to give our riding buddies a hard time when they get stuck, this is when, more often than not, taking a picture or a video and posting and sharing it with friends. Everyone get stuck, that is for sure, but sometimes mother nature and the mountain chooses you to have the worst stuck or get more stucks than anyone else that day. On those days, our group presents the person with the “Golden Shovel Award”.
The golden shovel award has evolved over time, presently, it is a small trophy with a person and a small shovel, we have the recipient hold the award as we take their picture and then present them with a framed certificate that states they have been awarded the Golden Shovel Award, and given the title “sir stuck a lot”. No one wants the titles and awards, but everyone in our group has received this award at one time or another, no one is immune for getting stuck or having the worse stuck of the day. Now the criteria is not necessarily the “most” stucks, because when we ride we often push ourselves, and sleds into challenging terrain and situations. Sometimes the golden shovel award goes to the “best” stuck of the day, the one everyone needs to help to get the sled out of some hole or in a precarious or challenging situation. Usually these bad stucks happen at the end of the day, most everyone is tired, but wanting more, often someone makes a mistake and that becomes the stuck of the day.
The golden shovel award is not about making fun of someone or their riding ability, it really is about building that camaraderie in our group around sledding and having fun with our ridding buddies. The golden shovel award is about hanging with your buddies and sharing stories, the dimension of the sport that is almost as fun as riding itself. The golden shovel award is one of many rituals or experiences we share with our ridding buddies, these events, and stories lead to a special kind of relationship that goes beyond sledding, sledding is the glue that binds the group and keeps our friendships strong outside of sledding where we spend time quadding, boating and family time together. The golden shovel award is one of those fun things that we hope we never get, but love to give out to our friends, if you come to our cabin, you can see the Golden Shovel and if you ride with us, maybe, you can be awarded this prestigious recognition.
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.