After our ad in the Ward Bulletin for unused winter sporting equipment we had enough X-Country ski equipment to have us put on this event and not have to rent any equipment. A fellow scout leader from Airdrie suggested Chester Lake to us as it always had lots of snow when ever they went. Snow is important to a ski event, and we weren't disappointed. Instead of camping outdoors and try to be close to a suitable ski location the team opted for a sleep over (well not much sleeping and lot of gaming) and then at 5:00 am get up and head for the site. With that we did manage to get off after an nice bacon / egg / and hash brown breakfast. Definitely slept on the way there, but got there for 8:00am. There was good daylight already and we put on the equipment and headed up the ski trail.
It was a bit of work getting into the rhythm and handling the uphill parts. Turns out the waxed skis still proved to be a bit slippery than the no wax ones. Daniel and Connor were match up with the waxed skis. Daniel was able to bend his heals out of the binding and dig them into the snow as he attempted to get up the steeper inclines. But then on a particularly long climb toe portion of the sole tore right off his boot. We were about a third of the way up at this point. We did bring extra boots so a run was made to go back and get them. After that we switched up the skis a bit and gave Daniel the no wax with the new boots. Much better after that.
The scenery got more impressive as we got closer to the lake. Once there we cross over to a large rock pile and had lunch. Others were around us enjoying the same area. Some had brought Crazy Carpets and hikes up the large scree slop and slip down out onto the lake. Awesome toboggan run if the brought the tubes etc.
We know the hike out was going to be fast. We tried out the tactic of sitting on the backs of your skis when the sloops got too steep. This was sweet as most to the trail was nicely banked on either side and you could real whip down them.
As expected we were out at the parking lot in about an hour. The team had no problem catching up on the rest of the missed sleep on the ride home. This was definitely a great place for new skiers.
|Dan Merrel, Karl Burndorfer - Scout / YM Leaders|
|Connor Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Daniel Urquijo, Ben Burndorfer (Cook) - scouts|
|Time to get those skis on after that nice nap||see, no sliding backwards, this is good.||Important to adjust these pole straps||OK, it starting to get real hot out here!!!|
|Now that I'm down here anyways, might as well have a snack||Poking the pole into the ground in the right place and time is important||There's ninja's here???||Whoa I'm hot, should have just worn my bathing suit.|
|Got the extra shoes though.||Getting close to the lake, right?||Lets make some new trails, wait a minute snows starting to get a bit deep.||How deep is it?|
|I need wider skis man.||Coming out into the lake, really, like for sure this time.||Ok, so where's the lake?||Just past those trees eh?|
|Nice mogul country over there.||Pose for the camera, were professionals now.||Easy there, I'm not keen on sliding backwards into that creek.||So there's the lake|
|This is the scree slope they brought the crazy carpets for. It's the blue thing under his arm.||I'm way past hungry guys.||I'm not quite ready for high speed moguls, but decreasing the distance to fall is helping.||Actually works pretty good.|
|Pretty fast eh, don't even see me anymore!||Why you don't stop in the middle of the track!||Pass on the left, nope, try the right||I'm back now...|
|Action from behind.||The hug a tree maneuver||Trying the slope upright.||Getting some ramp up speed for this one.|
|Need to invent the butt-to-ski attachment||Hmm, "Hazardous Downhill", this could be dangerous...||Look at me goooo||And he's into the wide open slopes now.|
|The fly by, whoosh||Nice that they have these nice soft run off track when you just get going too fast.||Kind of stuck in here though|
|Hey Nathan, just whizzing past here. Nice body plant.||The pry off and go maneuver||Connor applying more speed.||Queuing up for the last big run.|
|Don't even wake up after a ski avalanche||What avalanche?|