Wow!  What a weekend we here at SledSmoke just had!  How and where to begin…

It has always been a personal pet peeve of mine when people BS snowfall amounts.   To many times throughout the season I see a picture of a sled in bumper deep snow with the caption saying they have just torn up 3ft of fresh snow all day, when in reality the snow is more like 1 ft of fresh.   For whatever reason it drives me crazy!   This is NOT one of those stories.   When I say 4feet of snow, I mean it and I got the pictures to prove it!   I should also mention in certain areas where the snow piled up nicely, it was close to 5ft!

Where to begin…   Well lets set the table.

Location – Snowy Range Wyoming

Riders/Sleds

Tom Kussard (myself) / 2016 Skidoo XM 154 T-3

Luke Korzeniewski (SledSmoke Co-Founder) / 2013 Skidoo XM 154 SP

Adam Lepine / 2015 Polaris Pro RMK 155″

Dan Hribar   / 2015 Skidoo XM 154 X

We as a group have been riding together for 5 or 6 years now.    As we woke up Sunday morning I checked the snotel and to my suprise I see the medbow snotel went up 26″ overnight and it was still snowing, so I knew it was going to be good.

We gear up, hop on our sleds and take off.  10 miles later down the trail the snow got deep quick.  I planned on riding the back side of the snowies, but before we could even get there these were the trail conditions we ran into.  These pics were taken right on HWY 130.

I am leading the group, I stop quick bust out my camera to snap the above pic and then I look back down the trail to see Luke coming at me enjoying a good trail ride.

Here he is as he slowly gets closer…

He catches up to me and next I see Adam coming down the trail

And finally Dan follows comes closely behind him.

At this point I had a million thoughts running through my head.   First, the reason I stopped here to take pictures was because as I hit this snow it flew up right into the underside of my helmet and started packing in and cutting off my air supply.  As I tried to breathe, snow just went into my mouth and I started to slightly suffocate and panic, so I jammed on the brakes and ripped my helmet off as fast as I could to get air.

I quickly realized this was the deepest snow I have ever been in, and that I would have to change the riding plan for the day, we were not going to get to the areas I wanted to ride.   Later we would find out we would never venture more than a couple hundred yards from the trail.

This was the last day of a 3 day trip.   So lets quickly go back and look at some pics from Days 1 & 2 as the snow those days was pretty damn good too!


Now that we got those average pics out of the way lets get back to the good stuff! 🙂

So finally we jump off the trail into the meadow and get ready to start having some fun in the deep stuff.

Here we got Dan just submarining through the snow

Lets talk about the quality of this snow for minute.  It was the lightest, fluffiest, most dry Wyoming powder you could ever imagine.  It was nip deep with a nice solid base, but you could walk through it pretty damn easily, because it was so dry and light.

Here I got a 3 shot series of Luke riding towards me.

My Lord what a deep day!

Here I got a 4 shot series of Adam.

 

And to end it, here are a few more pics, because the powder shots just kept coming and coming…

What a day, and what a fun 3 day trip we had.  Could of very well possibly been the best trip our group has had together yet.

And here is a short video documenting our deep day.

Till the snow falls again…