The Ski & Snowboard Kinja.
The Ski & Snowboard Kinja.

Will It Ski?

We recently bought some land that had been cleared this fall (not our choice to clear it!). The opening is about 2.4 acres and a lot of it is hill. It sure looked steep enough to ski, and it’s wide enough that I could get back up by skiing a switchback pattern across about half of it. But I was wondering if we’d get enough snow on it to make it viable.

The logging left a big mess, so I stuck to areas that I knew were mostly free of deadly roots and logs that could snag my legs as I went by, and finally as of last night there was enough snow to cover most of the mess and unevenness beyond that. And oh yeah, it skied well. There were a few sections where I could really dig in, the rest of it was just steep enough to make slow turns for the amount of fresh snow that we had - probably 6-8" on top of a few more inches of old soft snow, which was itself resting on about 18" of crust-topped base layer. Kind of ideal for an avalanche, if it was much steeper.

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In any case, it was dark and still snowing, so I didn’t take any pictures. Here’s what I was skiing - it’s about 100 vertical feet overall, so there’s more than what you see in the picture.

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If I could get this buffed out and groomed a little, a simple rope tow would be awesome on this section. I just need a tractor or mini excavator, and a boatload of free time. Riiiiight.

There’s a steeper area up higher on one side that I did 6-8 laps on, it was really the best, in part because it’s the area I’ve spent the most time cleaning up - a real challenge, as there was already snow on the ground when we bought the land.

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Anyway, it was a blast to get in some powder runs on my own land, even if it was on a free pair of semi-bc-xc 160cm skis. I was out there for an hour by myself in the dark with a tiny headlamp and loved every minute of it.

Over the next year I’ll try to clean this up some more with my limited time and tools. I’m going to plant a lot of trees, too, but not in a way that will hinder the best ski descents!

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Hardly a bluebird powder day at Revelstoke, but it was fun and it didn’t cost me a dime... except the price of the land. Oh. 

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