Greetings from your correspondent in a very wet Western Canada. Not sure if it's global warming or just a freak season we're having out here but it's wet. Wetter than a wet rainy damp cold day on MSA.
Since the weather has generally curtailed a lot of DH riding out here, I've been doing a bit more all mountain riding when I've had chance. Also got some spare time to volunteer as trail crew at Silver Star Mountain Resort. I've been a season pass holder for six years, so it was really interesting to see what goes on in preparation for the riding season opening weekend.
The resort had over 50cm of snow just a few weeks before the trails opened, so much of their hard work had to be redone. The one single thing that surprised me was the extent to which the trails are buffed and groomed. This is a bike park that is famed for its buttery smooth jump trails, and believe me it is more like a manicuring of the trails than a buffing. Props to Cam Sorenson and all the Silver Star crew who put in amazing effort and attention to detail. Not to mention a huge amount of hard physical work and long days on the mountain in all weathers. I met a great bunch of people - hardworking and knowledgable - even the volunteer crew had many years of trail building and trail maintenance under their belts.
My days consisted of a 4.00AM wake up call, a hearty breakfast and a few coffees to set me up for the day ahead, hitting the road at 5.00AM and a ten hour shift starting at 6.00AM.
Good times! Thanks Cam and crew. Also thanks to my buddy Scott who came in on the adventure with me and kept me stoked and carpooled with me. As a rider at the resort I feel much more appreciative of what goes in to running the bike park and how much work goes in to maintaining it to a very high standard.
Below, dawn breaks over Silver Star Provincial Park. Not a bad commute, is it?