Tales from the Hinterland: 2015/2016 edition

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Sick Bird Rider Sick Bird Rider
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Tales from the Hinterland: 2015/2016 edition

And we are back.



It is no secret that winter is taking some time to arrive this year. Up here in the north, we did get a blast of wet gooey snow on Saturday night, leaving some of us (cough, cough) slithering around without having the snow tires on yet. This global warming thing is making me complacent.

Regular readers of the TFTH series may recall the unbelievable Snovember conditions we enjoyed a year ago. Not so this season, and today's outing was more to brush off some cobwebs and just get sliding on snow.

It is nice to have a friend along to admire your tracks. I'll be honest, the only turns done on this hill were kick turns. The five inches of partially set glop over sticks, rocks and fallen branches did not quite inspire me to crank out any other kind of turn.



The beavers are living life on the edge with their pond-skimming skillz:



With any luck, this snow may survive the thaw forecast for the next few days, leaving us a nice base for future adventures. Meanwhile, the ground is till a bit wet:



EDIT (Nov. 30):

Harv asked me how many TFTH threads there have been, so I searched for the previous editions. The link will take you to page one:

2010/11: Tales-from-the-Hinterland-an-ongoing-saga
2011/12: seems that we missed this winter, though there were a few random TRs, like the Dog Day Ski Adventure
2012/13: Tales-from-the-Hinterland-2012-13-edition
2013/14: Tales-from-the-Hinterland-2013-2014-edition
2014/15: Tales-from-the-Hinterland-2014-2015-edition
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raisingarizona raisingarizona
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So I think I may have asked you before SBR so forgive me if this is a repeat but, where are you exactly or the general area? What's your max vert? What's the population of the surrounding area (It sure doesn't look crowded!)? And what kind of land are you touring on, is it private? Public? City? And, I'm guessing you and your friends do some maintenance? What does that entail?

It sure looks pretty and I'm a huge believer that it shouldn't take super epic monster mountains and extreme descents to get out and enjoy some powder turns and the great outdoors with good friends and family.

Anyways, cool pics man. It looks like you have your own little slice of paradise there!
Harvey Harvey
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One doesn't ask about the vert. It's just not done!



Just remember they call it powtario not vertario.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
MikeK MikeK
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Pow turns... vert... meh.  Sometimes it's nice to just be out sliding on the snow.
Telemark Dave Telemark Dave
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Harvey wrote
One doesn't ask about the vert. It's just not done!



Just remember they call it powtario not vertario.
Gee, thanks Harv.  RA, we live due east of Georgian Bay (Lake Huron).  So we're blessed with lake effect snow, much like the Tug Hill area of N.Y.  (Or as NJ calls it, fake effect... ).  And similar to Tug Hill, our vert is somewhat limited, the max is 600', and our new favourite, minutes from town is a measly 300'.  So sessions are yoyo laps..... We're very opportunistic.  Hence our love of XCD type skis.  Meadow Skipping, Schwacking, Thicketeering, Schussing the Backbush, Dawn Patrol Poaches of the local ski area... It's all skiing, and that's all that matters.  

T.D.
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That sounds like a little bit of paradise to me. Good on ya. This is the soul and exactly why I love this forum. Please post up much more of your adventures!
Telemark Dave Telemark Dave
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Thanks RA.  I've skied all over, from epic pow weeks in the Alps, to Scandinavia, and of course, the nNorth American West. (Including Snow Bowl in AZ....).  Guess what... I have as much fun here in our humble vertical but snow blessed home as anyplace.  The key is that it's home.  We can ski literally from our door steps... Yoyo off a few laps after a half hour ski in, and return home.  There's so much opportunity here in the winter, snowmobiling, ice fishing, playing hockey outdoors on frozen lakes,, etc, etc... Yet I inevitably hear people moaning about the winter... Too bad.   The only whining about Winter and snow you'll hear from me is right about now. ...C'mon Ullr,   Send it...
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Ahhh TD and SBR. ...you brethren with your Hinterlandian  adventure  excursions  ,schwacking and Bushteering in the pristine backwooded slopes and gullies outback breathes life into this season for me ,as i sit this one out and rehab. Strong and long so i can have a strong return next season .  Many thanks for sharing


What  you guys do is the perfect medicine for this ole fart .......keep. On sliding n gliding out there guys and sending us pics of the goods
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Thanks for the support, RA and Warp. Sadly, it may be a while before the next installment. All that snow has disappeared and the forecast is not promising. Might have to resort to riding a lift and skiing the WROD.

In answer to RA's question about where we ski: as under the radar as much as possible. Mostly private property, crown land (same as state land) or utility right-of-ways (eg. hydro cuts). The place we call The Pipeline, is, in fact, a right of way for a natural gas pipeline. The only areas we prune are on private property and are very far off any beaten track. And we just use hand tools, no chainsaws. Though I have used my battery powered reciprocating saw with the tree-cutting blade on occasion.
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Ahhh TD and SBR. ...you brethren with your Hinterlandian  adventure  excursions  ,schwacking and Bushteering in the pristine backwooded slopes and gullies outback breathes life into this season for me ,as i sit this one out and rehab. Strong and long so i can have a strong return next season .  Many thanks for sharing


What  you guys do is the perfect medicine for this ole fart .......keep. On sliding n gliding out there guys and sending us pics of the goods
Thank you Warp Daddy-o. You write kind words... .   As soon as it snows, we'll dedicate an excursion or two to you.  Kharma is a two way street.   Peace, love and a ton-o-snow out...  

TD
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