Laird Derby and other Historical places 14-09F



  • Lots and lots of Km's through Nisbet Forest & around outlaying country side and communities.
  • Transportation for up to 4 persons included unless otherwise specified.
  • Head to toe gear available as required.
  • Each individuals meals, fuel & oil extra, + + as required unless specified otherwise.
  • Pricing for Full Day Nisbet Forest Cross Country Tours
  • A Good Reason to let a SNOCRUISE Tour Guide Lead the Way!      






FEBRUARY 15, 2014

9:25 AM
The sleds have been fired up for a few minutes and unloaded.

9:40 AM
Time for some orientation.

We look under the hood and get a rundown on the drive system and the engines characteristics.

for A flip up so we can see "where the rubber meets the road!"

This is the special dual carbides and skags that provide a positive steering experience.

Just a glance at the extruded aluminum radiators that help keep your feet warm on our model snowmobiles.

Here you can see the 1" treaded
Track for a good balance of speed and snow performance, something that needs to be matched to the capabilities of the engine for an overall good balance.

The derby is run out of the local skating arena.

 One of the local residents has a hot rod snowmobile on display.

9:50 AM We sign up for the local fund raiser and now have a chance at winning a prize.

10:12 AM Signed up warmed up ready to head out.

11:10 AM
We get off the rough wind blown fields after 20-30 KM and find awesome power near the tree lines.

AM We follow the route down onto the North Branch.

11:45 AM
We find ourselves back in that deep power along the tree lines. The boys are pushed to the max with lots of deep snow off camber turns in the many meadows and hills. It may be
-23 but when you work this hard no one is cold!

12:08 PM Here is an old homestead that I have seen on the Laird Derby over the years.

12:55 PM There are other old homesteads in the distance.

1:08 PM How can you go for a ride thu this area without stopping at Fort Carlton!

1:12 PM We stop by  the site of the Fort Carlton docks and later the Fort Carlton ferry crossing.

Here is some  Steamboat information on the paddle wheelers that cruised these rivers 1850 to 1900.

Fuel up at the half waypoint near Carlton 1:56 PM 43 Miles/70 KM

V Max

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 V Max

21.89 L

21.1 L

19.54 L

17.98 L


1:56 PM We get fuel and stop to roast some hot dogs for lunch.

2:41 PM At Carlton there is still a grain elevator standing.

3:09 PM

We stop for a minute at the intersection where the derby has an optional section.

Looking at the signs we decide that the long route apparently an extra 40 KM is not what we will do right now. Instead we generally follow the route back with a couple detours.

We come across some old log building remains...

...and the old grave yard that once belonged to

A Railway map that shows you were the end of the line was.

3:55PM After running some of the nicest powder all day we pull up onto a road to check out the map.

 Just about at Laird we have just crossed a long stretch of chopped snow all busted up from the tracks of reportably 312 snowmobiles!

Many of the riders crossing these Stubble fields are riding Shotgun!

4:27 PM There is the last of our group!

4:29 PM Back at the hall.

4:52 PM Time to go in and see if the arms will be able to lift a beer!

6:47 PM Back in the city ready to pay tribute to a Black Russian!

Fuel up at the end in Saskatoon 1:56 PM 80 Miles/130 KM
Wow that was a pretty good run longer than I had thought!
Lots of work'in muscles telling the story for a day or so! We spoke to some other riders at the end in the hall, one group with guys and gals, and they reported that they took the long route at the signage provided after lunch. They told us it was not 40 additional KM, but 40 extra miles! Holy smokes dodged a big one there, had we taken that, we would of ended up with 200 KM's !!!

V Max

V Max

V Max

 V Max

 20.17 L

 16.33 L

17.51 L

13.22 L

SIGHTSEEING is one thing, but are you fit enough to participate  in a cross country snowmobile ride?