Nisbet to Shellbrook 96-11
The Second Laird derby in 1996



  • 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, 1996

We started off on the Laird derby. We got off the derby route and headed to
Shellbrook  for lunch.

We went past Fort Carlton and crossed the North Branch up on the Green Lake trail
Green Lake trail which leads across the countryside.
The Old Carlton Crossing

Just off the Green Lake trail their are lots of property line snow catching banks to jump and play in.

We are riding the High banks that are just off the Trail to Green Lake. 

After the cross country ride up to Shellbrook for lunch, I must add that for the last 10 miles To Shellbrook I cut in and out of some pretty awesome ditch riding powder soft Blowthru's while the rest of the group all sitting "On Empty" had to ride the shoulder of the road in "Economy Mode!"  In this series of snaps we get back onto the North Branch at the Steep Creek crossing.

Yours truly and the Ski-doo SL 500 in our group jumped off the river's edge and landed safely.

Third here goes the summit. The forth sled to go spun badly and landed skis first pretty hard, buddy getting a good forehead scrape from the top edge of his windscreen!

You notice the rest of the group tipped their sleds off the embank on the ice more carefully!

Other ways to get down off the river bank.

From here we head up river back to the Wingard Ferry crossing. At the Crossing we come across a local from Dalmeny SK who was waiting rescue. An extensive (apparently) top end run from Prince Albert to the Wingard crossing has forced his Mach1 to "Thro a belt" which was jammed under his clutches!  Read... BONNEVILLE!

Fun the snow Bill?!

On our own "W.O.T." trip back up the North Branch... occurred one of those moments... never to be forgotten! The 440LC Polaris that I was riding was flat out in one 5 mile stretch closing in on the  Wingard crossing it was outpacing the 50HP 500cc fan cooled Ski-Doo SL in our group but was being paced side by side with the 135HP Ski-Doo Formula III 600 triple. I was flat out "The Speedo" registering a consistent 85 MPH at 7800 RPM. After a few miles like this I had the highly  difficult urge, (believe me letting off the throttle like this is difficult) to pull back on the throttle! By pulling back slightly the inefficient awkwardly designed OEM round side Mikunis fell back slightly in their bores, and dropped the needles slightly for a little leaner mixture and a little more HP!

The result was immediate, suddenly the tack needle swung up to the 8200 RPM mark and the tone of the engine changed and seemed to sound off at the pipe! It took a few more seconds then just as the tack had jumped up 400 RPM, the speedometer now also started to move... it sat on 92MPH! The owner on the Formula III was caught off guard and with plenty of power to spare, and really not any contest implied, he started looking back and forth and up and down at his speedometer with a gesture to say "What the H...? Where did that 7 MPH come from!"

Nothing like having a good setup, with clean sensitive good shifting clutches!!

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