Nisbet Forest to Emma Lake 11-08






March 12, 2011

Killer snow! Just like in the Killer Norwegian movie! Emma Lake received several inches of snow on Friday, then more overnight, and it was snowing heavy Sat AM, when we called up to say were on the way! The sun had broken out and they had just cleared the snow away from Sunset Bays parking lot before we got there. We left Saskatoon by 8:30 am, unloaded in Macdowall and "got sled'n" by 10:00 am and rolled in to Holbein for fuel after the first 40Km at 10:50 am. We pulled up to the fuel pumps for some premium at Sunset Bay at about 1:30 pm. After a gourmet meal we left Sunset at about 3 o'clock, hitting Holbein again at about 6:00 . We were back to load up at Macdowall by aprox. 7:10 pm. The sun was just out of site and  we definitely have had our fill for the day, it was 171.8 miles on the Snocruise F-5 trip meter and showed 275Km [169.7 miles] on the Snocruise XTC.  Many times my F-5 was down to 30MPH in the deepest snow just to maintain.........forward momentum! Skis and nose of the sled was aimed in the proverbial airplane stick shaker position! The F-5's narrow track was leaving a 2' foot deep trench, everywhere in this Saskatchewan dry powder, this is not a deep snow sled! It needs to get on top and go! The snow was crystal smooth in any areas within 1/2 a mile of the forest or many tree lines. At one place where we stopped to play, the drifted in snow was "over the hips and we were still not touching bottom".  Nothing like the sensation of your snow suite legs, being jammed up over your knees every time you moved!! Our only hope there, was to turn the F-5 around and get it facing down hill. There would be no chance I'd take a 600 lb 121, or a group of rookies,  anywhere near most of this! There was a few sledders in our group, who would roll there bodies over the snow to help you out, but under no circumstances were they driving their sleds anywhere near you!, [ and one was like a 1.5"  136]  And the truth is we didn't have to ride in this deep of snow, but of course, we had groomed trails to ride up near Emma, and we could of ridden firmer middle land snow, but you know what they say about variety... the spice of life! Last weekend 11-07 a couple of riders compared the Nisbet back county and its associated work out, to a trip they had made to the mountains! Except we only rode in the mountain like snow conditions when we wanted to! That point being made, WE GOT OUT OF THE NISBET BACK COUNTRY at their request, and rode the rolling fields, where the Macdowall poker derby went, where you could get up on top and run 70 or 80 mph. Some of this weekends mountainous riders were comparing the prairies to their repeated trips to the mountains! Except a full  back pack of gear wasn't required, the weather was our friend, and the biggest threat to our safety was in the fields................those
hazards! On the back on the many middle land snow covered fields, where you could get up on top, 75 to 77 mph was the norm, cutting across the Bell Lakes on our tracks 80-81 was flashing on the digital, fast enough for anyone with the 2" paddles to send them riveting off the track thru the rear flap!

lurking nearby!

The hills where the old Holbein fire tower  stood before the last fire. On the  eskers which runs thru the Nisbet south of Holbein.

This is what the trail through this part of Nisbet looked like for miles and miles, a trail entrenched about 2 feet deep that was blown in, just about eradicated  by several feet of new powder, talk about a neat ride in from the Old Crutwell Ferry Crossing to Holbein.

The rolling fields near the Sturgeon River valley.

A couple of nice winter shots of the Sunset Bay Resort.

Video by Stan 110847V
Saskatchewan Powder

Not much to look at......

but over the hips

and then some!

Video by Stan 110866V

We park.....on a road that is barely visible.

Back to the Nisbet south of Holbein.
This is the site of the old Holbein Fire tower.

Looking NW
Looking SW

Looking west.

Looking east to the top of the hill where the tower would of been.

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