Powder Chowder! Update 3/16/17

After I spun around the local Indian Lake trails Thursday afternoon, I decided to try C8 out to Headquarters to see how far I could get.

To my delight, several sleds had broken across Route 28&30 and worked their way back.

It was an epic powder ride all the way out to Cedar River HQ! I was smashing two-foot pow-pow nearly most all of the way out. Had most of the benefits of breaking trail without much worry of getting stuck. When I was going downhill or through a turn, I would just plow through it. When going uphill or when getting bogged down, I’d just slip back to the beaten path. Looks like there were two or three large trees that were cut out of the way by Parks and Rec.

After about 10 miles in, it looked like a couple sleds had turned around and left me with this to mash the remainder of the way to Headquarters. It’s OK to be jealous:

Trail C8 Powder Chowder

Trail C8 Powder Chowder

Once I got to Cedar River Headquarters, I saw that the gates were open and that the trail into Moose River Plains has been packed down by the groomer:

Although it was packed down, the stretch from Headquarters to Silver Run was loaded with steep rollers. Looks like they were imprinted there from earlier in the winter.

From Silver Run to Limeklin Gate was groomed and a nicer ride. Inlet loop trails were groomed and fantastic! Ole Barn to Gilbert Road was groomed and in pretty good shape.

Had some peanut butter panic wings at the Screamen Eagle for dinner. On my way out, I ran into the legendary Dennis Hudson of inletsnow.com and chatted with him for a few minutes before heading home.

On the way back home, I thrashed through more powder chowder on C8. Wish I had topped off with gas in Inlet because the gas gauge was reading a bit lower than I would have liked by the time I got deeper into C8. So, I wasn’t nearly as gung-ho as ripping powder. But once the gauge bounced back up to quarter tank at Deer Valley, I knew I’d make it back so I reverted to full powder bulldozer mode.

I took a look at S84 out toward Blue Mountain when I got back in town. Looks like somebody broke into it…

Got back to the compound at 9:30pm with 90 miles spun off, although it felt every bit like 150 miles on my body.

Weekend Outlook:

I’m assuming the Indian Lake groomers will be out Friday and/or over the weekend. Keep in mind that some trails may take longer than others to get groomed with the steep-n-deep.

The real epic riding will be mid-week once everything is tamped down and the weekend crowds are gone. 😉

For the ilsnow nation,


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