Donâ€™t Ever Expect Powder. If you donâ€™t, you will be much happier. Just when we thought the season was winding down, the storm cycle turned on again. Over the last week locations in Utah received 5-6ft.+ of new snow. While the powder doesn’t last quite as long this time of year, we managed to catch several days of deep powder and blue skies.
One of the most challenging aspects of snowmobiling is the vast array of snow and weather conditions that may be encountered while riding. Snow comes in all depths and consistencies and learning to master it in all of its forms is not easy. In Utah we are usually spoiled by incredibly dry powder that is relatively effortless to ride in once you get used to it, at least until you get stuck in 4ft.
After reading an article by Andrew McCarthy on the frustrations related to his mid-season injuries, I found myself questioning how much I take â€œaverageâ€ rides and snow conditions for granted. In the quest for deep powder I often set myself up for disappointment when my expectations donâ€™t pan out, instead of realizing how amazing the experience itself is. By early summer I would trade the best day on my mountain bike for just a taste of snowmobiling, but that is in the back of my mind when spring rolls around.
Even in spring conditions a snowmobile is incredibly versatile. The style of riding is entirely different from powder, but you can still jump, ride technical terrain, and it is the ideal time to climb. I suppose that part of the problem is simply in adapting to ride different snow, but I also tend to idealize powder too much and forget how much fun snowmobiling is without deep powder. Some of the most memorable rides are often in the spring or summer, long after there is any reasonable chance of powder. Even when conditions are bad, the camaraderie surrounding snowmobiling always makes for a good time. Springtime creates favorable conditions for riding in larger groups and teaching up and coming riders.
So why do I spend so much time poring over weather forecasts and snow reports when I donâ€™t have any spare time to begin with? I guess when it comes to snowmobiling there isnâ€™t really anything better than 3ft. of powder and sunshine, especially in late March. However, living in Utah I have come to expect rather than appreciate these days.
-Photos by Justin Cowett and Dave Napier
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