We just arrived home from an action-packed weekend trip to Colorado. Rick Barker, Ryan Nelson, Geoff “Phatty” Dyer, and myself met up with Dave Napier, Matt Entz, and Michael McCullough to ride one of Dave’s top secret locations.
Dave appropriately named this location “Never never land.” The name was clearly inspired by the never-ending expanses of untracked canyons, river bottoms, and tree lines. On Saturday, we were welcomed by 18 inches of Colorado champagne powder and blue skies. We didn’t cross a single track until we started to head home at the end of the day. I have never seen such a large riding area with absolutely no other people. Everyone rode like savages all weekend, but many an untracked river bottom and canyon remained, calling out to us to burn the fuel we were saving for the ride back to the trucks. Fortunately, a few of us carried in extra gas.
Snowmobiling offers us an escape from everyday life, which is especially valuable in the current economic climate. There is something incredible about carving waist deep powder, flying off cliffs, or sidehilling across a 1000ft. mountain face that melts away the stress and worries of the real world with every turn and adrenaline-pumping second. In a world of GPS, internet, and online forums, however, it becomes increasingly difficult to find fresh tracks. Don’t get me wrong, we are ridiculously spoiled by the amount of fresh powder we ride, but there are always more people figuring out where the secret riding stashes are.
Like wild animals being driven out of their natural habitat by human encroachment, this year we’ve been exploring new areas and going ever further into the backcountry in the pursuit of powder. So it was nice to ride a new area and not see a another rider, just make sure you have your GPS and survival equipment, because no one is going to rescue you out here!
Photos by Dave Napier and Geoff Dyer