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2023-01-03 at 20:54 - comment by SkierRoger

By the way, I was informed today that beginning Feb 6th, Ski for Light Canada will host a week-long cross-country skiing event. The event will be held at William Watson Lodge at PLPP.

It pairs up blind and/or partially sighted cross-country skiers with experienced, sighted cross-country ski guides. Here is a link to their website: https://skiforlight.ca/





2023-01-03 at 20:42 - comment by SkierRoger

Yes too bad it wasn’t more sunny today, MaSid. You picked a nice place for the couch. The surrounding mountains were tough to see today but on a sunny day it must be stellar. I did indeed bring my Asnes. The only difficulty I had getting to your spot was my poles kept sinking quite deep. My baskets are quite small. Larger ones would have helped for sure. We were able to pop up to Hydroline today via the Elk Pass trail.







2023-01-03 at 20:18 - comment by Eyesopen

Thanks for sharing Shabu's youtube video. So inspirational.





2023-01-03 at 19:40 - comment by MaSid

Here’s another tip for folks heading to the couch. Bring a foamy to sit on. The depth of the couch is designed to take the foamy with your back pack behind you. Full comfort reclining ensues, without any body parts touching snow. Then you can enjoys the views on a sunny day for as long as your warm jacket allows. (-:





2023-01-03 at 19:34 - comment by MaSid

That’s awesome that you made it there! Unfortunate that it wasn’t sunny. If ever there again and it’s sunny, sooooo much better. Assuming you didn’t extend to the hydroline and back (also fantastic on a sunny day). Looks like track skis worked ok for you? Didn’t look like your new Asnes LT gear. Too bad we missed each other. I did a bunch of work there mid day, just to stay warm, and eventually had to go for a ski, before a last fuel stop before returning to the main trail.





Quest for the Elusive Snow Couch - Elk Pass

Report Submitted by SkierRoger
(trip) Date: Tuesday Jan 03, 2023

Submitted: Tuesday Jan 03, 2023 at 19:02

Participants:

JoLynn and I

Discussion:

Today, we set out on a quest for the elusive snowfa, crafted by MaSid. Many thanks for all your hard work, MaSid.

Elk Pass has some great snow right now. We were awestruck by the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings. Despite the cool temperature of -13 degrees and the blustering winds, we found the snow couch to be a welcome refuge.

At Blueberry junction, we were delighted to encounter the charming Shabu and Shaida, along with their friends and long time Rocky Mountain Ramblers, Darlene and her friend (whose name escapes me at the moment). It was a lovely experience, made all the more special by the fact that Shabu is blind and relies on his adventurous wife, Shaida, as his guide. Their story is truly inspiring, and I encourage you to learn more by following the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IVYRrjFCmI

Our return took us through Hydroline, Patterson and Fox Creek. Fox Creek was somewhat icy, but the tracks are solid and we found it safe.

Blue wax and Jolynn’s skin ski’s worked well for us today, although one skier we met did have some troubles getting her blue wax to grip properly.


Beautiful Patterson Trail

Shabu and Shaida with their good friends

Off trail to find the couch. What a beautiful place

Jolynn didn't want to leave

Me relaxing

The view looking down Hydroline.


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