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Well the forecast came through and we got 2 feet and it was fluffy. The entire trail system was untouched powder so I was breaking trail all day. I'm working on video highlights but the problem is the lens of the helmet cam kept clogging up with snow. No it wasn't snowing, it was just so fluffy that I was getting constant face shots. Realistically it's not enough snow to go back out again until it snows again, but it was still an awesome day and I'm totally beat. I had to drag myself away from napping just to post. Here are some stills. Put it this way: We only went out about 9 miles and then followed our tracks back, and we never went off trail, and my RMK used over 9 gallons of gas. So yeah, under 2 MPG because it was just constant full throttle trying to get up all the hills and stay up in this crazy powder. Fantastic.


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Here are the youtube links in chronological order. I may add more, but probably not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfP0bWYf5WA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j2K2wBKlsw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35C3jRI5kuk
 

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What a dilemma that must have been ehh? No helmet cam because the Powder was coming up and hitting the lens.....and to top that off, you only got 2 mpg because of how much throttle you needed to use to stay on top of the powder......tisk, tisk, tisk, Yep, that's a dilemma I could use every single day.

wtg Beaxch I know you loved your dilemma too.. :thumbsup:

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anyone want to go out west? w00t
 

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That is beautiful and I am very jealous. Ride on brother!

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When you wanting to leave Barry,,, I am off work the next 6 days!!!
 

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When you wanting to leave Barry,,, I am off work the next 6 days!!![/b]
I choose to work, needy/greedy, one or the other.
 

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I will be lucky to get one day of powder like that this year! Hmmm - how to convince the wife to move out west???? Gotta think about that one!

Awesome pics - keep them coming! At least that way I can enjoy the snow vicariously... :)
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great pictures, we are headed to Seattle/Oregon day after Thanksgiving, unfortunalty we can't bring the sleds, can't ride this year due to injury.. glad someone is enjoying the snow..
too bad about the helmet camera, must have been horrible to ride in all that powder and not be able to use the camera. :lmao:

the worst thing about not being able to ride, is that it is snowing here in Cody, Wy..right now.. about 2 inches already.. :bash:
 

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great pictures, we are headed to Seattle/Oregon day after Thanksgiving, unfortunalty we can't bring the sleds, can't ride this year due to injury.. glad someone is enjoying the snow..
too bad about the helmet camera, must have been horrible to ride in all that powder and not be able to use the camera. :lmao:

the worst thing about not being able to ride, is that it is snowing here in Cody, Wy..right now.. about 2 inches already.. :bash:[/b]
No the WORST thing was I have a new coat and I was getting too much snow down my neck! :D So here I was right in the middle of this crazy trail-breaking and my neck is freezing because snow is pouring down my coat and all I can think is if I stop I won't be able to get started again. This was on the 151x2" RMK, so yeah it was that deep. So I just had to hold WOT and keep going until I could find a flat spot in the trail to wait and hope that my wife was able to follow. Happily she never had a problem keeping up and we stayed safe on that crazy deadly trail. She did complain that since my skis were in the air most of the time, my path was too narrow and hard to follow. Oh well, she survived.

I'm glad you are in favor of the pics. I didn't want to anger anybody. Let me see if I can dig up a few more. As great as it looks, we were bumping off a lot of rocks at times, so take my word when I say we still NEED more snow. But certain slopes accumulate more snow than others depending on the wind, so some sections of trail were maybe only 18 inches but others were more like 30. I am still working on the video...it will be short.

I don't know what to say about the large file sizes of the pics because it seems like everyone is running a huge monitor these days. I don't, but it seems like everyone else does. I'm not going to scale these down because if it were me I would want snow pics in the highest resolution. Probably those of you on dial-up are hating it...I'm not sure what the best solution is.
 

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What a dilemma that must have been ehh? No helmet cam because the Powder was coming up and hitting the lens.....and to top that off, you only got 2 mpg because of how much throttle you needed to use to stay on top of the powder......tisk, tisk, tisk, Yep, that's a dilemma I could use every single day.

wtg Beaxch I know you loved your dilemma too.. :thumbsup:

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Yeah to be honest I couldn't believe how good it was. So many things went wrong that morning I didn't think we were going to make it at all. The truck just would not start (it's old and I flooded it) and I ran out the battery trying to get it going. So I took the battery out of my Escort and then it finally started after another good minute of cranking. Then the truck is almost totally out of gas and only gets 9MPG, and we live on the mountain. We get to the only gas station and their computers are not working right and they can't get the pumps to start and the repair guy is 50 miles away. After 15 minutes they figure out a way to get fuel pumping without the computers. Good thing because at that point I was literally inserting a siphon hose into the SKS gas tank to get fuel for the truck because I was afraid we would run out of gas on the way home. Anyway, back on the road, we get to "almost there" and then get to a highway posting where chains were required by law when towing (even though they were not necessary by then), and there was a state cop waiting there so we had to stop and put on chains. I cut my hand pretty bad in that process because I was too impatient to find my gloves before putting on the chains. It was the kind of day where basically everything went wrong...except for the riding. So in the end none of that stuff mattered, except my hand still hurts. We both feel like it was actually one of our great adventures in snowmobiling of all time. Anytime you can say that it was a good day, even if we did bump into of a few rocks.
 

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WOW, awesome pics man! Keep them coming.
Oh, and your wife has clothes on too. LOL

As challenging as your life, or that day anyways, sounds, I'll bet you two wouldn't trade it with anybody. Enjoy every minute of it.

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LOL yeah despite the sunshine it was cold. No "special" pics this time. But yes, Jeff, you couldn't be more right. I had to go through hell to get where I am today and that's part of why I try to fully exploit these epic good times. We come from poor inner-city families that could never afford skis, hell they couldn't afford ski coats, let alone snowmobiles. Part of being able to afford all this recreation and having every Monday through Thursday available to do it means living in a tiny place on the mountain and keeping our expenses low. It also means buying used/crashed/ugly sleds and tuning/repairing them yourself. A new XP is absolutely not an option, as much as I am drooling for one, and that hurts. There's a lot of things that we don't do, like go out to bars much or travel or any other recreation besides snowboarding (we are down to about 50 days a year boarding because snowmobiling is taking over), but I feel like being that focused is well worth it because you get very good at what you do and that's when you really reap the rewards. Summer and fall is for work. Anyway yes my wife is also a great person, much more than just ten thousand topless photos. It would be nice if I could see her face in one of these rare non-nude pics but oh well.
 

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Here is your first youtube link. This is the very first thing that happened after the trail stopped being flat, about 5 minutes in. You see cross country ski tracks in the first few seconds, then its nothing but powder and a steep, narrow, winding road. The lens is already full of snow at the beginning of the clip and it gets worse the entire time, I still think you guys will appreciate it. What appears to be flickering is actually snow flying in front of the lens. The sound is poor quality but it does help take you there. We were already calling it epic by the top of this hill, and it had only just begun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfP0bWYf5WA
 

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Okay here is the best helmet-cam video of the day. It starts off pretty flat with a clear lens, and then when I start climbing the snow starts to clog it up, but I found it fun to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j2K2wBKlsw

And here is a helmet-cam of me dropping in to a powder field on the SKS and it provides a little bit of comedy I'm sure some of you can appreciate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35C3jRI5kuk
 
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