Back in 2011 the Ticket2Ride team built a cedar bridge and new ladder work section towards the end of the McKenzie Cruise trail to enable riders to exit the trail without having to dismount and use stepping stones to cross the river that cut through the trail.
March has been an interesting month weather wise in the Sea to Sky corridor. Here in Whistler, we have been enjoying record breaking snow fall with epic powder days to be enjoyed on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, whilst 40 minutes’ drive south in Squamish the mountain biking trails are pretty much all open and good to go.
Saturday saw the first of the 2012 SORCA volunteer trail days as organised by Roland Benesocky.
T2R Guide Manager Mark and I headed down to Squamish from Whistler to attend the trail day, arriving at the Diamondhead car park at 9.45am.
One of the high lights for many of the guests who come and ride with Ticket2RideBC is the guided heli drop ride on Rainbow Mountain in Whistler.
However the season that we can actually ride the trail from the snow capped mountain down to the beach at Alta Lake is pretty short, and this season it has been even shorter due to the huge amount of snow during the 2010/2011 winter coupled with a cool May, June and July.
Working with SORCA on a trail day organised by Roland, we headed down to Squamish with a number of the team as well as three guests to do some buffing on the fun descent trail ‘Lowdown’ in the Diamondhead area of trails.
With a nice bright sunny day and a good turn out of volunteers we quickly buffed the whole trail adding ‘gold’ to improve the sustainably in places. We also improved the drainage where needed along the trail.
Trail building with soil requires a certain amount of moisture to allow the trails to be sculpted in a way that will stand up to the riggers of mountain biking. If the soil is too dry and dusty nothing can be done that will not be blown away and eroded within days.
Dust was not an issue during the NSMBA organised trail day on May 7th, in fact it was hard to believe that that dust could ever exist on the Northshore when we arrive ready for the volunteer day on CBCs in torrential rain.
It was that time of the year again. The winter was over and the spring had begun. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement in the air, especially from guide director Dan, who had been looking forward to this day since the beginning of winter. What am I talking about? Well it is May the 1st , which is the first day of operation for Ticket2Ride’s 2011 team
A half hour drive North of Whistler is the historic prospecting town of Pemberton, home to some amazing mountain biking trails, which considering it’s closeness to Whistler has amazingly different to the trails there, in terms of the terrain and soil that the trails are built out of.
Here is a short 'webisode' by resident T2R guests and retained webisode creators Mark and George who joined the T2R Team trail building in Pemberton at McKenzie Cruise and also at the SORCA dig day on Lowdown. Enjoy.
Since the summer of 2008, the team at Ticket2RideBC have been lovingly restoring one of the classic Squamish trails, ‘Don’t Tell Jude’.
When we took on the project in agreement with SORCA, we started to replace the worst of the extensive collection of ladder work throughout the trail starting with the worst sections and then working along to the less bad and so on.
Now that all the snow had cleared from the Squamish trail this week I took five of the T2R team down to Squamish for a solid day of replacing some of the last bits of ladder work needing to be replace.