Dirty Snirty...More like Snud!
I rolled out of bed around 7:30 Saturday morning with a slight groan and growl… I’m not a morning person, especially on the weekends. Haha…
I was feeling excited about getting out to Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, but not too giddy as I was only headed out to take some photos and chat it up with some of the officials. My friends and ride for the day weren’t going up after all, and I was left with just being a media gal looking for a good story. So I started up the truck and threw on my shades, and smiled… It was a gorgeous morning outside! A good start to the day…
My ride up to Turin was beautiful and relaxing… by the time I had reached my destination I was in awe of all the trucks and trailers lined up in the parking lot at The Ridge. When I approached the front gate, the gentleman allowed me to park up front by the building as I was only going to be a short while and then take off. He gave me a nod and a smile and I went on in… Very excited to get out and chat it up with riders and crew. When I walked in the registration building there was a vibe that grew inside me, saying it was going to be a good day. As I talked to the Sno-Pals officials, they were in hopes of having a successful day for all as well. Safe, fun, and full of snirt!
What many don’t understand is that the day’s event is necessary to others, not just Sno-Pals Snowmobile Club. There are several businesses that look forward to the event to make up for slow days and nights during the season, as well as bringing in new customers for future trips. When it comes down to it, more than one business and group profit from this event. The event, like many others, will always have controversy and political battles… but in the end it is successful in its own way and brings smiles to many people and businesses.
As I was chatting it up with registration officials, a friend of mine walked in with some others and asked if I was riding. When I said I was just getting some pics and taking some notes for the blog and media he asked if I would want to partake in the fun, and get some real info out in the event itself. I was now, extremely elated to have gotten there when I did. I was now going to be able to enjoy the day with friends and get more in depth info and enjoy the event. Before heading out though, I was given a ride around the parking lot from Peter, an employee of the resort, and took several great shots in the parking lot. But that’s not all… the owner’s son, Brad, came over and asked if I wanted a better shot from the top of the hill! I hopped on the snowmobile and rode up to the tippy top of the ski ridge and snapped a couple great shots of the entire parking area as well as getting the mountains in the background, and some beautiful sunshine just smiling down on the day. It was now turning out to be an even better day than expected… and the Snow Ridge guys were exceptionally nice to help me out, a big thank you to all!!
We started out on the roads and switched off into a field where I instantly knew my legs and arms were going to be sore the next day. It was pretty bumpy and holding on to the handles on the back of my friend’s four wheeler was quite the exercise, but extremely fun! We arrived at our first stop, Timberview Lodge… where the view overlooking the valley was extremely breathtaking. The fact that the sun was out, the air was warm, and the day was just starting…
put a big smile on all of our faces. Our next stops at High Market Inn, Barrow’s Performance, Sportsmen’s Lodge, Whiskey Jack’s, and Boondock’s… left us late for the end of the day’s festivities. I was looking forward to getting to the BC Barn to see who won the prizes and the Can-Am but there was just too much fun to be had in such a short time! We ended up making more friends with a group from New Jersey as well as a bunch of great folks just chillin’ it alongside a trail outside of their camp. If only there was more time in the day!
The ride brought in over 3,000 riders, had over $6,000 in prizes to give away, and a 2014 Can-Am 650 Outlander valued at $10,000! To most businesses who sponsored and were a part of the event, it was an absolutely great day business wise. Talking to several of them, they seemed overjoyed to be a part of something so extraordinary and exciting! Being that a few of the establishments were new to me, I will definitely be revisiting them in the future. They’ve certainly grabbed at least one new customer! :)
With that said… I am truly grateful to my friend and the crew for allowing me to accompany them for the day and giving me a day full of fun, laughs, and good times. It was certainly needed… THANK YOU! And a huge thank you to the Sno-Pals for doing such an outstanding job and exceptional effort in making it such a successful event for all involved.
… be back soon!