Thursday, May 25, 2006

Summer Maintenance

Over the summer the Wildhorse Bombardier MP Plus Snowcat will be completely stripped down and all systems checked. First we remove the tracks, replace broken grousers, belts and wheels. This summer I will replace all the drive belts which involves almost 1000 bolts being undone and replaced. The snowcat is then placed up on blocks and all engine and hydralic systems overhauled. At the conclusion of the service the tracks are then replaced and we are ready for winter.

Friday, May 05, 2006

If you can't have fun here

This is how the name Wildhorse Catskiing & Powder Mining Co. was derived. The small town of Ymir ( current population under 300 people ) used to be a bustling center of several thousand with a couple of serious mines and a crusher mill in the townsite. Those days are no longer. Powder Mining is a lot more fun anyhow. In the late 1990's the Ymir Hotel was owned by a couple of harley motorcycle guys who coined the phrase for Ymir: "If you can't have fun here - give up"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Huge Snowpack at Ymir Yurts

This winter we recorded the deepest snowpack in the mountains in our 6 year history. In April we made the final journey to the Yurts to shovel off the last snowfall. We could ski right up onto the roof and there was over 5 ft. of snow on the roof. This summer I will be rebuilding the Yurts with regular 2x6 solid walls and a boot room entranceway. This should make the Yurts warmer and roomier.