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Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park

Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park Jimsmith is a modest park and campground located near Cranbrook BC, Canada. This 14 hectare park contains 35 campsites that are accessible for use from June to October.

Jimsmith encompasses a small lake suitable for fishing, small non-motorized boats and swimming in the summer. While, in the winter the lake is a great place ice fishing, skating and hockey.

Fishing opportunities include large-mouth bass, yellow perch and some large rainbow trout.

The surrounding Douglas fir forest provides an excellent day use area for short walks/hikes in the summer and cross country skiing or snow shoeing in the winter.

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Types of Snowmobiles - Snowmobiling For Beginners

Looking for a new sled?  Where should you start?

Depending on where you are coming from, the snowmobiling market has recently branched into many different sectors of sled design.

  • Trail/Cross Over
  • Mountain/Deep Snow
  • Performance/Sport/Racing
  • Touring
  • Utility
  • Youth

Trail/Cross Over
Trail 0r Cross over SnowmobileThese types of sleds are familiarly known as entry level sleds.  Trail Snowmobiles engines are lowered powered, and thus easier to ride.   They are also relatively inexpensive compared to many other types of sleds.  This sled design is the best one for those who are beginners.

Mountain/Deep Snow
Mountain SnowmobileA Mountain Snowmobile is a sled specifically designed for mountain riding. Often they are longer and narrower than other sleds and this allows them to climb higher and quicker than heavier designs. They have an easier time staying on top of the snow and long lugs help mountain snowmobiles dig through the deep snow.

Racing SnowmobilePerformance Snowmobiles are for those invested in the competition side of snowmobiling. They have higher horsepower engines, are heavier than entry level machines and flexible suspension.  These adaptations help when traveling over jumps at race speeds.

Touring SnowmobileA Touring Snowmobile is a multi-passenger machine. They can comfortably seat two people and are larger, heavier, slower and less agile than a single passenger machine.  These machines allow for comfortable riding over long distances.

Utility SnowmobileUtility Snowmobiles are typically used to tow equipment and are able to work trails with heavy snow.

Youth snowmobileYouth snowmobile are designed specifically for youngsters and beginners on the trails.  They are easier to handle and are able to provide a safe start into the world of sleds.


The Skizee: Turns Skiers into Snowmobiles

Now here’s a great invention for skiers on lazy days (or skiers like me that just don’t like skiing uphills)!

The SkizeeThe Skizee invented by Tim Park and Jim Maidment of Kimberley BC, pushes skiers across the snow using a track similar to snowmobile.

Using a 10.5 hp, 4-stroke engine to drive skier along, the Skizee reaches speeds up to 35km/h or 22mph.

Built using solid aluminum, the Skizee carries 3.8 Liter (1 Gallon) fuel tank. It also boasts an electric start and charging system to keep the batteries charged.

You can find-out more about the Skizee at their website HERE and their Youtube Channel HERE.

Cross Country Skiing in the Rockies with gear review

In this video, we visit the South Star Recreation trails which set on the outskirt of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. We also talk about cross country skis and boots.

For those of you that are new to cross country skiing, the vast choices of equipment these days can be a bit daunting. Below, we’ll try to give you a bit of a primer to help you out.

Types of Skis

Classic Cross Country Skis: These are the skis that most people visualize when you talk about cross country skiing.  They come in either wax or wax less varieties and are the type of skis most people start with when they get into the sport of cross country skiing.  Classic skis are generally only used on groomed runs or pre-made trails. They vary in price greatly from cheap department store brands to expensive professional grade skis.  

Touring / Back Country Cross Country Skis: These are NOT to be confused with back country skis used by downhill skiers outside of ski hills, which are modified downhill skis. When it comes to “Back Country” in reference to cross country skis, we’re simply talking about a wider than normal ski with metal edges, that still acts like a cross country ski and still fits inside or a standard cross country ski trail run. The extra width on these skis let you “float” more when you’re in skiing in non-compacted snow outside of a maintained trail setting. The metal edges let you “cut” into the snow like downhill skis, which in turn you handle slightly steeper hills than classic skis. Basically, touring cross countries skis are meant for people who what to still be able to ski in a standard maintained trail but also want the ability to go off trial. They are also great for breaking trails that classic skis can later use.

Skating Country Cross Country Skis: Mostly used by experienced/professional skiers as a racing ski. They are narrower than classic skis and are built for speed. Skate skiing use a motion that look similar to the motion ice skater use to when getting up to speed, hence the name. These skate skis are meant to be used on the groomed runs, not the standard grooved trails that classic cross country skier use.


Dressing for Snowshoeing

How to Dress for Snowshoeing

Dressing properly for a day out snowshoeing will make the event more enjoyable. The key, as it is with all winter activities, is to dress in layers of wicking material, so your sweat is wicked away from your body, and doesn’t sit next to your skin for the day.

You should have a minimum of three layers on: inner, middle and outer.

Your inner layer should be a wicking thermal layer-think long johns.  You should have an upper body and lower body set of underwear for this layer.

The middle layer should be your thermal layer…think fleece, long sleeved pullover etc.  This layer would be suffice if you are out on a warm winter day.

Your outer layer should be a jacket that is water and wind resistant.  If you are prone to falling, you might want to invest in a pair of snow pants with the same qualities.   You don’t want this layer to be too heavy, as it will cause you to be too hot once you get going.

Don’t forget to treat your feet with the same due care that you did the rest of your body.  You want to wear one pair of wicking thin socks and a thicker pair to keep your toes warm and comfortable.

You might like to wear a toque on your head, the knitted variety is fine.  This will help keep the warmth in your body, and keep your ears warm!

For your hands, choose a pair of gloves that are thin enough to allow you full control of your poles, but warm enough to keep your hands at a comfortable temperature.  I find that if I am wearing mittens, my hands get too hot but if I am wearing gloves, they are too cool.

You might also like to invest in a pair of warm winter boots.  The ones that you wear winter hiking are suffice, and usually easier to move around with your snowshoes than a large pair of winter boots.  If you choose to wear your regular hiking boots, make sure you are wearing wicking and thermal sock layers.