Four Different Snow Sports in a Four Day Period
The west coast of Newfoundland has no shortage of winter activities to keep a recreation generalist like me occupied. Its not that I get tired of doing one thing, I just want to experience as much as possible in this life. Over the St. Patricks Day weekend, I did just that by engaging in four different snow sports in a four day period.
On Day 1, my neighbour Gavin and I went back-country snowmobiling to Grand Lake, crossing the American Man and Yellow Marsh on the way. With over 90% of the Province owned by the Crown and publicly accessible, there is a lot of country available to adventuresome snowmobilers to explore.
On Day 2 my family and I went to Blow Me Down Trails to cross-country ski. I skied to the Gazebo to check out its famous food fair. The Gazebos volunteer staff were quick to note that it has been recognized as a place everyone should go before they die. Having been there, I agree with that assertion.
On Day 3, my family met up with my wifes siblings and their children at Marble Mountain for a day of down hill skiing and snowboarding. Marble Mountain has a run for everyone, from novice to expert. We ended our day on the chalets deck relaxing and watching snowboarders and skiers in the afternoon sunshine.
The sunshine filled days we enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing carried over to Day 4 when my sons and I went snowmobile trail riding behind Marble Mountain. In contrast to my Day 1 back-country ride, we were on trails groomed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation. We cooked bannock over a campfire and had a fantastic day riding the highway-like trails.
If you are not a generalist, any one of these activities can easily fill and satisfy your vacation needs. That said, I highly recommend if you do come for one activity, you give another piece of Newfoundland and Labradors winter playground a try. You wont be disappointed.