Best Tree Riding on the East Coast!
by Peter Jacobs
Descending into the wind lip.
We rode with Jack at the Sled Den April 13 and 14th. We were blown away with the conditions! It was late winter conditions with some sticky snow at lower elevations. Those conditions mean we look for difficult tree lines and steep sidehills. We definitely found what we were looking for! We found tree riding comparable to what we rode in Wolf Creek Colorado with Matt Entz. I have ridden the best places Maine and New Hampshire have to offer to aggressive mountain riders and these were the best trees I have ever ridden on the east coast! The spacing was just right with almost no hardwood to get tangled up in. Stumps weren't a worry with the 10 foot base of snow. We found 12 foot drops off windlips to powder landings and drainages that we were able to ride like we were on the west coast not the east! I have never found a usable drainages like that on the east coast. It truly is a great playground for anyone looking to push their riding ability in a safer environment than you will find out west. I hope to be there for a big storm so I can blast the powder filled clear cuts without having to worry about avalanches like we have to deal with on our west coast trips.
I also want to mention Jack is the best host money can buy! He is easy going with a great sense of humor. I was very happy to discover he prefers to unload as close as possible to the riding spot rather than ride a bunch of trails from the house. I have found it much safer to be closer to the riding area with the trucks in case we break something.
Overall my expectations were exceeded on the trip to the Gaspe :)