Local sled guide Curtis Pawliuk took a photograph recently to provide a sense of the transformation of backcountry snowmobiling. “After hundreds of people had been in this bowl over the last few days in bluebird conditions, the slope remains untouched,” said Pawliuk. “The shift of the sled culture is moving and like everything takes time, but from the hard work of many, it’s happening!” Conditions made the steep sections unsafe, and Pawliuk is buoyed by the fact that so many riders wisely chose to stay off the unsafe terrain, likely because they were aware of the potentially devastating consequences. /FROZEN PIRATE SNOW SERVICES