Ed and I drove up to Chute Lake yesterday to do some cross country skiing. Chute Lake is approximately 20 miles north of Penticton via the Naramata Road which sits at an elevation of almost 4,000 feet above sea level. So, while the valley folk below were already running around in shorts on this balmy Sunday in February, there was still snow up at the Lake… and lots of it.
As such, we were looking forward to a nice ski along the KVR (old Kettle Valley Railway) / Trans Canada trails. Unfortunately, the snow machine drivers had chewed up every possible inch of trail – making the snow so uneven that it was rough going on skis – not to mention that it ate through the ski wax in no time flat.
So, rather than give up in frustration, and seeing that there were 5 guys ice fishing from their snow machines on the the lake, we figured that the ice would be safe enough for a couple of skiers. Shortly after venturing out, I confirmed that the ice was at least a foot thick, which I determined when I stuck my pole down one of the ice fishing holes.
Skiing the lake was perfect. Other than the ice fishermen, we were the only people out on the lake, and we could get far enough away that we couldn’t hear them at all. Perfect silence … aaahhh. Truly one of the joys that I live for. The other joy is seeing the sun reflect diamonds off unbroken snow, and but for a few snow machine trails, the snow was basically untouched. Aaaah… again. 🙂
After skiing for 2.5 hours, we went into the Chute Lake Resort for a cup of hot chocolate. The Lodge is a very rustic affair that we love to visit, especially to peruse the historic artifacts that are located throughout the building. Here’s a picture of the Chute Lake Lodge dining room’s interior, and another from the inside looking out in which you can see a number of antique irons on the window sill. If you ever get up that way, give Chloe, the fat old Labrador that inhabits the couch outside the Lodge entrance a pat from me. She’s a doll.
We’ll have more to tell you about Chute Lake this summer, when we do the Chute Lake bike shuttle. Drive up, bike down. A little easier than trying to ride all the way up and back down in a day — unless of course you’re a hard core rider. 🙂
To see Chute Lake’s location near Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park on a map, go to Google Maps . You may have to zoom out to see its location in relation to Penticton and Naramata.
[tags]Chute Lake, Okanagan, Penticton[/tags]