Our Trail Building Experience - Snakes and Ladders

May 24, 2013
by Ride The Cariboo  
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In the early 2000's a few boys starting building a line from the top of the Westsyde in Williams Lake, BC into the Williams Creek Valley. It's about 10Km from the top with an elevation difference of a few thousand feet that includes beautiful Douglas Fir forests, moss covered slopes, and steep gullies. The line evolved with the progression of mountain biking over the years to include long technical skinnies, ladders, bridges and jumps that made their way through the forests that connected to the vast Westsyde network.

James on the Sky Berms



Fast forward to 2011, when shortly after Ride The Cariboo was launched, a series of proposals were submitted. The Consortium had partnered with the Province of BC, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and Northern Development Trust to re-build Snakes and Ladders from the ground up. Thomas Schoen of First Journey Trails worked with the Williams Lake Cycling Club to design, then build a new top to bottom line that would define riding in the Cariboo for the next few years.

This is one of a number of Provincially funded trails in BC. It is another example of how the Recreation, Sites and Trails Branch of the Province supports mountain biking and its role in the regional economy. A big shout out goes to Desi Cheverie who believed in the project and has been a solid supporter of mountain biking in the Cariboo.




At this years Williams Lake Peel Out, the Consortium and its partners held the grand opening of Snakes and Ladders. These images and video tell the story. Come ride it to believe it.


Photos by John Wellburn. Video filmed by Solos Productions. The riders were James Doerfling and Cory Brunelle, both Consortium Ambassadors. They were joined by Sophie Durfeld and Amber Jmaiff.


65 Comments

  • 54 0
 When I die, if I've been a good boy, that trail will be waiting for me
  • 1 0
 iv got one :-)
  • 4 1
 If I die, I hope I will be born again in BC, livin' a freeride live!
  • 44 1
 I need to find a girl who will shred the back woods with me... Ladies, I'm taking applications
  • 9 15
flag radlad (May 24, 2013 at 4:26) (Below Threshold)
 totally agree, girls call me maybe Razz
  • 17 0
 Move to BC. I have always been amazed at the amount of women shredding there. I friend joined me on one of my business trips there last week and he was attempting to take applications also, especially at Whistler
  • 7 0
 home sweet home Big Grin .
  • 5 0
 If I manage to find a girl who rides, I will wife her!
  • 26 0
 Watch out, ladies. This guy wants to shred your backwoods.
  • 10 0
 I was paranoid about government involvement in trail work but now eat my words as the system is working so well. Every region of BC needs a regional champion - big shout out to Desi Cheverie for being that person and for Thomas for working with that system
  • 5 0
 I liked that jam, it was funky fresh. I also like how the stunts were build with progression in mind. It might not make for the most captivating gnarliest video, but looks super fun to ride.
  • 3 0
 Exactly. Pure fun! Big Grin
  • 6 1
 Doerfling... tank top... all past transgressions of this week on Pinkbike have been amended. All is now right with the world and as it should be in the cosmos.
  • 2 0
 Haven't ridden S&L since the rebuild. Can't wait to head down there. However, I spotted huge fresh cut beams and some massive planks up at Pidherny tonight. Looks like the boys have made their way north to PG! Great stuff being built all over Northern BC!
  • 1 0
 That would be the fire crew, working on the Garage Door drop, however the WL crew will be starting work at Pidherny on June 3rd! Stoked to have them up there!
  • 2 0
 Nice. The fire crew has sculpted a pretty awesome bypass up there. Can't wait to see what they do with "the door".

Went up today and pulled off a big demo then started on the rebuild. Bugs are bad but the trails are looking good!
  • 2 0
 those Sheilas are marriage material right there Seriously though BC looks incredible, good job I'm heading there for three weeks boo yah
  • 2 0
 That music was perfect ssbrdude1. I would love to get out of Colorado and ride a place where the trails are lush green like that.. so purdy
  • 3 0
 why is Canada sooo cool about MTB'n?
is it because the citizens understand personal responsibility and liability?
  • 2 0
 Ridden Williams Lake three times this year. Love it. Plus I love how my lady can out shred half the boys.
  • 2 0
 Great work Thomas, Gus, Chris, and everyone else!! I'm still shaking off all the fun I had last weekend!! WHEW!!
  • 3 2
 You guys should come have a stay in my back yard.... Maybe some sweet wood features would magically appear! Sick!
  • 1 0
 Might have to take you up on the offer.... Colorado sounds sweet! ;-)
  • 2 0
 sweet..... more trail building article and vids plz also song plz.
  • 1 0
 DOWN THE ROAD I GO ..... DOWN THE ROAD I GOOOO
  • 1 0
 Down The Road by C2C
  • 1 0
 same song I used for my last vidhttp://www.pinkbike.com/video/313403/
  • 3 0
 I think there's a huge appetite for trailbuilding articles. People like to see the hard work behind the scenes. Trail Fairies all over the world represent!!
  • 4 0
 totally right. but I ain't no fairy. maybe more of a trail-wizard or something.
  • 2 0
 Thoroughly enjoyed that, outstanding choonage and nice edit.
  • 1 0
 Awwsome, the trail buiding in BC is getting better and better. Its seems as though ever town has great trails.
  • 2 0
 index that radio station will ya
  • 1 0
 Oh yeah awesome trail work.! Good to see we are keeping most trails open in B.C.
  • 1 0
 Off the topic, but what helmet does that guy on the knolly have....looks snazzy!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Troy lee D3, but that painting must be custom made
  • 1 0
 It's a D3
  • 1 0
 Great work and awesome to see how far mountain biking has come in most places in BC!
  • 1 0
 Clean trail, looks supa fun. Any idea how much it costs to build one of those wood featues?
  • 2 0
 It really varies and depends on access. The large "Sky Berms" cost tons in material and we had the wood heli-dropped in. Also had many volunteers carrying lumber to the site. The suspension bridge was relatively cheap at approx. $2,500 for lumber and the aircraft cables.
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome. Props to the builders and people involved with this trail. High fives will be cool again!
  • 1 0
 Looks really nice, but those girls look really stiff on the bike! Always nice to see girls in action
  • 1 0
 i want to be able to ride sick lines that well!
  • 1 0
 that trail looks silly amounts of fun
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to be there this summer!!
  • 1 0
 Knackige Schneckenärsche !!!
  • 1 0
 Man you guys got it good up there!
  • 1 0
 this looks epic.
  • 1 0
 AWESOME
  • 1 0
 sick suspension bridge!
  • 1 1
 Brutar mano_______0^0_________
  • 1 0
 song please?
  • 2 3
 I want to ride what's in green. lol
  • 5 8
 Fun looking trail, but who picked the music for that video? That song sounds like it was mixed by an epileptic, ADHD teenager on 6-pack of Red Bull. Argh, awful.
  • 2 0
 thats in awful taste but I still burst out laughing
  • 1 0
 Maybe you're right, but it's still not in as awful taste as that song. Wink
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