Thursday
Nov302006

Avalanche crest

Rogers Pass Rewards Clear day ahead so we toured up avalanche crest again, much better views and options everywhere. Winds from the north had played some havoc but this was why we were here. Protected and south west facing we had many options to play with. The 1000 foot alpine face looked a little too direct and exposed so we opted on skiing a few awesome alpine runs. Here's Scott laying down a sweet turn

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but I truly enjoyed Dave's style of skiing?@?

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  Most people worry about me while I am skiing in the mountains. They figure my greatest danger is avalanches. I wonder... On the way home I was in the process of passing a semi-trailer when over the hill came not one but two semi's bearing down on me. I kept my line and squeezed as close to my side as possible, my little pathfinder found the one path through the three 18 wheelers. I was three feet away from certain death. Moments like this make me wonder.. the odds seem higher to die on the highway. Not to say I will ever let my guard down.

Tuesday
Nov282006

Cariboo Ridge

The cough worsened, so I took a few days off. I am getting a little worried about my goal, I had plans to have 10 days done by the end of November and now I only have 3. I still have a long season ahead I just had hopes of a strong start.

Anyhow today we ventured north up above the Revelstoke Dam, We had plans to go deep into the Selkirks via logging roads. But since John and Mike were an hour late we had to go to plan C.

Plan Cariboo Ridge. Very early to be touring from 2500 ft but somehow it wasn't as much of a bushwack as I had anticipated. A huge fire brunt through here 50 years ago leaving 3500 foot runs of open uninterrupted powder. I rarely ski here and whenever I do I tell myself I should visit here more often. decent turns were had by all.

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Not much else to say really. 5500 ft of touring with a 1000 ft of not great skiing.

 

these photos sure are small...... oops

Friday
Nov242006

third tenner and a great day in the pass

Yesterday we ventured up to Avalanche Crest in Rogers Pass. Its one of the best top to bottom runs in the pass, 3300-3500 feet straight down to the road. Poor visibility due to the endless snowfall but we had two runs in Uto Bowl which were fantastic and then the Avalanche shot to finish it off. The picture here shows how endless the line is. The powder was deep and light, but my batteries were dead so I did not get any shots.

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Today I did my third ten thousand foot day. My cough is getting worse but I had to go out and log a 10 000 footer. So I toured up ol' Mackensie and lapped some great runs. Nothing dramatic just athletic.

Did cross paths with some mule deer though. I saw their tracks all day and then skied into them. The stag was very regal in the snowfall, large rack and a confident stance. I missed the shot since my bag was in between us and by the time I got to it the stag and his does were gone. I must learn to carry my camera with me at all times....

Well 97 days to go.

Good weather coming hopefully I will get some great pictures.

Sunday
Nov192006

little Sifton

Rogers Pass Rewarding First day in the pass and immediately I knew I would be skiing some real selkirk powder. Ten of us toured up Grizzly shoulder, breaking trail through 40 cms of fresh snow. From there we went up to Little Sifton, and summitted the 9100 foot peak. great turns were had in the alpine but we knew the best snow lay below tree line.

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Steep and deep, hero skiing. We skied one lap into Grizzly bowl and toured back up our skin track to ski Puff Daddy home. Great day for all of us, Frank's second day of the season and he toured as much as his largest day last year. Imagine what he will get up to this year. 6500 ft of fantastic skiing, well a few hundred feet of alder bashing but pretty amazing for Nov 18.

Sunday
Nov192006

Mt-Mackenzie

Day 2 I woke up at five and it took all the motivation I had to get in the car and away from the comforts of home. But at 6 am I was hiking up Mt-Mackenzie and by 8.45 I was on the main Summit. Not a particularly high summit(8073ft) but a first of many too come. firstsummit.jpg

The windslab from two days ago was covered in 15 cm of fluffy white stuff and the skiing was better; still not amazing though. Again my goal seems immense but these are the hard days and 10 000 feet will only get easier. I ended up doing laps in a different bowl than the day before and was back at home and working on my concrete contertops by 1.30 pm. 10 100 ft  9 runs