Sunday, December 23, 2012
The second day of winter was looking wintery in Squamish. With a small weather window in the forecast for Saturday morning Jack, Dave and Gus joined me to hit up an old-growth tree zone near Squamish. Within a few kms of the trucks the snow was tits deep. It was clear sled trail breaking was going to take up our whole day to get at our intended zone. A quick change of plans and we were positioned to hit up Cloudburst Mountain's north facing slopes.
The "weather window" ended near noon!
Jack set an aggressive skin track and we got very close to the summit.
On our descent, Prior's Sales and Marketing Manager Gus Cormack found some amazing pillows to test out a pair of Husume's. The terrain was pretty spectacular!
It was deep.
And it puked all day.
No winter trip would be right without a very dark exit.
Friday, December 21, 2012
With work fully winding down Kurt and I braved the snowy roads to check out the pow situation on the Duffey. Wed night we found ourselves in the magical village of the Golden Pilsner.
Overnight we received 40cms! It was stupid deep and cold.
Hard to get better than this!
Bighorn sheep or sled?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
After a late night enjoying Christmas festivities Danielle and I headed out to a local zone that was sure to deliver what we were looking for. Ross met us a little later in the day to help with the up-track. It'll be tough to beat the three 600m run December face shots!
Beers at our place....
Friday, December 14, 2012
I was left wanting a lot more after all the work we put in breaking trail to the sun God so Danielle and I packed up and headed back to the Birkenhead early Sat am. As we left Squamish the weather was bluebird and the temps were cold!
The drive was scenic....
This time we were at the base of the mountain within 30 min of the truck!
It was only 10:30am and we were in the alpine!
We crossed some pretty aggressive slopes above Cerulean Lake with confidence in the snowpack.
At around noon the weather really started crapping out and a dark milky haze surrounded us.
Sun God Sun Dog!
We shut her down at 2100m on the North Ridge of the Sun God. With a pretty aggressive early season line in our future we spent some time looking at the snowpack. The good news was the Nov 7th hoar layer was deteriorating and bonding well on the slope we had chosen.
First big line of the year!
50 deg with interesting glide cracks and mini bergs to air over ....
Back to the pow wagon in the dark.
After another evening of beer and hot-tubbing we awoke early so a reasonable wether day.
The previous days tracks looked good....
Again the Sun God shone on us!
A great early season week-end!