Monday, December 27, 2010

Season Prep

The 2010/2011 snow did not come "in like a lion" but rather teased us with promise of precipitation and left with high freezing levels followed by cold temps resulting in a typical Rockey Mt snowpack rather then the usual Coastal goodness.
Growing up in Northern Ontario has conditioned me to appreciate any snow in the mountains, and opening days of Whistler and Blackcomb had us stoked.

Early season is a special time of year as the mountain is fueled by the local stoke, and the crew is in training with thoughts of the season's adventures ahead. With everyone still at home base, Ian MacIntosh organized a day of avalanche and crevasse rescue; our combined knowledge and experience proved strong and it was good to get everyone on the same page.

Santa was generous this Christmas and we received 44cm of overnight pow and 87cm in 24hrs for Christmas day; the second best gift anyone could ask for (our best gift was given 2011 years ago).

I can't believe I'm leaving this amazing snow in Whistler, but it's time to go heli and cat skiing in the Kootenays with photographer Jordan Manley, and Dendrite Studios.
Stay posted for photos and videos to come ....