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Wildhorse- waist deep powder.... best day ever!

post #1 of 17
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I have videos but I need to clean up. We had well over a foot of fresh new snow on top of what was already up there. This was crazy good. We hit a bunch of steep deep runs and with the deep pow it was like controlled falls down the mountain.  Just a beautiful day.  High energy buzz on the cat! many of the runs were waist deep. never skied anything like this.

 

Heres a few pics 

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rlcpics/sets/72157625811317522/

post #2 of 17

I love the shot coming through the trees.  It has snowgasm written all over it!!

post #3 of 17

I heart BC!!!

post #4 of 17
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wait till you see the videos.. the biggest problem has been keeping the chest mount cam snow-free....  seriously, several times the camera is completely covered.  We were skiing lines today that were between 45-50 degrees in sick deep pow. this has been an amazing 3 days. Avalanche danger is getting pretty serious and we are being very careful.  Tree wells are gi-normous too.   Skiing with your partner is a must, a simple fall can be an issue. SUPER FUN though. the mountains and trees are thickly covered in snow so beautiful.. 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

We hit a bunch of steep deep runs and with the deep pow it was like controlled falls down the mountain. 

 

Ah, I love that feeling ...
 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

We hit a bunch of steep deep runs and with the deep pow it was like controlled falls down the mountain. 

 

Ah, I love that feeling ...
 


+1

 

post #7 of 17

Looks awesome, Finn.  Those skis are huge!  Looks like you are strapping a snowboard on each foot.  Looks like you are having fun.  

post #8 of 17

Welcome to southern BC with a storm cycle in progress!

 

Skied with Pete No. Idaho at Whitewater yesterday (which, for those who don't know, is within spitting distance of the Wildhorse territory). Excellent stuff. He's promised a trip report in a few days. He skied with Big Red cats on Tuesday and at Red Mountain on Wednesday and it was all good. At Whitewater, lots of steep and deep. I don't have pictures. It was puking all day and I didn't get my camera out. Pete has a few though.

 

Finndog, it sounds like you need to move the camera to your helmet, although I have to say that if I had a camera on my helmet, I would have smashed it a couple of times yesterday.

post #9 of 17
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DUDE!!!!!  I skied Whitewater today!  WHAT A GREAT FRIGGIN MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  a true gem of a resort.  avi danger was off the chart yesterday in back country.  We had about 20-25 cms of heavy semi-slabby snow on top of a surface hoar layer,  the result  (im showing off my new limited avi knowledge) was a easy 6 breaking at about 30cms.... Not good....  Again I am extremely impressed with the professionalism and skill level of the staff at Wildhorse.

 

 

So we skied WH20 today.  this is just  a great place. super nice people, a true skiers mountain. like Cooley said, some real steeps for sure. We hammered a couple of runs that had to be in the 40 degree range of sweet chalky snow. Untracked stuff had a crusty top so you really had to be careful. I took a nice header off glory when my skis punched down through the crusty stuff and into the sugar below.  The trees up there are among the very best I have ever seen.  This is a place you could easily ski for several days and still not find all the goods. I still need to put up the videos and I will. THere's some great stuff IMHO. 

 

Powderhound - those are Bent Chetlers and I am really impressed with them. I had them on the steeps today and lots of bump runs as well as soft groomers today. At 123 underfoot, these skis are almost a great everyday soft snow ski. No kidding.....

post #10 of 17

Finndog, pretty good snow. Your timing was excellent.   Skied Whitewater the day before you and loved the mountain. Nice pics.

post #11 of 17

Finndog, sorry I missed you. I was skiing WH2O with my wife on Saturday.

 

Also sorry you ran into crust. Like Pete said, Thursday was the day for some very nice skiing.

 

You're right - the snowpack is very unstable right now. It's not a good time to hit the backcountry up here.

 

With only three lifts, we do make you earn your turns a bit. Get off any lift, traverse the ridge to pick your run, dive in.

 

I'm always happy to meet up with other bears (if they'll tolerate me redface.gif).

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riginally Posted by Finndog 
DUDE!!!!!  I skied Whitewater today!  WHAT A GREAT FRIGGIN MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  a true gem of a resort...

That's what I was waiting to hear. How did I miss this thread? I was looking for this over on your other thread, but I'm glad you finally got over to WH2O for a report. Although I only stood in the parking lot back in 2004 (on a day it was raining at Red and we were too shot to ski) , this was what I expected to hear now that the new lift is in and was the reason we decided to head there from all the way "over here."

We have exactly 16 days before our skis touch down there, so I'm guessing there's a good chance that some new snow will crush that thin crust and we can get out into the trees and whoop it up a bit. The weather is so borderline, but I think it has a good chance to end up real good. I think we're going to bail out now on Schweitzer. It got hammered with rain from what I can tell. Unbelievable, but probably for the best. Maybe we'll spend all week at WH20 and wait for Ullr to freak us out for a change. Maybe squeak in a day at Wildhorse while we're there too. icon14.gif
post #13 of 17
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yea, we did some traversing to some decent stuff. I really like the mountain, very cool.  Also, great food up there. Hannah pulls great shots over at the coffee bar too!
 

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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post

Finndog, sorry I missed you. I was skiing WH2O with my wife on Saturday.

 

Also sorry you ran into crust. Like Pete said, Thursday was the day for some very nice skiing.

 

You're right - the snowpack is very unstable right now. It's not a good time to hit the backcountry up here.

 

With only three lifts, we do make you earn your turns a bit. Get off any lift, traverse the ridge to pick your run, dive in.

 

I'm always happy to meet up with other bears (if they'll tolerate me redface.gif).

post #14 of 17
Team Pineapple Express 3 is now "considering" pushing back to ~March 2nd. We're not confident conditions will be so great for tree skiing at Red, WH2O, etc in 2 weeks (although anything CAN happen). Reading things like this is a bit concerning: http://backcountryskiingcanada.com/forums/?page_id=3/whitewater/whitewater-backcountry-near-nelson-west-kootenays-selkirks/

In a holding pattern at the moment...

 

post #15 of 17
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given the pattern I would shoot for the H2ho area, from there you can work where its best. South isn't going to be better. I would also give trevor a call at Wildhorse for updates on the conditions, my guess is they will be back to better snow sooner than later.  He's a very honest upfront guy.  He won't BS you on the conditions. 

post #16 of 17

You deserve the pow after what you endured this summer in SA. I thought your picture with the Bents before I blew it up was a snowboard too! The world is a big place, I guess it has to be waist deep somewhere, and you're the lucky one this time finding it. Have a ball!

post #17 of 17
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Thanks, did you check out the vid I posted?  Bents are awesome. super fun ski.

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