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Day 2 of our trip we skied Red Mt.  It was half price day-which we didn't know until Wed AM boy timing is everything, lift ticket $24.00.  Weather was cold and overcast, very windy on Top and the backside was almost zero visibility so we skied the front..  We had great snow with about 8-10 in. of new snow.   Once in awhile could feel the crunch underneath.  We mostly skied the trees and had great snow.  Skied both Granit and Red Mt., no crowds, no lift lines and great snow.

 

 

 

 

Some of the tree area we skied, pretty steep but held good snow.

 

 

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Randy skiing through the trees.

 

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Red Mt. impressions.  Big area, lots of great steep tree skiing, rafters bar in main lodge had good beer and really good pizza to go with the beer. Not crowded, no lift line, sort a pain to hike up the hill quite a ways to get to lifts but hell then you're warm when you get there.  This was the really lst day I have skied Red because you can't count the last time as it rained really hard and I went home at NOON.

 

 

THURSDAY.   Drove Wed to Nelson and stayed in the Alpine motel, really convenient as you can park right in frront of room and makes 3 guys loaded and unloading etc. easier.  Close to town and friendly people, discount tic at Whitewater and 3 of us stayed for $89.00 - good deal.

 

Whitewater, got there at 0715 so we could park  close to lodge.  We had lst row but everything closed, coffee and breakfast not until 0800.  Mt. John Cooley (fellow bear who offered to show us around).  Snow was between 10 and 18 in fressh depending on where you were and very good, overcast day with good visibility.   Skied the east side first and warmed up in the powder and trees. Switch3d to hard side and skied there and new chair.

 

My impressions of Whitewater were that this is a REAL SKIERS MT., difficult and big.  You wouldn't normally think a skie area with only 3 chairs woould be rated as BIG but  Whitewater is big with plenty of Powder, Steeps, Trees and vertical.  My biggest regret was that I am an old fart and on the 3rd day my legs weren't what I wanted them to be.  Very impressed with the new chair area and Outback Bowl tree area 2,000 vertical of sold steep tree skiing, had a ball but honestly the run kicked my butt - but had fun.

 

Pictures are of J.Cooley and myself and wanted to include as an acknowledgement for a great guy who spent the day guiding us around Whitewater, THANK YOU JOHN from all 3 of us.  And the other picture is of some trees we skied.  Didn't get too many pic of Whitewater as I forgot to charge battery of camera.

 

 

 

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Johns on the L and the other guy is me.  Note the snow.

 

 

 

 

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We  didn't ski this area but interesting to note Whitewaters great terrain and attitude.  Sort of states, "Dangerouos area dummy if you ski it you better be good - proceed at YOUR own risk !"    John Cooley point this out to mee andsure says a  lot of Whitewaters terrain.  COOL

 

Thats it, had a great time.  Great snow, great mountains, great friends, good turns, lots of high fives and smiles, good beer and freindly Canadian people. What more can you ask.

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Looks like you had a great time Pete!

 

Red and WW are two of my favorite places to ski. I wish I could have joined, but work got in the way. 

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I'm glad you had a good time at Whitewater. It's not bad for a "local" area.

 

Below is a shot of my wife Susan skiing at Whitewater last April, when the visibility was a bit better. She's a pretty conservative skier, but she gets some powder, too.

 

Conditions are typical.

 

 

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The picture below was taken several years ago in an area that's easy to reach, but sometimes subject to high avalanche risk. We did not go there on Jan 13, 2011, although we did ski some fairly open trees behind where I'm standing in this shot.

 

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The text is a bit small as imported here. At any rate, it was taken on January 4, 2007, and we will be skiing the untracked snow to my right.

 

The territory visible in this picture is all accessible sidecountry with some climbing. Don't go when the avy risk is high!

 

Anyway, come visit! Bears always welcome, and the real bears are napping right now.

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Looks like you had a great time Pete!

 

Red and WW are two of my favorite places to ski. I wish I could have joined, but work got in the way. 



The 3 days were all great, fresh powder every day.  Retirement is great except for the years that are disappearing all to rapidly.

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That is a nice safari Pete. 

 

I am glad you guys got the snow.  But, oh I do wish I could have been there.  

 

Work sure can get in the way.

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That is a nice safari Pete. 

 

I am glad you guys got the snow.  But, oh I do wish I could have been there.  

 

Work sure can get in the way.


It was pretty awesome and the timing was perfect, fresh snow everyday.  Especially since it is raining now.
 

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Pete, nice report! Glad you timed it right. I think we're going to love WH2O, 2 weeks from now. Pretty psyched up for it! But, it's raining now? Where exactly? Grrrrr....Pineapple BAD! BAD!! mad.gif
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Looks like an awesome trip, Pete! Thanks for sharing the photos and TR. Glad everything stayed snow up there for you.

 

I think I've seen your buddy, Randy, a few times around the local ski areas.

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