Most Pacific Northwesterner's are well aware of the effects that El Nino has put on our area resorts. Lack of snow and some resorts closing up shop for the season. It seems that I've been on one road trip after another in search of that quality snow. We'll I found it this past weekend at Chatter Creek in British Columbia.
How I have longed for that "Cold Smoke"
Our first day we awoke to the crisp air of the Canadian Rockies and Bluebird skies. Our guides got us into the goods right off the bat. It had been a little while since some of us had the chance to ski soft snow.
Deseri getting her Game On!
A little warm up to check stability and then we were off to one of Chatter Creeks iconic pillow Fields. Damn, those are fun. We played in this zone for three runs getting our fair share of freshies, air, bumps, crashes and steeps.
Man Eating Pillows! skier:John Witt
Videographer Tim Sorenson dropping the camera bag to Drop into the Pillow Line
The pillows are more like riding a bucking Bronco, Hang on and let er buck!
Soft snow and Bluebird skies, Yeah Baby!
We moved around to a different exposure in the afternoon where it was more wide open cruising and an opportunity for the girls to do there traditional "Naked on Top" photo.
Desi and Valerie "Naked on Top"
Day 2 same scenario except we flipped over the Clamshell and dropped into the Oyster Bowl for some big wide open spaces. With solid stability, our guides thought there might be a chance we could ski the Black Pearl a run that has been skied in over two winters. A little cutting out of the cornice for our entrance and we were dropping into a c huge that had a 45-50 degree pitch for a few hundred meters. Damn, dropping into that entrance gave you a little pucker factor!
You want Steeps, Chatter has STEEPS!
Chatter Creeks Big Tenure
Throughout the rest of the day we played in South Park with some wide open cruising and a few steep, technical lines if you chose. You can bet we chose!
Brad Albert discussing his line with the input from Guide Brodie.
Overall great trip and some pretty sweet snow quality.
Here's a short video from our first morning in the pillow fields. Enjoy
Edited by Freeride - 2/25/15 at 10:36am