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Callaghan Lake - Nov 4, 2005

04.11.05 - We started from Alexander Falls at 2700 ft and ending at Callaghan Lake at 4000 ft. Three in the party all on AT gear. Snow was patchy at 2700 ft to 60 cms of unconsolidated at 4000ft. The snow is an unconsolidated schmoo that seems to be great for a base. I didn't bother going to the lake or even trying to ski the slopes we picked out. The slope angle was too low for decent touring as the snow was heavy and slow. Plus my wifes and TS's feet were killing them. We elected to do some tranceiver search practise and ski out.

Snowed approximately 8 - 10cms on us during the 6 hours we were out. The ski out was hard - snow continually sticking to ski bases. Don't bother with Callaghan Lake until there is more snow.

The picture below is just below the parking lot at 2700 ft. Snow accumulation was about 2-3 cms; another 5 cms fell at this elevation. You can drive another 1km with snow tires and probably another 2kms with chains

This picture is at the Callaghan Lake sign approximately 1.5kms from the lake itself. Snow depth is approximately 50 - 60 cms at 3900 ft.

Tranceiver practise at a turnout just before the junction to either go north to the lake or west to the commercial XC ski operation. Snow depth is approximately 60 cms.

Blackcomb Opening Weekend - Nov 5, 6 2005

05.11.05 - Opening Day - Skied Blackcomb. Was in the lineup at 8am and still was on chair 100+. Another person who was in the lineup at 7.30am got chair 60. Did two fast runs down Solar Coaster in knee to waist-deep snow then the crowds got insane. My legs were toast so quit at 1pm or so.

06.11.05 - Skied Blackcomb inbounds again. Not much to report. Ran into some people who said that the glacier was still crevassed but that it was skiable. RidgeRunner is also accessible by skinning up from JC to Glacier and over to Crystal Chair and apparently is superb.

The picture shows the lineup on Day 2. There were 5,000 skier visits approx on Day 1. Day 2 was much less crowded.

This picture shows Chainsaw Ridge already somewhat filled - in. Coverage was surprisingly good.

From other friends -

Elfin Lakes has too much snow! There's too much wet heavy stuff for turns to be had so best to wait for the pack to consolidate a bit.

Cerise Creek trailhead has a little bit of snow - maybe 5cms. The slopes of Chief Pascall still look really rocky.
post #2 of 92
Good TR, LeeLau. It looks like it could be a good season for the coast, and everywhere in general.

I bet it feels good to get out there.
post #3 of 92
What State are you in? Great pics.
post #4 of 92
Originally Posted by ATskier
What State are you in? Great pics.
I agree, ATskier. I wish there were more pics on the board.

There is a picture of the lower terminal that has the name of the resort in large letters ...Blackcomb. There are also text references of Blackcomb that LeeLau has provided.

Blackcomb is in the province of British Columbia. You can see that LeeLau is also from British Columbia.

Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: North Vancouver; Whistler BC
Posts: 518

In Canada, there are no states. There are 10 provinces and 3 territories.
post #5 of 92
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oooh I forgot to update this thread

Here's how the weekend went

Click link for more - http://www.leelau.net/2005/blackcomb...ombnov1213.htm

post #6 of 92
Yeah, but Alberta wants to be a state
post #7 of 92
Yeah, but Alberta wants to be a state
post #8 of 92
Lee I'm happy for you. Your season is really comming together. Just so depressed we have no skiable snow here around Tahoe. Now I know how you in the PNW felt last year.
post #9 of 92
nice pics ...we're drooling LeeLau.
post #10 of 92
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Playing hooky on Paul Ridge, Squamish BC powder

click link for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/paulridge...idge161105.htm

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Whistler Nov 25th

The day after opening day on Whistler it snowed for the first time in 2 weeks. I was expecting dust on crust but the wonders of windloading meant that the 5cms reported new snow skied more like 10cms.

Some young rippers - Steph and Morgan going down Harvey's to the Harmony ski-out. Wish I'd started skiing that young.

Older (but better) ripper Ron finding goodness in Boundary Bowl.
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Tr: Some sidecountry off Whistler - Flute backsider

Not the most epic conditions but powder is powder

Click here for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/flute261105/flute261105.htm
post #13 of 92
It's settled. I definately have to get to Whistler sometime this season.

Awesome pics LeeLau.
post #14 of 92
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TR: More Whistler sidecountry - Flute and Oboe

Click here for more - http://www.leelau.net/2005/flute291105/flute291105.htm

post #15 of 92
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TR: Decker Mtn and Glacier - Blackcomb Dec 10 2005

Click here for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/decker101...cker101205.htm - lots of panos so be warned

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post #17 of 92
Originally Posted by LeeLau
Playing hooky on Paul Ridge, Squamish BC powder

click link for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/paulridge...idge161105.htm

Where did you really take these pictures? Everybody knows the sun never shines in the lower mainland.
post #18 of 92
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hey brian - its the wonders of photoshop. How's the rockies?
post #19 of 92
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TR: Mt Brew Dec 11, 2005

Click here for more - http://www.leelau.net/2005/brew111205/brew111205.htm

post #20 of 92
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TR: Cowboy Ridge Dec 16 2005

click here for more

Caption contest ??

post #21 of 92
Gaaawwwddd! Please stop! I can't take it any more!
I want to go skiing, but I'm broke and stuck 6 hours from the mountains...
post #22 of 92
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TR: Blackcomb - tour of four glaciers

Click for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/pattison1...ison171205.htm

post #23 of 92
Really enjoying the trip reports. Keep them comming. Sure would like to see more of this stuff.
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TR: whistler inbounds Dec 27 2005

At Headwall on some waist deep untracked wind-transported goodness I ski cut and triggered a size 1 avalanche. Headwall is at about 1900m and faces NW hence the windloading from the SW'ers. Crown was 15cms; bed surface was 1mm crystals which felt like the result from the previous day's storm cycle. The deposit didn't run far, exposed the rocks nicely and the bed surface actually made for good skiing

click here for more http://www.leelau.net/2005/whistler2...tler271205.htm

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TR: More Whistler and Blackcomb Dec 29 and 30 2005

Click here for more: http://www.leelau.net/2005/whistlerb...comb301205.htm

post #26 of 92
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More from Dec 31st

Lee on Headwall

Kevin with the face shots

More snow in West Bowl

and more from Jan 2d 2006

Bit of a lame inbounds day - too tired to tour so missed out on some epic conditions. Won't bother to create a new thread for this

Snow phone reported 30cm of new snow and a base of 155cm, up from 135cm the previous day. It seemed like a honest 30cms but with freezing level at about 900m so I passed on Peak to Creek. Visibility was good and wind didn't seem significant. The new snow consolidated quickly. Seemed heavier then yesterdays whiteout and low viz conditions where I didn't even bother to take pictures because its not often you get to lap Harmony and Peak without crowds when its snowing 6 - 8cms an hour.

I rode Whistler, and it was extremely busy with long lineups everywhere I went. Peak & Harmony both opened around 10ish, but it didn't seem to alleviate the crowds at the other lifts. Neither Franz chair or T-bars were open to help with the problem either. Simply too many people. Give me whiteouts and snot-freezing winds and no crowds any time.

Wind slab in some aspects - apparently winds were up to 100km/h. Unlike yesterday didn't manage to trigger sluff or small slabs even on the traditional convexities on Headwall. Still managed to squeeze out untracked powder but there were lots of people to raid powstashes. Garbonzo runs were open - eg Tokum; Bearpaw. Quit early - 6 days straight of skiing with no day less then 10cms new and I'm bagged.

Here's Andrew on West Bowl when Peak opened.

Ryan in Whistler Bowl missing out the rock-strewn skiers left which concealed freshies.

The next lap I managed to convince the group to deke over to Sneaky Petes. A few rocks at the entrance scares away gapers and leaves some untracked.

Not much fresh left on West Bowl; by the time we got to it the rabid hordes had already had their fill

Colin finds the high traverse into West Bowl. Some patrollers have tracked out the Weekends above the bowl.

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Touring in the rainforest - Chief Pascall

Click here for more http://www.leelau.net/2006/Chiefpasc...alljan0705.htm

post #28 of 92
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Skied today Flute - Flute Backside (Se slopes down to Oboe Creek) up to Oboe then the east slopes through the trees to Singing Pass trail.

Then another lap down from Peak chair to Bagel Bowl to Peak to Creek/

TONS of snow; wind-transported light (well for us) fluffy goodness insanity down through Flute and Oboe. Not too shabby too in Peak to Creek. More to come

Dug a hasty pit. Remind me what HS means? I don't have the OGRS memorized doh

12.01.06 1823 m; overcast; winds SE 5-10 10:40am

Slope 38degrees; NE

Snow depth 245 CTM 16 at about 55 cms and 65 cms both not SP or CS. No results down below - didn't worry about temps so excuse the lack of other data.

I also kicked the cornice in the to middle portion of the slope down from FLute Backside to Oboe Creek loose; it had formed nicely and released satisfyingly easily. Since it dropped on to a bench it didn't run very far.

No sluff; reaction or any naturals seen on anything we skied but viz was moderate to poor

Sharon on Flute




post #29 of 92
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Blackcomb January 13 2006

Today was off the hook, sickter, radiculous, OMG. No more talk; just pictures. 30cms new but 2 to 3cms an hour falling all day and not much in the way of liftlines. Alpine wasn't open due to AC. High winds made the snow in the trees just fine.

Sharon in trees on CBC North

Rob on trees on CBC North

Just to give you an idea of tree skiing in Blackcomb; here 's the cat-track exit from Max's.

Even late in the afternoon there was good snow in Outer Limits

Late in the day on Max's.

Sharon on Sideroom. No faceplants necessary to coat her head in snow - that's all snow face shots.

I knew I was tired and making mistakes when I hucked this 20 footer (anyway I think its 20 feet or so) at the end of Fraggle Rock onto a shallow anlge landing leaving the bombcrater. Good thing there was nice cushiony snow but now my ass hurts. The snowboarder at the top decided to take a more conservative line.

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Whistler - January 14, 2006 - 30cms new; 60 cms in 48 hours

After a rather epic uncrowded day of skiing 30cms of deep pow in the trees on Blackcomb the day before, we were greeted by another 30cms of snow, this time on Whistler.

Huge crowds as Baker was shut for avalanche control. Apparently highway lineups were insane. We lline up for the Peak. 20 minute wait and we're loading and its our turn to farm Surprise. Huge open powder bowls with no-one in front of me = Happy Lee. We do another lap and while all the sheeple are on Shale Slope find freshies again on Surprise.

After a bit more powder farming on some secret spots we finally slow down enough for me to get some shots on a nice untracked sloe that shall remain nameless. Here's Sharon.

Then comes Ron

On our last run of the day, Frank finds us some blower snow using his Jedi Squamish mind-tricks. Here's Sharon

We finish up with Upper Khybers then ski out with rubbery legs to Creekside in the sun and a fresh dusting on Sproat Flank and the Callaghan.

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