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Sun Peaks this weekend - Nov 19 and 20th

post #1 of 18
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Who is up? Looking good so far for snow
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Gonna miss you again Lee, I'll be up Nov 24-27
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darn it rick. Go to whistler instead that w/e and I would cart you around! No need for a guide
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Definitely let us know how it is up there. I'm going up in four weeks for four nights and hoping for some good snow/weather/fun.

Lee - any idea how the cat trips are up on Todd?
David
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
Definitely let us know how it is up there. I'm going up in four weeks for four nights and hoping for some good snow/weather/fun.

Lee - any idea how the cat trips are up on Todd?
David
david -I'll check but afaik the cat trips were up Morrisey and are now moved somewhere else due to the lift going in. I might tour a bit up to Tod Lake itself - is that what you were thinking?
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david -I'll check but afaik the cat trips were up Morrisey and are now moved somewhere else due to the lift going in. I might tour a bit up to Tod Lake itself - is that what you were thinking?
Thanks Lee. They send me one of their brochures which mentioned cat skiing that included lunch and lift access to top o' the world, which led me to believe they were running it off the top of Todd. I might give them a ring -- not today, since it's opening day -- to see what the deal is.

Also, just looked at the trail map they sent -- it's changed from last year's, re-drawn -- and yep cat skiing area is marked on top of Todd. Where is Todd lake? Can't see that.
thanks
David
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Hey Lee, as tempting as that offer is, I've got friends and family coming up (that weekend is Thanksgiving here in the US) that would probably be upset if I blew them off and went to Whistler instead :-). I plan to do some touring off the back while I'm there assuming coverage is good.

I did the Cat Skiing off Top of the World two seasons ago. The runs are short and snow conditions obviously depend on how recently it snowed. When I was out there we encountered quite a bit of breakable crust, not exactly the best conditions for skiing. But I've also seen a lot of people down in Masas with big smiles on their faces drinking beers with guides after what they said was a fantastic day of cat skiing. As I mentioned, the runs are short and there isn't a lot of real technical terrain back there, they will tell you it's an intermediate "introduction" to cat skiing. But if the conditions are good back in the Giles, you're gonna get some good snow back there, more north face options on the back side of Todd.
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A couple friends and I'll be there LeeLau. I made opening day (wednesday AKA today) and things are definately looking good. I felt like I was the only person on the slopes too, save for those austrian racers.
post #9 of 18
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David - Tod Lake is back off Tod Peak. Its a little lake that's surrounded by bowls. Maybe 500 ft runs tops. Like i said; there's really not that much terrain up there for bc but I might check it out.

Liquidnails. I'll pm you a number so we can hook up for a few runs. Did you ever get your backcountry gear?

Rick - Next time then! I'll show you some nice spots
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Sounds good, LeeLau.

I never did end up getting my BC stuff. I got the skis but realized I'd never be able to afford touring bindings, skins, etc. I mounted them alpine and am waiting till next year when I'm out of student mode and in career mode, and hopefully in the kootenays.
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Thanks Lee. If you head up, let me know how it looks. seeya
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How was your trip to Sun Peaks, LeeLau? The snow was a little wet but it was nice to be out on the slopes again.
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How was your trip to Sun Peaks, LeeLau? The snow was a little wet but it was nice to be out on the slopes again.
Sorry I missed you but I forgot to pm the phone . We skinned up Morrisey on Friday for some turns as the backcountry snow coverage on the top of the Coquihalla was poor. So we just skied one day on Saturday.

West Bowl trails are bare with rocks. Avoid Crystal chair till they get new snow. Didn't bother skinning up to Tod Lake due to lack of snow.

Decent coverage on Lower Sundance Mountain; decent coverage too on Morrisey - despite the trails to skiers right off I dunno being signed closed they actually have decent coverage. You have to jump a creek at speed on those trails so heads up please.

Overall pretty good for early november but definitely fast and cruisy
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I think I saw your tracks out to westbowl. We bootpacked up to the top of the world and had a look at the westbowl area (no-no) and ended up just sessioning the two turn face with all the rocks directly off the front side of the top of the world. We saw some hooligans rolling a giant snowball down Gil's. The thing had to be at least 6 feet in diameter. By afternoon Sundance was about all that was worth skiing unless dirt, bushes and rocks are your thing. And I saw Hermann Maier in the liftline. Those austrians sure know how to carve. Here's a short video clip from Saturday: http://www.badongo.com/vid.php?file=...77.AVI&s=black
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Dude - that looked painful!

I'm tempted to go up next weekend just to watch the Austrians. What a show! The world's best skiers - up close and personal.

We have passes to Sun Peaks this year, so it's enticing. But, so long as Mt. Baker is wallowing in snow, it's difficult to justify the 5 hr. drive for "dirt, bushes and rocks". Hopefully, they'll get more soon.

Overall, how is the backcountry terrain at Sun Peaks? Do you compete with the Cat-skiing operation for the same BC terrain?
post #16 of 18
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Its tough to get up close to watch the Austrians so if that's the main draw I wouldn't go.

Baker and the coast will have more snow then Sun Peaks IMO.

Watch for new snow otherwise don't bother.

Sun Peaks bcountry - not so good. Terrain is very limited especially with paucity of snow.
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LeeLau: Thanks for the feedback. It validates my intuition on the trip.
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Ended up being a great weekend up at Sun Peaks. Thursday was clear and the conditions were a bit marginal and icy. Top of the mountain wasn't worth it unless you want to ski the 5 mile the entire way but Sundance had good coverage. Didn't hit Morrisey but heard it had the best snow and coverage. Friday we headed over to Morrisey first thing and it was in fact the best skiing at the resort. Started snowing around noon and things got nicer as the afternoon progressed.

Woke up yesterday to 10" of new snow. Headed right over to Morrisey again and it was really sweet. The 4 black diamonds trails that drop back down to the village were great and took a while to skied out. First powder day this season for me, ski_rick is in a much better mood now
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