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Some Pictures from my Ski Trip..

post #1 of 18
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Hey guys, I just got back from a trip out west! It was the best skiing experience of my life. I stayed in Calgary and skied five days. One at Fernie, one at Kicking Horse and Three at Sunshine Village. I'd have to say that all three were like nothing I'd ever skied before. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of Skiing in the Rockies, and I was not let down.

The first day at Fernie was Sunny, with beautiful, dry, packed and groomed snow. Kicking horse had three to four inches of fresh stuff, and I was blown away by the mountain. Sunshine got close to a foot the day before we got there, so needless to say a little powderhoundin' in the trees was all you needed to do to find some untracked stuff.


Top of Fernie


Beside the trees at Fernie


Coming out of the trees at Kicking Horse


Dropping my first ever Cliff (about an 8 ft drop) at Kicking Horse.


Riding the T-bar at Sunshine!!


Back into the Pipe, with the Sunshine Village Day Lodge in the Background.


Dropping off a 10 footer in the trees at Sunshine.


Standing By the "Wild Side" Double Diamond Sign on Goat's Eye at Sunshine Village.


Hope you enjoy the pictures. I had such a great trip, and I can't wait to get back to the Rockies next year..
post #2 of 18
Thanks. More eye candy. Always nice. How long (short) are those skis?
post #3 of 18
Nice Powderhoundin!
post #4 of 18
Check out Powerhoundin!

In the pipe, dropping off a ledge, gettin it!

Way to go!
post #5 of 18
Very nice.

Thanks for sharing..
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ryan:
How long (short) are those skis?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Those are 170s. They rip it up, the amount of sidecut is amazing, not to mention the added benefit of 23mm riser plates..
post #7 of 18
Thanks! Makes me want to go back again! Which was your favorite?
post #8 of 18
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lisamarie:
Which was your favorite?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's a really tough call.. I liked Kicking Horse because it was extremely steep, and there was some pretty crazy terrain without venturing too far off piste. I liked the layout of Fernie the best, and the trails were all really great. The snow at Sunshine Village was the lightest and fluffiest I've ever skied, however that may be an unfair comparison considering it was -4ºC at Sunshine, and +15ºC at Fernie. They all have their great points, to go back to, I'd rank Fernie first, Kicking Horse second (but could easily clinch first once it gets a little more developed, ie. another lift) and Sunshine wins the best mountain closest to Calgary consolation prize.
post #9 of 18
Powderhoundin,

Are those skis the Head Space XTi (115-65-101)?
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TomB:
Powderhoundin,

Are those skis the Head Space XTi (115-65-101)?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes they are. I love them.. Before I went out west I thought they might just be an Eastern Hard pack / ice kind of ski, but they worked fine in the powder, and they ripped up the soft pack quite nicely. They love to turn, they're stable, and are great for pretty much any radius of turn.
post #11 of 18
15 degrees Celsius! 170 cm skis! I’m shocked! My goodness, is America actually moving into the metric age? [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Great photos by the way. Wish I was there.
post #12 of 18
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Quote:
Originally posted by Pete:
[QB] My goodness, is America actually moving into the metric age? [img]tongue.gif[/img]
QB]
Remember, I'm Canadian..

Americans, well they're still a little unsure of what units they want to use..
post #13 of 18
Oops, should have checked your profile, thought you were just visitin!

Just got all caught up in the excitement

[ April 16, 2002, 06:54 PM: Message edited by: Pete ]
post #14 of 18
[/quote]Americans, well they're still a little unsure of what units they want to use.. [/quote]

Not me.
post #15 of 18
Powder,
Excellent!! Great pics!! Any tips on planning?
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by artimus:
Any tips on planning?
Well I hate to dissapoint, but I didn't really do that much planning. I have a cousin in Calgary, I was out there staying with him for 11 days, and I kind of just went with the flow, and managed to squeeze in 5 days of skiing. [img]smile.gif[/img]
The travel plan from Calgary we followed was outlined in my post in a thread called "where would you go in Canada?" except I did three days at Sunshine instead of a day each at Louise and Norquay..

Hope this is of some use.. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #17 of 18
Ya should have went a bit more to the left off of that jump at kicking horse and really pulled off a big first ever cliff jump!!

Kidding of course!! Great photo's thanks!!

post #18 of 18
I was at Kicking Horse for three days a few weeks ago. That mountain is the sheet. Spent 5 days at Fernie and that hill is great to. I would have to give my nod to Kicking Horse as far as terrain goes, but Fernie gets more snow.
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