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TR: Interior B.C. - The Powder Highway 01/03/09 - 01/19/09

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The Powder Highway is a trip through the B.C. interior, stopping at several heli and cat areas. Our crew went through it in shifts, hitting Valhalla, Snowwater, Big Red Cats, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and Chatter Creek. In this clip, some of the crew starts things off at Valhalla:



Following Valhalla, some of our crew hooked up with part of the Rossi team for three days at Snowwater. Here is some of their time there. Featured skiers are Sage Cattabriga Alosa, Kye Peterson, Austin Ross, Ian McIntosh, Bob Legasa, with Rossi managers Jason Newell, and Paddy Kaye:



This clip is a bit offbeat at the beginning. Patric took the crew to an old mine near the cabin. As it says, it was late at night and the crew was accompanied by their own bartender. You can use your imagination. Following that, a jib session broke out the next day:



Watch the beginning of this clip as Patric from Snowwater provided bombed avalanche control to Valhalla Cat Skiing, Whitewater, Snowwater, and Baldface. The snow-flow is impressive! This was our second shift's second day at Snowwater:



We spent a day with Kieron and Peter at Big Red Cats. Excellent location with some great terrain. The guys at BRC are top class folks! Too bad stability wasn't better but considering what we had to work with, it was a great day:



After Red, part of our crew made it up to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. I've been to Revy many times for heli-skiing but this was something I've been wanting to do; ski the newest big mountain resort in the area. RMR is spectacular and we hit it on an awesome day. Thanks to Sj and Ashley for making this happen and to the Hillcrest Hotel for dealing with us on short notice:



The last stop: What was left of our crew spent two days documenting our time for Chatter Creek Cat Skiing. What an awesome place! Without a doubt, the most remote, scenic location I've ever skied!



Unfortunately, I hurt my back on the last day of the trip. Fortunately, it was the last day of our trip! The snow could have been deeper but with all the bluebird we got, it was perfect! We had an awesome ride!
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Now that's a TR. Absolutely superb. Great skiing, camera work, snow, and destinations.
Stoke++
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Now that's a TR. Absolutely superb. Great skiing, camera work, snow, and destinations.
Stoke++
Ditto, awesome.

Michael
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Thanks GM,
I am planning to hit some of those spots. Leaving in about a month.
JF
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Goldmember,
All I can say is

I really wish I had the money to go back to Snowwater this year.

I think I recognize some of those runs in the second video.....those trees are awesome but of course those guys are skiing them MUCH faster than we did.
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Goldmember,
All I can say is

I really wish I had the money to go back to Snowwater this year.

I think I recognize some of those runs in the second video.....those trees are awesome but of course those guys are skiing them MUCH faster than we did.
The runs you recognize are off the ridgeline in the cat-skiing terrain, just at First Peak. We were running that ridgeline on both sides and the skiing was very good. It was difficult to get to the alpine due to avi conditions so we spent the bulk of the time on that ridge. I'm fairly certain you probably skied that too.

Patric did a bunch more glading last summer and has opened up a great deal more space in there. He's continuing again this year with the same plan. The gladed tree skiing there is better than anywhere else I've ever been and just keeps getting better each year. You should give it a shot again next year, if you can put it together. It's definitely a great spot!
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The runs you recognize are off the ridgeline in the cat-skiing terrain, just at First Peak. We were running that ridgeline on both sides and the skiing was very good. It was difficult to get to the alpine due to avi conditions so we spent the bulk of the time on that ridge. I'm fairly certain you probably skied that too.

Patric did a bunch more glading last summer and has opened up a great deal more space in there. He's continuing again this year with the same plan. The gladed tree skiing there is better than anywhere else I've ever been and just keeps getting better each year. You should give it a shot again next year, if you can put it together. It's definitely a great spot!
That's what I thought....I had talked with Maria earlier in the fall and she told me that they were glading that ridge more. I will definitely be returning to Snowwater as soon as I can come up with the $$.
post #8 of 23
Absolutely top notch trip report!

I am so jealous!
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Wow, I just never get tired of watching videos of great skiers flashing some great skiing on great terrain (in what appears to be perfect conditions!). Down right inspirational! I couldn't tell from the video-was Sage running the skis that now bear his name (S7's)??

I was at Red a week ago-had a great time, didn't see any freshies-but good all the same (Trip report forth coming....but I think I'll just borrow Goldmembers videos!).

Man, that's good stuff

Liam
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Bump because it's so good
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Wow, I just never get tired of watching videos of great skiers flashing some great skiing on great terrain (in what appears to be perfect conditions!). Down right inspirational! I couldn't tell from the video-was Sage running the skis that now bear his name (S7's)??

I was at Red a week ago-had a great time, didn't see any freshies-but good all the same (Trip report forth coming....but I think I'll just borrow Goldmembers videos!).

Man, that's good stuff

Liam
I believe Sage was on next year's S6. Kye was on the S7's. We hit Red right after Snowwater (Big Red Cats one day, Red the next). They need some new snow. I hit a bunch of rocks, including one with my right leg after falling that left a nice big bruise. Hopefully this week we'll be getting some snow in the PNW.
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TR

Goldmember, great TR. Where is Chatter Creek Cat operation, that looks awesome ? Gotta do that.
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Great footage Goldmember!!! You sure hit it right for the start of the trip! On the 7th i think it was we got that 70+cm of fresh OMG it was sweet! Been lacking since but forcast looks good for the next two days again. I love the Revlstoke {Kootneys} area. Its a three hour drive from hear though so rather just go to Powder king. Nice Videos totaly top notch shots!!!! Those S6 and S7,s realy rip the pow nice!
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Goldmember, great TR. Where is Chatter Creek Cat operation, that looks awesome ? Gotta do that.
Chatter Creek is in the middle of nowhere. To get there, we turned off Hwy 1 onto a road about 22 km west of Golden, B.C. From there, we hooked up with our Humvee escort and drove a forest service road north for 70 km. Then we transloaded onto snowmobiles and went about another 25 km to the lodge. So, it's essentially 95 km NNW of Golden on the western flank of the Rockies. There is nothing between the rendevous point and the lodge so it's a very remote operation. I guess they typically fly guests in but we got there later in the day and, being a film crew, we were on the budget plan; which was just fine. It's a really cool place but it is definitely way the heck out there.
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I need to apologize to Rossland's own Mike Hopkins who also is part of the Rossi team and was at Snowwater with the crew. My bad!
post #16 of 23
Man, I have to get off the site. I am having a real need to go ski right now. Great video.
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WOW! Thanks for the great videos! I am stoked, begging for more snow B4 Feb 9th! Need I say more!

post #18 of 23

Great skiing!

Great skiers!

Amazing footage!

 

Which camera did you guys use in this kind of trip?

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Great skiing!

Great skiers!

Amazing footage!

 

Which camera did you guys use in this kind of trip?

 

I don't do the filming but Peak Video uses both the Sony Z1U HDV and Sony FX-1 HDV.  Everything is shot in HD for use in television shows they produce.

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Nice!

 

I'm a videografer, I use a Sony V1-HDV wich is pretty similar to the Z1.

But I've never used my camera in such extreme conditions... but I plan to

tks

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Nice!

 

I'm a videografer, I use a Sony V1-HDV wich is pretty similar to the Z1.

But I've never used my camera in such extreme conditions... but I plan to

tks


 

I'm always amazed at what Jimmy does.  When I first started filming with him, he was packing a BetaCam around with all the spare batteries, extra tape, the whole bit.  That thing probably weighed 45-50 pounds and was in the elements a LOT.  Now, the cameras he (and you) uses are lightweight, the batteries are smaller and last longer and he can go just about anywhere.  I don't believe he's had any problems with either of those in the past two or three years he's used them.  He has a weather cover on them but, other than that, doesn't do anything special to protect them.

 

Looking forward to your videos.  Post 'em up!

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wow.  In my next life I really have to work harder at making Ski Bum my career.

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Looking forward to your videos.  Post 'em up!

 

Well, I still haven't got any professional HD ski footage... very tropical around here ...but I plan to have soon.

anyway, I have some very nice Rain forest and Amazon footage, will send my demo reel to "Peak Productions"

they may need some extra crew in their future productions

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