I haven't posted here in awhile so I may as well return with some video road-stoke. A core group of us plus some other people hitting the road with us for one trip or another had a big year. We did it in three phases; one for 12 days into the interior B.C., one for 10 days back to the interior, and one for 12 days into southeastern Idaho. Here's our story.
We started the new year right, leaving Jan 2 for Revelstoke and Selkirk-Tangiers heli-skiing. Stability was an issue all season, especially early so we couldn't get the steeper or more open terrain but still got some good snow and had some fun. Here's S-T followed by an awesome day at RMR:
Revelstoke Mountain Resort:
After Revy, our group split up and a couple of us went to Snowwater (sorry, no video or pics) while the others hit K3 catskiing and Big Red Powder Cats. After a few days, we hooked back up for White Grizzly. Too bad the Pineapple Express was coming in as we weren't able to fully explore what WG has to offer. We're definitely going back. Here's what we got though, and it was fun!
After going home for about 10 days, we took off again and headed back up. Our first stop, Retallack. If you haven't been, it's got to be on your list. This place is off the hook. We only had two days before we had to move on but those two days will be the new standard for me.
After Retallack, we made our way northeast to Chatter Creek. This place is remote but worth the road miles. It's more open, mostly alpine terrain but stability was improving over the few weeks from when we started so we could get some steeper stuff. This was a blast.
To finish up the second leg, we went to Fernie Wilderness Adventures. Doubling as a fishing lodge in the summer, FWA is a down home 'remote' adventure just about 15 minutes out of Fernie. We had heard it was flat but not where we went. There is some really fun terrain in the Rock Garden and Big Quarry that we spent most of three days in. The video shows it pretty well. Never mind the nutcase at the beginning, he's just the host for our shows:
Coming home again, we left after just 5 days and hit Grand Targhee for two days, Sun Valley for two days, then onto Soldier Mountain, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek, and Kelly canyon. Here's some of the time we spent but without anything from SV or Kelly Canyon. We shot there but I don't have any clips from them. If you haven't skied some of the smaller areas such as Soldier, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek or Kelly Canyon, I highly recommend it. With a bit of hiking and some locals showing you the way, you can find some really fun stuff.
Grand Targhee: Managed to catch a little new snow with beautiful blue sky. The views are awesome!
Soldier Mountain: This is a great alternative to spending all your time at Sun Valley. It's a fun little hill with some decent snow, at least on this day. I don't know if it's always okay but I've been there twice and hit it good.
Pomerelle: Apparently nobody skis trees there. We were the only people hitting the untracked in the woods. This is a fun place.
Pebble Creek: I really like this place. It's smaller but it's got great steep stuff and fun terrain. Plus the backcountry access it provides is pretty big.
We finished the season back home at Schweitzer with a day hitting Selkirk Powder Company on April 7th with about a foot of new to close out the year.
El Nino or not, we managed to put together a pretty decent year and had a lot of fun. Thanks to all of the people who made all this happen, especially the people at the various operations and resorts who were spectacularly friendly and hospitable! Can't wait 'til next year!