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Wildhorse Cat skiing & powder mining Ymir, BC January 11

post #1 of 22
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Ymir is located outside of Selma, Near Nelson BC.   Skiing today was a bit cold, -11 in the Am warming up to about 10 maybe....   Serious powder here folks and some excellent steeps with great terrain. untracked runs every time, most are at least 30 degrees with shots of 40. Here are some pics.  After a breakfast we take snow mobiles that pull sleds with 4 people in them up the mountain for about a 1/2 ride. then into the cat.  Unfortunately, the cat didn't want to start due to the cold so after a 1 1/2 standing around we finally got it up and running.  It was worth the wait, the terrain and snow were that good!  

 

Here is the slideshow, too many to post. I have more to come.

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Edited by Finndog - 1/15/11 at 4:00pm
post #2 of 22
Nice! I've been considering this and will be in Nelson in 3 weeks. Just booked a room at the Best Western there for 4 nights. Then we're heading to Schweitzer, but that could change. Looks like WH2O should have great skiing off the new chair. You heading over to check that out as well?

How are those Keepers? Never heard a report on them! I'll be skiing my I-Rocks for the first time in the am here at K-Mart where 18" of fresh light fluff awaits us.

Can't wait to get to BC, you picked a good week!! Lets see more pics. drool.gif
post #3 of 22

I'm not too impressed with an outfit that takes one and a half hours to start their Cat in the am. And if that temp is -11celcius then it is not really all that cold, in fact it is a perfect temp for light dry snow.

post #4 of 22

There are some stories about those guys...

post #5 of 22
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Dano, that's -11 F not C and it no one predicted the temps to drop that low.they even had heaters on the engines.  No one had an issue, we still got a full day of skiing in. No complaints at all from anyone.  these guys are top notch! Excellent guides and they do a fantastic job. I will definitely be back next year!   BTW- I see you are located at a competing resort????
 

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

I'm not too impressed with an outfit that takes one and a half hours to start their Cat in the am. And if that temp is -11celcius then it is not really all that cold, in fact it is a perfect temp for light dry snow.


Edited by Finndog - 1/13/11 at 6:41am
post #6 of 22
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you should definitely do it!  I will PM you but this place rocks for sure. Its what skiing should be.  The Ymir palace is great place to stay as well.  
 

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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post

Nice! I've been considering this and will be in Nelson in 3 weeks. Just booked a room at the Best Western there for 4 nights. Then we're heading to Schweitzer, but that could change. Looks like WH2O should have great skiing off the new chair. You heading over to check that out as well?

How are those Keepers? Never heard a report on them! I'll be skiing my I-Rocks for the first time in the am here at K-Mart where 18" of fresh light fluff awaits us.

Can't wait to get to BC, you picked a good week!! Lets see more pics. drool.gif
post #7 of 22

Finn,

Next time try out www.Snowwater.com  the shoulder season Kootenay sampler will treat you right and you will never regret spending the cake....if you thought the cat skiing was good there....doing it in a heli is times 2 or 3

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Yeah, -11 F is very cold. I don't go resort skiing in those temps but it would be doable out of a warm Cat. I do work part time at ski shop at Sun Peaks, but it in no way competes with a Cat Skiing operation. Except for 35 years ago when SP was Tod Mountain there was one chair lift covering 2900 vertical feet and 30 to 50 people skiing mid week.

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Dano, that's -11 F not C and it no one predicted the temps to drop that low.they even had heaters on the engines.  No one had an issue, we still got a full day of skiing in. No complaints at all from anyone.  these guys are top notch! Excellent guides and they do a fantastic job. I will definitely be back next year!   BTW- I see you are located at a competing resort????
 

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

I'm not too impressed with an outfit that takes one and a half hours to start their Cat in the am. And if that temp is -11celcius then it is not really all that cold, in fact it is a perfect temp for light dry snow.

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Ymir is located outside of Selma, Near Nelson BC.    

 


Um, that would be Salmo, not "Selma." Anyone looking for Selma will be disappointed. Not that there's that much to Salmo, either...
 

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post

Nice! I've been considering this and will be in Nelson in 3 weeks. Just booked a room at the Best Western there for 4 nights. Then we're heading to Schweitzer, but that could change. Looks like WH2O should have great skiing off the new chair. You heading over to check that out as well?

How are those Keepers? Never heard a report on them! I'll be skiing my I-Rocks for the first time in the am here at K-Mart where 18" of fresh light fluff awaits us.

Can't wait to get to BC, you picked a good week!! Lets see more pics. drool.gif



 

If you like steeps, trees, cliffs, challenge, long verticals in the trees etc. then stay at Whitewater it skis way bigger than Schweitzer.  Or try Red or fernie and they too are way more of a skiers mt. than Schweitzer.  Without me writing a travel dialogue if you have questions PM me I have skied them all.

post #11 of 22
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Consider staying at the Ymir Palace on your trip, this is a fantastic B&B style hotel that offers home cooked meals in a restored mining era hotel.  The owners are fantastic people and its less than a half hour to Whitewater   http://www.ymirpalace.com/  the owners are the Roscoe and Belinda White, "Rosco" is a ski legend in these parts.  

post #12 of 22
Interesting! Thanks for that info -. I did not expect to hear that Whitewater skied way bigger than Schweitzer. We've been to Red and Fernie and wanted to try something new. Plus, Schweitzer left us with an easy trip back to Spokane. We figured WH2O would be good with the new chair and for untracked glades but weren't sure it's worth a week, but looks like the Pineapple is hitting Schweitzer in a bad way right now (and some of Fernie) while WH2O and even Red seem to have avoided the mank for now.

We booked the Best Western in Sanpoint so we could bail out at the last minute if we had to. We just might do that and stay with Red & Whitewater. Not looking for any cliffs at my age, just good snow and some nice glades. Looked like Schweitzer might have some of that fron what I could find on it, but I guess north of the border is the place to be.

(sorry for the hijack, Ron!)
Still haven't completely ruled out a day at Wildhorse either. beercheer.gif
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho  If you like steeps, trees, cliffs, challenge, long verticals in the trees etc. then stay at Whitewater it skis way bigger than Schweitzer.  Or try Red or fernie and they too are way more of a skiers mt. than Schweitzer.  Without me writing a travel dialogue if you have questions PM me I have skied them all. 

 

post #13 of 22
I guess I was posting to Pete above while you were posting this:
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Originally Posted by Finndog 
Consider staying at the Ymir Palace on your trip, this is a fantastic B&B style hotel that offers home cooked meals in a restored mining era hotel.  The owners are fantastic people and its less than a half hour to Whitewater   http://www.ymirpalace.com/  the owners are the Roscoe and Belinda White, "Rosco" is a ski legend in these parts.  
 
We're not locked into anything except out flights to Spokane, so we're still mulling things over especially with the sketchy weather in some places. I had seen that hotel and it looks pretty cool. We did want to stay in Nelson after having passed through there years ago and it seemed like a great town.

On the flip side, one of out guys just found he has some kind of business connection who may be able to hook us up with a good deal for part of the week at Red, so we're waiting to find out what that might be.

How's the weather up in Ymir?

 

post #14 of 22
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avi danger is very high but WH20 is skiing very nicely. The front that is pushing in is dicy and looks like the freezing line is rising but if it was me, I wouldn't be heading to red or Schweitzer, but check the sites.  I will miss this.......

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post #15 of 22

The pineapple has even reached Whitewater, although with less damage, I suspect, than at Red or Schweitzer.

 

There was light mist all the way to the top (6,700 ft) today, but the skiing was surprisingly good, with about 4" overnight that skied smooth and creamy. It was getting quite heavy by noon, and I was skiing without goggles, since the mist covered the lens quickly and made seeing anything difficult with frequent (oof!) surprises in the flat light. The skiing was easiest if done with minimal skidding. Tip 'em and bend 'em - almost as it you're carving the corduroy.

post #16 of 22

arvemeister, you've been caught in our 3rd pineapple this year - ugh.  Schweitzer, Silver, Lookout are all getting rained on pretty hard.  Whitewater is higher than all so probably best bet.  Good luck looks like Thurs it will cool of to around 32 in daytime and in 20's at night which should help.

post #17 of 22
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How's the weather up in Ymir? 

Ymir is similar to Nelson. It's a bit higher, so a degree or two or three C cooler. It's in a valley that doesn't get much sun, so it holds snow.

 

The Whitewater day lodge is about 4,000 ft higher than Nelson, and generally several degrees cooler. The Environment Canada weather forecast, found here, often gives the snow level if it's going to be above Nelson. They've hit it rather closely the past few days. The lodge is at 1,645m (5,400 ft) elevation.

It looks like it's slowly cooling down, and the snow line is dropping.

 

The Whitewater snow report page also gives a very brief forecast - usually just a few words.

post #18 of 22

You poor soul.  I bet you woke up to more snow.........aaaaaggggain.

 

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post #19 of 22
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back home now and miss it already. Great people up there.  true soul skiers/riders. 

post #20 of 22

My "caption this" for this pic.

Guide to the right of the picture:  Youz guyz put yer skiz side by side each and go down dat gosh dern hill, eh?

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post #21 of 22
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close it was more like  "Ok, ey' so this run is a little steep OK, "  translated to "dude, this is frickin' steep...

post #22 of 22
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My "caption this" for this pic.

Guide to the right of the picture:  Youz guyz put yer skiz side by side each and go down dat gosh dern hill, eh?

 


TC, I tink dat's summa dat dere Yooper talk!
 

I lived in Marquette many, many (many, many, many...) years ago.

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