Monthly Archives: February 2013

Wildhorse 2013

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We’ve had epic deep powder conditions all this past week.

I’ve been spending allot of time guiding at Wildhorse Cat-skiing this winter. Consistent high quality powder and a high standard of clients have made for great skiing. Here’s a small selection of the pics I’ve been snapping during my days.

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About to drop in off the Peak.

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Another sunny day in the mountains.

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Mustang Bowl.

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Tail-guide’s tracks.

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Work-mates.

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Resort Skiing

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All the boys posing in the sunshine.

A bit of new snow overnight, sunshine, and concurrent long weekends bought out the crowds at Red today. I had a full day of social resort skiing, with a rare opportunity to make runs with both my brothers and our cousin, some cruising with my sweetheart, and  lots of amusing people watching in the lift-lines. The snow conditions are still pretty firm, and what with the crowds  and after a lengthy debacle trying to get some food we didn’t get in a whole lot of vertical, but sharing my passion with the people I care for still makes for a wonderful day.

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WTF?

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Local rippers going for it under the chair.

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The girls in the Pits.

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Wurttemberg Mountain

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Wurttemberg Lake

In breaks between powder skiing at Wildhorse, I gaze out upon the surrounding peaks, mind-skiing the obvious lines, and contemplating the endless possibilities for adventure. Wurttemberg Mountain, the prominent (2377m) multi-peaked massif to the south with its steep and complicated north-eastern aspect obscured from view, seemed an intriguing objective for these dry and stable conditions.

Climbing into Wurttemburg Lake from Seaman Ck, we skied by weeks worth of fun pillow lines, and the lake itself is ringed by classic rock lined chutes worth returning for, but we were focused on the cloud shrouded peak. A full day of effort was required, steep switch-backing up an imposing head-wall, ski-cramponing up a narrow and exposed ridgeline through a white-out,  and steep boot-packing in facets, until finally breaking out of the clouds onto a sunny summit. Exhausted but satisfied, and with a 3000’ descent to come.

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Pillows

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Route-finding up the headwall.

 

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Kieth – Boot-packing to the top.

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Jordy – Breaking out of the clouds.

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Chuting.

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Dropping into the bowl.

 

 

 

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Wildhorse Peak

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South-East Face of Wildhorse Peak

Some skier’s perceptions of cat-skiing are limited to wiggling through meadows, but when conditions are suitable, we get onto the challenging stuff. This morning was sunny and windless above the clouds, with hoar-frosted powder on the steeps.

 

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Side-country Touring

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Gnarled Trees of the Rossland Range.

There’s alot of terminology used these days to finely differentiate the various ways we ski-tour, but Red Mountain has always been a great place to gain your vertical on the lift, then tour out and ski down to a waiting vehicle.

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Pilsner Man – with Hip-Hop cranking from speakers. Ah the serenity.

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Our lovely little mountain town.

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Elise – Field of Dreaming.

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Greg – Yes there’s powder to be found.

 

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Technical moves on the ski-out.

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Norns.

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A sunny break on a cloudy day.

Busy with work and guests, ski-touring hasn’t been a priority just lately, but I managed to squeeze in a day out in the Norns with friends. Recent wind and warming kept expectations low, but travelling was easy, and the turns were smooth and soft.

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Scoping the line before dropping in.

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Cornice detail.

 

 

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Surprisingly good snow on the descent.

 

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