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Deep Freeze

Damn it’s cold out there. -20 degrees is just plain absurd.  On Sunday Jordy and I skinned and skied down Main Run on Granite. I was a bit concerned on the way up, particularly in the Bowl, as there was no base whatsoever on top of the rocks. But by picking our line with care, skiing fast and staying light on our feet, we managed a clean run in nice powder. It was too cold for photos.


The crew at Wildhorse – Checking out the new toy.

Yesterday we had orientation at Wildhorse catskiing. In the sun and out of the wind it actually wasn’t too frigid, and we got a chance to play around with one of the new tracked Suzuki pick-up trucks we’ll be using to transport guests up to the Pass.  With seats and some weather protection installed on the back, we expect they’ll be an improvement over the snow-mobiles towing trailers that we’ve been using. Here’s a short video of the truck in action.

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Granite Cam



With clouds that have enveloped Rossland clearing for the first time in a few days, I checked the Granite web-cam, and it’s looking snowy and beautiful. More snow tonight and tomorrow.

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Old Glory on Canada Day

Ed – Ripping it up.

In what’s become something of a tradition, there were 9 skiers dropping into the Goat Chutes on Old Glory yesterday. Conditions were perfect, steep corn skiing, and a little wider and less intimidating than in years past. I’d stashed an old pair of skis on top of the mountain last year, figuring to save myself hauling them in and out, but they’d been taken and so I had to borrow my brother’s skis for a run. I like to think that mountain people live up to a higher standard, but I guess Old Glory isn’t remote enough to select out the degenerates. Regardless, it was a fun day in the mountains with friends.

Cam – On the top third of the run.

…..and continuing on.

Nicole – All Style.

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Summer Skiing at Kokanee

Joanne – Stoked to be on the summit.

With the road into Gibson Lake open, access into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park and some great summer skiing couldn’t be easier.

Andrew – Dressed for the beach, on the Glacier.

Andrew – South-West facing Couloir off the Glacier.

It’s a hard life  – Camping on a bench below the Key-hole.

Andrew – Dropping from the summit of the high peak East of Kokanee Lake.

Andrew – From the Col, with Gibson Lake below.

Andrew – Chuting.

Andrew – Milking the turns at lower elevation.

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort


Alison on Kill the Banker. 

Before heading to Roger’s Pass I got a chance to ski at the new Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Unfortunately my visit corresponded with both Alberta’s Family Day and President’s Day in the US, so the lifts and the especially the parking were overwhelmed, but it was a sunny day with 20cm of new snow, the ticket was cheap (just $44 with my Red Pass) and I had a local friend to show me around, so we had a fun day. I’ve skied many mountains that don’t measure up to the skiing I enjoy on a regular basis at Red, so I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the hype, but I was impressed. The bottom half of the Resort is always going to be marginal skiing, so the huge vertical will really only come into play once or twice a day (just like skiing at Whistler), but the the upper mountain is both more extensive and provides better quality skiing (bowls, cliffs, and gladed trees) than I had anticipated. The facilities are first-class (what a contrast to Red!), the views incredible, the snowfall adequate (though they’ve positioned the resort on perhaps the least snowy mountain in the region), and when the proposed new lifts are in place and all the terrain is accessible, it’ll be hard to beat. Revelstoke itself is woefully unprepared for the changes taking place, still a red-neck town without the services to meet the needs of the resort driven influx (despite the crowds of forlorn caffeine  junkies wandering about on Sunday morning, all the coffee shops and breakfast joints in downtown were closed) , but with the speed that condos are selling and housing prices are rising, it won’t be long before Revelstoke is transformed into another resort town for elites.


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Patrollers Suspended at Red

From the days of Olaus Jeldness and his Tea Parties culminating in a drunken Chinese downhill, to creek jumping on mushrooms, good times and community at Red Mountain have always been celebrated with a devil may care bacchinalian spirit.

Unfortunately a puritanical and risk averse mindset seems to dominate amongst current management, and they’re stamping out uncontrolled revelry wherever they find it. In the most recent incident, ski patrollers were suspended for 2 weeks, for the heinous crime (sic) of drinking beer after work (not on licensed premises).

This action can be seen as part of a continuum, in which so many of the traditional and unique skier community celebrations: Turkey Roast, Lifty’s Challenge, Creek Jump, beers at Cirrhosis Point, Terminal Day snowballs, and nude skiing, have been eliminated.

It’s not as though the latest crew in charge have anything personal against indulging in the pleasures of vice, I’m sure they enjoy a beer after work as much as anyone, but their record betrays a over-reaching need for control. As though by forcing people to conform to their sterile vision, they can somehow compensate for the vagaries of the weather, the economy, and of life itself.

Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?

Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?

Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?”

-Lao Tzu.


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