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Ymir Lodge

Sometimes you get exceptionally lucky. Our group of 16 flew into Ymir Lodge after over a meter of new snow in the previous week, and 25cm the night before. Then the sun came out, temperatures held, and we shredded incredible powder lines for 7 days. The Rossland Range was visible in the distance, yet we were in another world, living the dream of ski-touring every day, eating and drinking like royalty, and enjoying the company of a great bunch of friends. Ymir Lodge isn’t quite as fancy as some of the much more expensive hut options, but it’s comfortable and spacious with everything you need, and the amount and quality of accessible terrain is hard to beat. I’m told there’s availability through March.

 

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Wildhorse Heliskiing

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An incredible machine.

With some creative planning, and picture perfect conditions we pulled off a great day of heli-skiing at Wildhorse yesterday. It was the first time for me, and I was pretty stoked to be dropping off on the top of spectacular peaks, and skiing new lines with a group of clients.

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Baldy

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Felix

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Just another sunset.

 

 

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Back on the Horse

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Perfect Glades (pic by Elise)

When I finished up last winter Wildhorse  had plans to relocate, and I figured my cat-skiing days were done.  But through a complicated turn of events we’re back in Ymir, and I’m stoked to be guiding a couple of days a week.  I just had our first couple of groups for the season, and whatever trepidation I had about conditions was unwarranted. We skied a selection of the classic lines in boot deep easy skiing powder that exceeded everyone’s expectations, including my own.

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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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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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January 13th Update

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Fetching Eggs – Early morning in Rossland.

The timing couldn’t have been better. Sunny snow-less conditions over the Christmas break made for some picture perfect days at Wildhorse, then as the kids and workers returned to their regular schedules, we were treated to day after day of new snow  and empty lineups at Red.  Been too focused on shredding to stop for pics in the fog.

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Elise – Carving the Main Run with -17 degree visual effects.

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Warming up from a cold sled ride at Wildhorse.

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Pulled Pork Poutine.

You’ve got to re-fuel the motor. Half priced butter chicken wings at Rafters (Thursday nights at Rafters) deserve a mention, but the pulled pork poutine at The Spot (Cedar Ave  in Trail) is in class of it’s own. A 5000 calorie flavor explosion.

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Breaking a trail to Record.

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Laps on the Quim.

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Skiing into 2013

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Elise and I, enjoying late afternoon sun on the Headwall.

The storms that inundated us through December have taken a break, but with consistently cold temps the snow remains dry and soft wherever it’s untracked.

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Cam, linking together the openings below the OK Chute, on his birthday.

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I never get tired of trees loaded up with pillows of powder.

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“So well, just follow my track”. Guiding at Wildhorse.

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Elise, getting her groove back in the powder at Wildhorse.

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Granite Mountain.

 

 

 

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