10 000 feet and a couple of friends
My eye lids are getting heavy, and I am fading but I will try to recap today’s adventures.
It all began at 5.45 when Dave picked me up, a 6 cup espresso in my hands and we were off.
We toured up quickly to the top of Grizzly Shoulder, by 8 am we were in position, 3100 feet of great skiing below us. I then followed Dave down as his wing man, just off his left shoulder, yipping and hollering behind him. We careened down the slope, hitting little jumps and just shredding the deep selkirk snow.
Dave then took off to Edmonton and I joined Aaron and Brian. We followed the skin track up Grizzly and skied a steep and deep shot down to the bottom of Teddy bear. Then we broke 2000 feet of skin track up to the top of teddy bear ridge and then tore down through steep open spruce trees. A non stop top to bottom run of excellent untracked powder.
We then followed this with a tour up to the top of 8812 bowl, but being the weekend four people had beat us to the top, we watched as they enjoyed the fruits of their labour.
By now Aaron and Brian were up to 8300 feet toured and I had hopes of getting them to tour ten with me. So we shredded 3500 feet of alpine skiing, slightly wind touched but still out of this world powder.
We toured back up 1700 feet, by this time it was getting late and slightly dark. But the powder was so consistent and perfect that it did not bother us at all. Possibly the best run of the day, pillows and open glades led us to the valley floor.
The idea behind a ten thousand foot day is to maximise you day, and get as much great skiing as possible. Today was a perfect 10 000 foot day. Brian and Aaron could not have picked a better day to get out and ski some amazing powder. A lot of incredible powder.
Fantastic day for myself, 13 000 feet and too much good skiing. My battery died today and I was not able to log any of it but who cares? It was perfect backcountry session.