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A day off Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke Mountain resort opened up yesterday, bringing easy access to high alpine skiing. So I brought the kids up the Gondola and gave them a view of the mountains. How exciting would that be a for a 2 and 3 year old? They have ridden it before but lots has changed in the last 7 months and I bet they enjoyed the ride.

Today we took the lift up to the top and hiked our ways to the sub summit. Slightly cloudy and forbidding we boot packed along the ridge towards Mt-Mackenzie. Looking for Door number One, we peered down a few great lines and arrived at our door. Since this is a lean season there was almost no cornice build up and we were able to ski directly into this great line.

Aaron, Dave and myself dropped in and carved some turns down the 2000 foot run. I, with a pvc head cam unit, skied it first and I may have gotten a cool perspective on the descent.

From this point we toured north and then east around the summit of Mt-Mackenzie and started making our way up the north ridge. None of us had ever been up here and we were loving the exploratory feel of it.Eventually it got a little gnarly looking and we chose option A. A two thousand foot  line that  tumbled to the valley floor. The snow was smooth, neast facing with no wind effect, great turns. From there we toured up into a new basin and watched some friends ski a salt&peppery line off the ridge. Lots of amazing chutes around, I counted over 16 into the small basin we toured up.  I am sure to be back to savour a few of them. A steep boot pack plus a couple of short tours brought us back to the gondola and a speedy download.

It may be a lean season but we still managed some great turns today and some fun exploring.

 

Point of view

I would guess that one of the reasons I like running this blog is to try and get my point of view across. Kinda show off the mountains the way I see them, give readers my point of view. Well today i started filming with a POV (pointofview) camera. Its  camera attached to a harddrive. It seems like the best quality for a head camera.TGR uses it!

I filmed about 30 minutes of head cam footage of which I will use 38 seconds, but it is exciting to have two angles on the action. It might make it seem like you are here with us.

Today we headed up Video peak. It was skied by about 15 people the other day and now has a new 25 cm on top. Absolutely no evidence of their tracks. We stood on the summit and waited for the clouds to break, they finally did and we were given a decent descent.  We would have skied the main face but felt that there was much more loading on the leeward side of the ridge. So we skied the direct line which gets a bit more blown off. It was safer to ski what had less snow than that which had wind deposited slab.

Great turns and then we toured up to 8812 bowl and had a great 3500 foot run to the valley bottom. The sun broke through and gave us some great light.

Fun day to be filming with the head cam and I am starting to get enough footage for the first movie of the year. Probably have it ready for Dec 1.

all for now. I hope you like my point of view.

new lead

        It feels so great to be out in the mountains again. Many long hard days to come but all so beautiful. Today was no exception, Roger’s pass was as beautiful as it gets. Great light all day and then some beautiful alpen Glow.

It may only be the second day of the season but I was interested in checking out a new mountain. Hermit Mt. It sits within 1.5 km of two summits I have skied from but somehow I knew nothing about it. Like most ten thousand foot peaks around here it is no gimme. 

Dave, Aaron and I broke out of the clouds around 10 am and from then on we had a gorgeous day. The summit of Hermit looked attainable and we stared at its ridge. If we stayed directly on the ridge it would be 5.5 but we hoped to bypass the cruxes on class 4 terrain.

We booted up to around 9500 feet and decided to turn around. Its hard to have confidence to bootpack up a 45 degree face on our second day of the season. The slope we were bootpacking up had slid during the last cycle and the first 400 feet was perfect booting. But then the slope steepened and Aaron looked into the snow. His compression tests showed that there was a moderate collapse with a clean shear down about 25cm. Deep enough and fast enough to make us worry. So we turned around and skied home.

It was such a perfect day for filming. Nothing epic but some nice touring footage and a few wicked deep turns.Dave’s first turns of the year looked awesome from my vantage point.  Great day except for the bottom 1500 feet which sucked. Melt freeze, barely covered rocks with sticks sticking out everywhere.

A bit of exploration and some new lead to trace on my maps.

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