Well the new snow from the last few days has pushed the values into the critical range and stuff was touchy today. Super touchy. So we searched out some powder skiing amongst the trees off RMR. The skiing was epic, deep and fast but radar was set to high danger. So we had some great turns but always wary of any change in terrain. Anything slightly convex and unsupported would slide and propagate a bit. The trees were pretty good, 1000-2000 feet of good fall line with pillows all around. Daffys and 30 cm crown lines were the flavour of the day.
All day yesterday I kept thinking, that if the skin track was in, I should attempt a speed ski of Mt-Begbie; not a speed ski as in skiing with a little kite, but a fast as I can up and down speed ski. I have no idea what my previous record was but I felt that I could set a new one that would be pretty fast.
So with ski crampons on for some of the woods and my fast set up; Dynafit TLT5’s(next years boot), seven summit ski and titanium dynafit bindings, I began running uphill. All went really well, our skin track was windslabbed over in the alpine but the boot pack was still in up the ridge. In 2.5 hours I was on the summit and ready to ski down. Wicked turns down the NE face, through the cliff band and out. back to the truck. 2 hours 55 minutes round trip. 7100 feet. It felt great, I could probable take off 10 minutes but pretty happy to have broken 3 hrs.