When the avalanche danger rises I tend to go to several safe zones, where I know the runs and can avoid all start zones. Winds combined with new snow and rising temperatures have created warm windslabs with a tendancy to move. Since terrain is always the answer we went to Mcgill shoulder where I know the runs inherantly and can avoid all danger while still getting great skiing.
Ian, Frank and I toured up from 3300 feet to 7000 feet and had several runs down the treed slope. I have been working on this front roll/front flip combo that seems to be working. Fall forward off whatever and keep rolling. Hopefully you will get around enough to land on your butt/skis and pop up out of the powder cloud to resume skiing. All the while acting as if you had meant to do it. Great move, something to work towards.
The love of my life, Tracey is now 4 days away from her due date so I find myself touring with baited breathed, and not because of the extra laps I am trying to get in. I will have to stay closer to revelstoke till the birth day, I would hate to miss the birth simply because I was out skiing. Some things are more important than skiing!
10280 feet of uphill hiking and 10280 feet of great backcountry skiing.