Trans Canada Highway shots
There is something to be said about skiing lines that you can see from the highway.
As you approach Revelstoke from the West, somewhere past Sicamous you enter the first of the monashee mountains. Large hills and smallish mountains surround you and then all of a sudden the first alpine face screams down at you. Mt-English towers over the highway and I can never help but stare and get excited about being home.
It’s North West face hints at an amazing line. There appears to be a chute that slices down from the summit and exits onto a lagre alpine face. From the highway; its tough to tell whether or not it goes, the chute is so deep that you cannot guess if it goes with rocks or without.
Last season I flew over the area and was able to finally see directly down the chute and I was psyched to see that it went clean.
Ever since that flight I have known that I would ski this line this year. All my information was gathered and it was simply time to wait for the conditions.
The conditions were there today and we shredded this line in fine style. Easy sled up, quick tour to the ridge, ramble along the ridge, quick powder turns, up the glacier and boot pack to the summit. Wrap around and into the chute, be blown away by how deep and curved it is, jump turn the 1000 foot chute, peel out and onto the face, enjoy awesome facetted powder turns down the face, eek around a few cliffs and center punch it to the bottom. Perfect.
And now in twenty years when I haven’t skied in over a decade I will be driving the Trans canada back to a town I once lived in and I will look up and be reminded of a great adventure I had years before.