Monday, January 18, 2010

Friends, Family, and Powder Skiing in Canada. Couldn't Ask of Anthing More.

First Glimpse of the Mountains in Rogers Pass, BC Canada


First - I have to thanks my folks for their endless support towards my skiing addiction and year two of them sponsoring the transportation for an epic adventure to British Columbia. Schweitzer, Whitewater, Revelstoke, Rogers Pass, and Kicking Horse... I don't think we could have packed one more place in. When Kris and I started looking into this trip, we both decided to not make any solid plans and promised to let the snow conditions and weather forcasts be our guide. A few days of wet storm skiing at Schweitzer and Whitewater pushed us north until we found ourselves in Rogers Pass with blue skys and our very own Canadian guide and dear friend Ken. I met Ken at Alyeska a few years ago, while he was on a ski patrol exchange from his home mountain of Kicking Horse in Golden, BC. Ken's knowledge of the terrain and snow pack was a re-assuring asset as we climbed 5 or 6 km up into some of most beautiful backcounty I have ever seen. Not to mention he brought his sweetie Wendy and two more local ripping chicks -which made the adventure that much more unique. I always enjoy it when the women out number the men in the mountains.

The following day we were joined by two of my favorite friends in the world, Brooke and Mike, both Girdwood Alaska locals, whom happened to be in the area for a hut sking trip. That evening Ken and Wendy opened their home to all of us for a few days and gave us a full tour of the slackcountry on the edges of Kicking Horse Ski Area. On our final night in Golden Ken's mom threw a fondue party in our honor and we took full advantage of the steam room and hot tub at Kickinghorse resort. Now that's a Vacation!

For those who might not be familiar with some of the skiing slang I've used here are a few definitions.

"Ripping Chicks" Bad ass chicks that like to have a great time on their skis
"Slackcountry" Ski touring from a ski resort with an open boundary policy
"dropping the cornis" jumping off of a steep a wind affected feature on a ridge

Taken from below Little Sifton - Peak Unknown ?

Wendy skinning, Rogers Pass, BC


I just love all of the lines in this picture

Rippin Local Chicks from Golden, BC

The final Skin Track up Little Sifton

Our fearlous leader Ken, scouting out the descent

Lisa making the powder look extra yummy!

Wendy

I just really liked the clouds and trees in this picture

Brooke

Mike

Kris dropping the cornis into the "Toilet Snake Chute" Slackcountry of Kicking Horse.



Wendy, Brooke, and Heather (Me)