Feb 14 - 15, Revelstoke Ski area

Morning line up for the Gondola
Woke up to 9 inches of new snow.  Great way to start the day.  Had to dig out the car from a winddrift.  The city of Revelstoke has a 1.2 million dollar budget for snow removal.  This January they have already spent 600k. 

They open the lift at 8:30am, and we left for the hill at 7:50am, as we are only 5 minutes away from the ski hill.  One thing we remembered  from the last time we were here, was the Gondola line was huge on powder days.  When we arrived, it was much longer than our last trip.   I think it's pretty standard to have a huge line-up for powder days.  The only way to access the mountain is the one gondola.   Rumor was we needed to be in line by 7:30 to be up front.

As we traveled upward on the second gondola, we could see there was still plenty of untracked powder.  With a vertical of 5,400 feet, longest in north america, there is a lot of space to spread out.  Had a great day with the claimed 9 inches of new skiing more like a foot.

Rest break.  

Day 2 saw sunny weather.  Skied the North Bowl and then headed to the huge sidecountry on the south side. .  Didn't really hike.  Traversed into some nice snow.   Another great day.

Francine in North Bowl,  took the Lemming entrance and traversed into bowl.

Gondola shot at coffee break

Side-country skiing.  Lots of fresh powder
protected by bad visibility in the morning.   Would have been perfect to skin for a little better ski lines.


Still lots of fresh snow

Lunch in the sun

Birds were aggressively swooping for food

Another side country shot

Feb 11 - 13, Panorama BC

Nice views and cold weather

We made the 9 hour drive to Panorama BC in great weather.

Our first ski day is Sunday.  Panorama had great groomers, and was real cold.  -24 Celcius, which is -11.2 Farenheit.  We were bloody cold.  Our feet suffered the most.  The strange thing, is the other people on the hill didn't seem to be as bundled up as we were.

On Sunday 2/11, we made a trip out to Taynton Bowl.  But we definitely had the wrong wax for -10 Degrees Farenheit, yes minus 10 degrees Farenheit.  The snow was real sticky and funky.  Francine couldn't even drop into C-Spine in Taynton bowl, without serious poling.

On the lunch break, we dropped our skis off at the rental shop for a wax job.  Still, we were sticking at the top of the mountain.

Monday 2/12, was slightly warmer, starting the day at only -20 Celcius, which is only minus 4 Degrees Farenheit.  Still bloody cold!!!  But the sun was out today.  It would take a few hours before it came over the top and actually shined on the slopes we were skiing on.

At the end of the day, we did make our way out to Taynton Bowl, hiking to Never Never land.  Here, the snow was nice and made us think we should have tried the bowl a little earlier.

We went out to dinner at The Cabin and had a lazy evening.  The next day, we had a delayed exit from Panorama, as we evidently left the dome light on in the car, and had to have security come jump us.  The battery was so dead, that they had to call in the big gun battery jumper.  We drove thru blowing snow thru Rogers Pass on our way to Revelstoke.  Hoping for 8 inches of snow in the morning.

Dropping into Taynton bowl

Francine skies out of Taynton Bowl

View from one of the small on hill warming huts.

Feb 7, Grand Ridge

Still raining at Snoqualmie Pass.  Dropped down to Issaquah for some warm and dry weather.  Trails were in great shape at Grand Ridge.

Feb. 3 Mattawa

It's been raining.   A lot.   Had fun in the rain yesterday, snowboarded at Alpental, but need sunshine.  Thankfully got the invite from Sean Courage to go find sunny weather.   Broke the dirt bike out of storage, and headed for sunny Mattawa, above the Columbia river.   With temps over sixty degrees it was the break from rain that I needed.  Trails were in great shape.   Mattawa is the kind of place where you end up riding in circles eventually, but for a mid-winter ride it works well. 

Jan 25, Mt. Snoqualmie

Summit Photo, Mt. Snoqualmie
Summit at Snoqualmie ski area  shut down due to no water pressure.    Only option was to earn your turns.  After skiing Hyak yesterday, I was ready for a little more adventure.   Drove over to Alpental for a leisurely start up Mt. Snoqualmie.   A group was already finishing their day as I pulled into the maintenance lot to park.   Ended up with an excellent skin track up to tree line.  Dug a snow pit at 5,000 feet and found almost 2 meters of snow over a firm layer.  That's pretty deep!  Total snowpack was 345cm.    After my pit break, continued around the corner, where the skin track continued.  It looked like two people were ahead of me.  They eventually dissapeared and booted  over to the south ridge.  I continued on to the top of the slot couloir then booted/skinned up to the summit, elevation 6,280. 

Top of the Slot Couloir

Jan. 22, Crystal lift served Southback

Kevin finds a clean line,
Crystal Southback

Hooked up with Greg Louie on Monday for the drive to Crystal.   Made the hike to Southback for a couple of runs that were well worth it. 

Greg Louie makes tracks

Hooked up with Frank at lunch and skied until it was time
for beer and nachos at The Snorting Elk

Jan 19, Alpental Slackcountry


Both gates open at Alpental today.   Lapped out Big Trees then Stokes.   Still a thinner snowpack then I would think by this time of year.   Big Trees was a little funkified.  Stokes skied very nice.  Strong wind scouring heading over to Big Trees. 


Kristin,  Big Trees


Scott checks the flex pattern of his new boots.



Jan. 12, Silver Peak

About as much view as I would get.  North Ridge of Silver Peak
Itching to get a little exercise, I headed for Silver Peak.   Walked over to Hyak and took the lift up, then  took the crossover trail to Silver Fir Lift for a mechanical lift to start the tour.   The crosscountry system was in great shape and I made great time to Ollalie Meadows.   As I climbed the lower flanks of Silver, I found fairly soft snow and good coverage.   Unfortunately Silver remained covered in cloud cover above Windy Pass.    As I neared my high point, the North Ridge of Silver, the wind intensity magnified.   I would hazard it was blowing at least 50mph.  I tucked over the ridge, on the Lake Annette side, and found enough shelter to sit down for a snack.   Skiing home, the skiing initially was quite good, followed by a stretch of skiable but not ideal soft stuff with a thin breakable crust.  Amazing to get out on a weekend and have the whole shoulder of Silver Peak to myself.  It is always a hump to get out there.

Bit Breezy

Dec. 27, Mt. Catherine

Favorite backyard ski tour.  Rode the chair up Hyak and skated out with Kelly and Scott.   Did an approach variation which may for a nice climb.  We were hampered by the low snow coverage.  Lots of large fallen trees made for interesting route finding.   Nice climb to the top followed by fairly thick snow(fluffy powder gone) and lots of small trees still poking out of snowpack.   Lot of climbing for short ski, but a good day out in the woods.

Kelly breaks trail

Scott nad Kelly

Pillow drops?

Reaching upper slopes

Summit shot

Scott's goggle shot of Kelly and Kevin

Scott dropping in at the top



Scott, exit apron



Dec. 22 Powderopolis, pow pow

Hooked up with Kelly and Silas for a tour up in Alpental vicinity.   Conditions still excellent.  Take yesterdays powder and add 4 or 5 more inches.   Not bad.  Even spotted the sun between snow flurries.

Kelly gaining elevation

Dropping off the backside

Silas lined up for powder


Blue sky and fresh tracks

Kelly attaches skins after a short third lap

Silas demonstrates proper ski technique