This past weekend was again spent
up in C-wood. With Friday off, we headed up Thursday night to catch 3 days of
Ontario’s best bumps. The weekend did not start off to great, with two bunnies
hit in a 5-minute span near the end of our journey; our luck didn’t seem to be
very good. But seeing as tomorrow was Friday, it would be Blue nice and early
before the crowds hit it. Living right in front of Blue has its advantages, it
means you can wake up at 8 and still get one of the first chairs up the hill.
But Blue being the mountain they are couldn’t coordinate getting the right
tickets to sell thus leaving us waiting till 9 before we picked up tickets.
Mind you at $19, that’s a steal. Well….maybe not, they ended up only having 4
runs open, with guns shooting which didn’t make ridding Ontario’s best to
great. So I figured lets check out this park they have. The previous weekend
had included a trip to St. Louis where their park had 9 features setup
including 2 jumps, so I expected the biggest resort in Ontario to have
something. But after talking with countless clueless lefties and hiking to the
other end (skiers left) of the silver bullet, not park was setup. So 11 o’clock
was our calling and we packed up to hit the backyard jumps.
Yours truly with the MJ crotch grab, eagle included (Vitols photo)
Shot of Rob sitting-taking-a-crap-with-MJ-crotchgrab Steeze
Guess what my new trick is called?
Sunday forecasted a good bit of snow,
so again we headed out early, knowing the weekend crowd would not be far
behind. Getting out of bed and walking into the kitchen area to grab whatever I
could find, I looked out side, and suddenly wanted to go right back to bed.
Noisy blowing winds made for a chilly scene. With a flick the weather network
was on and claim a –25 C with wind-chill. Well I had taken the effort to wake
up this early, so I figured why not go. So we packed up and headed out, with me
foolishly passing on a facemask. Instantly we knew we were in for a cold one.
As we unloaded our skis, we knew our time would be limited, but the site of at
least 10 runs open and new snow made it a bit easier on us. First chair up,
they had snow guns blazing to get as much snow down with the temperatures so
cold. Passing through the blowing mist, stung the face, like sand on a windy
beach. The first run down was filled with snowdrifts and very low light. With
skis being used thanks to Kevin, which were a good 7 cm bigger and a good 20mm
wider than I was used to, were not fully under control although the drifts made
for a good work out. The 2nd run was worse, with pretty much zero
visibility, whiteout conditions and random snowdrifts knowing the tree line and
finding your way down the hill was a matter of keeping a couple ski lengths
behind someone else, who hopefully knew what they were doing. After 8 runs, and
my face being numb….until someone stated the side of my nose was frostbitten,
so I knew I needed to warm it up ASAP, me not thinking took my whole hand and
held it there for a good 30 sec. Till I notice my hands was frozen so I stuffed
my hand back in my glove and headed to the lodge. After warming up and the
acknowledgment of some lost skin, we headed out for till 11, till frostbite had
come back and decided to call it a day.
The rest of the day was spent conjuring up possible jibs,
all fairly unsuccessful, but enjoyed.
Boy does that new 70-200 f2.8 work
I guess this is what you call a rural drop
It seemed to always be snowing
Me on our atv contraption-worked great
This is how Rob takes out the garbage
Big thanks to Kevin (Kev-hal) for hooking me up with some
sticks to demo, and the Vitols for once again making the weekend a Latvian one.
Way overshot, but in the air is what matters in the camera
These are the first shots with my new 40d and 70-200 f2.8, which is a true sexy beast, i hope to have a review up in the coming days.
Have a great week.