headed out to fissile off of whistler today. really stoked to have finally skied it.
looking into saddle chute
elevator shaft/wrap around chute is the line lookers left of the summit, summit chute is on the right of the summit, saddle chute to the right of summit chute. 4 of us skied saddle chute while the rest of the group skied main chute and banana chute on the lower ridge of the mountain. absolutely amazing snow quality.
had a massive crew out there. i think there were 11 of us.
looking back from a distance
a nice little bonus line to end the day, snow was great, definetly worth the extra 30 minutes.
really awesome day, great snow, amazing mountain. will be the last day with good stability for a little bit. alpine temps climbing up to 10°C this week. time to change gears and go shred some slushy pipe.
On our way back from a bivacco couloir touring mission in Italy (Gran Paradiso area) I found this dead Ibex. It was a youngster that lost a fight with another Ibex. Foxes and birds feasted on the carcass earlier that day.
I chopped his neck with a sharp stone and then cut his flesh and tendons with my knife. Its with an taxidermist now and will soon be on my wall. (without the skin, that was not intact anymore)
B.GillisWhat's your plan for august and September?
Probably gonna resort to St. Mary's Glacier, and then I've heard Rollins Pass near WP holds snow late as well. However, I've been pleasantly surprised as to how much decent skiing you can still find here through July:
On another note, wow I really need to get a real camera.
patagonialukeProbably gonna resort to St. Mary's Glacier, and then I've heard Rollins Pass near WP holds snow late as well. However, I've been pleasantly surprised as to how much decent skiing you can still find here through July:
Yah that's what I thought about Tahoe when I got back, still more snow than expected and turns to be had. Hopefully I can find a good spot for August but I doubt I'll get anything in September.
In other news while driving back from Boston to Tahoe I decided I wanted to ski in a few spots. I had banked on Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park as two sure fire spots and they both provided me with some solid turns. I planned on hitting up the Sun Valley, ID area but I was worried about snow levels so I shot down to Lassen Volcanic National Park instead for my third park in four days.
patagonialukedang that's a lot of snow- getting really thin out here. Tried Sundance Mountain in RMNP last thursday and it was rough.
Yah not surprised Sundance was rough, I'm sure the suncups were massive at this point. Lassen had a few rough spots but overall it was worth it. Hoping to hit shasta around the 10th of August to get that August day.
Got out to Chickadee Ridge for a little while before work this morning. Not the gnarliest lines I've seen on here today but it was nice to get out for a bit. Decided to keep it mellow since I was solo and didn't have a ton of time but still found some amazing snow and amazing views. Gotta love it out here.
Near gobblers knob in big cottonwood canyon. It heated up tremendously on the skin up but we chose some safe routes down the ridge. It made for a good first time out on the skin track walkin around the mountains with good friends and im definitely yearnin for some more treks this spring.
Took a quick overnight trip up to Grouse Rock on Friday night when my roommate got off of work. Still surprised just how much snow is back there right now. Spent alot of time trying to cross some very fast flowing creeks but overall the snow was amazing on Saturday morning so it was a worth while night out.
*typical top of grizzly gulch Mt superior down canyon view photo*
Coverage was decent, still sharky waters but nabbed a few bottomless turns which felt niceeeee.
Crew going back up. Skied skiers left on the other side of the trees you can't see. Was really nice. Had some minor technical difficulties on the trek back up and wasn't able to get as much skiing in as imagined. It's funny how quick you learn in kinda bad situations how possibly faulty your stuff is and what kind of upgrades are needed. My rebranded Black diamond 4FRNT skins froze the fuck up.
Stoooooked! Shitty high pressure ridge for a while is a real fuckin bummer though