Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Asulkan Cabin Rememberance Day

This trip a few years ago ranks as having some of the deepest snow that I have ever skied. I missed 2012 and they trip got cancelled in 2013 due to lack of snow. This year we had very few expectations due to the fact that it rained up to 3000m two days before and there really wasn't much snow at 1700m in the Revelstoke Mtn webcam.

We arrived on friday night in Revy at the Powder Springs Motel ($65/ night in shoulder season). Its attached to The Last Drop a pub I've been to a number of times but never for my first drink. We went directly to the pub around 11:30 and finished off a bunch of Pints of Mt Begbie Brewing's Nasty Habit IPA (delicious). The place was packed - reminded me of frosh week at Queen's - apparently all of the lifties had just shown up and still had money to spend at the bar.

The next morning we headed up in the rain, you will notice Tom's pack (front right) looks a little heavy, This is what happens when you go three years without paying your Leaf's vs Sens season series bets - you carry 3L of wine 4hours and 900m of vertical as interest. There were a few different 'approaches' to the approach, I elected to bring hiking boots and strap my ski boots to my pack to avoid blisters while others just wore ski boots for the whole bit. Skinning was possible from just below the mouse trap, while some elected to hike all the way to the bottom of the tree triangle ~1700m. Got one quick lap in before darkness set in, it was good to be making some turns again.

It snowed overnight - a lot. While on day 1 it seemed that only the top part of the tree triangle was filled in enough for good turns, by day 2 it was all good to go. As you can see from some of the photos below, the skiing was great, with numerous occasions on every run that I thought I would hit a tree due to snow blindness, a little heavy in places but since I expected to be skiing on ice - I would take it!

On the Monday we did a mix of below and above the hut - got suckered in a few times with weather windows. The snow was even better this day, we settled into a steeper E facing run in the tree triangle which was short but steep enough to get us moving through the deep snow. The day ended with a lap right at sunset bringing our vertical for the day to over 2200m.

Finally on Tuesday it completely cleared and was coooollllld. A thermometer on someone's pack showed -23C. We headed up towards the Young Peak headwall but turned back due to snow and cold concerns.

The Asulkan Cabin is a beauty. The ski out was way better than expected - the creeek crossing on the way our involved some pole vaulting and there was 'just the wrong amount of snow' in a few places that tempted us into leaving our skis on all the way down. Great trip- thanks fellas!

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