Monday, December 28, 2015

A Stadium in the Backyard

It was great to explore some of the classic lines in an area so close to home that has been inaccessible during the winter for so long. Last year even with the Gondola in place, the snow was so poor at lower elevations that there was no hope in getting turns in here. This year is a different story. Paul, Mike and I were in the parking lot at the crack of 9:30am  under a mostly great but good visibility day. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the bottom of the skiing slope before the skin track got steep and a bit slick. At the Habrich - Skypilot col we headed right towards the Stadium gl. Almost immediately after the col there is a rather steep slope that has to be skinned that would not be great in higher avalanche conditions. After reaching the top of this slope the views really open up and the terrain becomes undulating. We climbed as high as we could on the glacier and got a lovely run down on 20cm of snow. Back at the gondola station by 3:30pm, only to be disappointed that the bar wasn't open.
Yes Paul, we know that is where we came from. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sking the Sea to Sky Gondola - Never Miss Albert's First Day

If you only got out once in December, this was a good day to choose. It just started dumping on the approach above the and the stable snowpack enabled us to ski a great open pitch. We were not to enthusiastic about the skin up the open slope initially however. Its too bad that the tree skiing is a bit short in this area because the spacing of the trees is fantastic. 
Albert not showing any rust