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Big Mike

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BC
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 22, 2012 - 11:11am PT
Ok so I know it's ot, but it's almost winter and I know some tacos like to slide too! Any sport which involves sliding on snow is welcome here. Show me some pictures! Tell me a story!

I am currently standing in line at Blackcomb mountain in whistler bc waiting for opening day to commence.




We had a nice little pink hue this morning


More in a bit!
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:46am PT
Here are a couple of pics to get psyched on-

Somehow these two pics showed up as one.  climbing and skiing in the s...
Somehow these two pics showed up as one. climbing and skiing in the same shot!
Credit: dave goodwin

spinnin' a 3 off the cornice at Kirkwood on 212cm skis.  how many youn...
spinnin' a 3 off the cornice at Kirkwood on 212cm skis. how many youngin's can do that?
Credit: dave goodwin

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 12:13pm PT
Virgin. First run



Looking back at the valley
Big Mike

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BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
First tracks





Next run; shralped



Hooked up with some bros





Still a bit boney up here





Rick shredding
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 22, 2012 - 01:14pm PT
And the base is only 100 cm - hardly worth bothering, eh?

http://www.whistler.com/weather/

When it's a snowboarder, should it be first track, rather than first tracks?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 01:34pm PT
Maybe if there is only one! ;)
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 22, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
http://vimeo.com/17395140

I couldn't get the video on here because it's on vimeo not youtube, but here's a link to a pow day two novembers ago. I went boarding at kirkwood yesterday and it sucked..got rained on. The conditions were a little bit different on this november two years ago haha

go to the :50 sec mark to skip me strapping in
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 02:03pm PT
A quick stop at the lodge for a bite...
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-SgIyJ2Qs&feature=g-crec-u

This was last April.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
Nice face plant Dave!!!!
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
My legs were burning and I could not stand up anymore!!!!
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 22, 2012 - 03:15pm PT
I:

have a brand new snowboard
have season pass to Eldora
live in Boulder, CO
have a real job

(never ever have I been able to say all of that at once)

which one doesn't fit in to me getting 40 days in this year.

The second week of March I'm heading to Costa Rica at which point my ski season will be over and it'll be climbing season when I return.

does this post belong in the first world problems thread?

PS - Sierra Nevada Celebration 2012 is out!
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 22, 2012 - 03:48pm PT
thanks sistah! I will.... oh I will..


I also have two day passes to Copper. I'm mailing in sick at work at some point...
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 22, 2012 - 03:56pm PT
Credit: east side underground
whistler / Blackhome is sweeeet

spring-like conditions in the sierra after yesterdays rain
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 22, 2012 - 04:28pm PT
How can you take the boredom, Big Mike? Standing in a flacking line?

Virgin snow vs. a beckoning crack:

If you had to choose one or the other, which one?

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2012 - 04:40pm PT
Big Mike, living the Dream. Woot!.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
nice vid Briham! I really like that pole view. Hopefully Ryand will throw some of his up here!

Looked like some fun snow!

Dave- Nice faceplant indeed! Thanks for the video! what are those planks you're rocking? Interesting shovel.

Nature- You got sick days right? Those are for powder days. Weekends are for keeping your pimp hand strong for the good days.. :)

Mouse- Line waiting is minimal in the early season.... Besides I figure I wait around while belaying so what's the difference? When the lines get really lame I have a secret weapon.

The Blue Dragon


The sledding around here is insane!!





Corey hams it up for the camera







Brian trying to beat my highmark





Virgin snow vs. a beckoning crack:

If you had to choose one or the other, which one?

Therein lies the beauty good sir!! Conditions dictate my choice daily!! I do not have to chose. Ride fresh snow when it's there and climb sunny dry cracks when it's not! Slow sliding is the perfect companion sport!

Big Mike, living the Dream. Woot!.

Hell ya buddy!! Back to my preferred reality. Snowboard Bum!! Work is done and playtime has arrived!
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Nov 22, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
Big Mike-

those planks are made by Moment. local kid from gardnerville started making them a few years ago. He is now making them in Reno!!!

All the tips and tails are squared off. I asked him why the square tips and he said they are for conversation purposes. good marketing, sets them apart from other companies.

briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
Thanks Mike, that was indeed a crazy good day and season.

I'm jealous of the snowmobile
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 11:36pm PT
At lunch I met up with my sister Tash and her friend Jesse. After lunch we got a rare treat. Conditions were right and patrol opened up the avalanche closures allowing us to hike to 7th heaven.

Tash and Jesse earning their turns





Halfway up the cat track






Tash tried to bail, but I managed to convince her to make the journey.




We chilled in the patrol hut for a bit and got safety concerns taken care of. Then we headed over to the drop in point.

Jesse on the top of 7th



Tash dropping into Sudan Couloir (aka xtreme)






She gets a slash in under Bushrat



by this point we were all pretty bagged so we headed to Merlin's for some beer and nachos.


Sick first day I'd have to say.. It might be the first time I've ridden couloir on opening day... can't quite remember to be honest ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
Briham- I was jealous of snowmobiles for many years myself. Then i purchased one. Now i am no longer jealous, but i have an appreciation of the amount of work that goes into maintenance of these machines. It is a labour of love. And it's super worth every penny, tear, and curse.
gf

climber
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
Big mike
do you have a split board? if yes we should hook up for a day of 2 planking off piste-i'm currently ooc in a rather languid location till dec 10, but am doing predawn runs on beach as part of my breaking training routine.....
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 23, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Although I don't board, you're killing me with AWESOME pics!

Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 12:10am PT
Yes I do! I have been reluctant to pull it out in recent years due to my sled access fetish but that sounds like fun. I will be hiking a bit hopefully in the early season to get my cardio up.

Dave- thanks for the info. Tell the kid cool boards!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 12:31am PT
Susan- Skiers are more than welcome!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 12:43pm PT
25cms overnight!!




The parking lot was a mess!



Met up with woody again. This is on the wizard chairlift
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
Photo: Samir Sharma
Photo: Samir Sharma
Credit: TheSoloClimber

No new pics yet this year, but this was on one of those sunny spring like days last season.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Sick Nate! We gotta get you Riding some pow this year!!

Trippy chair ride



I poached this skier so I could take a pic I swear!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Jersey cream lift


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
Going up jersey cream










briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 23, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
Sweet pics!!! What kind of split board do you have? I'm thinking about getting the k2 board that comes with skins I think it's called the panoramic?
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Nov 23, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
mikes got a prior splitboard from the 90s

The K2 splits a quite nice, I really like the way the skins attach.

I have a home made one.

They're all good, just find one the shape you like.

Although I havent tried them yet, SPARK or VOILE split specific bindings, the pricey but shave weight and remove the half inch rise.

Damn I love having a whole mountain with just your bros and the billy goats!

OMG I hope dont die
OMG I hope dont die
Credit: thekidcormier

I took for ever to skin up here. DONT FUK UP!
I took for ever to skin up here. DONT FUK UP!
Credit: thekidcormier

Save some pow for me bro.
Save some pow for me bro.
Credit: thekidcormier

And here is an old video of when I was actually a KID...

...So funny because that last shot is relly close to the mountains I touring in in the photos above, yet I was then clueless of how the heck to get up there!

east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 23, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
Credit: east side underground
sled access rules.....hopefully we'll get some this year
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
Dave while local those skis suck sorry
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Nov 23, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
Silver-

Maybe not the best, but thet don't suck!!!! lets go ski and I will show you how a good skier can make them rip!!!

What models have you tried? The ones that I have are the Reno Freebirds. 86 under foot And super stiff. Casey quit making the Freebird so stiff because many of the young dudes did not like them. the current Freebirds are much softer than the pair I have.
gf

climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
Mike
excellent -am back in country around the 10th -lets tee er up
sempervirens

climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Went up to check the conditions at my Northern Sierra (eastern Plumas County) local backcountry hill after work today. In a word, muddy.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
Actually Luke I have a;



It's more like circa 2002 but yes, still a decade
old. Swallowtails rule!


Thanks for the pics and vids buddy! I was hoping you would chime in.

Sounds good gf. I'm sure Luke and Ais would love to join us ;)

Eastside- you'll get some this year man. Don't worry.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
I got a K2 split with sparks, pretty hyped about it although I am nowhere near responsible enough to even think about taking it or myself up on any snow covered peaks until we get about 4 more feet of snow. Can't wait!


Harmony waterfall circa 99
Harmony waterfall circa 99
Credit: JaRon
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Nov 23, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Pahaaha, I have many other ways to embarrass myself then trying to keep up with Greg Foweraker.

Haven't you heard the rumours. He's fast.

P.s. I personally heard croft last night say the Greg is his best friend in the whole wild world!

P.s.s. I'm sneaking up whistler for so powdies in the morning!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 12:13am PT
Lol ya I heard. I was hoping he would take it easy on me but I'm sure a healthy sandbagging is in order... Call me tomorrow

How was last night? Maybe a report on Squamish photos?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 01:34am PT
It was a bit warmer today than yesterday so the snow was quite a bit heavier but still fun. A good workout for the pow leg.


Strapping In




Woody drops in to one of my favourite sub alpine laps




Cruising back to the lift.




Another wall lap was in order...





Then back up Jersey Cream.



This time we hung a Louie



Then took a quick pit stop for some water and a hunk of banana bread.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 03:32am PT
After our break we decided to head over and sample Whistler so we headed over to;

Eat to Eat




Just after leaving the station




The station





Whistler Mountain is just 11 minutes away




Looking back at the lodge




Last runs before the valley





Fitzsimmons engulfed in clouds.





eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 09:57am PT
BigMike, Dood!

Those gondola cars are totally bitchen. . . they just make you want to get in and GO!

You lucky SUCKERFISH!

CRANK ON!

Keep postin' up . . . in honor of all the poor saps out there (including myownself) who are IN THE DIRT!

ox

east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 24, 2012 - 10:04am PT
Credit: east side underground
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 10:05am PT
PAUL!!!!11166
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
I got a K2 split with sparks, pretty hyped about it although I am nowhere near responsible enough to even think about taking it or myself up on any snow covered peaks until we get about 4 more feet of snow. Can't wait!

At this rate that should be before Christmas!

Thanks Ekat. Looks like you will be skeezin soon!


Sick pic eastside!


I forgot to mention yesterday that the gondola takes 11 minutes in optimal conditions. It was pretty windy yesterday and stopped a couple of times so It took about 25 mins.


Here's a couple more clicks from yesterday.

Roundhouse Lodge



Big Mike posting live to the Shred Thread

Woody photo

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
WAY BITD (Grandpa, VT)



20 years ago (Me, LaGrave)



Fifteen years ago (Me, first invert, Steamboat)



Beauty (Donner Lake)



All reposts, I've got nothing current.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
Brandon thanks!! Too cool!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
YAY, Brandon. . . It's nice to see those pix together. . . BITCHEN!

It's SUNNY AND WARM HERE. (39F IS warm!)

I'm moving Doug fir up from ground level to the 2nd story deck . . . and one thing I can tell you is, crankin' that cart up those stairs is
good for eKat's telelegs!

HA!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
Well this thread is getting me stoked for some pow & the temps look nice & cold up there. Keep those updates coming big mike!

Sun Bowl cliff 2001
Sun Bowl cliff 2001
Credit: RyanD
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:33pm PT
RyanD Damnit!

NICE!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
Nice clean air bro.

Until I get my knee fixed, this is about as much GNAR as I can safely schralp...sad really.

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#275379

BigMountainUpDate!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
BigMike. . . I LOVE the live shot. . . VERY GOOD!

SO. . . I've never ridden in a chair like that. . . looks pretty cool. . . errrr warm. . .

Might be weird to be on there with somebody who's claustro, eh?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Hey, Brandon. . . are you REALLY tall?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
I'm a whopping 5'9'', why?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
Oh. . . same as me. . . you just look REALLY TALL in that last photo you posted up.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
Ekat- your a Tele shred! Make sense. Tele has come a long way!!



Mucho respect for free heelin'!!!!! Super steezey!!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 24, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
Yeah Mike! My good friend Dave was on the cover of Powderwhores 04 (PW04)

He fixed his heels a few years later though...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 02:56pm PT



eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay

Nov 24, 2012 - 11:40am PT
BigMike. . . I LOVE the live shot. . . VERY GOOD!

SO. . . I've never ridden in a chair like that. . . looks pretty cool. . . errrr warm. . .

Might be weird to be on there with somebody who's claustro, eh?

Ekat- it rains a lot on the lower mountain so the bubble is vey advantageous for keeping dry so you don't freeze up top. Some people just won't put it down for sure.

Ryan d let's go shred!!!

I'm slacking this morning since there wasn't much fresh and I'm hanging out with my girlfriend on her day off. Heard they might crack the alpine tho so I might head up for a hike.


Edit Brandon- that video looks rad. Freeheelin' is super cool cause its so hard. How are the bindings these days Ekat? Are they still ankle killers?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
Yeah. . . I haven't done bondage since 1984. . . whoa. . . but the stuff I'm riding now is pretty much Alpine stuff with no heel bindings. . .hell. . . the boots are stiffer and more high tech than the Alpine stuff I used to race in!

I dig it though.

And. . . every season I ride my old leather and length, just to keep me honest. . . I'm talkin' 212 Karhu XCD Comps with Asolo Extremes from the 80s!

I meet a lot of curious people when I'm on that stuff!

Used to ride that stuff IN A DRESS on MMSA when I didn't have time to fully change clothes on ski breaks. . . people on the lifts would CHEER and SCREAM at me!

HA!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
Lol!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 24, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
Fun thread.

I used to tele as well.

Me freeheeling Mammoth, '96.



Rocking the Crispis. Leather lowers, plastic uppers.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 03:13pm PT
I never found the bindings to be ankle killers. . . but those Asolo Extremes gave me serious TeleHeel. . . ended up with a semi-ruptured Achilles and I just skied through the pain. . . and now it's all lumpy and weird. Kinda creaks sometimes. That was back when I was getting 120 - 160 days a year (for work) and I had to just ski through it. . . which is a really good way to raise your pain threshold for later in life!

:-)

My newest tele boots (Scarpa T2Xs) are so beautiful. . . they're almost architectural. They blow me away!

Well. . . back to the firewood cart and that blasted staircase out on the front deck!

More later!

CRANK!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 03:15pm PT
Nice Brandon. Looks like you spend a lot of your time in the air!

My buddy Kyle likes to also, this is from a couple years back.


This had to be at least a 50 footer..
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 24, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
That's a nice line, rad sequence Mike- hopefully it fills in this year.

Joel trying to keep his armpits out.
Joel trying to keep his armpits out.
Credit: RyanD
One of my favorite pow turn shots I've taken of my buddy Joel cranking some serious toe side up at Sproat. Such a splitter day!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#275409

What a place!

I wish all ya'lls could ski TheBig. . . it's in a class unto itself!

YAY!

P.S. I still wanna go on the roof and knock that creep off!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
Posting live from Harmony Ridge!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 07:26pm PT
BigMike. . . POOP!

I can't believe!

TFPU!

ox
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
I went up creekside gangeola this afternoon






Looking back at sproat




Peak chair was closed...




But harmony was cleared so I hiked up there
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
Well, hell. . . youz dadz iz still in the dirt, too, I guess!

:-)

TFPU!
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 24, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
Credit: east side underground
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 12:46am PT
POW

Ya Ekat it's still pretty thin. 100cm base with more up top and not much in the valley. Most stuff is roped off area boundary except the man made stuff but we don't follow the rules. I've lived here when we had next to no snow and if you didn't go ride the boney stuff you didn't get any pow. You get used to it, dial back your expectations a little.. I still push it tho....


The road to powder








Harmony Chair






People drop this in fat winters. Some hurt themselves when they miss the pocket.







Still a bit boney for sure.








Harmony Chair tops out over the Camel Humps and Oreo cliff








Trippy Hikers and Whistler T-bar







It was a beautiful afternoon/evening for a hike in the alpine. I wished I had my slr to shoot the chair and the moon.






Harmony Ridge







Almost there!








The moon was awesome!








Harmony Bowl







The sunset was incredible.




LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Nov 25, 2012 - 02:08am PT
love this thread! I can't wait for some more snow my way so I can post some up. More info from eastside requested: where's that? so much rain lately and that last snow was CEEEEment.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 04:06am PT
Thanks Lucky Pink! Glad to hear your enjoying it.

So here is the meat of my run. I spotted this little chute on the way up. I've ridden it many times before but probably not with so little snow.


What you can't see is the five foot drop into the pocket that you really hope isn't full of rocks.

Here is the after shot.


If you are astute you will notice that I set off quite the little slab... I dropped into the chute and was trying to land sideways but i didn't quite get it around so i took off to the left and did a quick power slash to stop. I could see that pocket below me just looked to fat and juicy and had no anchor so I cut left on to the shoulder trying to intiate the slab and stay on the high point.

Mission was successful and i dug my fists in to self arrest and watched the slab careen off the small cliff.

I managed some nice turns in the snow that was left and made my way down to the toe to take the photo.


It was kind of a serene moment with scenery to match.





The moon





7th was glowing.






The avy didn't really shake me up, been there done that kind of thing. I'm glad I was suspect tho and didn't just charge right into the pocket.


I cut through boomer bowl and hit some nice trees left of gunbarrels on the way down.

Took this one of the bottom of harmony on the hike out.





Amazing sunset..





On the ski out just above mid-station





What can i say?





Oh ya..








I LOVE LIVING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
gf

climber
Nov 25, 2012 - 08:00am PT
Hey big mike -thanks much for sending the stoke over to the coast of cambodia -well actually the map says vietnam, but its' a temporal thing for an island that will likely assume its rightful colour on the map in the fullness of time.
I'm psyched to join you folks come mid next month, but i think Luke is optimistic about speed -just ask hamish-he packs a lunch waiting for me to catch up on mtn bike rides.....
-meanwhile i'm enjoying the languid end to rainy season and doing barefoot runs on the beach as the sun comes up -it ain't the south coast of bc-but it'll do in a pinch
gf
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Nov 25, 2012 - 10:30am PT
Credit: Tork
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 25, 2012 - 11:45am PT
skiing on MMSA yesterday was really good . Lower mountain is fair but the top has some sweet wind blown with some good coverage due to the cement from last WED.
Credit: east side underground

Skier , Dan""the Man" on Bloody last year
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
Nice pics! Cement is great for base snow!


So those of you who know the W/B will realize that u ended up in the village yesterday instead of creekside. I was planning on peak chair Being open but that didn't happen. Fortunately Sandra was in the area so she picked me up and whisked me back to creekside parking and I took this photo when I grabbed some belated lunch from the market.

east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 25, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Credit: east side underground

hopefully we'll get some of this, Paolo yose backcountry

edit: yesterday I saw the Rotting Johnny sliding on the snow ..... so graceful,powerfull....... yet I wonder ........ does he shred the gnar?........heh heh heh
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 25, 2012 - 01:14pm PT
yesterday I saw the Rotting Johnny sliding on the snow ..... so graceful,powerfull.......

Let me tell you. . . OleRJ is one of the very few people in Mammoth who actually knows how to Nordic ski. . . DELIBERATELY GRACEFUL!
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Nov 25, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
He would certainly whip my ass.... just some construction site humor......eyeeeeeeee :)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 25, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
OhYeah . . . RJ could whip many people's asses on technique alone. . . I mean, you could cut off half his airway and take away his poles and he'd still whip ass. . . regardless of how fit those people might be. . . JWerd's got it down!

While living at Tamarack, I'd get up and ski really early, and I could tell if he was out, ahead of me, by the length of his skating tracks. . . then, low and behold, I'd come around a corner, and there he'd be.

He's definitely a smooth operator!

:-)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Posting live from the top of peak chair!

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 04:29pm PT
View from the peak.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 25, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!

No wonder you love living there. . . WHAT A FRIKKEN SPREAD!

YAY!

TPFUFS!

ox
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
Ekat- YES! It is gorgeous here! Mountains as far as the eye can see. Literally, in all directions!

I went up creekside again this morning.



My buddy Rick wasn't there yet so I went and chilled at the backside for a bit.




He wasn't very fond of his lemon loaf..

LOL!!!!

Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Nov 25, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
Excellent skittering around on the nordic version of the "White Ribbon of Death" at Cypress today. Fun hard fast and laced with some churned-up gravel to keep your attention.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 02:58am PT
Nice Todd.. white ribbon of death eh? sounds exciting! :)

We jumped off the gondola and were treated to an amazing bluebird view






When we got to the top we decided on a warmup run.





Had to duck into the trees for a second....





We got back to Red Chair and there was a line, but it went pretty quick.






Then we decided to go for a walk.







Rick got a phone call which provided me a chance to take this pano.

He got off the phone quick enough to give me that smug look.





Another quick pano at Harmony Ridge


It was all business today. no lollygagging taking photos like yesterday :)



A man still has to stop for a break once in awhile. Harmony Chair top station.







Tork

climber
Yosemite
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:45pm PT
Credit: Tork
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:54pm PT
Before you were "Big Mike" you were Little Mike, and before that, "Baby Mike."
But there was skiing even before that. Before you were Mike at all...


Indeed, a long way from where I started.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 26, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
You missed "Zygote Mike"
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
So very true sir. Nice photo..

When you get to the top of Harmony it's just a little bit further to the peak.


I actually hiked this part twice because a lady asked me if I'd dropped my glove up by harmony, and all my stuff was in my pack, so i thought i might have. it was only a short walk but when i got back there it wasn't even my glove!! Doh!!!






Just up around the bend...






I love being in the mountains!!





Getting there...






I hiked the extra twenty feet to the Peak just for some shots....






Rick wanted to go West Cirque, Christmas trees but I wanted some fresh Gnar so I suggested Sunday chute. He reluctantly agreed and I told him he would love it.

He did.





Dropping in






Slasher!






Since this area is Permanently Closed I normally wouldn't post these pics but because Peak is area boundary right now it's fair game.

Before I shredded it, I stopped to take this pano.



I've got more pics from the next run but they will have to wait till later as I am going climbing!!! YAY!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 26, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
You should note that in the pic I posted above, I'm not actually "skiing."
I'm on skis, yes, but not moving. So while I may look like a real skier,
don't be fooled. The pack on my back weighed about 50 pounds, and I used it
to help me develop the style of skiing now known as "linked headplants."

I got to some interesting places on skis, but the only thing that ever got
shredded when I skied was my ego.

Tons o' fun, though.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
I got to some interesting places on skis, but the only thing that ever got
shredded when I skied was my ego.

You should try it without a 60 pound pack on... ;) the new skis are amazing too. It's a different world now.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Nice t*r!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Nov 26, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
Last Spring at Sunshine near Banff

Mt. Assiniboine:
Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

Perfect day!

Credit: Jim Brennan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
Not much to say with that last run of pics...likely cuz I'm a little breathless at the beauty! My season tic just came in the mail...if you have a tic shouldn't there be snow, please please.

Susan
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
BRING IT.

Gonna be a while as it's in the 60's here in ABQ.

Well sh#t...good bouldering weather anyhoo!

GO GET SOME!

JA
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:53pm PT
GO GET SOME!

YeahBaby. . .

KISSES!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:58pm PT
Sick pics man. I'm jonesing! It's raining in tahoe and yosemite this weekend...double fail. No boarding or climbing :(
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 04:29pm PT
I hope you guys get some sliding goods soon! DMT says it's coming for nor cal. We'll see. Next one looks wet. Good base snow for high alpine...

Alright I promised more pics and then got distracted by climbing.. that's acceptable tho since this is a climbing website :)

When Rick and I got down we met up with Kyle and went to Garbonzo Chair

Kyle and Rick at the top of Seppos




Hoar frost with the Spearhead range in the background




I'm loving these panos!




As we were dropping in we saw our buddy Nigel and he decided to join us. We had a sick tree run, but things were still pretty boney. When we got back to the top again, Rick took off and we decided to go re-hydrate and re-energize for another hike to the peak.


After some liquids and sugar fixes we headed up the powder road.






Nigel shreds some guitar, Harmony style





Looking back at the top of Harmony




A simply amazing place, and time to be










Come on Mike! Stop taking photos we're gonna miss the light!






Couldn't resist this one..






Or this one..






Nigel discussing our route plan with the cat operators so we don't get killed by Winch cats..





Nigel shredding the Alpenglow





The light was amazing these photos don't do it justice.





Nigel drops into juicy West Bowl



A simply amazing early season day. Hike days are the best. Rat Race days suck. Looks pretty wet for the next week... hope things chill out a bit!! :)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
Thought I would post this little vid I put together last year from a sick sled shred day.




You can read about that day and the avalanche I was in here:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1329028&msg=1790617#msg1790617
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 28, 2012 - 05:11pm PT
DOOD!

SofaKingRad!

Here's a recent shot from Big'sWebCam. . .

BRING IT!

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Missing photo ID#275954
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
Ooohhh looking good up there! How come yet not skiing yet? ;)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 28, 2012 - 06:19pm PT
Cause this is the base!

:-(

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Missing photo ID#275969
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Doh!!!!!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 28, 2012 - 06:44pm PT
Hey Mike, you've been getting after it man. There were at least two chutes you showed that have me really jonesing for steep terrain.

Gotta love that going over the top of the moon feeling. You know it goes, but you can't see what's coming. Commitment, that's what skiing steep lines is all about.

Thanks for sharing your early season turns.

Edit; Skiing or riding, makes no difference to me. Fun is fun.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
Brandon! Sick dude! I feel the same way! It's all just Slidin' man!!!

Tell you the truth that first line I showed, I scoped from the other side of the valley and I was pretty damn sure it went but when you're dropping in over that blind roll like you said it's definitely the ultimate feeling of commitment!!!
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
Big Mike... f'ing awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

~peace, leggs
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Thanks leggs! Glad you enjoyed them! Jim Brennan had some nice Rockies ones upthread also!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
Come on up T*r! Just don't expect to go climbing 12 months a year ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
Did you pick that img link out of the code?
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 28, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
Thanks leggs! Glad you enjoyed them! Jim Brennan had some nice Rockies ones upthread also!

I'm getting there!!! :)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 28, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
You can climb here 12 months a year Mike, just a lot harder when u wake up in Whistler every day.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 09:51pm PT



RyanD

climber
Squamish

Nov 28, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
You can climb here 12 months a year Mike, just a lot harder when u wake up in Whistler every day.

True dat Ryan.. True dat.
this just in

climber
north fork
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
Blackcomb 2007
Credit: this just in
Solitude, Utah 2010
Credit: this just in
Evergreen, What a Run
Evergreen, What a Run
Credit: this just in
My brother Jeremy and my plank of choice SALOMON
My brother Jeremy and my plank of choice SALOMON
Credit: this just in
Jeremy on an Evergreen chute
Jeremy on an Evergreen chute
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
Came across a Moose after this shot on a cross country trail. Took a few minutes to get the courage to ride past it.

Back to Whistler in 2011
Whistler tree runs= good fun
Whistler tree runs= good fun
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in

Me as a NooB sledder in my backyard 2011
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
Got a lot of practice at digging out my sled
Got a lot of practice at digging out my sled
Credit: this just in
Going back to Whistler in March Mike, I'll buy you some beers.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
Sounds great Justin! Sick pics! Bringing your sled with you??
this just in

climber
north fork
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
My buddies sled and I don't think it will fit in my carry-on. Plus I'm sh#t as a sledhead, bringing the Salomon though. Hope the snow is still good in March. Cheers Mike.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
Nothing like some good ol sleddding (sled digging).
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
It isn't a good day unless you get stuck!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
I put together a little vid of my first four days on the hill. Hope you enjoy.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
Here's some real porn. I've seen this place from across the valley, and sledded past there a million times, but never up close like this.....




I NEED A HELI BUDGET!!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 29, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
HolySh. . . . .

Bachar and I yammered at length about heli skeezin in Valdez. . . he had me "THIS" close to thinkin' I might be able to pull it off. . . but. . . I've got WAY too many years on heavy, wet snow to even think I could deal with mega deep pow. . .unless there happened to be an outfitter out there who catered to old dad groomer cruisers!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
Ekat you could no problem! With some nice new fat skis! You would rip it!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 11:15am PT
Good morning folks 17cm overnight last night,

Not much on my truck, but something is better than nothing...





The ski out is looking a bit soupy
Fish Boy

Social climber
Squeamish
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Nice vid and pics Mike...getting me stoked!

Can't believe I missed the tele discussion a few pages back... missed spraying opportunity....
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
I woke up to 1'' of the sickest pow NH has seen in weeks today!

This is my home mountain, ten minutes down the road. Not exciting, but it's close



This is where the goods are. A couple of hours north. They get more snow than Colorado and the terrain is the most challenging lift access you'll find in these parts







Photos stolen from the Internet.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
Sick Brandon! ;)

It's not very good up here...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 01:04pm PT
HA!

So. . . BigMike. . . do you live in employee housing at the ski area?

What's up with living there?

I know nothing about that area.

Thanks.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Nope. Used to ten years ago. It's a small town but has lots of expensive homes. Permanent residents hover around 10000 bursting to 20000+ during the winter. I live about 5 minutes from town in a basement suite. My landlord is a cityit that doesn't come up too often. It's a decent spot..

Lots of older homes here too and ugly rentals..
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 01:27pm PT
A CITYIT?

LAWDY!

As is City Idiot?

LOVE IT!

:-)

Yeah. . . the seasonal thing is rough. . . Mammoth's base population would jump from ~ 4,000 to 50,000 over night on any given skeezin weekend. . . and it seemed all we poor schlepps did was either get ready for them or clean up after them. . . with little to no respect or recompense.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
That's why I got out of the service industry.. Sorta. I still deal with them sometimes, but it's different. Ya cityit. You got it. Love that term. ;)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
Ya cityit. You got it. Love that term.

It blows the door off of TOURON!

:-)

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
I always called them gapers or tourons, but folks in NH call 'em joeys.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Larry's, gorbies.....

Crystal lift line
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Cidiots is how I always spelt it but like your spelling better. Ekat imagine two mammoths right next to each other without anyone from LA. That's Whistler.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
Ekat imagine two mammoths right next to each other without anyone from LA. That's Whistler.

Well. . . you can keep the L.A.Shuns. . . so that part sounds pretty good!

:-)

I'm getting the sense that Whistler/Blackcomb is frikken HUGE!

Who is the target market?
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 1, 2012 - 03:13pm PT
Mammoth has 3500 skiable acres, W/B is a little over 8100 skiable acres. It's the largest in North America by far, Vail is second with 5,289. The village is as good as the mountains. Ekat buy your plane ticket now;-)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Ekat buy your plane ticket now;-)

I just pulled a GOOG (rhymes with spooge) on it. . . it's within striking distance to DRIVE. . . I think I might be havin' to make some turns there this winter! I HAVE to see this place for myself.

The whole IntraWest thing in Mammoth piqued my interest. . . I mean, a ski area that was actually built from a Master Plan is a novel idea, considering the "DesignAsYouGo" approach to Mammoth.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. . . .
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Ya Ekat!!! Come on up!! You'll even have a local guide!!!

We Are the largest ski area in North America, that's for certain. We get tons of snow! Come in late January early feb. is quieter and usually good snow.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Solar chair






Woody 5/0






My girlfriend Sandra getting some.




eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
BigMike, Dood. . . you guys have SO MUCH SNOW, my mind is blown!

YIKES!

Let me tell you, if I end up driving over there for some turns, I'll look you up, for sure. . . as long as you cut an old dad, groomer cruiser some slack!

:-)

Thanks a million for the offer!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
Let me tell you, if I end up driving over there for some turns, I'll look you up, for sure. . . as long as you cut an old dad, groomer cruiser some slack!

You bet! You better forget about the groomers if we have freshies tho!!!!

;)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
OK. . . just have yer SmartPhone queued up to 911! My 63 year old knees can't take too much!

:-)

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
Just did it. Speed dial 1. ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
Hey Fish Boy go ahead and wax poetic about Tele. I'm sure it will come up again.

Fucitzpukin'!!!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 11:44am PT
30cm overnight!!!

Not as much on the truck



Looking better down here this morning!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:49am PT
I LOVE the homey feel of that pop-up canopy!

You lucky SUCKERFISH. . . we've got SLOP comin' out of the sky over here. . . kinda rain, kinda sleet. . . kinda funkmo! Well. . . at least I won't have to fire up the snow blower!

:-)
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
yesterday was like skiing on a giant sno-cone. super grippy due to rime on the snow. won't even bother today with the high snow levels...yuck...wish I was here....
Credit: east side underground
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 01:29pm PT
Wouldn't you rather be here?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 01:31pm PT

Wouldn't you rather be here?

If they'd run a Pisten Bully over it!

:-)

OLD DADZ SUCK!

Plus. . . it's back to just being FOGGY here. . .

WTF? O!
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Credit: east side underground
looks sweet Big Mike , I love pow, but nothing beats good surf, that 's why i never moved to Whistler or the Alps. :)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Well there you go eastside. I haven't surfed enough yet to get the bug, but I'm sure I would given a bit of time..

Ekat we got lots of groomers here too... ;) more everyday right now with all the snow. Runs are opening quickly..
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
send some of that stuff our way!

It'll eventually snow. I'm about to pick up some Fischer - BCX 675. Ski's next.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Sending some snow vibes down south!

Here's a "groomer" for ya Ekat!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
HohMahn. . . not a come back trail. . . groom some RUNS!

:-)

JK. . . that place looks RAD!

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
Ekat, they groom them and then get 20+ overnight!! It's heaven. ;) when I was at Mammoth we were waiting for them to open the gondola after a big dump one day. After awhile I asked a lifty what was up? He said "one of the cats Is having issues and we're waiting for it to finish grooming its run. "We're waiting because they're grooming perfectly good powder!?" I couldn't f&ucking believe it!!! ;)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 2, 2012 - 06:10pm PT
Mike - how was it today? Temps go down enough?

By the way, 9 times out of ten there's a perfectly good reason to let the cat finish whatever they're doing. If it makes it any easier just imagine that whatever they are doing is whats necessary to avoid getting their asses' sued into bankruptcy, which dosn't serve anybodies interest much. The same thing happens all the time up on Blackcomb Whistler. Often the lift dosn't load until well after AC is finished due to cat work or lift work or trail work. Or vice versa. Either way just take a valium or two.

I remember once having a long time local come up to me and start ragging quite aggressively about how we "ruined all the skiing" by knocking down too many avalanches. A moronically slavish corporate devotion to customer service was this big deal then so I gave him a free hot chocolatte coupon and assured him from then on we'd only throw rocks and snowballs to keep all that pristine powder perched in place because we wouldn't want to ruin his day.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
Ekat it was awesome! It was puking all night almost all the way back to the valley. It was a bit busy but it's a weekend, so to be expected..

I hear ya on the liability thing. I understand too, I think it was more the thought of flattening pow which is not the norm around here. Every effort is made to preserve the nice snow by grooming things early as possible, but some key routes are always manicured and I'm sure the same thing was in effect that day, but I was impatient of course ;) I've learned a lot since then too.. :)


Here's another shot of Jersey Cream lift




I met up with Woody and Rick for a couple laps and then they went home and I went for lunch.

After a snack I saw Harmony Chair on Whistler was open on the light board, so I jumped on the eat to eat. Harmony was a huge line if course since it was Saturday and it was the only alpine chair open. I was alone so I found a three and jumped in. When I got to the top, I decided to head up to excitation, a sweet chute into glacier bowl.

When I got there a bunch of people were standing around watching one guy trying to hack a hole in the cornice. I waited for a bit and when he gave up I slid over to his hole to have a look and dropped the whole tab....

Spider senses kicked in immediately and I buried my fists behind me when I landed to stay in place and watched the snow fall away.

I had a pretty sweet run after that but it was low vis... I guess I was little gungho because I'm familiar with the terrain but i really need to stop pushing my luck...


I got a picture of some kitty kats for the un-blinny from the top of Red chair.

This is the Whistler Mountain alpine shop.

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
I got a picture of some kitty kats for the un-blinny from the top of Red chair.

Post 'em up, Jack!

:-)

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
There you go Ekat!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
A N D . . . nicely groomed with freshies on top can be pretty cool. . .but dood, I can't tell ya how funkmo DustOnCrust can be. . . when there's just enough to trick you into thinkin' it's good. . . or that perfect kind where the only edge you can find IS THE WRONG ONE!

:-)

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
LawdyLawdyLawdy. . . look at those things. . . it's IntraWest, alright! No skimpin' there!

YAY!

TFPU!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
He said "one of the cats Is having issues and we're waiting for it to finish grooming its run. "We're waiting because they're grooming perfectly good powder!?" I couldn't f&ucking believe it!!! ;)

That's Mammoth. . . where I was pretty much born and raised. . . Maritime snow pack and a fleet of PISTEN BULLIES!

:-)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 11:11am PT
22 cms overnight!

Can't tell from the truck tho



Looking nice today!


briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
Powwwwwwww in November
Powwwwwwww in November
Credit: briham89

Unfortunately this picture is two years old.....but still keeps me stoked!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:39pm PT
STOKE, indeed, briham!

TFPU!

and. . . BigMike. . . Dood!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
^^^^^^^yes, I can see why, you have a lovely smile!!!

Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
It was pretty nice this morning...





Woody and sharon at Jersey cream flats






Jersey wasn't happening but crystal was!!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
I'm soooo jealous! I'm currently finishing up a 14 page paper analyzing Intuit inc for a service management class....Gotta love mondays...I want to climb or board
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
Big Sky was doing good last week for early-season skiing--freshies when they opened the bowl, and plenty of fast cruising with my son :-)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
Here's a cute one of BigMtn (re-named WhiteFish Mtn Resort - but nobody calls it that!)

briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
That shot at 1:13 above the fog is really cool! I'm dying here...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:53pm PT
Yeah. . . the place is a TRIP!

That fog comes in and freeze to everything and even if it doesn't snow, there is fresh hoar frost on the groomers and it ROCKS! It also encases the trees. . . that are called SnowGhosts - the place is famous for them.

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They even have beerS named after them!

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briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
Wow that is very cool looking

REEEE-DIC-YOU-LUSS pow day today in the Tahoe backcountry. zomg.

I was going to skip class today, but have a presentation to give.... Glad someone got out there!

Edit: eKat is right!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
That post is NULL AND VOID without photos!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
Yeah. . . it took some getting used to. . . I showed up, hot off Mammoth Mountain, with high elevation, intense SUNSHINE goggles. . . worthless as tits on a boar. . . first thing I had to do was pound down some major fundage for low/weird lighting ones. . . and they are MAGIC.

Trippy place.

Bitchen people. . . who REALLY CARE that you're there. . . couldn't be any more diametrically opposed to Mammoth!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
Nice vid Ekat! Looks fun up there!

Sorry wml, I set the bar pretty high around here.. ;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
Reports without pictures are more than welcome of course. Pics are just better... ;)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 3, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
Big Mike has alluded to it but Just so ppl know the type of thing that actually goes on up where he wakes up...............

http://vimeo.com/m/21673671




east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
no pics, could not be bothered, 10'-15' of new snow on the top of Mammoth. Michael Minaret looked liked a baby Cerro Torre covered with rime. Epic skiing on wind blown. No pow to be had but the sierra high country has a sweet base layer. Some 4' crowns on Avi controlled slopes.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
Shoulda got one of the rime eastside!

Glad to hear others are getting out for some fun too!!

Thanks for the link to the video Ryand! That's a pretty accurate peak chair representation actually! Lots of gorbs sending themselves off big cliffs with flat landings. Much to the lift lines viewing pleasure. We haven't had one yet. First opening will be tomorrow.

During my crystal lap I lost woody and when I got to the top again, the right side was open which I took as an indication that they would be opening Jersey soon finally. I went to the chair and decided to start the line. Woody and gang showed up not long after and we waited for about 25 mins.


First chair









After a sick tree run the gang went down the hill and I called my buddy Jesse who I had plans to meet up with. We met up at Jersey and went down to the eat 2 eat, so we could hit up harmony.

Fissile, Cowboy Ridge, Oboe, Flute.









Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 12:44pm PT
It's a gong show up here today. I still have a couple pics from yesterday to finish first.

Blackcomb kitty kat shop



Jesse on the eat to eat



Looking up valley



It's too cold in this line to post!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Ahh... Hot mocha... It's nippy out there! Winds gusting to 100k+. I decided to come warm up in the lodge a bit.




Roundhouse lodge





Since the mother corp is kind enough to offer free wifi I might as well finish up pics from yesterday..

Whistler mountain





Looking towards fitzsimmons from the whistler side



Harmony was packed so when we got up the chair we decided to hike to peak and do Sunday


It was epic. A little shralpy at the top because they bombed the cornice, but still fun.

Just another epic day at W/B...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
GOOD GRAVY!

You are going for proverbial greatness. . . at this rate, you'll have a hundie in before I even set edge to hill!

:-)

LOVE THOSE KITTY KATS!

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 02:51pm PT
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IS THERE ANYTHING WORSE THAN RAINDROPS ON THE BASE FACILITY'S WEBCAM?

Poop!

P.S. Maybe I should go out and work in the garden!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 10:36am PT
Ekat it looks like you guys might get a big blast next week. Failing that you should get your butt up here!!

Here's yesterday's pics

Not much snow on the truck for 21cms..




I went up whistler and when we got up red was still closed so they made us go down to garbo which was in the rain....




Looking ugly down here..




We did one cream cheese line back to Red and waited there for a bit



After awhile a mass exodus occurred and we were stoked to be near the front.



They left after this run but i went back up for some more steep creamy goodness.



Then I sat in the lodge for a bit and posted about yesterday before riding to Dusty's for some well deserved lunch.


MMMM Ribs.... MMMM cesar!

only 8cm fresh this morning.. maybe i'll find a few groomers for Ekat!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:02am PT
Well. . . the summit of Big is looking pretty good. . .

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But. . . and there's ALWAYS A BUT. . .

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WTF? O!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:15am PT
Shredding it in Western Pa....NOT ..... Lonely trail markers....time to head back to Ca or if that doesn't work, Bozeman.


Wet leaves, slipping and sliding....but not what I'd hoped for.   Head...
Wet leaves, slipping and sliding....but not what I'd hoped for. Heading back west.
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:23am PT
BigMike. . . I can't believe that killer food shot. . . man. . . the last time I ate anything at an Alpine area was up at Fernie (BC). . . a baked potato. . . for $14 CAD.

SAY WHAT!

I can't imagine what a REAL meal would cost!

:-)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 11:53am PT
Ekat that was on special for 15bucks!!!! At the base of creekside! So good!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 12:31pm PT
Just a trace this morning






Whistler village gondola





Skiers plaza

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 12:59pm PT
Dood. . . you need to send the link to this thread to WHISTLER. . . you are SELLIN' IT! Maybe they'd bro ya on a free season pass!

THE PLACE LOOKS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

Not even considering that killer deal on lunch!

:-)

oxox
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
LORD LOVE A DUCK!

I just drove to town in GLORIOUS SUNSHINE. . . and now it's COMPLETELY DUMPING. . . right here on TheHolyMont (nothing religious, there . . . . just a play on words). . . whoa. . . maybe it's REALLY HERE?

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eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
SHORTEST WINTER IN MONTANA'S HISTORY!

Back to the blue. . .

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eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
Thanks, Sista. . . you can see the firewood cart tracks in the snow out to the barn. . . I FIRED out there to get wood since I thought I'd be marooned!

HA!

Well. . . at least there's a blazing fire in the greatroom!

But. . . now it's totally sunny and gorgeous!

:-)

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SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
AT LAST.....Kirkwood....I'm not exactly shredding, as the icy conditions wanted to shred me....but finally...on the facsimile of an imitation of the real thing!
Got in 6000 feet at least!
Me and my shadow at top of Buckboard...
Me and my shadow....skiing at last....
Me and my shadow....skiing at last....
Credit: SCseagoat

Distant view

View from Buckboard
View from Buckboard
Credit: SCseagoat

Ferretlegger first run on Solitude....free heeling....tele-er. I Alpine.

Working on the drop ....
Working on the drop ....
Credit: SCseagoat


Yep, finally....and our sledges are almost done for back country....

Snow gods and goddesses, be kind

Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
Susan! Nice! Sliding on anything is better than nothing!!

Thanks for the pics!!

Dood. . . you need to send the link to this thread to WHISTLER. . . you are SELLIN' IT! Maybe they'd bro ya on a free season pass!


Nah.. then I can't keep it real :) I paid for my plastic.. This is all just for memories and to share with ya'll!


These are the rest of the Wednesday pics. It's been a crazy powder daze kinda week and it's been slowly catching up to me. After 6 pow days in a row you get pretty spent, both mentally and physically.

Sandra cruising Upper Franzes




Sandra met up with some girlfriends and I met up with Relic and Brownie. It was Relic's first day in a couple years and he was stoked!


Whistler riders learn to go fast so they don't have to skate as much on the flat spots...

Kieran on the left Relic on the Right


We did some sick tree laps, brownie dropping in.




Relic at Green chair




Brownie at Green




Then we went to the Goat Path, Kieran traversing in.




Relic hiking up the path




After a sick run on the ridge we went back to red chair and then spotted that harmony wzs open.



We were behind the curve because we did an extra run, which is why the line was so huge, so we decided to head back towards peak chair and ride excitation. It was pretty wind packed on that aspect but we still had some pretty smooth turns.

Relic was getting hungry and Brownie just wanted to keep going so we split up and i went for lunch with Relic.

After lunch we met up with Kyle at Harmony and then saw that Peak chair was open. We rushed over there and then did a line through whistler bowl to get to Jimi's Eye

Kyle dropping Jimi's Eye


We got another sick run in on peak after this which made for another awesome day.

Then we headed back to Blackcomb on the Eat to Eat to get back to the cars.

we had it all to ourselves!!!



I went riding yesterday too, but took today off. Too much of a good thing can still be too much sometimes.. :)



eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 7, 2012 - 11:37pm PT
Nah.. then I can't keep it real :) I paid for my plastic..

That was a joke, son. . .

:-)

BIG OPENS TOMORROW!

Way too many horny dads right now. . . I'll be first chair MONDAY!

STOKE!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:11am PT
Had my first day of the year today, so fun! Got there around 130 or so & did one big, long 4,500 feet of pow in the old growth run! It was good times except a bit of a rowdy ski out @ the bottom. I'll try to post a pic or something later.


Why u call that thing Jimi's eye Mike?? I've always called it the eye or the pyramid??
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 12:51am PT
Why do we call it Jimi's eye? Because if you look it the end of that ridge from the right angle it looks like Hendrix and that's his right eye.. Ill try and get a pic sometime.

Ekat-Sweet! Enjoy those turns!
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:54am PT
Unbearable deepness at Baker today...

... oh, the burden.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 12:56am PT
Nice Todd! I gotta come down and visit u guys! I love It down there!!

Baker is awesome! So much gnar for such a small place!!
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Dec 8, 2012 - 01:39am PT
That was a fun day on Wednesday. Last time a rode Whistler was in 2006 with my gf at the time. I really felt the the body pain after such a lengthy mountain hiatus. Still friging sore now...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 02:02am PT
I bet! I'm mad sore today! ;) you should ride more often bud!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 8, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
Feeling it, could only make it to 2 pm....started at 8:30....got 6300 vert feet in today. Back side of Kirkwood open....hopefully they brought in more medics....AWFUL conditions...new owners seem to think these early season conditions are a go.

Time for a hot tub or something and some snow romping with my new doggie!

Oh poo....camera in car, pics later


Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
new owners seem to think these early season conditions are a go.

That's how I felt when we opened with 25cm! It's still touch and go in the alpine too, but it's open... We've had snow years where the base hasn't even gotten this good.

Here are some pics from Thursday. I've been a write off for the past couple days. 6 powder days in a row can really kill a guy.

We got 4 cms that day.. about the same on the truck.

I'm showing you my ghetto a$$ broken windows because i'm getting them fixed today!!


Kyle




We rode some trees and other fun stuff...





For our last lap we hit up that spot Ryan was talking about and visited the Stu Inn





Inside





Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's signs.





Classic Peak Bros Comic






Borrowed this from the Peak Bros page on Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.134951283229335.21235.134928909898239&type=3




We hit up flat cliffs on the way through




Then Kyle graciously taxied me to function




NEW WINDOWS!! ;)

Going up the hill soon.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 9, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Atta boy mikey, it's about time. Only took two years
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2012 - 04:37pm PT
Ya seriously! ;)

 cm today, but it's Kyle's birthday so we're finding some sweet leftovers.

Just a skim on the truck




The view from Blackcomb gondola


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
Sitting at Merlin's after another fantastic day. Something about McConkey just came on, and despite everything, I still can't help but feel a little sad for Shane and his family.

RIP Shane!!
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Dec 9, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyxcn-u5Z3s&feature=youtu.be

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2012 - 08:07pm PT


Nice one Dave!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 9, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
VERY, VERY GOOD ONE!

TFPU!
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Dec 9, 2012 - 08:20pm PT

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/awesome-freestyle-street-skiing/1jrwgdwue?q=Skier&rel=msn&from=en-us_msnhp&form=msnrll&src=v5:EndSlate%5EWide:email



Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Dave that's a awesome video! That is a Sherpas Cinema joint and they are based out of Whistler. The cinematography skills these guys have are simply amazing. That cut you posted was bunk though.. Here's the Sherpas Original cut.






If you like that one than you really should see their full length feature "All I Can"

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 9, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
Did u say "flat cliffs"???

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2012 - 12:28am PT
Yeah they are!!
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Dec 10, 2012 - 01:10am PT
Anyone hear about the madness at the Dope Premiere last night?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 11, 2012 - 11:13am PT
California snow pooping out and no good forecasts. Time to head to Bozeman


Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
Going to visit Ekat Susan??

Nate ya I heard about it. Did someone really try and grab the cops gun or was that us bs? I had a buddy there who watched the whole confrontation, and he said the cops had lost control and no one was listening to them which prompted their reaction.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/12/10/cops-assaulted-outside-whistler-bar
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 11, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
No, Big Mike, she's not in Bozeman. we'll head to Bridger Bowl and Hyalite Canyon. Ekats way up near the Candian Border.
Thanks T**R, snow will eventually get to California. What's up there will make a fine base. Just need lots of the fluffy stuff to overlay it.

Susan
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 11, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Wow, that story about Sunday is crazy. All the patrol officers in Whistler are rookies, it's a good first stop out of the academy since "real" crime is minimal. Dealing with drunks, stolen bikes & boards & traffic citations are the major focus. A lot of the officers are young & have been known to be a little cocky with their new position, for this reason they don't always get a lot of respect from the younger party crowd. Luckily nobody got seriously hurt, except the kid who got arrested probably took a bit of an extra lickin' from the boys for causing the scene.


Sorry for the OT, here's a quick shaky edit of my first run o the season the other day- so fun!

http://vimeo.com/m/55259443
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Susan, Bridger has been getting hammered with snow and is in great shape for pre-Christmas schussing...


Discovery roof cam photo
Discovery roof cam photo
Credit: mojede

It's a good sign at Discovery when you have to shovel off the roof to read the temp guage :-)
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Dec 11, 2012 - 04:50pm PT
Yeah I was there. I know someone did actually *touch* a cop's gun, but I don't know whether or not they actually tried to grab it. The guy getting arrested (not posting names for privacy) wasn't the person who did that, as may have been reported by some media.
He also didn't yell anything at the cops, aside from asking why he was being arrested and what are his rights.
The only resisting arrest that occurred was him lying down and not moving - he didn't try and fight them. There is a lot of video of it, so hopefully that will be able to clear some of the charges. The crowd didn't encourage him to resist, they just yelled at the cops.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 05:02pm PT
So bullshit how they turn it in the media...
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Dec 11, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Skied Bridger Bowl last Saturday and Sunday, AWESOME! Love that place, hopefully the storm coming ashore now in Northern CA will bring more than rain to the Tahoe Sierra!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 11, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Thanks for the video Ryan, that was really fun to watch.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
Hey, BigMike. . . thought you'd get a kick out of this. . . since we sorta share the same stoke about Pisten Bullies. . .

This was a fun day. . . Pisten Bully 170 went fwimmy in Horseshoe Lake (Upper Lakes Basin - Tamarack Lodge - Mammoth)

Had to do some serious shenanigans with a big ass PB from MMSA to get that sucker out. . . get this. . . it fired right up!

HA!

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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
Hahahaha! Sweet! Gotta love those diesel's eh! What did you get to pull it out? A big old winch pb 300 or something?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
The ski area (MMSA) sent over a big ass cat (it's the one behind the swimmer) . . . might have been a 300. . . and they set up a Z pulley system off some trees out to the left - behind the guy who is entering the frame on the left. . . it was a production.

They don't groom that trail like that anymore!

:-)

That lake has undergone some radical changes over the years, there was a major fissure (from seismic activity) that pretty much drained 1/2 of it down into Red's Meadow. The lake level is really low now. And a huge area of the forest around there was killed off from CO2 belching up under it. ACTIVE AREA.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
Looks like we're choosing between Whistler and Bozeman here. Hard choice. Whistler/Blackcomb is huge. Big Sky has the intensive cold that preserves the snow.

Whistler
Whistler
Whistler
Credit: John Duffield

Big Sky
Big Sky
Big Sky
Credit: John Duffield

But it's Utah that keeps me coming back. A direct flight and the Pow never disappoints.
Credit: John Duffield
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:13pm PT
Tram is open at Big Sky and the kids are killin' it there--foot and a half of 20 degree fluff for most of this week...



edit: the pics of Whistler are more than promising, too!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 06:21pm PT
Thanks Ekat. That must have been some crazy z-drag setup! Hey isn't Big open now? Did you get up skeezin yet?!

John- tough choice indeed. The snow has been very good here if that skews your opinion at all. I haven't been to big sky or any Utah resorts so I can't compare, but you know we have the acreage. If there is one place I would like to ride in the states it would be Jackson. Sounds like they have some gnar!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
Yeah. . . it was a full blown production! MMSA didn't own the Nordic Center at that time, it was privately owned, but they were very cool about helping out with the rescue effort. The guy entering the frame on the left was a hydraulic/PB mechanic for MMSA for years and was working for Blanchard (the guy in blue on the blade) as a loader driver/PB mechanic and he knew everybody at MMSA. . . so he made the right calls. . . and WHOOOOOSH. . . they were all over it!

:-)

I need to dig through our old photos. . . I've got way more of that fateful day!

Yeah. . . Big opened. . . on manmade at the base fascilities. . . (read: still grassy and weird). . . so I'm giving them (or Old Ma) a chance to fill it all in real nice before I head down there. It's cool. . . there's a nice long season ahead of us!

I HAVE been skeezin right here on my property, though. . . I ski set a little track. . . it's COOL!

John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
I am booked for Jackson. Last time, we arrived in a Blizzard. Don't recommend this, we were late.

We also arrived in Whistler during a huge dump. SUVs flipped over like mad coming up from Vancouver.

But well worth it. The day after, about 20,000 people came up from SEA/TAC. They were jumping off a cliff. Not trying to land on their feet either. People landing on their backs, headfirst, it even put Tuckerman to shame.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
John- that's the trouble with booking in advance eh? You never know what Mother Nature has planned for you. Ya vancouverites are pretty useless in the snow. Even if they have chains/ winter tires.... 4x4 only let's you go faster, it won't stop ya any quicker....


Ekat you know I wanna see more pics! It's nice to have friends in the right places sometimes eh? I always stop to see if people need help when I'm out sledding. I'd hate to be stuck and not have others offer the same.

Edit I hear you about the man made too. We started out on that and it was hard for me to get stoked on it too..
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 11, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
Nice board!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
sick t*r! What mountain were you shredding today?

Here's my report.

2cms was the official overnight total.




Everything was pretty pooched so we hiked up to the Blackcomb Glacier which wasn't open yet.





My buddy Rick at the top of the blowhole





Our line, The Blowhole


It was pretty darn whiteout up there. After you exit the blowhole if you go right you get into a wide open glacier with 0 reference points. Talk about vertigo....

I took this pano before we dropped in at the toe of the glacier.


That was it, we jumped on the chair again but were more interested in some glassware in the valley so we peaced out.

Still a sick day.. Gotta love living 5 minutes from the lifts.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
Edit I hear you about the man made too. We started out on that and it was hard for me to get stoked on it too..

Yeah. . . the first lift day of my 45th season can't be on manmade. . . it just can't!

:-)

A N D . . . NICE GHEY TRAY, t*r!

ox
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
It's hard to leave a place like whistler, but mike you have to check out the Utah powder. Bring your own beer though.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Hey, Mike. . . were you born a Canuk, or did you just move there for the skeezin? (and that's a generic term for slippin' and slidin' over any and all frozen terrain.)

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
I was born in Edmonton, Ab and my folks moved to Vancouver Island for work when I was five. I grew up Skeezin on Mt Washington and switched to snowboarding in jr high. When I graduated I got tired of smzll town life and my parents helped me move up here so I could attend Whistler U, aka School of ski bum life and I never looked back :)


Sometimes I consider moving to the city and "getting a real job/starting a real life" then I wake up and realize there is no other place I would rather be.


Utah looks fun Justin! hmmm.... maybe I can interest someone in a little roadtrip.... Interior BC pow is pretty darn light usually as well, but not nearly as high as Utah.
gf

climber
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:43am PT
big mike
-i'm back in the big smoke and heading out for second dawn patrol of the season -looks like things are setting up nicely -looking forward to a tour with you soon!
gf
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Dec 12, 2012 - 09:26am PT
snow has gotten to be a thing of the past.

:-(

i made an amazing discovery on top of mt. san jacinto a couple years ago. telemarking is probably the best way to deal with breakable crust. think about it.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:20am PT
telemarking is probably the best way to deal with breakable crust. think about it.

I won't call it "telemarking". . . let's call it Nordic downhill for the simple reason that you
have many more options with a free heel than you do in bondage. . .
but. . . yes. . . Nordic downhill is the very best way to deal
with breakable crust. . . and just about everything else the
fickle snowpack can hand ya!

:-)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:01am PT
T*r. VERY nice ride!
And you're right, some good forecasts for California, and a decent dump last night!
Going to go shussss it!

Susan
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
We're getting dumped on right now (Butte to Bozeman)


Currently at Big Sky:

Credit: mojede
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Bozeman, Bridger Bowl Sluice Box
Lookin so good....this weekend!
Yeah baby!

See ya in couple days! <br/>
See ya in couple days!

Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
Mike brohm ridge looks CAKED, lets go rooping soon!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Sick! Gotta get my sled up to speed. Should start doing that today.
BCD

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:48pm PT
Three from last week:





RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:34pm PT
Nice turns BCD, would be so cool to shred some of those couloirs & chutes above Bishop. What peak is that on?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2012 - 08:52pm PT
Nice indeed bcd. I was looking at potential lines when I was there. It looks pretty sweet!

Edit GF I didn't forget about you, looking forward to our tour as well. Are you gonna come North? Where do you wanna go?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Alrighty, then. . . been track skeezin like a crazy person. . . right here on TheHolyMont . . .

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thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 15, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
The kid Cormier says hack your shackles:

gf

climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
this was friday am -stellar! Today was a tree-skiing day, we got in tw...
this was friday am -stellar! Today was a tree-skiing day, we got in two nice runs in the early am and got out of dodge just as team downhill were skidding into the parking lot. Back at it for more of the same tomorrow -next week is going to be stellar n s
Credit: gf
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2012 - 11:41am PT
Yay Ekat! SkeeZin!!

Nice pic gf. I got some nice ones on Friday too. They are worth editing so hopefully ill have them up tonight.

We got 7cms overnight and 7 yesterday.


My truck hasn't moved since Friday night...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 16, 2012 - 11:58am PT
On the road (so to speak) to Bridger Bowl, Bozeman....
Catchup with you 'all later as I get to some purdy good snow, hopefully


Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
Nice Susan! Shred it up!

I was solo today, which I love, because I get to set my own pace and ride what I want. I got four awesome pow laps in once the alpine opened. Not much for photos today.. Just this little slice of heaven.




I love knowing where to ride on weekends!
gf

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 04:37pm PT
Big Mike-Very nice-keep em coming
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
Thanks gf. Sounds like you and Jim and Erin had a fun time this morning. Where did you guys go?
gf

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Oh we did a lap to top of holyburn then skied the western slopes back to the cars -pretty nicely filled in -one can almost open it up with fear of nurfing a tip into a bent over branch -that will likely come in the next few days. Hey it would be great if you can drag us out for a tour with loads of turns in your parts perhaps once the xmas rush settles down?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
You thinkin Duffey or just some slackcountry? Maybe a walk out to fissile?
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 16, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
Kirkwood was awesome on Friday and Saturday. They only predicted a trace of snow, but it snowed about a foot up top. It was super cold so it put down some of the driest fluffiest snow i have slid on in awhile!!!

About to drop the cornice.....pow awaits!
About to drop the cornice.....pow awaits!
Credit: briham89
Credit: briham89
Whitney is also stoked!!!
Whitney is also stoked!!!
Credit: briham89

Now we are sitting at home contemplating making the drive up tomorrow morning. We're worried hwy 88 might be closed and the winds might be too strong to open the top....I think we'll probably be there tomorrow
gf

climber
Dec 17, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Another day, another session -i do think that this is the finest skiing in recent (20 yr) memory for the north shore -we've got depth and none of that rain crust to contend with -just fluffy coastal goodness!
gf
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 17, 2012 - 05:16pm PT
looks like continued cool and moist NW flow for another week, then potential for arctic air around xmas / New year. Good action right down to CA

http://wxmaps.org/pix/temp2.html

http://wxmaps.org/pix/prec2.html


The duffy is fattening up good. Greg is it true your stash is 20 minutes from your door? Thats nuts.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Nice gf. I had a good day too. Would you say the snow was lighter than usual today??
I thought so.

Nice Bruce. Looks like our typical cold snap high pressure for the tourists? Excellent. Time to get the sled going.

We got 14cms today



Which is nice when you're only expecting 5 or 6... The hills were dead, and I met up with an excellent crew today. The pace was awesome. No waiting in line, no waiting at the lifts for people, just go go go. So sick. I'm bagged right now...

I only got one shot today, but it was the only one that really mattered...

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 17, 2012 - 10:05pm PT
Hey Mike, how have you fixed the random rotation that happens when you try to post a pic from your Iphone ?
gf

climber
Dec 17, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
mike
how about a little roar action?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Ya I'm familiar with Roar! Not too bad a hike, we can do a couple laps of the upper bowl then maybe a south side lap to the truck if conditions permit! Perfect.

Jim you need to either edit it in photos and save it that way or get an app like photoshop express (which is free and has some nice features) and save it there. Otherwise it can potentially flip. It has to do with the way you hold the phone when you take the picture. I haven't figured it out yet. Maybe I'll play with it tonight if I have time.

It's annoying tho isn't it!!
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
I wanna go up roar! Me me me!

Aislinn and I are still trying to find company to got to snow spider for a 3 or 4 day trip if anyone is interested let it be known
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2012 - 12:04am PT
Luke I told you u should come! When did you guys wanna go to snowspider?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:05am PT
The pow was nice today on whis for sure, 2 x4500' tree runs & i was done. Really dry, it's nice you guys have all time conditions on the North shore mountains right now too, way to get after it gf & Jim!



Rotating iphone photos are annoying.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:05am PT
The 27th, lets do it.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:43pm PT
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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
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climber
north fork
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
Brains required, that's perfect.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
Ekat,

That sign ?

HAHAHAHAHA ! ! !
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
Brains required. We need a few of those signs here ;) hahahaha..

Ya Ryan! KB's was sick today!!

Luke we'll see what the avy conditions have to say about your plan next week.

Didn't get out today, slept in and got a few things done.. Here's some pics from Friday.

The truck got a 7cm dusting..




It was a gorgeous day. I took this from the top of Excelerator.





Jersey Cream Flats





Sandra having fun in front of Glacier Creek Lodge





We did a groomer to warm up a bit, but on the way there me and tash traversed a bit for a few turns.






They opened the alpine pretty early so we headed up to the Blackcomb Glacier






Sandra and Tash at the top of the hike.




Sandra and I at the top




Blackcomb Glacier







on the way out, looking back up.





The Poop Chutes






If you were wondering what lies just to the right of the last couple shots, you should be. It contains some of the best in-bounds terrain Whistler Blackcomb has to offer.

Spanky's Ladder


I took the last shot a couple years ago.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
mike
how about a little roar action?

As in Rohr? I was there last weekend and its developing bumps. Not to worry though. give me a pm and I'll steer you right for the same thing minus the moguls.

Kid - for Snowspider make sure you get mike and his sled to slay all those flat logging road kilometers. Its a long freakin slog in otherwise. Then make sure you have a full hour of daylight to find the hut if you don't know where it is already. Others havn't been so lucky. Just sayin'
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
Sliding snow IS so much fun.

Doesn't matter if you schralp, or if you slide on your own schedule.

Just have fun doing it.
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climber
north fork
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
Big mike, the picture of the exit of the glacier reminds me. I think it was two trips ago maybe 09, my brother and I where bombing the last hill before the flats to not walk out and two skiers were hanging to the side of the run. I was probably thinking something like these guys think we are so badass bombing this hill, they probably want to be just like me. Right after we pass them and hit the flats I see why they were stopped and realize they weren't thinking that. We hit an ice field and ate sh#t. I decided to lay down over catching an edge and musta slid 150 meters using my edge when I could. It could have been much worse, but I did catch an edge and twisted my knee pretty good. Good enough to end my trip with a cane, but that did help get me to the front of the lines in the airport,haha. I remember thinking those guys could of warned us, but it's always fun to watch a good wipeout. Good sh#t.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
What do you mean "wait and see" Mike?. There is no way of finding out theactual stability of a specific area with out being there. Relying on broad assessments of a general area is not my cup of tea.

you should know that by now
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
obviously but i'm not about to head up a avalanche path laden drainage under high conditions. It looks like things should settle out by then so it should be fine but i'm not gonna hang my hat on a specific date and go for broke if conditions don't permit.

Nice one Justin! :) Lucky you didn't run into any death cookies.. That wasn't very nice of those dudes, i woulda given a heads up, but i probably wouldn't have been standing there either.. :)
John M

climber
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
This thread rocks..

Thanks Ekat for the laugh.

Thanks Big mike and everyone for the stoke.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Dec 18, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
What's with the helmuts?
are they required now?
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climber
north fork
Dec 18, 2012 - 09:19pm PT
Yeah nothing worse than helplessness and seeing those death cookies off to the left. Mike, what are the chutes called off to the left when you're on Jersey Cream? You drop them of the connection road/ run on the way towards the burnt tree area. It's steep, some trees, and a good range of cliff drops. Love this thread.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 19, 2012 - 12:00am PT
It snows more on blackcomb.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2012 - 11:57am PT
Justin you're taking skiers right under the Rendezvous? Crystal is the burnt tree area and it's on the way there i guess...

Ryan you are correct but more people still go up Whistler? ;)

I'm slacking a bit this morning with the slow moving storm. Got a couple tricks up my sleeve tho so i'm looking forward to an excellent day.

After our glacier lap on Friday, Sandra left but me Tash and I hooked up with my friend Nina and we went for a hike up the backside of the Glacier.



It really was a gorgeous day for it, and cold so you didn't have to shed layers like normal.





Nina was right on my heels the whole way, and passed me when I stopped to take those pics. Here she is at the top.





It took tash awhile longer so i got a chance to take this pano of Decker and Disease Ridge





Tash was a good sport.





Looking back towards the glacier.





Riding into the rock zone.


It was still pretty boney so there was some technical rock dodging for a bit to reach the pow.



Nina getting her slash on.




Tash slash





Faceshot!



Time to go get some more! Peace!
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climber
north fork
Dec 19, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
I was way off, it's glacier express to ridgerunner, then Heavenly Basin, love that run. Touron.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 19, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
Yeah! Ridgerunner, some awesome stuff up there. I hear its raining on whistler but Ridgerunner got 3 feet last night! Cool photos big mike, get ready for some climbing weather over the holidays. I'm gonna head up there & go do a few laps before work!
gf

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 02:15pm PT
BEST
DECEMBER
EVER
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
Ya bud it's sick up here today! Call me!


My truck




Heaven






I've been waiting all season for this day





Love






This







Sh!t






Sickness

TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:02pm PT
Just got caught in an avalanche at Grouse. First time that's happened, to me, and to Grouse. I survived, thanks to a tree. Tree decided it didn't like my board though. Small price to pay I guess.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:05pm PT
Mmmmmmmm.... Pillows......
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Sh!t Nate! Watch yourself!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
Best run of the year. Bring on the storm.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2012 - 06:39pm PT
It's here bud! My driveway is a mess! Mr plows came this morning... Now there's at least a foot again!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
Glad you're OK Nate.

It's incredibly deep and fluffy right now. I had a wipeout this morning and when I finally got standing up, I was in up to my waist. This is before Christmas on the low elevation, right off of the coast, North Shore !

gf

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
We were cutting 30 cm crowns in the trees this am-be careful out there folks
I one point i did a 360 when i ejected from skis whilst attempting to punch though a big pillow -meanwhile BIG (north shore) JIM nurfed off a small drop and inhaled a large dollop of pow that he was choking on for a bit. Sports action on the shore!
Big MIke -we are scheduled to hook up with the lions bay crew for a high energy day on friday. you?
g
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:28pm PT
Credit: Mighty Hiker
15 cm of wet stuff in the city, on a green base. But TONS of snow on the hills - as usual with such great conditions, the problem becomes getting there, plus avalanches and trail breaking.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Monday morning after some powder fun:

Credit: Jim Brennan
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
my new board and I are heading out on christmas. my new girl is going too.

wooot!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
That pic was posted from my iphone using the photo stream not camera roll. I tried to post it before from camera roll but it would post upside down. Maybe photo stream is the way to post from your phone ?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
Nice Jim, you're a technological wiz!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
Who said BEST DECEMBER EVER????? YEEESSSSSS
Last week was a couple days in Bridger Bowl, Bozeman

This week
Kirkwood, with Ferretlegger.

Susan and Michael getting ready to drop in at Cornice....fantastic sno...
Susan and Michael getting ready to drop in at Cornice....fantastic snow!
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan, Caples Crest getting ready to head to the backside
Susan, Caples Crest getting ready to head to the backside
Credit: SCseagoat

Can't wait for tomorrow....

Susan
gf

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
15 cm of wet stuff in the city, on a green base. But TONS of snow on the hills - as usual with such great conditions, the problem becomes getting there, plus avalanches and trail breaking.
mighty -i know jim is dead keen to show you the truth light and way of the skin track -hope you can make it out with him -depending on my schedule i will try to join in.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:41pm PT
Susan, I'm glad the frozen goodness has made it past the coast. Nice pics of Bridger Bowl. I've never been there but it looks like a great place to ski.
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
Yeah, scary. Marginally more respect for backcountry conditions now.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
You better respect those hills boy. the mountains have a way of dealing with boldness and ignorance.

something to the tune of "big mountain skills or funaral bills"
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Yeah, it's a good time to stay treeward. I bought an Avalung a few years ago as an added marginal second chance.

The BEAR told me that just about everyone pulled out of an avalanche had all their clothes pulled over their head like in a street fight...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2012 - 11:12am PT
Gf, thanks for the invite, but Friday is pretty busy for me I think. Might get some laps in on the hill but have to get ready for Christmas this weekend at my sisters place in the city. We are heading there on Saturday morning straight from squish.

Here's a couple more shots from yesterday...



Lovely trees




Heaven on earth





Pillow town





Nina gets her shred on





Joel Dropping!





End of the day...


Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 20, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Best December ever!

If you are getting the goods twenty minutes from downtown I bet it is!

Just another good december up stream though. Not to rub it in or anything but you really should consider moving north. Jus sayin'.

Anyhoo no end in sight. They're backing off the arctic air forecast and swinging back to NW flow for after xmas.

http://wxmaps.org/pix/prec2.html

Ryan - whistler gets more snow than blackcomb. Its true and measured. The difference is squat but there it is. The Callaghan gets way more.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 20, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
35 cms over night - must be a barn burner today.

Not for me. I tweaked my knee in a fog of face shots collision yesterday so it'll have to wait a bit.

Not to belabor the point but....



GET YOUR FUGGIN' COMMENTS IN TO BC PARKS REGARDING HELI SKIING


in between face shots, that is...




Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 20, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Letter sent yesterday, sir.

I should dig out the letter I wrote in 1990, the last time the master plan was reviewed, and see how much is repeated.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 20, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
When I lived out west, I used to go skiing up on the Palisade Glacier by myself every spring.

The Palisade Glacier in late spring
The Palisade Glacier in late spring
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

My favorite time was to hike in around the middle of May and I'd stay for 2 weeks. Initially I camped in Sam Mack Meadow, but the steep climb out of the meadow every morning was so-o-o-o depressing that eventually I moved my high camp up to the glacial moraine. I have to admit, though, the final steep drop back into Sam Mack Meadow every afternoon was a blast!

The latest I ever skied was in July, but the sun cups were getting pretty big by then.

All of my back-country skiing was on alpine skis with 3-pin bindings and leather boots.

The steep descent to Sam Mack Meadow
The final steep descent into Sam Mack Meadow. Those are my tracks from...
The final steep descent into Sam Mack Meadow. Those are my tracks from the previous day.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

High camp on the glacial moraine in May
High camp on the Palisade glacier moraine in May
High camp on the Palisade glacier moraine in May
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Palisade Glacier in July
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

One day I fell while solo skiing down the U-Notch, and was injured so badly that I was never able to do any more serious rock-climbing again. I performed a self-rescue and hiked out the hospital in Big Pine. I was able to hike back up the glacier 2 weeks later (with my arms in slings) to retrieve all of my gear.

The U-Notch
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Sadly, we don't have very good snow or skiing out here in West Virginia.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 20, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
Another wonderful day....although mighty windy at the top, precipitating the closure of the backside of Kirkwood as well as the Wall. This is the top of Cornice, brutal getting off the chair, but once we dropped in it was fine. I was mega POed because a couple of my fav runs they had groomed....argh, but found enough other off piste goodness.

Looking at the top of Cornice... WINDEEEEEEEEE
Looking at the top of Cornice... WINDEEEEEEEEE
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 20, 2012 - 09:39pm PT
Rad pics SLR!

that line looks rowdy!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 20, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
Haha Bruce, sorry bud I think I trolled u a bit there :-) I never go up blackcomb so naturally I advocate it whenever possible. Thanks for the facts though. Pretty sure it didn't make a difference today.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 20, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
I bet. So? It was good for you?

Anybody do Lavanche today?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
Cool pics slr!! Thanks for the write up!

Looks like you had fun up there Susan! Don't you hate it when then groom good powder!! ;)

Bruce! First rule of fight club man!! Yes three laps today and three yesterday. It was EPIC!!!


So juicy up there today. The alpine was open and I didn't even care.

Whistler may get more snow as per pig alley, but it's rigged! That spot is a notorious wind deposit. Beautifully sheltered and snow just seems to add up there. They posted 50cms this morning which was the whistler number but then quickly changed it to 34 when Blackcomb reported.....


Just a couple pics today. It was GO, GO, GO!

The truck





Wizard line, 8:00am


That's it for today, but tomorrow is looking good!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 21, 2012 - 12:20am PT
Secret weapon
Secret weapon
Credit: RyanD

It was good Bruce but ripping the plastic off this thing for tomorrow is going to feel much better. Looking forward to lower mtn pow tomorrow!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 21, 2012 - 12:23am PT
I skied past south side deli yesterday and it was tempting but I really doubt its fat enough yet. I bet I would have jumped in regardless this morning!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2012 - 02:54am PT
Nice deck Ryan!! I got a new one too!


Now that we officially have over 200cms I can bring it out! Speaking of which I should probably go scrape it.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 21, 2012 - 03:20am PT
Yeah Big Mike, didn't see your post above but i'll give u a shout when i get up there to see where ur at, would be fun to hook up for a lap.
gf

climber
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:53am PT
After a rest day to recover from 6 in a row dawn patrols we are back at it this am -the double crown of holyburn and strachan loom -pieps on high though, we'll be sticking to the trees.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 21, 2012 - 09:00am PT
ata boy greg. let your go pro freak flag fly

Next few days are looking very very promising. A cool stationary trough with a little cold outflow from the interior. Stability likely to heal up nicely with only minor additions of light fluff on the existing right side up . White christmas in Vancouver?

http://wxmaps.org/pix/avnmr.72hr.html
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Credit: east side underground
sliding has been really good here on the eastside, very cold temps with the fluffy variety. 3' - 5' , that 's 1 - 1.5 meters for you hosiers eh, expected this weekend. Looks like the lower elevations will see some action.......yes... thankyou... photo of whistler... don't know the name of the lift....... edit.. the Palisades, the Chamonix of the eastside.....u-notch can be rowdy..... then there is the clyde couliar..... "v'' notch...... underhillll..... thunderbolt...... nw silll....... nw temple.....
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Dec 21, 2012 - 11:21am PT
great pics slr,going near there this springhttp://www.skitheeast.net/videos/view/376880311/spencer
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 21, 2012 - 11:33am PT
Credit: Annie Leduc
Credit: Annie Leduc
Credit: Annie Leduc
Credit: Annie Leduc
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Gimme a call Ryan!! Pow!!
gf

climber
Dec 21, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
Bruce -it rocked! Rumour has it a ST lurker who was out on DP today will post up a shot or two of one of our intrepid group dropping into the "dadoir"
I hope to get some in tomorrow but then off to the ancestral homestead by jordan river for xmas -the only sliding there involves a wool lined wetsuit and my trusty walden 8'0"
Plumbbob

Mountain climber
Juneau, AK
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
If folks havent seen this article about the avalance just out of bounds at Stevens Pass last Spring. Here is a link.

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

Bob Plumb
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
iPhone sideways fail
iPhone sideways fail
Credit: briham89

Whiteout and high winds at kirkwood today. Only one lower lift open :(

Now to find a place to sleep in my car and pray the top of the mountain opens tomorrow.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
Whiteout and high winds at kirkwood today. Only one lower lift open :(

Oh boy...we pulled into the parking lot at 8:30 am and thought this doesn't look too good and came home. But we had 3 good days up there. We'll head back up after this storm moves through. Looks like a good dump!

Susan
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Good call Susan. I'm just hoping for lower winds tomorrow.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:45am PT
Sounds like a you're going to have a great time wilbeer. How much time will you have? Have you been there before?

It's a long walk to Sam Mack Meadow, which is where most people camp. I just really hate that steep climb out of the meadow every morning, although that means you get an exhilarating descent back into the meadow at the end of the day. Plus in Sam mack Meadow you're in a hole and can't really see very much.

That's why I like to move my high camp up onto the moraine, above the lake at the foot of the Palisade Glacier. The view is spectacular!
Palisade glacier in early July
Palisade glacier in early July
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

It take a Herculean effort to get all the way up to the moraine with all of your gear. But to me, it's worth it.

Later in the summer you'll be skiing on corn in shorts and T-shirts!
Thunderbolt Glacier
Thunderbolt Glacier
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:52am PT
SLR - I've heard those rumors about the amazing spring skiing in the Sierra. Our spring skiing is spotty at best, something about the elevation and weather I guess. Is it true that you guys really get a dependable period of good corn skiing every year?
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
I've been skiing on the Palisade Glacier as early as mid-April and as late as late July. For optimal conditions you've gotta watch the snowpack and pick the right conditions. But yeah - you can reliably ski corn every year.

I would say that the best time for corn is probably mid-to-late June, before the suncups appear and get too gnarly. Believe me, trying to ski frozen sun cups before the afternoon thaw is a thrash. (:

Norman Clyde's favorite area was Rock Creek - much easier access (trailhead at 10,000 feet) and lots of rolling terrain.

Palisades in April - full-on winter conditions
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Palisades in June - sometimes not much different than winter
Sam Mack Meadow in early June
Sam Mack Meadow in early June
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Some outstanding breakable crust in May
Palisade Glacier
Palisade Glacier
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:04pm PT
this last season,, you would have been skiing on more scree than snow...
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Credit: east side underground
"winter conditions in April"....... my favorite time of year
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Credit: east side underground
stoke for sliding...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2012 - 03:39pm PT
Thanks for the pics SLR! Looks like a fun zone. Not exactly sure what Bruce is on about.. There is usually plenty of corn around here in the late spring early summer. I'm usually too busy climbing by that point though..

Allright, I managed to get a few laps in yesterday, before we headed down to squish for Perry's do.

We got 15cms overnight.



I didn't get many pics, but this was last run.




Pillows=Love.





Heaven on earth!





First person this season. Gotta love it!
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
I'm just hoping for lower winds tomorrow.

briham89, I'm wondering if you are snowed in a Kirkwood right now. 3 feet of new in the forecast there today, another 3 feet tomorrow. Should be amazing conditions when it clears up Christmas Eve..... then more snow in the forecast. And its staying COLD though all of these events.

http://snowforecast.com/resorts/4350-kirkwood-mountain-resort
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:55pm PT

briham89, I'm wondering if you are snowed in a Kirkwood right now. 3 feet of new in the forecast there today, another 3 feet tomorrow. Should be amazing conditions when it clears up Christmas Eve..... then more snow in the forecast. And its staying COLD though all of these events.

Unfortunately I had pretty bad luck. I slept in my car last night....it consisted of sort of sleeping because my car kept shaking from the insane wind. I woke up this morning and it was snowing and blowing even harder than yesterday. They had guns going all over the place so I was hoping the wind calmed and stuff would open. 9am rolls around and no chairs are moving. I also check hwy 88 status and it is closing at 10am (I have to be home tonight). I wait around a little longer to try and get in at least one run, but nothing is moving and I reluctantly drive home :( after all that waiting I wish I could be there tomorrow and Monday, but unfortunately have to be done on LA for xmas....oh well

Looks like they only opened 7 today....god damn all that untouched snow on top is going to be deepppppp when they get it opened.

Btw mike those pillows are rad!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:16pm PT

Looks like they only opened 7 today....god damn all that untouched snow on top is going to be deepppppp when they get it opened

oh boy oh boy...Monday looks like it.... yippee, the couple days rest was nice, but this cannot be denied!


Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
Too bad Briham!! Sometimes you gotta pay your dues to get the goods and sometimes it just doesn't work out. Too bad you couldn't wait it out. I love living at my resort, sleeping in my bed and being 5 minutes from the lift. To think we almost moved south this year! I grew up doing the drive every weekend, so I really appreciate the effort it takes.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:39pm PT
finally gettin some up here
finally gettin some up here
Credit: wilbeer
great info slr,im hoping to ski at least 4-5 days in the sierras,maybe camp.dmt and cragman turned me on to elderberry canyon on mt tom,depending on conditions ,that ones a go.i have been to eastern sierra twice, 1980 and 1981.i never skied,nor climbed then.but not this time ,after some skiing i plan to climb for a week down towards the valley.then head to orange county,to meet my wife at her sisters place.great pics too
Jstod

Trad climber
North Vancouver
Dec 22, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
Bruce -it rocked! Rumour has it a ST lurker who was out on DP today will post up a shot or two of one of our intrepid group dropping into the "dadoir"

A few doomsday dawn patrol shots :)

GF and Ziff
GF and Ziff
Credit: Jstod

On top the "dadoire"
On top the "dadoire"
Credit: Jstod

In the Dadoire
In the Dadoire
Credit: Jstod

Howe Sound
Howe Sound
Credit: Jstod

Fun outing!
gf

climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:31pm PT
Nice Julian! a pleasure to get keel-hauled on the skin track and the slopes by you yet again-look forward to the next round.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 23, 2012 - 08:34am PT
Jstod, now that's what I call tree skiing!
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 23, 2012 - 09:08am PT
Sooo proud of my son Ladd for Yesterday:

They opened up the back-side of Discovery and we got to drop into 3 untracked Black Diamond runs for the first 3 runs of the day--it was knee deep for me in most of the places...


Ladd with his Lego Superpipe Cutter :-&#41;
Ladd with his Lego Superpipe Cutter :-)
Credit: mojede


Ladd just turned 8 and is 43" tall--kid's got potential
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:58am PT
That Lego pipe dragon is rad!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
It just won't stop snowing, this is ridiculous! My legs say stay in bed but another 20cm means riding before night shift is inevitable! Almost 140cm in the last 7 days with freezing levels way below valley bottom, man we are lucky.

Kid, maybe if u were a good boy this year Santa will bring u your own lego super pipe dragon:-)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Enjoy it - the next week looks really good for temps but not tons of new. The big news is they're starting to build a case for a pineapple toward the new year. 50 /50 maybe at this point.

http://wxmaps.org/pix/avnmr.144hr.html

I heard on the snooze that that ski hill over on the island already has a snowpack of 4 meters - and thats before christmas!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Yeah the Washing machine has gotta be close to digging their chairs out if they've had temps anything like ours. That place gets nailed.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Dad says 420cm as of this morning on washout. I'm stuck in the city today... Might get one in this afternoon... Thanks for the pics jstod! Much appreciated!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 23, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
From the KT webcam at Squaw.



Four feet of fresh and they drop the rope on the fingers? Sick! Today must have been great for the early chargers!
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:24am PT
Sometimes, you can get above the whiteout, like this shot at Whistler.

Locking it all down
Locking it all down
Credit: John Duffield
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:55am PT
looking good through the holidays. Any pineapple potential is looking unlikely as the ridge squishes and tilts at New years

http://wxmaps.org/pix/temp2.html

Merry christmas!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
Merry Christmas Bruce and everyone else!! I Broke my Christmas tradition of getting up the hill early this year, but only because Ullr didn't give me my present! (Freshies) guess ill have to go find some leftovers.. ;)

thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 25, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Lets go get some left overs up sugarloaf on Wednesday. Bring your noboard!!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 26, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
Uh oh, back to the Pineapple!

http://wxmaps.org/pix/avnmr.144hr.html
gf

climber
Dec 26, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
All good things must come to an end....
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 26, 2012 - 03:41pm PT
I finally hit the slopes with my sweetie and my new snowboard yesterday. There were no crowds at Eldora and with 6" of fresh from the night before it was an awesome.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 28, 2012 - 09:59am PT
But wait.......... New years is starting to look pretty damn good again! The Pineapple is to be sent north to Alaska while we get sunshine and one of those nice mid winter temperature inversions.

http://wxmaps.org/pix/avnmr.96hr.html

Improving stability to boot. You norht shore dawn patrollers been out lately? I heard you got 50 cm's overnight!
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Credit: cintune

Gore-geous day at Gore on Christmas Eve.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 03:16am PT
Nice Nature, good to hear you got some turns in.

No sledding for this guy yet. Having trouble getting my maintenance done.

Ya Bruce! Next week is looking sweet! Anyone have time for a walk up the Duffey??

I went for a couple runs on boxing day morning solo steeze.

The truck hadn't moved for a couple days..




Sproat was lit up!





I went up glacier chair and broke the chimney hike.





Went and hit up my stash for some "Leftovers"






Then I switched it up and headed for the Valley




Pillow Playland









Freshies abound!





then i went home and cooked a turkey!!! :)





RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 29, 2012 - 04:18am PT
Nice Mike, sick photos. Killer light on some of those. I may be down next week wed or thurs if I can dial in my split, u got any xtra pucks for the snowboard stance? Otherwise good to go!


If the stones are dry & sunny in Squam I'll definitely bail though, maybe you too!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 12:54pm PT
Nope. No extra pucks. You could grab some at Prior I bet! We should do both next week. Tour one day climb the next.

ya i had some pretty sweet light the other day on my way to the valley. It's gotta be early there before the sun goes around..
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Ya eastside? Why delete amigo?
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Credit: east side underground
conditions continue to be epic, on the eastside. edit : didn't really like the photo big mike... also how big are you? you look about 6'6" in your photos . cheers
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
Glad to hear it dude! You guys deserve it after last year!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Eastside I am 6'7 actually but you were pretty close!! ;)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 29, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Seconds from pillaging big mikes stash.....
Seconds from pillaging big mikes stash.....
Credit: RyanD
gf

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
NEWS FLASH!
Big (north shore) Jim suffered a blow-out on his AC and AM ligaments today on cypress-assistance was required to get him off the mountain. Film at 11 when big jim posts up the shots i took on his iphone.
your north shore correspondent
John M

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
IN OTHER NEWS

ICE SKATING RESCUES GONE WRONG!



http://news.yahoo.com/video#video=31422237

Holy cow.. no one died. thankfully. But whoa.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
Hey! That's totally my stash! Was that yesterday??

Gf noooooo say it ain't so!!! Poor Jim! Rest easy Jim, look forward to hearing from you when you feel up to.

gf touring this week?
gf

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Alas Big MIke -i'm on a plane to shanghai tomorrow noon -only sliding for me might be one session at wushi at the break on the ne coast of taiwan next weekend...
Kid Cormier-we took your name in vain -when Jim was writhing in pain on the snow i gave him a sceptical look and said "10 minutes or i'm outta here dude"
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Rofl!! Dammit Jim! Oh well gf plenty of days left. ;)
gf

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
Indeed -i am fully up for a roar mission -am back on the 10th so anytime in that window and the 21st when i must go to work in america and then do a detour on the east side on the way home.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
Credit: east side underground
eastside america.....waiting for you.....bring your skins...:)
gf

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:42pm PT
Hell -if its on offer i'll bring the whole damm shooting match -although i am not sure my gracious host could be tempted into this form of recreation -i fly into mammoth on the 27th and out on the 30th -maybe the 29th if conditions cooperate?
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Major bummer about Jim. Please extend my best wishes for recovery. Was it epic getting him out?
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 29, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
gf next time on the eastside drop a pm if you want to do some sliding.... cheers
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 29, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
Big Mike -whats your schedule? Can you do a one or two nighter up to a hut on the duffy?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Hmm pretty open. I was thinking about climbing mid week maybe and been trying to organize touring partners since my sled is still on the injured list. I must warn you though I snore so bring your earplugs ;)
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
A BIG shout out to the volunteers of North Shore Search and Rescue ! ! !

After wrecking my knee, Greg enlisted some snowboard youts who post holed a trail that allowed us to grovel back up to the top. By then the NSSAR were at the top and a BIG thanks to Stan for doing all the first aid checks in a casual but pro manner.

Tim Jones was next up and we decided it was easiest and best that I bum slid down the slopes and hobbled with help through the flats. a patroller on a sled took me to the parking lot from the top of the XC area. Greg did great pack management and early logistics which made things smooth for everyone.

Again, a HUGE THANKS to the NORTH SHORE SEARCH and RESCUE ! Really pro and I'm in their debt for helping me.

THANK YOU !

Credit: Jim Brennan

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:15pm PT
Heal up quick Jim! I'll shred a turn for you soon!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Mike - we've got some plans slowly evolving..... I'll let you know. Nothing until Jan 01 at the earliest.
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Dec 30, 2012 - 12:01am PT
Jim, sorry to find out it was you I walked by at the first aid shack. You have some amazing terrain up there. Get fixed up and re-habbed.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 12:40am PT
Cool Bruce. I'd like to spend new years with Sandra so that would work well.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
Thanks to the boys from the North Shore Search and Rescue for helping Jim out of a sticky situation!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
Heal up Jim ! So very sorry to read of this disaster. Shhhhiiiiitttttt.....
MH2

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
when Jim was writhing in pain on the snow i gave him a sceptical look and said "10 minutes or i'm outta here dude"


Was there a communication problem?


But good thinking, Greg, and good to see Jim standing, if with a little help from Tim. May recovery go well.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 30, 2012 - 01:31pm PT
and good to see Jim standing,

The expression on his face is interesting. I can't tell if it's pain, or if one of the S&R guys slipped him a shot of morphine.

But, kidding aside, I'm sorry to hear this. Best wishes for a complete recovery Jim.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
I second that " Heal up quick" . Remember R.I.C.E.S. Rest. Ice, Compression, Elevation, Scotch
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
Rices... I like that ;)

I went for a little walk today.. I was supposed to be with Sandra but when we got off the gondola her highback was missing from one of her bindings so she went back to the truck to try and find it. I went on alone and made my way to the rock hard boot pack up the back of the glacier. Then I continued up Disease Ridge.

Looking at the back of Blackcomb peak



More soon. I'm gonna edit them a bit since I think they should turn out nice..
Timmc

climber
BC
Dec 30, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
Awe Jim, sorry to hear about your injury.

Heal fast- the season is young.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Got my son Ladd (8) into some +knee deep pow (for him) today--the float, the turns and the smiles were had...



...glad that I have an awesome ski partner!!!!1111
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 30, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
THANK YOU !

One and all, for your kindness and well wishes ! ! !
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Keep us up to date as to your progress Jim. Nice to hear you had fun with your prodigy Mojede!

I managed to finish a few more pics from my hike the other day..

The beginning of the Spearhead Traverse





Blackcomb Peak

Where's waldo??





Looking through the gap at Whistler and the valley








Spearhead Range








Disease Ridge

Where's Waldo??







Mt Decker and Mt Fissile across the valley







Disease Sunset




Happy New Years!!!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Thanks Big Mike! Love Blackcomb!!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:39am PT
Ya Slr!! People ask me all the time which one is better, Whistler or Blackcomb? I always reply "It's like comparing apples and oranges. You can't. They both have their merits and weaknesses. Truth be told tho I have a soft place in my heart for Blackcomb. The fall line is much better and there is more steep alpine terrain.

Living on the north side of town the parking makes it logistically easier, and I find the terrain opens quicker with better steep stuff in the sub alpine for those deep days.

Not to say I hate Whistler or anything like that! There are plenty of neat things to do over there and my favorite thing lately seems to be enjoying a bit of both worlds! The peak to peak has made that reality very much easier logistically speaking.. you can go from one mountain to the other in 15 minutes or so!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:42am PT
I never ski Whistler
Did it once
Why bother when Blackcomb is right there?
Banff is closer, so that's where I go now
Kicking Horse!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:43am PT
one word. Pillows.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 12:48am PT

Kicking Horse RULES!




Me after that sick day ^^^
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 1, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Starting a springtime Spearhead Traverse:

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

Sean, Greg, Mike and Ward consulting the map:

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

Credit: Jim Brennan

The frozen headwaters of Fitzsimmons Creek, 5pm:

Credit: Jim Brennan

Greg and Mike following the sunset into Singing Pass:

Credit: Jim Brennan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Nice Jim! You got 420 too!! ;) I've never done the whole traverse. Tried once, we got weathered out behind decker for a day and elected to return rather than continue.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 1, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Credit: east side underground
a look across the canyon at the "vagina" chute. PC guide book authors renamed it the "wineglass" wtf
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Jan 1, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Great shots you all...always wanted to ski the Spearhead...

Lots of ways to slide on snow, going fast up and down......yesterdays race
Photo by Mark Nadell
Photo by Mark Nadell
Credit: Maysho
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Maysho - are you familiar with a guy named Roman Dial from Alaska? I recall hearing about him doing some long way out there glacier traverses up in alaska on skate gear! He was (likely still is) a pretty fit dude. He competed in Eco challenges and was always in the top 5 due to fitness and excellent mountain skills.

By the way, the current record for the Spearhead traverse is just over 4 hours. I still don't believe it!
Fish Boy

Social climber
Squeamish
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
I thought Alex did it in 3 hours something Bruce? Maybe not...

I have two weekends free in Jan for the Duffy if you folk are interested. I'd love to check out steep ck. Also going on a solo mision to Mamquam Mtn tomorrow through Skookum Ck...

Happy Sliding!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 1, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
No sh#t? 3 hours? must have been on skate gear with a light wing!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
3 hours?? How could you bypass all those beautiful lines along the way!! ;)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 1, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Not exactly shredding, more like plodding. Ferretlegger and I heading out Glacier Point road for some snow camping. We've been skiing a lot so we decided to snow shoe for a change. It was beautiful full moon but too freakin' cold (6 degrees at night) to pop out for pics. Also my camera battery discharged due to such cold so only a few pics.
Total gear hogs
Total gear hogs
Credit: SCseagoat

Headed down ... The pulk was my birthday present but Michael is doing the test drive (as well as we're headed downhill)
Michael with the pulk.
Michael with the pulk.
Credit: SCseagoat

As usual I'm humping the pack.
Humping the pack...
Humping the pack...
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Stamping down our spot
Stomp.  Stomp.   Stomp.
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.
Credit: SCseagoat

HOT CHOCOLATE
Ummmmmmmm
Ummmmmmmm
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The only vista I got...so bummed my battery discharged

Pretty sky and trees
Pretty sky and trees
Credit: SCseagoat


We have a great Black Diamond Bibler Bombshelter tent but its a beeetc to put up...regardless...a good time had by all...
Susan
weezy

climber
Jan 1, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
idiots in the backcountry..



i don't even know where to begin
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Wow. Seriously. Give me your transceiver??? Take forever? One person digging party with no gloves?? Dumbasses!!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jan 1, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
12/30 back country on St. Helens in fabulous sunshine. 1/1 Mt. Hood Meadows. The thermometer said cold - but the sunshine and no wind made it glorious.
1/1/2013 Mount Hood Meadows
1/1/2013 Mount Hood Meadows
Credit: Seamstress

We invade Idaho soon, and whip through Whistler in April. Watch out - lady driver....
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jan 1, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
a look across the canyon at the "vagina" chute. PC guide book authors renamed it the "wineglass" wtf


As we would say over on TGR...


"Hit the clit and take it switch to the road!"



this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 2, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
That video was painful to watch. If that was my goPro video it would have been deleted, not posted. My favorite part was his constant struggle with putting gloves on and leaving his own pair before going to rescue. Oh yeah and only one guy digging.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 2, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Check the chute behind Maysho in his picture.

I always wanted that one...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 2, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Susan nice sled! Looks like you guys had a blast! That is what it's all about!

Seamstress! Nice to hear from u! Hood looks cool, still have to go check it out.


Obviously the person who shot that video had very little clue as to what the proper procedure should be...

Here's another tough one..




Oh ya, Vagina chute looks rad!!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:55am PT
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 02:00am PT
I seen that, it was Mike d right?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
I finished the rest of the Disease pics.

Blackcomb Peak and Disease Ridge





Dis Ease





Walking up the ridge






The sunset was beautiful












My line, a little tracky but still good :)






Just before I dropped in











Looking back up at Blackcomb and Disease






One more sunset pic..





Then I shredded home, back to the valley whence I came.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Just a comment on the vid that weezy posted ..... choose your partners carefully
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
+1 eastside!

Shredding Jaws
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 5, 2013 - 04:14am PT
Here's some of my favorite shredding media. An awesome web series that documents some of the pioneers, legends, & film companies that started it all.

Powder & Rails


Favorite episodes: Jamie Lynn, Farmer, Salasnek, Iguchi, Tom Burt, etc.

Enjoy!
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 5, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Good stuff Ryan. When I first started snowboarding, I would get every snowboarding video and get pumped. I was into all the freestyle boarders and was always bored when tom Burt section came on. The last few years I don't go into parks and now prefer to watch Burt over that tomato dude anyday. Burt is a pioneer and a lot of the freestyle guys have brought their skills to big mountain boarding. The evolution of boarding and skiing in the last 20 years is insane.

Mike you have a great eye for photography, that second shot on the previous page Dis Ease. Wow. Keep it up man and you just might get your own appreciation thread.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 5, 2013 - 11:34am PT
Credit: east side underground
yea snowboarding is kinda fun
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Sick deck dude! What is that board?

Edit:
Mike you have a great eye for photography, that second shot on the previous page Dis Ease. Wow. Keep it up man and you just might get your own appreciation thread.

Thanks Justin. My dad always had the eye so I guess I just inherited it from him. He had all these great shots around the house when I was a kid. More landscape stuff than action. Beauty just inspires me and I love capturing it, I also really enjoy sharing my images rather than have them sit on some dusty hard drive...
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 5, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
BIg MIke , I don't know what those deck are, I hooked up with a couple of french guys, I was riding my trusty steepwater made by eastside local/legend steve klassen
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 6, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
just a friendly reminder to get your PLEASE BOOT WHISTLER HELI SKIING OUT OF GARIBLADI PARK request into BC Parks before the cut off deadline of Jan 10 on Thursday.


At the same time you can also say PLEASE ALLOW SOME LIMITED NEW MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS



Currently, heliskiing will be allowed to continue and no new biking trails will be allowed UNLESS ENOUGH PEOPLE RAISE A STINK.




comment form here:



http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/garibaldi/garibaldi_mp_amend_comments.html


For our american and other friends, here is the skinny:


As quoted from the draft park plan: "Based on the public comments submitted via the questionnaire, 68% of respondents are not in favour of heli-skiing continuing in the park."


Yet for some inexplicable reason the plan proposes to continue allowing it to occur, offering only the vague rationale that to not do so would mean local heli skiing opportunities would suffer to the point of viability. Aside from the fact that this observation can be disproven by simply looking around at all the non park operators, No one from whistler Heliski, Whistler Blackcomb or BC Parks has presented a remotely compelling case to back up this assertion. Surely BC Parks dosn't simply take their word for it over a coffee and hand shake? Of course not so no doubt they are willing to share the details yet with such a deafening silence I suppose the "public" are expected to be content with wondering how the "stakeholders" conversation went behind closed doors. Funny choice of words that BC Parks used there ..... isn't the public the biggest stake holder of them all when it comes to such a public asset?

What is abundantly true and observable is the fact that backcountry ski touring is increasing in popularity while at the same time decreasing in available land base, mostly due to the proliferation of mechanized sledding in crown land areas. All BC park land is to some degree valued because of its wilderness attributes where fossil fueled recreation is incompatible. I'm not sure why BC Parks allows heli skiing yet no heli hiking but most likely due to wildlife concerns. For some reason they don't register quite the same concern with the sizable herd of human wildlife that migrate there every day in the winter! A fossil fueled activity available only to those who pony up a thousand bucks a day seems a rather odd fit in a piece of park where the average wage earner likes to find a little peace and a well earned break from the work week.

The park land adjacent to the ski hills is an increasingly rare commodity and is uniquely suited as ski touring terrain that requires only a day. Nowhere else in the whole of southwest BC can one easily gain so much elevation to first class wilderness mountain terrain for a single day of effort. I repeat - NO WHERE ELSE - Most everything else is either an overnight expedition or is poorer quality. Constant helicopter traffic has always been anathema to wilderness and is incompatible with the BC Parks experience. Whistler Heli skiing holds a huge amount of crown land tenure where it can conduct its business.


The management plan comes under review every 10 -20 years or so. Whistler heliski has operated IN THE PARK for thirty years despite a similar public opposition, under suspicion of a backroom deal between corporate and government insiders.

So please give us a nice big Super topo UP YER ASS to the man and fill out the form. We will reward you with a nice little guided tour of all our best powder stashes next time you're up.

thanks!
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:01am PT
bump (see above)


RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:17am PT
Thanks Bruce, I finally got some comments in a few days back.


You guys get some schmooo up there today? I was lucky enough to have a free cat ski trip fall in my lap yesterday, it was hella fun & we got to ride the storm snow in the woods all day b4 it warmed up, I took some video I'll try throw together an edit this weekend. The coolest part was that our guide for the day was the legendary Don Schwartz! Him & the boys up at powder mountain have been working hard all summer cutting new runs & improving the base area, I hadn't been up with them in about 10years and couldn't believe how much work they have done. If anyone is looking to treat themselves real good with a day of bottomless pow & they are in the area I would highly recommend a day with these guys. Professional, fun, & deep for all levels. If you don't know who Don Schwartz is he spent a lot of time pioneering snowboarding BITD & was very prolific in bringing it to the big mountain with guys like Craig Kelly. These days he trains like a machine @ shows ppl good times on the planks. True OG & hella fun to ride with.


http://powdermountaincatskiing.com/


Credit: RyanD