Hey all, figured I may as well throw up the pics from my one day in the backcountry this season (hope to get that number up significantly next one as I will be investing in a splitboard.)
Went up to Pemberton which is about 40min north of Whistler, British Columbia. Ahhh pemberton. Sled necks, farmers, and powder hounds in general. Great little place to get some sleep before heading to the goods which is another 40min - 1 hr north, from 200m elevation to around 1200 average throughout the pass.
We had never done any trips in this area before but there was a ridge of high pressure that had lasted for almost a week and conditions were super stable, with a storm expected to move in later that evening. We chose to do a 2-3 hour hike that follows Cerise Creek, which was almost exactly 40km north of Pemberton and just a strip of gravel in between avalanche paths on the highway.
Had a kickass day just bootpacking up a solid skin track that was more like a sidewalk most of the way up. Found 10-20 cm of pow up at treeline and just jumped off some windlips and built a small jump. There was about 20-30 people in various size groups up there that day, most of which were crashing at a hut which was another hour further than we went at treeline. We were the only boarders. However, skiers were cool and we chatted with everyone we saw. It seems that in the backcountry, people are just stoked to see other people and chat it up. Good times.
Here is the flickr gallery: (the first few pics are of Whistler resort the next day after the storm hit, not the backcountry
Pemberton Backcountry (Cerise Creek) + Whistler Resort - a set on Flickr
And a preview pic: