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A little south and across the boarder....this is a 10-15 minute hike out the gate
Sweet Mind to give away the location? Is it the same mountain your split tour pics were taken?


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That's the backcountry right out of the Baker ski area. There is some really great stuff there. I had a blast in that zone two seasons ago. We did runs off of the top of thay area. Table mountain if I remember the name correctly. Further back there is a zone called little Alaska and it was damn fun. More like 90 minutes to get all the way back there from the parking lot with no lift assist. Just to the top of the sub ridge was about 30. Of you are in the area and the weather cooperates, I would recommend hitting it.
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Some more questions concerning the cat/pow holiday in Revelstoke/Golden/Lake Louis/Fernie area.

1st part: I'm eyeing on a Venture split, probably the Zephyr (any hints on Venture splits are highly appreciated). Since I won't be able to demo Venture boards here, I thought it could be a good souvenir from Canada. Can anybody recommend a good local shop in the area? (not a big store with kids as shop assistants; I’d prefer smaller shops with guys who have tried the stuff they’re selling)

2nd part: Suppose we're lucky and get huge dumps in the weeks we'll be in the area. How huge is huge? What boards/sizes do you use/recommend for these amounts of fresh? I'm pretty sure my Flagship 158 will float with my 120lbs in whatever I can expect, but husband (190lbs, 6’, boot size 9) was not completely happy with his Raptor 164 in the 16in/40cm pow we met this season and was considering getting a bigger board anyway.


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The Raptor is more of a big mountain board not a pow board. It rides pow well but thay is not it's specialty. Set the stance back all the way. I think the Prospector will be a great pow board. I've been using the 161 split for weeks but it has been all spring conditions. Still the shape is pow friendly. I believe there is a solid version.

Venture boards are nice. They are built tough which means they are a tad on the heavy side. They are not as quick and easy to initiate turns. My thoughts is because of the flat base. It takes a bit to get used to. Expect to need a few runs to adjust if you do not have experience with that profile. The float is some of the best though and breaking trail is great. The tips just dive up. Lots of traction when skinning too.
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Also I am surprised a 164 was not enough board. He can up to what ever size he wants at that weight. I'd try for something 167-172.
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Hmm... my Flagship is supposed to have a camber but was "flat" the day I bought it (manufactering variance...)
You'll have trouble to fit a piece of paper in this "camber".


Not sure if that already counts as experience with flat or if a flat is flatter/different I would demo one anyway before I'd buy one. If I find one

Well, as you said. The Raptor did well, but not particularly good in deep. I guess he saw how effortlessly I was floating traversing flats and at lower speeds while he sunk/had to lean back. Thus the wish for a bigger/better suited board. He always had the "one board has to do it all" philosophy but gets to the point that maybe specific ones would be also a good strategy.


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2nd part: Suppose we're lucky and get huge dumps in the weeks we'll be in the area. How huge is huge? What boards/sizes do you use/recommend for these amounts of fresh? I'm pretty sure my Flagship 158 will float with my 120lbs in whatever I can expect, but husband (190lbs, 6’, boot size 9) was not completely happy with his Raptor 164 in the 16in/40cm pow we met this season and was considering getting a bigger board anyway.
40cm overnight is the biggest I've seen in the past few seasons, but I'm sure there have been bigger days than that. Looking back anecdotally the majority of legit powder days I've been in have been in the 25cm range overnight. These dumps can last multiple days so doing a bit of work for your turns can reward you with deep stuff. I'm sure theres data out there with more specifics, and other people probably have different insight than me but that is just what I've gleaned from my experiences.

It's generally a pretty dry powder, although at least once last year a system from Alaska came in that dropped some pretty heavy stuff, but lots of it.

None of my crew has a dedicated pow board, but none of us have had any problem just setting back (sometimes all the way) our freeride boards - Yes Pick Your Line seems to have done the best, while personally I have no complaints with my Raptor. Set back with a bit of a taper and that centre rocker makes it pretty fun.

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Some more questions concerning the cat/pow holiday in Revelstoke/Golden/Lake Louis/Fernie area.

1st part: I'm eyeing on a Venture split, probably the Zephyr (any hints on Venture splits are highly appreciated). Since I won't be able to demo Venture boards here, I thought it could be a good souvenir from Canada. Can anybody recommend a good local shop in the area? (not a big store with kids as shop assistants; I’d prefer smaller shops with guys who have tried the stuff they’re selling)
im not sure that you can get a Venture in the hood here. in Calgary theres Splitboard HQ, i think thats it if you're set on a Venture. if you want a souvenir thats actually Canadian you should check out a Trapper, you could buy one strait from the factory here in Revvy. other shops you could look at are Higher Ground in Golden and Free Spirit in Rev.


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2nd part: Suppose we're lucky and get huge dumps in the weeks we'll be in the area. How huge is huge? What boards/sizes do you use/recommend for these amounts of fresh? I'm pretty sure my Flagship 158 will float with my 120lbs in whatever I can expect, but husband (190lbs, 6’, boot size 9) was not completely happy with his Raptor 164 in the 16in/40cm pow we met this season and was considering getting a bigger board anyway.
yah Peyto's pretty much on it there, 40cms overnight is pretty skookum around here, but if you're thinking O/B, B/C, cat ski, you'll be looking at storm snow, not just at what's new since the lifts stopped spinning the previous day. We typically get from 50 - 150+ cms in a storm, over say 2-5 days. that's revvy, if your talking about golden call it 25 overnight, 30 - 100 in a storm. Louise say 20 overnight and 30 - 70 in a storm. if you're around in the spring, april / may, the rockies get better. for fernie.... roll the dice, you could get 60 overnight and go from hero to zero by lunch time, or get another 60 that day.
i'm 6' also, but 175# and size 11, i'm pretty happy on my 169 wide raptor when it dumps here, if he doesn't want to go big in length he might consider a mid wide model for extra float.

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Thanks to both for the snow stats!

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if you want a souvenir thats actually Canadian you should check out a Trapper, you could buy one strait from the factory here in Revvy.
Hmm... I like that idea! Am I completely wrong by thinking the Ursa Major resembles the Flagship and the Trout Trap the Hovercraft? Do you know the boards/splits - or anybody else here? The Ursa Major split 156 with its rather narrow waist, could work for me...?

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We typically get from 50 - 150+ cms in a storm, over say 2-5 days. that's revvy
now you totally convinced me: we'll set our base directly in Revvy; will be mid/end of March (Jan/Feb is pow season at home - normally). Thanks again for your help!


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