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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 09:48 AM
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Yeah don't get me wrong, every time I drive to the resorts I'm looking at lines all over the place and dreaming. I guess what I'm saying is I want to get better so I can fully appreciate it. And I'm more than a little chicken about avalanches.

I realize that I can be educated on them, but I'm not sure how extreme I want to take my extreme sport?

After 21 years of resort riding I still find great stuff to hit in bounds!
Avalanches are something to be chicken about. They are about as dangerous a thing as you can deal with out there. Weather may be the only thing more dangerous while out in the backcountry.

Conditions are starting to look up around Colorado. Might be heading back up to Cameron again this weekend as that is where the coverage is these days. If anyone is interested in joining shoot me a PM.
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Avalanches are something to be chicken about. They are about as dangerous a thing as you can deal with out there. Weather may be the only thing more dangerous while out in the backcountry.
It's funny because as I was driving into Banff today I saw a line that looked spectacular. A big open ridge with good snow coverage, unfortunately above it is a cliff, and below it is a very sharp valley/waterfall/cliff.

It's VERY accessible from the road, and I imagine if I scouted it out there's a way to hike up and probably back down once at the bottom of the bowl.

I would love to hit it one day, and many of the other lines I spot while in and around the Canadian rockies. But until the time that I get plenty of avalanche training and plenty of time spent with people that have the competence to safely be in the backcountry, I have no right to be there...

Looking forward to the day that I do!
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When the lifts are running at the resorts out west, I take advantage of them and I am in agreement with you that there is never going to be a shortage of incredible terrain at resorts out here...(see, as long as we avoid politics, we do agree on many things....). I don't ever see a day where I will only do backcountry, I like to shred too much to limit myself that much.
Yeah I just won't debate American politics with you anymore! (arguably I know very little about them anyway) but we can debate Canadian politics anytime! lol

There is something great about running 80+ km on the snow in bounds. It's a great workout!

I see myself in the future running a few backcountry lines a year, when conditions are safe and I've scouted the area. Other than that I do enjoy everything we've got to experince as far as in bounds terrain goes!
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