Chupa - I emailed you recently (shtchea account). Would be grateful if you responded.
I don't think I got that email. I'm not with shtchea. PM me.
I'd be down for a Western Canadian meet... Haven't been to Revelstoke yet and it's on my list. Don't have a splitboard or the funds for heli-cat boarding at this point (unless we got some massive discount for having a whole group, I know KPOW at Fortress works out to $150 a person or so if you rent the whole cat).
My season pass includes kicking horse and lake louise so I'd be down for a meet that included those as well.
Not sure what natural hot spring you're talking about, but I've been to the Lussier hot springs in the Canal Flats area and it was great, methinks that's quite the drive from Revelstoke though.....
I agree cat ski / snowmobile is out the window... it's too much hassle to organize and expensive as good as it may be. The hot springs I had in mind are about 50-60 minutes south of town (across the ferry) and then 3km up a logging road (unplowed) which usually means you need to hike/ski/split/skidoo/snowshoe in which is pretty easy. On a rare warm winter you might be able to drive in depending on the month.
Good idea having the option of another hill during the meet
(probably Kicking Horse I'm thinking?) It's hard to guarantee due to highway closures and snowfall but it can be planned for with RMR as a fallback plan. Although from experience living here... lots of people talk pre-season about going to ride all these other sick hills, but the majority of them (and usually myself included) end up staying here because the conditions are usually better or the highway is closed. Good idea man.
About the condos/etc... not for me man (see below)
I like the idea of coinciding this with the Splitboard Festival dates... that way everyone can do both RMR & Rogers Pass properly and safely (and would be a blast!) There seems to be some interest about that.
Splitboard Fest is on Jan 5-6.
Also the Freeski/Freeride World Tour comes to RMR Jan 7-12. If you don't know what this is I highly recommend checking it out on YouTube.
These both also provide a good nightlife of visiting ski-bums without too many tourists at this time. Plus it is ALWAYS puking hard those weeks
I'm not sure how much of a 'host' I want to commit to. Maybe one of the other Revelstoke guys on the forum wants to get in on it
. My work schedule can always change; there is no guarantee for my days booked off.
Booking hotels/cat-ski/condos/restaurants/tickets for this type of thing is something that I wan't no part of. I am no guide so anyone planning to go backcountry (inc. resort out-of-bounds) should be properly equipped and trained to manage the conditions, which also makes the Splitfest dates a great idea.
All that being said, it seems like there is enough interest to pull something off here. I think the best way to do a meet is to keep the planning simple so that it can accommodate most people, be relatively simple to organize, and affordable. The weather will be a huge influence anyway and the highway closes often (Eagle Pass, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Pass). Kelowna is the best airport to fly into. Very small and quick but with international flights, only 2.5hrs from Revelstoke, and through Eagle Pass instead of Rogers Pass.
These pics are from yesterday. 54cm snowfall measured at 2000m; more in the bowl. Sledded up from <1000m. Not a bad way to celebrate my 30th Bday!