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Old 01-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #541 (permalink)
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Heading up to Whistler tomorrow, got my 7-11 passes I'm good to go!

I know nobody wants to give up their secret spots, but what chairs should I be heading to to start? Only there for one day don't want to waste energy just making it to the good stuff.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #542 (permalink)
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Heading up to Whistler tomorrow, got my 7-11 passes I'm good to go!

I know nobody wants to give up their secret spots, but what chairs should I be heading to to start? Only there for one day don't want to waste energy just making it to the good stuff.
At least you will have the mountain to yourself. Its Australia Day today so everyone is going to be hung-the-fuck-over tomorrow.

There isn't really going to be the 'stashes of powder' that make it worthwhile searching. Not sure what the weather is meant to be tomorrow but its been really nice on the mountain. I like Crystal Chair, it's a bit old (hence the new upgrade) but there are some fun runs. Check out the Glacier and 7th Heaven, some awesome views and a few nice runs, peak to peak over and take the Peak chair and down to Big Red via Upper peak to creak and onto Highway 86. Back up Big Red and over to Harmony.

That will show you the majority of the two mountains and you will be able to see where else you want to explore.

PM me your number and if I'm not too hungover I'll shoot you a message and show you around.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #543 (permalink)
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Heading up to Whistler tomorrow, got my 7-11 passes I'm good to go!

I know nobody wants to give up their secret spots, but what chairs should I be heading to to start? Only there for one day don't want to waste energy just making it to the good stuff.
A run I like to do is "The Dave Murray Downhill". This should be the big test of the fancy-pantster.
This is a run that should be done fairly early in the day, before it gets all carved up & way before you're even getting close to tired. Cause you will be when you get to the bottom.
This should be, by far the fastest you've ever been on a snowboard

28% - average slope gradient on the race course
58% - Steepest section on the men’s course is on the Fallaway pitch
3.158 kilometres (1.962 miles) – the length of the Dave Murray Downhill
33 – number of turns on the men’s downhill
120-130 kilometres per hour (75-81 mph) – average speed of racers,
148km/h (92mph) - the top clocked racing speed


The last 2 points are the reasons you A) Need to hit this shit early, were talking the second you're warmed up.
B)The fresh corduroy. Don't know how the grooming is in cow land, but Whistlers is like no other I've seen.
A freshly paved blacktop road, is almost as smooth


Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Men's Alpine Downhill - Dave Murray Downhill - YouTube
Inside the Action: Men's Downhill - Interactive Map - NYTimes.com


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Old 01-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #544 (permalink)
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Headed up to Cypress pretty soon. It's Sunday morning... gotta go pray and worship at the altar of the alpine gods!
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It was a great day on Seymour today. Crowds not as bad as usual -- apparently people stay home when it's snowing . Foggy but not pea soup, and the snow kept up all day. By mid-morning there was enough accumulating in out-of-the-way places to start giving that riding-on-butter feeling. Only downside is they had Unicorn still closed off from the competitions yesterday.

I spent the entire friggin' day doing jumps. Speaking of which, I think I owe Snowolf a thank-you for his advice.
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Cypress was great too, although they definitely didn't stay home. It was pretty busy in spots but still good. Perma-single life always gets me through the fast track. Rode a few off of Raven Ridge for a bit since there were no lines at all there and I don't think I've ridden it since the very first time I ever went to Cypress years ago. Mountain definitely is in some of the best shape it's been all season with lots of stuff open to hit. Was gonna attempt learning switch today but just ripped hard on the new bindings I copped last night and enjoyed all the fresh. Not the deep powder I've gotten used to the past few weeks up north, but our mountains are great when there's freshies, and I kinda think I prefer it. Plus modern high speed chairs are great. Oh yeah, and it not being -28° is nice as well Lots of friendly folks today too. Chatted up a few cool moms with their kids who appreciated my great life advice for their children

Bet Whistler was sick. Perfect day to pick for an out of towner.
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Bet Whistler was sick. Perfect day to pick for an out of towner.
It was no bad at all, busy at the bottom and some of the main lifts, fog until about half way up. There was a lot of chewed up stuff and crust though too. Found some great steep gladed runs and actually found a nice 60 degree frozen ice sheet! (not run ice, but possibly a frozen waterfall) actually scared the shit out of myself for once! I'll post pics soon...
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No Dave Murray?

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It was no bad at all, busy at the bottom and some of the main lifts, fog until about half way up. There was a lot of chewed up stuff and crust though too. Found some great steep gladed runs and actually found a nice 60 degree frozen ice sheet! (not run ice, but possibly a frozen waterfall) actually scared the shit out of myself for once! I'll post pics soon...
Where was that?

Sorry I didn't ride today. Woke up at 11am hungover as hell, said 'screw this' rolled over and woke up before work at 9pm haha
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Cypress was great too, although they definitely didn't stay home. It was pretty busy in spots but still good. Perma-single life always gets me through the fast track. Rode a few off of Raven Ridge for a bit since there were no lines at all there and I don't think I've ridden it since the very first time I ever went to Cypress years ago. Mountain definitely is in some of the best shape it's been all season with lots of stuff open to hit. Was gonna attempt learning switch today but just ripped hard on the new bindings I copped last night and enjoyed all the fresh. Not the deep powder I've gotten used to the past few weeks up north, but our mountains are great when there's freshies, and I kinda think I prefer it. Plus modern high speed chairs are great. Oh yeah, and it not being -28° is nice as well Lots of friendly folks today too. Chatted up a few cool moms with their kids who appreciated my great life advice for their children

Bet Whistler was sick. Perfect day to pick for an out of towner.

Don't normally ride Cypress, but have ridden it enough to know where to go. It was surprisingly good yesterday. Didn't find too much of that nasty crust, even a tiny bit of pow without having to go too far out of our way. As usual, found some trees to hit here and there and even made it over to Raven as well

Cypress management are hilarious, fucking charge $10 for the close parking and then have a Jazz big band playing live in the lodge at lunch. Fuck off, don't spend my ticket $ on that shit! Jerkoffs Most people were like wtf is this, leaving lodge cos it's too loud... and who gets hyped on that shit anyway? I guess Cypress has a fairly wacky crowd so what do I know?

Good day tho
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