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Old 04-21-2013, 08:59 PM   #321 (permalink)
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Anyone heading to sunshine tomorrow? Ill be there for some test runs./
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:41 PM   #322 (permalink)
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According to snow-forecast there's another moderate dump coming up this weekend in the Banff rockies. Keeping an eye on that - either sunshine or nakiska will be done. I've given up on louise now.
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Amazing day at nakiska - hiked out of bounds up and to the right of the gold chair. Came down a big bowl with knee deep powder into a ravine with a creek that ran back into the gold chair runs towards the bottom. Met two affable locals on the hike, one of whom woke up a skunk and got what was coming to him. Still, one of the best days of the season for me. Nice mix of pow, jibbing and bombers.
Ok, where is this? We were there on Sunday (probably the 3rd time I've been to that hill). It was good in the glades, for a while.. but I didn't even know you could get out off the main runs there!
is it a long hike? And I guess that its just further out to the right beyond the glades boundry? or are we talking skiers right and into the middle of the hill?

P.S., has anyone tried the drag lift on a snowboard? the banking at the start looks a bit tricky
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Amazing day at nakiska - hiked out of bounds up and to the right of the gold chair. Came down a big bowl with knee deep powder into a ravine with a creek that ran back into the gold chair runs towards the bottom. Met two affable locals on the hike, one of whom woke up a skunk and got what was coming to him. Still, one of the best days of the season for me. Nice mix of pow, jibbing and bombers.
The good news is that that whole area is planned expansion. As far as I know they've gone through all phases of the planning and are waiting for the province to sign off on it.

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Pretty sure that lift is only for patrollers.

One thing Nakiska really needs is to thin out the trees all over the hill. If they had some proper glades (instead of the current glades) it'd be a much better hill. I have a love hate relationship with Nakiska. It's great for carving groomers and is quite fun on a powder day, but more/better glades could make it a really good hill instead of just a good one.
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P.S., has anyone tried the drag lift on a snowboard? the banking at the start looks a bit tricky
It's for patrol only. Apparently it was only built to get the athlete to the top for downhill in the 88 Olympics.
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Hmmm, not impressed.... so the ski patrol get to ride up & down in the fresh powder all morning instead of working while everyone else isn't allowed up there?!? !
There are some runs way out to skiers right that look like you have to climb to the top then traverse the ridge to get to, is that true? certainly couldn't get there from the gold chair, just ended up on 'Eagle xsomethingx' (which is definitely not a double black by the way, I've been on steeper blue runs)

Poutanen, did you try the chutes at KHMr? Does Nakiska have anything close?
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the chutes at KHMr? Does Nakiska have anything close?
No. Not even close.
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Damn... those chutes are pretty much the reason I go boarding...

Back to the glades again then (with trees wide enough you could drive a truck through)
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No. Not even close.
Haha not evennnnnn.

Saturday they saying 8 at night and 5 Sunday morning. Ill be there! Torped if your heading pm me!
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It's nothing like Kicking Horse - that's my favourite hill in the world - but the hike and riding we had on sunday was as fun as anything I've done at sunshine.

when you get to the top of the gold chair, looking up the mounain you head along the path that takes you to the top of the glades - but keep going past the boundary gate.. Then we hiked straight up the hill to get to a microchute. This is where you end up at that point:

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you can either drop in there and hit that pillow which had about a 8 foot drop on the othersie or you can traverse along the ridge, keeping an eye out for few cliffs (some of which are a lot of fun if the powder is there). This is what you'll see as you traverse:

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you end up traversing along to that bowl which was amazing - as Nakiska had been closed all week and they'd had a decent dump of snow the rpevious weekend too.

You ride down into the gully - which is a creek (frozen for the most part) - you can see where the tree line drops into the gully here.

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You ride down alongside the creek which is beautiful - but beware it opens up and one of our lot went for a little swim. you stick to the right and it natrually comes out at the bottom of the monster glades in bounds.

Here's what it looks like inside that gully

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I did the hike three times during the course of the day and took a differnt line every time - but you always ended up in the gully, just at different parts.
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