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Old 04-23-2013, 05:12 PM   #341 (permalink)
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Yeah that's where I spent about half my day on Sunday. There and after the snow fence on Angel I cut way over to the left where you can basically work through the trails in the trees the whole way down. At some point I might have to hook up with you guys if you can put up with an amateur for a day. I think most of my friends are content to stay on the groomers and that doesn't work for me.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #342 (permalink)
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I'd be up for that. I moved out here recently and the only guys I know that come riding are complete beginners with no foreseeable future in fun. After a season of trying to get mmy issus into I've accepted that she just doesn't want to do it She's more of a beach and sun lover (so I don't know why she agreed to our move out here but there you go).

I usually go off on my own and meet people along the way.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:24 PM   #343 (permalink)
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Storm shifted to sunday now. Ill be heading to shiners on monday if the storm hit late sunday. It so hard to tell if its going to snow sunday noon or late night.
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Yeah that's where I spent about half my day on Sunday. There and after the snow fence on Angel I cut way over to the left where you can basically work through the trails in the trees the whole way down. At some point I might have to hook up with you guys if you can put up with an amateur for a day. I think most of my friends are content to stay on the groomers and that doesn't work for me.
Yeah I've boarded with tons of forum members this year... Good times!

There are some great runs at Louise (since everyone else is talking about Sunshine) to start to learn about steeper, deeper, rockier, and tree-e-er?!?

Most of them I'll suggest will be off top of the world. Why? It's a high speed chair. Tons of runs mean tons of fun and tons of learning. Also there are groomers intertwining the off-piste so you can make your own runs with whatever degree of difficulty you want.

1) Approximately 2 towers down from the top, there is a set of glades that lead off to skiers right. They are fun and actually not over used, the pitch is mild, the trees are small and far between, there are a few rollers to jump off. I think this is the upper part of Run #37.

2) If you follow the spine to skiers left of the lift (the spine that follows the lift all the way down. You'll have some steeper glades, again with little spots to jump, etc. That will work its way into moguls on either side of the spine, which are important to learn. Don't do this for your first or second learning run though. This would be run 38 and 44. Starts mild and gets steeper and steeper.

3) Run #29 is called Wrong Turn. And it's a nice wide open blue that's rarely used I find, stay to skiers left on this run and you can dip into the trees all along the side.

4) Another good one would be run #23 all the way around. You head to far skiers right towards the platter, but turn to the left after the fence opens up. There's an easy blue run that's usually groomed, but on the right side there are some real fun glades. On heavy snow days watch out because it's not steep enough to plow through 1+' if you're not good at carrying speed.

5) Moving away from the top of the world chair, the rock garden is a lot of fun when the snow is good. Think of it as a mogul field with rocks and drops in it. The pitch is mild so the risk is quite low, but it's technical and fun for all. If you can make it down a mogul'd black run you can have fun in the rock garden. (skiers right off Larch chair)

6) Tons off stuff available off paradise chair, but there are some extreme sections so best to know your route before heading in. Some real fun glades and rocks to pop off on skiers right. Also some open stuff so people can take multiple lines for various ability levels. As you get better, hike out south from paradise and start to drop into ER3. It is steep (40-45 degrees) so have your steep off-piste riding down before you head here, but the rocks are far apart so the danger isn't huge. Again, KNOW YOUR LINE. There are ways of working yourself up to the big drops of Eagle Ridge 3.

7) Once you can do that, you're pretty much game for all the extreme stuff, there are spots ALL OVER Lake Louise that make me smile. Fernie even moreso. I'd say overall Fernie is my favourite hill, and part of that is the massive amount of medium and difficult (and yes, extreme too) off-piste terrain. It's a rugged mountain with gullys, chutes, pillows, trees, cliffs, drops, stumps, bowls, etc. etc. etc. all of various sizes. So spending a weekend there is a great way to break your powder virginity. I'd suggest a lesson.


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Old 04-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #345 (permalink)
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Just cause I love showing off pics I took this year:

Front side of Lake Louise...


Fiance in the lizard bowl at Fernie...


Entrance to Corner Pocket, and the lizard bowl below at Fernie...


Somewhere at Lake Louise (think it's between Paradise and Ptarmigan chairs)...


Part of spot #2 mentioned above... left half of the pic is the spine.


In bounds fun at Whistler...


Same spot, but the view from the side!


Side view of ER3...


Near Corner Pocket at Fernie, I think this is High Saddle or something...


Left to Right at Lake Louise: ER6, ER7, Whitehorn I, Whitehorn II (Ultimate Steeps), Whitehorn III over the crest in the foreground...
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Yeah I've boarded with tons of forum members this year... Good times!

There are some great runs at Louise (since everyone else is talking about Sunshine) to start to learn about steeper, deeper, rockier, and tree-e-er?!?
Wow, thanks for that! That is some awesome info to have. I will definitely check that out. I actually want to start next season with a couple lessons just to kill any bad habits I may have before I get to stuck in my ways and then progress from there.
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I still think Fernie is much better than KH, but we're arguing about the best of the best here! Not much challenging terrain at Nakiska, unless you take one of the two runs under the gold chair. However, there are some great bomber runs (the one that follows the silver chair to the bottom, and one to skiers left of the gold chair) that have some great natural rollers where you can sail it. If you want to work on your carving and get some good air, they're fun. The park isn't bad, but it also isn't good. Would love to see a Lake Louise style park there...
I've only been to Fernie once, and it was an awesome powder day! But at the time I wasn't very good so probably never even noticed the chutes never mind trying to ride them. And now they've opened new terrain since I was there so I can't really comment, I think I may have to go back and see what I'm missing
I can say that I've ridden almost every chute at KHMR now (there's about 90 to choose from) and it has to be the sheer number, ease of access and difficulty level... I'm not sure how it can be beat?
One things for sure, my riding has improved beyond anything I could have imagined from riding that hill.
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A buddy and me hit up SSV today, managed to get 4 runs done on Delirium Dive, the main hill was windblown, hard and icy, but the wind had filled the Galaxy Bowl and it was really good...a bit sketchy to hike to as most of the walks to drop ins were sheer ice. On most of the runs, the only tracks were our own.

The rest of the hill is still decent, but definitely freeze thaw going on in full effect. Ski out is junk...avoid!!
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A buddy and me hit up SSV today, managed to get 4 runs done on Delirium Dive, the main hill was windblown, hard and icy, but the wind had filled the Galaxy Bowl and it was really good...a bit sketchy to hike to as most of the walks to drop ins were sheer ice. On most of the runs, the only tracks were our own.

The rest of the hill is still decent, but definitely freeze thaw going on in full effect. Ski out is junk...avoid!!

What Section/drop in at Delirium is that?
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Um....I am not too familiar with the names of everything and i should have snapped a picture looking up to show it. My friend said we took an odd route into Galaxy Bowl. We went down the stairs, and along the walk trail for about 50ft, there was an orange circle attached to a rock, and we hiked OVER the rocks IMMEDIATELY before that circle. There was some pretty rocky areas to get into the bowl at the top but it was the best snow all day. If you look at the picture, we went left of the small rocks sticking out in front of him, then right of the two large protruding rocks.

Pretty sure it was one of the galaxy chutes...
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