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From: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark P. Renson
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 7:15 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [SKIVT-L] Canada, Days 2 & 3 of 9

 

After Lake Louise, I hopped on a Greyhound and headed west down the Trans
Canada Highway ......

 

On the banks of the mighty Columbia, we waited for the chopper:
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PJ was with us, in training for racing in the MRV!  Also, a retired
professional Ironman was with us and a prominent mountaineer as well as
Dave, the friendly down-to-Earth Orchard Tycoon from Kelowna and 2 other
Woodchucks!  We had a friendly crew!

 

After arriving, we practiced hard with our beacons and rescue drills: 

 
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We then rewarded ourselves with a half day of 2500 feet of vertical, getting
some good standard issue thigh deep untracked!

 

Next morning, I looked out my window and saw clear skies!:

 
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But it appeared that the higher peaks had some winds roaring at their
summits, courtesy of a front roaring in from the Northwest Territories: 

 
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Undaunted, we headed out into the wild blue yonder: 

 
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But even the lower summits were getting blasted!  It was more like Noo
Eenk-linn vedder!  The Selkirk family was getting paid a visit from Mr.
Adams, Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Washington!

 
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Our powder was getting pancaked, leaving tricky windslab everywhere:

 
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What to do?  ...... head for the trees, of course:

 
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Hey, wait a minute, the West doesn't have great tree skiing, right?:

 
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Fantastic views abounded from below, which I had never experienced before!
Normally when I'm below, it's cloudy and snowy, but not today:

 
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We stayed outta' harms way as an avalanche cycle was in high gear from the
shrieking winds:

 
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We still had a great day which made us smile!:

 
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Which made the long skin back uphill easy with all of those smiles on our
faces:

 
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Mark P. Renson 

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