Sunday, January 29, 2012

From Vancouver back to Roger's Pass !!!

We kicked an early start at 5h00AM and headed straight to Mt Baker totally excited by the forecast and anger to ride to promised snow.
As we got to the resort our expectations dropped significantly. It wasn't snowing, it was raining… We were also told that it rained all the way to the top of the mountain earlier on.
We headed nevertheless to the nearby backcountry with not much visibility. In typical wet coast weather, the now was a bit better higher up, but it certainly wasn't a day that I will remember as an epic one.
The freezing level was forecasted to drop overnight and with about 2feet of snow still on the forecast, we decided to give Mt Baker another chance. As we drove down from the mountain, the sleet turn into massive rain. Leaving us pretty much one option: a motel. We stayed pretty grounded with and we fall asleep at the sounds of the heavy rain. 
The following morning, we drove back up to the mountain. It wasn't raining anymore, but only 20cm as fallen instead of the 20in that was previously forecasted. 
We rode the resort until much of the goodies as been skied. The snow was a bit warm and wet but everyone was quite stoked to ride some fresh pow! Since the snow was wet, it ended up packed pretty fast. 

We were a bit bummed and disappointed by the fact that the forecast that didn't happen and by the quality of the snow that we skied that we decided to hit the road and head straight to Roger's Pass where the snow is usually much lighter. 

Almost 7 hours later, we finally arrived to the Revelstoke Dugout Inn where we crashed overnight. I haven't stayed here in quite a while, but the quality of their room is still the same. 
None of the boys as came to Roger's for 2 years and they were all excited about the mountains, the terrain and of course, the snow!
We headed to McGill Shoulder and we founded some really good snow. Dry, light and deep powder was waiting for us. 
There is nothing better that bottomless turns to put smiles on everyone's face!
After a cozy dinner at the fancy Asulkan Cooking Shelter we crashed there hopping for the best! 
Well, the best happen! On our way up to Loop Brook, we walked by a nice 200-300m open run full of pillow! 
The decision was easily made and it was such a gooood idea!! There were thousands of pillows of various size waiting for us to be hit.
I've never seen JS in his element! He was flying everywhere, screaming and stomping some pretty nice lines.
…. and crashing a sometimes as well.
Everyone had good lines and we collectively gather a fair bunch of Air Miles!

There is again more snow on the forecast so it seems that we might stay around Roger's again!


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