A week of winter, part 3  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

With last Saturdays snow and promising forecast, everyone was cautiously optimistic about the possibility an 04-05 style late season powder redemption. After holding back for 4 and a half months, Ullr finally returned to Whistler in early January fashion - 7 days of storm, 6 feet of fresh.

Tuesday brought a short break in the weather, throwing a little light down on the mid-storm goodness:

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Our first lap on Peak, we hit up Christmas Trees and slashed up so much snow that I was physically impeded from breathing; constant face shots + jaw dropped in joy is a dangerous combination. I definitely pulled an Andy Samberg or 7 throughout the day.

More words and photos in the full post...

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Eric Poulin and Katie Hall-Leah share some Peak chair stoke:
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When the bowls are tracked, those who know where they're going head into the trees. Katie imagines the possibilities on a deep pillow line:
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I don't particularly like this angle. Katie almost took that chainsaw to my head...
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Eric Poulin pops off a pillow and over some stumpage:
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Taylor Pfaff does some stump-jumping of his own, grabbing tail for good measure.
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From a hasty pit we dug in the pillow field, we were looking at about 60cm of storm snow on Tuesday, meaning the best was yet to come. Unfortunately, being a bunch of weak-willed beer lovers, St Patrick's Day festivities kept us off the mountain until noon on Wednesday...


2 comments: to “ A week of winter, part 3

  • justin
    March 24, 2009 at 2:33 PM  

    cool pics! the colors of the riders really pop.

  • Andrew Strain
    March 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

    Justin, is that Poor Man's Heli site run by you? As someone who is moving more and more towards self propelled backcountry travel, I think that site is super rad... but I couldn't find an RSS feed or contact info! Get on it, bro!

    Everyone reading the comments should check it out @ http://poormansheli.com/