After two months of going to the gym many times a week, a scope to clean out the junk in my knee and a load of time on couch I bought a brace from DonJoy to serve as an external acl and started hitting the backcountry once again. Taking it easy of course which meant no jumping off anything and only skiing the softest of powder. As of the end of spring break I've skied 9 days and they have all been amazing. Not just amazing because it is better than looking at the peaks and hearing about the powder from friends but because the snow has actually been amazing. It was also of course great to get out after hearing about all the epic days and descents that have been going down though January, February and March.
March 24 - A short relaxing day out to Hidden Lake in the Shames Backcountry and we skied this fun run. Even better was that we matched it with a ski out of Geronimo on good snow as well. Not often you can get both. We watched Talon and crew ski some fun runs and marveled at all the tracks they have been laying down. They are charging hard out there and really taking advantage of the area and his Arctic Oven.
March 23 - Hans got in contact with me on my rest day about skiing the west face of Remo via Cornice Ridge and I jumped at the chance. At first I was going to leave Roy at home but knowing it is a mellow route and with good travel thought why not take him along as well. A fun day out in the sun and great to check this mountain off the list.
March 23 - Remo's southwest ridge doesn't go as we found out. You can see our bootpack which ended in a wall of rock. Led to a few minutes of adrenaline trying to scramble back up but just added to the adventure of the day. Roy was a champ through it all but wouldn't come close to me for a while after all of this. Bypassed the knob on the north side and then regained the ridge to skin to the summit. Next time I'll just skin up the face. Much easier and more direct.
March 17-21 - Heather, Roy and I flew into the Anderson Cabin for 5 days of great fun and then skied out to the highway. Our first 3 days were sunshine with the following 2 deep powder. It was great having a relaxing time in the cabin drinking beer in the sunshine outside after a fun day skiing powder.
Anderson Cabin under metres upon metres of snow. When I was there in January 2011 we had to walk 4 or 5 steps up a stairway to get into the cabin. March 2012 had us looking into the loft!
March 11 - Skied into Cherry Bowl with a great group of 10 people. Strange in that there were 5 guys and 5 girls along. Not often you get that ratio. Picked up 2 brits along the way to make the large group. As has been the pattern the skiing was top knotch.