So while the week wound down and temperatures spiked in Snowbird/Alta we decided that after flying to LA for our friend’s wedding we would drive 17 hours from Salt Lake City BACK to Whistler b/c a huge storm was rolling in. Well … it was totally worth it. We arrived super late that Monday morning after a 4 day storm, where the top of the mountain hadn’t been opened. Freshies on Glacier Express and the Blackcomb Glacier via Spanky’s Ladder and then Couloir Extreme. We were also able to meet up with some new friends from the UK, Australia and Japan via a connection thru my brother, Jason. Always good to meet new people and spend time on the slopes with them.
So … while we were wandering around Canada, during the time when there should be exceptional snow … it was dumping down in CO and UT. Such is life when you planned too far ahead. So … finally we had no plans, but the storms were back and hitting the NW, so … back to Whistler/Blackcomb. There was less snow at the base this time back around, but more snow in the alpine. It was worth the drive back west. I love these two mountains. - Jonathan
We made a short stop in Panorama and did a lot of mountain friend tours. Basically, the "mountain friends" are mostly retired locals who show people around the mountain, taking us from one place to another. It's great to meet new people and find the best runs based on the snow conditions and time of day. Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t that amazing, but I could definitely see how this mountain would be a lot of fun during a big snowfall.
Would love to come back during a good snow year!
Still no new snow, but a new resort to all of us, except Wallace. Wow. This place has INCREDIBLE views on a bluebird day. And because of its high elevation, the snow was actually still really good, even off the groomers. This mountain must be incredible on a powder day.
Arriving in Revelstoke, we were praying for good snow with a day of CAT skiing with K3 Catskiing. Unfortunately, the night before, we received the dreaded call from K3, cancelling our day of CAT skiing due to spring conditions setting in, which is extremely abnormal for this time of year. Such is life and we had to settle in for resort skiing on the groomers. After three days of groomers we said "bye bye" to Revelstoke and pushed onto Big White, a new resort to all of us.
It’s always good to come back to Whistler/Blackcomb, especially since it’s included on the Mountain Collective pass. Sadly, this is one of the worst seasons on record for Whistler and much of the Pacific NorthWest. If you can’t have amazing snow, the next best thing is bluebird skies and unlimited visibility as far as the eye can see.
Friends and family met up with us here and a surprise last minute addition of Jeff and Sharon, who I haven’t skied with in ages! Always good to be in the mountains with close friends and family.
Stopped for a quick overnight at Sasquatch and camped next to Hicks Lake. The next night we pushed all the way to Yoho National Park and surprised my dad on his birthday (July 4th) with a strawberry cheesecake from the local market. Over the next couple days we visited Yoho, Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. I remember coming here as a kid, but I definitely don’t remember how beautiful it is. Driving up to the Columbia Icefields was one of the most scenic drives I’ve ever been on. Canoeing on Moraine Lake was insane. The water is this crazy blue color that doesn’t even seem real. And the mountains are unbelievable. It almost feels like it’s just a cardboard backdrop.