Mother nature has finally cooperated for Sunshine, and having the day off I decided to hike it seeing as how work has me on until next wednesday. Got some first tracks on the 14cm in last 24hr and 34 in last 4 days. A long hike up Strawberry lift twice and up Standish once gave me my fill of fresh lines and though was a pain in the ass hiking that far, having the entire hill to yourself (more or less) is pretty rewarding.
Some Rocky Mountain Sheep on the access rd greeting me on the way
Decent coverage on the first hike up, but some rocks sticking through
Looking up Lookout mtn shows that it hasn't been groomed as much. Stayed away from that area.
Looking towards the Standish Backcountry. Apparently it was knee-deep back there, but a longer hike back as well.
More backcountry views, and some distant mountains
Me at the top of Standish, rocks were much easier to walk on up there but the stuff that was filled in was great.
Standish face, how sweet does this look? Sadly did not shred this one as there were rocks surrounding the entrance to it.
Last steep run and best run of the day. Pow here was ankle deep, on top of groom lines from a few days ago. Had done this run earlier in the day but here you can see those tracks were gone by this time, and this time around it was even better.
There was quite a bit of hiking involved, but the ski-out at the end was surprisingly good, only having to unstrap within sight of the Borgeau base area. A few sketchy moments up on Standish with some rocks and having to jump over them showed a few very tiny scratches on my board, nothing that bad really. Choosing lines carefully was key though as I saw tons of tracks where people had hit rocks.