Sunshine Cliff Session

Thursday, November 27th


Had a really good session today at Sunshine (also my friend Justin’s bday session! =), it was a bit cloudy but the sun was shining through for most of the day creating sort of a dull sunlight.  This was good until about 2 when it started to get a bit flat-light, but this was once we had gotten to know the cliff.  After doing about 4 chairs once we got there – 1 strawberry 3 angel, 1 of which to grab Justin’s gloves off the 16th chair of ang. express.

Justin entering le-wawa side-country, or slack country as a recent TW snow mag read.
Justin entering le-wawa sidecountry, or “slack country” as a recent TW snow mag read.
Justin, stoked
Justin, not so stoked right after the 45min initial hike.  We had some refreshments at the top.
Decent slope on the landing, could have been a bit steeper

Next was a trek up Wawa, past the gates off the green run on the left side and towards the weather station ridge, but not all the way up as we became interested in these wind-blown cliff drops which although were technically cornices which can be bad, we tested the snowpack enough to make sure that it was decent, and decent it was – soft landings on the 30ish degree slope that lay below, so this is where the session started and just kept progressing from hitting the natural cliff then building a small kicker to get a bit more air time.

The side-country at Sunshine was definitelywell worth the effort today as most of the hill itself is fairly tracked out and rocky / icy in many spots.  The stuff off wawa, however is mostly blown from the valley on the other side and collects on the other side of the ridge, so was nice and deep – all of the 72cm base they report, at least.

Justin on his 2nd attempt.  This was actually before the jump was build, and not in succession with the next pic (unfortunately I messed up with the cam).
Justin on his 2nd attempt. This was actually before the jump was  build, and not in succession with the next pic (unfortunately I messed up with the cam).
Justin busting a nice tail grab, and he stomped the landing too.
Justin busting a nice tail grab, and he stomped the landing too.

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