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 sidecountry, or “slack country” as a recent TW snow mag read.
- Justin, not so stoked right after the 45min initial hike. We had some refreshments at the top.
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.
It’s not too often that a new resort opens, especially one as epic looking as this place. Although they have been open for cat and heli boarding / skiing for years now, but this season starting Dec. 20th, 2007 have opened with lifts as well. I have a feeling this place is going to blow up, especially considering the impressive stats it claims, and epic looking pow accessible by three ways, cat, heli, or lift.
- Extension of the gondola from the upper village to the village base, increasing the vertical by 885 feet. With a total of 5,620 feet, Revelstoke Mountain Resort will have the longest lift-serviced vertical descent in North America!
- Construction of a new, high-speed quad chairlift in the North Bowl area, opening up an additional 900 acres of intermediate terrain (ski runs and tree skiing), as well as 300 additional acres of expert skiing.
- Extensive glading and trail cutting throughout the resort’s ski terrain.
- Purchase of two snowcats (one winch cat and one grooming cat).
- Expansion of Revelstoke Cat Skiing’s terrain to 2,210 acres.
- Increased glading and run development within the existing 500,000 acres of Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing’s tenured terrain.
Image courtesy of the Revelstoke website