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2023-02-03 at 08:20 - comment by aqua toque

Thanks Alf. I look forward to exploring the many old and new clear cuts...er...pardon me, ski runs that dot my designated area.

MaSid, yes, I find the touch of grey lends an air of distinction (not to be confused with extinction).

2023-02-02 at 22:50 - comment by MaSid

Happy to see a real AT creative trip report location for the season finally. Not bad for the 15 minute condition and limited stashes. Timing looked good. But the aqua seems a bit more grey these days (not a negative).

2023-02-02 at 22:30 - comment by Alf Skrastins

Looks like you used the "Pistolero" bike trail to access that little stash. It can be good, when it's good.

There is a track from West Meadow/Tom Snow at WBC to a NE facing cut block. The snow was supportive enough on Wednesday.

Little Stash on the Prairie...

Report Submitted by aqua toque
(trip) Date: Thursday Feb 02, 2023

Submitted: Thursday Feb 02, 2023 at 20:42


aqua toque


...Mountain, that is.

Welcome to the inaugural trip report for "aqua toque's Excellent Season of Turns-Close-to-Town" wherein I vow to limit myself to ski turn objectives that have a trailhead within a 15 min drive of my current home base.

The campaign has got off to a late start as up until now within the aforementioned perimeter THERE HASN'T BEEN ENOUGH STINKING SNOW!

Today I found adequate amounts for touring on a favourite of mine. In fact, higher up in sheltered areas snow depth was better than expected but cold snaps have rendered it quite unsupportive.

I went as far as the top of a gladed zone at about 6200 ft. I have reach the summit via this route in the past but the terrain gets steeper and there's a section of tight trees. The bottomless snow was making further ascent heinous.

Linked turns were had (much like sausages) but the non-existent base really threw one around. Big boards with early rise tip helped.

The lower reaches of this approach are longish and of a consistently mellow angle with manageably spaced trees making for a fun cruise out. Snow quality was actually OK for this. The type of terrain where you could crack and enjoy a Heineken along the way.

Trailhead at the upper end of 15 minute rule.

Nicely spaced trees for meandering thru on the way up and noodling around in on the way down.

Glades part way up.

Turns were of the desperate variety.


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