The Whistler Backcountry is officially open for business!! Not that it has to be graced with our presence to be deemed 'open' but we had our first real day out there on Wednesday and it was a good one. Clear blue skies and smooth sailing on the snowmachines made for a great day. We didn't shoot all that much because the snow was only good in spots due to the high freezing levels last weekend and some wind affected areas. However, we did the full tour (over 100 km's) and scoped the area north of Whistler known as The Rutherford. As Devun put it we were "Cataloging" spots and making notes on what might be good for the next time.
Iikka is fired up these days and he sent it off a couple things. A good sign of things to come for the guy we are now calling "The Shot Monster".
Devun and Iikka are working on a video project of their own this year. There will be monthly webisodes as well as a full movie at the end of the year. It should be good. Lots of guest appearances by their pro shred friends like Eero Niemala and a others. More details and posts on our adventures will follow.
As for me, I'm heading to Mike Wiegle Heli
skiing for 3 days with Dev and Iikka on Sunday. After that it's off to Japan
in early February with the Canadian DC Ams for an article for KingSnow mag
. From there it looks like a whole crew of the DC team will be in Terrace, BC for another heli trip. In March we are going to France
and beyond that it's unclear but I'll keep you posted and will be updating with new photos and stories as much as I can from now on.
Here's a couple shots from our day sledding at the Rutherford:
Devun scoping the landscape. He sees things that nobody else sees. Like some kind of shred Shaman.
The great wide open.
The Shot Monster with his new Monster helmet.
The clouds rolled in right at the end of the day for this landscape scene. We call it Mordor when this happens. You need to leave pretty quickly or risk getting caught in a total white out while trying to navigate over a glacier with open holes everywhere. Not a good scene.