Monday, November 11, 2013

Duffey Lake resort opening day Nov 9....


There's nothing quite like the anticipation of the first real turns of the year. The week leading up to it usually involves tweaking and adjusting new gear and unhealthy amounts of checking the weather and snow conditions. The key in the South Coast of B.C. is to find a zone where driving high enough is possible to minimize the "mission factor" and to find a spot where no one else would think to go. Lucky for us this all worked out on Saturday.


A trip up highway 99's Duffey Lake Road and 12kms in deepish offroad snow and we parked our sleds....


First skin up up of the season....


We spent the next few hours navigating our way to the alpine....




We checked into guest services at the lodge and headed out for a late afternoon shred in the greybird weather conditions....    


I've been trying to get in good with "Gambrinus the beer god" so I packed a full growler for the evenings social events. He would be pleased.  



It was a spectacular night in paradise....


The next morning we followed our previous days zipper track into the alpine....


We tried to tell Juneau it was easier in the back but she wanted the fitness....  




Droppin in....





And no week-end in this zone would be complete without a rip into the "Shitter Shute". A few more snows and it will be "Game on"!

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