Pushing further east, the air is brisk and the powder snow hangs in the air seemingly unaffected by gravity.The storm chase has been fruitful, with an abundance of quality Kootenay Blower on a base of 60cm of stumps, rocksharks and snowsnakes. Trucks are rammed into snowbanks and snowponies are expelled into a belching haze of […]Read more "Merry Kootenay Powmas"
Any purchase of new gear or equipment is cause for excitement, and the more money is involved, the more anticipation seems to build up. A new snowmobile is a relatively large investment, (read: the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought,) but there was a distinct wave of hesitation as my premier ride on the machine […]Read more "Early Season Testing"
Another day, another cold dump of snow! La Niña delivers again, and with a powder kitty fresh from the vet, our enthusiasm was as thick as two-stoke smoke. On the other hand, the new snow is bonding poorly or inconsistently with a rain crust and the alpine is out of the question… Not to worry […]Read more "Burke’s Bump’a’Dump"
Depending on who you talk to this year has either been Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse or just a really, really cold and wet winter, and each phrase is spoken with either boundless enthusiasm or savage disdain. For the snow ponies, low freezing levels and consecutive big dumps of precipitation mean that access had been phenomenal and very little time […]Read more "A Fire Hose of Powder to the Face"
One of my favorite types of weekend involves mixing old and new, and this particular trip had an abundance of both. Saturday broke sunny and warm, and we saddled up the trusty snow ponies to shuttle us up into one of my favorite go-to zones in the Coast range for some north-facing powder harvesting. Blue […]Read more "Hurling down the Steeps"