Feeling the RevelSTOKE

So so stoked on Revelstoke. I have been fortunate enough to ski at quite a few really top areas, and I have to say, Revelstoke just might be my favourite. I love it when there are so many good skiers on a mountain, so many skiers tour, so many rip. I love that it still has a locals feel to it, maybe because it is just 5 lifts (2 might be kiddy ones, too). And yet, because I am the anomaly at a place like Revelstoke, so many people were genuinely curious about me  (“Do you switch ski mid-day?”) and so so stoked for me (I haven’t been a total slouch either). The cultural differences between the U.S. and Canada are apparent. Everyone has been uniformly polite and respectful (“Can I ask…”, “Do you mind if I ask…”), not automatically imposing their curiosity/bombasticity (I just made up that word) on me, yet being so so psyched for me, especially when they see me tear it up.

Of all the bloody days to leave my GoPro in the car, and have my phone go cold on me, today was it. But I did manage to salvage a few.

I was really stoked to be able to manage to get to the North Bowls on my own, and hold my own on the terrain there. Even runs like “Snorkel Glades” i.e. two of the hardest things for me on a ski and outriggers – deep deep powder and trees – were fine and fun.

The aptly named route which takes you over to the North Bowls.

The aptly named route which takes you over to the North Bowls.

About to launch over/through this and down

About to launch over/through this and down

sweet

More goodness

At one point in this area, an Austrian instructor came up to me to congratulate me and ask me what was up. At the end of the conversation he said “You are here. It is perfect.” I could not have agreed more (even though with his accent, I was chuckling internally, thinking this felt like something out of the Eiger Sanction. I had to include the link because I feel like I’m at an age where there are people younger than me who do not get this reference!)

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View from about 1/4-1/3 of the way up the mountain

View from about 1/4-1/3 of the way up the mountain

28cm of snow expected tomorrow, so it will be full on snorkel weather. I had been thinking of driving to Kicking Horse, to the East in Golden. But with this much heavy snow in the forecast, highway warning already in effect between Eagle and Rogers Pass, I am questioning whether this is a good idea or not.

It just keeps coming

It just keeps coming

You can see the drive between Revelstoke and Golden falls right along the stretch of highway under warning

You can see the drive between Revelstoke and Golden falls right along the stretch of highway under warning

One thing I did last night was make an improvement to my left boot setup too. I used thicker cord, tied a different knot, used that rubber attachment from the bottom of a screamer to keep the point between the cord and biner rigid for easier clipping; and be able to clip the biner to the loop on my Sorel so that the biner no longer makes a clanking sound when I walk or risks getting lost.

Necessity is the mother of invention, I suppose

Necessity is the mother of invention, I suppose

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