Starting the journey north – Mission Ridge and Apex
February 8, 2012
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A week off work, no plans, and snow looking likely in BC. What else is there to do, armed with a truck and internet connection, than try to track down the pow on a road trip?
We met up Friday night in Wenatchee, and with super conditions promised at Mission Ridge the next day, we headed up early to indulge. And the conditions were super. Great coverage, soft wind-blown chalk all over the north facing runs, and even a few fresh marshmallow turns under Bomber Cliffs. It was cold though, and took us a hard ski morning to get warm. Just as we were contemplating one last run before lunch, the Liberator chair closed due to high winds.
Bummer. Time for lunch.
We cruised a little in the afternoon, but brutal winds and a broken Chair 1 made the return on effort marginal. So we packed up, and headed to Canada. Next destination, Apex Mountain Resort.
Apex is a killer little ski hill. Ribbons of steep runs plunge off a long ridge line, served by a fast quad chair where lift lines are as rare as cougar sightings. Below the steeps lurk rolling groomers that beg for high-speed carving turns. The base was as good as I’ve ever seen it here, with the inevitable rocks and logs few and far between. This made the seriously steep, tree-lined runs like Pee Shooter and 22 absolutely superb skiing. Precipitous runs cut through narrow tree bands with great snow was a formula that tempted us back time and time again until, like a Roberto Duran opponent, we surrendered exhausted and battered.
Next stop, Revelstoke.
Mission Ridge 5600m, Apex 8800m vert
Season Totals: 29 days, 222,100m vert, 11 powder days