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Badass Big White Week in early March

A fading El Meano was refusing to go without a struggle in early March. Moisture was pointing at the Pacific Northwest, but it had fast moving pineapples in it, causing a fair bit of rain in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. For a week off work, we made a late decision and headed north and high to Big White. A 100+ inch base and temps forecast to stay on the lower side of 0C all week, as well as a killer priced last minute slopeside condo deal (thanks Ownerdirect!), made it an easy choice. And as it turned out, a very good once.

The week started cool and clear and sunny giving  a perfect chance to reacquaint ourselves with the terrain, and explore the seemingly numerous newly gladed areas. Then we got a fluffy 8+ inches of delightful Okanagan pow, making Tuesday a very fine day indeed.

Wednesday brought a break in the weather, perfect for playing in the Cliff area where plenty of pow remained from the previous day. In the afternoon we just lapped the Bullet chair, having stupid ridiculous fun in the trees between runs. Well carved, soft luge tracks made for Indiana Jones like high speed adventure runs, with tree branches flashing past dangerously close at times.

Thursday brought high winds and some new snow. We were luckily well positioned for a late Gem Lake opening, and managed two fantastic virtually untracked runs before scurrying back to make the last Crystal chair to the village. And Friday topped off a glorious week with perfect wind blown pow and constant refills in Sun Rype Bowl. When the wind and cold and snow and sun come together like this, it is genuinely hard to beat, ripping through snow ghosts at high speed in soft, talcum like snow. A really fantastic week at a very fine, varied ski hill.

(For posterity – we actually book ended this week with one excellent and one very soggy day at Schweitzer, and the usually rocking Mission Ridge day, unfortunately curtailed due to a Seatac airport pickup. That was a tough day to leave early.)

Schweitzer :9300m, 5200m

Big White: 8700m, 8200m, 9300m, 9100m, 7300m

Mission Ridge 5500m

Season Totals: 46 days, 366, 400m vert, 21 powder days

 

 

 

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