March 3, 2006 – Blackcomb
A TGR summit was planned for Whistler/Blackcomb. What is a summit you may ask? Well having only posted on TGR or Teton Gravity Research Forums for about a year I actually didn’t have the faintest idea till some one named “Buster Highmen” (what a strange name) explained that it was a cavalcade of “maggots” descending on a ski resort.
Well it turns out all right since I find out that “maggots” are what posters on TGR call themselves. They turn out to be fine people with a predeliction for big fat skis. Oh they all like to ski fast too. From L to R – Rich (Pulver Schwein), Graeme (seatosky), Mike (spdfrk43) and George (Droopy); Rich and Graeme are from Vancouver, Mike and George are respectively from New Jersey and Maryland.
Initially a bigger group of Maggots and Maggettes had met at the Glacier Lodge but we had split into 2 smaller groups. Our boys head off to Secret Chute and drop into Pakalolo. Here goes Mike.
Followed by George.
Glacier Chair opens up and we’re off to Spankys. Toby (powder11) joins us and he takes half the group over to Rubys. We head over to the Sapphire/Diamond ridge and drop into Wildside. Here’s George.
Mike on Wildside.
Wildside is steeper then it looks.
Here I am taking pics standing out of the way of sluff.
Down Diamond Bowl – Sharon chases, Mike leads. George takes a break.
Another lap on Sapphire; Mike contemplates the shark-fin rocks at the bottom of the Upper Sapphire entry chute and the straightline
A view from the top as Toby drops in.
Rich right on Toby’s tail.
Off to the backcountry and the skin up – or boot pack to East Col then over to Blackcomb Peak. I cheer Graeme on.
After another small bootpack to DOA; Graeme, now fully recovered, drops in.
DOA looks gnar-core from the top; Mike and his cramping quads find the climb to DOA plenty gnar-core.
Rich drops in. The first few turns and chalky and scraped but are still good.
DOA does get tight as Mike in 190 Gotamas finds out.
The snow gets a lot better at the mid point of DOA.
Rich making turns as the chute widens.
Toby drops a hump on the lower part of DOA now heading into Bodybag Bowl.
Mike with the “we did it” point.
Up 7th Heaven and then down Hawaii 5-0. Toby drops in. No entry cornice makes for a fine run.
No crowds and nice snow at the bottom of Hawaii 5-0
March 8, 2006 – Blackcomb
It snowed a lot today. Lots and lots of surprisingly decent snow given the high winds up top. Our first round was up Spankys and down Ruby before it got shut down by the high winds. Then we went off to seek treed skiing goodness.
Here goes Tracy on CBC trees
Gerald on the Crystal trees
Rob chasing and finding soft snow
Rooster tail …
The photographer getting photographed
At the end of the day I took Roger through CBC Trees again for a fast run; he finds the speed to his liking
Snowsnake bites Roger? What happened here?
Roger makes up for it by sending some pillows
I estimate between 20 – 25 cms of snow at least today and alpine was not open.
March 9- Whistler
Whistler’s alpine hadn’t opened the day before so we knew it would be good. Harmony opened up while the Peak was still on standby so we went hunting snow. George finds some in Sun Bowl
Rob also in Sun Bowl.
Gerald, the photographer, gets photographed. showing his epic angulation steeze
Flurries make for poor pictures but wind and flurries make this gorgeous windlip off Robertson’s Trees a natural halfpipe. Rich hits it.
Rich finds the steep and deep.
Bruce doesn’t seem to miss the cordoruy of Tremblant as he attacks.
I parked myself just downslope of a beautiful pillow that swallows skiers; where’s Bruce?
ah there’s Bruce
Tom is the last one down but hits the lip the hardest.
The sun breakds out! I need willing subjects and off we are to Robertsons again. This is turning out to be the Gerald show.
The light beautifully illuminates the rooster trails that Rich throws out straightlining the trees.
Gerald attacks this run so aggresively I…
all I think about is how the hell …
do I get out of the way? Lucky Bruce doesn’t take me out.
Tom on Robertsons
Gerald again – repeating Robertsons as we work our way down the line farming pow.
Pow is farmed
A good photo needs a decent subject who moves consistently and finds good lines. Rich obliges.
Rich drops a knee … but he’s not on tele gear.. It’s just a snow snake eating his ski.
We take a run up Flute – the sun comes out and lights the trees beautifully for the boot pack out..
Me on Excitation
Ending the day with a run down Peak to Creek’s trees, Gerald finds more pow. Whoever says Whistler gets skied out quick just has no idea where to look.
Roger knows where to look for pow.
The snow was nice all the way to the bottom. Rob and Gerald are happy in anticipation of beer at Dustys.
March 10 – Whistler
Big group! We all hit Surprise together off the Peak Chair. Here goes Pat, Mr PM Gear/Bro Model himself
Brian, our gain Ontario’s loss, strutting the super stiff Bros
showing off the lovely red bases to nice contrasting effect
Rich does his best to get pic of the day
I think Rich gets pic of the day
Josh, all the way from Tahoe, in Glacier Bowl – Cirque and Couloir behind
Lindsey, from Truckee, also crusing in Glacier Bowl
Cyrus, also from Truckee, finding pockets of soft snow
Tracy making tracks in Glacier Bowl.
Hilmar, from the furthest nether reaches Langley, in Glacier Bowl
Maggots gang-banging the Saddle run
We’re off to Flute again for a quick run; the light is decent even if the pictures are grey. Here goes Sharon.
Ryan showing how East Coasters can deal with West Coast cordoruy
Roger trying to get his breath on Flute.
Brian keeping his str8line camp form going.
Rich knows how to make deep snow look deeper playing in Christmas Trees off West Bowl
Sharon dropping into West Bowl as the clouds start breaking up.
Ryan schralping gnar like it was meant to be schralped.
Tracy oh so smooth
Rich – classic point and shoot
Off to the Symphony cliffs where Brian does not shirk his dutry to drop cornices
Cornice dropped; landing made – next!
Manage to get this pic of Athan dropping Alligator Rock.
Phil landing off that same drop.
We play in the low – angle stuff off Hidden Chute while all that’s going on.