Duffey Vantage – April 4 and 5, 2009

Sharon and I went in two days in a row as the snow was so good the first time around. No-one else was on Vantage other then some other party flailing on the lower slopes so we put tracks in all over the face.

We started off on less aggressive terrain on pure N facing trees and worked our way over to steeper N and NE facing shots as we got more confident in stability. The last few runs over these couple of days were 350 – 400 m shots of light unconsolidated powder with average slope angle of between 45 to 35 degrees. Best powder runs I’ve had all year.

Vantage – before

First ridge – 2050m; from L to R – Twin one Gl., Anniversary Gl, Joffre Gl., Mt Chief Pascall.

Hard to believe that we had a late Sat start and were still staring at virgin powder slopes

Took care of the virgin slopes stat


Back for more on day 1

We lapped the pow thrice on the first day

It was either Blackcomb backcountry or glorious bottomless sunny pow. When other touring partners had excuses to drop out we seized the chance of getting Vantage pow again and went back to the same goods.

This time we headed straight for the goods of the direct vertical lines off the NE slopes

Now we’re really done – till the next snowstorm hits

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