When ever I am leaving for a trip my mind is filled questions and mixed emotions of doubt, anticipation and excitement. Not matter how big or small the trip is, you are leaving your comfort zone of home and going out into the wild. Once I have left these emotions stay at home and are replaced with the anticipation of what comes next. Road tripping in the winter is a classic example. I end up driving thousands of kilometers every winter through some of the worst road conditions imaginable all in the name of powder and adventure. There is something about driving into the heart of the storm in the dark of the night that makes me at peace with myself. I know that I am doing the right thing and the next day is going to be amazing. Driving through the snow and rain until I finally see the familiar light of my destination! At times you can hardly see the road, others you are being hypnotized by the snowing flying at your windshield. Most of the time it feels that if you went off the road you might never be found until the spring.
I just got back from a great weekend of shredding in Nelson. I headed down to meet up with my buddy Eric Crosland. It is a long overdue trip for me as I have never spent much time skiing in this neck of the woods. In fact I skied Whitewater for my first time on this trip, well ski toured it, the place is amazing. We spent the first day shredding at Baldface Cat Skiing. It was amazing day with the deepest snow of my season so far. The whole operation looks like an amazing place to spend a week at!
The next day we headed to the hill, a different experience for sure. There was enough cars in the parking lot to think that the ski hill was actually open. People were making their way up the hill by any means available, post holing in shoes, snow shoeing, skinning, telemarking and sledding. No matter how they got to the top everyone was beyond amped on the amazing conditions. All day you could hear shouts of joy coming from deep in the trees. I had some great guides and they took me on some of the best runs of my year (so far)! It was a great to see so many people stoked on life and powder. Maybe if everyone just enjoyed powder as much as we all do the world could get along (it might get a lot less done too).
All and all another amazing trip with great people who love to shred. Let the shred mission continue. Sounds like everyone is getting some out there. What a great start to the year. Hope you enjoyed the videos and pics!
P.S. Big shout out to Eric and Marlisa for their great hospitality, Damien and Jeff for letting us shred Baldface, Jake for tripling us up for lap after lap, Alex and Jess for the shredding!