Road tripping along British Columbia’s Powder Highway is always filled with fun times and adventure. This winter the snow has been hammering the Revelstoke, British Columbia area. With that in mind we made it our next stop on our Freeride Chronicles TV shoot. We left Panorama Resort under sunny skies and we headed west towards Revy as we started our climb up Rogers Pass it was nuking big quarter size snow flakes, it was pretty evident we were entering the zone. As Desiree Leipham said “It’s like were in a little Snow Globe and someone is shaking it”. Talk about nailing it perfect.
For myself Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing is a very special place, after all I have visited STHS almost every year since 1989 and it was here that I became obsessed with DEEP powder. Upon pulling into the Hillcrest Resort which is where STHS runs it’s base of operations, it’s also the hotel the STHS guests stay at. We were greeted by Emma Mains from STHS and over 2′ of fresh snow! We got the 411 from Emma it’s been snowing all day and skiing is all time right now.
We awoke to another 8″ of fresh which dropped during the night. With almost 3′ of snow in the past 48hr and Rossignol Team Rider- Izzy Lynch joining us for the day, our morning was starting out pretty darn good! Izzy is a class act, ripping skier who loves life in the mountains.
Our crew of pow shredders consisted of Desi Leipham, Devin Dufenhorst, John Witt, Tommy Frey, Ashley Tait, Bob Legasa, Izzy Lynch, videographer Justin Miller and still photog Johhny Antoiuk from Frostbite Photography.
After a short Avalanche transceiver and heli safety course we loaded up the bird and headed for higher ground. With that much new snow in the Selkirks we stuck to some lower angles slopes at first to test stability. Safety first with this op. Our First Run had a Pretty dramatic setting as we were skiing the deep pow overlooking Revelstoke Lake. With the snowpack feeling pretty solid we moved around a bit checking out different aspects.
After lunch we ventured around a little hitting a big pillow laden cut block. Down in the lower 48 we call them clear cuts. The snow builds up on the old stumps creating mini diving boards of pillows everywhere.
This is what our crew loves, Freshies and a little airtime. Our first run through the cut block was sensory overload, you were in and out of the “White Room” which seemed like every turn. The Stoke was at an all time high now. After that run we took a vote and asked to hit it one more time. It was on our second run John Witt-Former US Freestyle Ski Team Member from the 80′s dropped the hammer and chucked a big, lofty backflip into the pow. He must have taken his Centrum at lunch! Not bad for a 52 year old.
Before we knew it was time to go. Our final run was back down towards the lake where we started off our day, Magical to say the least.
Our day out with STHS was once again an over the top experience. It’s days like this why I keep going back year after year.
Here’s the video from the day.