Here are my photos and videos from another excellent trip into the backcountry with
the crew from Portland.

Warm-up


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Just like last year, I convinced a few of the guys to come get a warm-up ski at the local resort.
In this case, we hit up Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC. Here are Dave Lewinsohn, his daughter
Maya and Dicky bringing up the rear as we hike the short distance into the Feuz Bowl.


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Matt Karulf missed last year's trip but remains committed to the cause. Here he is prior to dropping
into the Feuz Bowl.


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Here are Maya and Rebecca making their way down the Whitewall. Note that the cornice out of view at the
right of this photo avalanched the week after we got home. A further note is that the area where it slid
IS in permanent avalanche closure.

The ride into Battle Abbey


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I decided that this year I wanted to bring in some quality Calgary beer. I picked up three party pigs
from the Wild Rose Brewery and brought them up in the chopper. This is inside the Alpine Helicopter
main hangar as we're getting weighed and ready to go.


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Here's the Bell 212 we would ride up into the mountains sitting in the Columbia River valley at Golden airport.


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The chopper taking off.


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Here we are loading the pigs into the chopper. They eventually rode in the tail.


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Here's a shot of Brenda Desnoyers as we're getting into the chopper.


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The instrument cluster of the Bell 212. Hmm, I think I spilled some beer on the dash...


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Looking up a valley of the Purcells as we make our way to the hut.


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Some big open slopes on the ride in.


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Um, yes, this is quite steep. I was excited like a 3 year old on Christmas morning the whole way
up to the hut. It was too awesome.


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Just imagine the big 'S' turns coming down this slope.


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Aaahhhhhh! Thanks to Rick for taking this shot for me.

At the Battle Abbey hut


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Here we see the party pigs at elevation. Yay! They made it and so did we! After arriving and getting
unpacked, we spent some time refreshing our avalanche training and then had some great food.

Day 1 - Schooner Pass


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Our first morning found Mike Block and Tim Anderson stretching and getting ready for the great snow
that was about to be ours. This is inside the living room area of the hut. Mike is putting on his
avalanche beacon prior to getting outside.


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Here is Maya Lewinsohn with Mt Butter's barely visible in the morning light.


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Rebecca Lewinsohn on her first day in the Canadian Rockies backcountry. Dave decided that his girls were
strong enough skiers to join the crew this year (they're 15). They took a day to get acclimatized but had
no issue keeping up with the team all week.


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Here's Dicky Lum taking his skins off after the first climb of the trip.


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