Shaun Lindsay and Mark Carpenter made the trip north to Calgary to try out our Rocky Mountain snow.
Thanks to my friend Heather J, we crashed at a sweet pad in Field and skied Mt Field,
Kicking Horse, and Fernie. Some of these pics are graciously contributed by Heather's camera.

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Shaun and Mark flew in on a Thursday night, but since I worked Friday, they hit the slopes of Louise without me.
I picked them up there and toured them a little around the Chateau. This is Mark with his tourist shot of the
trip.


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Close up.


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Mark with Louise Falls behind him. This was his first view of blue ice.


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The two boys walking back to the Chateau across the lake.


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Shaun loved this argyle sweater, but for $450, maybe not so much.

In Field


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This is Heather J, our connection to CP Rail and this sweet pad in Field for
$200 a weekend total. Did I mention it sleeps 10? Heather is in her highland dancing outfit since
it turns out that she's skilled enough to be invited to Scotland for the summer. Not a bad gig
at all.


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A better view of the living room.


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Mark on the jean couch. Yes, that's actually the front of a pair of jeans on the right side of
the couch being used as a pocket. Too weird.


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Kudos to the party team for showing up with Jello shooters! Boo on the green ones though.


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One of the sweeter CP posters in the Field house.


Skiing Mt Field


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A blurry shot of the boys getting their gear in the parking lot outside Field. We were intended to get
onto Mt Field and see what the snow was like.


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It involved a little bit of a ski in before we actually got to the north side of Field, but the trail is on
a road so it's easy and flat.


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Mark with Mt Stephen behind him.


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Mark and Shaun and Mt Stephen.


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Here's a little bit more ice for you Mark. This is along the Yoho Valley Road.


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More ice for Mark. This is right where the switchbacks are on the road.


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The terrain around the entrance to Mt Field. The bottom few hundred feet of vertical was at a pretty
gentle slope and so we made an easy start onto the snow.


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Shaun was fighting blisters most of this trip so Mark and I are chilling here starting lunch
waiting for the cursing sailor to join the party.


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We dug a few snow pits prior to getting onto the open slopes. When we saw this layer, all of us
just about filled our pants. That's a very definitive weak layer folks.


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Here it is, even more pronounced.


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We stayed out of obvious terrain traps and went a little further up onto Mt Field to get some more
turns in. This is Shaun enjoying the slog up the mountain.


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Here's Mark loving the snow and the adventure. We turned around here since I wasn't that excited
about getting up onto any further open slopes.


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The boys on Mt Field, 15 March 2008.


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Here's Shaun jumping a small lip just before he ate the other side of the snow. Shaun, don't you
have a separated shoulder?


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The ski out was just sloped enough that I could skate the whole way out. My compatriots don't have the
same amount of cross country mileage in their legs (and Shaun's blisters all blew up), so I hung out at the
car for awhile with some Japanese skiers who had just come down from Peyto Hut. This is a shot of
Mt Stephen, which gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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I think this is Cathedral Mountain.


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Shaun and I after our tour on Mt Field.


Skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, 16 March 2008


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Yeah, that's right, we are surfers from Cali. Eat it.


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Mark and Heather enjoying the gondola ride up.


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The view looking southwest from the top of Blue Mountain (top of Stairway to Heaven). This was
definitely did not suck. Thanks Heather for taking the picture.


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Shaun just about pooped himself when he saw the White Wall and the Feuz Bowl. Again, just epic conditions.


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This is Heather J, just before she dropped a huge cornice into the bowl. I'm not going to mention
here that it took almost 10 minutes of Mark coaching her and a further 5 for her to find the balls to
drop it, but she did it!


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This is where Heather earned her balls.


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Heather grew a set this trip and she dropped in again with us. Nice work Heather!


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Mark Carpenter loving the bluebird day.


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Heather and Mark getting ready to drop. Ok guys, you can go... Ok guys, you can go...


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Yay, nice work kids!


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Mark is loving this.


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Foreground of Mark with Heather skiing behind him and a nice shot of the White Wall behind them.


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It was tough to take bad pictures on this day. A pair of skins gives you an awful lot of terrain.
Maybe I should work towards that 3 or 4 day work week...


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Shaun and I heading to go break my brakes.


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This is where I broke my brake.


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I suppose one cool thing is that as I fell, it was steep enough that I was able to catch my ski as it was
going past me and ensure that it didn't spear me.


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The funny thing about my wreck is that the first thing Shaun asked was, "Um, can you still get below that jump
to take my shot and then we'll sort you out after?" Thanks to Shaun for fixing my brake, I skied down below him
only to realize that he was going to jump right into me.


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After I moved and readjusted, I was in position for a sweet shot.


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Yeehaw! Shaun drops a cliff here on the White Wall after I broke the brake on my entry.
I guess Naxo NX01s aren't meant for 15 foot drops... Did I mention that this is one of the
coolest ski pictures I've taken?? Sweet work Shaun!


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Shaun getting a little bit of air...


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... almost landing ...


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... getting a sweet powder puff ...


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.. kind of skiing out of it...


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... and then eating it!


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Nice work Shaun! Here's to having the biggest balls!!


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This smells like onions and failure... Shaun hitting a jump at Kicking Horse.


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Shaun not landing at Kicking Horse. I think Volkl might pay NOT to have this picture published.


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The aftermath of Shaun landing with me looking on and giggling. Oh Shaun, the humanity of it all!


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A great shot across the valley.


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Me getting a little speed near the bottom of the Feuz.


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Did I mention the blue bird day we had?


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Shaun and I totally lucked out when we met Bob, a local ski machine. He advised us to join him for a hike
up to the top of the Terminator Bowl. This is the view back to the top of Eagle's Eye and the gondola.
Not a bad little trek.


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Shaun and Bob just before we dropped the bowl.


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This is the definition of "Stoke Picture". I will be drooling at this all summer just waiting for the
season to re-open.


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Here's Bob "shredding some gnar" and loving the blower. This slope was totally worth the hike.


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Here's Bob loving the trees near the bottom of the run. Thanks Bob!


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Mark and Heather enjoying a cold one at the end of a perfect day. That's ice on Heather's knee from her
massive fall in the Feuz Bowl. Nice work Heather!


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After about three hours, our crew had figured we were toast. Bob, Shaun, and I had a wicked afternoon. The
Terminator Bowl definitely earned the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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A celebratory pint was definitely in order. Thanks Bob!


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The boys and I stopped in Radium Hot Springs at Backcountry Jacks. This is definitely a spot
to come back to. Great food, good service, and I think the 40+ year old waitress was hitting on
Mark. What more can you ask for?


Fernie, BC, 17 March 2008


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Of course, what's the first thing these guys do when they ski a new area? Find the doubles...
This is Corner Pocket , a chute that's so steep, they have to put down tires to hold the snow
in place. It's a little odd skiing on tires for sure.


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Shaun getting ready to point them and go.


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On Heather's insistence over text messages, we took a run on Knot Chutes . It turns out
that it was lacking a little snow. This is Shaun fighting his way down.


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We finished the afternoon in Cedar Bowl. Shaun agreed that Fernie is definitely a special place.


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A last look up Lizard Bowl, where we found the best snow up top coming out of the chutes.
We'll be back Fernie, you have my word on it.

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