The parking for Purple Knob is just a bit off of Kenny's Ridge. A note to myself that the proper
Hero's Knob entrance is actually ~1km or so north of here and avoids the tree thrash that Graham put us
A look at Graham's Birthday Chutes, which clearly had a large slide event last week. They were also
pretty well-skied out as well.
Lou with a look at the big line off Hero's Knob. You can see that you'd need to be a hero to hit it.
The snow was surprisingly good on this day and we went up to the ridge and dropped to the other
side into Purple Bowl. It turns out that this same ridge could be accessed from the back of Kenny's Ridge
so that may be a worthwhile consideration in higher avalanche risk days. Although, there's a case to be
made for why you might want to be skiing in this terrain with higher hazard.
Louis looking down into Purple Bowl. The exit into the Hero's drainage is dead center of this shot
but the snow in this bowl was actually quite good, specifically the stuff in the shade.
I think this is Mount Black Prince across the Purple Bowl although it's more likely an unnamed peak
with Mount Black Prince behind it.
Video of Louis entering the Bowl
The normal exit from the Purple Bowl goes just inside the cornice on the right side here. We didn't know
that (although Louis' instincts were correct), so we went up to the top here and debated boot packing,
which I think could have gone as well.
This is the line we didn't ski from the top of the uptrack. Thanks to Lou for this shot.
Me, going up the uptrack for our first look in Purple Bowl. The obvious cornice on the right is the
better entrance than the one I got sucked into going for. Thanks to Lou for this shot.
Louis enjoying the blue bird skies on the uptrack.
Video of Louis on our best run of the day
Enjoying white cold smoke skiing. Thanks to Lou for this shot.
BIIIIIIG Stretch on the kick turns. Thanks to Lou for this shot.
After a quick poke down the middle of the Bowl (which was excellent), Louis punched a track to the
correct col, fought the crazy catabatic winds and dropped into not-terrible, but not-hero snow on the
north aspect. A really pretty line though.
We skied the left-most line here, but the boot pack entrance should put you into the right-most line.
For posterity, the ridiculous line I saw from Hero's is doable, but you have to go at it from the Black
Prince side, which would be a long outing.
Our team of dorks at the Habs game. Note the back wall... Yeah, we needed Kleenex for our noses.
Video of the fun times at the Habs game
Carl enjoying some bluebird skies at Nakiska.
I try to stay fit through the winter, mostly through the pool, the gym, and hockey, but every so often
I try to get outside too. This is the big hill in Cochrane. Note the 60 year old guy with his snowboard
and no skins in the shot.