It started with a helluvatime and then we took a rest day. Day 2 of the Smith trip was a lot more mellow than day 1 but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get stuff done. First on the agenda was looking out our window at the Sutton Place to take in long views of Mt. Begbie, which was now, of course, no longer in the clouds. There’s something about looking at a peak you were standing on yesterday that never gets old. Throughout our trip we stole proud glances at this peak many times.
Morning coffee staring at the peak we climbed the day before.
With a sense of accomplishment we started going about our daily tasks of setting up the rest of the trip, which was a tall order because somehow we had to find some untouched pow and get amazing shots. Our budget allowed for some helicopter time but not a lot (that’s an equation for serious logistics balancing). The group was well motivated to ski-tour for our turns and setting objectives and priorities was our mission. There were phone calls and meetings and preparations made. Trucks got fixed, groceries got shopped, and plans got solidified.
How much lift should we put on our new truck?
Staying in and cooking our food was the plan. Filmer Nic Teichrob from Dendrite Studios unpacking.
Difficult conditions were cause to put on thinking caps.
Day 3 dawned and we were in line at the Relevation Gondola before the lift opened. Our mission to go ski touring off the ski hill needed as much time as possible to find snow and get shots. We also had to be at a heli briefing by 5pm.
Griffin Post at the top of the Revelation Gondola. He uses the CAST system bindings.
To infinity and beyond. Ski touring and exploring. Blanket Glacier in the background.
Eric and Chris negotiating coolwhip boobs while looking for good snow.
See any down there? Nope.
Energy needed on a touring day? These Voke tablets are naturally caffeinated. They give you a little bump.
First turns of the day were a party run. Skiers: Chris Rubens, Eric Hjorleifson and Griffin Post. These guys make ok snow look good.
Persistent cold temps made these new Arcteyrx Lithic gloves with built-in liners pretty awesome.
Another skin set up and a peak climb on our search. Griffin Post near the top.
We finally found some scenic features. Skier Griffin Post
Chris Rubens amongst it.
Gabe Schroder wasn’t just going to let the ‘athletes’ have all the fun.
Eric Hjorleifson drops in.
Eric Hjorleifson finds the turn of the day.
Eric drops in to another line.
Griffin finds another.
Time to head home and to the heli briefing.
With a shoot day planned at Selkirk Tangiers the next day, Eric and Chris discuss options with the guides.
Stay tuned to read about our heli shred day. With these skiers, how could it not go good?