Spring is upon us here on the coast and while there is still plenty of good skiing ahead, the deep days of winter are alas, behind us. Which means its time to post this year’s ski season-pictorial. A winters worth is a gallery of some of my favourites from the 2010/11 ski season.
What makes these photos my faves isn’t necessarily their technical merit or composition. It didn’t have to be an action shot or even a burly line – although there are few I’d put in those categories as well – rather, the shots in this gallery are the ones that carry the strongest emotional impact for me. Memories of good times with good friends in special places.
For the first year in my skiing life, I spent more days (way more as it turns out) walking up than riding lifts. If we’re counting, the total number of runs skied would be far south of my annual average but quality-wise, there is no comparison. Thats not to say I didn’t have good days this season with the aid of mechanized up-hill transport. Along with being my biggest backcountry year, 2011 also marked my first days heliskiing. Here is where you can see those shots from RK Heli. But, while awesome in its own right, touring for your turns is its own kinda magic. You can talk about the snow, the lack of others tracks, the stunning beauty and solitude of the mountains free of resorts and lifts… the satisfaction of earning one’s turns and looking down on a line just a few thigh-burning hours prior you had spotted from a distance, sleeping in a warm hut that comparatively few people know about… freezing in a tent with your dog because said hut is packed with families (how rad will those kids be in a couple years)! It all adds up but really, its the experiences you have with the people you’re with that sticks.
These shots are reminders of good times and I hope, inspiration to get out – whatever season it is – and get after it. Our minds get crowded and its easy to get caught up in the distractions of life but, if nothing else, I hope these shots remind you, me and whomever else may stumble upon them that there is a big wild world out there… and you don’t need a lift ticket to ski it.
For more ski photos from B.C., (including some fine pics of yours truly) check out my buddy Sterling’s blog. He’s the guy in like all of my ski shots, BTW!