The day we had all been waiting for has arrived.. Jerrett, Kyle, Jamie and I met up with Scott Newsome and our guide Trevor Gavura at the Powder Springs Hotel in Revelstoke to grab some breakfast and coffee before we were off to the Hanger. I hadn’t seen Scott since he taught me my AST1 course quite a few years ago, it was good to catch up with him and see how stoked he is on his heli operation.
It was puking snow that morning, as it often is in Reve..
If anyone has picked up the Winter 2013 copy of Kronicle Magazine, most of this crew is represented in there somewhere. Trevor wrote the article on Sorcerer Lodge, Kyle’s got an interview on the next page and Scotty is the pictured rider for a Trapper Snowboards ad. Its really a testament to how small and strong the Splitboard community is.
We were making a bit of history that morning as our group was the first ever Heli-Assist Ski Tour group for Eagle Pass! And I think there’s no better way it could have gone down, with a group of passionate splitboarders representing Canada and the North West United States.
One we signed our waivers and had some breakfast we headed out to Selkirk Hanger and dropped a car at our planned exit area for the Heli Tour. We only got a drop out, toured around Eagle Pass tenure for the day and then rode a 5000+ vertical foot powder run back down to the car (with some headlamp assisted bushwacking at the end).
The snow was falling most of the day and we had incredible over the head choker.. the last run of the day was the longest and the deepest, it was hard to see our smiles at times because we were whiteroomed most of the way down. By then my GoPro had died but the memories are vivid enough, it was an incredible end to a good day with friends in some awesome terrain.
This has been my first full season riding my Down The Middle custom splitboard and I gotta say, I love this board. Over the duration of the weekend we rode everything from deep blower pow to open alpine and windblasted crust. The Rossignol Experience responds amazingly well in all conditions so a huge thanks and shout out to Brian Pattee at Down the Middle Custom Splitboards for building me this sweet sweet ride. If you are in the market for a board, don’t just settle for off the shelf, there’s lots of options out there these days.
So all in all it was a great weekend, great snow, great stability, great friends. All made possible by the efforts of one passionate splitboarder Mr. Wade Galloway. If you want to learn more about the event and the Canadian Avalanche Foundation that it supports please check out the Canuck Splitfest facebook page or the Canuck Splitfest website.