SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022 Report: Day #5 Epic Revelstoke, BC Backcountry Powder & an Avalanche…

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Report from January 18, 2021

We started the day zipping around at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC before cruising out into the nearby backcountry.

The snow was great.

The sun was out – which is always a gift in BC.

Shadow play… Miles off the top! image: snowbrains

We were pumped after our first run.

Powder, little spines, sunshine, good friends.

We hiked back up for another.

Wow. image: snowbrains

By then the fog had rolled back in and socked us in.

We dropped in a fog, skied a killer little gully/chute and started hiking up for more.

Our 3rd run was epic.

Lee. image: snowbrains

A solid air into a gorgeous bowl with sun on the face up top before barreling down into cloud induced shade.

We were elated.

We zipped back up and skied the same exact zone.

Gorgeous. image: snowbrains

There were a lot of tracks at this point.

I skied only 10′ left of my previous track and whack!

Avalanche…

This was taken 1 minute after the avalanche. image: snowbrains

Honestly, I didn’t even think about avalanches before dropping into this line.

I felt like we’d already made our assessment and the snow was stable enough to ski this zone.

There were also tracks everywhere luring me into a false sense of security.

Our lines one run before the avalanche. image: snowbrains

I was wrong.

I ripped out a 10″ deep, 50′ wide class 1 avalanche that took me for a 200′ ride.

I was able to stay over my skis and ski out of the avalanche.

Rough and blue. image: snowbrains

I was able to pull my avalanche airbag backpack while in the slide.

The experience was harrowing. I got going damn fast and snow was starting to come up over my body and splash my face. I was able to stay calm and focused on escaping the avalanche.

To me, it felt huge and scary and like I was going to be buried if I didn’t release from the avalanche.

Duane up. image: snowbrains

Today was a lesson learned.

I’m going to try to always keep my guard up and always reassess every slope before I drop in.

Thanks to my strong partners today for being ready to rock in every situation.

Serrated. image: snowbrains

After this avalanche we had a quick debrief and started moving home.

We skied 2 more runs on our way home kept it safe.

What a wild roller-coaster of a day.

Photos in Chronological Order

Full moon and Ravens to start the day. image: snowbrains
Southern vistas. image: snowbrains
Big mountains here. image: snowbrains
Happy crew! image: snowbrains
The Stoke Chair. image: snowbrains
Mt. Mackenzie. image: snowbrains
Big lines… image: snowbrains
Lee & Duane moving up. image: snowbrains
Pristine. image: snowbrains
Leesure. image: snowbrains
Mac. image: snowbrains
Lee. image: snowbrains
Ghost trees. image: snowbrains
Lee and vista. image: snowbrains
Serrated. image: snowbrains
Dwanis likes it! image: snowbrains
Rolling. image: snowbrains
Patrick shooting the tube. image: snowbrains
Skin track. image: snowbrains
Across. image: snowbrains
Crystal forest. image: snowbrains
Bent skin track. image: snowbrains
Lee with the classic lookback. image: snowbrains
Duane approves. image: snowbrains
Our lines one run before the avalanche. image: snowbrains
Our tracks. image: snowbrains

Grinding up. image: snowbrains
Arch. image: snowbrains
Bubbling light. image: snowbrains
Shades. image: snowbrains
Smooth. image: snowbrains


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