SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022 Report: Day #6 Sunny Backcountry Pillow Madness!

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Report from January 19, 2022

Yesterday we got up early and charged out into the backcountry.

The sun was out, making us freak out…

I had been in an avalanche just the day before, so we knew we had to keep it mellow.

Virgin pillows. image: snowbrains

I spent 2+ months in this area back in 2018, and I knew the perfect, mellow, happy, pillow-popping zone for us that was low angle and not exposed from above.

We charged out there and hit the bottom of the zone just as the sun was starting to rise on it at 10:30 am.

I’ve never seen this zone so filled in – which is rad – but there are fewer pillows than usual, ha!

Spine mountain. image: snowbrains

We ran up it as fast as we could, frothing.

The snow was too deep, and I’ve been battling a bad knee this season, so we took it easy on our first run to see how the pillow landings were skiing.

They were skiing damn good!

Where’s Waldo (Lee)? Pillows for days. image: snowbrains

On my first run, I skied a super mellow line and realized I could have upped it a couple of notches.

That first run was in the sun, and as we were hiking back up, the snow went down again, hitting the north side of a notch in a mountain.

By the time we’d gotten back to the top, we’d experienced our 2nd sunrise as the sun drifted sideways and reappeared on the other side of the notch.

Duane popping. image: snowbrains

By then, in classic British Columbia fashion, clouds were miraculously forming everywhere and fading out our sun…

On our 2nd run, we all pushed it harder and got in some solid drops given the conditions and exchanged high fives and stoke at the bottom.

Back up for a 3rd in the dark now.

See anything you like here? image: snowbrains

One cloud decided to sit right on the ridgeline and block the little window of sun we had in this zone.

The 3rd run was our favorite as we’d figured out the thick snow a bit more and gotten more confident on the pillow drops.

We scooted out of the zone, pumped we’d gotten a little sun, and gotten to ski a ridiculously fun zone without exposing ourselves to avalanches.

British Columbia in mid-winter is wonderous.

SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022

Photos in Chronological Order

Triangle. image: snowbrains
Scary good. image: snowbrains
road and snow. image: snowbrains
Canukistania! image: snowbrains
Sharps above the clouds. image: snowbrains
Texture. image: snowbrains
Virgin pillows. image: snowbrains
Gorgeous pillows. image: snowbrains
Wow… image: snowbrains
Cutting up. image: snowbrains
Lee & Duane headed up. image: snowbrains
A pillow amongst pillows. image: snowbrains
Sunny pillows. image: snowbrains
Ominous vista. image: snowbrains
Overlord. image: snowbrains
I love the creeks in BC. image: snowbrains
Heading in. image: snowbrains
Spines and spines. image: snowbrains
Duane ripping. image: snowbrains

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