Red Bull in the Baldface Shop, Final Kick to the Season, Save Big Dough at Cypress and Grouse, A Faster Way to Seymour’s Summit

Vancouver SUN Ski Guide Blogpost for April 4, 2012

Where to possibly begin with this week’s Vancouver SUN ski blog? After all, so many outrageous pictures and videos have been posted from skiing at areas all across western Canada. Here’s one with a bit of a reminder – just because a ski slope has tracks going down doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent safe. This pic was taken in the slackcountry near Lake Louise (a fantastic ski area where I skied for several years in the late 70s). Note that this avalanche slid right to the ground after dozens of skiers had gone over it. (So much for ‘ski compaction – note how tiny the skiers at the left of the picture are, for some perspective).

Though the Rocky Mountains generally have a sketchier, weakly layered snowpack, keep in mind that several CAA avalanche advisories have been posted this winter. Always go to www.avalanche.ca to get the meta-forecast for the area that you want to ski, and watch those slackcountry zones (West Bowl, above, is only a short hike from the ski area, as is Taynton Bowl at Panorama, where two skiers went missing – and thankfully were found – last weekend).

Red Bull Super Natural on NBC Gives Great Exposure to BC’s Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge owner Jeff Pensiero must be grinning ear to ear after last Saturday’s two hour telecast of the Red Bull Supernatural snowboard event on NBC Sports (thanks, NBC, for timing it before the NCAA hoops semi final). The actual event went down in February, but this event had truly had Mother Nature on its side and some very creatively placed camera and Contour helmet cam angles. And the home made stunts were outrageous. Can’t find the full broadcast right now, but a Contour POV edit is online. BTW Red Bull, nice April Fool’s trick featuring finger boarder Mike Schneider on Sunday.

Kicking Horse Extends Season to April 15

Also up in the Rockies, March’s epic goodness has blanketed Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which is staying open until April 15 – one week later than planned. On slope accommodation recommendation – the Copper Horse Lodge co-owned by my good pal Gord Vizutti. Don’t miss the Lushmasters Dinner, April 7th @ 6:30pm in Corks Restaurant, located right in the hotel. Five courses paired with 5 alcoholic beverages!

Generations at Whistler-Blackcomb

Whistler-Blackcomb has dropped so many deep pow shots and videos in the past month that they’ve created a special video room to watch ‘em all. This edit is from mid-March, with over 30 cms today (April 4), I’m sure there will be more. The Generations video from Switchback Entertainment features a sentimental look at one family and their history of skiing at Whistler.

Sarah Burke Public Memorial

A Special Memorial on Tuesday, April 10th in Whistler Village will be held to honour the life of Sarah Burke, the female slopestyle skier who tragically passed away back in January in Park City, UT. Her loss reverberated throughout the larger sports world—you can expect that there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

 Jumbo Pass Ski Resort – Two Views:

As was widely reported two weeks ago, the BC government has granted final approval for Oberto Oberti (I love that name) and Grant Costello to proceed with their long term vision for a four season, glacier skiing resort high in the Purcell Mountains near Jumbo Creek. As these two stories in Ski Canada and The Adventure Journal prove, opinion is split amongst skiers as to whether or not this is a good thing. No comment from me!

Multi-Million Dollar Investment at Mount Seymour!

OK, so I cut and pasted this, so you don’t need to go to the link! Mount Seymour is excited to announce the addition of the five million dollar state of the art Mystery Peak Express quad chairlift.  The new detachable high speed Doppelmayr lift from Austria will be installed over the summer months in time for the 2012-2013 season. The Mystery Peak Express promises to cut line-up times by more than half and will transport skiers and boarders to the top of the mountain in record time, taking just four minutes, compared to the currently-in-use lift, which takes nearly nine minutes.

Outrageous Spring Skiing Deals at Cypress, Grouse:

With a base of over 400 centimetres and sunshine in the forecast, it’s Cypress Beach time – one of the best North Shore deals going. Or… even better, purchase your new 2012/13 Gold or Silver Pass now and Ski or Ride Free for the rest of this season – sale ends April 15th! Hopefully, they’ll get that barbecue fired up at the top of the Lion’s Express; that’s a great place to hang out and feed the birds. Grouse Mountain’s super popular Y2Play pass is now 80 percent sold out.

 Winter Surf Adventure:

Yesterday was not only a fabulous day on the slopes at Big White ski area, the surf was up at Antlers Beach near Peachland, as well. Don’t believe us – check out the video!

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