Late Starts and Sunset Skiing — Whistler Backcountry

Post by blogger | January 18, 2013      

(Edtor’s note: Lou and Lisa are stranded in Toronto due to a storm delaying flight out of Munich. They’ve got more trip reports to post re their Europe tours, but need some rest after a bit of brutal traveling. Meanwhile we’ve got a TR from Louie so here goes.)

Rikk skiing the poop chutes of Phalanx peak, at sunset on our first day.

I headed up to the Whistler area for the first time this season last weekend. The sunny weather made for spectacular backcountry skiing, and north faces still held wonderful powder. Three days of charging in the resort, and exploring the Blackcomb backcountry. There was a bit of lingering instablity. Thus I was into taking it mellow, so we just stuck to the classics close to the ski area. We managed some great pow skiing off the summits of Decker, Pattison and Phalanx. The amount of alpine terrain in that area always astounds me. Here are a few pictures.

The skintrack to the summit of Mt. Pattison, in the Blackcomb backcountry.

Some skiers headed down the glacier below Mt. Pattison.

Laura heading down a steep chute, Whistler area backcountry skiing.

Sleep in before skiing, and this is what you get. Skiing in the sunset back to the ski area.


2 Responses to “Late Starts and Sunset Skiing — Whistler Backcountry”

  1. Lisa January 18th, 2013 1:49 pm

    Lovely photos! Thanks for the TR!

  2. Mike January 19th, 2013 7:44 am

    Hi Louie, read this in the Pique today. Don’t forget to be careful! Avalance!

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