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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Ski Photography by John Dougall
Photographer John Dougall catches Sonja and Erin enjoying great powder skiing at Chatter Creek on Jan 30, 2005. This was Erin's first experience with backcountry powder skiing. Her backpack is the dreaded "Pink Purse". Sonja hopes her 40 yr old son might join her one day.

To continue the report of the prior post, our last day was overcast, but permitted good visibility for good skiing in the Megahooped trees and a full-on top-to-bottom run in Wonderland. We finished the day with a great run on Mummies Run on the northeast side of the Lodge Ridge (opposite the Megahooped trees). Another group had more good skiing in Dewars Bowl, a very productive area.

The 4-day cat skiing tour was a great success, enjoyed by everyone. Herb and Josh, the new guides we met this tour were first rate. The powder skiing was marvellous. There was some good tree skiing on the upper Lodge Ridge, but other than that, nearly all of our skiing was in the alpine. Snow stability was good, although we were careful to stay away from exposed slopes. Except for one experimental run on the East Ridge and another on lower Lodge Ridge, we had great snow everywhere we skied and fresh tracks every run. Those in the other snowcats reported similarly great powder skiing. Another "primo" cat skiing tour at Chatter Creek!