We spotted this ridge on a previous mission and we all felt it needed to be shredded. I took the role as photog this day. Some things just need to be documented properly. We devised a plan and after a long ride in, J.V. and Jon B. left me at the sleds to gain access up another drainage while I took my own route up to position to shoot the lines.
“Too bad brad was in the next valley over because on the way Jay V and I had to pass several challenges handed down to us by a wizard who claims ownership of the area,” says Jon B. “It would have made for amazing photos. Luckily we’re both well versed in magical beast battles and passed level one no problem.”
After being here that same week and riding the same aspects we had confidence in the snow and new it would be all time. I don’t usually sacrifice a good line to take photos but this felt well worth the effort. After a few hours of scheduled radio check ins the J's crested the ridge from the back and proceeded to have a really nice shred down the spine line then kicked their way up an adjacent chute, which they did surprisingly quick.
“My mom used to always say ‘Jon, board sports is a lot like doing maths. X+X=whoa dude super huge sick carve double xtreme send it!’ Good advice mom.”
More blower pow awaited for the descent as well as some deserved high fives at the bottom. We spotted more gold in this zone just north of Whistler but that will have to wait for next season.
"In the film Aspen Extreme the ski patroller says 'to win the 8's (aspen powder 8 competition) you have to be able to ski anywhere, any time, any conditions,'" says Jon B. "We were on a strict training regime. Winning would make us the most extreme skiers in the valley."
"We were ready. It was a lot like the steeps we grew up on at Camp Fortune"
Check out more of Brad's jealousy-inducing imagery at www.bradleyslackphotography.ca - ed.