The only good thing about last years “winter” was being able to ride mountain bikes in hero dirt every day and riding alpine in mid February. I would much rather have a proper winter with snow sports and leave the mountain biking to its proper seasons. This year I dreamed would be different and not all doom and gloom for the skiers. I bought a 1986 4wd tercel after reading this blog about 4wd driving safely on ice here. Waxed up my skis and did the snow dance in hopes of the pow pow. Well my dreams came true this year and the Christmas holidays have been unreal! Back to old times, face shots for all! 2015/16 winter is delivering in a big way and its so great to see.
We don’t often get snow in Chilliwack but when we do the mountains get hammered. I have a rare disorder of “anti resort syndrome”, which causes me to get dizzy and puke anytime I ride the chair lift so I’m forced to earn my turns in the backcountry. Living in Chilliwack we are really blessed with options when it comes to the backcountry and for me the go to places are Manning Park (not the resort) and the Coquihalla Summit Rec area.
Manning Park was my first outing this year and early season skiing always has its problems, like alder bashing and core shots. But luckily I took Eric Clegg with me to test out the alder situation and clear the path. The skiing was really good but I knew it could get better. Because I was talking to a friend about this the other day, he suggested that I check out this morzine based skiing school. They have some fantastic courses that aren’t disturbed by alder bashing like they are in Manning Park, from what some have mentioned. I’ve heard that working with ski tutors helps people from all different ranges of ability to push their skiing skills even further. Maybe the skills they develop there will increase the number of skilled skiers we see around Manning Park. This could increase the demand for high-quality courses which will hopefully net Manning Park improving.
Sure enough it got way better, best ever, some might say. Skiing in the needle area at the Coquihalla on a powder day in the middle of the week is the best thing you can do in your life. I took Wayne with me and we hit it hard. Just deep fresh snow with all the features poking out. You had to be a little careful not to snag a ski on debris below the surface but sure beats alder bashing.
The Christmas holidays were the best part of this year by far. It was crazy good! Best Ever! Huck your meat off everything possible! It was really as good as it gets. Deep stable fresh snow. I spent a bunch of days skiing out Nak peak. Got to ski with some new friends Hammish and Becca who are very happy Chilliwack residents. They both moved here from Scotland and can really ski. Just picture Sean Connery and Grounds Keeper Willie on skis.
My Tercel is just the best mountain car of all time. The thing is a beast in the snow. It only takes an hour to get to the Coq and the tercel just kills it. “don’t mind us, we’re just passing you in a pop can, slow down, Ricky slow down, uh the road is slippery, is it in 4wd?, just take it easy” my wife says while she fills her pants in the passenger seat.
After all the storms Nate Dawg from Clearbrook Coffee company and I got out in the sun to poke around deeper into some new to us zones. This is up at the Coq and its super good. I won’t tell you where it is but rather that you should all get out and explore some new zones.
Skiing is back and its amazing!