Better late than never!

Well so far this season has been a bit of a let-down stability wise resulting in the late opening of the Wild West freeride zone at Sunshine Village ski resort. But every cloud has a silver lining and just this past weekend (Feb 15-16th) we received a dump of snow allowing ski patrol to open up the zone this past Tuesday. We can’t say that it was as deep as we had hoped and we definitely were not the first ones through but man did it feel good to get into a more technical zone and let er’ rip!

 

A fist bump and we’re off! Smiles ear to ear.  

A fist bump and we’re off! Smiles ear to ear.



 

Things were a little spicy getting into the chute, playing hop scotch from rock to rock.  

Things were a little spicy getting into the chute, playing hop scotch from rock to rock.

 

Vince H. Standing at the top of Peytos Chute Once we got into the chute we could see we weren’t the first ones to have at it, previous riders packed things up a bit so we knew we could pick up some extra speed. Things were tight and we expected to nick a couple rocks on the way down but we were pleasantly surprised by how soft things actually were.  

Vince H. Standing at the top of Peytos Chute

Once we got into the chute we could see we weren’t the first ones to have at it, previous riders packed things up a bit so we knew we could pick up some extra speed. Things were tight and we expected to nick a couple rocks on the way down but we were pleasantly surprised by how soft things actually were.


 

Vince getting his groove on   

Vince getting his groove on 
 

Vince racing his sluff  

Vince racing his sluff

 

Andrew P. getting some turns in before the chute chokes  

Andrew P. getting some turns in before the chute chokes

 

After tackling the chute you can travers left below the cliffs to some pretty decent tree skiing, some of the better areas to ride at sunshine actually. Nothing like your BC tree skiing but pretty darn good for Alberta!   


After tackling the chute you can travers left below the cliffs to some pretty decent tree skiing, some of the better areas to ride at sunshine actually. Nothing like your BC tree skiing but pretty darn good for Alberta! 
 

Vince airing off a little pillow into some much desired pow  

Vince airing off a little pillow into some much desired pow

 

Andrew getting some nice turns in before dipping into the tree maze All in all it was a very worthwhile day, we would like to send our thanks out to Ullr for blessing us with the conditions idea enough to open the Wild West. For such a slow and dry start to the season it really was refreshing to ski a chute with conditions like this, the past month we’ve been ripping on windblown crust and lapping an icy (almost bulletproof) snowpack in the terrain park. But you know what, any day spent skiing is better than a day not spent skiing!   

Andrew getting some nice turns in before dipping into the tree maze

All in all it was a very worthwhile day, we would like to send our thanks out to Ullr for blessing us with the conditions idea enough to open the Wild West. For such a slow and dry start to the season it really was refreshing to ski a chute with conditions like this, the past month we’ve been ripping on windblown crust and lapping an icy (almost bulletproof) snowpack in the terrain park. But you know what, any day spent skiing is better than a day not spent skiing!