Just checking in from Crescent Spur with a little conditions update…
Skiing has been awesome over the last couple weeks and Tour 3 started with 60 centimetres of fresh powder and some great tree skiing in both the Cariboos and the Rockies. As the week progressed temperatures warmed up a bit, bringing blue skies and fantastic days in the alpine. Our guides reported great coverage all the way down to lower elevations where the vegetation is buried deep in snow – a good sign of things to come this year!
Tour 4 was all about bluebird conditions with almost no wind at all, and our guests got to thoroughly explore all four zones that make up our tenure. The weather also meant they enjoyed lunch at the tops of the runs four days in a row which, according to our long-time guide Jesse, might just be a Spur record.
The first day of the tour was spent in the Rider zone of the Rockies, skiing several runs that haven’t been touched in a few years including Energizer and Vanessa. Day two had the groups over in the Cariboos on some classic runs like Notre Dame and Quasimodo, as well as Vintage which hasn’t been skiable in 8 years due to crevasses in the glacier – pretty neat for both our guides and our guests to get back out there this season!
The middle of the week featured a mix of long glaciated lines and steep tree skiing in the southern Cariboos, and more lunch breaks spent at the tops of the runs under blue skies and sunshine. The groups also got out on the Haggard Glacier in the Rider zone for the first time this year, and on Friday as new snow began to fall, they stuck to the Rockies, skied every chute on Kicking Country and made fresh tracks on a brand new run that’s now been dubbed ‘Mama’s Girl,’ inspired by the Spur classic ‘Mama’s Boy,’ where they finished up their day and their week.
Back down at the lodge an unreal week of heliskiing was celebrated with fresh oysters and specialty cocktails during après-ski, expertly grilled steaks and perfectly paired wine at dinner, and then topped off by a slideshow of the week’s photos put together by our fantastic guides (who also greatly contributed to the content of this post – thanks Milner!).
January continues cruising along up here and yesterday afternoon we welcomed Tour 5, a mix of new and familiar faces, and we’re looking forward to what the week has in store for everyone!