GPS NEWS FEBRUARY 2011
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ADVENTURES ON THE SKI HILL
George V. of GPS Central recounts his recent annual trip to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in beautiful Revelstoke, British Columbia
The drive took us about 4.5 hours leaving Calgary in the early morning with quick stops for strong coffee and gas. Upon arrival in Revelstoke, it seemed apparent that it’s a real ski town with the snow piled up to the roof tops and the roads cut out of snow. Skied the first afternoon to make sure our ski legs were intact and reacquainted ourselves with the hill.
Friday morning came quickly. The previous afternoon we had arranged to have a guide for Friday as we had done this the previous year with great success. Justin G from the resort was our guide last year so we requested him again for the day. Justin guides you around the mountain so you can concentrate on just skiing. Great skiing. He also provided terrific insight and advice on the hill and skiing in general. With 5,620 feet of vertical, this is a great way to experience the mountain and make some fresh tracks. Forerunner 310XT said 33.57 miles covered on Friday. Each day I also carried with me the SPOT 2 messenger in the event of getting lost or in trouble. Bringing this little device brought peace of mind to my wife in light of recent news of inbound avalanches in Fernie which is another BC ski resort town.
It started to snow Friday afternoon, which made Saturday’s arrival to the hill even more exciting.
That morning we woke to 21cm of fresh POW (as the locals call powder). A few of us rented wider skis for the new snow. Line up started at 8AM at the bottom of the hill to get on the gondola, the anticipation was great in our group! Once the stoke chair got us up to the top, the POW was light and amazing to ski. Tons of face plants but no injuries with this much snow. Forerunner said 56 miles traveled.
Sunday morning came with another 14cm of new snow! We really lucked out this year. Made more fresh tracks until lunch and then hit the road home to Calgary reluctantly. Forerunner said 23 miles traveled.
I can’t say enough about this Mountain and the snow (POW). Already looking forward to next year!
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