Words By: Simon Coward
Simon here from Splitboard HQ, I am so stoked to be checking in with our first rockies trip report for the season. A small change from the 2015/16 season to this year, we are now closed on Mondays, so trip reports will be up by Tuesday rather than the traditional Wednesday.
As per the chatter on the web right now, we can confirm that there is snow in the hills, and, it felt quite positively wintery today out in the Bow Summit area. 30 - 60 cms of consolidated snow at the higher treeline elevations, wet sticky (+3 degrees in the carpark by noon) elephant snot at lower elevations ( I would highly recommend a good wax job before you head out, I found this out the hard way with a balled up, non sliding splitboard on the way out to the car). We had consistent light snow falling on us all day.
PHOTO: Ali enjoying a break in the clouds and day #1 of the season
We managed to sneak in three laps on the south end of the bow summit treeline ridge. The first run was ski hill 'esque' with a bunch of people getting some nice turns out there before us. Our second two runs were untracked, free of shots to our bases, and deep enough to get some snow flying around and, most importantly had us grinning from ear to ear.
A fantastic start to the season, and to have such fun turns this early in the season is always a bonus. Here is to a great season, we at Splitboard HQ are hoping for lots of snow, mild temps and no wind... ha ha ha.. One can dream right... Enjoy the pics and we will do our best to provide weekly updates on our trips out to the hills.
PHOTO: Snow falling and looking an awful lot like winter up high
PHOTO: Crossed a few tracks on lap one, but still a sick start to the season. Lap 2 and 3 were fresh, fast and fun
PHOTO: Ali dropping in to run number 2. Such a great start to the 2016/17 season
Thanks for checking in, no beta up on avalanche.ca yet but as it keeps snowing make sure to check in and grab as much info from there on daily weather conditions as you can.
Happy early season riding/skiing
The Splitboard HQ Team!