I had a lot of fun exploring Cypress. I found it quite crowded to carve and pretty fogged in starting about halfway up Rainbow. I managed to link some carved turns on Rainbow, but was a bit intimidated by the mild bumpiness on the sides, having seen one of my clinic-mates sail into the bumps and break a tib-fib at ECES a few years ago. I was needing that width to control my speed. I would really like to go back for a first-chair situation. I stayed out til 9:30 on account of arriving so late, by which time it was a lot less crowded, but I was getting tired
Whistler was epic! Quite busy. I 'rode the mountain' on my MFR and hard boots, but did no carving. Many times I was wishing I was on my soft setup because I find it a more relaxing & less tiring ride, but there were times when I really appreciated the leverage that hardboots give. I was really happy with the MFR. It is a great board for a place with so much variety. I think if I ever pare down to one board (heaven forfend!), it will be the MFR. I was exhausted by 3 and started making mistakes (more than the usual), kind of scaring myself on a traverse in Whistler Bowl. I used my hand on the snow wall for balance because I wasn't trusting myself not to make a mistake and go end-over-ending down into the bowl. Then I fell on a flat in the glades below and struggled to first of all get upright and then to make forward progress with my back foot out, trying to skate it on light-packed & powder snow. That's never a worry at home. After that, I headed for the family zone at Peak-to-Peak to skid it down to the bottom, to my anxiously waiting beer.
Funny, on my first ride up the Whistler gondola, I looked out and thought "tree wells". Then I completely forgot about them, even riding in some of the glades in the Symphony area. Someone mentioned "tree wells" at supper last night and I thought, "Oh sh!t ... yeah, gotta remember about tree wells". Especially riding alone.
Anyway, all in all, loved it, and planning to get out again Sat & Sun, staying in Vancouver Sat night & flying out at 6 pm Sun. Also, the workshop I'm in includes a trip to Grouse 2-8 pm Thursday, so I'll bring the MFR.
Will be looking for advice on whether to bus or car-rent to Whistler on Saturday. Apparently the rental cars only have M&S tires, slightly better than 'all seasons'. I lucked out last weekend because the guy at the Avis desk at YVR asked where I was going. When I said whistler, he gave me a Santa Fe instead of the Impala I booked, for no extra charge. Nice guy.