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Vancouver Carvers' Diaries 2016/17

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5 hours ago, xy9ine said:

Getting the itch to break out the hardboots now... 

[Emperor's voice] Good, good... [/voice] 

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Another sunny day and nice hard pack... I had a carving session with instructors. One guy showed up on a Factory Prime 173! He did very well, considered it's his first try. The rest of the crew was on softies. 

Rod lapped us few times. 

I used the old LTD twin tip, set duck. I always do that on intro session, before I explain the gear and stance enhancement for carving. 

I'm setting to Hemlock tomorrow... 

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Sunny, chilly day at Hemlock. Wery fed people rode from the last dump, so all that pow stayed... and got crusted from wind... made for some very interesting of piste riding. Groomers were sweet in the am. 

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Another sunny hard packed day at Cypress! 

Crew: Tony, Roy, B 

My toys: OES Loony and F2 ElDiablo 

Something really scary happened to me, I jumped our biggest jump a ted short, landing back foot right onto the nackle. Impact was such that the binding realeaded! I msnaged to lay down on my side instead of tumbling and sort of carve bounce the board guiding it with front foot only. Brrrr! 

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On 1/13/2017 at 4:38 AM, BlueB said:

Sunny, chilly day at Hemlock. Wery fed people rode from the last dump, so all that pow stayed... and got crusted from wind... made for some very interesting of piste riding. Groomers were sweet in the am. 

I wimped on Hemlock last week as they said that you needed chains, and I had a crappy hire car without even M&S tyres (so completely illegal almost everywhere I drove it - sorry about I can't work out how to get YVR car hire companies to give me legal cars; in YKA it's easy).

My favourite secret spot. Why do Vancouver people not go there instead of Whistler?

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10 hours ago, philw said:

I wimped on Hemlock last week as they said that you needed chains, and I had a crappy hire car without even M&S tyres (so completely illegal almost everywhere I drove it - sorry about I can't work out how to get YVR car hire companies to give me legal cars; in YKA it's easy).

My favourite secret spot. Why do Vancouver people not go there instead of Whistler?

I love it too! Chairs are slow but there's no people. Great free riding lines. 

I guess Whistler is perceived as cool. It also might be closer from downtown. For me from Coquitlam Hemlock is closer. 

That chain sign is at the access crossroads, but they don't check on dry days. Last part of road is very sketchy so at least winter tires are required... 

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Another great hard packed day, but cloudy. As the result, snow held better but we had very flat light in the am. 

Crew: Patrick, Roy, Tony, B and Gord showed up on skis with family! 

My toys: Loony (I really fell in love with this thong) and super wide AMT for the PM.  

I thought my boots were softening from warm temps and I kept cranking up my buckles... Later when I was changing to go home, I found out that I broke both boots! 

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Cloudy, warm, no people and smooth hardpack - short definition of today :) 

That slab of yellowish ice in mid Panorama is now permanent... 

We had a brief chat with Bret Tippie and then were watching him absolutely killing it on softies. 

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Hi BC crew! If I was up in Vancouver for a weekend and wanted to sample some local hills (not Whistler, close to town), what would be your recommendation? It would be a Saturday or Sunday...Grouse, Hemlock, Cypress, or?? We would likely not rent a car, so an area with a shuttle would be best. I would be with my wife, who skis. Definitely looking for good groom over powder or anything else. 

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8 minutes ago, Dan said:

It would be a Saturday or Sunday...Grouse, Hemlock, Cypress, or?? We would likely not rent a car, so an area with a shuttle would be best.

Not sure about Hemlock but the three north shore mountains (Cypress, Grouse, Seymour) have shuttles.

You can get to Grouse by public transit. Seymour and Cypress have shuttles. Check their site for details. Cypress has the most terrain out of all three.

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18 minutes ago, charliechocolate said:

Cypress has the most terrain out of all three.

And longest runs and steepest groomers and most of people that you know through forum :) 

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3 hours ago, BlueB said:

And longest runs and steepest groomers and most of people that you know through forum :) 

Thanks guys! Sounds like Cypress will be the way to go. How wide are runs there, should I bring something on the turny side? 

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Definitely turny for the weekends. First 90-120 minutes are fine, then it becomes crazy. 

Keep in mind that one of the lifts opens 15-20 min before the time, so it's good to be early. 

When are you heading this way? 

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Most likely February 10/11/12 - with my wife and parents. Just looking for a break from our gray winter weather ;-)

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