“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
Henry David Thoreau
As we are enjoying another foot of fresh powder here at Silver Star, the sad truth is that it’s probably the last bit of white on the ground we will see until next winter. It has been incredible, with lots of adventures and time in the snow. My new-found love of backcountry skiing and ski touring meant that I spent even more time outside, on top of the regular skate ski outings. I explored trails in Revelstoke, Winthrop and Canmore, besides our local trails and slopes at Nordic, Big White and Silver Star. Check this video of today’s skin around Silver Star resort with lots of powder and superblue skies. If you ask me, I wouldn’t give it up just yet All pictures are posted here.
However, the dry sunny weather in the Okanagan valley also means that the trail running season is in full swing, without having to slog through snow-covered, deeply rutted trails. It does feel good to be able to stride out and cover more distance. Bears and more deer should be out. With a first practice race of 25km happening next weekend, I am currently training hard for my first 50km ultra race in May in Winthrop. I am curious to see how my body will hold up!
We just returned from our epic backcountry ski adventure in the Selkirk Mountains. Words can’t describe the magnificent alpine scenery we got to enjoy every day … and in glorious sunshine except from maybe one morning of overcast skies. The skiing was fantastic, and after a bit of time to get my “ski legs” back (I have been boarding for the last 15 years!), the fear was gone and the turns in powder on the Durrand Glacier were pure bliss!
In this type of environment, with the sunshine we got to enjoy, there really aren’t any bad pictures so it was hard to select the best. Here is our collection – please enjoy the photos!
Now I am hooked on backcountry skiing! Who needs crowded resorts and cold lifts when you can find your own rhythm, skin up a peak and really “earn” the descent. So I have to admit that I have been searching the Web for great deals on backcountry ski gear to get my own equipment going and do more of this! I found a great website (check out Level Nine Sports!) that also ships to Canada for a very reasonable price!!!
Okay so it took me a while to post ALL my 2013 training and racing pictures … but better late than never. I noticed that I hadn’t posted the shots from the Cutthroat Classic (a favourite of mine, over Cutthroat Pass in the North Cascades, WA), a race that once again blew me away with the amazing scenery and organization. I’d rather forget the spill I took, literally 100m from the finish (but luckily around a corner so that nobody saw my face plant!), but otherwise I loved every minute of this. It’s a demanding uphill climb of 5miles, the a fast downhill for 6 miles. I will be back next year!
An annual tradition of mine is participating in the Grand Columbian half iron race in September in Grand Coulee, WA. Once again, a great experience! I sure hope this race continues! Check this video, showing a few seconds of the bike ride among the fields on the plateau above Grand Coulee … and maybe understand why I love it so much.
Now we are already well into the winter of 2013/2014, and I have already had lots of snow adventures. Watch this spot for updates!