It was our second day in a row, making the trek up and over the winding, dusty pass of Rodger’s. P white (Parker White) was contemplating his gear, had it all made it in the truck this morning? C-lo (Chris Logan) was fumbling with his iPhone between passing semi trucks, attempting to get one more text out to his squeeze back on the other side of the boarder. Reggae Sean (Sean Logan) sipped his luke warm cup of Tim Horton’s coffee, complacent, collected, contemplating his recent obsession with tree moss, a cinematographer by trade, chef by night. This was The Big Picture.
Revelstoke snowpack was grim, Golden, on the other hand, was holding’. My season’s commitment of scratching around the Columbia and Purcell ranges of interior BC had proven better snow was just over the pass from Revelstoke. This knowledge was not widespread, convincing some locals in Revy to explore outside the immediate areas was a lost cause. I called P after seeing a recent post on Instagram indicating their presence in the area… they in fact were here and willing to explore, even it if meant driving further… my kinda guys.
Raggae had been a friend of my little brother, Jeremy, in college. I met him a few times and shared some turns in Utah and Mammoth, a righteous individual from the first go. I first met P and C-lo filming for Level 1. One particular trip to Europe had sealed the deal with these two though, (LINK TO STORY HERE). I was inclined to spending time with people older than myself, or at least my age… in high school my best friends were 2 years older than me. Now here I was faced with two first class idiots 7 years younger than myself. I can recall being uninterested in these two. Greasy park rats from Mammoth, transplants from the far east. I assumed little respect for their experience and skill among fresh snow and large peaks of the backcountry… I was quickly proven wrong, and today they stand as some of my favorite people to spend time with in the mountains.
Allow me to dig deeper. This crew consists of 3 best friends, two of which are brothers, C-lo and Raggae. The dynamic is unlike any other crew in the field, a unique blend of chaotic order. Their announcement a year and half ago indicating their intentions to take off on their own, part ways with Level 1, and produce their own media, was tough blow to the Level 1 family. They had a very unique opportunity to produce something special though, they saw it and wanted to strike while the iron was hot, I don’t think anyone can blame them… I certainly don’t. This season they are completing 3 webisodes and 2 X games Realski pieces. These guys are on the grind and their skiing is showing it.
With another winter’s end around the corner, it’s interesting the recall the people you spend time with and places you end up. Plans are rarely upheld in the end. Since their departure with Level 1 we had spoke of plans to do this here or that there… nothing ever really actually being followed through on by either end. But now after completing over two weeks of pawing around in the Interior BC with these guys it’s a lot easier to see that the best plan of attack with these losers is no plan at all… Just be ready for anything, keep it greased, shit always works out in the end anyway.
Winter has returned to the Interior BC. Along with it some nasty instabilities in the snowpack from Feb and Mid March. We have found refuge in Golden over the last 10 days, a manageable snowpack and fresh cold smoke… we will keep hunting. Winter is out there it just needs to be found.
Wrapped up some time across the pond with Level 1 in Switzerland. Besides acquiring a nasty stomach bug and forced to bed for 3 days we did find some killer terrain and good snow… something we’ve struggled to find here in North America in the last month. None the less these are some images of terrain and places we came across during our time in the land of cheese and chocolate.
As we all know by now this winter hasn’t really happened yet. Many of us North American’s have been sitting in rain and or warm weather and sunshine. Not our typical winter season… a bummer yes. Word on the street is March is going to turn things around. In any case here are a few recent images of winter when it was willing to show face around these parts.