December To Remember
After patiently pushing our way through last year's record-breaking warm and dry winter, most backcountry skiers in G3's home base of British Columbia, Canada were on edge about this year's El Nino weather pattern forecasts. But unless you've been living under a rock in the dessert, you've probably seen there was nothing to worry about. Rather, we scored something to celebrate. December 2015 was without a doubt a month for the memory books. Here is a few quick highlights from our G3 ambassador team, and here's to hoping there is plenty more of this on tap for the rest of the winter. We will do our best to send some extra snow to other regions as well.
Happy winter everyone.
Andy & Mike Traslin - North Vancouver, BC
"Sun, Dry, Snow, Cold Smoke, Stability. Great to hit this short shot in the Coast Mountains. As good as it has ever skied in twenty years…"
Marc Piche - Canmore, AB
The photo is of our van the day after we got home from our fall road trip in late November. The only other times I have seen this amount of snow in my yard have been in May and September!
Canmore is known for its cold temps at this time of year, it is rarely remembered for its great snow. The snow arrived all at once, with relatively warm temps and little wind - also very unusual for the Rockies at this time of year. Rockies skiers are a patient and motivated bunch who typically do a lot of driving early season in order to get to deeper and more stable snowpacks. However, this December was an exception. We were able to ski lines from K-Country to Lake Louise that on a normal year you wouldn’t consider until the end of February AND, what I consider to be a true barometer for the unique conditions - people were ski touring on Mount Norquay! This was definitely a December to Remember.
Jasmin Caton - Valhalla Mountain Touring, BC
"At my home turf Valhalla Mountain Touring we bagged a bunch of first descents and skied some classic couloirs in all-time snow this December. Here's a clip of Benny watching me drop in to Twisted Sister on Big Sister Mountain:"
It's always fun to sneak over the back of big sister and take lap on the classic couloir 'twisted sister'. Nice long alpine cliff lined 1500 foot shot into the dark highway 6 side of Rugged and Big Sister Peaks. @jasmincaton @valhallamountaintouring @g3gear @outdoorresearch @julbousa @ospreypacks #bennythepowderhound
Zoya Lynch - Revelstoke, BC
"My favourite 'December to Remember' moment was Christmas Eve at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. My December to remember best moment was skiing the insanely cold smoke powpow with my family. My sister Izzy is proving it in this shot.
Ross Berg - Whistler, BC
"Best early season in years! Falling back in love with skiing has never been any easier! Bring on the rest of winter."
Joey Vosburgh - Revelstoke, BC
"It started November 2nd for me and I had a feeling it was going to be a great fall/early winter. High volumes of dense snow arrived day after day and left us with a great base even in our low elevation terrain. December was one to remember, from the deepest and the dryest snow to the incredibly stable south aspects I will not soon forget the ending to 2015."
Bayden Hamilton - Fernie, BC
"A late night on New Years Eve does not mean big objectives cannot be met! Luke Nelson, Paul Hoffmann, Graham Tabor and myself reached the true summit of Mt Fernie at 4:30 PM after an 11:30 AM start. Skiing at sunset makes for a very scenic descent. Late December in Fernie was one to remember, continuous snowfall up to Christmas day, followed by cold temperatures and stable snowpack afforded us the ability to ski classic Mt. Fernie and Mt. Proctor lines all within reach of my parents deck."
Rupert Davies - Pemberton, BC
"December to remember - the month where West Coast skiers breathed a collective sigh of relief. The moment of awesomeness came when we realized that the snow was good enough at low elevations that we could leave the house at noon in Pemberton and still get some amazing laps in up the Duffey!
John Wells - Washington
John didn't send us any words, but we'll just leave this right here...