Pre Season Snow Hunting

Anyone within earshot of Whistler now knows that the ski resort has officially opened for the season, and has been getting hammered with snow all week. But that wasn't the case as little as a week ago. The pre-season snowpack was much lower, but not low enough to stop the Traslins and lots of other keeners from wandering high and low to get turns wherever they could. Here's some photos and a hello from Mike Traslin from last week. We're guessing his next check-in will be plenty deeper.

I am not sure if it is some type of underground tradition... it seems more skiers every year are making the ground up effort to make some early season turns (ie before Whistler Blackcomb officially opens). Could the future see us battle for ice moguls? Time will tell. I think most people who go out at this time of year are just out to have fun anyway. As long as you keep your expectations low, you will have fun and adventure for sure.  Let’s hope for a great safe winter! Later!  Pray for a good base. - Mike

Photos from Mike & Andy's tours up Blackomb and Mt Baker slackcountry...

Adam U..... Leading the way, Mt Baker area.  photo Mike TraslinAdam U..... Leading the way, Mt Baker area. photo Mike TraslinAdam U, Mt Baker area

Goat skiing.... Awaits?  skier Mike Traslin...photo Andy TraslinGoat skiing.... Awaits? skier Mike Traslin...photo Andy TraslinAlmost there? Headed to Husume in Blackcomb's slackcountry, desperate for turns.

Nov 11 2012.... Near the top of Husume. skier Mike Traslin.... photo Andy Traslin (Blackcomb area) Zenoxide skis...Nov 11 2012.... Near the top of Husume. skier Mike Traslin.... photo Andy Traslin (Blackcomb area) Zenoxide skis...Near the top.

Nov 11 2012.... A little weathered. Happy to be a few steps away from the final destination.... photo Andy Traslin... skier Mike Traslin.Nov 11 2012.... A little weathered. Happy to be a few steps away from the final destination.... photo Andy Traslin... skier Mike Traslin.Almost there, good snow or not. 

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