November Slain: Early Season Whitewater Shredders Gunning Pre-Glory

There’s officially 100 centimetres of snow blanketing the turf and talus at Nelson’s Whitewater Resort…that adds up to about a millimetre each for the seeming thousand or so early-season tourers, boot packers, tobaggoners and booter-builders who’ve been zig zagging the hill for the past three weeks or so. Heaps of locals and out-of-towners have been sniffing both in bounds and out, and while reports on conditions vary wildly, KMC’s early season expedition team can tell you the skiing is…..not all bad in bounds and anywhere between good, very, very so-so and downright heinous off piste. Close to 130 centimetres have piled up on Blasters’ Ridge, above the resort. The touring looks wintery for sure and stuff’s filling in, but be prepared for mucho shrubbery, boulderge and dicey descents as of Nov.27. The good news is the hill is on track for its planned opening Dec 10 (with perhaps a sneek-a-peak opening this weekend, snowfall dependent), and the Glory Chair cable has in fact got chairs hung off it, which is pretty funkin’ funky when you see it with your own eyeballs. The new zone is going to be off the hook once it fills in… Keep praying for snow… Ullr’s got his ears on…

Prospecting — Selkirk College ski resort management prof Rosco White, Gericks Cycle and Ski boss Chuck Arnold and KMC gopher Darren Davidson prepare to plumb Prospector, above Whitewater Resort, over the weekend. Turns were good in places. Death defying in others. P. Moynes photo.


Grab A Seat — Chairs for Whitewater's new Glory Triple lay beneath the last week's significant snowfall. The chair, all 145 of them, are being hung this week by Fernie's Summit Lifts.

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A National Magazine Writing Award winner and longtime print and broadcast journalist, Darren made the jump to account manager when we launched Coast Mountain Culture in 2010. He’s also currently KMC‘s deputy editor. Darren has a strong editorial background as past a contributing editor for explore magazine and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in ...

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