April 5, Whistler/Obeo Side Country Perfection
The nice powder from yesterday was still nice. Could tell that from the start when I dropped into the out of bounds short cut to Symphony and it was soft. (Who needs Burnt Stew) A quick skin up Flute was incredibly crowded, but when I went over the backside towards Obeo I found plenty of fresh, boot high fluff. I went partway up Obeo and skied back down perfect, untracked, low angle powder and then went back up Flute to do it again. This time after I hit the saddle, I dropped into the bowl between some cornices and skied down to treeline. Beauty! After realizing, to my dismay, I had remembered the Fireball but forgotten my water, I humped it back up Flute. As I was solo, I was sticking to low angled terrain and decided to just go straight across towards Lesser Flute and get out. Partway across I was blocked off by a nasty looking big dropoff and a crack that looked like a crevasse if I didn't know better. What the heck. I just de-skinned and skied down to treeline again in Flute Drainage right below Encore Ridge. I finally got low enough that the last bit of skiing was influenced by the crust down below. I skinned back out and took another shortcut that got me just east of Lesser Flute and saved some elevation. I scooted down the ridge and took my favorite powder run back out to Symphony. Even after all the hordes had been hitting "Inbounds backcountry" all day.... I still got nice fresh tracks. A picture perfect Easter that stayed crisp and cool in the Alpine all day! Winter is back in the Alpine and will continue for at least the next few days! Below are typical pictures of my tracks and all my friends......