Saturday, March 5, 2011

Whales Tale

Its was February and my girlfriend had just gotten back from a two month trip to Thailand. I missed her heaps, but was feeling free to roam anywhere with anyone and at anytime, skiing related of course. I knew that the adjustment would be difficult, but for riders edge its worth it! As a first tour together Gaelen and I hooked up with two other couples on this outing, Josh and Amanda and the down under crew Dugal and Shea.

When you are ski touring with your girlfriend I always want to have these four things, #1 positive attitude (for support), #2 safety supplies (for patience), #3 lots of snacks (chocolate is best) and #4 go to a place where you have never skied before (no skier boy like expectations). We had all these on our trip up the sawmill trail to ski the Whales Tail.

Gaelen learning that following her buffalo on a skin track is not as easy as climbing tufas on Tonsai beach, Thailand. Gae had never skinned before and was using a home made split board cut from a 15 year old K2, very sexy and impressive to watch.
The boyz entering the chute a little ahead of the girlz. We were surprised to see two tracks and a skinner in our line.
Gae making good strides after about a hundred kick turns up the gully and into the open. Gaelen had been at sea level for two months just days before this tour. She really wished that she brought home a few orphans to carry her to the top.
Josh and Dugal getting to the top of the tail and beginning to climb up its back.
The Aussie couple toasting Will Roth with some little fishies before the descent down the big Fishes tail.
Happy couple and happy girlfriend aboot to reap the rewards of a big tour above a big city.

Dugal dropping into safe Sandy and the rest of the valley below.

Gaelen shreds.
Amanda rips.
Josh carves.
Shea swallows.

A satisfied Buffalo at the end of a beautiful tour with great people. The only argument on this couples tour happened when Shea ate the last handful of goldfish without offering any to Dugal. Dugal handled it well because there was plenty of #2 on my list of things to have when skiing with your girl or boyfriend.

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