July 10,11 2010 Panorama Moutain resort was host to the Canadian Downhill national championships. The full crew of dedicated BC cuppers were there along with a handfull of racers from across the country. Nick Quinn and Kevin Landry had been wanting to check out a nearby zone after the racing was over, our group was lucky enough to be invited up to check it out.I brought the Go-Pro up to document as much as I could
Monday morning after the race we spent 3 hours in the cafe trying to clear the haze from the party the night before. A phone call had us rushing back to the house to gear up and get ready to go ride an epic zone.
Shovels were packed in the back of the trucks, there was a posibility of snow on the road, and we wanted to get the trucks up as high as possible. After a 45 min drive up the mountain we reached the cabin, we were at just under 10,000 feet at this point it wasn't too much higher to the zone.
Unfortunately we hit snow not too much further up the road, we spent about an hour digging out to get the truck by. After that chaos nearly 300m up the road we hit a snow drift that would have taken days to dig out. It's OK, it's still sunny out and the hike up wasn't too much further.
We reached the ridge that we would traverse over to our riding zone. Once we got over a large rock outcropping we could look down into the next valley and see the weather that was coming our way. The wind was screaming over the ridge, probably around 70km/hr and it started snowing, what a drastic change from the 30+ degrees we were racing in the day before.
The hiking wasn't too bad, but the loose terrain and the elevation made it hard to keep up a normal hiking pace. I found my self having to try to slow down otherwise I was starving for oxygen. A quick break and we were ready to drop in on one of the coolest riding zones I have ever been in.
Big thanks to Nick Quinn for guiding us and Kevin Landry for making it happen.
Dan Skogland, Ewan Fafard, Adriano Digiacinto, and Tyler Gorz, that goes down as one of my top 5 rides ever.