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  1. #1
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    Laps, Naps & Braaaaaps (+ a helicopter)

    Last April the fiancee and I took a trip to the Golden area to get a little bit of skiing in. We had 3 nights booked in to a hut just south of town. With sleeping room for 5 the group changed a few times as people dropped out due to life circumstances but in the end, we went up with a great crew. 3 sleds and 2 toboggans went in.

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    We had lucked out on condition - despite the spring temperatures in town there was cold smoke up high and ~10cm fell each night we were there. This led, in the words of Lee Lau, to acceptable conditions. Our days consisted of delicious breakfasts, tours, lunch at the cabin, naps and then sledding in a nearby meadow.

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    Visibility prevented us from getting high but the terrain looked incredible whenever we did get a view of the gorgeous terrain surrounding us.

    Couldn't have asked for a better group or a better time.

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    We then took off to spend a week in the Campbell Icefields. Our timing here was impeccable, too. Good stability, incredible views, good snow to be found and again, an amazing group.

    Fiancee's first time in a helicopter. Lucky lady got front seat.

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    The hut is situated in a stunning location.

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    The terrain made you feel small.

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    The snow was excellent if you looked for it.

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    One of the best parts of the trip was going for a tour with Albert who turned 80 that day. He still did a 1000m vertical day. Truly special to experience that.

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    Chris is a wealth of knowledge about geology, which was fascinating to hear about in our location.

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    I always think of this clip when contemplating Earth's history.



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    It's nice to have a sauna to come back to.

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    (no idea why some photos are upside-down/sideways. That's annoying)
    Last edited by shafty85; 09-17-2018 at 11:17 AM.
    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

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    Wow. Epic trip

    80???
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
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    Great report and lucky you to find those conditions in April

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    80???
    My reaction exactly - but true.
    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

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    good shit mang
    what the campbell lacks in the sicgnars department
    it more than makes up for it in stunning views
    and 1st class accommodations
    thanks 4 sharin
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
    "THIS IS WHAT WE DO"-AML -
    ski on in eternal peace

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    ^ yeah man - such good views and we had every day but one as blue bird/broken. Accommodation was stellar, as you say. We also lucked out with our custodians - they were great dudes. Showed us some spots to go on days when the sun crust was especially prevalent, joined us in the evenings and shared drinks and stories. All around great place.


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    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

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