monday 23th june - me birthday!
Hot weather = streetboarding again! And lovin' every minute of it...
The Whistler park has a great launch box, shaped just right for hitting up big tricks and floating huge airs - the perfect way to while away the long summer evenings!
However, the same hot weather de-stabilised much of the snow on the mountains, resulting in a few large-scale avalanches.
Whole faces collapsed, including this one which came to rest only 30ft away from the Blackcomb boardpark...
Spring is one of my favourite times of the season, the retreating snow opening up a whole range of previously-unexposed possibilities...
I spied this flat rockface, which looked like a great location for a days wallriding - so my friend Sebastian and I spent an afternoon hitting it and getting some footage down. You can see this soon in the upcoming video... Apologies for the lousy quality - they didn't capture well :(
The turning season and melting snows have seen the cycle of life start all over again, bringing out the colours in the landscape and creating photo opportunities wherever I look - so I have documented some of the views we see everyday around Whistler Creekside and the surrounding area...
The Blackcomb gondola has shut and the route up the mountain has changed, requiring riders to use 2 chairlifts instead - slower, but they pass right over bear territory, enabling me to get some more shots of those furry critters for your enjoyment:
CJ & I have acquired a couple of mountain bikes (thanks Stuart!) and have started riding some of the trails around the valley. Like many mountain resorts, Whistler has invested heavily in the mountain bike scene - creating a vast network of dedicated downhill trails and bike parks for paying customers and more sedate valley trails for everyone to use free of charge.
Some of the terrain available to the dedicated riders verges on the terrifying, with many riders padding up in many cases beyond the limit that road-going motorbikes would consider using.
Being of sound mind, we have stuck to the valley trails which run up and down the valley, cross-crossing to create a web which reaches some of the more remote areas - easier to reach by bike than by car. CJ found this log-walk in "Lost Lake" and managed to walk there and back without falling, despite my prediction to the contrary...
Our 2 weeks complementary snowboard pass for the Glacier Park have finished - so our season riding snow has come to an end. The park terrain had diminished considerably since the Blackcomb Snowboard Park closed, and snowboarding has lost its lustre for the moment - it feels like the right time.
I'm loving the streetboarding now - you guys know its my true calling ;o)
So, guess its time to embark on my 34th year - here we come!