Why wear pants AND a shirt when you can where a onsie?!
It has finally happened, after years of technical development in base layers, mid-layers, multi-panel design and the like, design has come full circle and the one piece base layer is cool again. Butt flap and all! Only now, there is a difference...
This season we spent our days shredding deep BC powder with the Icebreaker One Sheep suit at the foundation of our clothing set up. It is the perfect blend of merino wool top and bottom now conjoined at the waist. So if any pow sneaks it's way through your outer shell it will have no chance to melt from the heat of your skin and creep down "nature's pocket".
We absolutely love the Icebreaker One Sheep Suit. It really is the base layer to rule them all. It stays in place all day, keeps you warm and your temperature regulated and...if I might go out on a limb here...it is mighty stylish.
Now, if you are the sort that is more concern with technical capabilities rather than style, fear not, this sheep suit has plenty of tech. For starters, it is built using the highest quality pure merino wool that Icebreaker is known for. The format for this particular garment is the Icebreaker BodyfitZONE technology. Also complete with mesh vents placed strategically in the warmer zones of your body. The front zip is nice and deep so you can go full zip on the frosty days and unzip to show off those chest hairs on the more steamy days. One of the questions we always get asked is, "how do you go to the bathroom wearing one of those things?!" Icebreaker included a nicely sized, full zip butt flap and generous front access flap. I caution you though - on the cold days getting ready to take a wee can be like searching for the last cocktail wiener at a party!
Movement is always a concern wearing any type of active wear. The Icebreaker One Sheep suit has plenty of comfort when moving around. Most of the time you don't even notice that you have it on. It moves freely but stays in its place. No bunching or riding up was ever experienced throughout the season. We put our One Sheep suit through the paces with days heliskiing, catskiing, touring and also ripping around the local hill. It is our go-to base layer and rapidly becoming our apres attire as well!
To learn more about the Icebreaker One Sheep and more Icebreaker Pure Merino products, go here: www.icebreaker.com
All images by Geoff Holman
"It's my favorite place on Earth..."
Yup, it was epic alright. Check out this video wrap of from Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. They had a drone out showing the massive expanse of their terrain as well as some up close pow shots. The guest at the end of the video puts the exclamation point on this video with an emotiona, "It's my favorite place on Earth..."
We got to ski the last three days of the season and it was unreal. Can't wait to see what next season brings to Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.
New sign and fresh pow in Junuary 2016!
We were cruising back from some work in the backcountry the other day when we passed the turn off to BC's newest catskiing operator Keefer Lake Catskiing. They've installed a shiny new sign on the side of the highway so of course we had to stop and take a selfie!
This must be a "good sign" because a few days later is dumped a good amount of Junaury snow on the local mountains.
Check out Keefer Lake Catskiing for some catskiing goodness at: www.keeferlakelodge.com
We love skiing one you Earth
Today is the day we celebrate our home planet and bring awareness to taking care of this rock we call home. Us skiers have a different perspective on the planet and the environment. While there are lots of theories and politics on what is happening with the climate, there is no doubt that we must be better stewards of where we live. We think that if more people got out into the backcountry and experienced the wild, they would have more awareness of taking care.
So get outside, enjoy the day and Happy Earth Day 2016!
Some more epic BC Pow gracing the cover of Snow Magazine
It must have been some epic pow that December trip to White Grizzly Catskiing because this is our second cover from that trip! This one is of skier Todd Avison shot but our resident photographer Geoff Holman. We couldn't be more stoked to see our work gracing the cover of another magazine.
Spring skiing in the sun at BC's newest catskiing operation
We had the opportunity to get out and explore the new terrain that is now being offered at Keefer Lake Catskiing. Located just a short drive East of Vernon, British Columbia, and only a 2 hour drive the Kelowna International airport, it is easy to get to and sure to be attracting attention....
We are stoked to get another cover for our photographer Geoff Holman!
We made the cover of Ski Magazine! Our photographer Geoff Holman and skier Todd Avison grace the cover of the February 2016 cover. This particular photo was taken on a late March trip to Valhalla Powdercats just outside of Nelson BC. We have had some of our most epic skiing at Valhalla and this trip was no exception. One of the main differences though was that we were there in late season. Normally our visits to Valhalla occur in January when the days are darker and the snow is pounding on a daily basis. When you are up high and in a climate zone like Valhalla the snow stays fresh while the skies stay clear more often.
When Ski Magazine was looking for a "Spring" image, we had just the collection to show them. We want the skiers of the world to know that not all Spring skiing is Snik infused, goggle tan, patio drinking days (although those are nice!). Come to our neck of the woods in Canada and enjoy some Spring pow at Valhalla Powdercats.
We are pumped to get the cover and even more excited that the name of Valhalla Powdercats is getting in front of the eyeballs of skiers all over North America. Oh, and we love the title of this edition....Your Endless Winter.
Handmade in Vernon BC
We stopped by the Skevik Skis workshop the other day to pick up our new pair of Anton 112's and saw these beauties sitting there. It is a custom graphic edition of the Anton made specially for Keefer Lake Catskiing. This is a perfect match really. Skevik Skis are handmade in Vernon BC and Keefer Lake Catskiing is just 1.5 hours down the valley. Skis made for the mountains in this area of BC.
Check out that graphic too. Skevik is known for their artistic topsheets and this one fits the bill. Nice work guys. We know Keefer Lake will love em as much as we do!
Keefer Lake Catskiing
Experiencing team spirit in the backcountry
There is something about this pic that encapsulates the vibe of skiing with Big Red Cats. Kieren, owner and lead guide, believes that catskiing is a team sport. When I first heard him explain this is was foreign having grown up skiing and competing it always felt like I was the only on on the team. Fast forward a few years to the phase of my life that includes a fair amount of catskiing and Kieren's remarks begin to take hold on me.
The spirit when skiing with Big Red Cats is to be out exploring terrain and getting powder, but it is more than that. Kieren has instilled this philosophy of skiing as a group and cheering each other on. Watching the next guy's line, getting pumped when someone pushes themselves, helping out after a crash, that sort of thing. The BRC style is the exact opposite of "No friends on a powder day".
We got in on some early season El Nino snow mid-December at Big Red Cats. The BC Interior was blessed with ample early snow which was a well deserved gift considering the bleak conditions from the previous season.Big Red Cats toughed it out and was ready for some payback from Mothernature and her unpredictable sidekick El Nino.
Big Red Cats was experiencing one of the strongest openings in years and stability was of the charts stable. This enable the team to get into some interesting and more sporty terrain than some of our previous visits. In fact, we saw a whole new side to Big Red. We skied chutes, steeps, drops, tight and steep trees, deep pow...you name it, we skied it. It also helped that we had sunshine rolling in and out all day. Sun and pow in early December. Incredible.
We skied fresh powder under sunny skies for two days with the BRC team and the group from Freeride Media. It was an epic way to kick off the season. We were even treated to a fine mountain side meal at Big Red Cats restaurant Fresh Cafe and Apres. Delicious food and a great environment to get fueled up for the day and wind down afterwards.
Having skied with Big Red Cats since they opened I have to say, this may have been my most favorite trip. The conditions were exceptional and we got to ski some cool zones. But what I think sunk in the most was this team thing. Kieren is on to something and is shows in all the positive feedback they get and the repeat clients that come back year after year. So if you are looking for a confortable backcountry experience filled with good times and a team environment, check out Big Red Cats. They will do their best to make your day as memorable as possible.
A few pics from the adventure...
Words by: Todd Avison
Photos by: Geoff Holman