I know this site is called Catskiing Canada and that this video is from Japan, but you have to check out this video. If for nothing else that riding around in that sweet vintage cat and shredding deep dry powder.
Canada is the epicentre for all things catskiing. Heck, it was the birthplace of the sport. But I love seeing how the awareness of Japan's ski culture is exploding and now we are seeing growth in the Japanese Cat Skiing industry.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort gets it's first dusting of the white gold.
Winter is Coming...
This pic was captured at the top of Revelstoke Mountain Resort on August 22nd. Is is a harbinger of the season to come? A canary in the coal mine of seasons? With all the talk of an epic winter storm cycle brewing for this upcoming season, images like this are exciting to see but painful when the skier in me realizes that Winter is still far on the horizon. But we take solace in the truth that it is always snowing somewhere and...Winter is coming.
Farmers across North America are toiling over the latest edition of the much revered and hottly contested Farmer's Almanac. They debate it's accuracy, tout facts of years gone by and start planning for the harvest to come. Much of the same activity is done by skiers when this hallowed book is released.
You see, this time of year, skiers have had enough of summer. Memories of the past season are starting to go stale. We are inundated with ski movie trailer after ski movie trailer. We are ready for any news that will give us a glimpse of what the next season will bring. So naturally, we look to farmers. Seriously, who wouldn't trust the farmer pictured above?
So here it is, the publication that we will hang on to until the snow starts to fall. The 2016-17 Extened Forecast from The Farmer's Almanac:
We've been watching MSP Films since they started back in the day. Every summer we sit back and think, "what are they going to do this season?". There seems to be more and more movie being produced, technology is moving at lightspeed, every kid on the hill is producing an "Edit", and yet, MSP does it again. They put out three minutes of visual opiate that gets us jonesin' for more. I guess until Fall we will just keep this trailer on repeat.
We have been protecting our heads with Bern helmets for a few years now. We really like the simplicity of the helmets. Not too many frills or gimicks. Just straight up head protection with a throwback to skate/bmx style lids. We dig em.
New this season we got our hands on the Bern Carbon Fibre Helmet. It is based on the Bern Watts shape except comes completely in carbon fibre making it super light and ultra durable. My first day on it felt strange because it was so light to ski with. I did a little test and went back to my old helmet and was instantly sold that carbon fibre was where its at!
My particular Bern lid is in the Red colour which is really more like a deep cherry colour. It is a striking tone especially in the sunshine. You can see the carbon fibre weave as well which is always cool. I wear the L/XL normally so that is what I ordered up in the carbon fibre. I found it a little snug at first. It took a few days to get it to feel right but once it was moulded to my head I was good to go. My head size is perhaps just slightly larger than average. If you have a big melon, I would recommend staying with the regular offerings from Bern.
To get the perfect fit dialed in, Bern included the BOA system to the Carbon Fibre helmet. It allows you to fine tune the fit to your head quite nicely. Also included is the drop in audio option so you can shred to the beats.
You'll notice in the included image that I am sporting the new Bern Eastwood Goggles. They fit perfectly into the Bern Helments but that is for another review...
All in all I love this helmet. If safety is first then cool factor is definetly a close second!
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
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.