I had/have a pretty bad cold this week but I couldn't resist Maddy's enthusiasm and the nice weather opportunity to go skiing. I haven't gone touring in 3 weeks and since I wasn't feeling 100% I asked if we could do something "small". We decided on Fissile, the closest peak from Whistler. It turned out to be far from small, but we got to ski some steeps and had another super fun day.
First of all apparently I can ski like shit after a 3 week break:
And then the ski out on the death track Singing Pass trail felt like this:
Pure ice for 12 km - don't try to break around corners with a drop off on one side - duck the log after the corner and hit a blind dip - continue swerving trees - aaaaaaaaaaaall the way down. It was terrifying. We both fell once and it HURT. The only difference between Mario and us was that we only had one life.
We thought our approach to the top of Fissile was exciting, but it compared nothing to the singing pass trail. Nonetheless, here is Maddy getting ready to start booting sketchy thin rotten snow on scree.
I just topped out of the scary boot pack to the summit ridge.
Maddy with the summit of Fissile behind.
We didn't really know how to drop into the N face of Fissile, but we saw some tracks and decided to follow them.
And here are some skiing pics of us.
Technically Maddy's not skiing right this moment.
Me and POW!
Maddy coming down the open N face.
The red line is what we skied. The yellow lines from the left are Elevator Shaft, Summit Chute and Saddle Chute. We wanted some untracked snow so we veered off Elevator Shaft.
Me on Cowboy Ridge getting ready for our final ski out on a beautiful evening.
I'm sick all over again after skiing Fissile, but it was totally worth it. Thanks Maddy for another awesome girls day out!