Full moon Split-Boarding the Cayoosh

Full moon Split-Boarding the Cayoosh

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Full moon Split-Boarding the Cayoosh

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Just North of Pemberton lies some of the best backcountry skiing in the world. One of these amazing places is the Cayoosh. With amazing views of opposite peaks, the Matier glacier,  and the Moraines. The Cayoosh boasts some of the most picturesque views in the area.   The powder there is generally drier than Whistler snow, due to a partial rain-shadow, and  higher elevation off the Duffy. We went up there last week to do some split boarding, and to my surprise, I found out that it is only accessible by skins. There is an impenetrable wall of trees that can only be crossed with skins, so sledding is out of the question.  The entrance is  a short distance past the Joffre parking lot. You park on the opposite side of the road, and then head west across the road on a very well marked trail.

The crew we had up there was Dave Henkel, Cam Unger, Py Boivin, Pro Photog Eric Neff, and myself .  We headed out on the full moon at about 2am, and hiked about an hour to the cabin. There we found two dudes sleeping, whom probably were not prepared for five guys to blast through the cabin door with a backpack full of beer. We crashed and woke up the next day pretty late. We then headed up for our lap and crushed the two hour hike in about three hours. The snow was incredibly dry, and for a moment it felt like we were riding interior snow packs. The next day we took a similar line, but decided to ride the chute we had scoped earlier. We then packed up and headed home exhausted from all the hiking.

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