Eliel Hindert, Aaron Schwartz, Collin Morrison and I decided to get some early season turns in so we made the quick drive to Squamish and began our hike up the Diamond Head trail. The Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Park is “Pretty Bad Ass” If you’re a Vancouverite who enjoys snow sliding this is the spot & it’s not too far from Vancouver. The runs are short, but the approach is super easy.
From the parking lot we began our walk up the old jeep road into the alpine. The day started damp and only increased. Once the rain started there was nothing we could do but hike through the forest like wet ferrets.
Once we hit slush we grinned and we picked up the pace. So excited to ski.
Our group was able to strap on our skins 5 k from the car at the Red Heather hut. After a much need pit stop in the outhouse we started the skin toward the Elfin Lakes hut. Early season is the busiest time in this area because the meadows around this first hut have very few rocks and can be skied with little snow.
Early season touring is really cool. The mountains haven’t fully committed to winter and the lakes haven’t completely frozen. Here Eliel and I stand, about to drop in on the bank of a pond. You don’t get shots like this often.
Thankful for our time spent skiing in South America Eliel and I didn’t actually ski that bad. You guys know that the first run of the season is always a little weird, but I actually felt good. The snow was pure slush tho.
After our first run we were over the skiing part and decided to build a mini jump and do mini back flips and other shenanigans.
Eliel Hindert is the happest kid on the planet! He’s always happy. You could kick him in the balls and he’d say “Yeppers, lets go skiing” I’m super stoked to live with him this winter. If there’s such thing as skiing ADD Eliel has it.
From this photo you can see my mogul background. Back flip iron cross.
The Red Heather Meadows hut is more of a day shelter, but I’ve known some to sleep there. The hut has picnic tables and a wood stove and gets really warm really quick. On our exit we made one last pit stop in the hut to try and ring out our clothes… no luck. We started our walk back to the parking lot absolutely soaked through every layer, but well worth it!
To see how great of an artist Aaron Schwartz really is check out his blog.