April can be a finicky time for sledders. Many have already hung up their spurs and stabled their steeds for a long spring, summer and fall of snow dreams. This winter many areas of the west have had a serious lack of snow which is most definitely shortening a lot of folks riding season.
Here in Whistler we still have weeks of riding to look forward too. With something like twenty-five feet of snow hanging around up high there is a lot of shred time left. Sure the deep days will become fewer but shit, warm spring snow is a riot on the machines, those who like to jump have tons of daylight to build their booters and the tight and steep lines through the trees are perfect now.
This past week in Whistler has been ridiculous and with too many photos to post in one article we are dividing it up into a few. Hope you enjoy!
By: Matthew Mallory
Wednesday morning found me rolling coffee in hand to the Sprout parking lot. With some fresh snow on the ground, blue skies overhead and a fun crew to shred with I was amped.
Julie-Ann Chapman and her huge, bright smile greeted me along with Clint Miller and Tom Cepek. Clint I had heard about through a friend who had shown me pictures of him sending it on his short-track while Tom had put together a couple videos that we have posted on joydigger. Its always amazing how small the sled world and the circle of peeps really is.
After pounding ourselves through the rough, uneven whoops on the road and then a high speed groomed trail we were shocked to find about three feet of pow in the alpine. Barely a track anywhere, all ours for the taking. The snow wasn’t as light as it can be in February but hell this was the first week of April and we had freshies. Just keep ‘er pinned everywhere and you are generally okay (unless your on a 600 short-track eh Clint?). Everyone was fired up, it was all about hitting downhill lines and airs. Snow and sleds were flying everywhere.
When I was spending my winters on skis the heavy, deep snow was dreaded, it was perfect for tearing knees apart if you made a mistake but on the sled, hell this stuff is just fun. A little more gas, a little more commitment and a little more lean makes for a lot of good times!