There's nothing better than a perfect powder turn, unless it's a perfect powder turn done in sunshine. As I was searching for a theme while watching footage I had captured over the course of two weeks, I realized EVERY shot I had featured the sun. That was enough, I knew I had to showcase Mission Ridge's most frequent and loyal local, that blazing ball of burning gas hanging in the ski that frequents our slopes more regularly than any other.
Mission gets over 300 days of sunshine each year, so enjoying your time here is not difficult. What makes Mission even more unique is that this sunshine is accompanied by ample amounts of incredibly light and dry snow.
During the filming of this video, I knew I had to ski a couple new lines to keep things interesting, and not just for the viewer's sake, but for my sanity as well. At 28 years old, I feel fortunate to be improving and pushing my limits every day while at the mountain. I need this constantly in my life to feel normal, to feel calm. If you get the chance, just ask my wife, she'll tell you that if I go a week without doing something that makes me scared, I begin to get rude and unruly.
There had been a line through Chute 2B in the Bomber Cliffs that I really wanted to try. After this line stared me down for the 100th time while riding the Liberator, I knew the anxiety I felt wasn't going to leave until I skied it. Finally the day came where everything looked good. To make a long story short, I'll just say I had trouble accessing that part of the mountain that I badly wanted to be in. That's when the ski patrollers stepped in and drug me to the top by snowmobile.
I couldn't believe my luck, and not only my luck, but the luck of all the others who requested that same ride up the mountain. Patrollers (who are freaking awesome by the way) spent hours shuttling people up to the best conditions I've had so far this year. The snow was untouched and the rocks I'm so used to massaging with my skis, were covered by a deep snowfall.
Standing on top of my line, with the sun and Bob (my GoPro) as my only friends to share in the moment, I dropped into my line for the first time. Enjoy the footage.