After the Revelstoke stop of the Freeskiing World Tour was officially in the books, what did underdog superfinalist and First Ascent athlete Lexi du Pont do? She went freeskiing. We heard the report of her powder wake in the Whistler backcounty and the Baker vortex, but it wasn’t until the storms stopped pounding that we finally caught up with Lexi for the story and the snapshots of what it was like to hit the road with Jacquie Edgerley and Ian Mac to chase the biggest coastal storm of the season. This is her snow report from the road. -EB Editor
Everyone in the lower 48 had been complaining about the little to no snow earlier this year but rumors of a solid base and storms on the horizon was said to be true of British Columbia. My friend Jacquie Edgerley from Aspen, Colorado gave me a call in December informing me that her mom was going to lend her the family truck, so we could road trip up north to chase the storms. It so happened that the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour and Swatch Free Ride World Tour were coming together for the Canadian world championships, and if we rallied, we could compete with the top 20 best competitive female big mountain skiers in the world. On the second of January, I met up with Jacqui and embarked on the 15-hour drive to Revelstoke, BC, Canada to find this legendary snow and to show the world what we were made of. After driving through the night we arrived in the small town of Revelstoke where the fluffy white stuff never stopped falling from the sky.
After a week of competing in Revelstoke, I placed 6th overall. The competition couldn’t have gone any smoother. We had fresh snow for the qualifier, where I placed first, fresh snow for day one, where I ended up tenth and clear skies for the finals where we were all flown to the top of “Mac Daddy Face” in an A-star helicopter. It was such an honor to stand on such an intimidating and challenging face with some of the most amazing female skiers in the industry and for each of us to leave our mark from top to bottom. Once the competition was over we decided that we were not quite ready to head home to the barren waste land of Colorado and Idaho, so we continued our journey onto Whistler/Blackcomb where more snow was predicted to fall.
Once we got to Whistler we were welcomed by another storm with no end in sight. We immediately knew that we had made the right choice to stay in Canada. Ian Macintosh welcomed us with open arms and an open bedroom along with an endless list of steep climbs and untracked lines.
After we got our skinning fix in Canada we looked at the radar and saw a massive storm headed for Mount Baker in Washington, which was just a 4-hour drive away. We decided the best thing to do was to keep following the storm so we headed down South. Upon arrival in Baker we again were reassured that we had made the right decision. Over the course of the weekend Mount Baker had received over 3 feet of snow, a storm chasers dream to say the least. We posted up in Glacier for a few days and feasted on the copious amounts of fresh pow pow and the steep terrain that Baker has to offer. The only downside was that this road trip had to end.
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