Last winter our Eddie Bauer First Ascent ski team headed north to the Powder Highway of interior BC with Stellar Media for National Geographic. All month long we’ll be running the stories, edits and images from a road trip into this powder paradise in interior BC and today’s segment is a Will Wissman gallery from Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a mecca of Canadian freeride with a massive 5,620 vertical feet of terrain, and Eagle Pass Heli, a zone of stacked heli tenure in the Monashee Mountains. During our team’s stop in Revelstoke, they discovered the pounding storms and super-deep pow that has quickly made the ski area famous with storm chasers. We first asked Eddie Bauer skier Lexi du Pont what continues to draw her to Revelstoke and then we asked her to caption the experience. This is the impassioned result. —LYA Editor
Images by Will Wissman, Captions by Lexi du Pont
Top: There is no shortage of nice lodging and great food in Revelstoke, British Columbia. This is a photo of the lodge located at the base of the mountain at RMR. I love stopping in for some well deserved apres after skiing a resort with the most vertical feet in North America. Above: As soon as EPH co-owner and lead guide Scott Newsome showed us this zone up in the Monashees we knew we had found the goods. Nothing speaks to a skier more then steep, deep, powdered spines and pillows. This was by far the deepest line of my season but maybe a little too deep from a photographer’s point of view. This was one of the few moments where I actually came to the surface long enough to snap a picture. The snow was so deep I kind of mole-holed my way down the hill, floating in a cloud of fluffy goodness.
Above: Capturing the perfect ski moment in the mountains with a photo or a video is harder then many people think. We spend hours behind the scenes organizing and planning. This is a snapshot of me chatting with my friends and the production team about our next move.
L to R: 1. I call this photo the snow woman. I love this photo because it really captures the overall experience that day in the Monashees. Everyone was consistently flowing through deep powder all day long. The memories from this day will forever be engraved in my memory, consistently reminding me of why I love skiing. 2. The options at RMR are many. 3. And it’s always deep in the trees.
Above: As skiers we are consistently searching for deep untracked powder. Last winter our quest for this holy goodness lead us to Revelstoke British Columbia where Scott Newsome took us on a journey through the deepest and lightest powder we have ever had the privilege to float through. After spending a few days following Newsome around his operation, we quickly came to realize that these conditions were standard protocol for Newsome and his guides at Eagle Pass Heliskiing.
L to R: 1. Scott Newsome, owner and lead guide of Eagle Pass Heliskiing is a very calculated mountaineer who knows every nook and cranny of the Monashee Mountains. This photo really captures Newsome in his element showing his guests that when the conditions are stable, it’s always fun to get your feet off the ground. 2. Here I am getting a small taste of what Canada’s Monashee mountains have to offer. It’s hard to explain the freeing feeling you get when your body is weightless and effortlessly floating down a mountain. When your cheeks hurt from smiling all day and your throat is dry from hooting and hollering for hours on end, you know you may dedicate your life to experiencing that feeling as much as possible. At least that’s what powder skiing does to me. 3. The guide in his element, Scott in his Eagle Pass tenure.
Above: For the past five seasons I have had the opportunity to start off my season in Revelstoke, British Columbia. The Freeskiing World Tour introduced me to this magical town and I have been drawn back year after year to its 5,000-vertical-foot ski resort, and amazing storm cycles that consistently bring deep snow to the area. I like to compare it to the waves at Pipeline on the north shore of O’ahu but with a better town and sense of community. This is a shot of downtown Revelstoke with the train passing by in the foreground. The roads leading into Revelstoke can be pretty dicey in the wintertime so everything has to be delivered by train.
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