Fun times based out of Journeyman Lodge in the upper Callaghan Valley.
It is quite a unique lodge. A true backcountry setting yet you can skate or classic into the lodge (or skin in, or even catch a lift with your gear). Plus it is a short drive from Vancouver. Nice!
Excellent food and a very comfortable lodge run by a great crew of people. Diverse terrain to ski, peaks to bag, plentiful tree skiing for storm days, lots of aspect choices...
About the only negatives about the place are:
a) the illegal and irritating sledder intrusions into the park and conservancy, and
b) the legal but disrespectful slope choices of the Whistler Heliskiing on a busy weekend in the upper valley.
WHS pounded the slope closest to the lodge all Saturday afternoon and used a pickup location adjacent to the XC trails. Surely WHS's enormous tenure includes another NW aspect treed slope in the region that would give a little space for the self-propelled users on the busiest weekend of the season to date? Their actions drew a lot of complaints from not only the groups of backcountry skiers but from the XC and snowshoers in the area too. For a company currently privileged to operate in a portion of Garibaldi Park, WHS's actions certainly didn't provide support of their assurance that they will be respectful of future Spearhead Huts skiers. As for the upper Callaghan Valley Conservancy area, I hope that the lodge and heli operators can work out a sensible agreement for usage in the future as is done in the vast majority of areas with similar joint tenures. It would seem to be logical to work together and promote each others businesses rather than be in conflict.
Skiers: John Baldwin, Linda Bily, Jos van der Burg, Jane Weller, Ian McGillivray, Murray Journeay, Sue Nicholson, Carol Evenchick, Lawrence McIntosh, Erika Kosarko, Klaus Tetzlaff, Libby Swain, and Phil Hammer. Thanks to J/L for doing the organizing!
Music: An oldie but a goodie - Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder (and a snip of the Chili Peppers' cover)