Global warming what? are you sure, well maybe it’s true but it sure doesn’t seem to make it snow any less! It’s the tail end of February here in British Columbia and we are getting some serious snow build up. While the BATALEON pro team is sledding every day the BATALEON ams have been busy sending every possible air they can on Whistler and Blackomb Mountains. Now as every one knows the snow brings the crowds, and the crowds bring the Normans. We figured that instead of dealing with line ups and Normans, we would use google earth to find the few remaining patches of cliff bands on Whistler/Blackomb and continue to shred hard!
Here are a few photos from the week of POW madness with BATALEON’s Aaron Pnut Johnson, Spencer Lundin, Anthony Welgan And Yari Ivanesko.
REMINDER that each photo can be clicked twice over to enlarge to full size! and anything in dark RED has a link to extra content.
Here are a couple airs from Yari and Pnut mid week on Whistler Mountain. This pillow cliff air was hit over and over for 10 days. The drop is completely blind and the landing is high speed on the backside of the pillow with the tracks that you can see. It’s big and feels amazing after touchdown!
Aaron Pnut Johnson Left photo
Here is a little video of Yari and I sending it blind mid week, Yari lands and i go to left straight to death pit.
Next we moved down the road to the “Elevator Shaft”. Yari and I had been hitting it all week so it was a little sketchy, never the less we hit it anyway. The great thing about the “elevator shaft” is that there is a mandatory left hander on the last pillow, otherwise you fall 20 feet to the road below, great adrenaline rush! If you make the turn you get to land in a big pile o snow. Yeehaa
Travis Williams good old “Elevator Shaft”
The following day it started to snow again, and boy did it snow! We spent the next few days shredding hard and waiting for the sun to come, but it didn’t, it just kept on snowing. Below is another video that will give you an idea of how much fun Whistler was during the Furious February snow storm.
Following the 10 day storm we were treated to 3 days of sun which gave us a chance to leave the general area of the ski resort to start looking for new territory. This is what we found and destroyed in the first of two pillow cliff patches.
Spencer Lundin Sending! Sniper tranny!
Yari Ivanesko Sending a few Different Methods!
Athony Welgan with the SEND of the day!
After we finished with the first zone it was time for a little break and then through the bush, down a river bed and in to the second zone!
This zone stays clear of tracks all season long!
Everyone was pretty tired from the entire weeks snow and the 2 hour sending session up at zone 1″ Weekenders Dream” but when you show up to a new zone and it’s tits deep and untouched with house size pillows, everyone gets their stoke back. Time to send!
Aaron Pnut Johnson Pillow line zone 2 Whistler Mountain
Pnut Full Cab pillow transfer Anthony Welgan Pillow Transfer
After a few days of 40cm snow fall the boys seem to have their lines down and it seemed like everyone was grabbing each other chinese downhill style in order to get the first crack at what ever lines we were trying to get to. When all was said and done the crew was toast and ready for a small break, and I mean small because apparently it’s gonna start dumping again. I don’t think snowboarding could be any more fun. See ya in the secret zones!