Steep and stable in Revelstoke
Words: David Peacock
This January, Revelstoke, British Columbia, played host to hundreds of skiers and spectators for the Freeride World Tour. The event had a number of weather days, and was ultimately held on the last of them in mediocre light. I spent that time in Revelstoke with Colston VB skiing some of the best terrain and snow in recent memory. We visited three different zones, each of which provided amazing potential for shooting. Each day, we would arrive back in Revelstoke after dark, anxiously asking if anyone knew the results of the event, and each day we were told that the event couldn’t be held because of weather. While the conditions might not have been right for competing, the filming was working out just fine.
We accessed the first zone by sled, but every single vertical foot of filming was achieved by human power. With the avalanche conditions riding the line between considerable and high, we made the call to stay on shorter pitches with supported slopes. In other words, pillows. It meant my exposure to Colston’s slough was limited and we could comfortably work together despite the rising avalanche danger. But this is just the beginning for our season for both of us. If nature sees fit, and our pillow talk with the mountains continues, it will be a season to remember.