From skiing to biking... forecast was for increasing cloud through the day so was surprised to wake up and find that it had rained what seemed like a fair bit. Could see patches of blue sky though and in the end was a pretty nice day for biking with a mix of sun and cloud though cool (12 degrees) although never felt cold. Trails were dry for the most part and in great riding shape. Rode up happy/Waco/nimby/let it go. Such a nice climb that doesn't seem to get boring. Felt pretty good and rode most of it in my big ring. The last section reminded me of some whistler trails due to the vegetation though that's makes sense as at that point you are about six hundred meters above Pemberton with different climate.
Tried to ride a bit of fifty but too much snow - only spot we encountered snow. Skipped overnight and did max pains/back pains instead. Super fun with lots of fast flow. Then over to the mosquito lake trails - lots of punchy and techs climbs there. No Err was really fun as was the upper part of cream puff. Continued on the race course rather than going further down cream puff. Finished with a climb up the FSR and a last descent down Hawaii which had some nice steep bermed corners.
Some bike issues on the ride - dropper started failing (think the seals are gone) so threw the collar on and left it up. Dropped the whole seat a few times on longer descents but also rode a lot with the seat up - this certainly made some of the rock drops a little trickier. Also managed to break my cassette pedalling up a rock slab (likely in too hard a gear). Luckily the two broken rings were in the middle so still had the three easiest gears o the cassette. Just a little noisy as the broken parts rattled around.
Bike1:45:00  15.0 km (8.6 kph) +550m
After a lunch break the weather was still good so we decided that might as well take advantage of it as who knows what tomorrow will bring so headed out for ride #2 at the One Mile trails. Started with the climbing trail into pioneer etc then the whole lumpy's loop. Very fun descending - first descent was new school tech while the second one had lots of nice rock slabs. Legs were tired on the climbs though and a lot more granny gear climbing. Nice views on the lumpy trail. Good area - worth a return.
Backcountry skiing (Tonic) 5:00:00  20.0 km (15:00 / km) +1475m10:58 / km
Ski touring off the Duffey with CO - was supposed to clear a bit later in the day but wasn't sure how long that would take so waffled a bit on perhaps going to blackcomb instead. Stuck with the original plan though leaving a little later than originally planned which was Mt Matier on the Duffey. It is a bit of a flat trek to get to Keith's Hut. Once there we climbed more steadily eventually gaining the anniversary glacier. Weather was quite variable with occasional decent visibility but frequent snow squalls. It never got really bad and given the forecast clearing trend we kept moving higher. Topped out a few hundred meters below the summit of mt matier. Had thoughts of boot packing to the top and possibly skiing the NW face but given the variable visibility gave it a miss. Of course once we skied down the sun came out in full force. Oh well at least we had good light for the ski down the glacier. The top of the mountain was in clouds again a half hour later so we still would have been in the same poor visibility boat. The run down was actually quite nice. The top five hundred meters had ankle deep powder and then lower down the few cm of fresh on the warmish crust skied rthe ally nicely. Good turns for about 1000 vertical. Ski out was not too bad - got some upper body work in due to double poling. Some fun ski out sections at times. Lots of skiing to explore off the Duffey and might be worth a mid winter trip to check it out.
Road trip with CO to Pemberton. Weather forecast is a bit unsettled and then around some other ideas for places to go but in the end decided to stick with the original plan and make the most of it. Today was a driving day with a stop in Kamloops to mountain bike. Weather worsened a little while we were riding and had a few short showers but otherwise acceptable riding weather. The showers did make a few of the Pineview trails greasy.
We started at Kenna Cartwright where we hit most of the better Singletrack. It seemed like we rode a lot of stuff in the wrong direction - kept seeing a local guy riding the other way and definitely had some climbs that would be better descents. For future reference Deer Run is better west to east, and the western loop is best clockwise. Overall found the trails to be good for a first ride of the year but nothing amazing which was my previous recollection of them. After a couple hours rode over to pineview for an extra loop. Unfortunately the best trails there are closed for grazing but did a nice climb up switch it up and rode down a new trail called beer run which was a little more technical. I realized at this point that I had been riding with my fork in climb mode all day - doh.
Run1:45:00  15.0 km (7:00 / km) +550m5:55 / km shoes: Brooks Cascadia
Nice run with CO on the lower Begbie Bench trails. Only a few snow patches and some mud to deal with but otherwise trails were good to go. 50min loop with the dog then back on the upper trails. Felt good - no knee pain. Time went by fast chatting with CO.