While a majority of BC and the Pacific Northwest is in the middle of a snow drought, we found the goods and plenty of it at Chatter Creek Catskiing just North of Golden, BC.
The terrain in their tenure is mind blowing with plenty of steeps, pillows, and some iconic wide open area in the Oyster Bowl. With warm temps in the town of Golden, the conditions at Chatter were holding up quite well, and with Bluebird skies, we timed this trip along the Powder Highway perfectly!
Day 1-Chatter Creek Lead Guide, Josh Milligan, had us popping pillow lines and working an area where the snow was holding up superb. We sessioned the pillows for three mind blowing runs.
Our group consisted of Tommy Frey, Desiree’ Leipham, John Witt, Bob Legasa, Tim Sorenson and Brad Albert who dumped his surfboard for a snowboard after flying in from his home in Hawaii.
Day 2- We were treated to some wide open pow slaying in the Oyster Bowl and then we got a special treat dropping into the Black Pearl, a chute that hadn’t been skied in several years. With stability solid, our guide, Brodie, cut out a small entrance through the overhanging cornice so we could access the Black Pearl. The top of the slope starts off in the 45-50 degree pitch for a few hundred yards and then mellows out to 35-40 degrees for the the remaining 1200 vert. The snow was perfect for this long, steep ride through the Black Pearl.
What a trip! We were fortunate enough to experience soft snow, blue skies, a fun crew and mind blowing scenery. Wow, is an understatement. Chatter Creek is going off!
This video is from our first few runs on our first day trying out the slow motion feature on the video camera: