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Destination Big Mountain: Blackcomb, BC

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“To start, I head up the 7th Heaven chair and then down Chainsaw Ridge. My line depends on what the wind’s been doing, but usually I hop the cornice and head straight down the fall line. From there, it’s down to the Glacier Express. At the top of the lift, I go left and follow the boot-pack up Spanky’s Ladder. Ski the fall line for a while before heading skier’s right toward Diamond Bowl, where you can open it up for some big turns.

“Take the Excelerator chair to Glacier and hike Spanky’s again. This time, head skier’s left and drop into Ruby Bowl. There’s a rock line down the center that drops down into Sapphire Bowl. Look for a little chute tucked between the rocks; it’s usually fresh. “Once Spanky’s is tracked, take Crystal chair and follow Crystal Road to the Chimney and then into CBC trees—if you stay skier’s left, you’ll avoid the sections that the patrol keeps closed. After that, it’s about time for lunch.

“Most afternoons, I’ll take Glacier to the T-bar, up to the wind lip, and then go right to do the little hike to DOA, which is on Blackcomb Peak. It’s out-of-bounds, so avalanche gear, backcountry smarts, and a partner are must-haves.”