Biking in Snow and Skiing on Dirt -Part 1
10 months ago the ski community kicked of the pre-winter excitement with word we were heading into a La Nina winter. Warmer ocean surface temperatures thousands of kilometers away promising of absurd quantities of white heaven falling from the sky. Now, 10 months later, the actual amount snow fall exceded even what our wildest hopes were last fall. Reeking havoc on the orderly tradition of seasons in the mountains.
As far as last week was concerned seasons are irrelevant, who needs to bike in sunshine and ski in winter, when you can bike while its snowing and ski when its +20 C?
Shooting bikes in Whistler has an interesting twist right now, normally the elements a mtb photographer in whistler gets to work with include: dry or tacky dirt, warm weather, and dialed trails. La Nina’s effect was so severe on the Coast of BC the Whistler trail crew has been digging snow rather than building an maintaining trails. In places you’re riding between banks of snow, in others you’re traversing mud pits axel deep, reminiscent of the West Coast Trail.
But its more than funky riding conditions, it is a key element of the definition of biking. Exploration, uncertainty, adaptability and a flowing evolution of the landscape we travel through. A deep snow pack in one year isn’t an oddity, it would be much more absurd to see identical conditions from week to week, year to year.
Tomorrow: Skiing on Dirt