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  • #669681
    powslash
    382 Posts

    @HikeforTurns wrote:

    and rain isn’t much fun to ride on.

    TAKE IT BACK. TAKE IT BACK RIGHT NOW.

    #669682
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    totally agreed with HFT. Continental snowpack, like here in Colorado is totally sketchy… Interior BC, is much, much more stable, without all the problems present in the coastal regions. The snow quality in the interior is generally, on a day by day basis, going to be superior to what there is in coastal regions, but the coastal areas sure rock immediately after a storm, especially if it gets clear and cold… but that snow does not stay good for long.
    The consistent snowfall, and deep thick snowpack make the interior areas much more stable than one might think at first glance, sure, it is not the thick, glop which sticks to everything like on the coast, indeed, that is kind of the point…

    #669683
    spicoli11
    288 Posts

    Secaucus NJ …haven’t we been over this already

    #669684
    karkis
    270 Posts

    @barrows wrote:

    Interior BC, is much, much more stable…. The snow quality in the interior is … superior to what there is in coastal regions, but the coastal areas sure rock immediately after a storm…
    The consistent snowfall, and deep thick snowpack make the interior areas much more stable than one might think at first glance, sure, it is not the thick, glop which sticks to everything like on the coast, indeed, that is kind of the point…

    I dunno what Barrows is smoking down there in Colorado but interior bc can get depth hoar, surface hoar, sun crust, rain crust, wind crust, wind slab, deep weaknesses, glide fracturing, wet snow avalanches, and some wet glop on every pineapple express that rolls thru, and weed is actually illegal, regardless of what TEX seemed to think.

    Im with BG (on this one singular point) and the peacefrog, west coast and alaska… and the alaska coast… no shortage of places to explore.

    like new jersey… and prince george, paradise! love that town. lets keep the ideas coming!

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    #669685
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Mark: Weed is illegal in Canada!!!??? What, you wouldn’t know that from visiting there 😆

    I agree, that the coast/maritime snowpack is much more stable than the interior, but I am used to Colorado, where the snowpack is much, much worse yet again. I guess it is all a matter of what one might be used to. For example, I would compare the interior of BC to Utah and Wyoming in the US, where the snowpack, while certainly still dangerous, is much more stable than here in Colorado.

    Question karkis: are you planning to move to Whistler or Pemberton anytime soon to take advantage of the coastal snowpack?

    The OP asked for the best place in NA, for my money, it is still Interior BC-I am willing to accept a little more avy sketch (and still less than I am used to here), in exchange for better snow surface quality on a day to day basis.

    #669686
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    Well my snowpack is worse than yours, what now!? Although I love the terrain and solitude in the San Juans, it gets real old having to deal with real bad avy conditions I do say. The past two years, my butt has been puckered from November to mid March, it sucks. We’ve lost some good people as well. So no, the San Juans do not win this argument. If we have a stable snowpack, it’s right up there with the best I think. But its generally short lived.

    Battleship avy path in Silverton. The last two years its gone BIG.

    122 documented slide paths in Red Mountain pass and Cement Creek (Silverton), which can be terrifying in mid winter. And this is just the road, tons more on Ophir Pass, Eureka, etc. Bummer thing is, there’s a lot of slide paths, and for some tours, it is almost unavoidable to not cross under them.

    Cool site for Rogers pass. Seems like on the road are 134 avalanche paths, thats not a small amount either. http://rogerspass411.ca/start-zone.html

    I’m headed to interior BC this year for 9 days. 2 years ago was in Pemberton. It was pretty awesome to go from a persistent deep slab instability to a rock solid snowpack. I think we went from high avy danger in Colorado to low in BC, it was awesome. Although Revelstoke is worse than Pemberton, I believe Barrows has a good point, it seems way better than what we deal with daily. We’ll see how the interior stacks up, but I do like a stable snowpack…

    #669687
    maxpower88
    58 Posts

    @summersgone wrote:

    Vibes dude….

    That shit looks terrifying. Be safe, stay alive.

    #669688
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Sounds like we might need to define “best”, but for all my criteria, it’s the Sierra hands down. One or two storms will take you from mountain biking dusty trails to riding burly lines without worrying about rocks, pretty long season, lots of sun, little cold, endless terrain options, lots of easy access, no crowds, predictable snowpack (I wouldn’t call it stable), steeps get plastered, and almost all season you can find pow and/or corn. Not to mention the range is 400 miles long and almost all of it is accessible, and there are numerous descents over 7,000′. What more could you want?

    #669689
    ridealaska
    30 Posts

    @ringdings_and_pepsi wrote:

    @peacefrog wrote:

    I’m not saying Juneau is a Mecca, far from it.

    interested to hear where you think is a mecca. or even confined to AK, where would the best place be to set up for a winter?

    Thompson Pass outta Valdez if you not looking for lift access (since your on this forum you shouldn’t be), or Turnagain Pass based out of Anchorage would be a guaranteed good time also.

    I should note I’m in Fairbanks so most of my riding is in the Alaska Range but the snow is so much better down by the Gulf

    #669690
    Kyle Miller
    510 Posts

    Mark is right about there being a really sensitive snowpack in his neck of the woods and is recommending what I believe could potentially be the Mecca. I have heard amazing things about Terrace and the Prince George area and am keen to heading that way this upcoming winter. I love the Cascades but the hut network of the Coastal Mountains is absolutely amazing and 90% of them nobody knows about.

    #669691
    karkis
    270 Posts

    @barrows wrote:

    Mark: Weed is illegal in Canada!!!??? What, you wouldn’t know that from visiting there 😆

    yes really its true WEED IS ILLEGAL IN ALL OF CANADA INCLUDING BC
    mind boggling. but our current prime minister may be shittin the bed just now and i think any of the other political options would be more progressive re weed, hopefully in the near future.

    @barrows wrote:

    Question karkis: are you planning to move to Whistler or Pemberton anytime soon to take advantage of the coastal snowpack?

    Answer barrows: im not going nowhere, specially not whis! 😆

    i guess maybe some of the humour? got lost in the interweb. the stability here is such that you always gotta be thinking. id be nervous on the coast that somedays id forget to think critically enough, thats something i would do. here its just a habit, knowing there always may be dragons around, to give them just enough respect. it’s all good when ya get used to it, and yah of course nowhere near az sketch as the rockies, CO, San Juans….

    Also, Kyle, Terrace to PG is around 600km, i was being sarcastic about the lovely town of pg, i actually recommend staying at least 400 km away from the pig if possible. go up the coast towards Terrace if you can.
    no offence to any PGers, im sure powder king is a fun time, and work, jobs and school, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and different strokes for folks… jus my opinion.

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    #669692
    Scooby2
    624 Posts

    This isn’t so hard, you start with where the right types and size and square miles of mountains are. Then you pick that zone of snow that is far enough in from the coast to reduce the amount of rain you get but not so far inland that you don’t get good a good base of snow consistently and not so far inland that you always have near surface faceting between every storm. Are you about the best quality snow or the mountaineering/climbing/exposure-challenge of it all? Then criteria d. How do you support yourself will really focus you down into just a few choices. If you can work from anywhere/work seasonally-you should have figured this all out by now or just need to get after it already.

    If you are going to have M-F job and a family at some point, realize that 2-3 hour drives to the mountains will probably keep you out of them most weekends. It’s best to have some riding right out your door.

    #669693
    Jamis
    10 Posts

    For Best terrain & Backcountry community I’d choose the Kootenay area and set up in Nelson or Rossland. (i’m certain there will be more references to the ganja LOL)
    backcountryskiingcanada.com/kootenay_pass Serioulsy can you beat this?

    I’ve met tons of people who have moved to AK for many reasons. I’ve never personally met anyone who has said ” Yo dude I’m movin’ to AK strickly for the backcountry touring” LOL

    Haines & Juneau are not places to set up for a winter for some touring and great community action….There I said it. (that being said south east Alaska is the shiz nit yo!)

    I grew up on the border of AK & British Columbia and have spent lots of time travelling the Pine Pass & the Powder King area. I definitely think its worth a visit. Also Kyle if you get shut out by weather which is very likely I would recommend focus your time and energy towards something like the burnie-glacier near Smithers. Shames might have the record for the most snow in a 24 hr period but it also means little to no vis most of the time.

    Just one last jab…LOL Rogers Pass near Revelstoke is truly a Mecca. However until you move there and experience how much of the area is typically closed by parks Canada or how often the highway itself is closed and you get stuck in the town of Field BC then you might change your mind…..like me…LOL

    peace out

    #669694
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    @ringdings_and_pepsi wrote:

    @peacefrog wrote:

    I’m not saying Juneau is a Mecca, far from it.

    interested to hear where you think is a mecca. or even confined to AK, where would the best place be to set up for a winter?

    On the former
    21.4167° N, 39.8167° E and I dare anyone on here to say otherwise.

    On the latter (note this is setting up for the winter not a short trip)
    If I were to tell any random guy where to set up for a winter in AK (in a population center) I’d have to say Anchorage (ANC). Access is not nearly as close as it is here in Juneau but Juneau is essentially on an island and you can get skunked if the weather doesn’t go your way. ANC is Alaska’s only real city, and barely that by lower 48 standards, but is very close to the BC by lower 48 standards. You also have lots of options there. Turnagain pass is about an hour away as is Hatchers pass. There are also mountains right on the edge of town (not as epic) if the weather isn’t working you can head North and see if the area between Palmer and Glenallen is working out. You’re about a days drive to Valdez. The Kenai Peninsula is right there. You could head to the Wrangle Mountains around McCarthy. The Alaska range is less than a days drive away.
    Setting up there you’d be able to get as gnarly as you want and you’d be best positioned for exploring the most areas on simple weekend trips. This is of course just my recommendation “confined to AK”

    #669695
    potterfield
    17 Posts

    alaska

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