A Snow Scene About the Copper Run in the Boomerang Watershed, Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island.
Each snow scene in this gallery is taken on the spine of the ridge from the top of the Billabong Run down past the top of the Copper run and all the way down to the snow mobile trail that passes through the Boomerang watershed.
The day these pictures were taken was four or five days after the last major snow fall. As you can see in several of these pictures there are relatively few ski and snowboard tracks. Because of the hike, and because this is a new area this year fewer people have passed this way. More powder for us to bust!
1. This shot is taken looking almost directly north. We are looking to the west of Campbell River and to the snow covered mountain on the mainland. The Copper run goes off to the right in the immediate foreground.
2. This snow scene looks towards the south east over the Strait of Georgia towards Powell River. The brilliant sun, snow clad trees and puffy clouds create pictures to remember.
3. This photo is taken with my digital zoom. The snow, the tree and shadows of other trees are in focus. The distant mountains on the mainline coast are slightly out of focus giving them a mystical quality.
4. The trees in the bottom left corner of this picture comprise the Mc Kay glades. The bottom of the chair is below the trees just by the end of the rocky bluff. This is a great snow scene.
5. This shot is taken back into the valley where the main part of the ski resort is located. What did I say about that untracked powder? What are we waiting for?
Watch for the Open Sign...
To see these scenes you will have to take the short hike up to the left when you exit the chair from the short side of the Boomerang.
Watch carefully to make sure that the Open sign is displayed before taking the hike. After a heavy snowfall it takes extra time for the ski patrol to check the top of these runs for avalanche hazards.
You might think that hiking is only for really hot shot skiers and snowboarders who enjoy jumping off cliffs. While that may sometimes be the care, I would recommend this hike to anyone who is comfortable skiing double black diamond runs.
You can continue on down the spine of the hill and take a right turn on the snow mobile road down into the Mc Kay glades. Definitely recommended, especially on a beautiful day after a fresh snow fall.
Don't forget to take your camera as you can catch each beautiful snow scene.