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A Wet Blanket Christmas at the Blanket Glacier Chalet

Like Spock, a man torn between two worlds and who likes Vulcans, I decided to tell my parents and my in-laws that Christmas was cancelled this year. Off we went as a group of couples (oh and Anthony) to the famed Blanket Glacier Chalet nestled kinda deep in the Monashees.

How’s that for GPS?

How’s that for GPS?

 

A quick heli flight in from Revelstoke finds you at the doorstep of this classic family run lodge. Both generations of Schaffers were there to greet us right out the bird. Al’s sharp wit was already cutting us to pieces, and Marty was just hugging anything with a body.

Bunch of cooks in a bird - Selfie by Andre Charland

Bunch of cooks in a bird – Selfie by Andre Charland

Tucked up against the Green Bush nature conservancy means you have lots of great heli-free terrain from trees to pillows to glades and a touch of Alpine within a short distance from the hut.

Bunch of wankers - Photo Sarah Frood

Bunch of wankers – Photo Sarah Frood

 

Andre Balls Deep and aggressively pole planting - Photo: Anthony Bonello

Andre Balls Deep and aggressively pole planting – Photo: Anthony Bonello

We had a mega Christmas posse ready to shred as much of it as humanly possible. The zones we hit the hardest were Gong Show, Holy Smokes and Rubens. Our last day in there we dropped into some longer runs including Rodeo and the newly coined Clitty Glitter. Don’t ask me why it’s called that.

Chris Ruben trying to T-Bone Hoji - Photo: Anthony Bonello

Chris Ruben trying to T-Bone Hoji – Photo: Anthony Bonello

In true Monashee fashion we skied blower pow every day. Unlike the stability sometimes associated with the interior we had bomber conditions all the way down, with not a cheeky little layer to worry about. One nice thing for group management is that many of the runs are an easy, flat ski tour back to the lodge so folks can opt out and cruise back to the chalet to get the wood burning sauna lit or start dinner prep.

 

We all have dreams. Simon Wex Feat Chris Rubens - Photo: Anthony Bonello

We all have dreams. Simon Wex Feat Chris Rubens – Photo: Anthony Bonello

The lodge is cozy, warm and has all the amenities you need in the backcountry. Full kitchen including a propane stove and beer taps, should you choose to fly in kegs from the legendary Mt Begbie Brewing. The sleeping pads are comfortable with pillows and covers provided, just bring your own bag. There are sleeping pads for couples and individuals divided amongst a variety of rooms. The outdoor crappers are pretty new and very tidy with lots of great photos, slogans and advertisements for other backcountry lodges. Good one Marty! The wood burning sauna building is great, it gets hot as hell and they’ve devised a simple yet clever way to have a hot shower at the end.

That’s a beautiful painting. Photo: Sarah Frood

That’s a beautiful painting. Photo: Sarah Frood

Just lovely - Photo: Anthony Bonello

Just lovely – Photo: Anthony Bonello

This simple yet comfortable cabin tucked into the magical monashees should be on every backcountry goers list, yes even aging split mono boarders like Hoji.

Coming home, skiing pillow after dark. A silly ritual. Photo: Anthony Bonello

Coming home, skiing pillow after dark. A silly ritual. Photo: Anthony Bonello

In the end that quick heli flight out didn’t seem like the way to go for the part of the group. So we paid our heli bill, loaded the chopper and slogged our way out well into early dark hours of the evening. We may have skied an incredible 1000m or so avy path to the valley in near perfect snow. Thanks for the idea Simon and Chris 😉

Don’t worry guys I got this, I’m wearing a red jacket. I’m a semi-pro half guide. -Andre Photo: Anthony Bonello

Don’t worry guys I got this, I’m wearing a red jacket. I’m a semi-pro half guide. -Andre Photo: Anthony Bonello

Photo: Anthony Bonello

Photo: Anthony Bonello

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! White guy high fives. Photo: Sarah Frood

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! White guy high fives. Photo: Sarah Frood

 




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