March 1, 2010 – Skied the top of Imperial

Today I did something I thought I would never do… I have been skiing great this year, skiing harder and tougher terrain every time I come out.  Even skiing double blacks and extreme double blacks, stuff that I swore I would never do.  Today we rode up Imperial Express and climbed to the top of the peak above.  At the time we were climbing I didn’t wasn’t thinking about skiing down, I was thinking that the climb itself was going to kill me.  Climbing in ski boots is no easy feat… but luckily it was a bluebird day and there was absolutely NO wind at the top.  That like NEVER happens.  I mean there is always wind at the top of Imperial… but thank goodness, not today!  So we got to the top, and of course we realized we didn’t bring the camera of all days.  I couldn’t believe it, of all days.  I think there may have been some pictures taken with the phones but lord knows where they went to.

So we pop into our ski and start skiing down this ridge to find a spot to drop in.  We had already descended a couple hundred feet which would have been really hard to climb back up if we didn’t find a good spot quick to drop in at.  So I see Mike looking over this cornice, and kind of stomping around on the edge a little and says “this looks like a good spot”.  Well from where I am looking, there is nothing underneath this cornice, its sticking out about 15ft from the actual mountain side, so we are going to have to drop off this cornice, be airborne for several feet before we make contact with the side of the mountain.  I look at him and say “Are you crazy”, he says “just lean up the slope and don’t lean forward”.  He told me later that he was thinking that if he went first and fell that I wouldn’t go, but he couldn’t get me to go first.  So he took off… I am not really good at judging distances but he probably went about 100ft before he stopped and when he turned around I was gone.  He thought I had turned around and walked backed up to the top… but I had already jumped off the cornices and was on my way to meet him.  When I stopped I raised my glasses and was crying and said, “can we do that again”?  It was had getting down, we had a long run down Lake Shoots to go before we could rest and my legs were like jello.  That was the coolest thing I had done on skis… but it was tough.  We skied down the base area and called it a day.  I was physically and emotional drained.  But we will definitely have to but that back on our do list again…