The first season was spent largely exploring this backcountry area. I had a keen partner employed by one of the hot spring hotels perched in the mountains.
His job was to assist clearing the road up to the lodge which is at the highest road point on the island. It was a cushy job.
While his colleagues manned the heavy machinery involved, he would sit in a warm vehicle at the bottom of the road with a good book and inform them of any vehicles coming up.
The roads would be cleared early and by the time I had made my way across the valley, he was waiting with snowboard in hand and ready to go.
Together we would search for the good lines through the old growth spruce, finishing the day in the local spring at the lodge.