After starting the year with an amazing descent of one of North Americas biggest standing waves (Mt. Curries North Face 7500 vertical ft.) with the Pehota boys, I got a call from Joe Lax.

“My friend Mia and I are gonna try to hit this face between Mt. Cayoosh and 7 Mile Creek. You know it?”

“Oh yea, everybody’s been eyeing that face, what a great idea, thanks for the call.” I replied

The “Esposito”

A face like this is a classic example of what we call an “Esposito”. In the world of Coast Range Ski Mountaineering a really big, really steep, really remote face is often referred to as a “Gretzky”. This when your 99% sure it has not been skied before. (For the non hockey fans out there, Wayne Gretzky was the greatest player of all time and his # was 99). The face Joe and Mia had invited me to shred with them was fairly steep, pretty big (just shy of 2000 vert.) and while not remote, not right in the front country either.

Mia mid face on the Esposito

Although drooled over by many we could find no one who could confirm shredding it and the reality is that once the film crews show up later in the year this face is baked out from the sun. So we call it an “Esposito”. After another great canadian hockey player, Phil Esposito, who’s # was 77.

Joe leading up the face

 

Access was un-problematic, the day was beautiful and conditions stellar. This face receives a lot of sun and by February will probably lose it’s ability to produce pow. Super stoked to have been along, a perfect mission for the Foonlight.

Joe shredding “The Esposito”

“Snowboarder Joe”