Vancouver is a beautiful place, but it rains a lot. We haven’t broken any records this season, but it has felt particularly wet and gloomy. Although I’ve lived here for almost 16 years, I continue to be amazed at how a single sunny day—even a half-day— after a seemingly endless stretch of rain can put me in a state of bliss. And it only gets better if I get to spend the day in the mountains, where our sea level rain has fallen in great heaps of brilliant white. It all came together—a perfect “I’m so happy to be alive” kind of day on Al’s Habrich backcountry trail, accessed from the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola.