Yesterday a temperature inversion meant +1°C. This morning we woke to more snow and -4°C. Throughout the day the temperature has been dropping and by the time we returned from our day of skiing it was -14° with 10 cm new fluffy snow on the ground and still falling!Today we skied up the ultra classic Read more about Solitaire Ski Peak[…]
(Molly welcoming us home to dinner. I love the light at this time of the year.) Everyone arrived and luggage accounted for last night. The standard late dinner at Boston Pizza, and a good night’s sleep at the Stork Nest Inn. The weather cleared for an uneventful flight into the Chalet. Well not quite uneventful Read more about Exchange day at Burnie![…]
Today I’m flying to to Smithers for two weeks of skiing. In the past two weeks they’ve got well over 200 cm of storm snow and it’s forecast to keep coming down hard this week. High Avalanche hazard, storm, crazy amounts of snow! But I’m stoked, I’ve worked Burnie in all conditions and the beauty Read more about YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier[…]
Today we did a short tour up onto the East facing Molars, the backcountry accessed off Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It was a fun, casual end to the weekend. We started from the old kicking horse lodge at around 10:45 and were back at the car by 2:00!
Wow what great conditions at Rogers Pass this weekend. The avalanche situation is still tricky but the ski quality is fantastic in the alpine and treeline elevations. On Saturday we skied one of the gun barrels off McGill shoulder, which was pretty fantastic until the lower elevations where the coverage is still not enough for Read more about Rogers Pass[…]
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I spent this past weekend in Rogers Pass finishing the second part of an AST-2 class. We had a great time, spending Saturday in the Ursus Trees area and Sunday up the Illicilliwaet drainage. Sure enough the surface hoar problems discussed in the Parks avalanche bulletins were easy to find and very reactive especially below Read more about Rogers Pass AST-2[…]
The best of both worlds: lift accessed powder backcountry skiing! January 4th I headed out with Rohan, Deb and Miriam to the south side of Bye-Bye Bowl. Great skiing with a short little tour back inbounds to catch the Divide Chair for another lap!
I completed a 4-day Yoho Traverse yesterday with a very hardy group Dec 29-Jan 1. We experienced very cold temperatures, ranging from -35C to -17C. Face protection in the form of buffs and goggles were essential at times, especially on the glaciers, and toe warmers helped keep things as comfortable as possible. On the Read more about Bow-Yoho Traverse[…]
On my birthday I like to go for a ski with the family. This year on December 23rd we headed to Simpson Bowl. It’s also known by “Secret Bowl” or “Hidden Bowl” which are tongue in cheek I think since you can literally see it from the road 500 m away. It’s also called the Read more about Birthday Ski[…]