Feb 24-March 3 was spent at the unbelievable Valhalla Mountain Lodge, where we had over 140 cm of storm snowfall throughout the week with very little wind. Needless to say the skiing was perfect, day after day after day. The only day was the snow shoveling to keep the lodge and sugar shack from disappearing!
Today I did three runs I’d never done before — Mystery Rib Left and Right, and Thataway Far Right — so now I think I can say, after almost 15 years, I’ve skied every line on the sunny side of Tom George! We got them — mostly — before the sun did.
What’s better than tree skiing on a powder day? Well, nothing, but a very close second is tree skiing in the sun the day after a powder day. This happy fellow welcomed us to his home but warned us of the heavy trail breaking
Back to merely acceptable today. Nothing beats tree skiing on a powder day, but tree skiing in the sun the day after a powder day is right up there. The feathery footed fellow in the last photo warned us of the intense trailbreaking we had ahead of us and wished us good day.
John Baldwin calls it “a ski tour on the upper edge of classic”. Today, my guests — who have been visiting all of the very best backcountry ski lodge for over thirty years together — called Loft Peak one of the very best days of ski touring ever. 1400 m of perfect snow from the Read more about Loft Peak[…]
Craig coming up for air on Thataway 3. That was my best powder day in years. We hit Tom George hard. Heavy trail breaking slowed things down but the ski quality… wow. Deep dry powder in -15° temps meant face shots every turn top to bottom. Nothing like 700 m tree runs with a beautiful Read more about Powder Day[…]
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 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!