Dragonfly on the Wapta

Wapta Traverse June 2018

I know what you're thinking -- Tom, it's summer... the Wapta traverse? Well it was a lot more pleasant than my experience 6 months ago leaving Bow Hut in the dark at 8:00 am with -35°C temps and clouds and wind. And the snow was pretty good too -- from Sunday to Tuesday it was great spring ski touring conditions ...
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Svalbard Ski and Sail 2019

Svalbard Ski and Sail | Ski touring the Arctic Archipelago with the Midnight Sun

Svalbard, or Spitzbergen as it is also known, is made for skiing. Countless ski peaks rise 500 to 800 m or more directly out of the ocean, blanketed in snow and rugged glaciers as far as the eye can see ...
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Svalbard Ski and Sail

Ski and Sail Spitzbergen 2018

Ski and Sail Spitzbergen – 22 May – 1 June, 2018 – $7330/person – FULL. This is a truly exploratory ski touring expedition in the rugged mountains of Spitsbergen, the only (barely) populated Island in the Svalbard Island group of about 60 islands in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway at a Latitude of 79º. Few spots in this world are ...
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Sorcerer Lodge 2018

Sorcerer Lodge 2018

Just back from a sensational week up at Sorcerer Lodge. Epic spring powder ski mountaineering for the first four days, then three days of backing off in the face of the big meltdown -- but still excellent steep skiing with extra early starts and back to the lodge for beers by 1 pm, then noon, then 11 am! ...
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Bow Yoho Traverse #3, amazing winter skiing in late April!

Bow Yoho Traverse #3, amazing winter skiing in late April!

Today I completed a week-long guided Bow-Yoho traverse from Bow Lake to Field, my 3rd and final Bow Yoho of the season! Throughout the week the area saw up to 50 cm of storm snow. Early in the week (Wednesday) there was a strong wind event and a natural avalanche cycle up to size 3. By Thursday things had calmed ...
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Illicil Cracking 14 Jan 2018

AST-2 Jan 6-7 & 13-14, 2018

THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED You have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry; this is a course for you. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche ...
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Septentrion Spires

Nirvana Pass March 9-15, 2018

Owen Short, looking out towards the Septentrion Spires. April 12, 2010. Photo: Conrad Janzen Nirvana Pass Ski Camp March 9-15, 2018 In the centre of the legendary Pantheon Range, Nirvana Pass is home to mountains as awesome as their mythical namesakes: Osiris, Thor, Siva, Vishnu, and many others. What is most incredible about this area is the number of skiable ...
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Des Poilus Glacier

Bow-Yoho Traverse March 16-22, 2018

THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED The Wapta Icefield is an incredible destination for ski mountaineering. Really, it has it all: an excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. The best time of the year is late March to late April when the snowpack is settled and you can still count on dry ...
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Richard and Louise Guy Hut

Bow-Yoho Traverse Dec 28-Jan 1, 2017

THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED The Wapta Icefield is an incredible destination for ski mountaineering. Really, it has it all: an excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. The classic Wapta Traverse runs roughly north-south across the expanse of the Wapta and Waputik Icefields passing by four ACC huts. The east-west crossing, ...
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