Svalbard Ski & Sail on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn - May 15-22, 2020
SOLD OUT for 2019, book for 2020 now!
The most exotic guided ski touring trip possible: backcountry ski touring and sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen in the Greenland sea, a thousand kilometers north of Norway, in the Svalbard archipelago of over 60 (mostly unpopulated) islands. It is a wild and remote place, and at a latitude of greater than 78º, high in the Arctic, it is level with Canada's Ellesmere Island, or the northernmost end of Greenland. Yet it easy to access -- with three-times daily flights from Oslo -- and offers the supreme comfort of a luxury sailing yacht ...
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JaPOW - Jan 25-31, 2020
Just 5 spots left -- book now! Japan has formed a legendary reputation for deep powder skiing in January and February. The saying "Don't Leave Powder to Find Powder" is common in western Canada - why leave Canada when we have the best skiing in the world? Well, Japan is a strong contender, and when you add the incredible cultural experience to the mix it rises to the top of any serious skier's bucket list ...
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Well I got back last week from an incredible week at Burnie Glacier Chalet. Incredible in many ways — snow quality overall not being one of them. For the first time in my experience with Burnie in January we had a brief but powerful warm spell — on the first day of the trip — where temps went above zero all the way to mountain top with rain. Then it froze and was cold for the rest of the week. It was clear for most of the week, but still — rugged skiing!

So the incredible part was actually the group. A lot of people get grumpy when they travel so far to ski powder and it doesn’t live up to their expectations. But not these folks. They took up the challenge of Obermeyer’s famous quote “There is no bad snow, just different snow!” and made every day count. The clear weather and amazing fast travel made it possible even in the short days of January to cover some of our mega-classic tours like Polemic Pass — which usually doesn’t get done until March — and Middle Solitaire Peak. Yes, incredible! And the skiing, while different, was never impossible and ...
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Longyearbyen Webcam Photo

Our Ski and Sail trips to Svalbard this spring will enjoy around the clock sunlight in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Right now is a different story. Here’s a photo from noontime today, looking over the port town of Longyearbyen, where we’ll begin our Ski and Sail trips in May. You can just see a glimmer of light above the horizon as the sun, far to the south, struggles to light the sky at mid-day. Amazing!

Jan 16 webcam photo, Longyearbyen
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ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. October 26th, 2018
Another beautiful autumn week in the Rockies and Interior BC, but looks like we're returning to a more typical colder weather pattern in the days to come. If snowfall amounts in the high Rockies and further west are substantial we will be back to early winter mode again with avalanche concerns rising back to the top of our list of hazards for mountain travel ...
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Sorcerer Lodge, April 20-27, 2019
Fully booked. Contact us to get on our waiting list. Sorcerer Lodge sits high on a rocky perch at treeline above a small lake, at 6660 feet, (2030 meters) between two heavily glaciated valleys in the Selkirk Mountains. It is a magical, rugged area that will take your breath away. The backcountry skiing, mountaineering and snowboarding are challenging. We don’t recommend it as a ski touring destination for beginners. Our guests have access to several glaciated areas including the massive north facing Nordic Glacier that gathers the snow early and holds it till late spring (and throughout most of the summer too). Across Ventego Creek, Cheap Scotch basin provides south and southeast facing terrain with open bowls and some steep tree lines. Extensive tree skiing near the lodge ensures that you’ll get out even on the worst weather days. Mt Iconoclast at 10,666 feet (3251 meters) dominates this area and is a ski mountaineering prize. There is also a selection of accessible peaks within shorter day tours of the lodge ...
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Topo Map Banff
Three techniques for making your own topo maps will be discussed here with a focus on learning to use Quantum GIS (QGIS) ...
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Google Earth Burnie
Smartphones, despite their convenience, do not render GPS units obsolete. This summer's Disaster in the Alps, is a case study ...
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Bonnington Traverse
The Rockies are known for the great glaciated hut-to-hut traverses: the Wapta Traverse and the Yoho Traverse (or the "Bow-Yoho" Traverse as it's also known). Deep in the Kootenays is a completely different kind of trip, the Bonnington Traverse. This is a 3-day (with heli-drop) or 4-day traverse that links alpine and sub-alpine ridges from Ymir all the way to Porto Rico, just a few minutes drive south of Nelson ...
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