Molly welcomes the ski tourers back from their Day 1 companion rescue practice. Burnie Glacier Chalet

Exchange day at Burnie!

The weather cleared for an uneventful flight into the Chalet. Well not quite uneventful -- after takeoff the passenger door on the A-Star popped open twice so we had to return for a quick repair. An inversion today meant -6° in a Smithers and +1° at the Chalet. Moist snow is forecast to freeze into a thin crust with tonight's ...
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YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier

YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier

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 of the area is that ...
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Ski Tour :: The Molars :: Kicking Horse Slackcountry

Ski Tour :: The Molars :: Kicking Horse Slackcountry

Today we did a short ski 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! ...
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Rogers Pass

Rogers Pass

Wow what great ski touring 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 carefree skiing. That ...
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Guided Ice Climbing in Canmore and Banff

Guided Ice Climbing in Canmore and Banff

I’ve been ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies since the mid-90s and have guided many of the hardest lines as well as coached beginners up easy flows at the Junkyards and King Creek. Drop me a line to discuss your private guiding needs. Ice climbing near Canmore on a WI 3 pillarThe Bow Valley is famous for its reliable, incredible ...
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Rogers Pass :: Advanced Avalanche Skills Training :: AST-2

Rogers Pass :: Advanced Avalanche Skills Training :: AST-2

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 1850 m on shaded aspects ...
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Sunshine Slackcountry :: Bye Bye Bowl

Sunshine Slackcountry :: Bye Bye Bowl

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! ...
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Des Poilus Glacier

Bow-Yoho Traverse

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 ...
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Ski touring :: Sugar Bowl :: Icefields Parkway

Ski touring :: Sugar Bowl :: Icefields Parkway

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 “Sugar Bowl” which is not ...
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Hero's Knob Ski Tour :: Canadian Rockies

Hero’s Knob Ski Tour :: Canadian Rockies

Hero’s Knob is a super popular destination for classic loops and powder backcountry ski touring descents, both moderate and fairly extreme. Dec 21 I spent the day doing the classic loop with Jörg, Mike, Alicja and Maryke. The descent down the Hero’s north bowl was fantastic!! ...
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