Racing the sun at Burnie Glacier

Racing the sun at Burnie Glacier

Today I did three Burnie 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 ...
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Sunny tree skiing at Burnie

Sunny tree skiing at Burnie

At Burnie Glacier Chalet, or anywhere for that matter, 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 ...
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Loft Peak, Burnie Glacier

Loft Peak, Burnie Glacier

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 alpine down to the old ...
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Powder Day :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

Powder Day :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

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 lodge to warm up and refuel in between ...
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Solitaire Ski Peak

Solitaire Ski Peak :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

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 Solitaire Ski Peak, which ...
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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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Rectory Couloir

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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The Molars

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! The MolarsThe MolarsThe MolarsThe MolarsThe MolarsThe Molars ...
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McGill Shoulder

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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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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