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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Nirvana Pass Siva Glacier

Nirvana Pass Ski Camp 2018

In early March 2018 I ran a ski camp out of Nirvana Pass. Located just a short distance from Mount Waddington, Nirvana is a hybrid between Coast and Chilcotin terrain. The glaciers are massive and tumbling, but the relief is not as severe as the neighboring peaks. And, while there’s a ton of snow, it’s not as intense and the ...
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Valhalla Mountain Lodge

Valhalla Mountain Lodge

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! ...
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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 :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

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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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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