Svalbard Ski & Sail on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn - May 15-22, 2020
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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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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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Selkirk Lodge Trip Report - Jan 5 to 12, 2019
The Selkirks have a great snowpack right now, with the recent problems of windslabs and the January 2 freezing rain layer well settled ...
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Riddle Glacier

The Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camps (GMCs) are a very old tradition, dating back to 1906 and the dawn of mountaineering inCanada. They have always been pretty big affairs, attracting mountaineers from all over. The first one, in Yoho Valley, attracted about 100 participants and was considered a good way to give people the credentials to become ACC members. Back then, you needed to have a resume to join the ACC, and a 10,000 ft peak had to be in there somewhere, so the GMC was a good, safe introduction to “General Mountaineering”, led by certified mountain guides from Austria and Switzerland.

The Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camps (GMCs) are a very old tradition, dating back to 1906 and the dawn of mountaineering inCanada. They have always been pretty big affairs, attracting mountaineers from all over. The first one, in Yoho Valley, attracted about 100 participants and was considered a good way to give people the credentials to become ACC members. Back then, you needed to have a resume to join the ACC, and a 10,000 ft peak had to be in there somewhere, so the GMC was ...
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Dragonfly on the Wapta
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, 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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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!

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 down quite a bit, with only a few avalanches to size 2.5 observed out of steep/extreme sun exposed gully features in the alpine. Skiing out the Tak Falls road today we saw widespread avalanche activity especially at treeline and below treeline.

On Thursday we skied up to 2950 m on Mt. Des Poilus, SE aspect, as well as to the summit of the neighboring 3050 m sub-peak just to the north (the one that Mark Klassen’s original map accidentally labels as Des Poilus) and found excellent skiing. By the afternoon, all aspects well into the alpine except for sheltered north were moist from sun exposure. Yesterday we skied over Isolated Col, sneaking in a hot lap on the north aspect, which was excellent skiing. The south aspect down to Stanley Mitchell was some of the most challenging breakable crust (2 ...
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Nirvana Pass Siva Glacier

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 weather is generally better than further west.

I was pleasantly surprised at the weather we had during the week. It was mild, ranging between -18°C and 0°C. A brief storm just before we flew in to the area gave enough snow to make for excellent powder skiing all week.

The reason this place is so perfect for ski mountaineering becomes obvious as soon as you fly over the pass. Rows of glaciers on either side of the valley are lined up one beside the other at varying degrees of steepness that are all perfect for skiing. The peaks are towering and rugged. I’ve been to some of the best ski lodges in the world, and I have to say Nirvana tops them all for terrain.

It certainly helped that we also had great snow stability. With the exception of a ...
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Lila Under the Rhino
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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