With fantastic snow conditions and a ton of variety, the Winter of 2018 was a wonderful season for me with a great mix of lodge destinations, traverses, and even a Coast Range tent camp, a bit of K-country snowshoeing, and an Arctic Ski and Sail trip in Svalbard thrown in for good measure!
Click on the thumbnails to have a look at the photo albums for my different 2018 Winter trips.
2018 Ski Season :: Photos from the Long Winter
November to January is when I do single day and weekend ski trips, avalanche skills courses, and family outings. Here’s a selection of photos from the shortest days of winter.
I’m not going to fluff it up, much of my first Bow-Yoho this year was a grim march through bitterly cold early winter arctic frozenness. Overnighting at Stanley Mitchell was not the cozy cheerful experience I was looking forward to with -32 outside and -5 inside. But our group of hardy Saskatchewaners thought it was pretty balmy; the skiing was excellent; and the skies cleared up beautifully after the first snowy day.
So good to ski at Burnie again. Unfortunately I came down with the coughing fever cold mid-week. Thanks to co-guide Nicolas and the group for putting up with while I struggled through the week. Still, I have memories of some of the sweetest turns of the season, and a best-ever run down Loft to Lower Ptarmigan.
I kicked the coughing fever cold and was able to thoroughly enjoy my second Burnie week, with my friend and colleague Rob Coppolillo and crew.
The Kootenays is world renowned for its powder tree skiing. This week did not disappoint, with over 140 cm of new blower storm snow, a cold and snowy February brought March in like a lion. With my friends from Vancouver Section.
It’s called Nirvana for a reason. This legendary zone has some of the best ski mountaineering anywhere, within easy access of our beautiful fly-in treeline camp. No, March isn’t too early for a ski camp in the Coast Range!
What could be better than doing the Bow Yoho twice in one season? How about doing it a THIRD time, in late April, with splitter, perfect conditions?! Oh yeah, April Pow laps down Isolated Col north side — again — and even down the south facing Des Poilus runs!
At the end of may we spent 12 days in Svalbard, 7 nights on the lovely double-masted gaff rigged schooner “Noorderlicht” and the remaining days skiing out of the arctic town of Longyearbyen. Here’s a short write-up of our week skiing north of 78 degrees latitude.