Saturday, March 11, 2017

Triangle Moraine (again)

Lots of snow. Warming. Everything was justifiably closed again. So a short day up the Asulkan again at the Tree Triangle. Heavy trail breaking again too. We had fresh tracks for three runs and called it a day. It was getting a bit old at the end I must admit. Looking forward to some colder temperatures so we can get further afield.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Triangle Moraine

We dropped Ross's car off at Loop Brook and headed to the Asulkan parking. The plan was to go over the Dome-Rampart Col and then out via the Lily Glacier. We hoped someone had broken trail up to the Dome Glacier by now. Strange times when you find yourself hoping that someone is ahead of you! But again, weirdly, we found ourselves putting in a track up through the trees above The Mouse Trap towards The Triangle Moraine. Where was everyone?



Eventually a lone skier came up our track. He chatted for a bit and watched us make agonizingly slow progress through the deep snow. Eventually he lost patience and offered to break trail for a while. As he sped past he idly mentioned that his dog was somewhere behind. As the visibility dropped and our motivation to do the traverse went with it we stopped for a snack. Ahead of us our new trailbreaker ripped skins and headed down. A good twenty minutes later look who showed up!





He was awesome! And pretty excited to have some company it seemed. We assumed his owner would realize that they'd missed each other and would come back up to find him. He followed us around for an hour before reuniting with his owner on our first run.





We did a couple of laps on The Triangle Moraine before sneaking hard skiers left to the lower end of one of the slide paths below The Mouse Trap.









We were a little disappointed to miss the traverse. But with tired legs, great conditions, and fresh tracks all day, we weren't complaining too much.

All pics: https://goo.gl/photos/x9BhmVH4694ZpYT47

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ursus Trees

"Avalanche Control from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km), 8:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sat Mar 4. Individual delays of 2 to 3 hours expected."
An extra early start got us to the Visitors Center just as the highway closed and the sounds of artillery started to echo across the mountains. So despite the big dump of snow there were only a couple of parties ahead of us as we headed up the Connaught. There were so few people about that we actually had to break trail for a good part of the day. Pretty rare these days in one of the main thoroughfares of Rogers Pass. We did a couple of laps in the trees. Had some laughs. And descended via the gully to skiers right of Hospital Gully. A great day of skiing that left us exhausted.

More pics at: https://goo.gl/photos/FGZjdtUhbm8Qpq4B8









Saturday, February 25, 2017

Overlook Bowl

Up to the Vaux Moraine and across towards Eagle.



The weather started out clear.



But clagged in on the way up.



And then came down completely at the steep entrance shortly after this photo was taken by Neal.



The first few turns are intimidating even when you can see. Brenda decided a short boot pack was the prudent course of action.



We drank hot tea to keep warm and watched the show.



The snow in the bowl was fantastic but we literally couldn't see more than a couple of meters until we reached the trees and cut across to the Practise Slopes.



A fun day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fingers

An afternoon run up at the Fingers. Things are warming up. Not quite the same conditions as last weekend. Nice to get out.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

McGill Shoulder

Long weekend in BC. Everything was closed except McGill and something else. Wow it was busy. Thankfully every group ahead of us peeled off down the treed runs or onto the first slide path. We persevered to the small summit over the crappy faceted snow to the second slide path. Untracked from top to bottom. Awesome. Then we went back up for a second run through the trees on skiers right.

















I acquired some G3 Glide Light skins second hand. 90% of the time they look like this:



That is, not working. I know they're a couple of generations old but that tail clip design is a piece of shit.