Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cheops North Five

Plan A was to ski to the summit of Video Peak, descend off the north side, and then to climb back up to Bruins Pass and return via 8812. But by the time we were half-way up the valley the sun was intense. The fresh snow that had fallen overnight was quickly turning to gloop on any aspect facing the sun. And we'd be on a south facing slope for hours. So Plan B was to head up to Balu Pass and try to get into one of the north facing gullies on Cheops that would hopefully still be holding snow.

Plan B: Cheops North

Balu Pass

On Cheops with our track down in the valley

It was a stunning day.

Ross Peak, Bonney, and Green

Cougar Valley



The upper entrance to Cheops 5 looked a little sketchy so we opted for the lower one.

We then worked our way to skier's left into one of the lower gullies. A feature that we look at longingly every time we come this way but only dare to ski under these ideal conditions.

And that was it! Our last ski of the season. A great way to end what started way back in October. Time for a new challenge now in the form of a little sailboat that has been begging for our attention.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bruins North Bowl and 8812

Late spring and it just keeps snowing. Neal joined us for a trip up the Connaught. We couldn't help taking a photo of the hotel. Will it be gone by this time next year?

We headed up onto Bruins Ridge. It felt mid-winter at times. Blowing like mad, swirling snow, and cold!

We reached Bruins Pass and had a look around.

The north side looked great so we ripped this skins and had a really nice ski.

Followed by snacks.

And the climb back up to the pass.

And the return descent down 8812 bowl.

The ski out down valley bottom is a delight this time of year. No fighting to maintain a high line or thrashing through alder. Just point 'em down and go.

But the end is near! I think we'll give up before the ski season this year.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Lily Glacier

We skied up onto the Lily Glacier under bright skies. This tour must have one of the best view-to-effort ratios in Rogers Pass.

Bonney Glacier

Moraine below Bonney Glacier

Bonney Glacier

Once above the icefall we thought about heading over to the Dome-Rampart Col. But the weather was so nice we decided to continue over the high point on the glacier and on towards the north south ridge of Swanzy. Just for kicks. The weather would hold.

West side of The Dome and Castor


Glacier below S ridge of Swanzy

No. It wouldn't.

So we skied down the icefall in an absolute white out.

Then it did this.

Oh well.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Youngs Peak Traverse

A slough on the railbed? Come on. We just left the car!

And a big whumper out of the Practice Slopes too.

Weasel huck?

Very wintry below the glacier.


Beautiful blue skies. Freezing cold to baking hot in about 5 minutes.

Youngs Peak at far right.

Ascent up final ridge and the initial ski down the headwall.

Brenda near the summit.

And Steve somewhere below the headwall. The only photo of actual skiing today.

A great day but also a very long day!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017


Unsure what the weather would do we headed to NRC where there are a couple of low visibility options. In the end we saw a bit of everything...snow, wind, sun, cloud, fog, hot, cold.

The main slide paths had gone right to valley bottom. Not unheard of in spring. But the most interesting observation for us was how the shoulder gully to skier's left had also avalanched and taken out mature timber on either side of the path. It's right around here that the up track often enters into this gully to get around the cliff band in the middle section of the main avalanche paths.


Anyway, we skied. And it was good. Although a little character building below 1600 meters-ish.

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.

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