Sunday, December 10, 2017

Loop Brook Bonney Moraines

A temperature inversion has lingered over Rogers Pass for about a week. It's cold in the valleys and warm in the alpine. We saw a thick layer of surface hoar below treeline with crystals up to 25mm. Amazing stuff. When disturbed it would collapse in a cascade and run like water down even moderately steep slopes. When it's eventually buried this will probably form a nasty layer.

Early season conditions still prevail in much of Loop Brook. The creek is open making for an awkward uptrack in many places. The "Elephant's Trunk" felt a bit sketchy too. After a couple of runs on the moraines we made the mistake of descending by far skier's right and got sucked into the jungle of alder. Oh man it was diabolical, tedious stuff. We almost managed to get back to the car before darkness fell. Not quite though! But the surface hoar sparkled like millions of tiny diamonds in the light of our headlamps. Worth it.

Sunday, December 03, 2017


As well as the great skiing conditions a highlight was Brian having to eat leftover curry with a stick.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Balu Pass

With Brian, James, and friends.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Asulkan Cabin

Custodian Steve installed a drying rack and moved a shelf. We did some skiing and caught up with Ken and Ed from Team Vancouver. Conditions were fairly typical for this time of year. We had a few runs in the Toilet Bowl, on the adjacent moraine, and in front of the Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl required some sketchy traversing over rocks embedded in clear water ice. Zoiks! So perhaps there's a little less snow than normal!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Asulkan Hut Maintenance

This was a day trip to the Asulkan Hut to help Steve with some maintenance. He didn't need to transport a 16' 2x4 this time thank goodness. The approach is still scratchy. There is coverage from the parking lot but we did need to remove the skis and walk a few times on the way up and then many times on the way down. There's about a meter of snow in the tree triangle. Unfortunately there's also breakable cartwheel inducing why-am-i-doing-this crust down anywhere from 0 to 20cm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Early season on Mount McCrae

This was the earliest start to our ski season in 12 years. And as I write this on November 3rd Kelowna is getting it's earliest snowfall since 2006. Things are looking good.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sailing in the Gulf Islands

We chartered Fascination, a 28' 2005 Catalina MKII, for five days out of Sidney BC.

Day 1: Sidney to Winter Harbour, Saturna Island

Day 2: To Montague Harbour, Galiano Island

Day 3: To Princess Cove, Wallace Island

Day 4: To Genoa Bay, Vancouver Island

Day 5: To Princess Bay, Portland Island

Day 6: Back to Sidney


Here's the album: