Twin Cairns Nov 11/2012

Good short ski trip with Wietse.  Ideal trip to start season.  On top in 3.5 hours. Snow good and supportive except sugary in spots on the ridge around the rocks.  Kept to lower angles and avoided windslab. Lots of snow on top of ridge this year.  Wore my tele gear for a change since my AT ski […]

Quartzite Peak May 6, 2012

Spring skiing – Dave S had skied Ramp Peak the previous weekend and wanted to do Quartzite on Sunday because of the forecast freeze on Sat night.  Up early, meet Anders et al at Mosquito parking and skiing by just after 6 am.  The freeze was good and travel was fast and easy on very […]

Paradise Valley Ski Jan 2/2012

Fairly flat trip but mostly avi risk free excursion with Wietse and Vern.  In the trees most of the way and in the shade until close to the end of the valley. High point on trail in 30 to 40 min- could ditch skins if have wax or scales.   Hour and 15 to 1st bridge and […]

Purple Bowl – Dec 16/2011

    Leisurely AT trip into Purple bowl –  beside Lake Louise with Clayton.  See Chic’s Ski Trails Book – Skied up to above Temple lodge(45 min).  Took Skoki summer trail which is 70m uphill from winter XC ski trail.  Follow trail for .4 km then took a cutline which goes up to right off the […]

Chester Lake Ski Dec 2011

  Quick tele ski with Wietse into Chester. Went early to avoid crowds and to be back early. Lots of people – skiers, snowshoers, dogs and even hikers! (30 +).  Don’t understand how the snowshoe couples miss the snowshoe uptrack(sign) and the ski up track(sign) and end up in the middle of the ski down trail!  Both […]

Blanket Glacier Monashees Feb27-March 2, 2010

Annual heli in backcountry ski – alpine touring trip to the Blanket Glacier area in the Monashees SW of Revelstoke. Big area with lots of above and below tree line skiing.  First two days were mostly cloud and scattered snow so we skied low  or in the trees but got up high to the Vortex […]

Burstall Pass Peak Sat Jan 23/2010

I had trouble motivating myself to do Burstall pass yet again given the low cloud and snow in Calgary but I needed to get out and do something so I joined up with a group of young friends on a last minute whim.  The weather cleared up and was calmer than any time I have […]

Little Temple – Dave Salahub’s 500th Ascent – Nov 30/09

Dave Salahub – 500 Ascents in 33 years(1976 to 2009)   A long time friend of mine – Dave Salahub e-mailed about skiing Little Temple by way of Lake Annette in Paradise valley.  Good snow coverage in Lake Louise area this year so sounded interesting.   Dave, Dan Roulston and Brian Hunter and I followed old […]

Ski Sled for Camping Trips Nov09

Winter camping always involves carrying a lot of extra gear.  I have seen a lot of stuff on sleds and pulks but the simplest idea I have seen is these crazy carpet sleds. This is version # 1 this winter(09) and expext to update with modifications and improvements.  Can Tire Carpet is $3 and weighs nothing so easy cheap […]

Fossil May 3/09

Park at fish creek park lot and ski up Lake Louise ski out past Temple lodge. Then skied in on the lower Skoki trail which is a snowmobile track – (versus the higher summer trail), to Deception pass and then booted up the ridge on Fossil Mountain.  Used my light weight cross country gear –  […]