Sunday, February 23, 2014

Revelstoked - Brock Dock Ski Trip Ep 4

Somehow I lived with four individuals at University in Kingston who took up an interest in backcountry skiing. Now I can't say that I still like all of these individuals but it certainly is convenient that we have the same interests. About every other year since we finished up at Queen's we have gotten together for a ski generally alternating between Revelstoke and the Coast. This year it was Reveltsoke and timing seemed to be pretty good with the mid winter drought having ended a week prior and some clearish days in the forecast.

That a boy James

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Duffy Lake Rd - Chief Pascal

I cannot believe that it took until mid Feb to get out skiing on the Duffy. It snowed all week and with heightened avalanche danger we wanted to find somewhere safe to go with good skiing, Chief Pascal fit that bill nicely. The Delica chugged up the Duffy in about  an hour and a half from Squamish. Of note, there were ZERO cars in the Joffre Lakes parking lot, good to see that people were avoiding some of the more exposed terrain accessed from this point. We originally had seven + the dog in our group but three decided to break off and go ski some trees elsewhere. We headed up the Cerise creek trail  with Mags leading the way despite my best efforts to try to get her to calm down to conserve her energy. This was the deepest day that I had taken the dog on yet, and I was a little worried that she would be exhausted by the end of the day or just get stuck one of the many tree wells that had formed with the recent storm snow. The skin up was steep but not too technical and the new snow made for good grip. The trees on the E facing slope were a bit tight to have any good turns in especially with the low snow pack (about 1M more is needed to cover all of the deadfall).
Duffy Lake

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Coquihalla for Dummies - Nak Peak Ski

With the three weeks of high pressure finally coming to a close this past week, I needed to get out there. Unfortunately the Sea to Sky only got a dusting from a midweek storm so we decided to head to the Coquihalla which had reportedly gotten hit a bit harder. Our hopes were high on the drive up until we approached the pass and it really didn't look like there was much snow at all. We arrived at the falls lake parking lot around 9am to nearly 40 cars - last time I was here on a Saturday there were only two you think backcountry skiing is getting more popular?
Greg ripping it in front of this awesome cliff