Monday, January 31, 2011

Days off...

With almost 4 meters of new snow in the last month, it was really nice to wake up to some cold and clear arctic high pressure up north in Canada. The snowpack has doubled in depth, tightened up, and the last storm finished off with a sweet icing of cold smoke. All of this has coincided with my first few 'days off' from life at Valhalla Mountain Touring. I know, tough life that I live, having to be up at a backcountry ski lodge full time. But its nice to ski some where different, drive a car, and watch TV in a hotel room!

With the good weather and free time Jasmin and I have decided to hit up Rogers Pass, and our timing is perfect! So day 1 we decided to try our hand at Mt Rogers, one of the bigger summits off the pass. The stats are simple. Put your skins on at the car and start climbing. Climb until its too steep to skin, and then throw your skis on your back. Boot it up to the unskiable summit with ice axe in hand. Look down the 3,000' rock walls off the summit, go back to your skis and slay cold smoke for a LONG ways back to the car. It's about 6,500' vertical feet in one climb up, with a 800' 45 degree headwall at the summit. I like those numbers.

But lets let the stellar photos from the day do the talking!


After 4,000' of up, we are finally getting to the glacier, with good views of the Roger's Headwall

Looking back at some skiers in front of Mt Tupper

Jasmin, and her hot hot pink ski pants leads the way up the 48 degree headwall

Nothing like a knife edge ridge to the summit. Rogers Pass elevation: 1300m. Summit of Rogers: 3200m. It's a long ways down to those valleys

Skiing down the headwall, glad it had slid before we got there, giving us the confidence to travel safely up the old path.

Post headwall powder shladdelling in the alpen-glow. Life is good!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Deep Days of January

The hose was aimed at us last week for 70cms of new snow. Nice to see the snowpack grow and the ski quality continue to be mind boggling.

Enjoy a few photos from Fred Marmsater who is up here visiting this week.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Week

For the second year in a row, New Year's week has delivered the goods. 40cm+ of cold smoke fell for the first few days, and then arctic air kept it light and fluffy for a few more. Summits, powder skiing in the sun, and 40 degree open shots. It doesn't get much better. Take a look at some photos from last week:

Katy Drops down Ruby's Nose in blower pow

Ken makes sure the top of Ruby's Nose is 'safe' for us

Jas let's her big skis rip on Crown Jewel

Kelly on the split board on Crown Jewel

Crown Jewel

Benny with some birthday face shots. He's 3 now.

Last summit of 2010: Rugged peak on Dec 31!

Rugged Peak

Rugged Peak

Yes, those skies are real, no photoshop for the arctic blue sky.