We have seen a promising start to the season here on the BC coast. After last year’s challenging snow conditions (and lack thereof) there are lots of eager skiers searching for their early season powder fix. One lesson learned from the 2014 season was to never pass up and opportunity to get good turns in. Read More
The lack of rain on the west coast has meant that fall hiking conditions are some of the best we have seen in recent years. Whether this is a foreshadowing of another weak winter and minimal snow is irrelevant at this point. We can’t complain about the weather, and to be honest it’s nice to still see sunshine in October. But more simply, we can’t change the forecast so we’ll make do with whatever comes our way. The warm weather has made scrambling an easy choice. We often explore mountains in the winter but forget the beauty that they hold in the summer.
The recreational possibilities in the coast mountains is endless between hiking, skiing and mountain biking. There are more adventures than one person could cover in a lifetime. For us, a free long weekend normally means one thing – an adventure. This time around (really, as most times around in the summer) we were hunting for potential winter terrain north of Pemberton, BC. Read More
The trip in which all elements clicked and came together…
Rogers pass isn’t much of a secret anymore. There are guide books, maps and a social media roll so deep that you can scout any run you want by a simple search. Often times the information isn’t the challenge here, it is the weather. Factors encompass visibility, sometimes stability, and some times physical fitness. There are times when all of those things are in sync. When this happens your imagination is the only limiter and amazing things happen.
I have heard people speaking of powder depression in the last few weeks, and thinking that it is best to keep rolling with mountain biking and the other summer activities they are used to. It rained last week – wow a lot of rain – and if it had of been a little colder, we could have been looking at the Snowpocolypse of a few seasons ago. How fickle the weather is and our collective moods hang in the balance. Read More
No doubt, having multiple ski setups is a serious financial investment – but what makes the pill easier to swallow, is the G3 Onyx binding and its Quiver Killer Kits. The kit comes with mounting bolts and inserts, offering you the opportunity to transition your ION bindings between skis.
Installing Quiver Killers is pretty straightforward but does require some comfort with mounting ski bindings. This video and instructions will work for any binding – just make sure you buy the appropriate mounting bolts for your binding. Read More
I have had a love affair with Rogers Pass since my first trip in 2008. At that point I had only ski toured about 10 times but was hooked on the experience. Back in those days, Glacier Park Lodge was up and running and it was such a simple affair to zip down to the Discovery Center to get your permit, and when most terrain was closed, Grizzly Shoulder was always an option (now a permitted area). It was much less busy back then and trail breaking was a given. Gear was way different with tech bindings only a fringe item and 95mm underfoot was wide. So much has changed in six years.
A lot has changed in a year for Geobackcountry.com. First came a very detailed google earth KML. Next was a smartphone geo-referenced map and guide book. This is the next level in guide books, in which we move away from plain text to fully interactive pieces that help adventurers pin point the goods with amazing accuracy. This does not come easy and it has taken Doug (owner and chief stoke master) years to acquire the routes, pictures, and also the knowledge to effectively deliver this exceptional package. Read More
You know you are excited when you wake up a full three hours before your alarm is set to go off. With a fresh espresso in hand, I pour over the weather data and hope there will be enough snow to cover your skis from a dozen core shots. I learned my lesson last year after passing on a clear early season skiing opportunity. I didn’t get another chance for almost three weeks. Read More
We all have dreams and aspirations for things we want to accomplish in life. There are seasons when you accomplish all of them, and some years none. It isn’t the success or failure we should examine when it comes to goal setting, rather the personal accomplishments and small victories we have claimed through the full season.
The change in the seasons is unmistakable. The mornings are more crisp, and the evenings become darker soon after the day job ends. For some, these signs signal a time to prepare for a long winter inside. These folks are plotting ways to escape and devising strategies to cope with the long Canadian winter ahead.
We, and like many other skiers out there, however think a little different. This time, is a time of anticipation, and with each rain storm in the forecast a glimmer of hope emerges that the next one could be the start of the ski season. As the early fall storms stack on top of each other, the waiting game begins for the alpine temperatures to start flirt with freezing levels. The ski season will start, sometimes with a bang sometimes with a wimper. Read More
Just about when we thought the year might be a total loss, the snow has started to fall again. We are far from out of the woods, needing another metre of base is to fill in the stumps and slide-alder present in most of our great touring area’s here on the coast. Last weekend we ventured out to see what the latest storm brought, and to get a good sense of the approach challenges that still linger down low. Read More
What a dreadful month of skiing. Warm storms and sunny skies is making for some brutal skiing conditions. I can confirm the total snowfall accumulation is about three metres short the 10 year average in the Sea-to-Sky region. This makes it very difficult to find great skiing, and for those without sleds, makes approaches so long that it isn’t worth the trek for the little bit of fluff that is out there. Read More
We’ve been working long and hard on developing a ski map for the Coquihalla region. This map is not intended to replace a topographic map, but to supply you with some additional information that has taken us years to collect. I recognize many people will love it. I know many people will hate it because it seems we’re exposing secrets of the area. This is the new reality of ski touring; it is no longer a fringe sport and the thirst for information is none other than growing. Rather than have people enter the backcountry blindly, hopefully this resource will offer some knowledge for out-of-town visitors and those looking to expand their horizons. Read More
As a woman, I’ll be the first to say, the backcountry is no place for girls – it is for the strong willed, strong minded, in which one must be cognisant of the dangers that surround them. Not to take the fun out of all of it, but the whiny, hand-holding and helpless girly attitude isn’t welcome in this environment.
I’ll admit, like a lot of the women out there, I was dragged into the backcountry by the boys (albeit happily). Already having a bit of camping and outdoor travel experience under my belt, it wasn’t hard to quickly adapt to the outdoor survival mode of ski touring. That is, managing gear, food, clothing, water, fitness, efficient terrain travel, and tracking weather patterns. I wasn’t completely green.. but it still took time to get better at each of those things. I quickly realized, in a worst-case scenario, one must be prepared to survive in the wilderness because your life, and that of your partners depends on it. Read More