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
Ski touring Archives
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.
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
With the beautiful weather in Vancouver this spring, the road bike has seen way more action than the skis. Having 60 ski days under my belt this year I had no intention to ski for the sake of skiing, especially after so many days of fantastic powder. It would take something special to drag me back out. Read More