Of the 40 odd days I have toured in Rogers Pass I can count on one hand the number times I have made it into the high alpine.
Normally it is nuking and the trees are where the skiing has to be done. After a big storm early in the week which was followed by a cold artic blast which tightened up the snow pack but more importantly brought visibility.
The trip today was to stay away from glaciated terrain but get up high and ski something steep and fun. Starting at the leisurely time of 9am my new found ski partner Andy and I blasted up the valley passing lots of groups on the way. The brush down low and the access to the alpine was a sporting adventure in its own right. The plan was Video Peak which is accessed from Caunnaguht Creek behind the discovery centre. I made sure to refresh my memory by taking a look at the Rogerspass411.ca KML file.
With the sun shining and a ski track set into the zone we made quick work of the trail making the top in a little over 2.5 hrs. Video is one of the classic descents in the park popular in early season and one of the first lines to get skied after a storm. Even with no fresh in a few days the wind had blown over most of the tracks making for a smooth buttery descent.
It is a shame that the days are so short at this time of year as a second late was just out of reach with the light fading we headed for the valley and in an hour we were back at the car. A long 7 hour drive awaited my tired body but a great day in the mountains made it all worth it.