Old Glory

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Avalanche on 50s Ski Move Peak 

After a couple of low visibility days and snow-cat issues at Wildhorse, and the continuing problems with the lifts at Red,  yesterday both Jordy and I were stoked to be walking free on a sunny day in the Rossland Range. This recent slide on a South-East aspect of 50s Ski Movie Peak showed that caution is still required when things warm up, but after a cold night everything seemed pretty solid (10cm of wind slab broke off on some steep roll-overs).

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Jordy Hall dropping into the Nose Route on Old Glory.

With strong Northerly winds and mild temperatures the day before, trail breaking to the summit of Old Glory was easy in variable snow conditions. The double hour-glass route looked more scoured, so we skied the nose route  on the East Face .

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Jordy on the steep dog-leg of the Nose route. 

The rime build-up and the snow-ghosts made for a beautiful back-drop, but the firm and variable snow conditions demanded strong technique.

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Jordy on the South-East Glades off Hanna Peak. 

The traditional  descent route of the North chutes off Hanna Peak looked wind-blasted, so we tried out the more protected South-East glades off Hanna Peak. We found easy skiing firm powder and open glades for perhaps 800′ of vertical, then traversed hard left back into Hanna creek. The traverse through tightly spaced small trees on steep ground was a grovel, but the rolling gentle and continuous descent down the creek bed to the highway was an unexpected pleasure. I’m now off to Revelstoke and Rogers Pass for a week, and won’t be posting till I’m back.

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