I couldn’t convince anyone to join me this morning, so left rainy Rossland and headed to Kootenay Pass on my own. It was snowing heavily all day, the skiing was boot deep, smooth and easy. I lapped my skin-track, bouncing turns through the trees, until I’d had my fill.
Monthly Archives: March 2015
After a winter of often trying conditions, a week of powder skiing at Kokanee was exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered. Through some friends we’d made on a previous lodge trip, Elise and I joined up with a crew of 13 other ski tourers from Utah, for a week at the luxurious (three story timber frame lodge with flush toilets, showers, and power) Kokanee Glacier cabin. After arriving in driving rain, it then dumped 30cm of new snow, making for stable, boot deep turns all week. We explored the mountains, lapped the powder, soaked in the sunshine, marveled at the views, ate and drank to excess, and escaped from our cares with a great bunch of people. Another storm delayed our departure, but made for even more skiing. If you’re even slightly serious about ski touring, you’ve got to be doing as many trips like this as your budget allows. It just doesn’t get any better.
Northwest flow isn’t kind to the Rossland Range. While we got only a dusting out of Monday’s storm, just to the East the Selkirks got 10-15cm. At Kootenay Pass the new snow was too light and dry to create real powder skiing on top of the widespread crust, but on smooth moderate slopes the skiing is much better than it has been, and is looking even better.