Monthly Archives: April 2015

Another quick blast of Winter

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Jordy- Lunchbox trees.

 

I’ve almost fully transitioned to biking season, but with a cold and snowy system dumping 20cm of snow on the peaks, I couldn’t pass up another opportunity for some powder skiing. We weaved through jack-knifed rigs on the climb to Kootenay Pass, where in heavy blizzard conditions we joined up with one of the local senior citizen ski bums for laps in the trees. For all the doom and gloom expressed about this winter, this past month has been a memorable one, and the snow-pack in the alpine is actually well above average for this time of year – check out the data for the 2086m Redfish Ck automated snow pillow  recording site near Kokanee.

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Kokanee to Woodbury Ski Traverse

So many mountains, so little time. Just back from a 5 day ski traverse, starting (at the snowline at 7km) up Kokanee Creek to the Slocan Chief, up and then down Kokanee Glacier to Coffee Pass, over Kane Pass, down the Kane Icefield then up to the Woodbury Cabin, a day spent lapping the Woodbury Glacier, then a high route to Silverspray, a line down by the Caribou Glacier, then a final descent to and out via Woodbury Creek (to our vehicle parked at the 2.5km landslide). We timed the trip for a high pressure window, and with stable, light, boot deep powder on northern aspects, the multiple long, steep, perfect powder runs were certainly the highlight of our ski season.

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Mt Brennan.

It’s been snowing and remaining cool up high, so we made the effort (it’s a long day trip from Rossland) and skied off the 9500′ summit of Mt Brennan in the Goat Range. We had smooth powder turns all the way down to the to the lake, and easy carving down the lower head-wall to the road, which is melting out and won’t remain ski-able for long. A very satisfying 6000′ descent.

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