February 20, 2011

Skiing The Adamants

Mt Sir Sanford doing a great North Side of Everest impersonation.

Had the pleasure of joining CMH Adamants last week for some epic skiing. By the time I arrived at the lodge, a recent storm had just just dumped over a meter of fresh in the alpine. Of course, being the Adamants, this was rarely referred to as snow but as Angel Fluff.

We didn't see the sun until the last day when the skies finally cleared. This was great timing since it also coincided with the end of a five day hangover.

Hanging out in the backseat might not get you much respect, but it does make for a good photo op.

Flying around under clear blue skies.

Firing up.

Cool light.

An early morning bombing mission with Mr. McGee. This, combined with the previous nights antics, had me feeling woozy for days.

Tommy R teaching me what to do with the Angel Fluff.

Skiing Silver Shadow.

Home for the day.

Somewhere in Norman Wood.

February 12, 2011

Skiing at Fortress Mountain

No shortage of snow during this University of Calgary Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course.

After a last minute schedule change, I found myself teaching an Intro Backcountry Ski Course in K-Country today. The venue was the defunct Fortress ski resort that is rumored to be re-opening in 2013. As has been the case for much of this blessed winter, it was snowing heavily throughout the day, and I think that most of the participants were left wondering why they didn't get in to this a long time ago.

The elation lasted until lap #2

A black and white sort of day.

Ahhhh, out of the wind

Taking a break before starting down.

In backcountry skiing, it is always important to have an excuse when you fall. I typically default to my skis not being wide enough. In this case, flat light was to blame.


February 08, 2011

Skiing Mt Hector

Bender Dundat nearing the top of Mt. Hector.

Finally got out for a beautiful day of ski touring in the Rockies today with a group of climbers turned skiers. Myself, Josh B, Bender and Mad Johnny piled in to Ben's truck this morning like a troupe of circus clowns, and drove up to Mt. Hector under cold and clear skies. We began the 1600 meter climb in -24 degrees and spent most of the day wrapped in full regalia.

It's funny how the definition of good skiing changes if you don't have a helicopter flying you around. The upper part of the mountain today was so wind hammered that ski crampons would have been useful. But we scraped our way up and down, managed a few fluffy turns on the lower slopes, and deemed it an awesome day.

Looking up at Mt. Hector from the lower glacier.

Low down on the glacier.

Bender, Johnny and the struggle.

Nearing the top.

Captain Briggs

The Rockies are tough to beat for vistas unless Josh is blocking the view.

Starting the descent.

Better snow low down on the hill.

Ben and Johnny taking the pits seriously.

The rare and coveted fluffy turn.