April 20, 2011

Skiing The Chester Lake Couloir

Half way down the 800 meter Chester Lake Couloir. Gery Unterasinger Photo

About one year back, I tried to ski the Chester Lake Couloir with Ryan C and Ross M. We got to within 200 meters of the top before turning around. Two days ago, I went back to this beautiful K-Country line with Gery U. It was my first time skiing in the area this winter and I didn't have too many expectations one way or another. The couloir is a short drive from Canmore and the minimal approach was perfect for a lazy Monday morning session.

Funny how things often turn out when you're not expecting much.

The Chester Lake Couloir is the obvious lookers' right-most line tucked up against the rocks. The shot was taken after we skied it and you can see Gery skiing down just below the sun-shadow line. The line immediately lookers' left would have been awesome too, but the big cliff at the bottom kept us away. In a big snow year like this, it would not be too hard to traverse back to the main line near the bottom and avoid the big drop.

800 meters of boot-packing above Chester Lake.

A perfect bench about half-way up.

The snow got better and better as we climbed higher.

Nearing the top of the couloir.

I forgot the memory stick for my camera so I got to play ski-model for the descent. Not even Gery's photographic prowess could make me look like a good skier. Gery U Photo.

This was my first run on a new pair of Scarpa T2 Eco's and I really liked them. Super similar to the T2X which I've been using for years. I also used a newer pair of BD Drift which are super light and a ton of fun to ski. Gery U photo.

Face shot country. Gery U Photo.


Edgepath said...

Impressive stuff as usual Andrew! Couldn't see how that line was possible earlier in the year, but looks pretty cool now.

Anonymous said...

actually the line usually fills in quite early, my first time up there was very early in the season. you just get some narrow pinches.


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Anonymous said...

Dang, That looks sick.