Tantalus Traverse

Words by Stephen Ziff, Images by Matt Gunn (Lea Zhecheva’s poetic trip report can be found here) The texting begins on Tuesday.  Unlike this past stormy winter, the forecast is actually great for the weekend and Matt mentions one of our unfinished goals for the season: the Tantalus traverse.  We think about a three-day trip, but…

Van Horlick Touring

Another great day of touring with a good crew. We took advantage of the plowed Van Horlick Road but chose a route that provided access to a summit with minimal exposure to avalanche terrain. Good times!

Watersprite Cabin

Wilf and I had a great trip up to Watersprite Lake. Day one found us skiing four lines, three in the south basin and one in the north basin. Day two ambitions changed when we stepped out of the hut to find Wilf’s binding missing a toe pin, homeward bound! Watersprite Cabin Crossing Watersprite Lake…

Sea to Sky Gondola Couloirs

Ziff’s birthday turned out well. We spent the day in the Squamish backcountry skiing couloirs and chutes. Ziff getting his first taste of Sea to Sky Gondola touring. Ziff preparing to ski a couloir on the northeast flank of Ledge Mounting. Northeast Ledge Mountain flank couloir. Heading up into the Nai-Ledgeling east couloir (curving out of site to…

Tszil Peak, Mount Taylor & Heart Strings

Great times in the Duffey! Below Tszil. En route to the Tszil summit. Past Taylor, headed for Heart Strings. Ross enjoys first tracks down Heart Strings. Ryan on Heart Strings Ross on Heart Strings

Journeyman Lodge Touring

Great trip to Callaghan Country for a night at Journeyman Lodge. We managed to get some excellent touring and spent the evenings relaxing in comfort. Looking forward to more time at the lodge! Preparing for a sled ride into the lodge. Journeyman Lodge, our accommodations for the night. Starting off with a tour up Journeyman…

Anif Peak

Great day out in the Squamish backcountry. There’s some great skiing at Anif Peak. Mike and I ascended the yellow route and skied two laps identified in blue. There’s a lengthy logging road approach to get to this point which we shortened dramatically using a sled. Anif is accessed off the Mamquam Forest Service Road via the…

Spearhead Traverse

We set out with ambitions of steep skiing but didn’t find the conditions we were looking for. Spearhead day trip was the consolation prize. Hard to beat!

Mount Garibaldi

Sledded up to Brohm Ridge for an afternoon climb of Mount Garibaldi. Incredibly cold and windy.

Stadium Glacier

Great day touring with John, Grahame and Mike in the Stadium Glacier area. Lot more exploring to do in this area.

Ledge-Ledgeling Couloir

More fun exploration in the Sea to Sky Gondola backcountry. Marty and I turned around partway up this couloir due to the presence of windslab but managed to make an enjoyable tour out of the day.

Hanging Lake

Out with a good crew for some storm skiing above Hanging Lake.

Cowboy Ridge and The Corral

Had a fantastic day in the Whistler backcountry with some fine folks. Skied a short chute in the Corral but wind effect sent us back to the Cowboy Ridge where we found excellent snow conditions. Headed up Oboe Views towards Fissile Robin in the Apostles GQ in a Corral Chute Robin in Corral Chute Geoff…

Cowboy Ridge

Great trip with Marty and Wilf out to Cowboy Ridge. Fantastic conditions!

Chuting Gallery

Just another day in the Blackcomb Backcountry. Good times in the Chuting Gallery.

Panorama Ridge

Great tour with Wilf up Panorama Ridge. Garibaldi Lake is so spectacular prior to freezing that it’s well worth the hike. We walked to Taylor meadows and skinned from there. Wilf heading towards Panorama Ridge. Garibaldi Lake from the Panorama Ridge summit. Summit time. Skinning back to the summit after the first run. Run two…

Cerise Creek

Despite a gloomy prospects of snow quality due to high freezing levels, Mike and I headed out to the Duffey for an early season ramble into Cerise Creek. Low and behold we had the valley to ourselves! First views up into the alpine revealed recent avalanche activity above the Anniversary Glacier. Nice views of Matier…

Metaldome Season Opener

As with every year I was more than a little excited to get out skiing once the feeling of summer had given way to fall. The October an early round of cold weather and snow and I was lucky to get out for a tour with some new friends. We headed to Metaldome with the intent of…

Rethel Couloir

Headed up to Wedgemount Lake with a great crew and headed up the Rethel Couloir. Conditions were firm, far from optimal. We made it up to a stone’s throw from the summit, then made our way home. Good times in the Coast Mountains!

Wedge Mountain South Face

Wandered over to Wedge from Blackcomb before the new snowfall began. Pretty straightforward and good snow for the descent. Tried an exit out Rethel Creek. Was fine up high but deteriorated significantly lower down. I wouldn’t recommend travel on the south side of the creek.  

Chisel Chute & Foon Alley

Nice end to the year in the Blackcomb backcountry but it’s time for a reset. Solar aspects were getting warm in the afternoon and there was a bit of wind affect up high. Plus a few tracks out there…

Cham Chute and Vista Chute

Pretty good conditions today in Blackcomb backcountry. Lots of good snow out there. Cham Chutes 1 is still rocky, I would suggest waiting til it fills in a bit more if you want to avoid core shots. Vista chute is filled in. Spearhead Glacier is in considerably better shape. The access from VistaBowl was quite…

Trorey Glacier

Opening weekend for Blackcomb = backcountry fun! Headed out past Decker towards Pattison. Slopes were wind affected up high but there were good turns to be had. Lots of open crevasses. I was pleased to need my headlamp.

Vista Bowl and Corona Bowl

More good time in the Blackcomb backcountry on opening weekend. Used a rope crossing Spearhead Glacier from Vista Bowl – some open slots there as of last weekend. Upper Spearhead Glacier had numerous open slots, people had been working around them to access Husume. Good snow and coverage in upper Corona, the lower half had…