Blackcomb Backcountry: Chisel & Foon Alley

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

Blackcomb Backcountry: Cham & Vista

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 VistaB was quite…

Musical Bumps

More great touring off Whistler in the Oboe Creek area.

Marriott Basin

Birthday weekend at Wendy Thomson Hut. Jonathan’s Images

Blackcomb Backcountry: Vista & Corona

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…

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.

Marriott Basin

Beautiful weather at Marriott Basin. Checked out the Wendy Thompson Hut and got some turns in north of the hut.

Black Tusk

Hard to beat a day like today. Biked up the Microwave Road for a great day of skiing around Black Tusk.  

Brew Hut

Family backpacking trip to Brew Hut.

Rohr Lake

Hiked into Rohr Lake with Teagan, Maia and Lucie.

Tricouni Lake

Fun three family outing up to Tricouni Lake from Chance Creek.

Tricouni Lake

Fun three family outing to Tricouni Lake from Change Creek.

Gondola Backpacking

Great munchkin backpacking trip up Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail from the Sea to Sky Gondola with Mike, Lucie, Anna and Maia.

Owls Couloir & Hibachi-Wedge Traverse

Phenomenal trip with good folks. After an early morning heli drop to Hibachi Ridge we made our way back to Wedgemount Lake via the Weart-Cook Col, with a side trip along the way to climb and ski the Owl’s Couloir. Bit of excitement with the shrund collapsing under a skier…

The Corral

Touchy avalanche conditions so we skied out to the Corral on conservative terrain and stuck to mellow slopes. Set off a large sympathetic avalanche at the top of the Corral.

Whirlwind Peak

Toured out towards Whirlwind and with Antony and Stephen for a pleasant day of skiing.

Spearhead Traverse

Back out for another trip around the Spearhead – twice in two weeks! When a trip is this good it’s a pleasure to repeat.

Spearhead Traverse

Can’t beat a trip around the Spearhead, even if the weather isn’t perfect…

Shudder Glacier

Touring out to the Shudder Glacier with Ziff. Good times.

Phalanx Mountain

Quick trip to Phalanx while my munchkin was in ski school. A slight navigational error created some stress getting back to post lesson pick up. Made it despite the challenge. I love Whistler!

Musical Bumps

While my munchkin was in ski lessons I skinned up Flute looking for a crew to tag in with. Buyer beware! I met some folks who ended up triggering the depicted avalanche.