Birthday ski off Whistler

Black Tusk

Good day of skiing on the Black Tusk accessed from Helm Creek


Still a bit early in the season but good views made it worthwhile.


Not my most successful outing. Too early perhaps?

Icecap Peak

Many of the great spring touring in the South Coast utilizes the vast resource road network throughout the area. These access routes change dramatically from year to year as new roads are built and old roads succumb to erosion. Social media and online web sources are an excellent way to get information on the current…

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…

Iago Northwest Face

After three attempts we found good conditions on the face. Patience pays off…

Spearhead Traverse

Headed out with thoughts of steep skiing. Conditions didn’t pan out for the steeps but it was an excellent day for the traverse.

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 Lake: Watersprite Lake Hut

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…

Paul Ridge Munchkin Ski

Fantastic outing with my munhkin for a first foray into ski touring. Total success, looking forward to more.

Tszil Mountain, 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.