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.

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.

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. To learn more about the Spearhead Traverse click here.

Spearhead Traverse

Can’t beat a trip around the Spearhead, even if the weather isn’t perfect… To learn more about the Spearhead Traverse click here.

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.

Mount Pattison

Having fun in the Blackcomb backcountry. Great start to 2015.

Blackcomb Backcountry: Decker & Corona

I had a great day out with Ziff in the backcountry of Blackcomb skiing Decker Mountain, Spearhead Glacier and Corona Bowl. What a day! Boxing day was very quiet in Blackcomb backcountry, we saw very few people, likely because of a forecasted strong temperature inversion. Despite the forecast, snow quality remained very good. Ziff and…

Spearhead Traverse

Rich, Mike and I had a great trip around the Spearhead. We took our time and climbed a ton of peaks. Good times! To learn more about the Spearhead Traverse click here. Rich’s Picts Mike’s Spearhead Powerpoint

Blackcomb Backcountry: Pattison & Trorey

Ziff, GQ, Sasah, Antony and I got out for a fun day in the Blackcomb backcountry to ski Mount Pattison & Mount Trorey. Unfortunately, poor weather caused some delays. This is how I feel after a 5:30 departure. First stop:, backcountry ticket. We’re so keen we have to wait for the gondola to open. So…

Whirlwind Peak

Jonathan and I climbed Whirlwind. Snow quality was excellent and we got in some great turns despite deteriorating weather. Leaving the ski area boundary for Russet Lake. Fantastic skiing as we pass over the Musical Bumps. The steady ascent up Whirlwind. Whirlwind summit ridge. The weather has started to come in. Jonathan and Matt on…

Blackcomb-Currie Ski Traverse

April 7-9, 2007 A fantastic trip with great touring partners. Inclement weather provided some challenges along the way but didn’t dampen spirits. Rather than exit the rough exit of Gravell Creek we curled into the northwest face and descend the major gully below the Y Couloir. Good times all round! Day 1 Day 2 Day…