Last week (May 6 and 7th to be precise) a crack team of ski adventurers was assembled with the sole purpose of scouting one of the three future Spearhead Hut sites. The Macbeth site sits on the south shoulder of its namesake mountain, looking west down the Fitzsimmons Creek drainage and south towards the gnarled […]
Driving home to Squamish after a day skiing around the Blackcomb backcountry, the Tantalus Range stands proud amongst parting afternoon clouds. Swerving down highway 99, I crane my neck skywards, taking in the freshly coated peaks, lamenting that I’d not had the chance to visit the range, and pessimistic about my chances to get in […]
Exams are tough. Whether they are your first drivers test, an important midterm, or a job-dependent physical exam, they all force you to lay it on the line. There is no hiding behind feigned indifference, or deferral to a more knowledgeable friend. It is you, the challenge laid out, and the raw truth of what […]
A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Only sometime in the spring can I lift my head up enough to share some images with you, my readers. It has been a ski season of head-down work guiding both cat skiing and ski touring. Transfer out of one lodge in the morning, fly into another lodge that afternoon. Repeat. […]
Spring is a glorious time on the West Coast. The flowers are blooming in the city, but the mountains are still cloaked in snow. Deep snow, filling up glaciers, forming perfect couloirs and hugging steep north faces. READ ON TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
The weekend was looking promising. After many days of uninspiring, snow-less conditions, the weather patterns were stacking up to ensure a welcome powder respite from the recent crusts and hardpack. The forecast wasn’t calling for the grand-daddy of all storms or anything, but enough to soften up the backcountry snowpack, and incentivize us enough to […]
I love the city, but my whole being aches for winter solitude sometimes (a lot of the time). Fresh snow underfoot, great views, good friends. I achieve this escape on my pilgrimages to Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, my home away from home. I was there guiding for a few weeks around the New Year, and the conditions were the stuff of dreams. Photo gallery inside…
Sometimes, on a ski trip, everything comes together in one glorious amalgamation of conditions. This doesn’t happen all the time, and after someone experiences this magic combination for themselves, they may end up searching the mountains for years to re-create that fleeting moment.
Judging by reports from many corners of BC these moments have been […]
As I plod through a week of final exams, I am looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel; a week of good times at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing. This is a very short, sweet video from a big powder day earlier in the season. Just four exams to go…….
These are selected images from some special ski trips over the years. A good trip can be defined by a number of things, for example the conditions, or the objective. My fondest memories usually revolve around the friends I shared the experience with. It’s the experience that matters, not the end destination.