Early Season Shredding

Thanks to low precipitation, warming and re-freezing, Alberta ski season is off to a slow start. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to bag five days of half-decent skiing by early November, plus a wildly exciting lesson in rappelling.

Robertson Glacier for my birthday in September was pretty fantastic, albeit a little rainy:

Robertson Glacier, Kananaskis

Robertson Glacier, Kananaskis

Late September brought the thrilling opportunity to learn how to rappel. On a glacier. Into a crevasse. Yes – it was absolutely as exciting as it sounds!

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First time rappelling! Feeling "terrified" and "giddy" -- "terrigiddy"??? Anyway, this is the moment you find out how much you trust yourself.

First time rappelling! Feeling “terrified” and “giddy” — “terrigiddy”??? Anyway, this is the moment you find out how much you trust yourself.

In October the snow started falling and I snagged a few more fantastic days:

Cool lighting in Highwood Pass

Cool lighting in Highwood Pass. Not exactly a powder day, but some turns are better than none, right?

But first, let me take a selfie

Bur first, let me take a selfie.

The next day we took things to Rae Glacier to check out conditions without expecting much. It was super rocky, terrifying skiing, but the view is superb:

Elbow Valley from on the glacier

Elbow Valley from on the glacier. Note the rocks.

And then it was Halloween. Naturally, one has to indulge in the holiday spirit. As a phantom, I traveled to the Icefields with my best gargoyle and alien friends:

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Finally, my most recent ski trip brought me back to Rae Glacier, in an attempt to get first tracks on a powder day. With a bit of winter camping the we got the “first tracks” but a melt-refreeze layer and barely any new snow killed our “powder” dreams.

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Happy bagging.

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