backcountry skiing Archive

Climbing and Skiing the Hood

The opportunity arose to climb and ski an iconic Pacific Northwest volcano: Wy’east, more commonly known as Mount Hood, in Oregon. Standing slightly higher than 11,000 ft (3400m), Mount Hood is is a potentially active stratovolcano, which constantly steams noxious gases from fumaroles. Rarely will I pass up an exciting adventure such as this which can be accomplished in your standard long weekend – it had to …

Wapta Traverse – Attempt Numero Uno

Planned for some of the shortest days of the year, and over New Years Eve, my friends and I prepared to attempt the Wapta Traverse. Known to be a world-class “must-do” Rocky Mountain ski tour, we picked dates that worked best for the group’s vacation calendars. Beginning at Peyto Lake we would traverse the glacier over 5 days and 4 nights, staying at Alpine Club of Canada …

Castleguard Cave

When your friends invite you on a crazy mission to visit a remote restricted-access cave under a glacier in a National Park, you don’t decline the opportunity. Or at least, I don’t. Such was the case when my friends Gavin and Katie invited me to accompany them on a weekend winter expedition to Castleguard Cave in Banff National Park. The cave is gated and locked …

Stanley Mitchell Hut Ski Tour

March 13-16, 2015 my friends and I stayed at the Alpine Club of Canada’s Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Little Yoho Valley of Yoho National Park, a true gem of the Canadian Rockies. tl;dr here is a quick video edit of the skiing that weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpEi9Qmo8EM “Because you know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble…” “Brendan, seriously you HAVE to stop singing …

Backcountry Skiing For Beginners

I have been skiing at resorts since I was a little girl, and this is now my third season of backcountry. Backcountry skiing (or off-piste skiing) by definition is skiing in the backcountry on unmarked or unpatrolled areas, outside of a ski-resort’s boundaries. Disclaimer: I am no expert, but I do have some tips for how people can get started with venturing away from resorts …