icefields parkway Archive

Wapta Traverse – Attempt Numero Uno

PlannedĀ for some of the shortest days of the year, and over New Years Eve, my friends and I preparedĀ 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 …

Fryatt Valley Ski Tour Trip Report

Jan 22 – 25, 2015 some friends and I headed out to the Alpine Club of Canada Fryatt Hut in Jasper National Park. On the Thursday evening after work we drove from Calgary to the HI-Beauty Creek hostel. After a quick group chat we headed to sleep relatively early given the next morning’s early start. To get to Fryatt you must cross the Athabasca River. …

Found Some Snow!

Well it took a couple of weeks but we finally got some snowfall! In fact we got a huge storm that deposited TOO MUCH snow. It was too dangerous to ski backcountry for a little while so I took the opportunity to practice some skills at Canada Olympic Park. I’d like to be able to land a backflip confidently by the end of the ski …

Where is the snow?

Its November 18th and the biggest snow storm of the year was back in September. Since my last winter post I’ve been backcountry skiing twice more, bringing my total ski days up to 7. So really, I can’t complain too much. The resorts only opened a couple of days ago. But the snow!?!? Where is it? The grand total snowfall this year is mere centimeters …