winter Archive

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 …

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 …

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: Late September brought the thrilling opportunity to learn how to rappel. On a glacier. Into …