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Spring Skiing at Whitewater – Last Call

Just as we thought the best skiing of the season was behind us, winter came back in full force providing us with some of the softest conditions yet. Many days of fog and rain in town translated to constant snow... Continue Reading →

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Spring Skiing at Whitewater – Part I

Last week we experienced "spring skiing" at Whitewater. Apparently, sun is not often part of it here.  It was nice to lap our favorite runs in trickier conditions, but ultimately, variable snow at lower elevations sent us to Pipeline Couloir... Continue Reading →

Storming at Whitewater

It seems a lot of skiers have given up on winter and the ski hill has gotten very quiet again. That's good, since conditions have not been conductive to touring lately. Low visibility and copious moisture have kept us inbounds... Continue Reading →

North Qua

On Google Earth, the East face of North Qua looks like a dream descent. To challenge this hypothesis, we took advantage of a short window of stable snow and clear skies, as our route would involve a lot of alpine... Continue Reading →

Larch Peak

Reaching Larch peak is a long tour from Whitewater, but it is worth every single step. We started from the base of the resort just before dawn under a low and almost full moon. The day was predicted to be... Continue Reading →

Thick at Kootenay Pass

30mm of precipitation in 24hrs and a snow-rain line rising to 1750m meant Kootenay Pass was a better bet than Whitewater yesterday morning. The pass sits at 1781m, sparing us any exposure to liquid precipitation, a service the resort could... Continue Reading →

Bonnington Cabin Trip

The house we currently live in sits on the northernmost slope of the Bonnington Range. As the crow flies, we are only 12km away from Copper Hut. This proximity, affordable huts and a reputation of being an excellent introductory ski traverse... Continue Reading →

5 Mile Basin – With Original Soundtrack

Avalanche danger has remained considerable for the past week in the West Kootenays and as a result, there was a fatality in the Whitewater vicinity on January 21. We heard of this sombre incident from a man skiing the resort... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Kootenay Pass

Roxanne is finally able to tour again, so we decided to pick up where we left off and headed back to Kootenay Pass. We chose the Northwest slope of Cornice Ridge since avalanche danger was considerable. This area offers many... Continue Reading →

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