A Guide’s Days Off
With almost 4 meters of new snow in the last month, it was really nice to wake up to some cold and clear arctic high pressure up north in Canada. The snowpack has doubled in depth, tightened up and the last storm finished off with a sweet icing of cold smoke. All of this has coincided with my first few “days off” from life at Valhalla Mountain Touring. I know, tough life that I live, having to be up at a backcountry ski lodge full time. But its nice to ski somewhere different, drive a car, and watch TV in a hotel room after 6 weeks of not even turning my cell phone on, or driving more than 5km to the dump once a week!
With the good weather and free time my wife Jasmin and I have decided to hit up Rogers Pass, and our timing is perfect! So on the first day, we decided to try our hand at Mt Rogers, one of the bigger summits off the pass. The stats are simple. Put your skins on at the car and start climbing. Climb until its too steep to skin, and then throw your skis on your back. Boot it up to the unskiable summit with ice axe in hand. Look down the 3,000′ rock walls off the summit, go back to your skis and slay cold smoke for a LONG ways back to the car. It’s about 6,500′ vertical feet in one climb up, with a 800′ 45 degree headwall at the summit. I like those numbers.
But lets let the stellar photos from the day do the talking!