Mt Victoria East Face

The South Summit is just to the right of the middle of the picture, click to enlarge for our route

With so much snow in the hills it’s tough to put down the torch, when I got the call that a strong posse was eyeing up Mt Victoria I nervously agreed to meet in Lake Louise early the next morning.

My first gig ski patrolling was at Lake Louise ski resort a number of years back where I got my first taste of the Rockies. I was keen to get out on my days off and ski many of the lines on distant peaks I could see from the ski resort.  Staring at Mt Victoria knowing people skied off it’s paired summits, left me a little bit in awe of the iconic mountain that may be one of the most photographed peaks in Canada if not the world.

Saturday morning after a less than ideal sleep I rolled out of bed at a very early 1:30 AM, kissed my pregnant wife as she looked content to sleep another 7 hours, brewed a coffee and had a light breakfast that I guess technically was more like a midnight snack.  Pulling into the parking lot I met the rest of the team Ian, Jeff and Silas.  We walked around the lake shore trail by headlamp, joking that usually there are hundreds of people milling about on a Saturday outside the Chateau. Continue reading

Mt Quadra

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, poor weather and the dreaded 4 letter W word have reduced spring skiing to merely a nagging idea in the back of my mind. Luckily I have Jeff to share his spring stoke and when he e-mailed me with the heads up that there was going to be a good weather window, the wheels started to turn.
 Any skier who’s spent anytime in the Rockies has stared at the 3/3.5 couloir and imagined shredding turns down it. Simply put, it’s perfect; steep, long, aesthetic and elusive. Conditions are ephemeral, you need to dial the weather window to ski it in good conditions and it’s not a piece of terrain to be taken lightly.  Atop this mighty beast is the haven known as the Neil Colgan hut, providing shelter to mountaineers looking to bag Mt Phay, Quadra or any of the other “ten peaks”.
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