Deep pow, new friends, old friends, unreal terrain and a killer deal at an amazing lodge make for a hut trip to remember. Soul skiing at its finest.

An aesthetic face that, while visible from the resort, can’t get skied often.

Last year, entirely on a whim, Cam Stuchly and I spent two nights skiing deep powder at Ripple Ridge Cabin near the summit of Kootenay pass on the number three highway between Salmo and Creston BC. You can read that trip report here. The gist is that the snow was terrific, we had a great time and we couldn’t wait to come back. So we did, and we brought long time friend… Read More

Sometimes you just can’t say no. When the man who introduced me to energy gels; all around machine Trevor Sexsmith asked if I wanted to spend a week at Sorcerer Lodge for dirt cheap, there was only one acceptable answer. That answer, obviously was “I’ll find the money and get the time off somehow”, which is exactly what I did.

Day two of an overnight backcountry riding trip near Invermere BC. Day one can be found here. The second, and altogether less suffery day of the Brewer Lakes trip dawned with us sore but well rested. The sun was shining, the electrical storm had stayed away the night before and it was time to ride.

The Brewer Lakes trail, near Invermere, BC is a ride that I hold in very high regard. It’s a fantastic alpine trail, the scenery is unbeatable, it has scree slopes that make me feel like a pro, it has massive descents that make me feel tiny, and, most importantly, when I’m working at Panorama I can access it sans commute, from my door. This is a trail I would drive for hours to… Read More

Note: This trip report has been sitting as a draft for months, though I’ve only now decided to publish it. The ascent itself took place July 23 2013. All photos courtesy of Oliver House’s iPhone. Mount Nelson is a peak that caught my attention very quickly while working at Panorama Resort near Invermere, BC. It taunted me at work, a spectacular square topped pyramid rising over 2000m from the valley floor. Within… Read More

Early in the season, my friend Cam and I were discussing spending a few nights at a backcountry hut sometime over a beer or two. We knew that Alpine Club huts, while spectacular were expensive and quite large, meaning sharing. We decided immediately against spending much money or allowing the possibility of being stuck with someone we didn’t hand pick and went with the Creston Valley Quad Squad hut above the summit… Read More

I don’t really believe it. April is here and it feels like November was yesterday. I hardly noticed March at all. That, I guess is the nature of a busy season. It started early, out in Highwood pass, sacrificing p-tex to Ullr with friends. Skinning for some absolutely terrible turns on Halloween. Cam Stuchly with the iPhone snap

It’s been a while. But the snow’s back and so am I. After a less than inspired start to the season, mother nature finally delivered at Kicking Horse. A very un January like storm rolled in and pounded the resort for a full three days. Things got real good, real fast. I’m anticipating an onslaught of mellow, soulful pow edits out of the interior of BC this week, so without further ado… Read More