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Cascade Volcano Ski Conditions

Winter 15/16 has left the Northwest mountains with a good healthy snowpack this spring and, for those keen to continue their ski season, Cascade volcano ski conditions are at their prime. We’ve hit that magic point where access roads are clear and the snowpack is still robust. Warming days and cold nights deliver the best volcano ski conditions, so keep an eye… Read More

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Burnie Glacier Chalet

Burnie Glacier Chalet Spring is underway in the valleys, but the mountains still harbor a taste of winter and that’s exactly what I got while visiting the Burnie Glacier Chalet outside of Smithers, British Columbia at the end of March. Located in the Howson Range on the east slope of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, Burnie delivered cold snow in the alpine… Read More

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Powder Creek Lodge

In this winter of lackluster storms and roller coaster temps around the West, I have learned one lesson over and over: the mountains always deliver. A mid-March trip to Powder Creek Lodge on the west slope of British Columbia’s Purcell Range was a great example of this lesson. The snow gods had been fickle for almost two full months, and so… Read More

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North Cascades Ski Touring

The deepest snowpack in the Northwest this winter is in Washington’s North Cascades. I was lucky enough to catch a few bluebird days ski touring with North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides this month. We found some good snow hiding in the north-facing alpine reaches of the Washington Pass area. NC Heli offers a touring option where they… Read More

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Cascade Volcano Skiing: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens

It’s Cascade volcano skiing season, and we’ve been getting a number of inquiries regarding some of the more popular access roads for Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Here’s what we know: Mt. Hood – North side Cloud Cap Road (FR 3512): Road is closed and gated at the bottom by the Tilly Jane trailhead (trail 600A). Closure… Read More

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Backcountry Skiing

Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area

Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area The idea of a dedicated backcountry ski area may sound like a contradiction of terms to many veteran backcountry users. But it’s a concept that has brought the backcountry ski community in Smithers, British Columbia together and launched a new concept in human powered skiing. The project is called Hankin-Evelyn and it revolves around creating… Read More

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Hankin Evelyn Backcountry

I just returned from a trip to Smithers, BC to check out the Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area. It’s a new concept in backcountry skiing – a dedicated backcountry ski tenure complete with a great day-use hut, gladed runs, an overnight cabin and lots of cool locals out skiing. The project is the work of many people from Smithers, BC,… Read More

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Mount Carlyle Lodge

I should be writing up the interesting gear from the trade show, but instead I am learning how to process video off a GoPro Hero HD Cam. I have had the GoPro Cam on a couple of trips so far, but I have just taken the time to process the video.  Pretty nice little cam. Llittle being the key word,… Read More

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The Monashees Deliver

La Nina may not be famous for delivering the early season goods to Interior British Columbia’s prime powder playgrounds, but the Southern Monashees did not dissapoint last week. I have been up to Sol Mountain Lodge a handful of times in mid and late December, and once again, their snowpack proved to be in prime shape for skiing. What a… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge gallery

The Monashee Range in Central British Columbia has proven to have some the best early season powder skiing of any place I have ever skied. Sol Mountain Lodge sits on the edge of Monashee provincial park and serves up powder skiing every December. The mid-December snow pack is routinely 2+ meters deep. Here are a few shots from a mid-December trip to… Read More

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The Deaver tours mission ridge at Sol Mountain Touring, BC

Sol Mountain Delivers the Goods

I managed to slip out of town and into British Columbia last week for a little backcountry skiing trip to Sol Mountain Lodge in the southern Monashee Range. I have been up to Sol Mountain numerous times in mid to late December over the years. As usual, Sol delivered the goods. We were greeted by temps hovering around zero degrees… Read More

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