Review: BCA Float 42 Avalanche Airbag

April 2, 2015Avalanche, Backcountry, Review, Ski Touring, Winter

I’ve remained largely indifferent to avalanche airbags since they started gaining popularity a few years ago. I thought them to be expensive, excessively heavy pieces of equipment suitable for snowmobilers or guests and guides at mechanized operations. I never really took them seriously for self-propelled ski touring. Earlier this season I began working with the Backcountry Access’ #Direct2Dirtbag influencer program and … Read More

SPOTS4ADVENTURES profiles Fedchenko Glacier expedition members

March 27, 2015Backcountry, Ski Touring, Winter

Earlier this season, German backcountry and freeskiing magazine BACKLINE ran a feature on the Fedchenko Glacier expedition that I was a part of in May, 2014. BACKLINE is a big and beautiful coffee table-style publication and I was more than pleased to have my name on the cover headmast alongside veteran snowsport photographers such as Adam Clark, Christian Pondella … Read More

Winterstoke Festival broadens backcountry education

March 18, 2015Backcountry, Ski Touring, Winter

While the Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Level 1 has quickly become the prerequisite for backcountry travel, ski guide Ross Berg feels that the new wave of advanced skiers migrating beyond the boundary ropes could use some additional training. “A lot of people don’t understand the value of taking a higher level course,” said Berg. “Many … Read More

Weak Season Opportunities – Mt. Garibaldi

March 5, 2015Backcountry, Climbing, Ski Touring, Winter

When a season hits you like this one, motivation can be difficult to muster. In the Sea to Sky Corridor and much of coastal British Columbia this winter, snow has receded closer and closer towards the alpine elevations. Spring conditions are upon us, powder is scarce (in many cases non-existent) and the only consolation we have … Read More

The Outsider – Escaping to Northern BC

February 17, 2015Backcountry, Ski Touring, Winter

The post first appeared on my Facebook feed, I felt a mix of jealousy and excitement. “Ready to pull the trigger on a roadie trip to Smithers Monday to Friday next week. Two of us in so far… One more would really bring the cost down… Who’s interested?” I was salivating at the prospect of … Read More

The Outsider: Embracing the bushwack

January 28, 2014Backcountry, Ski Touring, Winter

With the spring-like conditions we’ve been experiencing recently, there have been plenty of opportunities to get out into the backcountry. There isn’t a lot of fresh powder of course; the recent heat wave and high winds have consolidated a lot of the snow into various forms of crust. But if the avalanche conditions permit, there’s … Read More

The Outsider: Beyond the Backcountry Code

December 10, 2013Avalanche, Backcountry, Ski Touring

Last week about 40 people – including some backcountry industry heavyweights – discussed the topics and wording of a new backcountry responsibility code at the Whistler Museum. The 10 point code revolves around issues of safety and responsibility of backcountry users for themselves, their party and other parties encountered beyond the boundaries. The wording of … Read More

Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival

February 23, 2012Backcountry, Lifestyle, Ski Touring, Winter

When you hear the words “road trip” the pop culture image comes to mind of a bus load of drunken, obnoxious college kids crossing state lines being chased by the authorities. Though this scenario is certainly not unheard of in Whistler, in a mountain town the road trip usually has a more focused goal, that … Read More