Category Archives: Backcountry Skiing

Zoa Peak Loop: Not The Default Trip

Driving out of Vancouver, we had yet to decide where we’d be skiing that day, despite over thirty emails that had gone back and forth between us the previous week. The weather was unseasonably warm and rainy, so we weren’t … Continue reading

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Red Heather: How to Avoid Becoming Jaded

Over time we become jaded: the same old activities only continue to excite us if we make an effort to view them with a fresh eye. This is hard, since by nature we seem to be sensitive to changing stimulation … Continue reading

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Hanging Lake: Hike-skiing, Ski-hiking, or Hskiing?

In the Coast Mountains, it’s not often that early season skiing starts at the end of December. This year, just like last year, is a late starting snow season. Somehow, during the years we have lived in Vancouver, almost every … Continue reading

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Phelix Hut: A White Easter

It was 8pm on Thursday evening, and we were still undecided on what we would be doing on the Easter Long weekend, Friday to Monday. I guess we are kind of last minute people. That’s actually one of the privileges … Continue reading

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Tetrahedron: A Stagette Party in the Backcountry

On a sunny Saturday morning nine of us headed to Tetrahedron, on the Sunshine Coast to celebrate Pascale’s upcoming marriage, on a girls only trip, also known as a Stagette. I was excited by my late pick up time of … Continue reading

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Mt. Breakenridge: The Mountain at the End of the Lake

The seed for this trip was planted five years ago. Maya and I were cycling up the east side of Harrison Lake, a majestic turquoise jewel. It was a beautiful spring weekend, and we kept on admiring the snow capped … Continue reading

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Marriot Basin: Another Perfect “Weekend”

Last week we started our “weekend” on Monday which made perfect sense since the weekend was rainy and wet and then suddenly on Monday the sun showed up for a couple of days making it a wonderful opportunity for a … Continue reading

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Iago Peak: When Everything Falls Right Into Place

There are those rare days in skiing that are a combination of both perfect sunny weather and excellent snow conditions. Last Sunday was one of those days, so we were off to the Coquihalla for some backcountry skiing. It was … Continue reading

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Elfin Lakes: A Different Kind of Weekend

The Elfin Lakes Hut is often crowded, to the point where there are people sleeping on the floor, and one finds it difficult to sleep since people are constantly coming and going. All that is needed to avoid the crowds … Continue reading

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Brew Hut: Sunny Weekend at Brew

For many VOCers the Brew Hut is associated with snow storms, whiteouts, 17 hour journeys to find the hut, high winds and low visibility. This was my fourth trip to Brew Hut and in the previous times at least one, … Continue reading

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