If you stay at the Icefall Lodge, you can venture to the nearby Mons Hut or Lyell Hut for the night, or as part of a multi-day, hut-to-hut linkup. In what turned out to be the most memorable part of our week in Canada, ten of us made the trip to the Lyell Hut, and caught some really fun skiing the next day.
The hut– which we were told is the highest in all of Canada– is perched on a rocky shoulder overlooking the vast Southwest Lyell Glacier and looks more like a small Arctic outpost than a spacious 10th Mountain Colorado cabin. Inside it has a standard kitchen setup and heater– there is no wood stove because there are no trees around and therefore no wood to burn. Despite it being advertised as sleeping twelve, we found it quite cozy for a group of ten. We were packed kind of tight on the single, upper-level bunk, but that was fine with us since we weren’t going there because of the five-star accommodations. read more>>>
Christy, in the Bird Bowl.
We just got back from an awesome week up at the Icefall Lodge, in the Canadian Rockies. Situated in a rugged area of mountains and glaciers west of the Selkirks, the privately owned lodge (actually two lodges) is nestled right at treeline has everything from gladed tree runs, to short backyard-style laps, pillow lines, and massive glacial tours. As an added option, there exist two satellite huts, the Lyell and Mons huts, to which you can travel to and adventure from, expanding the reach of the Icefall Hut to places that might otherwise be too far away. read more>>>
For the superstitious skier, it’s usually a bad idea to talk about a snow storm before it arrives.
But this ski season so far has been lacking in terms of snow, so whatever steps we’ve taken to keep from jinxing the snowfall hasn’t been effective, and there’s a storm on the way.
So I’m going to take the opposite approach and share some powder pics from earlier in the season in hopes that it brings the snow. Chris and I were in Canada in December at CMH Valemount and shot photos for Kastle’s new ski, the BMX 128, and I think we came home with a few good ones.
Here’s to the anti-jinx! read more>>>
Joey in the Pope Chute.
In need of a change of scenery after a hectic holiday stretch in Aspen, we went down to ski Silverton Mountain last weekend. They were a little light on snow, and the temps were frigid (-22F as we drove to the ski area Saturday morning), but Christy, Joey, and I still had a great time. read more>>>
Swiss Air from Matt Holstein on Vimeo.
Here’s a little POV video Matt recorded today, on a run called Swiss Air. A group of us have been in Canada for a few days, and conditions are pretty good.
It’s great to be skiing.
While we’re waiting for the snow to arrive, I wanted to pass along a cool video by Jordan Manley on the sailboat skiing adventures in NW Iceland offered by Borea Adventures.
Iceland: A Skier’s Journey EP3 S3 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo. read more>>>