During the great Arctic snowpocalypse of early 2022, while local pipes froze and roads became luge runs, some optimists continued to find ways to turn challenges into opportunities. New ice routes went up on local waterfalls, snowmobiles became an acceptable grocery store commute vehicle—and Eric Carter, Paul Greenwood, and photographer Chris Christie decided it was time to ski the first known descent of the north gully of Siám’ Smánit, the Stawamus Chief.
Not everyone knows about her (which is kind of crazy considering she had a combined 24 World Cup podiums in 1980 and 1981), but anyone who knows anything about the history of freestyle skiing will have certainly heard the name Stephanie Sloan.
Locked down during a pandemic winter provided the opportunity to look at my Vancouver Island backyard with fresh eyes. And by backyard, I mean the Comox Range, a group of tantalizing peaks rich in lore and legend, and clustered around their namesake Comox Glacier, the largest remaining on an island of vanishing glaciers.
Ski mountaineer Greg Hill is the embodiment of good news for earth-aware skiers. He's offering a series of guided "green" backcountry skiing trips this winter, focusing on how to lower your carbon footprint while adventuring.
On a clear spring morning, Rob Heule takes in the sunrise atop the Great Divide; British Columbia to one side, Alberta to the other. He studies a dozen different ski objectives in the golden light. The obvious descents would take him west to “Beautiful British Columbia” but, Rob has a different plan.