Watersprite Lake Area
DecEMBER 10, 2017

 Watersprite Tower

Watersprite Tower

Went for a day mission to scope out the Watersprite zone during the field day of a Trip Planning Like a Pro course. A few key notes. The winter approach is referred to as the old trail I believe, and requires a HIGH CLEARANCE vehicle to get to due to cross ditches. We parked at 850m at the road end. It is then about 5.5km on logging roads to the basin below the hut (can be sledded). Once there, lots of terrain, although not many high danger ski options. We had low danger and could ski directly off the summit of Gibson Peak, the highest in the drainage above the hut. Nice 300-400m vertical shady runs, and some steep trees and pillows on the exit. 

Looking back toward Watersprite Lake and Garibaldi in the background.

Summit ridge with views to Mamquam

North facing terrain above the lake.

Click here for .gpx of the route.


Sea to sky country
decEMBER 2017

 Stadium Glacier with Sky Pilot and CoPilot the prominent peaks.

Stadium Glacier with Sky Pilot and CoPilot the prominent peaks.

Having skied the majority of my time the last 12 years in the interior of BC, despite actually 'living' in Squamish, I always love when good conditions coincide with my time at home.

My free time in the off season certainly lets me take advantage of this. And the last week has been no exception. Staring at maps, photos and teaching a navigation course focused in this zone, plus the appeal of spending 5 minutes in a car each day I go skiing has me hooked on the Sky Pilot area. 

An average 2m base at 1500m. Settled, dry snow in the shade, sun crusts on solar aspects. Minimal size 1-2's from Sunday Night. No real instabilities other than surface sluffing in the STEEPS, and of course solar activity. Thanks to Doglotion.com and Andrew Councell for a few extra shots. I'll let the photos do the talking. Arron and Nick were kick ass partners as well. Some of the run names are just made up...because we have to start somewhere. If you know them send them along!

 Dropping into Cleavage Col. I can't remember the names of those peaks ;)

Dropping into Cleavage Col. I can't remember the names of those peaks ;)

 Touring in the Stadium Glacier zone

Touring in the Stadium Glacier zone

 Stadium Glacier zone with Habrich and Garibaldi in the background

Stadium Glacier zone with Habrich and Garibaldi in the background

 Meghanne enjoying some coastal cold smoke

Meghanne enjoying some coastal cold smoke

 Nick approaches Ledge Basin

Nick approaches Ledge Basin

 Habrich and the Exit Gully

Habrich and the Exit Gully

 Gunsight exit ramp

Gunsight exit ramp

 Ledge Basin

Ledge Basin

 Top of Gunsight Notch

Top of Gunsight Notch

 Approaching Gunsight on Ledge

Approaching Gunsight on Ledge

 Gunsight Shred, yours truly

Gunsight Shred, yours truly

 Andrew drops into Cleavage Col

Andrew drops into Cleavage Col

 Cleavage Col Bowl

Cleavage Col Bowl

 The tracks...you know I have the .kml files if you want them.

The tracks...you know I have the .kml files if you want them.