Polar opposite weather patterns have been a bit of theme this winter. Huge, wet low-pressure systems roll in off the North Pacific to clash with Arctic high pressure ridges, right on top of the mountains that I call home. Records have been breaking all season and two weeks worth of suntan recedes quickly at the […]Read more "Coastal New Years Coalescence"
Pushing further east, the air is brisk and the powder snow hangs in the air seemingly unaffected by gravity.The storm chase has been fruitful, with an abundance of quality Kootenay Blower on a base of 60cm of stumps, rocksharks and snowsnakes. Trucks are rammed into snowbanks and snowponies are expelled into a belching haze of […]Read more "Merry Kootenay Powmas"
It’s been another interesting year on the weather front – fires rage bigger, droughts extend longer and storms are increasingly intense. For a lucky few, this means big dumps of pow followed by blue skies and happiness. With plans to spend the holidays with family and friends back in the Kootenays, I scheduled some stops along the way […]Read more "Happy Columbian Pre-Powmas"
Any purchase of new gear or equipment is cause for excitement, and the more money is involved, the more anticipation seems to build up. A new snowmobile is a relatively large investment, (read: the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought,) but there was a distinct wave of hesitation as my premier ride on the machine […]Read more "Early Season Testing"
So first of all, we knew how unbelievably lucky we were with the weather. We experienced some of the nicest west coastal days I’ve seen in any month, let alone October. Waking up everyday to brilliant blue skis and checking weather reports that indicate more of the same, one falls into an automatic morning routine. Coffee, surf […]Read more "Raft Covfefe – Part 2"
Another year, and another summer fades into memory… but does it have to? We chose to burn this one in by staring directly into consecutive brilliant west coast sunsets. With a general distaste for hiking, especially when there’s an alternative, our party set out to pioneer a well-known route deep into the semi-developed wilderness of […]Read more "Raft Covfefe – Part 1"
Believe it or not, this is first time Winter has come to Birken. I am, of course, referring to Birken, the Amazing Wonder-Pup! When an opportunity arose that allowed up to load her into the truck and head off on a coast mountain journey in search of snow over a glorious (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, we […]Read more "Winter in Birken"