This is a delayed post from an AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam I attended in British Columbia's Coast Range. The course was 10 days long and included a exam portion during the last 3 days. It was a great learning experience in a fantastic setting.
I had been ski touring up in the Coast Range two previous times, but only for a combined couple days. During this exam I had the opportunity to explore the mountains of southwestern BC in more depth....and I still only have seen a fraction of the potential up there! We skied in two locations: off piste at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort and in the mountains north of Pemberton near Duffy Lake. The off piste skiing provided amazing lift access to the massive and beautiful backcountry that surrounds Whistler. The Duffy is killer terrain right from the road. We spent our Aspirant Exam in Keith's Hut at the base of the Anniversary Glacier.
Take a look down this couloir! This is a classic shot that drops skiers down about 500 meters down to the Blackcomb Glacier. Can you say 40 degree Bon Poudre!
The weather was predictably bad, but that didn't stop us from skiing amazing lines. It snowed over 1.5 meters during the 10 day course which made for spectacular powder skiing. Above is a picture of me working on my white out steep skiing.
BC's Coast Range is an amazing venue and I look forward to returning. Special thanks to the AMGA instructors as well as all the other candidates. You guys made this an awesome experience.
And what would a post aboot Canada be without a picture of me in a brimmed tuque, eh!