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Henry David Thoreau


Planning 2014

I realize we are well into 2014 already. The first few months were spent mainly in the snow, with lots of skate skiing, skinning and snowshoeing. There isn’t much that can beat hiking up to the top of a mountain in fresh powder at the break of dawn, then skiing or snowshoeing down to a hot coffee. I was lucky to spend 3 weeks in Winthrop and 2 weeks in Canmore, exploring the snowy landscapes there.

Early sun at Big White

Early sun at Big White

This year will see one destination crossed off the bucket list: Norway! We will be admiring the Midnight Sun in Tromso and then touring the country (with stops in Copenhagen and Stockholm). No doubt, many pictures and trip reports will follow! I am also finally adding my own experience to all the books and reports I have read, and will hike the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) for two weeks. It’s a very short introduction to what would be a 5 month trip when doing a thru hike. Who knows, maybe one day in my life it will be possible!

The last of the winter …

As we are enjoying another foot of fresh powder here at Silver Star, the sad truth is that it’s probably the last bit of white on the ground we will see until next winter. It has been incredible, with lots of adventures and time in the snow. My new-found love of backcountry skiing and ski touring meant that I spent even more time outside, on top of the regular skate ski outings. I explored trails in Revelstoke, Winthrop and Canmore, besides our local trails and slopes at Nordic, Big White and Silver Star. Check this video of today’s skin around Silver Star resort with lots of powder and superblue skies. If you ask me, I wouldn’t give it up just yet :) All pictures are posted here.

North Cascades

However, the dry sunny weather in the Okanagan valley also means that the trail running season is in full swing, without having to slog through snow-covered, deeply rutted trails. It does feel good to be able to stride out and cover more distance. Bears and more deer should be out. With a first practice race of 25km happening next weekend, I am currently training hard for my first 50km ultra race in May in Winthrop. I am curious to see how my body will hold up!

Epic Adventure!

We just returned from our epic backcountry ski adventure in the Selkirk Mountains. Words can’t describe the magnificent alpine scenery we got to enjoy every day … and in glorious sunshine except from maybe one morning of overcast skies. The skiing was fantastic, and after a bit of time to get my “ski legs” back (I have been boarding for the last 15 years!), the fear was gone and the turns in powder on the Durrand Glacier were pure bliss!

In this type of environment, with the sunshine we got to enjoy, there really aren’t any bad pictures so it was hard to select the best. Here is our collection – please enjoy the photos!

For moving pictures, please check out this video of the descent from Symphony Peak and this one from the top of Symphony Peak.

Now I am hooked on backcountry skiing! Who needs crowded resorts and cold lifts when you can find your own rhythm, skin up a peak and really “earn” the descent. So I have to admit that I have been searching the Web for great deals on backcountry ski gear to get my own equipment going and do more of this! I found a great website (check out Level Nine Sports!) that also ships to Canada for a very reasonable price!!!


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