Back on skis: Skiing new, Bailing on old, Winter camping…

Brad readying for next jump turn.

After being out of the ski game for much of November and December due to injury I eased into January with caution. I have to credit my good friend and … [Read more...]

Best 6 Ski Mountaineering Reported Trips of 2012-2013 “season”

Uber happy Andy and Jason Dorais after setting the FKT on Rainier. (Photo from Jason's blog.)

The other day, on Twitter, Carl (@CarlKohnstamm) asked me for my opinion on "What are the top 5 ski mountaineering trip (reports) of 2012-13"? (It was … [Read more...]

First Tracks – Oct 2nd!

Bootpack to the summit ridge.

The Coast has been getting pounded with rain in the valley and snow in the alpine so I snuck out for a morning of skiing near Cypress Peak. We have … [Read more...]

China-Kyrgyz expedition, part 2: Beautiful Kyrgyzstan + Winds on Lenin Peak + Bishkek uncensored

The four of us - Lenin, Peter, Lenin Pk, and I.

Here is part two from our ski expedition to Muztagh Ata and Lenin Peak we went on last month. To read part one see here - Skiing thin air at Muztagh … [Read more...]

China-Kyrgyz expedition, part 1: Skiing thin air at Muztagh Ata + Kashgar culture adventures

Yaks don't do any porter work at Muztagh Ata, it's all camels and donkeys.

After almost 6 weeks of travelling, skiing and exploring in Central Asia I am back in Europe before flying back to Canada. What an amazing … [Read more...]

Going far and going high: Muztagh Ata in China + Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan


We need progression to fully enjoy life. To progress we need inspiration. To stay inspired we need to progress... Out of that thinking, and a … [Read more...]

Giving all: Mount Rainier on skis in 4h 19min 12sec

Nick and I midway to Camp Muir. Photo by Eric.

Every year, I am amazed with progress of speed oriented ski mountaineering in North America, whether that be the actual performances (racing or … [Read more...]

Spring skiing gets things done: 8812 Peak, Forever Young Couloir, 1-day Wapta Traverse, Million Dollar Couloir, Mt Baker with friends


Busy with things I didn't have time to record my outings the last couple of weeks. Catching up below... Over the past few years I found myself … [Read more...]

Dome and Youngs: Two Rogers Pass classics (as two trips or) in one bigger day

Asulkan valley map - Dome and Youngs tour

Yesterday, I skied two Rogers Pass descents I consider classics in terms of length, quality of skiing, and views - Dome Glacier and Seven Steps of … [Read more...]

Nov 22 to Jan 2 – Few stats and how is ski touring in the Pass going

Our line off Eagle Pk. To the left is Avalanche Mountain and to the right is Sir Donald.

Happy New Year everyone! Last spring I have decided that I would spend the 2012/13 winter skiing mostly the amazing Rogers Pass. I desired that … [Read more...]

Skimo Canada December Snow Camp at Rogers Pass

This report was written by Stano and Brad Schalles whom you can follow on Twitter as @bschalles and via his WestCoast Skimo blog. Both are National … [Read more...]

Getting spoiled: Great early season touring at Rogers Pass

Avalanche Mountain and Sir Donald

It has been amazing couple of days at the Rogers Pass - no wind, good snow, and lots of blue skies. In general, travel is pretty fast (also thanks … [Read more...]