Ski Tour of the Columbia Icefields

Ski Tour of the Columbia Icefields
May 18, 2015 Webmaster

Our party of six was able to take advantage of any break in the weather in the Twin-Stuts area (May 13-18). Day 1 travelled ~18 km via the Athabasca ramp to set up camp at an existing snow structure. Snow was supportive, and we were able to latch onto existing tracks. Day 2 went up W. Stutfield, waited an hour in a white-out then descended. Ski crampons and wands were helpful. We were granted a clearing in the skies just as we were near the base of N. Twin, and capitalized on the opportunity. Day 3 was a camp day in a total white-out. Set up the Megamid for the kitchen, built the snow walls higher around the tents and washroom, and tried to dig a hole to ground for fun (and got very cold & wet in the process). Day 4 woke up to a white-out again, puttered around till noon, skied via compass and GPS towards Twin-Stuts Col. We lounged around waiting for the skies to clear, then decided to return to camp as it was not clearing appreciably. Upon return to camp, we had clear skies above Kitchener, so were able to ascend. Day 5 was exit day on corn snow, and followed existing tracks on skiers right of the ramp. A rather improbable line through the icefalls, that seemed safer than going skier’s left by the Snowdome seracs.

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