The Arctic front which has just passed through built up the ice climbs to some great early winter conditions. Our mixed climbing course was a great success. All reports coming back from our day ice programs and the private guiding have shown fantastic climbing conditions with almost no avalanche hazard. We have made ascents of many of the classic climbs in the past few weeks. Thank goodness the temperatures are returning to normal values and the screaming barfys will be at minimum. If you don’t know what they are you will have to sign up for an ice course when it’s -30 to experience this lovely phenomena.
Our Avalanche Skills training programs in Canmore and Calgary have been filled to capacity every weekend since mid-November. Despite the snowpack being slightly below average for this time of year, the skiing isn’t all that bad compared to other years. We don’t need two meters of snow to learn about the snowpack, in fact early season courses allow people the opportunity to see the genesis of the winter layers here in the Rockies. It’s a very good way to see the start of the layer building and then have the knowledge and ability to continue tracking snowpack layers through the winter months.
Dave Stark – Director of Operations