Album Snow and Winter Shots

A selection from last week when Jo and I were looking after the Campbell Icefield Chalet, a heli access only backcountry lodge on the western slope of the rockies, NE of Golden, BC. Despite all those sunny photos, it was a challenging week for weather, with lows in the - 30 C range for many days, warming to -24 or so, but the lack of wind made that bearable, although we did stick close to the lodge for safety on many days. A slow warming trend by midweek brought relief with -16 for highs, and some fresh powder as well.
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Note that no teleskiers were harmed in the making of these photos:lol:
And, how do you tell if someone tele's?
Don't worry, they will let you know.
Seriously though, as a long time telemark skier from back in the skinny ski and leather 3 pin boot days, there IS something about a well done tele turn, especially in powder. Having said that- my roots were in alpine skiing and once I realized that great parallel turns could be made on tele equipment, with less effort, I mostly did those for many years, throwing in a few teles just to change things up. With that, it was probably inevitable that when it was time for new gear about 10 years ago, I went with AT for it's lighter weight, increased reliability and better release function. Jo had already gone that route well before I did. I still have the one "heavy tele" setup that sees use as my rock skis in early season, but mostly, the only tele turns that I make these days are on my narrow xc skis. Just because.
Tele- it's a turn, not a religion!
 
Incredible looking outing! Those cold temperatures would have been difficult though, sweating and then having it freeze probably almost instantly once you head downhill. Terrain looks absolutely amazing though. What a blast.

Tele- it's a turn, not a religion!
Hey, speak for yourself! Haha.
 
As an east coast non-tele downhill skier who’s used to crusty groomed slopes, that powder looks amazing. Not that I could ever manage skiing in that!

Your photos are stunning!
 
lol ----- i prefer the easy way up the mountain. Saves the energy for powder.
 
I'm available to "look after" an amazing ski hut! Who do I call?

On the subject of tele jokes:

How many tele skiers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Three, one to screw in the lightbulb, and two to say “Nice turns!”

If it were easy, it'd be called snowboarding
 
Incredible looking outing! Those cold temperatures would have been difficult though, sweating and then having it freeze probably almost instantly once you head downhill. Terrain looks absolutely amazing though. What a blast.


Hey, speak for yourself! Haha.
Tele- it's a turn, not a religion!
Oh wait, did you just sneeze, @SteveR ?
Don't worry, we Bless You! All in good fun, the last thing I am is a pretentious telier. It was a poor choice from the get go.
 
I'm available to "look after" an amazing ski hut! Who do I call?

On the subject of tele jokes:

How many tele skiers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Three, one to screw in the lightbulb, and two to say “Nice turns!”

If it were easy, it'd be called snowboarding
What is "randonee" (aka alpine touring) ?
French for: can't tele!
I'm here all week, folks!
 
We haven’t had a lot of snow this winter, but there were some snow squalls this morning while skiing at our local mountain.

This is looking down from the top … somewhere down there is the area’s lodge!


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The snowmaking crew at our little ski area does a great job … the snow on this run is a good 3 to 4 feet deep.
 
Winter in the desert now. I realize this is like posting cat photos in the dog album! :)

But snow is in the distance…. An atmospheric river is on its way, so we expect more snow on those mountains.
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More winter in the desert with new friends! Serendipity, we all ran into each other at the TH. Just out of sight is another new friend, who has been hiking in the area for 45 years and she took us on an all day point to point route around, under, up and over all the boulders..… They had a second car parked at another TH. Plenty of scrambling here. This is the equivalent of running into @scatman , @Bob , @TractorDoc , @wsp_scott etc in Yellowstone. We had a great time, fun winter day!
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45 years of hiking experience in the area, she is likely the female version of @Bob :cool:
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Endless fun!
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Tight spot
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Nice reflections
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Prior day, Rick ran into a pointy Mojave Yucca
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Winter in the desert now. I realize this is like posting cat photos in the dog album! :)

But snow is in the distance…. An atmospheric river is on its way, so we expect more snow on those mountains.
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More winter in the desert with new friends! Serendipity, we all ran into each other at the TH. Just out of sight is another new friend, who has been hiking in the area for 45 years and she took us on an all day point to point route around, under, up and over all the boulders..… They had a second car parked at another TH. Plenty of scrambling here. This is the equivalent of running into @scatman , @Bob , @TractorDoc , @wsp_scott etc in Yellowstone. We had a great time, fun winter day!
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45 years of hiking experience in the area, she is likely the female version of @Bob :cool:
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Endless fun!
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Tight spot
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Nice reflections
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Prior day, Rick ran into a pointy Mojave Yucca
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Yuccas are no joke! Amazing how rigid those suckers are and how easily they can stab you just walking by.
 
Hah early spring here.... 40 degrees
 
We have been out of the deep freeze for a week, but with temps around 50 F the last few days and rain in the mountains, the local skiing sucks.
As much as I like skiing, those desert pics are just cruel to us northerners @Titans :)
 
Couple more cruel desert winter photos

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Trying a new route
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Nice views from a dome
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We all shedded three layers of clothing within the first 10 mins, Rick waited a little longer.
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Local friend leading us through the boulders yesterday
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Hole in the Rock
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