A very cold, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 saw Fernando line me up with his friends, Lukáš Lipina, Michael Němeček and Basil Bé in an ‘international expedition’ back to Roger’s Pass to ski Grizzly Mountain.
Temps were in the negative 20’s all day, thankfully there were little to no wind which made the temperature bearable, as long as you had a down jacket on hand throughout the day. Unfortunately, the clouds were sitting pretty high on the mountain with only the peak of the mountain poking through the clouds so not much sun was enjoyed until we reached the summit. There has not been any new snow around Roger’s Pass for about 4 days but the cold weather and light cloud cover continues to keep the 60-80cm of storm snow in good shape on every aspect.
We ascended through very steep treed terrain up the ridge looker’s left of Grizzly Mountain, there were a lot of difficult kick turns and steep skinning around partially buried trees and branches. But once we broke through to the alpine, a blank canvass of smooth dry snow awaited us.
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