22 April, 2014

Albert Icefields Trip: A Week In The Deep Freeze

Earlier this year my friends, Justin, Gavin and I had planned a week of ski touring up on the Albert Icefields, below Selkirk Lodge for February.  We had set the dates aside in September but little did we know the dates we had chosen was going to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter, with temperatures dipping below -30 degrees C each night.  But stubborn as we were, the skiing and terrain was going to be fun, so we committed to cold nights and cold days.

(Video:  Justin Ormiston)
We were flown in, with the gracious permission of Grania who runs the lodge, with Selkirk Tangiers helicopters.  After quick flight in and we were in the expansive area of the Albert Icefields for the week.  Big glaciers, amazing consistent fall-line ski runs, and steep terrain.
(Photo Above:  Home for the duration of the deep freeze.  Credit:  Justin Ormiston)
We had brought one tent for sleeping, and a small floor-less cook tent, which we excavated a nice seat and trench out of for the week.  Tons of great food for dinners, fuel, and of course a few bottles of high end Scotch.
(Photo Above:  Alex Wigley and Gavin Enns on the skin track up on the way to "Unholy."  Credit: Justin Ormiston)
Our goals for the week were only to ski tour great loops, not yo-yo terrain, and ski some fantastic dry snow.  We were able to get up on to some of the glaciers, which were impressively large, and ski some of the most classic descents the area had to offer.
(Photo:  Still obscenely cold, Alex Wigley about to drop into Campion Bowl. Credit:  Justin Ormiston)
The cold though was a touch tricky.  Of the three sleeping mats I had brought, two had holes I discovered the first night (and were the large luxurious and warm Exped Mats, that a friend had punctured while performing a rescue with), and it seemed that every morning getting out of the sleeping bag was a big effort.  The cook tent, was truly amazing though, as the two XGK stoves warmed it up significantly and made the process of making food bare able until the sun hit us.
(Photo Above:  Justin Ormiston on the Unholy Col.)
(Photo Above:  Gavin shredding another line below the Unholy Col.  Credit:  Justin Ormiston)
It was a great week, but we ended up running away as it so cold, and all of us were becoming very concerned with frost bite.  I would recommend Selkirk Lodge to anyone who wants to head out for a week of ski touring in big country.  The lodge looked great from our cold tents, and the sauna was a tease, knowing it was just up the hill.  We had a great week, and was a great break from guiding to go skiing with some friends.


  1. If it's any consolation the sauna no longer exists.

  2. This blog is very nice and I like to read it. I found it when i was searching about Skiing trips. It is one of the best blogs.

  3. http://bangashtemplates.blogspot.com/

  4. Your blog is very informative for ski theory.
    My blog also contain ski and snowboard

  5. your website have very interesting and comfortable to see. this really helped me and inspired me. hopefully your website more and more in the know
    cara menyembuhkan tipes
    obat polip hidung
    cara menghilangkan darah kotor
    cara menghilangkan amandel
    obat gabagen

  6. I am happy to be here and this wonderful article. I have found here lots of interesting information for my knowledge I need. all the details you provide to us, it was very helpful and useful, thanks for sharing this amazing post.

    cara menormalkan penglihatan yang buram
    cara mengatasi maag saat hamil
    cara mengobati sakit perut bagian kanan bawah
    cara mengobati sakit pinggang sebelah kanan
    cara mengobati ambeien atau wasir secara alami
    cara menyembuhkan kejang kejang
    cara menghilangkan cairan di paru paru

  7. Awesome blog, Get the best Pay Per Click Services by Ogen Infosystem in Delhi, India.
    PPC Company in Delhi

  8. Awesome blog, visit mutualfundwala for Best Performing Mutual Fund, Investment Advisor in Delhi and Mutual Fund Companies information.
    Investment Advisor in Delhi

  9. If you want to break you marriage so you will do this Dua to break unlawful marriage

  10. Nice blog, thanks for sharing this valuable information. Visit Lifestyle Magazine for the best event services.
    Lifestyle Magazine

  11. Visit Kalakutir Pvt Ltd for the best services for Fleet Painting, Base Company Logo Painting and Warehouse Zebra Painting in Delhi, India.
    Base Company Logo Painting

  12. Wow!!Great post. Thanks for sharing this informative article. Keep it up.
    iNeedTrip provides best tour packages from India to different International destinations for Honeymoon & Holidays.
    Best Travel Company
    Travel Company in Ghaziabad
    Bali Tour Packages
    Singapore Tour Packages
    Mauritius Tour Packages
    Maldives Tour Packages
    Dubai Tour Packages