Category Archives: Ski

Ski Touring, Ski Mountaineering

Touring Tetrahedron (bike+ski)

It was the week before the Easter long weekend, and a ski touring VOC trip to Tetrahedron that I was planning on going on had just been canceled for reasons of snow conditions (for fairly good reason). However, my weekend … Continue reading

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Cambria Icefield

The Thirteen Pass Route follows the iconic Skyline Trail from its start near Jasper to near its end, but before the Skyline’s final descent to Maligne Lake, the Thirteen Pass Route breaks off and connects to the Eight Pass Route, … Continue reading

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Mellow lines at Cerise Creek (Steep Lines at Steep Creek Vol. 5)

With a beautiful March 23rd weekend forecast predicting better ski conditions up high, our small but mighty “Steep Lines at Steep Creek” group of four (Alex Barth, Flavia Caprez, Ana Ciocoiu, and myself, Erik Reimers) made the decision to switch … Continue reading

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It’s Now or Neve (Reflections On A Single Push Traverse)

March 24, 2024 The Build-Up The Garibaldi Neve traverse needs no introduction. This 41 km gauntlet has been run by many a VOCer, often before they really know what they’re getting into with ski touring. The high alpine icefield demands … Continue reading

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Burns & Turns 2024 (Minus some Turns)

It all started in the wee hours of the morning the Saturday of reading break… (Okay, I’ll stop trying to sound Scottish now). My car group had surprisingly very minimal faff for the morning of a VOC trip. So to … Continue reading

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Taking our skis for a walk: An attempt on Mt. Glendinning + Sloquet Hot Spring

Participants: Julian Larsen (me), Duncan MacIntyre, Stefanija Rekasius, Xi Liang After a long stretch of assignments and midterms I had one goal for reading break: absolutely forget about school. This necessitates a VOC trip or two, so I signed up … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day and Garibaldi Lake

Participants: Nadine Bruneau, Oliver Capko, the legendary Christian Veenstra Back when we were replacing the roof on the Brian Waddington Hut, we had a bunch of VOC volunteers, who were there for the weekends, Jacob, who stayed the whole time, … Continue reading

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September Powder Day

It was a crisp 4:30 am on September 24th, and two first-years set out with hope in their hearts to ski a glacier on Rainbow Mountain. I was new to the VOC, and when I saw a trip titled “September … Continue reading

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New Years at Phelix: Or, My First Real VOC Trip

Dec 29 2023, 11:30pm. I couldn’t sleep.  I was worried about the weight of my bag. It was my first time backpacking overnight and I’m a horrible, horrible packer. Do I really need about three meals worth of mashed potatoes … Continue reading

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Helena Beat

Participants: Lucas Braun, Kevin McKay, Allen Zhao (In Spirit), Albert Yip (In Spirit), Kevin Lam (In Spirit). Over Christmas break, Kevin McKay and I returned home to Calgary. Allen, Albert, and Kevin Lam had plans to drive up between Christmas … Continue reading

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