Skiing with Louis in the Chickadee Valley on New Year's Day Jan 2021


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Louis and I decided to go for a tour into the Chickadee Valley in Kootenay NP on New Year's Day.
Here's part of the uptrack along Mt Whymper's north side.


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A mean-looking drainage gully down the front of Mt Whymper.


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This was the first look we had at a pretty complicated piece of terrain that we think may ski
really well in the springtime. It's north-facing, has what appears to be a flatter moraine above
this section, and then has a wicked-looking couloir at the top.


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Big hunk of ice coming off the north side of Mt Whymper.


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This would be the effective headwall at the head of the Chickadee Valley. Up to the left side is a
glacier and to the right side is part of Chimney Peak.


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Louis with some of the slide paths to the south (looker's right side up the valley). We wound
up skiing the fan to the left of this photo and the one to the far left.


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A better look up to the Whymper Couloir. We'll need a name for this route at some point.


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Higher elevation look at our spring tour objective, preliminarily named 'The Whymper Whomp'.


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Looking back down the valley to Storm Mountain. The peaks on the right are subpeaks of
Mt Whymper.


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Uptracking to our high point of the day.

Louis skiing a nice fan into the Chickadee Valley


Louis naming the peaks around us



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The pillow line Louis wanted to ski

What he actually wound up skiing



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There was definitely a higher upper line in this slide path that could be skied with a bit more
stable conditions. Louis is just crossing under it so I gave him some space.

Some sweet powder on our second lap and a little drop



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Enjoying a nice outing in the snow.


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First day with my sweet new goggles courtesy of my wife for Christmas. Nice pick Natalia!


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Some turns on the bottom of the fan.


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Looking up to the head of the valley.


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A view back up the creek we skied up. I thought the nice mounds of snow looked pretty.


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My gorgeous dinner that my wonderful wife made upon my return. Winning!

Garmin Connect data HERE . Stats were 17.84 km, just inside 6 hours and a little
over 800m elevation gain. Quicker exiting the valley than I feared as we didn't have to put skins
back on to exit the valley!


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A view of our route from Google Earth. Boom Lake is to the north and Mt Whymper is to the south.


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The monster north aspect line (highlighted in yellow) that we looked at off Mt Whymper.

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