I was able to weasel my way into the Louis/Rowley ski trip this year (thanks Guy!) as we toured
into Kokanee Glacier Lodge. Here are some fun photos and video of the amazing powder, super fun times,
and great skiing to be had in this area.

First some pics before our trip


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Here is my sales guy Carl at the top of Cypress Mountain doing 'night skiing'.


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Henry having playdoh time with Daddy.


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Henry and his new friend Marshall.


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Henry and I having music time, even though I look crazy.


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Henry having happy pancakes in Cochrane.

Our trip to Kokanee Glacier

Day 1 - Around the Lodge


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Here is our intrepid crew getting ready in the rain in Nelson. From right to left, we have Jeanna,
Louis, Rowley, me, Iain, and Marius.


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Lou and I on the first chopper out. It was a challenging flight in as the storm was coming in pretty hard.
The pilot did an impressive job staying low, and getting us up the valley to the lodge.


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This little guy (Copper) was on our flight as well.


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The Kokanee Glacier Cabin, by far the nicest ACC hut, from the air. This cabin has hot and cold running
water, a complete waste water treatment plant, micro-hydro power, and lots of space.


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Marius came all the way in from Norway to join our trip. Here he is outside the lodge.


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Louis says that the snow at Kokanee is excellent.


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Marius thinks this area is sweet.

Video of Rowley trying out the snow



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We try really hard to be conservative in snow and stability assessment when we're skiing. Here is Rowley digging our
first snow pit of the week. We wound up doing three (two regular pits and one extended column test) over the course
of the week. With snow depths well over 3m, this was a really interesting snow pack to play with.


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Rowley with his DB hat. He should be a sledder...


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It turns out that Marius' bindings were set for an 8-year-old so until he sorted this out, he did a lot of
'hucking his face'. Here's one example.


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Rowley found some deep snow as well.


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Iain enjoyed the trip a lot and really pushed through to a new level of skiing.


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The stats for day 1's tour.


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Map for day 1's tour.

Day 2 - Happy Valley


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The stats for day 2's tour.


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Map for day 2's tour.

Day 3 - Skiing the Enchanted Forest


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Rowley at the entrance into the Enchanted Forest.


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Louis looking down to the valley below at the ridge entrance to the Enchanted Forest.

Video of Jeanna skiing the Enchanted Forest


Video of Iain eating some snow


Video of Rowley hucking his meat


Video of Louis hucking his meat and then crashing


Video of Jeanna skiing on a cool ridge in the Enchanted Forest



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Rowley got a cool gift for his 30th birthday - metal shot glasses and a flask for skiing!


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Here's a small sluff that broke away on a roll.


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Iain popping a small pillow.


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Iain skiing a cool line along the ridge.


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Rowley hucking a big pillow.


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As we made our way back in from the Enchanted Forest, Louis put in a really impressive skin track that
navigated around some challenging wind slab features. Here are Jeanna and Louis looking into the valley.


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And again looking out at the bowl above Enchanted Forest.


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As we skied across Kaslo Lake back to the cabin, I thought the light on the mountains was nice.


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Stats for day 3's tour.


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Map for day 3's tour.

Day 4 - Heading to Beaujolais


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Our intrepid team had a later start on this day as we headed into Beaujolais for some hot laps. I think this was
around the crack of noon.


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Here is Jeanna on the uptrack a few turns from the lodge.


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Jeanna and Louis at a lunch stop. Yes, they are newlyweds.


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A more normal photo.


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Jeanna, with Mount Kitchener behind her.


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Rowley with a similar view.


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The map for day 4's tour.


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Stats for day 4's tour.

Day 5 - Up the Mt John Smith drainage

Since Jeanna didn't join us this day, Louis got it all out



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We elected to do more of an adventure tour on this day since Jeanna wanted to take a day off. We went up Enterprise Pass
and dropped down towards Tanal Lake. This turned into a bit of a tree thrash as we weren't totally sure which way to approach
this drainage. This was the first look we had outside of staring into tree wells, so we were pretty jazzed.



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A panoramic view of the drainage we skied up into. You can see PLR Couloir as well as some pretty serious avalanche terrain
above us too.


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We had a discussion around the best options for gaining this bench. Rowley's suggestion of staying in the tree islands
turned out to be the winner here.


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A look at a pretty serious fracture line high above us.


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Our friend Marius having a bite of lunch at our high spot on this tour.


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Louis thinks hot sweet tea is the bomb.


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Rowley is looking down across the valley.


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Iain loves a pair of Babybels.


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Louis, Rowley, and I decided to put an approach onto the couloir that we named PLR Couloir. This was the visibility
when we made the decision to go for a closer look. This is the Kokanee equivalent to 'zero precipitation'.


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Rowley, at the entrance to the couloir.


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Other than nipple-deep unconsolidated snow up 45-55 degrees for over 100 vertical metres, there was virtually nothing
stopping us from skiing this line! Thanks go to Louis for trudging up this slope for us.


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In some places, it wasn't as hard as other places, but it was a push nonetheless.


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Looking back down to Rowley below me.


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This couloir looks scary!

Video lookaround at the top of the PLR Couloir


Louis skis the first tracks


Rowley skis the PLR Couloir



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The stats for day 5's tour.


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Map for day 5's tour.

Day 6 - Up onto Kokanee Glacier


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For Iain (and for us too), this trip was also about learning. Here he is doing his first snow pit, and he's actually
doing an extended column test. Snow depth was ~320 cm at 2200m elevation.


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Rowley and Marius look on as we had a beautiful bluebird day to go explore the glacier.


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Iain and Louis cutting the back of the extended column.


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Louis and Rowley picked a really great low ramp to use to get up onto the glacier. Here is a gorgeous
look at our skin track on the snowfield.


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How amazing is this?


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Here's Jeanna skinning up towards the glacier. Check out the big cornices above her (or snow tongues!).


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How sweet is this view?


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Jeanna at our lunch spot for the morning.


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Rowley and Marius having a break on the granite.


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We continued all the way up the glacier and gained some more elevation. Here's Rowley near the top of our
route for the day.


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Jeanna and Louis at the radio repeater tower. The look on Jeanna's face says it all. I read her saying,
"I'm never climbing up this silly thing again!"

Video look-around at the top of the repeater tower



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Of course, when a guy finds a big black tower at the top of a glacier, what would you do?


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Uh-huh.


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Jeanna and Louis at our high point of 2790m on the Kokanee Glacier.


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Lots and lots of mountains in all directions!


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And finally, without sunglasses.


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Yours truly, looking back south towards Nelson.


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Once the sun poked behind clouds and the wind picked up, it got cold fast. Here was lunch spot 2.


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Team photo at the top of Kokanee Glacier.


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Our tracks down the bottom of the glacier. We had some sweet lines to the inside of the Battleship, but I didn't capture them.


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The map for day 6's tour.


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Stats for day 6's tour.

Day 7 - Hucking, and up to Nansen Ridge


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The day started off a bit later, with a bait and switch. The team wanted to huck things and I wanted to tour,
so we hucked while the sun was cool, and toured after. This was the site of the big jumps.

Video of Rowley hucking 1


Video of Rowley hucking 2


Video of Louis hucking



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Rowley picking up the pieces.


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Iain getting a bit of air.


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We continued on towards Nansen Ridge to see whether that was an option. Check out the untracked beauty of this bowl.


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Along with big honking cornices too!


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Our crew (and Rowley's bum) at Nansen Ridge.


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The crew on Nansen Ridge.

Video of Jeanna skiing Nansen Ridge


Video of Louis skiing Nansen Ridge


Video of Rowley skiing Nansen Ridge


Video of blowing up a micro-turbine pack


Video of extreme snow-angeling



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A look at the hucking rock on the heli ride out.


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Rowley and Marius in the town of Nelson being Dbags.


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The map for day 7's tour.


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Stats for day 7's tour.

Thanks again to the team for a great trip. Total vertical elevation was 5200 m and total distance was 59.5 km.

Other folks' photos

Louis' photos HERE

Rowley's photos HERE

Iain's photos HERE

Phil's photos HERE

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