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backcountry skiing in the Columbia Mountains

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Welcome to the Backcountry ski page. At this site you will find backcountry skiing images by Patrick Bates plus other related Backcountry Ski Links and Resources. Besides the ski images, I will try to keep any relevant ski information updated as well as links to sites providing more backcountry skiing information for the serious backcountry skier. I also invite you to visit my blog for more images, movies, trip reports, links...

skiing in the Selkirks Selkirk powder backcountry skiing Selkirk Mts
Brad Fuller skiing in the Northern Purcells Ski touring in the Purcells Spring skiing in the Purcells
Selkirk powder Purcell high camp Jumbo Mt

backcountry skiing, Banff

backcountry skiing, Banff

" In the end, to ski is to travel fast and free - free over untouched snow country. To be bound to one slope, even one mountain, by a lift may be convenient but it robs us of the greatest pleasure that skiing can give, that is to travel through the wide wintery country; to follow the lure of peaks which tempt on the horizon and to be alone for a few days or even hours in clear, mysterious surroundings"
Hans Gmoser
ski touring, coast mountains, BC
British Columbia’s Coast Range, above and right.
ski touring, Garibaldi Prov. Park, BC

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Backcountry Ski Links and Resources

selkirk mts
Adrian Rothwell rips the light fantastic.
  • The most important thing that any backcountry skier can do is become avalanche aware; we must all do what we can to increase awareness. There are many guide services offering weekend avalanche awareness work shops throughout North America. Your one stop resource for the latest Canadian avy info is the Canadian Avalanche Association. The Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche Center offers more regional and related information.
  • Thinking of a new beacon, or a first time purchase of an avalanche beacon? If so, check for current reviews of all new and obsolete beacons.
  • Summits and Icefields by Chick Scott is the definitive guide book to ski touring in Canada's Rocky and Columbia mountains. This, and other must haves - such as Tony Daffern's Avalanche Safety for Skiers and Climbers - are published by, and available through, Rocky Mountain Books in Calgary Alberta.
  • For hut reservations on the Wapta Icefields, -pictured here- information on other ACC huts, and yes, more mountain resources, contact The Alpine Club of Canada.
  • Looking for online info to get you out there? Try Backcountry Magazine or Telemark Skier Magazine for all your backcountry ski and snowboarding news, info, the latest gear updates and other related links. Outside Magazine will provide you with all your other online outdoor and adventure sport information, be it news, political, environmental or entertainment. More of the same plus an extensive list of tour operators and guide services is available from Canada's Explore Magazine
  • Dr. Michael Tuggy has studied telemark skiing injuries and related information for several years now. His findings can be found at his very informative telemark skiing injury study site.
  • Looking for used gear the Kimberley - Cranbrook area? Check the selection in person, or online, with Russ Peebles and his staff at Funhogz in Cranbrook. Funhogz is now also carrying a small selection of rental AT gear.
  • For those who are also track skiing aficionados, check The KNC Virtual Nordic Centre for a compilation of the best nordic skiing info on the web.


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