Asulkan Hut Powder Skiing

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It’s always exciting when the wind blows.

Those words kept popping into my head during our breezy 4-day stay at Asulkan hut, Canada.

Fortunately it snowed as well as blew. This despite terrifying reports of bony tree runs and an approach trek that might require the unforgivable act of dirt hiking in new TLT Six Shooters.

Yep, 100% skiable snow — especially after more than 10 cm of new blew around to smooth over all the old ski tracks. Chuckle fluffy. If not a bit adult due to requisite terrain management on the ribs and timber faces below the cabin.

A few photos, published from my Samsung (a whole other story).

Getting deep.

Cooper enjoying way more snow than we expected.

Cooper enjoying way more snow than we expected.

Louie

Oh, and about that wind streaking down from the alpine of Youngs Peak? The Selkirk breeze built a beautiful cornice around the outhouse, which I’m delighted to say I fell though. Adventure is where you find it.

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14 Responses to “Asulkan Hut Powder Skiing”

  1. Paul December 2nd, 2013 5:52 am

    Right on…it’s true,rarely does one have a bad time at Rogers.Glad you skipped my advice, looks like great snow and the Tree Triangle is pretty awesome on snow days.Any more details regarding conditions such as avi’s,stability etc? Did you ski the Ravens,Triangle Moraine, anything above the hut?Love Rogers….

  2. Paul December 2nd, 2013 5:57 am

    By the way,ISO of new goggles,what were you using and are they you’re go to’s for the conditions, they worked well?..

    Thanks for the reports….

  3. Charlie December 2nd, 2013 11:45 am

    Sticking around for sunshine this week?

  4. Petra December 2nd, 2013 1:05 pm

    Rogers Pass is the place! Never had a bad day skiing there.

  5. Deb Morton December 2nd, 2013 2:29 pm

    I have an important question: I am in the market for a backcountry ski pack, one that fits me! I am female, 55 yrs. old; a backcountry skier for over 20 yrs. I would like a pack that has a dedicated pocket/spot for avalanche equipment. I appreciate your help very much!

  6. louis dawson December 2nd, 2013 2:41 pm

    BCA, Arcteryx, Black Diamond

  7. Stano December 2nd, 2013 5:23 pm

    Well, it’s hard to evaluate snow conditions as all of us have different expectations as to what “deep” means. Especially when one lives in Canada :)

  8. Lee Lau December 2nd, 2013 11:52 pm

    Quality of snow looks acceptable

  9. Lou Dawson December 3rd, 2013 8:15 am

    Well, we do get the occasional good winter in Colorado, but decades of that game have certainly taught me to enjoy anything but dirt. More photos coming, and other various aspects of the trip from the clueless non-local (grin). Lou

  10. Louie Dawson December 3rd, 2013 1:09 pm

    We did ski a bit above the hut, but the snow was a bit wind affected, and a little slabby, so we stuck to below tree-line. We skied some stuff on the moraines as well, but they didn’t seem to be holding the snow like the trees. Incredible snow, can’t wait to go back!

  11. Blair December 3rd, 2013 6:40 pm

    Have you been using the Canon A1400 camera with a viewfinder that you reviewed in the summer. Was it on this snowy winter trip?

  12. Lou Dawson December 3rd, 2013 8:57 pm

    Blair, yes I’ve been using that A1400 in winter conditions. It’s holding up, but I’m missing many action shots due to the lack of manual control, etc. (the shots above are from various cameras, not just the A1400. Having the viewfinder is wonderful, but the camera simply does not have enough control for many situations. I keep forgetting to use the infinity lock that sets the focus to infinity, that would help a bunch. I’ll be using it more, but when I really want to shoot skiing I might be grabbing something more robust. Lou

  13. Blair December 4th, 2013 10:14 pm

    I bought a discounted Nikon Coolpix P7100. Larger and heavier than the A1400 but with that robust feel and a big optical viewfinder. This camera seems to do it all. Only downside to date…I’m going to have to read the instructions(manual) !

  14. Lou Dawson December 4th, 2013 11:33 pm

    Blair, that looks like a truly nice camera. Enjoy.

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