Ymir Peak, Whitewater Wild, Nelson BC

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Sometimes, mountain beauty stuns you like a burst of radiation from a neutron star. Yesterday, out of Whitewater resort again near Nelson, Canada. Ymir Peak. We’ll let the pictures do some talking. Click most of them to enlarge.


Steve at the summit of Ymir Peak, above Whitewater resort out of Nelson, British Columbia.

A couple of snowboarders were getting set to enter via a stiff line called First Choice.

A couple of snowboarders were getting set to enter via a stiff line called First Choice.

Michael caught this one of me heading up Ymir. The surreal landscape up there is stunning.

Michael caught this one of me heading up Ymir. The surreal landscape up there is stunning.


In the fog on Ymir Ridge

MK's version of the brocken spectre.

MK's version of the brocken spectre we got on the summit. The undercast was just high enough to allow the various named mountain ranges around us to elegantly announce their existence. Quite beautiful. I'm told that's the Kokanee Glacier in the distance?




Cam Shute enjoying the pow below the clouds.

I quite like this elegant shot of Michael's.

I quite like this elegant shot of Michael's, me skiing Popcorn Bench on Ymir. We're all trying to up our photography games a bit, as the combination of harsh weather and in my case camera problems resulted in a few less action shots then I would have liked to be publishing. For example, I'm still not convinced about my Canon S100, but I did work hard with it yesterday and got the settings much more dialed. Michael is using a Lumix LX5 that has the usual challenge of no ready viewfinder (you can get a bulky add-on), but he seems to be dealing with that well enough.


Hayden Kennedy has dialed those Volkl Nunataq he picked from the WildSnow Ultimate Quiver. Louie caught this shot of him heading down Kuba Chute.

MK's interpretation.

MK's interpretation.


10 Responses to “Ymir Peak, Whitewater Wild, Nelson BC”

  1. brian h December 28th, 2012 9:51 am

    This series of trip reports has me on the verge some sort of snow refugee freak out…

  2. Gregg Cronn December 28th, 2012 10:06 am

    Lou and gang. You have topped yourself with these reports and muzzled the equipment post complainers at the same time. Have enjoyed reading them immensely. Thanks and safe travels home to the entire CO gang. Give my best to Michael and Julie. I remember walking the Annapurna trek with them in “84. Great people.

  3. Lisa Dawson December 28th, 2012 11:30 am

    Gregg, MK and JK send you warm greetings. We’ve had so much fun with them. Hopefully next spring we’ll lure them up to the PNW to ski spring corn on your beautiful peaks and for climbing at Squamish. Hope you’ll join us for sure!

  4. Jill Goudie McSwain December 28th, 2012 1:12 pm

    Hi Lou and Lisa and any other Marble regulars. Do you have an up to date trip report for Marble?
    We are hoping to head up there over the w/e if conditions are ok.
    We were there 2 weeks ago after the last great snowfall and watched a solo skier set of a small avvy between the bowl and the skin trail. I am guessing conditions are pretty hairy right now but wanted to ask for your opinion.

  5. Jeremie December 28th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Awesome pictures !
    I’m sure the 2 snowboarders was me and my friend Jon.

    The visibility was pretty bad. But always fun times up there !

  6. Brian December 31st, 2012 10:29 am

    Where’s the pic of Lou riding the lift up at Whitewater? That I’d like to see! Just kidding, I’m jealous you guys dropped Ymir. Always wanted to do that as a kid.

  7. Lou Dawson December 31st, 2012 10:36 am

    Brian, some paprazi were chasing me, which is why I got my airbag leg strap caught on a lift maze post and was issued a geek card by the liftie.

  8. Lou Dawson December 31st, 2012 10:38 am

    Hi Jeremie, cool that was you! Thanks for dropping by the blog, I really like that photo of you guys down there on the ridge. Did you have a good descent? Lou

  9. Dianna January 2nd, 2013 4:22 pm

    Fabulous photos Lou. You have captured our location very well! Come back again anytime. Are any of these images for sale? If so, send me a note to my email: info@nelsonkootenaylake.com.

    Beyond Ordinary – Nelson Kootenay Lake

  10. Don The NorthCascadesWanderer January 4th, 2013 11:13 am

    Lou I always enjoy reading about your adventures and gear reviews, I just purchased a pair of Garmont Cosmos based on your review. You guys should consider checking out Scottish Lakes High Camp located 15 miles west of Leavenworth Washington. I’ve been there quite abit and think it is great.

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