Playing The Weather Game on Mount Joffre

Post by blogger | April 5, 2011      

I headed up to Canada again last weekend, and the weather forecast wasn’t super good, but we still managed to get in some amazing backcountry skiing. First day we did some powder laps off Mt. Chief Pascal. Sunday we left the parking lot at 4:00 and skied the Australian Couloir on Mt. Joffre. Our plan was to ski Joffre, Matier, and Slalok, but the weather didn’t think that was a good idea. The day began with a cloudless sky, but a storm moved in early. Within half an hour the views went from spectacular to snowglobe. Click images to enlarge.

Our view up the Australian Coulior before the weather moved in. We were the first people up it, but by the time we skied down quite a crowd was following our bootpack and dodging our sluff.

The sun coming up as we near the Anniversary Glacier.

Skinning in the sun on the Anniversary Glacier.

Climbing up the Aussie Couloir. If you look closely you can see our skin track in the upper left.

Just before the clouds engulfed us I got this pic of some skiers climbing Matier.

Dropping into the Aussie Coulior. We skied from 30 feet below the top to avoid a tender wind slab.

The powder skiing down the Anniversary Glacier seemed endless, possibly because we couldn't see anything.

It was great to ski the Aussie Coulior, a line I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Fun to explore a new area as well. I’ll definitively be back.


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5 Responses to “Playing The Weather Game on Mount Joffre”

  1. Mark W April 5th, 2011 12:16 pm

    It’s a dreamworld of mountains up there isn’t it? Great stuff. By the way, I think the term “snowglobe” is perfect.

  2. Ed April 5th, 2011 5:22 pm

    You’ll have to come up and ski “The Other Joffre” sometime . .
    . . and compare them . . .

  3. mc April 5th, 2011 5:45 pm

    Ya, go ski that other one and get the hell out of my backyard!:mrgreen:

  4. Ziff April 5th, 2011 8:58 pm

    Nice work, Louie. Sorry about the weather stopping you from the three peak day.

  5. sewa mobil April 5th, 2011 10:24 pm

    Nice article, thanks for the information

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