Friday, May 28, 2010

Mt. Columbia East face ski day.

At over 12000 feet, Mt. Columbia is the highest peak in Alberta and the second highest in the Canadian Rockies. With it's location on the Columbia Icefields and relatively mellow slopes, Columbia has long been a popular ski objective.
On Monday Eammon Walsh, Josh Briggs and I headed out for a day trip to the summit and back. Conditions were fantastic and we managed to ski right from the very summit with good powder turns. It's a long, long ways across the Icefields to get to Columbia but the views and wildness of the glacier make it well worth the effort. Here's some pics:

Nearing the top of the icefalls on the Athabasca Glacier.
Skiing the last bit of flats before the East Face proper.
Josh kicking steps up the East Face.
On the summit.

Hopping off the small summit cornice and into sweet powder turns.

Great views of South Twin (L) and North Twin (middle).
J. Mills
CRAG Head Guide

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