Skiing in Canada

I have been skiing in the Spearhead Range on the Coast mountains of B.C for the last 5 Winters.  Access is brilliant from Whistler Blackcomb, and with as little as 20 minute walk you can be skiing guarenteed fresh lines.  The Spearhead Traverse can easily be done in a day, and any mountains in the range and despite being long are best done in a day.  It is also nice to take your time taking in the views on the spearhead traverse and is commonly done over 3 days.

The 5 best Decents to do in the range:

Summit Chute on Fissile is one of the steepest runs in the range, being 55-60 degrees.  I takes roughly 2 and a half hours to the summit of Fissile from the peak of Whistler.  I always boot pack the south side of fissile, instead of skinning up to the wirlwind col and heading up the east ridge of fisslie.  Summit chute starts off the summit with a convexity and the first time you do it you downt know for shure if it is it or a dead end.  It gets steeper and steeper and half way down is often rocky.  I have skied it twice once in perfect powder easily linking turns, and the second time on bullet proof ice having to do jump turns landing 15 food down with each turn.  It then mellows out to fantastic skiing, on 40 degree slope.  I then cut left at the bottom of the ridge on the left, to ski a better slope and reducing skinning time.  It is then only an hour and a half back to the village down singing pass.

North face on Fitzsimmons is one of the most sustained slopes in the range, it is a fantastic face with an exposed entrace off the summit.  After that you ski a few hundred meters before tuning right over a convexity to a big open face.  Everytime I have done the route in waste deep powder and fantastic skiing, you can really let them rip.  Watch out for the bootpack up the south face and summit ridge, best done eirly especially on a sunny day.  I from the base I have exited all the way along fitzsimmons creek, which was a great adventure but a slog taking 7 hours.  The best way is to hit the creek and head up and left to the Russet lake hut and back down singing pass taking roughly 3 hours.

Hour Glass chute on Trorie, is great steep exposed skiing.  It is rarly skied and the main chute is all above a 50 foot cliff.  At the end of the run you traverse above the cliff to the lift and down the exit chute.  Snow stability is the maine concern for the run, and we rope up with one person ready to jump off the knife edge ridge while ski cutting.  The exit back blackcome side is easy and about 2 hours.

Blind Date on Decker, is one of my favorat runs with guarenteed powder it is rarly skiied due to its hidden location.  From Blackcomb it is over the lookers left on mt Decker, it is not visible from any other popular areas, which is why it is not often skiied.  It is a couloir down a big cliff band on a big convexity to cliff.  Not easy to find but go right, and it is just left of a small tree.  The run is great and loaded light snow, and everytime I have done it fresh. And only 1 and a half hours back to 7th heven on blackcomb.

North East face of Fissile starts with a convexity off the summit of Fissile.  Stability is a must as the whole run is above a 100m cliff.  It is fantastic 44 degree consistant slope which you can really rip.  If your sluff is going past you you are too slow.  A brilliant ski, and same aproach and return home as summit chute.

 

 

 

 

 

Skiing throughout the spearhead

 


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