Mar
16
2016
Français

Haines Pass Backcountry Skiing

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After more than 3 years of work, I am happy to announce  shortly the release of my new publication, a guide book about backcountry skiing in the Haines Pass area.  Between the Yukon and the Alaskan coast, the Chilkat Pass ( also known as Haines Pass) is a unique place for skiing. In the 164 pages of the book, you will find descriptions of more than 60 routes with over 180 coloured pictures.  The book will be available in French in the next days, and as soon as I will have the funding for it, it will be published and print in English too, I think for fall 2016.
The French version will be available very soon here.

Thank you for the support I have received from the skier community in the Yukon and Alaska after the release of my first book (White Pass backcountry Skiing). A very big thank you to ZAG SKIS and PLUM bindings to support me in this project.

Finding the inspiration during the day was not too difficult…

Powder valley

…and it kept me busy during the long boreal nights.

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Feb
21
2016
Français

(Français) L’avalanche de Cherry Bowl

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Jan
17
2016
Français

2016

Not a lot of posts for 2016, since the beginning of the ski season. I have been too busy skiing but also working on big projects, news will be published soon. But, conditions are not too bad ans skiing is good with powder skiing almost everyday.

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Jan
13
2016
Français

In the heart of the Yukon

Now on the TV screen, from the series In the Heart of the Yukon, the full documentary is also available online. Click on the picture below to watch the full movie.Hors des sentiers battus

Jun
26
2015
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Summer skiing in Canada

Winter is over, summer is on…but in the Yukon, because of the amazing terrain we have, ski season is never completely over. With the help of Icefield Discovery, we headed up on the Kluane icefield. Our mission was  to test some of the new 2015 models from ZAG   and from Ceramic sportswear Sand our goal was to have a lot of fun… and this is what we  did. We were lucky to stay  at the comfortable Icefield Discovery camp set-up in front of the Mont Logan, close to the Queen Mary. From the camp, the view is totally awful, the Logan seems to be  so close. At 2575m of elevation, the camp allowed us to have plenty of choices and diverses kind of snow to test our toys. We we lucky enough to still have some powder to play in but we also enjoyed some corn snow. But, we also found some crusty and wind affected snow, perfect conditions to evaluate the skiability of our guns. In the North, skiing in June is a bit magical, not only for the quality of the snow, but also for the light, long sunny days are followed by a magical evening light, there is no night and at 2330, the top of the highest peaks are still glowing, catching the last sun beams. So nice to go for an evening ride after 2000, with a crazy light and a good snow. What an experience.

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Icefield discovery camp. A nice and confortable place to stay with a view on Mont Logan 5959m .

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Our taxi to get there, a Helio Courier, thank you to Tom our pilot. The flight to get there is amazing.

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Some of our skis for the trip, Ubac XL, Ubac, Bakan and Ubac lady

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Everywhere you go, the view of the surrounding is rewarding.

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On the Kluane Icefields, at this time of the year, conditions changes fast but  we were lucky enough to have some very good snow with a nice playground to ski on.

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The girls had a lot of fun with the new UBAC lady, lighter but always as easy to ski.

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Thank you  again to our partners, PLUM bindings, Zag skis and Ceramiq  and for sure, we will come back to the icefield.

Big thank to Sian, Lance and Tom from Icefield Discovery.  logo icefield

Apr
5
2015
Français

off the beaten path, skiing in the Yukon

Is skiing in the Yukon like skiing somewhere else?   you could find an answer in the following video. Click on the link below and enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AszI3VR26o

Note: If you would like English subtitles, please select the subtitles/CC icon (bottom right on youtube window).

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Nov
10
2014
Français

A new ski season will start soon in the Yukon

A new ski season will start soon,  keep your tools ready. So far nothing very exciting but snowpack is building slowly. It is still impossible to ski decently from the road because at lower elevation there is not enough snow. But if you are motivated enough to boot pack, bush pack, a little bit higher you might find relatively fair conditions. Be aware of covered rocks and crevasses hidden underneath a very thin snowpack. Following a couple of picture of Haines Pass.

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Kids welcoming winter…

Jul
6
2014
Français

Canada Day

How to celebrate Canada Day in the Yukon. Summer is wonderful in the Yukon. Days are endless, sunset are followed by sunrise and you can enjoy the midnight sun. We decided to gain a bit of elevation in the middle of Kluane national park for a couple of ski sessions. Thanks to Icefiel Discovery and Captain tom our pilote, we were dropped at the Icefiled Discovery  camp, just in front of the Mont Logan.

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We took a couple of minutes celebrating Canada Day, and enjoying the scenery, Mont Logan 5959 m, the highest peak in Canada just in front of us.

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Then it was time to dig a bit to have access to the camp to droop some gears.

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We could not wait to go skiing

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All around, nice ridges to climb, just need to pick-one up.

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Nice summer snow..means easy ski.

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just in front of Mont Logan.

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A late sunset at 23.40

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And a nice midnight sun on top of Mont Logan.

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The top of Mont Augusta capturing the last sunbeam of the day.

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Enjoying a cozy camp

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The snow was great, making turns easy.

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Playing with the wind and the light…

just before the storm…

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To plan your adventure :     Icefield Discovery.comlogo icefield

May
22
2014
Français

Friends visiting part 2

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More picture from a nice trip we had in Haines Pass, between Yukon, Alaska and British Columbia. The good snow provided us some easy travel. Snow conditions and the weather we very good. We had time to enjoy the nice surrounding. Temperatures were good. Good freezing conditions at night but  sometimes largely above Oc during the day. But do not forget we are up North around here. At higher elevation we found some winter conditions, with cold temperatures, especially with a cold wind and a refreshing windchill.  The high range of temperature we had  was perfect  to test and appreciate our new sportswear from Ceramiq.  This new technology that incorporate minerals into the textile is known to  be perfect to dissipate and reflect energy, allowing you to have a better heat transfer.  We were surprised by the confort, keeping us warm when it was cold and fresh when we were overheated.  Powder is very good, but corn snow is good too and allows you to have fast and easy skiing, just like a nicely groomed ski slope.

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We had everything to make skiers happy.

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And yes, ski conditions were still very good.

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We had very warm spring  conditions …and then sometimes back to winter at higher elevation. Perfect to test out our equipments from Ceramiq and Ortovox in a high temperature range.

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Where do we go next was always the question, with a lot of untracked lines all around us.

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Sometimes back in winter.

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Not a lot of people around here, but it is always nice to meet funny interesting people, just like Bill from Gustavus

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Luxury for skier: the Stellar hut was our very confortable base camp. More information about the cabin  and more here : logo icefieldfroid-508

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of course we did not forget to bring enough food and drink supplies.

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Thank you to the team and our partners for this wonderful trip. For Marc and Fifi it was the second trip in Yukon, and I am sure we will see some of them coming back again.

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May
16
2014
Français

Friends visiting part1

Before completely switching for  summer mode, it was still time to enjoy spring ski conditions.

Put some friends together in a cabin nearby nice mountains, give them good skis and  a bit of snow.  And if the weather is cooperative, you will have a lot of fun. The goal of this trip was not to hit some crazy steep lines or to climb as fast as we could. The leitmotiv of the trip was to have as much fun as we could. It was also nice to meet with friends from Europe and make them discover this nice area. So after a couple of days spent in Whitehorse to recover from the jet lag and to finish the set-up, we headed to Haines Pass. Even after an unusual dry winter, with not much precipitations, meaning less snow on the ground. It was not too late and snow conditions were between good to fair, sometimes very good. The weather was great with endless sunny days. At the beginning, it was still possible to find some cold snow in the north facing slope, then the temperatures rose a bit and  mostly our choice was to look for some good spring snow and some skiing sessions. Snow stability was mostly good. Haines Pass area is a wide area with a lot of options in terms of terrain choice. For 10 days, we were lucky and had the entire area quite exclusively for us. We met just 2 skiers and a group of sledders.

A nice team during a nice session.

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Happy girls in Spring touring mode.

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Nice untracked terrain, nice surrounding, perfect weather and a good team….what else.

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But sometimes we had to work harder to earn our turns.

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And skiing was good…or very good.

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We have had some very good sessions

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Après-ski was also important

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Sometimes we stayed awake late at night, enjoying Yukon’s entertainment.

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Keep posted for more pictures  on the next post.

Thanks  to our partners :

ZAG skis    Plum Bindings    Ceramic     Millet Mountain   Lestra  Ortovox    Julbo eyewear 

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