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Couloir

A little video of Paddy’s Peak East summit, the main couloir. Not too steep or extreme but you’re definitively in the “no fall zone”. Snow was variable in the couloir, wind affected, supportive or unsupportive crust, hard snow a bit of everything. Very good to keep you on your guard. Then, at the bottom of the…

Mountain Safety Education

Yukon Backcountry is one of the best places to practise outdoor activities. From the hills around Whitehorse to the top of the highest mountain in Canada, mountains cover a large part of the territory. Mountains are a very specific environment, especially in the North. Knowledge is the first step and the most important to improve…

Backcountry skiing kids equipment

Backcountry ski equipment for kids Following my first article about backcountry skiing  with kids, I still receive a lot of questions about it, especially the equipment the girls are using. A good setting for kids does not only increase the fun…but also the safety. I’ve been backcountry skiing since the 80s and professionaly in 1992.…

Snowshoes and mountains safety

Why an article about snowshoeing here. Because mountain safety was and is always my priority and I like to share a bit of my experience if it can help. Lately, in the Yukon, the hiking community grew up very fast. Winter already here, a lot of hikers are eager to get out and enjoy the…

ZAG U-89 review

To tell you a bit about which skier I am, in the early 90s, when I first started out in ski touring, offers on the market were very limited. So to have skis with good skiability, like most of the backcountry skiers at that time, I opted for slalom skis (Dynastar race with 70 mm underfoot…

Very Early season skiing

Early season hazard Winter is just around the corner. The cold temperatures will keep you away from summer activities, and the white snow on the mountains is calling you for winter fun. So far, there is not really enough snow to ski correctly, but it is coming soon. Currently, the places that look most inviting…

Backcountry Skiing with Kids

Backcountry Skiing with Kids   If you are an avid backcountry skier, you naturally want to bring your kids. There is nothing better than sharing a passion with your loved ones. You are a good parent, so you are asking yourself, “Would a responsible parent take their kids skiing in the backcountry?” My answer is,…

May in March

I spent the week on Haines Pass , things changed dramaticaly since last week. When we arrived, we were welcomed by a heavy rain and crazy warm temperature, +5c at the Pass. We went for a quick tour to assess the conditions, of course it was horrible, it is not so often to see so…