The following is a ski report from spring of 2017 after a number of big lines were skied in the Rockies.
The alpine climbing and ski season has started in the Canadian Rockies with reports of dozens of climbers on the summit of Athabasca last weekend.
Update June 1: Reports of the first ski descent of Mount Whitehorn are trickling in. More to come.
Mount Andromeda’s routes (Skyladder and Middle Earth) and even Eisenhower Tower on Castle Mountain have all seen ascents this spring.
Some of the big ski lines reported include an historic drop in on Mount Robson. There are reports that the north face has been skied for possibly the second time since 1995.
Chic Scott wrote in his book Powder Pioneers, “In the autumn of 1995 the north face of Mount Robson was finally skied. With little fanfare and no media presence, Ptor Spricenieks and Troy Jungen, from Whistler, walked to the mountain, climbed to its summit and the descended the giant face.”
The Kain Face on Mount Robson and Mount Resplendent were also skied this month by Dylan Chen and friends.
Mount Temple was skied by mountain guides Simon Meis, Gery Unterasinger and Craig McGee. Watch a clip here. The big mountain near Lake Louise has been skied a number of times in the past.
Around Canmore, the Lawrence Grassi Couloir had lots of descents earlier this spring, as did the Aberdeen Couloir and a number of lines on the Icefields Parkway and 93 South.