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Watch Skiers Descend Mount Athabasca in Rockies

In mid-April, four skiers went up and down the North Glacier in seven hours

On April 17, Sean Murray and friends skied Mount Athabasca on the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies. The peak has some of the most-climbed alpine routes in the area.

“After turning around due to lack of snow on the Silverhorn (the previous day), we headed up the North Glacier route to the summit.” said Murray. “This route is fantastic, great skiing, beautiful views of the other 11,000er peaks. This is big terrain with big glaciers, seracs, crevasses, bergschrunds, and exposure.”

The route took them seven hours round-trip over 12 kilometres of terrain with over 1,500 metre of vertical. Big mountain skiing should be left to those with backcountry experience and who are trained in travelling through avalanche terrain and glaciers.

2022 Athabasca Descent