Winter Solstice Full Moon Ski

As my trips add up over the years, there’s one thing that becomes clearer and clearer. If you’re determined enough to adventure into the backcountry, regardless of the weather, mother nature will usually provide. Now I’m not saying she’ll provide the perfect place to pitch your tent or a bluebird summit day…but there always seems to be a moment of awe. A moment where you say to yourself, “this was totally worth it”.

Last week, Cameron and I loaded up our backpacks and ski toured into the Salmo-Creston pass. (“ski-touring” is when you slap some really sticky “skins” to the bottom of your skis and they allow you to actually ski up the mountain with your alpine skis) Our plan was to do some skiing by the light of the full moon – if Mother Nature co-operated with us. We toured into Ripple Ridge Cabin, met a few fabulous cabin mates for the night and kept our fingers crossed that the landscape would light up.

We were surprised how few cars were in the lot. Doesn’t everyone know the snow is amazing???

Yahoo! Skiing! Blue sky!

Cam slappin’ skins on his skis.

We were surprised how few cars were in the lot. Doesn’t everyone know the snow is amazing???

Yup. We were there!

 

The full moon, making an appearance.

Best winter solstice ever!