It hasn’t snowed significantly in weeks yet mountain experiences in January have been magnificent. Instead of the typical faceshots and endless tree runs, riders have explored some fantastic alpine terrain and remarkably low avalanche hazard. Below are a few photos of fun times in the Selkirks.

After nearly 20 years of mechanized skiing in the Selkirks and Monashees, C and B enjoy some uphill skiing in Rogers Pass below Mt Sir Donald. Together, we explored the Illicilliwaet and Asulkan valleys in what has to be one of the world’s best roadside high mountain col crossings.

Lookout Mountain and it’s morning silhouette.

hope and charity south selkirks

For a few weeks a year the granite spires of Mounts Hope and Charity experience the hoots and hollers of excited skiers and the traffic of a few helicopters. The rest of the year they go back to being tucked away quietly deep in the Southern Selkirks. It was easy to tell who the climbers in the group were on this day.

The town of Revelstoke sits adjacent to the most heavily dammed river system in the world, the Columbia River. Unfortunately for it’s valley dwelling inhabitants, this means valley fog. Those with strong legs and a set of skins or fortunate enough to have earned a seat on a helicopter often get above this layer to experience the January sun.

Eventually the continuous storms and deep light powder that Revelstoke is known for will return. But for now, let’s enjoy stress-free avalanche forecasting and some truly fantastic snow and blue sky.

Mike Bromberg