Coquihalla – Markhor


So Lee says to me the other day – Hey – can I borrow all your extra touring gear tomorrow to go skiing with John up the Coquihalla? Um, I think – Why don’t I use my touring gear and ski with John in the Coquihalla! Oh – he says. So he managed to borrow some gear from John and slap some bindings on some extra skis he has. We then told Trevor - who is recently unemployed, and Tyler – who is recently getting into touring with this split board that we’re heading up for a day in the Coq!


Park at the sand shed off the Coquihalla where you would park for Needle.


The skin up was quick! about 1 -1/2 hours to the ridge! I could have used my ski crampons since it was pretty wind hammered with icy spots. The wet slides on Yahk across the valley was more evidence of the warm week we’ve been having!

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


We get to the ridge of Markor peak and go for a ski on the south side.

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


Looking down the South side of Markhor. There is an abandoned railroad in the valley of the Coquihalla river.

Photo by John Baldwin


We then skin back up for a couple more runs. The sun was BLASTING us here! In February!

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


We head back to the ridge when John decides to summit Markhor, Lee was going to follow but he destroyed in snowy boot pack up the ridge. So we did one more run down the south side.

Photo by John Baldwin


Tyler rippin’ it on his split board. He’s just getting into this touring thing and we think he likes it!

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


Lee heading down.

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


Needle Peak from the top of Markhor.

Photo by John Baldwin


Looking North from Markhor you can see the Coquihalla meandering through the valley with other potential ski areas across the way.

Photo by Trevor Hawkins


On the way out we went by this rocky slab that couldn’t hold its load in the heat.

Photo by Trevor Hawkins

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