Kokanee Glacier Ski Trip – Jan 23rd – Jan 29th 2016
Day 3 – Sunny day up Pyramid to the Repeater Tower, Battleship laps
We woke up to Blue Bird which means we tour into the Alpine! Our objective was to ski the Key Hole. With the wind affected alpine we initially decided not too. We were also going to ski into Joker basin, but again the winds kept us away. We turned back to the Battleship. The main group skied Smugglers trees and the Apron, we skied the Battleship twice and Smugglers bowl. Lee and Stu decided to hit the Key Hole, Linda and I did another lap down Smugglers, then Pyramid and got back before it got dark. Awesome sunny day at Kokanee.
- Trip preparation page (link may change each year)
- British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment official web-page for Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park Kootenay Rockies webpage on Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park with summer routes and activities primarily described.
- Alpine Club of Canada’s webpage on the Kokanee Glacier chalet.
- Snow forcast for Whitewater and SpotWX click on the area at Kokanee Glacier
- Our previous trips in 2007, 2008 and 2015
- 1:250 scale map of Kokanee area
- 1:50 scale map of Kokanee area - east map; west map
- 1:20 scale TRIM data map (best for navigation imo)
- For navigation I use PDF Maps on my phone and you can download my KML file here for reference
Downstairs drying room, getting ready
Skinning up the Pyramid
Lots of wind and interesting snow in the Alpine
Sun is low and intense
Never get tired of the view from the Repeater, Linda checks her messages as this is the only place you get cell coverage
Skiing down the Battleship. The snow was wind affected but not bad!
Little cooler for Lee
Skinning back up with Pterodactyl Ridge in the background
View down the Battleship with Kaslo Lake in the background
Stu and Lee head to Key Hole
Not bad snow
The only tracks
Looking back up to Key West
Looking back to the Keyhole
Potential line off John Carter
Google Earth Image of our day, minus Key Hole