Garibaldi Neve Traverse

Route description and planning guide

There are two west coast ski classics – Spearhead traverse and Garibaldi Neve traverse. Being easier of the two, Garibaldi Neve will likely be be your first touch with the glaciated landscape of the southwest British Columbia. The well established ski route is fairly mellow. The scenery, however, will be grand.

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Spearhead Traverse

A west coast classic – route description

This three day ski traverse will showcase what the Coast Mountains have to offer – a great scenery, big alpine slopes, some superb ski runs, winter camping on glaciers and a feeling of being ‘out there’ yet close enough to a major urban area. Because of extensive glacier travel this trip is best done in March / April when most crevasses are nicely filled. Carry glacier gear and know how to use it.

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Lillooet Icefield

This was a difficult trip, even though we have done several long (10 days or more) ski traverses on the coast before. It will test your experience with camping and survival in winter conditions, navigation over gnarly terrain, and a certain degree of confidence in own abilities in an unfamiliar landscape. It taught me so much about human vulnerability and why indigenous peoples revered mountains but stayed away from them, especially in winter.

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Juneau Icefield

I’d like to tell you about my most favourite trip of all times. Well, there are a few that concurrently hold the spot #1 but this one comes to mind when I think of a wholesome, expedition-style trip that combines a relative ease of travel with just the right amount of challenge, in a landscape beautiful beyond normal, topped off with having it done with some of the favouritest people in my universe. Let’s talk about the Juneau Icefield traverse.

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Ski Traverses in B.C.

February – April is prime time for ski expeditions. The days are longer and glaciers are filling in nicely. A perfect time for some overnight trips into far reaches of the southwest B.C. In this post I will offer some ideas for popular traverses within 100 km from Vancouver. They are sorted in the order of logistical & technical involvement, with those accessible most coming up first. For more information be sure to read my detailed trip reports and further planning resources linked in each.

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