In the last few days spring has finally arrived in the West Kootenay. Temperatures are high, the sky is clear, the snow is soft, and creeks are rising.
We spent the last two days doing a couple of popular local ski tours with some friends from Vancouver. On Saturday we skied up Old Glory taking the round about, but safe, south ridge route. We were too late to ski down the east face - as we knew we would be - so descended the south ridge finding a little corn snow along the way.
On Sunday, we traversed Ymir Mountain, skiing up the west ridge and descending the north ridge on the east side until we could drop into the big west facing Ymir bowl on a lower angle ramp. The skiing sucked - wet and heavy the whole way - but the ambiance was good.
It's been a long winter, spring is welcome.
Robin approaching the summit of Old Glory