Aaron, Ian and I had a fantastic day in the loop brook area of Roger’s Pass yesterday. It was my fifth 10 000 footer in a row so needless to say I was a little tired last night and didn’t have any energy left to blog.

Somehow yesterday was the first time I had toured into the loop brook this year, its amazing because I am usually there a bunch in the early season. I love this drainage, it hosts some great 2000-3500 foot runs surrounded by cascading glaciers and overshadowed by the immense walls of Mt-Bonney. An impressive area to be on a clear day, although today wasn’t clear.
We gained elevation quickly by touring up Mt-Afton. By touring up this side of the drainage it would set us up for a fantastic 3500 foot west facing run that puts us into the Bonney trees; and it also gives us a summit. It took just over three hours for us to summit and then we had a fantastic run down to valley bottom. A run Aaron was claiming as “one of the best of the year”.
From there we aimed our skins up towards the Bonney trees and further up the moraines till we were just onto the glacier. At this point I did a couple of laps to make sure I gained my goal and finally caught up to them at the top of the run. The whole aspect is north facing and very protected in here so the snow quality was amazing. Easily 40 cm of light snow overlying a well settled base. Perfect powder skiing. Although the light was not great so I didn’t get any good photos.

It was great to be back in this drainage, good things are worth waiting for and our tour today was worth the wait! Day 32- 10 300ft

  1. Rick January 24, 2007 at 3:59 am

    Your goal and the way you have documented your trips is really insperational!!! The passion you have for skiing is off the top( and I can relate)I have really been enjoying reading your blogs. I have been in the ski industry for about 12 years and have skiied all my life, but have realy just started getting into the back country the last few years, and like many others I fell in love with it. I would like to learn more about the Revelstoke area and all of the touring around there, would you be able to point me in the right direction. Thank Rick

  2. greg hill January 24, 2007 at 5:38 am


    I imagine that I could give you a few pointers on where to go. This area inspires me and I enjoy sharing it with others.

  3. Rick January 25, 2007 at 4:59 am

    Thanks for the quick reply Greg!!!
    Thats awesome, I just spent the day at the gorge in Malakwa and had an amazing time…that is where I have been doing the bulk of my touring as I am from Vernon and it is close to go there. I have been to the pass a bit too but not recently. What would be the best way to contact you??? to get a little info on the Revelstoke area. My email is if you would care to email me. Thanks again.

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