Tryst Lake Ski Tour

A few weeks ago I Instagramed a picture of a pitch black snowy drive and promised further explanation. Well here it is, finally. Every year over the holidays I manage to get some solid ski time in, usually at Panorama Mountain, Silver Star and Sunshine and most years my buddy Mark takes me on a Back Country Ski trip, which is usually the highlight! Mark is a ski patroller at Sun Shine and knows all about snow. This year he introduced me to his Buddy Ian, also a patroller, who took us up the Spray lakes road to go touring near Tryst Lake. It was snowing.

[caption id="attachment_791" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]Ski touring, snowy ski, It is lucky Ian knew where we were going because it does not look like there are even any mountains where we were headed.[/caption]

I case you are not familiar, ski touring basically involves putting gripy strips called skins on the bottom of your skis and walking. Which is what we did for the next 3 hours.

[caption id="attachment_790" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]skiing, ski touring, alberta Headed up an old logging road.[/caption]

For a while it was pretty flat and then…

[caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]Skinning, skiing up, ski touring We went up![/caption]

Ian likes to set a steep skin track. I guess that’s his prerogative since only he and Mark were strong enough to break trail in the bottomless snow. Honestly I did not want to be the lazy jerk who lets every one else do the hard work but all I could manage were a few agonizingly slow minutes at the front.

But eventually we made the top of the ridge and switched to downhill mode, goggles on, skins off, poles shortened.

[caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]Ski goggles, snowy Here I am ready for my reward![/caption]

The next 2 pictures constitute poor photographic proof for some of the best turns of my life.

Turning, skiing, backcountry

[caption id="attachment_796" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]Face shot, epic turn, skiing I turn. Snow hit face![/caption]

After doing 2 more laps up our skin track we still had to ski out. Which it turns out happened mostly in the dark.

[caption id="attachment_797" align="aligncenter" width="3648"]snowy, car, ski touring Back at the cars![/caption]

We made it back, exhausted and soaking wet to find the cars buried in snow! Hence the terrifying drive documented on Instagram. Alright you guys are now all filled in on my most excellent back country adventure.

Till next time, stay safe!


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