Skiing Colossal and Granite Glacier Photo Gallery

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image once one has enlarged. There is a brief trip report below…hope you like the pictures!

The following day, our second full day at the Fairy Meadows Hut, we awoke to greybird skies. The plan was to do a long ski tour across multiple glaciers and out to Sir William. Being on a glacier is not very pleasant in a whiteout and/or flat light, but we had hopes that the clouds would burn off and after hemming and hawing for a while in the morning, we set out towards Granite Glacier and Sir William anyway. The slow start put us back a bit…time wise, and after making our way through the glacier, we decided that just skiing Colossal would be more in tune with the day and the weather.

After skinning to the base of Colossal’s steep east face, we booted upward towards the summit. The snow was still in good shape, despite its eastern exposure and Reed broke trail all the way to the top, earning himself first tracks on the descent. One at a time, we skied the face, which had two distinct rollovers that pushed the slope towards 50 degrees. Today, we were a group of five and two in the party waited at the bottom…and we waited for them to lap the face once we were done. Safety first!

After skiing Colossal, we continued down a long ramp on the left flank of the glacier that brought us down to its toe and a highly crevassed area. The turns seemed to go on forever and we were all on cloud nine when we regrouped on the flats. As we skinned back towards the hut and over multiple moraines, I couldn’t keep my eye off a triangular shaped snowfield the came off a sub peak of Sentinel and sat in the middle of the entire Fairy Meadows zone. I vowed to leave my mark later in the week.

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4 Responses to “Skiing Colossal and Granite Glacier Photo Gallery”

  1. 1 gringo Mar 11th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Pics 12 -18 are great…really give the whole Canada vibe…funny that in one shot (17?) someone has a 15:1 turn ratio with some farmer…ha!

  2. 2 randosteve Mar 11th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    gringo…mine are the one’s in between. :)

  3. 3 Brandon Harrington Mar 11th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I am at the moment on a 8 month South Aast Asia Trip but planning already my next trip which is supposed to go into higher and cooler regions. Great to stumple over blogs like this as it gives me more ideas what I wanna do and where to go and what to take care of :-)

    Thanks a lot


  4. 4 randosteve Mar 11th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Glad I could help Brandon! Happy Trails! :)

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