Kelly Borkskiing

Rogers Pass, BC

Kelly Borkskiing
Rogers Pass, BC

THE BEST DAY OF SKIING THE WHOLE TRIP.

Holy cow, I'd heard a lot of good things (and intimidating things) about Rogers Pass, and it didn't disappoint. We chose a conservative route up to the top of Grizzly Shoulder, which was one of the "shorter" and "less steep" routes in the area despite being almost 2000 ft of gain over 3 miles... holy cow those views though. 

I feel it's important to mention the permitting system, for those interested in backcountry travel, especially since the Ranger who gave us our permits mentioned that the ability to have Rogers Pass open for skiing is currently in question. It may seem a little hardcore, but makes a ton of sense given that Parks Canada has to blast frequently to prevent avalanches from blocking the major highway, but doesn't want to be actively bombing an area while there are skiers in it. Parks Canada posts the status for each of the permit areas every day in the winter, so it's important to check before you even drive to the permit station (at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre) if the areas you want to ski are open.

I took zero pictures of our descent/ski down.. haha I was just too enthralled and distracted by how amazing the snow was, and how much skiable area there was. We only did one lap, but it was such a long way down, my legs were burning by the end! I can't image what one of the longer tours here would be like..