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Never have I taken a mid-race selfie but I had to to capture the St Lawrence River (and my sweaty, spitty suffering for all to see) from the top of Le Massif after skinning and boot packing to the summits twice during theal climbing, 4 bootpacks, 9 miles, and some ridiculous double black diamond, bumped out tree runs with a 2" ice crust over a foot of pow. Let’s hit the spa now!
- @beast_coaster,

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This photo shows the waterfall that can be found just off the right ­hand side of the trail between the second and third lakes at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. After heavy snowfall, snowshoes or at least spikes for your boots are recommended to get up there. Even though I arrived at midday when I visited last week, I was still the first person up the trail, making a fresh bootpack through 15cm of fresh powder. I couldn’t believe I had the whole place to myself! There’s a campsite up there in the summer, but I’ve even camped up there in the winter on the edge of the third lake. This park is one of my favourite places on the whole planet. The light, the snow, the trees and the lakes are different every time I go.

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The traverse of the Aiguille d’Argentiere is one of my favourite trips. Its a big mountain with lots of different lines to ski so there is always a plan B,C and D and when the track is in on the Milieu its pretty quick to get to on skins with a shortish bootpack up the headwall. The summit offers a commanding position with the north wall of the Argentiere basin lined up in front of you and…

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53 racers showed up for theday! It was a pretty stellar field and I got thrashed into 23rd place by the end of 3 full trips up AND down Burke (12 miles, 6 bootpack sections, 13 transitions and 5500’ of climbing). @jmarshallt (in grass skirt with leis) from my Alma Mater, @westerncolou and @westernmountainsports, is shown leading from the start before his inevitable win. At least I looked good in 3rd position in the blacket. I had a good start and got into the rightchopping fools that think they’re gonna come around me. Once they start stepping on my poles and skis I shut them down and make them work twice as hard if they really want to pass. Don’t step on my stuff or cut me off!!! I’m a bicycle crit and track racer and will take care of business quickly!

- @beast_coaster,

This is one of my favourite touring loops in the Argentiere basin which is continually interesting as it provides the variety of skinning, bootpacking, scrambling, rope work and some couloir skiing. I’m not going to give away any details excpet to ay I regularly see Killian on it before he goes on to tag a few other peaks. Usually its pretty quick but before they opened the top GM tram it felt considerably longer with the bonus skin from Bochard over the Col des Rachasses and it ended up being a 6 hour day – its nice to get some mileage for those big 12-15 hr days that lie ahead and just for general base fitness to be able to ski every day. Besides, being alone in the Argentiere basin and hanging out below those beautiful big walls is well worth that effort.

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Argentiere Training Loop This is one of my favourite touring loops in the Argentiere basin which is continually interesting as it provides the variety of skinning, bootpacking, scrambling, rope work and some couloir skiing.