Welcome to the Backcountry ski page. At this site you will
find backcountry skiing images by Patrick Bates plus other
related Backcountry Ski Links and
Resources. Besides the ski images, I will try to keep
any relevant ski information updated as well as links to
sites providing more backcountry skiing information for
the serious backcountry skier. I also invite you to
visit my blog
for more images, movies, trip reports, links...
" In the end, to ski is to travel fast and free -
free over untouched snow country. To be bound to one slope,
even one mountain, by a lift may be convenient but it robs us
of the greatest pleasure that skiing can give, that is to
travel through the wide wintery country; to follow the lure
of peaks which tempt on the horizon and to be alone for a few
days or even hours in clear, mysterious
British Columbia’s Coast Range, above and right.
All images are copyright ©Patrick Bates
Backcountry Ski Links
Adrian Rothwell rips the light fantastic.
- The most important thing that any backcountry skier
can do is become avalanche aware; we must
all do what we can to increase awareness. There are many
guide services offering weekend avalanche awareness work
shops throughout North America. Your one stop resource for
the latest Canadian avy info is the Canadian Avalanche
Association. The Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche
Center offers more regional and related information.
- Thinking of a new beacon, or a first time purchase of
an avalanche beacon? If so, check beaconreviews.com
for current reviews of all new and
Summits and Icefields by Chick Scott is the
definitive guide book to ski touring in Canada's
Rocky and Columbia mountains. This, and other must
haves - such as Tony Daffern's Avalanche Safety
for Skiers and Climbers - are published by, and
available through, Rocky Mountain Books in
- For hut reservations on the Wapta Icefields, -pictured
here- information on other ACC huts, and yes, more
mountain resources, contact The Alpine Club of
- Looking for online info to get you out there? Try
Magazine or Telemark Skier
Magazine for all your backcountry ski and snowboarding
news, info, the latest gear updates and other related
Magazine will provide you with all your other online
outdoor and adventure sport information, be it news,
political, environmental or entertainment. More of the
same plus an extensive list of tour operators and guide
services is available from Canada's Explore Magazine
- Dr. Michael Tuggy has studied telemark skiing injuries
and related information for several years now. His
findings can be found at his very informative telemark
skiing injury study site.
- Looking for used gear the Kimberley - Cranbrook area?
Check the selection in person, or online, with Russ
Peebles and his staff at
Funhogz in Cranbrook. Funhogz is now also carrying
a small selection of rental AT gear.
- For those who are also track skiing aficionados, check
The KNC Virtual
Nordic Centre for a compilation of the best nordic
skiing info on the web.