Selkirk Mountain Experience

Date: April 19, 2014

Snow Report for the weeks of April 12 to 19, 2014


Dear powder friends

April never fails. Last week we skied top lines in the alpine, had fun in large terrain and 5 Star April powder. The snowpack was very stable, daily test snow profiles showed no weaknesses in the entire snowpack. These test profile holes have been deep, often around 240 cm deep… and still a long way from the ground. What made the week special was that we skied in three small groups. We have been able to completely maximize the quality of runs for each ski guest. Going for two nights to the Mt. Moloch Chalet and skiing the grand terrain over there was like the whipping-cream on the cake.

The snowpack is big at the Durrand Glacier Area, the temperatures are below average… we are enjoying an excellent April with great powder skiing in the alpine, hut to hut skiing and experiencing the big glaciated terrain as we ski the endless powder lines.

We still have a few openings April 19-26, skiing will be fantastic!

See you soon

Ruedi Beglinger

view video  SME video, April skiing: April, 2013: Spring Powder at Canada's Durrand Glacier »

The 10 best ski runs of the week:

Ruth Glacier 1050 vertical meters
Concordia Ice Fall, Phantom of the Opera 750 vertical meters
Tumbledown Mtn - Post Card 1050 vertical meters
Mt. Fang - Juliana Glacier - Juliana Couloir 750 vertical meters
Juliana Tongue (new route) 550 vertical meters
Super Couloir 700 vertical meters
Aiguille - Zwilling's Glacier 950 vertical meters
Ruth Glacier 1000 vertical meters
Tumbledown Carnes Creek 1000 vertical meters
Allalin Peak - Allalin Glacier - The Ramp 700 vertical meters

SME Snowpack:

Durrand Glacier
tree-line - 1950 m. elev.
390 cm
Mt. Moloch Chalet
2205 m. elev.
520 cm
great powder, no wind effects.
Durrand Glacier, alpine 500 cm to over 700 cm
great powder, no wind effects in all elevations.

Weather Forecast for the upcoming week:

An extended low pressure system over the Pacific keeps bringing moist air to interior BC, effecting the weather at the Durrand Glacier area. Snow flurries and at times snow fall with shorter brakes of sun and a broken sky is expected for the entire week. Maybe not much blue sky, but definitely lots of powder snow.

SME Ski-Programs, 2013/14:

Durrand Glacier Chalet Ski Season, Canada December until end of April.
You will ski powder well into late April and often into May, thanks to all the northerly facing and high alpine terrain and the still coolish temperatures and frequent snow storms.
Deep - steep - fun and memorable… don't miss out on this one.
April 23 to May 2, 2014
(9½ days)
The West Alp's Haute Route
Zermatt (Switzerland) - Courmayeur Italy - Chamonix (France)
Good snow coverage in the alpine and for this tour.
Max. 7 ski guests
1 more spot available.
May 2 to May 11, 2014
(9½ days)
Silvretta - Toedi
Austria and Switzerland
The Silvretta is as famous as the Haute Route, the only difference it has much more snow. Yes, this is the largest snow-belt in the entire Alps. The Toedi makes a grand finish to this great program. We skied the Toedi in May 2013 as a combined program with the Berner Oberland. Early May is a perfect time for this grand program.
Good snow coverage in the alpine and for this tour.
Max. 6 ski guests
May 11 to May 19, 2014
(8½ days)
The famous and high alpine Berner Oberland
Starting at the Monchsjoch Hut elevation 3657 meter (30 minutes from the world-famous Jungfraujoch and ending in the charming Loetschental. May is not too late for this truly amazing high alpine hut to hut skiing program in the center of the Swiss Alps, if anything this is a perfect time for the Berner Oberland.
Good snow coverage in the alpine and for this tour.
Max 6 ski guests
2 more spots available
May 23 to May 30, 2014
(7½ days)
Southern Monashee Ski Traverse
Canada (Revelstoke area)
This is a superb ski-traverse, starting in the far southern peaks of the Monashee Mountain Range. Climbing great alpine peaks on skis and skiing long glaciers and amazing ski slopes to the next camp. Don't worry, your packs will be not overloaded with food for the entire week. As we fly per helicopter to the start of our traverse we will fly every camp with food and kitchen equipment. Your pack will be max. 20 lbs.
Max 8 ski guests
2 more spots available
Durrand Glacier Chalet, April 19, 2014

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