Beaufort range

December 08, 2012  •  3 Comments

This little mountain range running between Port Alberni and Cumberland does not look like much from the highway but I have wanted to check it out on skis for quite a while now.  It can be a challenge to access as the road is gated and most often closed.  Some of us have been keeping an eye on one of the main access points and have seen it open fairly regularly during the week, we thought it would be a good opportunity to get up there and check it out.  

Ski tour on the logging roadDS_121207_1203 We were able to get fairly high on the logging roads before the snow was too deep to continue in the vehicles.  It made for an easy approach...

Skinning up with Hornby and Denman in the backgroundDS_121207_1211 Heading up you are treated to some great views of Denman and Hornby Island if the visibility allows

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DS_121207_1226 Some spectacular old growth patches remain untouched in limited places on the Island

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DS_121207_1261 A couple mini couloirs will make for some great lines off the summit once filled in a bit more.

DS_121207_1266 Sweet playground

DS_121207_1280 No shortage of steep lines to ski around here

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DS_121207-Panorama Looking forward to return here a bit later in the season with a deeper snowpack!


Comments

canvas prints(non-registered)
i so love the snow. these photos look very cool. id like to check it out i think.
Dave Silver Photography
Thanks James. I wear a lightweight touring or xc ski glove when shooting in the snow, leather palm and fingers are helpful and a Goretex mitt shell over top (with wrist cords for quick on-off) if its cold or damp.
James(non-registered)
Great pics Dave, #7 is my fav, what gloves do you wear to take photos?
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