People are skiing powder and it’s only early October. We’ll just let that sink in for a minute.
Powder turns are being found in the Banff backcountry in addition to portions of Glacier National Park. Let it be known that both require massive approaches and a comprehensive familiarity with the terrain and avalanche conditions.
Lake Louise Backcountry:
Montana [Glacier National Park]:
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Unsure of what we’d find, we carried snowboards up to the glacier and into a soupy, unyielding cloud. We punched up to the top of the run and figured we’d settle for a good physical effort and some October powder skiing with 30 feet of visibility. I dropped in. And then the clouds broke. And what was certain to be a quick one-and-done outing turned into three laps of phenomenal conditions (not just for Oct 3). Sometimes it’s just so good up there you really begin to think you’re getting rewarded for the effort you put in.