I have a long history with Farnham Glacier; it started when I was on the BC Alpine Ski Team. My Ski Coach Dusan Grasic was very keen on the idea of making a Canadian training centre for winter sports. With this idea, he turned fitness training into recon missions up to the toe of the glacier. We would bike the old mining road 17km then ditch our bikes when the road became too overgrown to ride. From the bottom of the valley with the glacier in view we would bushwhack up to the hut and glacier.
The travel up to the glacier has come a long way, with the development of a new road passing by the hut on the way to the toe of the glacier. A few years later the first Farnham Ski Camp was created. I was on the Jr. National Ski Team at this time, staying at Panorama Mountain Village. We would fly with helicopters on to the glacier every morning to train gates. Once on the glacier we would use a snow cat and a long rope with T-bars to toe us to the top of each training run.
The camp and glacier later developed into a permanent training facility with snow cats from chatter creek cat skiing, wall tents, electricity, running water, and a road to the toe of the glacier for access. Year’s prior to the Olympics it became a great place to train for all different levels of athletes.
I have spent many summers up there training for alpine skiing. I was excited to now use the same glacier for training for the ACMG Assistant Ski Guide Program. Our training consisted of white out navigation, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and enjoying the first turns of the season.
Left to right:
Emily Brydon, Danie Poleschuk, Britt Janyk, Larisa Yurkiw, Christina Lustenberger, Meg Ryley, Kelly Vanderbeek
Sam. Ewing shredding Oct Powder.
Kate Devine and I, aspiring ski guides in Pink.
The Crew, all smiles after first turns of the season!
Farnham Glacier Hut