Glacier| Mountain Sledder Magazine
Sledders are now pushing deeper into the mountains than ever before, and in doing so, gaining access to the remote and breathtaking glaciers and icecaps of BC. Accidents can be avoided when riders become aware of the hazards of snowmobiling on a glacier or icefield, and gain the skill set required to navigate this type of complex winter terrain safely.
For me, spring means hitting the vast icefields of British Columbia on my sled. These are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The landscape is so incredibly breathtaking that it almost doesn’t look real!
The problem is that those first ride reports don’t usually show all the hazards and crappy parts that had to be endured to get that one sweet—but gingerly executed—pow turn.
When you’re selecting gear to spend the night—especially for glacier camping, where everything is cold and wet—there are two rules to follow: cotton kills and light is right.
Instinct is the intangible force that has stopped us. This blood-compass that we’ve learned so many times to trust has altered our trajectory and forward movement has ceased. It’s early afternoon and Rob Alford and I are sitting on the toe of a massive glacier that we’re trying to go …
On a clear bluebird day, nothing beats the expanse of the icefields. You can pick a line a mile away to a major feature on the Ice Cap, and the sheer immensity of it all makes you really appreciate how small you are out there.