Exploring The Coast Mountains On Skis – John Baldwin

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The Coast Mountains stretch all the way from Vancouver to Alaska, up the west coast of North America. Although they are perhaps a little less well-known than the neighbouring Rocky Mountains, the Coast Mountains are a special range which would provide many lifetime’s worth of incredible skiing. Immense snowfalls (20+ metres in some places), beautiful mountains, a great variety of conditions and terrain and, above all, wilderness, define the Coast Range.


“Roads cross the range only four times along its entire length between Vancouver and Skagway”

¬†Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis is a book that delves deep to reveal the secrets of these incredible mountains. Chock full of gorgeous black and white images and endless information, it really is an essential guide for anyone looking to get into the Coast Mountain backcountry. It’s split up into 22 different areas, starting at the southern end of the range and heading north. Many of the earlier chapters discuss the better known parts of the range like Whistler and Duffy Lake. As you head north the big mountains appear and chapters like Waddington, Homathko and Stewart provide insight into some of the most snowy, remote and inaccessible mountains on the planet.

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“The annual snowfall at treeline is typically about 10m, but this amount varies from about 5m on the leeward side of the mountains to over 25m on the high icefields”

Throughout the guide there are recommended routes ranging from fairly short days out to multiple day expeditions. There is also extensive information regarding local mountain huts and crucial beta where travel and logistics are concerned. The author, John Baldwin, clearly has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Coast Range, something that really shines through in this inspiring book.

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Areas covered:

  • Howe Sound
  • Garibaldi
  • Whistler
  • Callaghan
  • Birkenhead
  • Duffey Lake
  • Stein
  • Chilliwack River
  • Baker
  • Coquihalla
  • Manning Park
  • Ashlu
  • Upper Lillooet
  • Chilcotin Ranges
  • Lillooet Icefield
  • Homathko Icefield
  • Waddington
  • Bella Coola
  • Smithers
  • Terrace
  • Stewart
  • Juneau


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