Early August hunting trips were specially planned around training, leading into the second camp outside: the good ol’ Haig Glacier. Colin was in the Yukon preparing for his move back to Ottawa for the school year, while I was joining the Alberta World Cup Academy on their first and only glacier camp of the year. This would be my fourth time on the Haig but my first in five years!
I felt like I was one-up on everyone else having already had a glacier camp behind me this year. The Haig is more of a rustic glacier camp than the Eagle and Dachstein glaciers that I’ve been to the past five years. We hike into the base camp, space like dome huts. From there, it’s another hour-long hike to the skiing. The plan was to do a “yo-yo camp”: four days up on the glacier, three days down, and four days back up again.
late August was obviously the tail end of the glacier season for the Haig. The skiing was marginal at best, having had a long spell of warm weather just prior to the camp. Not helping the conditions was rain for the first few days we were up there. The trails were mashed potatoes most days but we did have a couple nice mornings where the snow firmed up. Because of the long hike to the skiing, we were only skiing once a day, so at the end of the first 24-hour week, only 11 hours were skiing. The training quality was still top notch, however. Skiing in tough conditions is great practice and in Europe these days, tough conditions just like we had on the Haig are the normal.
It was awesome to get some more On-snow technique work done and relax down in Canmore between our yo-yo camp. This was my first time doing two glacier camps in one year. No matter the skiing conditions, it beats roller skiing. Lets hope for an early snow year!
here are some photos of the camp by Russell Kennedy
Hiking onto the glacier
A nice morning of skiing
Hiking back down to base camp
Ready to run out
Thanks to the Alberta World Cup Academy for letting me join in on their camp and particularly Seb for giving me a place to stay in Canmore. And thanks to Air North for flying me there from Whitehorse!