Grand Daddy couloir, Bow peak, Icefields parkway, Alberta, Canada. 
  • Height: 1800m-2650m
  • Distance: 12km
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Height degrees: 55 graden 

 

Paul de Groot and Tijn Vuijk went to Canada for some heliskiing with CMH Benelux in Bugaboos. They started this trip with a nice tourski adventure: Spotting steep couloirs from the Icefields Parkway by car. Locals told them that you could ride amazing steep lines. "Ski what you can see and just follow your nose".
 
 
 
From this road we could oversee the options and we spotted a super nice big coulour called the 'Grand Daddy'. 
 
 
 

We started our trip at Mosquito campground and from here we could park the car, started with our tourski preparations and follow our way to the unknown..

 

Photo: Paul de Groot

First we started with an walk trough the forest and crossing an frozen river. The second part was the entrance of the 'Grand Daddy' couloir - steep and dark. 

Photo: Tijn Vuijk

Photo: Tijn Vuijk

Photo: Tijn Vuijk

The the wind came in and lots of sluff came down within this huge couloir. For safety reasons we made the decision to start with boot-packing one by one. 
 
Photo: Tijn Vuijk
 
Photo: Paul de Groot
 
On the top of the couloir it was steep and dark. Finally we could start with prepping our gear for the way down. This was not easy at all and we tried to help each other. Here we go! The way down was EPIC! Good snow conditions and we had a lot of fun skiing this amazing Grand Daddy
 
Gopro shot by Paul de Groot
 
Tijn Vuijk on the steep part. Photo: Paul de Groot
 
 
Photo: Paul de Groot
 
Photo: Tijn Vuijk
 
Tijn Vuijk crossing the river. Photo: Paul de Groot