Marcus Baranow
Get to the Mountains Publishing October 2, 2018

Softcover  256 pages

5.50 x 8.50 inches

Confessions of a Ski Bum: The Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Bow Summit

SKU: 10656
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    Confessions of a Ski Bum: The Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise To Bow Summit is a modern backcountry ski guide for the roadside areas found along The Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. Includes detailed descriptions, directions, terrain photos and maps for skiing everything from chill yoyo laps to committing, no fall, lines. This 256 page, 8.5” by 5.5” guidebook includes 151 colour pictures, 30 topo maps, 27 ski zones with 119 runs/routes leading to many hundreds of ski descents to keep even the most keen skier busy for many seasons. Four guest writers help include the most gnarly lines found along this section of The Icefields Parkway including Grand Daddy Couloir, Gutentight Couloir and Funnel Of Death.

    Covers: Hector South Ridge, Hector South Peak, Mount Hector Roadside, Hector Pass, Noseeum Creek, Mosquito Creek, Helen Creek, Helen Shoulder, Crystal Ridge Roadside, Crystal Ridge Backside, Cirque Forepeak, Observation Sub Peak, Observation Peak, Waputik Peak, The Pulpit Knobs, Bow Peak Roadside, Crowfoot Pass, Bow Lakeside, Ferris Glacier, Wapta Icefield, Mount Jimmy Jr, Bow Summit and several Day Traverses.

  • ‘Confessions Of A Ski Bum’ started sometime around 2009 when close friends asked me to write out directions to the backcountry areas around Sunshine Village. Soon their friends wanted the same info and I started to type up organized documents and climb nearby peaks to get route pictures. Before I knew it I found myself binding homemade books to sell to stores and the public.

    Years later I have now written 4 books covering modern backcountry skiing in and around Banff National Park. My first two books cover the backcountry areas found near Sunshine Village and Egypt Lake Shelter – the first edition was printed DIY style and the second edition as a free downloadable PDF. My last two books “The Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise to Bow Summit” and “Kicking Horse Pass : Day Tripping” were professionally printed and can now be found for sale internationally.

    I had always thought of this type of sharing to be a ‘confession’ of sorts, the ski culture I grew up in often looked down on sharing “hidden” zones. I believe that sharing route and condition information creates a safer and more fun backcountry skiing community.

    I hope you find the information on this site and in my guidebooks useful.

    Have fun and stay safe out there!

    -Marcus Baranow


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