Major Ski Descents in the Mt. Robson Area
Mt Robson's north and Emperor faces from Berg Lake (Matt Ruta photo)
This spring has seen a major focus on ski mountaineering in Mt. Robson provincial park, west of Jasper AB.
Dylan Cunningham of Revelstoke became only the third person - and the first in over twenty years to make a ski descent of the fearsome north face of Mt. Robson. The significance of the achievement cannot be overstated. Since the feature's first descent in October of 1995 by Troy Jungen and Ptor Spricenieks, nobody had even come close to skiing it. Speculation that the face had gone permanently out of condition due to glacial recession abounded. Like Jungen and Spricenieks before him, Cunningham has ushered the theoretical into reality on one of the range's greatest test pieces.
His partners Dylan Chen and Kevin Rohn also summited and skied down via the Kain face. Their descent will forever be overshadowed by Cunningham's, but is no small achievement in and of itself.
Read more about their wild experience here: http://biglines.com/categories/trip-report/mt-robson-north-face-ski-descent-dylan-cunningham-interview/
Simultaneously, another party consisting of Andrew McNab, Matt Cote and Al Haeri made what is believed to be the first descent of Whitehorn Mountain. Also located within the park, Whitehorn is the northernmost 11000m peak in the Rockies. Despite attempts from the likes of Jon Walsh and Jason Kruk, there are no reports of any previous descents of its incredibly aesthetic north face in full.