The problem with making skis in the summer is that it becomes very hard to get them out on the snow. Lucky for us, marginal snow conditions persist year round on the Robertson Glacier, which is where we went on August 12th.
Starting from the Burstall Pass parking lot, a short hour and a half drive from Calgary, we trekked up the valley on a popular hiking trail. Branching off to stay in the drainage, we followed a cobbled mess of stones and braided streams up the toe of glacier.
Playing it safe, we roped up before stepping onto the glacier and worked our way up a steep icy section, one kick-step at a time. We made our way out onto the snow safely and boot-packed up to the col which looks down at the Haig Glacier.
Sidenote - The Haig glacier is home to the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team in the summer months and the track-sets can be seen from the Robertson Glacier Col.
The ski conditions were not great, the top of the Glacier was relatively soft and made for fun turns but as soon as we got onto lower angle terrain the snow was very firm and pocketed with melting pools. Regardless of the conditions, it was so much fun getting out there to test our most recent prototype. They held an edge well on the ridged variable crud and were stable at speed.
Going forward, we are continuously striving to reduce the weight of our skis while maintaining the performance we demand from them. 93 North is currently developing various core constructions that are engineered to enhance torsional stiffness which will be pivotal in creating a lightweight touring ski that can handle even summer skiing on the Roberston glacier...